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Classical Spain

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£899*per person


7 Days - Classic Escorted Tours

Experience Andalucía’s magical fusion of Spanish and Moorish cultures as you discover Seville’s vibrant streets and conquistador heritage, Granada’s wondrous Alhambra and the dazzling Mezquita mosque in Córdoba – and much more. Andalucía is simply one of the most beautiful corners of Europe yet for many it remains relatively undiscovered. It’s a land where the excesses of the modern era seem not to have taken root and where travellers are genuinely welcomed. The food is a delight, with the area noted for its seafood and its famous drink, the fortified wine from Jerez we call sherry. Try a glass of fino, a very dry yet refreshing sherry, while nibbling tapas, that great Spanish titbit invention. The people are charming – always ready to help, with a friendly attitude towards their fellow man and a love of life so typical of Mediterranean people. So, for an inspirational blend of timeless countryside, iconic monuments, romantic and vivacious cities, fragrant flowers and orange blossom, wonderful art and superb cuisine, all set in a region that welcomes visitors as honoured guests, welcome to Andalucía. View all Spain Tours.


  • Arrive at the airport for your flight to Malaga. On arrival, we transfer to the four-star Ilunion Hacienda del Sol. This hotel is ideally situated in undulating countryside near the village of Mijas.
  • After breakfast we take a drive into the hills forming the beautiful backdrop to the coast and then arrive in Ronda, a city widely acknowledged as one of the most spectacular in Spain and which enjoys a setting so naturally dramatic it could be in a fairy tale. Built on a ridge and split by a most impressive gorge plunging down hundreds of feet, much of Ronda’s appeal lies in its spectacular views and clear mountain air – Andalucía at its simple best. We continue our drive into the countryside beyond, which is both very scenic and quite isolated, so much so it is not unusual to see eagles and vultures soaring above or ibex roaming the mountains. Another treat awaits, as this evening we enjoy an introduction to delicious tapas. It is said that tapas dishes were originally slices of bread or meat used by sherry drinkers in Andalucían taverns to cover their glasses and keep fruit flies away. Over the centuries, with the introduction of olives, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, tapas dishes gradually evolved into a most delightful tradition.
  • Flamboyant, seductive, fascinating … Seville is all these and more. It is simply one of the most beautiful and charismatic cities in the world, with the serene River Guadalquivir flowing through its centre, a history spanning the centuries, a wealth of historic buildings, colourful back streets and peaceful parks. It has its origins in Roman times – the Emperor Hadrian, builder of the famous wall, came from here. During the 8th century the Moors arrived, stayed for five centuries and left a unique legacy still in evidence today. However, if one event changed Seville, it was the discovery of the New World and, fittingly, Columbus is buried in the imposing cathedral. Immense wealth poured in from Spain’s new empire and catapulted Seville into one of the largest and richest cities in Europe. Much of Seville was built during this time and it seems to have changed little in the last 500 years, with tiny twisting streets and hidden squares where the locals hide from the midday sun in high summer. Today, though, it possesses a vibrant, cultural spirit that is very special. After breakfast we have a tour of this beguiling city, during which we’ll see the awe-inspiring semi-circular Plaza de España, a fine example of Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture. You’ll also see the Tower of Gold, so named as it was used to store plunder from the Americas, and much more. This afternoon you’re free to explore Seville at your leisure, during this time you could visit the fortified palace of the Alcázar or the world’s largest Gothic cathedral which is the final resting place of the great navigator, Christopher Columbus. Alternatively, if you wish, you could take a cruise on one of the many river boats. Signature Experiences: The magnificent Alcázar Palace is one of the world’s oldest palaces still in use as a royal house. Its origins can be traced back to the early 10th century and the palace now serves as a record of history with its fascinating blend of architectural styles and rich décor. We have included entrance to the palace this afternoon, giving you the opportunity to explore at your own pace. So, why not lose yourself amid the cool patio courtyards, elaborate gardens and fragrant orange trees and soak up the unique atmosphere of one of Europe’s oldest palaces.  You’ll feel like you have the best seats in the house at our hand-picked location, high above the rooftops of Seville. Relax with an aperitif and a mini tapas selection and make sure you have your camera ready to capture every perfect moment as the late afternoon sun lights up the city. 
  • Today we have a free day. There are the ‘musts’ to revisit if you wish, such as the Alcázar, the fortified palace of the Moors with a richness of decoration which will astound you, and the cathedral, but also take time to wander around the Barrio Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter of the medieval city, and the smart pedestrianised Calle Sierpes, a street full of beautiful shops selling high-quality leather goods. The Maria Luisa Park is a beautiful display of colour where you can relax and indulge in a spot of people-watching. Signature Experience: This evening step away from the tourist trail to experience a truly authentic performance of flamenco in an intimate venue. Gain an insight into the meaning, style and rhythm of the dances - the proximity of the stage will allow you to see every mesmerising detail, and sip on a complimentary drink whilst admiring the superb artistry of the musicians and dancers. For them, flamenco is not just a job, it is a way of life. 
  • After breakfast we leave Seville and head east to another of Andalucía’s classic cities, arriving in Córdoba for our guided tour. Córdoba was the ancient capital of the Moors and is principally famous for a single building – the Mezquita – the grandest and most beautiful mosque ever constructed in the Moorish world. Dominating the centre of the Old Town, which was once the home of a thriving Jewish community, it is a building of extraordinary power and mystery with an arcaded hall supported by over 850 columns made of semi-precious stones. One can only wonder at the architectural brilliance of the builders all those hundreds of years ago, while northern Europe was still immersed in the depths of the Dark Ages. Another highlight is the immense, well-preserved Roman bridge. Córdoba is a delightful place full of patios drenched in the colour of thousands of flowers – the Spanish seem to take so much pride decorating their homes. We then continue our journey to arrive in the city of Granada, the last stronghold of the sultans during the Middle Ages and home to the Alhambra, the most spectacular gem of Moorish Andalucía. As we approach Granada, there can be no more proof of the diversity of this corner of southern Europe. We pass through some very arid countryside with a landscape of dried riverbeds, giving way to rolling olive groves. In the distance is the spectacular Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range in Spain. The landscape then becomes more fertile and picturesque, with ancient olive trees stretching off into the distance. Our hotel for the next two nights is either the centrally located four-star Hotel Porcel Sabica, in the heart of the city and within easy walking distance of the principal areas of interest, or the four-star Hotel Alixares, well located opposite the Alhambra. Both are fully air-conditioned and ideal for a comfortable stay.
  • Granada has a naturally dramatic location, nestling against the backdrop of permanently snow-capped mountains soaring majestically to a height of 11,000 feet. It is the perfect setting for the most perfect of architectural wonders, the Alhambra. So individual in its setting, so rich in its history and so exquisite in its design, this iconic building was the high point in Moorish culture. It is not just a palace, though. Some of it is a fortress, and much is given over to formal gardens full of roses and fountains, giving an incredible impression of peace and tranquillity. Today we visit the Alhambra, which for many people will be the highlight of the holiday, and you’ll also have time to explore the city as you wish. There is a myriad of twisting streets, the old Moorish quarter and the traditional gypsy area, all full of tiny unique shops, with seemingly every balcony sprouting flowers in a profusion of colour. There’s nothing better than taking a stroll through these streets, little changed in centuries, with pavements made of pebbles set in mortar and some so narrow that mules were the only form of transport. Granada also boasts some of the most distinctive old bars in Spain, many of them decorated with antique tiles, where taking a drink and a few tapas can be an excuse for a unique, authentically Andalucían experience.
  • Transfer to Malaga airport for your flight home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience beautiful Seville’s vibrant streets and tranquil parks on a tour led by a local guide
  • Visit to medieval Ronda - one of Spain’s most spectacularly situated cities
  • Delight in delicious and authentic Tapas in Seville 
  • Fall under the spell of the Alhambra, seeing one of the most romantic places ever built, with exquisite formal gardens of roses and fountains, set against the dramatic mountains of Granada
  • Visit Córdoba with a guided tour of the Mezquita, possibly the most beautiful mosque constructed - entrance included
  • Six nights in three-star superior and four-star accommodation including all local taxes, with breakfast
  • The Signature Tour option includes all of the above as well as:
  • Experience the majesty of the Alcázar Palace, one of Seville’s finest architectural treasures and one of the oldest palaces in Europe
  • Soak up the panoramic views over the rooftops of Seville as you relax with an aperitif and selection of tapas
  • Step into the intoxicating world of flamenco and witness a spectacular performance filled with raw passion and energy
  • Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group with an average of 22 guests

Our Price Includes

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Sole occupancy rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
  • Return flights
  • Six nights’ accommodation 
  • Daily breakfast
  • All local taxes
  • All transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Entrances to the Alhambra and Mezquita
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Not included are the entrances to the Alcazar or cathedral in Seville, which are approximately €13.50 and €11 respectively and payable locally. Please note that there are reduced entry prices for those aged 65 or more on presentation of a valid ID.
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4* Ilunion Hacienda del Sol – Mijas -


About the hotel Built in traditional Andalusian style with a country estate feel, this four-star hotel offers views of both the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Take a dip in either the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or relax with a drink in the garden overlooking the sea. Set in its own grounds, the hotel has a restaurant, bar and lounge area plus a sauna and even its own tennis court. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with an ensuite bathroom, telephone, TV, small fridge and safe. Please note: The use of air-conditioning and outdoor pool opening is at the discretion of the hotel.   Location The nearby village of Mijas can easily be reached by bus or taxi. There are plenty of restaurants, gardens and parks nearby for you to explore.  

4* Alixares Hotel – Granada -


About the hotel This hotel is set in its own delightful gardens and features an outdoor pool and terrace to relax and unwind. There’s a restaurant and bar area and the hotel is fully air-conditioned throughout. The Mirador Alixares observation deck is located behind the hotel and is the perfect place to observe the skyline of Granada as the sun sets on a fascinating day of exploring. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, a small fridge, safe, hairdryer, telephone, and TV. Please note: The use of air-conditioning and outdoor pool opening is at the discretion of the hotel.   Location Located near some of Spain’s most beautiful attractions, the hotel is close to the Alhambra Palace and the Jarines del Paraiso botanical gardens. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes nearby with the centre of Granada just a 15-minute walk away.   Can I upgrade my room? Yes! Room upgrades are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. Contact the reservations team to request a room with a balcony or terrace.

4* Hotel Porcel Sabica -


About the hotel The Hotel Porcel Sabica has a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and its own squash court. The comfortable bedrooms are designed with an elegant, minimalist feel and are all air-conditioned with a small fridge, safe, hairdryer, telephone and TV.  Please note: The use of air-conditioning and outdoor pool opening is at the discretion of the hotel.   Location This hotel is in the heart of the city and within easy walking distance of the principal areas of interest, such as the cultural centre of Granada and the Botanical Garden of the University of Granada. Centrally located, there are plenty of parks, gardens, churches, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes in the area.

3* Don Paco - Seville -


About the hotel This charming hotel is fully air-conditioned, with a restaurant and bar area. It features a delightful rooftop swimming pool and terrace area, offering panoramic views across the city. The spacious and stylish bedrooms have a telephone, TV, safe, hairdryer, mini-fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Please note: The use of air-conditioning and outdoor pool opening is at the discretion of the hotel.   Location The Don Paco is just a 15-minute walk away from the centre of the Old Town, with plenty of shops and restaurants close by. The beautiful Hispalis Fountain is also nearby and would make a perfect photo opportunity as the sun sets.

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