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The Splendor of Andalucia

Andalucía embodies all the popular images of Spain: White washed hill towns, bulls and matadors, flamenco dancers and Moorish palaces. The birthplace of the guitar, flamenco, and tapas, Andalucía is a rich cultural region offering sun-soaked Mediterranean towns, a dramatic mountainous landscape, arid valleys dotted with gorgeous whitewashed villages, and glorious historic cities, home to some of Europe’s most amazing architectural sites.

Prepare to be charmed!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival,
Arrive to Seville by an international flight or by train from Madrid.

Check in, unpack and relax before gathering at 5:00 pm for a walking tour. We’ll be walking in Barrio Santa Cruz, the charming old Jewish quarter of Seville, with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses, enchanting flowered balconies, and hidden squares shaded by flowering orange trees guiding the way.

Group dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 – Discover Seville monuments
This morning we’ll go on a walking tour in the historical center of Seville with famous landmarks like the magnificent 15th century ancient Gothic cathedral and the impressive Royal alcazar — a Moorish fortress now a residence for Spanish kings. This beautiful palace is one of the oldest royal residences in Europe still in use.
After the guided tour we’ll return to the hotel for some siesta before heading out for a Spanish style evening: Flamenco and tapas. Flamenco is a tradition that gets close to the heart of Spain, with its throbbing guitars, stamping heels and proud passionate gestures. After the show our tour guide will lead us to local tapas bars. There are more than 3000 tapas bars in Seville. We’ll walk through the maze of Seville’s narrow streets to the traditional tapas bars frequented by locals.

Day 3: Jerez, Sherry tasting, horse show, Cadiz, Lunch
After breakfast we will be driving to Jerez, famous for the sherry and the royal Andalusian school of equestrian arts, which has the best breed of horses in Europe. Like the one in Vienna, the royalAndalusian school is well known for its horse show, an equestrian ballet accompanied by Spanish music and 18th century style costumes. We’ll visit a private Sherry bodega where you will learn about the process and get to taste different kinds of Sherry. After watching the horse show we will drive to explore the port town of Cadiz, And have lunch. After some free time to explore we’ll return to Seville and you will have the evening to yourself.

Day 4: Cooking class in the mountains
This morning we will be driving to Sierra de Aracena mountains for a memorable day in a farm, where we will have a cooking class with a family.
In the afternoon we’ll return to Seville for an evening at leisure.

Day 5: Day trip to the white washed villages, cheese tasting, Olive oil mill
The white washed villages of Andalusia, or pueblos Blancos, are stunning towns perched on cliffs. The white provides a dazzling contrast to the brightly colored flowers which fill the streets and the ochres of their rocky mountain perches. We will visit Grazalema, one of the classic ‘white villages’ with immaculately kept whitewashed houses with windows covered by wrought-iron rejas and plant pots spilling over with flowers,. It’s as pretty as a postcard and its setting, in the heart of the Grazalema National Park, is dramatic. What could be a better place to taste fine cheese than in the mountains and this is exactly what we are going to do and also enjoy lunch in this beautiful national park. After lunch we will visit another spectacular white town, Zahara de la sierra which is located on the slopes of the Grazalema mountains with the azure-blue waters of the vast lake below, its Moorish castle perched on a craggy outcrop at the very top. Our final stop today will be at a traditional working olive mill that produces high quality cold pressed olive oil. After a long day we’ll return to Seville.

Free evening

Day 6: Day trip to Cordoba
Today we venture to Cordoba. As impressive and surprising Cordoba presents itself to today’s visitor, it remains as impressive and surprising as it was in the past past. Not many know that in the 11th century it was one of the most important capitals in Europe. The medieval city, famed for the peaceful and prosperous coexistence of its three religious cultures (Islam, Judaism and Christianity), Cordoba is also an illustration of the cultural history of the Iberian Peninsula.

Cordoba today offers a cultural depth and intensity. Its artistic and historical treasures begin with the Mezquita cathedral (Mosque – cathedral) and continue through the winding white washed streets of the Juderia (the medieval Jewish quarter), the jasmine geranium, orange blossom filled patios, renaissance palaces, two dozen churches, and convents and hermitages built by Moorish artisans directly over former mosques.

Free evening in Seville.

Day 7: Departure
Head home or extend your stay.

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    Seville

  • Pick-up Location:

    Airport

  • Pick-up time:

    1:00 pm

Departure details

  • Airport city:

    Seville

  • Drop off location:

    Airport

  • Drop off time:

    07:30 am

The program includes:

  • 6 nights accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • Cooking class
  • Sherry tasting
  • Tapas tour
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Flamenco show
  • Private tour guide
  • Transportation during day trips

The program does not include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The boutique hotel is located in the captivating district of Seville in the authentic and picturesque Barrio de Santa Cruz. Barrio de Santa Cruz is an enchanting area of the city filled with cobbled, narrow streets, enchanting plazas, and orange trees, and is centrally positioned within easy walking distance to many of the area’s main attractions. The boutique hotel boasts a lovely traditional courtyard that can be admired from the various guestroom patios where guests can relax and enjoy the serene ambience. At the top of the hotel sits the terrace, which is for the exclusive use of the guests, it is the ideal location for relaxing and taking in the breathtaking views of the Giralda bell tower. Step outside the hotel and you’ll get to be like a Spaniard having a very late dinner in one of the Tapas bars or people-watch while sipping coffee.

DATES & PRICES

2020

  • Oct 4 – Oct 10
  • $ 3395.00
  • Available
  • Oct 4 – Oct 10
  • $ 3395.00
  • Available
  • Oct 4 – Oct 10
  • $ 3395.00
  • Available

2021

  • Oct 3 – Oct 9
  • $ 3395.00
  • Available
  • Oct 3 – Oct 9
  • $ 3395.00
  • Available
  • Oct 3 – Oct 9
  • $ 3395.00
  • Available

Single supplement: $ 600.00

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.

You can get a quote here

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Travel protection provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay and much more. Plus, we offer our exclusive One Call 24-hour Traveler Assistance Service to help you with emergency situations that arise during your trip.

You may also consider ‘Cancel for no reason’. It may seem costly, but if you are deeply concerned about things like Hurricanes, strikes, Coronavirus outbreak, terror attack and such, you should look into that.

For pre existing condition, it’s important to purchase a policy within 10 days of your deposit.

FAQ about Travel Insurance

You can to fly in and out of to Seville.

You can fly to Madrid and take a train.

If you plan on visiting other places in Spain – Consult with us. We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans: Flights, trains, logistics and ideas.

You can visit Madrid.

You can visit Barcelona.

We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans – don’t hesitate asking.

Walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.

we try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am.

The itinerary is balanced between activities, sightseeing and leisure time.

What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

 

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.

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REVIEWS

REVIEWS

The best trip in the south of Spain

5.0 rating
11 October 2019

The tour guides were awesome. seville is amazing. The hotel location was so central that Seville is literally at your door step. The cooking class was so much fun. We also loved the tapas bar hopping in the evening with David. Every day was exciting and interesting.
We have already booked again for next year.

Sheila M.
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