Country Roads of Andalucia - Small Group, 2023 Small Group
From 07/05/2023 to 04/09/2023
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Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times.
If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Welcome to Andalucia Transfers to your hotel depart from M?laga airport at 11:30, 13:00 and 15:00. Malaga is the cultural gateway to Andalucia with its sleek port and the street-art-cloaked streets of its edgy Soho district. At 17:30, join your Travel Director for an orientation of M?laga. See the Alcazaba, a hallmark of the city's Moorish past. This citadel dates back to the 11th century, and the Roman Theatre sits by the entrance. Your Welcome Dinner is served at a local restaurant, with the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening with wine.
Day 2 - The Soul of Andalucia Relaxed Start Journey through M?laga province. Relax as you travel the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through high end resorts where the rich and famous holiday. Your journey continues through the green hills to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast. Stop in LA Organic, a sustainable and gastronomic olive farm offering a unique experience. Enjoy tasting the refined and delicate flavours of this award-winning olive oil, before an alfresco terrace lunch, overlooking the picturesque seascape. Feast on the freshest farm-to-table flavours as you tuck into local produce, harvested that day from the hillside gardens. Arrive in Ronda, often referred to as 'the soul of Andalucia'. Once an important cultural centre filled with mosques and palaces, it has inspired many poets and writers, including Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Walk just a few steps from your perfectly located hotel through Puente Nuevo, the New Bridge, which spans a gorge over 300 feet deep, and see Alameda del Tajo park.
Day 3 - Through National Parks to Jerez Cross the Grazalema National Park, an area of natural beauty scattered with mountains and oak forests. Stop in clifftop Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucia's hidden gem. The mystery that resides within the high city walls and huge churches scattered around the city often intrigues the visitor. Spend time wandering through the serene alleyways and alongside elegant palaces, and appreciate the sheer cliff-plunging views from the parador. Continue on to Jerez-de-la-Frontera, your home for the next three nights. Learn more about Jerez in an orientation and see this city that is a bit of an underdog compared to its more famous neighbours. See the impressive 12th century Moorish Alc?zar, the stately Plaza del Arenal and the romantic Plaza de la Yebra.
Day 4 - Sherry in Jerez Relaxed Start Celebrate Jerez, a city famous for its Sherry. Explore the Sherry making heritage of Jerez, the city's most famous and sought-after export, on a tasting tour in the Old Town. The rest of the day is free to further explore. Perhaps visit the gypsy-flamenco neighbourhood of Santiago, a labyrinth of beautifully scruffy townhouses and attractive squares?
Day 5 - Exploring C?diz Relaxed Start Today is dedicated to exploring the province of C?diz. Stop in quiet Medina Sidonia, often overlooked by visitors. It was once the seat of the Duques de Medina Sidonia, one of Spain's most powerful families. Make sure to try Alfajores, the area's famous honey and almond cakes made in the Arab tradition. Continue to seaside C?diz. Founded as Gadir by the Phoenicians circa 1100 BC, it is generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. See the cathedral, Teatro Romano and the monumental Puerta de Tierra. Watch the Atlantic waves crash against eroded sea walls, as you walk along Paseo Maritimo. During free time, find out what makes C?diz a leading gastronomic capital and be sure to try fresh fried fish and seafood. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 6 - Seville, The City of Carmen A short drive north takes you to Seville. Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Seville's Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, with a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and a short walk through the narrow lanes of the Santa Cruz Quarter to enjoy a refreshing beverage. Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. Head to the nearby market for an enthralling tapas tour for dinner.
Day 7 - Do?ana National Park Do?ana National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a unique ecosystem that is considered one of most important natural protected areas in Europe. A key crossroads for migratory bird routes between Africa and Europe, it is also the last refuge for many endangered species, such as the Spanish imperial eagle. A vast spectacle awaits, as sand dunes meet marshes, lagoons, pine and oak forests. Embark on a fascinating bird-watching tour with a naturalist guide for a chance to see rare species and unique landscapes. Return to Seville, where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8 - The Costa Del Sol Relaxed Start Bid farewell to Seville. Continue along sunny Costa del Sol to your resort hotel for a final day to enjoy the beautiful views across the Mediterranean. Spend the day relaxing at the beach or by the hotel pool. This evening, celebrate the end of your Andalucian adventures and newfound friends, at a Celebration Dinner served in a local restaurant. Buen provecho!
Day 9 - Farewell M?laga Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Malaga airport at 07:00 and 10:00. Choice Highlights Choose between two carefully selected activities Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert, and a stop for a refreshing beverage. Well-being : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests). : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches. : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols. : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues. : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day. Travel Director : "There is nothing quite like sampling the many varieties of tapas. Every region has its own delicacies so you can be assured that you will taste different ones everywhere you go." : "Guests are surprised to find that Spanish is not the only language spoken in the country - there's also Basque, Galician and Catalan, not to mention the little dialects in each province." Top Rated Highlights Malaga: Enjoy a city orientation with your Travel Director and see the Alcazaba, a hallmark of the city's Moorish past, and the Roman Theatre which sits by the entrance. Ronda: See Puente Neuvo, the New Bridge, and Alameda del Tajo park on your orientation with your Travel Director. Arcos de la Frontera: Explore one of Spain's finest white-washed villages on an orientation with your Travel Director. Jerez de la Frontera: See the 12th century Moorish Alc?zar, stately Plaza del Arenal and romantic Plaza de la Yebra on your orientation with your Travel Director. C?diz: See the cathedral, Teatro Romano, the monumental Puerta de Tierra and enjoy a walk along Paseo Maritimo. Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert, and a stop for a refreshing beverage. Authentic Dining Malaga: Get to know your fellow travellers over a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. Ronda: Visit a sustainable farm and enjoy a tasting of award-wining olive oil followed by a farm-to-table lunch, made from fresh produce harvested from the home garden. Jerez de la Frontera: Explore Jerez's heritage of Sherry, the city's most famous and sought-after export on a tasting tour in the Old Town. Seville: Enjoy an enthralling dinner tapas tour at Lonja Del Barranco market. Costa del Sol: Celebrate the end of your Andalucian adventures and newfound friends, at a Celebration Dinner served in a local restaurant. Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch (L) Make Travel Matter Seville: The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as they perform an emotional show. The school enables students access to cultural education that otherwise may not have occurred. TreadRights sponsorship has helped students to complete their studies in advanced guitar, singing and dance. As students complete their training, they will carry on and safeguard the traditional flamenco dance, contributing to the protection of Andalusia and Spain's cultural heritage. The Cristina Heeren Foundation advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Insight Experiences Do?ana National Park: Embark on a fascinating bird-watching tour with a naturalist guide, for a chance to see rare species and unique landscapes.
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