Andalucia & the Meditteranean Coast

Andalucia & the Mediterranean Coast

Day 1 Madrid - Caceres - Córdoba

Departure from bus Terminal at Calle Ferraz 3, at 0800 hrs towards the region of Extremadura. It is from here that the famous 'conquistadores', Pizarro and Cortez ventured out to the New World. Enjoy some free time to visit the Plaza Mayor in Caceres. Continue on to the delightful southern city of Cordoba. An ancient Roman city, Cordoba was an important provincial Capital, but gained its real reputation in culture, being the most important caliphate in the occident, with a University, fabulous libraries and sumptuous houses. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 2 Cordoba - Sevilla

Breakfast and tour of Cordoba. Cordoba lies on a sharp bend in the Rio Guadalquivir which is spanned by a Roman bridge linking the 14th century Torre de la Calahorra and the old town. Departure for Sevilla. Lunch and afternoon free. Sevilla is capital of 'Andalucia', the most southern region of the Spanish peninsula. Accommodation.

Day 3 Sevilla

Half Board. Morning city tour visiting the Park of Maria Luisa, Plaza de Espana and typical Barrio de Santa Cruz. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation.

Day 4 Sevilla - Ronda - Marbella

Breakfast. Departure today along the 'Route of the White Villages' to Ronda. Free time to explore this beautiful town. Its main feature is the immense Tajo or Chasm - a geological cleft in the rock that plunges about 100m deep and separates the old part of the city from the new. Optional Excursion to Mijas or Gibraltar. Then travel to Costa del Sol for afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 5 Marbella - Granada

Breakfast. Travel on to Granada and on arrival, a tour visiting to one of the most outstanding attractions in Europe, the magnificent Moorish palace, the Alhambra and the Gardens of the Generalife (the Summer Palace). Dinner and accommodation.

Day 6 Granada - Valencia

Breakfast. Departure via Guadix, Baza and Puerto Lumbreros towards the Mediterranean coast to finally arrive in Valencia. Afternoon at leisure to see all that Valencia has to offer. Valencia was a crossroad of Greeks, and other civilisations but it was the Romans who founded this city in the 2nd century. Accommodation.

Day 7 Valencia - Barcelona

Breakfast. Some free time in the morning to continue exploring Valencia. You might like to visit the central market - an Art Nouveau building opened in 1928, and thought to be one of the largest and most attractive markets in Europe and the buildings surrounding the Plaza Mayor including the Lonja - an exquisite Late Gothic hall built between 1482 and 1498 as a commodities exchange. Continue at mid-morning on to the second city of Spain - Barcelona. Barcelona is best known for its many buildings in the Eixample left by the artistic explosion of Modernisme in the decades around 1900. Accommodation.

Day 8 Barcelona

Breakfast. This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour including the park of Monjtuic, the old Gothic quarter and the monument to Columbus. Afternoon free. A walk along Barcelona's most famous boulevard 'Las Ramblas' which is especially lively in the evening, allows you to take in its palatial buildings, shops, cafes and street vendors. Accommodation.

Day 9 Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid

Breakfast and departure through Lerida and Zaragoza to Madrid. Arrival and end of tour.