Sense of the South

Sense of the South

Day 1 Lisboa

Meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day and dinner at your leisure.

Day 2 Lisboa

Nominated the World's leading city destination in 2018, Lisbon is a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Visit Barrio Alto, La Alfama, Placa do Comercio, the Port & the suburb of Belem. Take a private traditional Tram to discover the hidden corners of Lisbon like a true local.  Afternoon at leisure.  Later, join your fellow travellers and taste Portuguese delights in a welcome dinner. (BD)

Day 3 Lisboa - Sintra - Lisboa

Today, you choose your experience:
- Visit Sintra – A delightful Portuguese town that is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Hidden within these pine covered hills are extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle.
- ‘Petiscos’- cod dishes - extend your culinary experience in Lisbon by visiting its local markets and joining a Portuguese cooking class
The rest of the day is at leisure for you to discover more of Lisbon’s secrets. (BL)

Day 4 Lisboa - Evora - Alentejo

We farewell Lisbon bound for the Alentejo. An undiscovered Portuguese region rich in medieval citadels, incredible wine and dramatic landscapes. Our first stop is Evora. In the heart of Alentejo, halfway between Lisbon and the Estremadura region of Spain, lays this UNESCO world heritage beauty. We continue deep into the Alentejo region with a farm-hotel as our destination, close to the town of Beja. A unique location where we will be staying the next 2 nights. At the farm, taste their own wine and olive oil before cooking your own dinner with fresh produce straight from their garden! A real farm-to-table experience you will not forget. (BD)

Day 5 Alentejo - Monsaraz - Alentejo

We have selected the best views over the Alentejo plains and the Alqueva reservoir for you. The graceful medieval village of Monsaraz maintains the magic from ancient times like few others in the world.  Suspended in time, this historic village, one of the oldest in Portugal, is a must-see destination while in Alentejo. Once back at our farm-hotel, take a 4x4 trip across the property. Olive Oil groves, endless vineyards, fruit trees & horses. Join your fellow travellers for a picnic dinner. (BD)

Day 6 Alentejo - Jabugo - Sevilla

Welcome to Spain!  Sure you´ve heard of Jamon Iberico.  Well, today we head for the Spanish capital of Jamon Iberico, Jabugo. We´ll visit Cinco Jotas, a Jamon Iberico Farm, located inside the Natural Park of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche, in the region of Huelva, Andalusia. The 3,000 inhabitants of Jabugo have a distinct connection with Iberian ham. The profound history behind the 100-year old curing cellars, the unique environment and the artisan process that goes into creating the indulgent acorn-fed 100% Jamon Ibérico. Carve and taste the Jamon before continuing to Seville, capital of Andalusia. (BL)

Day 7 Sevilla

A journey through 5 ancient civilizations. Seville and Andalusia have always been a land desired by different civilisations. These lands were loved by Phoenicians, Tartessians, Romans, Arabs, & Christians. There are places in the world that seem to exert a special attraction and allure, Seville is one of those. Afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for an authentic tapas dinner at traditional taverns.  (BD)

Day 8 Sevilla - Córdoba - Sevilla

Dia 8, Sunday – Sevilla, choose your experience:
Visit Cordoba – Not many places in the world can say they have been the capital of Hispania Ulterior (Further Spain) under the Roman Empire as well as the capital of the Muslim Umayyad Caliphate. This important historical city was also one of intellectualism and knowledge, where figures like Seneca, Averroes or Maimonides were born. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 9 Sevilla - White Villages - Ronda

Today we farewell Seville to explore Andalusia in depth. Visit the Andalusian whitewashed villages of Algodonares, Zahara and Grazalema. The ‘Pueblos Blancos’ of Andalusia preserve a cultural heritage like no other. Each village displays its individual history and continues to pass on artisan crafts through the generations. Continue to Ronda, famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge through which the Guadalevín river flows. (B)

Day 10 Ronda

Ronda is the third most-visited destination in southern Spain. Its two halves lie either side of the El Tajo gorge and are connected by the spectacular “New Bridge”. After the visit and free time for lunch, we will discover an innovative side of Andalusia, LA Organic olive oil farm. Located in the Serranía of Ronda, at an altitude of 800 metres, these olive groves, which are not artificially irrigated or treated with pesticides, produce seven different varieties of olives on hundred-year old trees. Become an olive oil expert after an educational tasting masterclass. (B)

Day 11 Ronda - Antequera - Granada

Today we continue our explorations across southern Spain and head towards magical Granada. On the way we stop in Antequera.  A visit to this historical Andalucían town is a journey almost 5,000 years back in time, beginning with the Bronze Age and the native Iberians. Its rich history is evident everywhere, from its many burial mounds, dolmens, Roman baths, Moorish Castle, Gothic churches, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers.  Continue to Granada. Join your fellow travellers for dinner in a spectacular setting just in front of the Alhambra. (BD)

Day 12 Granada

This morning visit La Alhambra - The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "red or crimson castle", perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls that surround the entire hill of La Sabica. A unique architectural beauty considered the 8th wonder of the World.   The afternoon will be at your leisure.   In the early evening join your fellow travellers for a walking tour of the Albaicin quarter, a rich repository of Moorish vernacular architecture, into which the traditional Andalusian architecture blends harmoniously. Finish the walk at Templo Flamenco. Local legend describes this flamenco cave as a former temple, which explains the larger dimensions as well as the three main chambers forming the shape of a cross. (BD)

Day 13 Granada - Madrid

We farewell Granada and Andalusia today bound for the exciting Spanish capital, Madrid. Join a night walking tour around the old quarter, Austrias, and taste a tapas dinner in traditional taverns. (BD)

Day 14 Madrid

Today we discover Madrid further and pay a visit to the Royal Palace. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city. Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. (BD)

Day 15 Madrid

We hope you've enjoyed your experience and learnt about Iberian Landscapes. After breakfast you'll be transferred to the airport. (B)