Andalucia in Detail
- 11 Days
- From £1,199
- Fabulous Granada with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains
- Moorish architecture in Cordoba
- Cobbled streets and white-washed houses in Seville
- The hilltop town of Ronda
- Stopovers in Perpignan and Nîmes to break your rail journey to Spain
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 10 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Private transfer from Ronda to Seville with a stop en route in Sentenil de las Bodegas
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
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Take the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord and connect to the Gare de Lyon where you will catch a high speed TGV south to Perpignan, capital of French Catalonia. Keep your eyes peeled for a first glimpse of the Mediterranean before you arrive at your first night’s stop.
When you arrive, check in for an overnight stay at the ultra-convenient and modern Quality Centre del Mon Hotel (or similar), right outside the station.
Return to the station this morning and board a train bound for Madrid. Arrive into the Spanish capital in the early afternoon and transfer onto a high-speed AVE Train to Cordoba. Once you arrive, make your way to your hotel, the Macia Alfaros Hotel (or similar), where you will have a 2 night stay.
Once you have settled in, why not make your way into the historic centre of the city, much of which is now UNESCO World Heritage listed. Spaniards traditionally eat late, so you have plenty of time to find the perfect tapas bar or bodega for your evening meal.
A full day to discover the historic sites of this former Roman and Moorish capital. Don’t miss a visit to the magnificent Mesquita Cathedral Mosque, which dates back to the 8th century AD and reflects the fascinating history of this city.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Why not extend your holiday in Cordoba? Take in more of this fascinating city, visit Malaga, or even extend your trip to Tangiers in Morocco!
After a two and a half hour train journey, you will arrive into Granada where you have 2 nights at the Melia Hotel (or similar).
Granada is a fascinating Moorish city, set at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains but only an hour’s drive from the sea. There’s plenty to see here, from the iconic Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens to the winding narrow streets of the historic Albaicín district, where you can enjoy tapas and flamenco as the sun goes down. The Alhambra Palace books up early, so please ask us to include skip-the-line tickets here if you’re planning to visit.
Leave Granada at lunchtime after a morning spent at leisure. Your four hour journey takes you through the landscapes of Andalucia to Ronda, perched above the deep El Tajo canyon. Stay overnight at the fabulous Parador de Ronda (or similar), on the edge of the gorge.
Make the most of your overnight stay and wander around the charming cobbled streets of La Cuidad, where Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles wandered before you.
After a leisurely start today, you’ll meet your private transfer driver at your hotel and take a drive through Andalucian countryside to Seville. Along the way, you’ll have a stop at the fascinating Setenil de las Bodegas (pictured), a village carved into a sheer rock face which has existed in some form for thousands of years.
Arriving in the late afternoon, settle in at the Patio de la Alameda (or similar) before heading out to begin your exploration of the city. You will have 3 nights here.
Spend two full days in Seville, with its Moorish architectural gems, majestic Cathedral (the third largest in the world) and other stunning attractions. Be sure to allow time to simply wander around the beautiful old town of white washed houses and lanes lined with orange trees.
In the evenings, you might like to take a tapas tour or see a live flamenco show. If you would like to pre-book one of Seville’s tours or attractions, you can do so online here.
After an early breakfast in your hotel, head back to the station and catch a train via Catalan capital Barcelona to Nîmes in the heart of Provence, where you will stay overnight at the conveniently located Novotel Atria Nimes Centre (or similar).
TMR RECOMMENDS: As you are changing trains in the magnificent city of Barcelona, take the opportunity to stop over for a night or two in the Catalan capital.
Leave Nîmes this morning and take the TGV service back to Lille. Here, make an easy platform change for your London-bound Eurostar.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Hotel Quality Centre del Mon is a modern property, located next to Perpignan’s main station and just a 15 minute walk from the historic heart of the city. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. There is also a bar and an inviting patio.
A short walk from Cordoba’s famous Mezquita, the Macia Alfaros is housed in a beautiful, traditional Andalucian building. The building retains many original features and has been tastefully renovated to a high standard. Los Alarifes restaurant provides evening meals and is the setting for a buffet breakfast each morning.
This elegant hotel is situated in the centre of historic Granada, 25 minutes’ walk from the Alhambra Palace. It offers classic-style rooms with a terrace overlooking the city. The hotel’s Generalife restaurant offers an extensive buffet breakfast and specialises in rice dishes. Guests can relax in the Albayzin bar.
This Parador is situated in a spectacular spot in the heart of the city, beside Ronda’s emblematic Puente Nuevo. It is housed in the former town hall building, with unparalleled views of the Tagus River, a ravine 390 feet deep. You can go for a swim or sunbathe in the gardens by the swimming pool, taking in a cool drink alongside the gorge.
Situated in a converted 19th century mansion, the Patio de la Alameda offers comfortable accommodation typical to Seville, with easy access to the sights of the city. Guestrooms are furnished in a traditional style with complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The hotel also features a bar, restaurant and a pretty outdoor terrace.
The Novotel Atria is a modern, family friendly hotel, ideally located within easy walking distance of the main train station and all the sights of this Roman city. All 119 comfortable bedrooms feature air-conditioning as well as tea and coffee making facilities, perfect for a quick pit-stop after a day’s sightseeing.
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The Hotel Hospes Palacio Del Bailio is a 5-star boutique hotel that occupies a 16th-century palace in the heart of the ancient city of Córdoba. It has an relaxing pool set in pretty gardens and a luxurious spa. The elegant rooms mix past and present. Some have original wall paintings, and all have flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
The Hotel Hospes Palacio de los Patos is set in a 19th-century palace, 700 yards from Granada Cathedral. The beautiful Bodyna Spa offers a range of treatments. The hotel has 40 exquisitely decorated rooms, which have a contemporary design, while conserving the original décor of this historic property.
One of Spain’s most prestigious hotels, Hotel Alfonso XIII is located next to Seville’s Real Alcazares. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, gym and a typical garden courtyard with a fountain, and its elegant design includes Arabic-style arches and ceramic tiles. Rooms are individually decorated and feature air conditioning, a minibar, bathrobe and slippers.