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What's included

12 day itinerary departing Madrid.
11 nights in hand-picked accommodation.
16 meals.
Premium mini-coach transportation.
Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader & Driver.
All experiences and entrance fees to sites listed in itinerary.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Madrid (Spain). Our tour will begin in vibrant Madrid, where we'll meet the group and kick off our adventure with a delicious welcome dinner. Salud! Accommodation: Hotel Puerta Del Sol (or similar). Meals: Dinner.
  • Day 2 Madrid to Toledo. After breakfast, we'll board the mini-coach and head for Toledo - a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca will help us get a grip on the area's unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel for the night. Accommodation: Hotel Carlos V (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Toledo to Valdepenas to Cordoba. Today our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepenas - where we'll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and lunch. Appetites satisfied, we'll move on to beautiful Cordoba - our home for the next two nights. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba (or similar). Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Day 4 Cordoba. Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia - a locally guided tour of Cordoba's Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you'll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafes, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city's magnificent architecture - this afternoon is all about you. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 5 Cordoba to Ubeda to Granada. Our next stop will be Ubeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause and taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada. Accommodation: Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 6 Granada. An energetic university city with an ancient past - Granada is truly magnificent. No visit here would be complete without wandering the lavish interiors of ancient Alhambra. We'll enjoy a guided tour around the intricately carved archways and vibrant gardens of this breathtaking Moorish palace. The rest of the day is yours to explore Granada at your leisure. Accommodation: Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 7 Granada to Ronda. You can rest assured that today's journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we'll get our bearings on an orientation tour. Tonight, we'll come together for dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation: Hotel Maestranza (or similar). Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Day 8 Ronda to Grazalema, Arcos and Jerez to Seville. Today it's back on the road - with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we'll set our sights on Jerez - where we'll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery. Tonight, a traditional flamenco show will help us settle into Seville. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Juderia (or similar). Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Day 9 Seville. We've a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. First, a locally guided walking tour and a visit to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcazar of Seville. Then, the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always sample some Andalucian specialities at one of the city's abundant bars. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Juderia (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 10 Seville to Sierra De Aracena. Back to nature today. After breakfast we'll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. While we're here, we'll pay a visit a local pig farm - where we'll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamon iberico and local cheeses. Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 11 Sierra De Aracena to Monsaraz (Portugal) to Estremoz. Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We'll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time. Tonight, we'll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner. Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz (or similar). Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Day 12 Estremoz to evora to Lisbon. Onwards to evora, the capital of the Alentejo region. This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon. Meals: Breakfast.
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