The tour departs at 0830h from Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid. You will travel in an air-conditioned minibus accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
Travel through the land of Don Quixote "The Man from La Mancha" to reach Cordoba in time .
Cordoba was founded by the ancient Romans. During the classic Roman times, the great philosophers, Seneca the Elder and the Younger, expressed their ideas and orated in some of the wonderful palaces that the Romans built here.
Coordoba then went on to become the capital of the Iberian peninsula under the caliphates of the Moorish dynasties. For a long time it was the largest city in Western Europe. Today the historic centre of Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After lunch you start the city tour of Cordoba. Some of the more important locations that you will get to see in historic Cordoba are the Great Moorish Mosque, the Jewish Quarter and the Sinagoga de Cordoba.
The tour starts by visiting the famous Mezquita or the Great Moorish Mosque of Cordoba. The Mosque was considered a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians. Its internal columns and arcades create a vision that reflects the building traditions of the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.
You also visit the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the times of the Romans and Goths. The area consists of a captivating system of narrow lanes that provide for great atmosphere allowing you to imagine what it was like in its heyday.
Built in the medieval period around 1315, the Sinagoga of Cordoba is the only one to survive the Inquisition. Containing Hebrew inscriptions and beautifully restored, it has been converted into a museum.
After your trip around Cordoba your tour will then take you to Seville. On arrival in Sevilla you check in to your hotel for dinner and to stay the night.
The morning starts with breakfast after which you start your morning tour of Sevilla. It is one of the most loved and visited cities in all of Spain. Occupied by the Moors for more than 800 years it still bears reminders of its rich and vivid past.
You will visit the Cathedral of Seville - It is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic religious building in Europe. It also boasts the largest and richest altarpiece in the world. It is lavishly decorated with a large quantity of gold. It is so large that it seems an ordinary cathedral could fit inside its walls.
You will take a stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter, which is the famous historical old town of Seville. It is truly the heart of the city with a magical charm that comes from its winding alley and lime-washed houses. It was home to the Jewish quarter in the Middle Ages and the enormous and beautiful Maria Luis Gardens built as a Romantic garden. It was also home to the legendary ‘Don Juan’.
The afternoon is yours at leisure to continue to explore this beautiful city.
You return to your hotel for dinner and to stay the night.
After breakfast you depart for Ronda.
On arrival at Ronda you have time and leisure to admire this ancient town of Celtic origin. It is one of the loveliest towns of southern Spain. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views over the Serranía de Ronda Mountains. Ronda has preserved its charm and historical identity despite the growth of tourism.
Some of Ronda’s attractions that you will see are:
The Puente Nuevo or ‘New Bridge’ - The Bridge spans the 100 metre El Tajo gorge. It is from here that you can get spectacular views of the Serranía de Ronda Mountains.
La Ciudad or the old city is separated from the newer city by the Puente Nuevo. This is the old Muslim part of Ronda and has winding cobbled streets hemmed in by fine-looking old mansions. In one corner of La Ciudad is the Palacio Mondragón and its beautiful miniature water gardens.
The Barrio San Francisco is a lovely place to relax because of its picturesque and excellent bars and restaurants. On one side is the lovely Church of Espiritu Santo.
After spectacular Ronda you travel on to Costa del Sol and the end of your tour.