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Overview

Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Andalucia on a 3-night tour to three of the region’s most spectacular cities. Explore the stunning sights of Cordoba, Seville and Granada with a knowledgeable guide and luxuriate in 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation during this enriching excursion. See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder of Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar Palace; wander the opulent grounds of Granada’s Alhambra Palace and sample tantalizing tapas in rustic restaurants; and delve into Cordoba’s magnificent Moorish history during visits to Mezquita. Upgrade to enjoy luxurious return transport to Cordoba, the tour’s original departure point.
  • 3-night Andalucia tour from Cordoba to Granada with 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy a full day and a night in three of Andalucia’s most fascinating cities
  • Head out on sightseeing tours of Cordoba, Seville and Granada’s Alhambra, and enjoy cultural activities such as a flamenco show
  • Visit three of Spain’s top UNESCO world heritage sites: Royal Alcazar Palace, Seville Cathedral and the Alhambra
  • Walk around Cordoba Synagogue and the Mezquita, Cordoba’s legendary cathedral-mosque
  • Upgrade to include transport from Granada to Cordoba at the end of the tour
Explore the alluring attractions of Andalucia, a state in southern Spain home to fiery flamenco, tantalizing tapas and sublime year-round sunshine, on this exciting 3-night excursion. Spend a full night in each of the cultural cities, exploring historical highlights and experiencing authentic culture with a knowledgeable guide. Wander the serpentine streets of Seville to discover the colossal Cathedral and majestic Royal Alcazar Palace; soothe your muscles in the blissful Arabian baths of Granada before discovering the Moorish magnificence of the Alhambra Palace; and immerse yourself in the sacred religious sites of Cordoba as you gain insight into its Moorish past. 
Enjoy comfortable and conveniently located 3- or 4-star accommodation in each city and upgrade to enjoy transport back to Cordoba on the final day of the tour. All entrance fees to attractions are included, in addition to a feisty flamenco show, airport transportation and either a Hammam spa visit or tapas evening walking tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cordoba
Start your 3-night tour with a pickup from either Cordoba Airport or the train station to your Cordoba hotel. Drop your bags at your hotel, and then head out on a sightseeing tour of the ancient Moorish city.

Visit the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a site also known as the Palace of the Christian Kings, that was built in the 14th century. Walk through the inside of the palace and see Arabian baths, Roman mosaics and a sarcophagus of marble that dates to the 3rd century.

After exploring the Alcázar, stroll to Cordoba Synagogue, nestled in the heart of the city’s Jewish quarter. Head inside to admire its ornate interiors and learn about Cordoba’s Jewish community that formed part of the city’s cultural mix from the 2nd century onwards.

The final highlight of your walking tour is the magnificent Mezquita, a cathedral converted from an original mosque when the Christians conquered Cordoba in the 13th century. Modifications took place more than two centuries later, so the building’s original Gothic style is combined with Baroque and Renaissance elements, resulting in an interior that’s incredible to behold.

After spend the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps take a stroll down Calleja de las Flores, a sun-dappled alleyway speckled with colorful flowers, or check out the lively tapas bars and bodegas (wine bars) that spill out onto the streets.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Eurostars Maimonides, 4-star Hotel Macià Alfaros or similar in central Cordoba

Day 2: Cordoba – Seville
Leave your Cordoba hotel and travel south to Seville by train. After roughly 1.5 hours on the train, arrive in the lively Andalucian capital, rop your bags at your hotel and head out to explore on a walking tour. Discover the charming medieval lanes and secluded piazzas in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, and then visit Seville’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Alcazar Palace (Reales Alcázares) to learn about its history and former life as a Moorish fort.

Head inside another of Seville’s UNESCO-listed sites — Seville Cathedral — and admire its opulent Gothic architecture that showcases the city’s 13th-century wealth. After exploring with your guide, walk up the cathedral’s 343-foot (100-meter) Giralda Tower to take in panoramic views from the top. Learn how the bell tower was built to emulate a Moroccan minaret and has since become the symbol of Seville.

Your tour finishes after leaving the cathedral, so use your free time in the afternoon to enjoy lunch (own expense), shop or sightsee independently. In the evening, leave your hotel by coach and head out to see a flamenco show in town. Seville is recognized as the birthplace of the fiery flamenco dance, so where better to see a show? Travel to Palacio Andaluz to watch a 1.5-hour traditional flamenco show with tapas and a drink, and watch some of Seville’s finest flamenco dancers perform on the dance floor in front of you. After the show finishes, make your own way back to your hotel.

Overnight: 3- Hotel América Sevilla, 3-star Hotel Derby, 4-star Hotel Petit Palace Santa Cruz hotel or similar in central Seville

Day 3: Seville – Granada
Check out from your hotel and wave goodbye to Seville as you travel to Granada by train. Drop your bags at your hotel, and then head out on a sightseeing tour of Granada. Your first stop is the Alhambra: Granada’s UNESCO-listed stunner. Head inside the hill-top palace complex with your guide, and discover its highlights on a skip-the-line walking tour.

After making your way past the long entrance lines, visit the oldest part of the Alhambra, Alcazaba Fortress, with its myriad of ramparts and towers. Admire the views, and then continue to the Nasrid Palaces to marvel at the elaborate public rooms and intriguing Islamic art of the old Moorish buildings. From the palaces, stroll outside to Generalife Gardens to check out where the Moorish kings of bygone days once relaxed amid terraces of colorful flowers.

Finish your Alhambra tour with a hotel drop-off, and enjoy free time in the afternoon for lunch (own expense) or to explore independently. Later in the day, you have the choice of a visit to Granada’s Arabian baths — Hammam Al Andalus — or an evening walking tour of the city with tapas for dinner.

If you choose the Arabian baths option, relax at leisure in the bath’s three different pools, all beautifully adorned with glistening tiles. Alternatively, meet your guide in Plaza Nueva in the early evening for a 2.5-hour walking tour around the Albaicin neighborhood. Learn about the city’s Moorish past and see historical landmarks such as Royal Chancery of Granada and the Church of San José. In between sightseeing, visit four of Granada’s top tapas bars to feast on small-plate specialties. Enjoy one drink (house wine, draught beer or a soft drink) in each bar. Both options do not include hotel pickup or drop-off.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Maciá Monasterio De Los Basilios, 4-star Hotel Macià Real de la Alhambra or similar in central Granada

Day 4: Granada or Granada – Cordoba
Check out of your hotel in the late morning. Your 3-night tour finishes with a transfer to Granada Airport or the train station around midday. If you select the upgrade, simply leave your Granada hotel by coach at a prearranged time and travel back to central Cordoba , finishing your trip in the late afternoon.

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, Apr 2016

After booking and paying, the confirmation from Viator said I had to contact the local tour operator to confirm, as if that is my problem. Before payment, I clearly requested 2 separate bedrooms for each night. I emailed the local operator on the address provided by Viator 3 times, but they never responded. I had a local friend from Spain call them, and it turns out that the email address provided by Viator was not in use. Even though my friend confirmed with them over the phone, they only responded 1 day before the travel date only confirming the pick up time from the train station, and not the 2 bedrooms. After several back and forth emails, they said I need to pay extra for a junior suite/2 bed rooms where applicable as they were not aware of my request, which I ended up paying Euro 170. The actual tour organization was very poor and unprofessional. Nothing went as smooth as advertised. The driver picked us up from Cordoba and just dropped us at the hotel and left. We were note informed where to go, and no one picked us up from the hotel. I wasted time and money making international calls from my phone to figure out where to go. As a result of this poor planning, we missed the first hour of the tour. They only had 2 train tickets to Sevilla and not till later did they give us the third ticket. We were not informed of any details or next steps. We always had to ask and inquire. Dropping us to the hotel in Granada was hell, and no one spoke English. We almost missed the Hammam due to their poor planning. The Andalucia Hammam was a joke! Even though they told us it includes a message and a bath, the Hammam staff said we were only booked for a bath! After arguing, they confirmed that we have a message plus a bath, but the message was a complete joke, only 15 mins long, the cheapest and most useless option. Viator's customer service is as bad as the tour operator. They were not helpful at all, and they did not pick up my phone after over 40 mins on hold.

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, Dec 2014

Cordoba: This tour was unorganized for us. We were not given an itinerary so we did not know from place to place where to go and where we where supposed to be. I do not remember in the description that the tours where 3 hour walking tours. Also the lack of toilets was a problem and the guide did not seem to care. The tour said it would be in English not 3 different languages. She preferred French and spent a lot time with the 4 French tourist.

Seville: When we arrived in Seville, We were met buy a driver (we think) That took us to the hotel and then drove us around for an hour saying we were waiting for another couple. Took us on a tour of a building but he could not speak English. So we ended up back at the hotel for a few minutes. Then left again to pick up the other couple. Drove to the meeting place that was about 5 blocks from the hotel and it is now 3 hours later. Met the guide and started one of your famous 3 - 4 hour walking tours. Again it was sold has an english tour but again there where 3 different languages. The tour guide spent most of her time once again with the 2 French tourist. She spoke in general terms and could not answer a few questions. The night of dance. A driver pick us up and we drove around for about an hour and ended up at the same building we where at in the morning. He took us around and tried to explain what it was all about. But once again could not speak English. Then we spent another hour driving around until we ended up at the dance venue. The show was very good. But the day was very disappointing. Then back to the hotel where we were informed that we would be pick up at 6:30 am and proceed to Granada. We were in the lobby at 6:15 am. There was a call at 6:45 am to inform us that the bus could not make it down the street so we need to make our way to another pick up point. Which we did and loaded on to the bus. It was all down hill from there. Would not recommend tour.


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