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Highlights of Andalucia

Spain - Trip code QAH Discovery
Days 8
Price from Call us
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Why book this trip?

Andalucia is blessed with a wealth of culture, history, mountain scenery and plenty of sunshine. On this trip visit Granada, Seville and Cordoba along with spending a couple of nights off the beaten track in a traditional posada in a charming little village.

  • Cordoba - Discover the Moorish architecture from the golden era of Al-Andalus at the Mezquita
  • Sierra de Arcena - Walk through the verdant rolling landscape to see the white villages
  • Seville - Explore this characterful city and the stunning UNESCO-Listed Alcazar Palace
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 7

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Driver(s)

  • Transport

    Public Bus

    Taxi

    Train

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    Accommodation

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    Trip pace:

    Full on

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Trip information

Climate and country information

Spain

Climate

Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.



Granada - Alhambra Palace from €14 per person:

Only limited tickets are made available for sale on arrival each day, however this will likely involve long queues. We recommend purchasing a ticket in advance via the website. Tickets go on sale 90 days prior to the visit. At the time of booking your ticket to the Alhambra, a time will be allocated for entry to Nasrid Palace and you are able to indicate a preferred time. In addition, entry to Nasrid Palace is strictly monitored and you will not be able to enter outside the allocated time. We therefore recommend booking tickets for entry after 2pm on day two to allow time to get to the palace following your city tour. For further details please visit www.alhambra.org/eng.

There are a number of ticket types available through the office website - https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/en/tickets-alhambra-general.

'Alhambra General' tickets start from €14 per person and will allow unguided access to the Alcazaba, Nasrid Palace and Generalife. Many visitors spend a few hours here, so please allow plenty of time to explore and book your entrance time accordingly.

If you would prefer a guided visit, these are operated in English on a daily basis at specific times but may not coincide with our scheduled itinerary. Further details and times can be found here and tickets start at €69 per person - https://www.alhambradegranada.org/en/info/guidedtours.asp

Tours of the Alhambra Palace run from 8am to 5pm and normally last for around three hours. From our hotel the Alhambra Palace is 20 minutes' walk each way.

The Royal Chapel €4 per person entrance
Cathedral free entrance
The Baroque Monastery San Jeronimo €4 per person entrance

Cordoba:
On the morning of day four you might choose to visit:
Real Alcazar €4.50 per person entrance after 9.30am
Caliphal Baths €2.50 per person entrance after 9.30am
Torre de Calahorra entrance €4.50 per person

Aracena:
On the afternoon of day five it's possible to visit the Gruta de las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders); entrance is €8.50 per person with an additional €10 for return transport.

Seville:
You have the whole of day seven free. The most popular attractions in the city are the Cathedral and the Real Alcazar. The queues at both these monuments can be long and so we would recommend booking online before you travel. You should allow at least one hour to visit the Cathedral and Giralda Tower and three hours to visit the Real Alcazar and gardens. Both monuments offer discounts for seniors on their websites and opening times are all clearly stated on here too.

There are three tours offered on the Cathedral website: https://www.catedraldesevilla.es/cultural-visit/
1) The main tour option is the Cathedral and Giralda Tower along with the Church of El Salvador (the Divine Saviour), which is about 300m walk away, for €9 per person.
2) All the above in option one plus a 90 minute guided tour of Gothic rooftop for €15 per person.
3) Entrance to the Church of El Salvador only is €4 per person. It's normally possible to do this option on the day with limited queuing and without needing to pre-book entry online.

The Real Alcazar website is: https://realalcazarsevilla.sacatuentrada.es/
Standard entrance is €12.50 per person or with an audio-guide included for an additional €6. For another €4.50 on top of this you can also access the Royal Apartments.

Other places of interest and activities include:
Plaza de Espana, free entrance
Bike hire, €8 for three hours
Flamenco show, between €12 and €23 per person
Pilates House, €8 entrance per person
Archaeological Museum, €3 per person entrance
Navigation Pavilion Schindler Tower, €5 per person entrance
Saint George Castle, free entrance

Clothing

Outside of the summer months of June to September, Andalucia is generally mild, though the region of the Sierras (highlands) is subject to rain and if you intend to walk we strongly recommend you bring waterproofs. In addition during this time a warm sweater or fleece, is also recommended. Warm nightwear is advised as hotels are not well heated. Lightweight cotton clothing is advised from June to September.

Footwear

Walking boots or shoes are strongly recommended for the walks in the Sierras, ideally waterproof just in case, plus comfortable trainers for walking around towns. Sandals are useful in summer.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself. We use public transport for the majority of this tour, so it is essential that you are able to carry your bag on and off of the trains and buses.

Equipment

During the summer months we recommend you bring a water bottle, sunhat and sunscreen as temperatures can be very high. A torch is generally useful to travel with.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It is a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we would recommend £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.
 
Local crew
Although voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approximately £15 of local currency for tipping. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

 

Spain

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£8.00 - 12.00
Dinner price
£16.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£1.50 - 3.50 (depending on the region/area in Spain)
Water price
£1.4
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euros
Recommended Currency For Exchange
We recommend you take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
In cities and most major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
Travellers Cheques
Not recommended.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Public Bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation notes

The accommodation listed above and as described in the day by day trip itinerary are the ones most frequently used for this trip, however on some departures alternative accommodation of a similar standard may be used and the facilities and décor may differ from the details shown here.

On this trip you are able to choose to purchase a single room (please see the dates and prices for the applicable single supplement price). However, this option is only available for you to have a single room on days one to three and six to seven of this holiday. On days four and five we're not able to offer single rooms, as the guesthouse we use only has enough rooms to accommodate all the passengers on a full group on a twin share basis.

For the majority of nights on this trip we use simple accommodation, so there won't be hairdryers or tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms and some won't have a television, although the views are so stunning and there's so much to see and do that you're unlikely to miss having one. The majority of bedrooms are en suite, but sometimes you may have shared bathroom facilities.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Included activities

This highlights trip is perfect for first time visitors to Andalucia that are looking to see as much as possible in just one week off work. It combines a taste of the culture and character of the main cities with time spent exploring the countryside on foot. This is an authentic trip where we use simple and rustic accommodation throughout including a village guesthouse owned by our tour leader. Most days we'll be up early and not back until late as we'll make the most of soaking up our surroundings and dining later in the evening like the locals do; once the temperatures have cooled and the restaurants and bars come to live. We also use local buses, trains and taxis to get around. The public transport used is normally very efficient and comfortable, but it's essential that you can carry your own bags on and off of it. The countryside walks we do on two days are graded as Easy to Moderate and take an average of three hours each day.

Vegetarian food is quite widely available in most restaurants in Andalucia, however it may not always be apparent from the menu as most restaurants are happy to offer alternative dishes when asked, and this is something our tour leader can assist you with. If you do have any dietary requirements then we would always encourage you to inform us of this at the time of booking your trip. Menu choices are more limited during our stay in the village on days four and five, as there are only two restaurants that open especially for us and so the menu is agreed with them in advance and your tour leader will discuss the options with you couple of days before you arrive here to make sure what's being served is suitable for everyone.

Ability to swim

No

Spain

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Additional Information

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All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change

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