Morocco & Andalusia: Andalusia sample Itinerary

Explore the top highlights of Andalusia, its Moorish legacy and today's vibrancy, on this 6-day program. The itinerary is currently outlined for travelers who first examine the roots of Moorish art in Morocco and then cross into Andalusia by ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar, but may also be reversed to start in Seville.

DAY 1 — Arrive midday by ferry from Tangier, Morocco, into Algeciras, Spain, and proceed to Ronda. See the Santa Maria Cathedral, the Arab baths, the Moorish-era Almocabar gate, and the bullfighting arena, Andalusia’s oldest. Suggested hotel: Montelirio.

DAY 2 — A morning transfer to Granada, with the remainder of the day for the Alhambra and its Generalife gardens. 2 nights in Granada. Suggested hotel: Alhambra Palace.

DAY 3 — Tour the picturesque former Moorish enclaves of Albaicin and Alcaiceria, the 15th-C. Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, with the tombs of Isabella of Castille and Ferdinand of Aragon.

DAY 4 — Transfer to Cordoba to see its 8th-C. Grand Mosque and the Juderia quarter, with its 14th-C. synagogue. You may also see the Al-Andalus museum, an audio-visual presentation of life in Cordoba during its Moorish “Golden Age.” Suggested hotel: Amistad.

DAY 5 — In the morning explore the ruins of Medina Az-Zahra. Then transfer to Seville, with a visit of its Alcazar royal palace. 2 nights in Seville. Suggested hotel: Melia Colon.

DAY 6 — A tour of the city covering the Giralda minaret, the quaint Barrio de Santa Cruz quarter, the Maria Luisa Park along the banks of the Guadalquivir River and the Museum of Fine Arts.

DAY 7 — Departure, either from Seville’s airport or by the high-speed AVE train, 21/2 hrs to Madrid.

Sample cost based on 4- and 5-star boutique hotels, breakfasts, transport by deluxe private a/c vehicles with English-speaking drivers, services of professional local English-speaking guides, and all entry fees to monuments/museums:
— $3,900/person for 2 traveling together
— $2,700/person for 4 traveling together
Costs for alternate hotels or other numbers of travelers will be supplied upon request.

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