Andalucia, Spain 

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Andalucia, Spain 

12 July - 19 July

USD $ 1597 PP

 

Day 1 – Lisbon – Algarve 

Upon pick up at the airport or your Hotel in Lisbon, transfer to the  bus  to  start your 7 Night Circuit..Drive to the Algarve . Check in to your Hotel

 

Afternoon, enjoy a Half Day visit to Benagil Caves by boat. The Caves, sometimes known as the Benagil Cathedral, ( because of its various arch forms ) are known to attract  thousands of visitors every year to witness Algarve's stunning and famous natural landmark. 

 

Remainder of the day at leisure .

Dinner  and  Overnight  Hotel

 

 

Day 2 - Algarve
 

Full Day Trip to the Algarve : VisIts to Sagres, Lagos & Cape St Vincent

 

On the morning you'll be ready to set off on your journey into the western Algarve. The first stop on your tour will be Cape St Vincent, which is the south westernmost point of mainland Europe. You'll visit the famous Lighthouse, from which you'll have spectacular views over the dramatic rocky cliffs towering above the Atlantic Ocean.


Leaving the cape behind, you'll head back for the short drive to Sagres, a small historic town known for its incredible virgin landscapes and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the area and explore its historic fort, before being taken to the next stop on your tour:

 

Get your cameras ready: the next stop on your day trip is one you'll want to remember forever! The Ponta de Piedade is an area of the portuguese coastline with natural rock formations that will leave you speechless. Golden stone caves, grottoes and arches formed from the cliffs over the centuries make this one of the most magical places in the Algarve.


Immerse yourself in the area's legendary history next, visiting Lagos, where you'll feel as though you've travelled back in time as you stroll down Medieval streets lined with picturesque houses and any number of delicious local restaurants to tempt you. What's more, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a boat trip of Lagos to see the sights from a different point of view (not included).

 

At the end of an unforgettable day trip, you'll drive back to your hotel.

 

 

Day 3 - Algarve – Algeciras - Gibraltar

 

Early drive from the Algarve through the Andalusian countryside, passing Seville city (no stop) we will make a lunch stop enroute and set off in the direction of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. The Rock, as it is also known, is located just two hour's drive away.

 

Having arrived in Gibraltar and after our cave tour, you'll have the day free to explore the duty-free shops and the sights at your own pace. The heart of the Rock's commercial centre is Main Street, where you'll find any number of jewellery shops, fashion boutiques, perfumeries, electrical stores... anything you could possibly want to buy! Make sure to leave room in your suitcase!

 

You can also use your free time to enjoy a pint of beer and a typical British meal of fish and chips in one of the local pubs. We visit Gibraltar's emblematic landmarks, like St Michael's Cave and the nature reserve home to Barbary macaques, a species of monkey.

 


 St. Michael's Cave Tour

 

We'll meet up on Reclamation Road in the center of Gibraltar at 12:30 pm. Then, for the next two hours, we'll get to know some of the places that make the area such a special destination for those who visit it.

Situated in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar has breathtaking views of the eponymous Strait, the barely 8 miles that separate Africa from Europe. Riding a bus, we will pass the most important tourist sites in the English town, such as Europa Point, the Trinidad Lighthouse, or the viewpoint of the Columns of Hercules.

We will continue the tour towards the Rock of Gibraltar Nature Reserve. Here we will enter St Michael's Cave, a natural grotto in the heart of Gibraltar. We will have the opportunity to tour inside the cave and discover all its geological formations, such as impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

We will leave the cave and meet the most famous inhabitants of Gibraltar, the cheeky monkeys. Did you know that they are the only apes living in freedom in the whole European continent? After taking some fun pictures of these primates, we will head to the city center to take a stroll along the famous Main Street, full of shops and curious buildings.

We will end the tour at 2:30 pm in the center of Gibraltar.

 

At the end of the day, you'll be dropped back off in your hotel in Algeciras.

 

 

Day 4 – Algeciras - Tangier

 

 

Post breakfast, we set out on a Full Day trip to Tangier

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Early departure from the hotel to Tarifa port (25 klm away) to get the fast Ferry to Tangier,to discover the wonders of Northern Morrocco

 

At Tarifa harbour, where after passing through the ticket offices and completing the necessary formalities, around 9:30 am you will be on the fast ferry that will take you to Tangier (the boat journey lasts approximately 45 minutes and is done without a guide).

Once in Tangier port, the local guide will be waiting for you. We will board on a bus tour that will take us comfortably to Tangier, a millennial city dominated by various towns throughout its history.

Today it is the economic and administrative capital of the northern region of Morocco, representing an important and cosmopolitan business center.

 

During this part of the tour, we will visit the modern zone of the city, knowing places such as: the Place de France, the Boulevard Pasteur, and the diplomatic districts. In addition, we will explore the old city or Medina, walk through its most characteristic souks, to delve into and get to know a little about its cultural traditions.

After the visit in Tangier, we will have a delicious lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant, enjoying its exquisite cuisine, in the pleasant company of folklore of the region.

 

After lunch, we will return to the port of Tangier and embark on the ferry back to Algeciras, where we conclude our tour. Return by bus to the hotel in Algeciras for dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 5 – Algeciras – Ronda - Granada

 

Early drive (08h00)  from Algeciras travelling north towards Ronda. Once we arrive to Ronda, your tour guide will show you around the best and most important sites of Ronda. You will walk around and learn the history and enjoy the sites of this beautiful city. Ronda was built by the roman emperor Julius Caesar in the 1 Century AD, then in the 8th Century, the city was taken by the moors. Nowadays Ronda is the third most visited city in Andalusia, it is in a stunning place, middle of the El Tajo gorge. The city is divided by a new bridge, which was finished in the 16th Century, which joins the old Moorish town with the new town. Amongst other monuments and sights, you can get to know:

Three bridges of Ronda: Puente Romano, Puente Viejo & The Puente Nuevo, the Town hall, the Bullfighting Ring (Ronda is said to be the home to the modern-day bullfighting, Don Bosco’s House (a modernist palace from the beginning of the 20th Century, decorated with Arabian and regional ceramics.

 

After the 1.30 hours visit of Ronda, you will have some free time to have a bite to eat before we head on towards Granada.

 

13h45 hrs. arrival in GRANADA – Check in to the hotel. 

 
16h00 After lunch depart by bus with a local guide to visit the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arabian times. 

 

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 6 - Granada to Cordoba 

 

Early departure from Granada to the splendid city of Cordoba. Therein, you'll visit the Roman Bridge before reaching the Jewish Quarter to visit the legendary Synagogue. And for the grand finale, you'll see the astounding, multi-arched Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Pearl of Muslim Spain, Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.Get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.


Evening -  Flamenco show

 

19.00 hrs.- Attend a flamenco dance show , a cherished  culture and almost a sacred tradition carried  on generation after generation. Return to hotel.
 

 

Day 7 - Cordoba to Seville 

 

After breakfast, depart by bus to Seville, where a local expert guide, guides you through a scenic visit of Sevilla. Lasting two hours and featuring the Cathedral and the Giralda, Plaza de España, the beautiful banks of the river Guadalquivir, the Golden Tower, the districts of Santa Cruz and Triana, and the Maestranza Bullring.

 

After the tour, we will include a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir, enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. Enjoy leisure time straight afterwards or the tours to the Cathedral  

 

At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the historic city centre area (calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favorite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International and so on.  Return to the hotel.

 

 

Day 8 – Seville – Seville  Airport  or  Lisbon  Airport

 

End of our services.

 

Post breakfast, you can be dropped at the airport  

Hotel List :

Algarve - 2 Nights

     Hotel Aqua Pedra dos Bicos

Algeciras - 2  Nights

            Hotel  NH Campo de Gibraltar

Granada -1 Night

            Hotel  NH  Collection  Victoria

Cordoba - 1 Night

            Hotel  NH  Collection Amistad

Seville - 1 Night

            Hotel  Plaza de Armas