Spain·October 24 - 30 2024

The Heart of Spain: Andalucía

“Spain, the beautiful country of wine and songs.“ – Goethe

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Overview

As travelers, we often follow the herd. On your first visit to Spain, you will probably head to Barcelona or Madrid. Both are incredible, but you haven’t seen the real Spain until you’ve ventured into awe-inspiring Andalucía. Think of white-washed hillside towns, the glory and riches of Sevilla, and a magical palace, Grenada’s Alhambra. The powerful Flamenco dance hails from this part of Spain. The Moors from North Africa ruled the region for 800 years. The result is a gorgeous, tantalizing, and distinctive mix of cultures and styles, both seductive and exotic. When you see the wonders of Granada, Sevilla, and Ronda, you’ll pinch yourself and ask, “Why haven’t I been here before?” As we explore this wondrous region with its iconic architecture, you’ll be delighted by the Spanish/Moorish gardens, with their water features, exotic palms, orange and pomegranate trees, and tiled walkways. We’ll stay in luxury hotels, refresh ourselves on flower-filled patios, and nosh on tapas daily. You'll have plenty of time to shop, watch dramatic Flamenco shows, and enjoy the extraordinary cultural heritage.

Highlights

Clap along to Spanish classical guitar music as you watch Flamenco

Clap along to Spanish classical guitar music as you watch Flamenco

Relax at an ancient Hammam (Moorish spa)

Relax at an ancient Hammam (Moorish spa)

Shop unique boutiques in Seville and Granada

Shop unique boutiques in Seville and Granada

Lay a hand on Christopher Columbus’ tomb

Lay a hand on Christopher Columbus’ tomb

Linger over tapas on a foodie tour

Linger over tapas on a foodie tour

Take in the views of the gorge in Ronda

Take in the views of the gorge in Ronda

Itinerary

Here is a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Welcome to Andalusia

Day 1 - Thursday, October 24, 2024

Fly into the Seville airport or take the fast train (AVE) to Seville from Madrid. 

Meet us at the Hotel Soho Boutique Catedral in the old town by 5 p.m. on arrival day. Relax and unwind in style; all our guests will enjoy a junior suite at the hotel. You're in for a treat! 

After the check-in, we’ll meet for a welcome drink and orientation at Soho's rooftop bar before we embark on a guided tour of the city with our local expert. 

Later, we will enjoy dinner together, and you’ll have a chance to get to know your GG2W co-travelers a little better.

Included

Dinner

Not Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Airport transfer

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Passionate Dance and Tapas Time

Day 2 - Friday, October 25, 2024

Start your day slowly and peacefully by enjoying a relaxed morning at the hotel and a delicious breakfast.

Today, we'll work with a local chef and discover how to make tapas like a Spaniard. Start your cooking class in the Triana Food Market with a guided tour of the many local offerings. Dig into traditional recipes and come away with the skills to make croquetas, tortilla de patata, and more.

Once we're done, we can savor our creations with some exquisite regional wines.

The afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own, nap, or chill at the pool.

In the evening, we'll gather to enjoy a passionate flamenco performance. Afterward, we'll have a light dinner together at Perro Viejo Tapas Bar

Included

All meals

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Zahara de la Sierra and Ronda Day Trip

Day 3 - Saturday, October 26, 2024

Make sure to bring a day pack with you. Today, we’ll drive to Zahara de la Sierra to visit an olive oil farm where you will get the chance to taste oils from Andalusia.

Afterward, we'll stop in one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Situated on a gorge, Ronda was settled in the Neolithic age, but what we’ll see dates back to Roman times. Enjoy a tour of Ronda with our guide. 

Lunch today will be served at Panorámico Ronda by Eboca, a tapas restaurant created by Chef Benito Gomez. Prepare to indulge in his unique take on regional favorites.

You'll have time to stroll around and shop on your own today.

As the sun starts to sink, we’ll head back to Sevilla. 

You are free to choose any restaurant for dinner tonight. 

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Dinner

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Layers of History in Seville

Day 4 - Sunday, October 27, 2024

After breakfast, we’ll head to the 14th-century palace across the street from the hotel. The Alcazar was built for Christian King Peter of Castile. It's built on top of a former Moorish palace. 

The palace boasts a mosaic of architectural styles from Gothic to Renaissance, Romanesque to Mudéjar, all elegantly balanced. The gardens are an absolute delight. They represent a mingling of the Spanish infused with Muslim artistry in a style known as Mudejar. 

You can trace the history of the Moors and Christians through the changes in the garden. Take a close look at the pavilion of Charles V in the Alcoba vegetable garden and the Grutesco Gallery with its many gardens. Water features and gorgeous Spanish tiles reign supreme. Our expert local guide will lead the way. 

You'll be hungry after all the walking, so we'll stop atZelai for lunch. 

In the afternoon, we'll visit Seville’s famous 15th-century Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the Catholic kings and their voyages to the Americas, Seville was all-important. 

Here, you’ll find Christopher Columbus’ tomb, along with great riches. Santa María de la Sede is the third largest church in the world, after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. 

After such a busy day, we'll stroll back to our hotel for a siesta and time to chill. If you'd prefer, you can go out and explore the city or do some shopping. We'll enjoy dinner tonight at Castizo.

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All meals

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Unwind in Granada

Day 5 - Monday, October 28, 2024

Grab your bags and wave “adios” to Seville. We're off to Granada in a private minibus.

The following two days are about Granada and its crown jewel, the Alhambra. We'll stay at the Hotel Palacio de los Patos.

The drive to Granada takes about 2.5 hours. We will break up this journey by stopping at Parador de Antequera for lunch.

Once in Granada, check into the hotel and get settled. This afternoon will be a relaxing one after all the traveling.

Grab your swimsuit because we are off to a hammam or a Moorish-style spa. Enjoy the hot and cold pools and relax among flickering candles. Sip hot tea and unwind. Your visit to the hammam includes a massage.

Enjoy dinner with the group at Alameda Restaurante tonight.

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All meals

Spa

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Granada

Day 6 - Tuesday, October 29, 2024

Today, we'll walk over to one of the most impressive architectural sites in the world, the Alhambra and the Generalife. After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll discover the palace and its incredible gardens with a knowledgeable guide. Please wear comfortable walking shoes today.

Our tour ends with lunch at Restaurante El Parador de Granada.

After lunch, enjoy free time in the town center and explore the Plaza de San Nicolas area. This afternoon is devoted to shopping. Hunt for gorgeous Fajalauza ceramics and scour the old Arab neighborhood, the Albaycin, with its lovely, whitewashed houses and narrow streets. You are sure to find a few gems to take home with you.

It is our last night together as a group. We'll gather in the evening for a unique culinary experience as we embark on a guided tapas dinner. We’ll stop at several restaurants to devour bite-sized treats like locals and raise our glasses to toast all the fun we’ve had. Snack your way across town before returning to the hotel to rest for the night.

Included

All meals

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Day 7 - Wednesday, October 30, 2024

Kickstart your day on a high note with a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel.

We'll help to arrange a taxi from the hotel to the airport in Granada. Are you planning to extend your stay in Andalucia for a few more days? Great idea! 

If not, say farewell to your GG2TW travel buddies today and head home.

If your flight from Granada departs in the afternoon, you can store your luggage at the hotel until you're ready. You can catch a flight or train from Granada to Barcelona or Madrid, where you will take your international flight home.

Some guests may stay in Granada for one or two more nights to see more of this historic city. If you’d like this, we can assist in arranging your hotel accommodation.

Not Included

Dinner

Airport tranfer

Lunch

You'll Be Staying Here

Soho Boutique Catedral Hotel

Soho Boutique Catedral Hotel

The Hotel Soho Boutique Catedral is located in the heart of Seville, just steps away from the iconic Seville Cathedral and other major attractions.

Palacio de los Patos

Palacio de los Patos

The Palacio de los Patos offers you to stay in luxury and comfort at the Edificio de Alabastro, a modern building that complements a renovated 19th-century palace in Granada.

Hosts

Regina Winkle-Bryan

Regina Winkle-Bryan

Regina Winkle-Bryan is a writer, educator, and avid globetrotter based in Seattle, Washington. She has visited over 35 countries. Sometimes, she stays longer in a place than expected, like those two-plus years in Central America. Or those ten years in Barcelona, Spain, working as a journalist, covering mostly travel, food, and design around the world. 

She approaches each new expedition with a sense of humor and deep curiosity. Any adventure is a good adventure. Some of her most memorable and perspective-shifting journeys have been with fellow women adventurers. Regina aims to create a space for travelers to connect over shared wanderlust on women-only trips around the globe…and have some fun, too!

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room

FROM$8,390

Shared Room

Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member

FROM$7,690

Add Ons

Arrive one day early in Seville

Arrive one day early in Seville

Includes one night with breakfast in Junior Suite at the Hotel Soho Boutique Catedral

PRICE$295.00

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Enjoy Andalusia with complete piece of mind

Andalusia

More than 800 kilometers of coastline, two national parks, and cities such as Seville and Granada are the letters of presentation of Andalusia, but this land is much more. Discover the essential places you should not miss if you come to Andalucia and enjoy the trip. 

Andalusia

What's Included

What's Included

Accomodations at unique, 4-star or better hotels

All transportation during the trip ( except where indicated)

A small group experience

Spa Treatment

All meals including beer and wine with dinner (except where indicated)

Expert guides and trip leaders

All entry fees (except where indicated)

Additional wine, beer, and or spirits beyond what's offered at meals

All personal souvenirs

Transfers to and from the airport

Travel Insurance (required)

Medical Insurance (required)

Roundtrip airfare to Sevilla or Madrid

FAQs

The trip officially starts the afternoon of October 24th, but if you’re traveling across an ocean to get to Sevilla, consider arriving a day or two early, so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, let us know and we’ll help you with arrangements.

In October, the weather is mostly mild, with warmer temperatures towards the start of the month. The average high is 18°C, which is enjoyable and perfect for sightseeing and outdoor adventures. It's unlikely to rain during your stay due to October having an average rainfall of just 9mm.

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

Fly into the Seville airport or take the fast train (AVE) to Seville from Madrid

Regina Winkle-Bryan will be your trip leader. She is a writer, educator, and avid globetrotter based in Seattle, Washington. She has visited over 35 countries. Sometimes she stays longer in a place than expected, like those two-plus years in Central America. Or those ten years in Barcelona, Spain, working as a journalist covering mostly travel, food, and design around the world.

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The Heart of Spain: Andalucía

Spain· October 24 - 30 2024· 6 nights

FROM$8,390/pp