Iberian Inspiration 2020

Small Group Tour with Back-Roads Touring Co.

Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, Ronda, Sierra de Aracena and Estremoz

East meets West and past meets present: Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels
  • Taste authentic jamón ibérico at a traditional farm in Sierra de Aracena
  • Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show in Seville

Map

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 MADRID – TOLEDO

After meeting in vibrant Madrid, we’ll board the mini-coach and head for Toledo – a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca will help us get a grip on the area’s unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel’s restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Cardenal (or similar)

DAY 2 TOLEDO – VALDEPEÑAS – CÓRDOBA

Today our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepeñas – where we’ll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and tapas lunch. Appetites satisfied, we’ll move on to beautiful Córdoba – our home for the next two nights. (B,L)

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

DAY 3 CÓRDOBA

Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia – a walking tour of Córdoba’s Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you’ll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture – this afternoon is all about you. (B)

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

DAY 4 CÓRDOBA – ÚBEDA – GRANADA

Our next stop will be Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause to taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada. (B)

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)

DAY 5 GRANADA

Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors. Colourful tiles. Vibrant gardens. Today we’ll visit the incomparable Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched high on a hilltop outside the city. This afternoon will find us back in the city centre, where you'll be free to explore as you please. (B)

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)

DAY 6 GRANADA – RONDA

You can rest assured that today’s journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we’ll get our bearings on a walking tour. Tonight, we’ll come together for dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (or similar)

DAY 7 RONDA – GRAZALEMA – ARCOS – JEREZ – SEVILLE

Today it’s back on the road – with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we’ll set our sights on Jerez – where we’ll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery. Tonight, a traditional flamenco show will help us settle into Seville. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romana (or similar)

DAY 8 SEVILLE

We’ve a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always kick back and sample some Andalucían specialities at one of the city’s abundant bars... (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romana (or similar)

DAY 9 SEVILLE – SIERRA DE ARACENA

Back to nature today. After breakfast we’ll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. With a variety of well-maintained trails, the area certainly deserves its status as a fantastic place for a ramble! While we’re here, we’ll pay a visit a local pig farm – where we’ll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamón ibérico and local cheeses. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)

DAY 10 SIERRA DE ARACENA – MONSARAZ – ESTREMOZ

Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We’ll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time. Then: the grand finale! Tonight we’ll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Pousada Castelo Estremoz (or similar)

DAY 11 ESTREMOZ – ÉVORA – LISBON

Onwards to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region, where we’ll take a look around the marvellous cathedral, the Templo Romano and the town square. And then? This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon.

Please note: Prices shown are based on low season travel. Seasonal surcharges apply.

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

11 days from

$4,544*

Includes

  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Local guide in Granada
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Tapas lunch with wine tasting
  • Olive oil and Ibérico ham tasting
  • Flamenco show
  • Entrance included to: Santa Maria la Blanca, San Juan de los Reyes, Mezquita, Jaén Cathedral, Alhambra, Gruta de la Maravillas.

 

Bonus

Earlybird offer - Save 10%. Was from $5049 pp. Book by 30 September 2019

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