Southern Jewels

Discover the jewels of Spain's Andalusia region on this 6-day independent rail tour. Explore Malaga and the Costa del Sol at leisure, then be mesmerized by magnificent monuments, Moorish palaces & quaint historic quarters as you tour the beautiful cities of Granada, Seville & Cordoba. Enjoy the convenience of comfort class rail travel between Malaga and Seville, with seat reservation included.

Southern Jewels
Southern Jewels

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Discover the jewels of Spain's Andalusia region on this 6-day independent rail tour. Explore Malaga and the Costa del Sol at leisure, then be mesmerized by magnificent monuments, Moorish palaces & quaint historic quarters as you tour the beautiful cities of Granada, Seville & Cordoba. Enjoy the convenience of comfort class rail travel between Malaga and Seville, with seat reservation included.

Day 1: Malaga | Costa del Sol


On arrival at Malaga Airport, you will be met and transferred to your selected Costa del Sol hotel. Check-in and the remainder of the day is free to relax or start exploring your new surroundings.

Day 2: Costa del Sol


Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and day at leisure to explore this magnificent coast on your own. Stroll through the old town and along the seafront promenade, or set out to discover some of Costa del Sol's famous beaches. Alternatively, you can book an optional tour to Gibraltar or Nerja. (B)

Day 3: Granada with Alhambra Gardens


Morning departure for a full-day guided tour to Granada. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and home to the Alhambra and the marvellous Generalife Gardens. The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace built in the 13th century declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is the most renowned site of the Islamic historical legacy in Andalucia. Today you'll visit the Generalife Gardens, attached to the Alhambra and which became a place of recreation & rest for the Granada Muslim Kings and its Alcazaba, the oldest part of the Alhambra. We will also visit the Charles V Palace, a Renaissance building located on the top of the hill of the Assabica inside the Nasrid fortification of the Alhambra. Commissioned in 1526 by Emperor Charles V who wished to establish residence next to the Alhambra, the palace has never been home to a monarch and stood roofless until the mid 20th century. Following this visit, we make our way down to the city for a guided walking tour of Granada's historical centre to explore the surroundings of the Royal Chapel, the Alcaiceria, Corral del Carbon, Cathedral and other famous sites. There will be free time to enjoy the famous local gastronomy for lunch on your own, before returning to the Costa del Sol for overnight. Please note tour does not include a visit to the Nasrid Palaces. (B)

Day 4: Costa del Sol | Malaga | Seville


Today make your way to Malaga Railway station where you will board a high-speed train to Seville, capital of Spain’s Andalucia region and birthplace of Flamenco. On arrival in Seville, transfer independently to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day as you please. (B)

Day 5: Seville


Following breakfast, a guided city tour will introduce you to Seville's most important sites. With a population of some 704,000 people, Seville it is the fourth largest city in Spain and is considered the cultural centre of the region. Its history dates back more than 2,000 years, and Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors all left their presence in the city. Travelling by minibus we will see the most emblematic monuments of Seville by minibus: the University, the Old Tabac Factory, the Plaza de Espana, the centrepiece of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition, San Telmo Palace, The Golden Tower, Isabel II bridge. We will also discover Santa Cruz, the famous Jewish quarter: a labyrinth of narrow streets which lead to the gorgeous Plaza de Los Venerables during a guided walking tour. We will start our tour by visiting the outside of the Royal Alcazares, World Heritage and one of the most remaining examples of Mudejar architecture, and the Cathedral of Seville (outside visit), the largest gothic cathedral of the world, where Christopher Columbus' remains lie. This tour has an approximate duration of 4 hours and the afternoon is free for independent activities. (B)

Day 6: Seville | Cordoba | Seville


Enjoy a full-day guided tour to Cordoba beginning with a scenic one-hour bus journey passing many beautiful cities on board an air-conditioned minibus. Once you arrive in Cordoba, you'll visit the best sights of the city. We will start with its majestic Alcazar of the Catholic Kings followed by a visit of the stunning Mosque-Cathedral with its golden mosaics and endless row of red & white striped arches and considered the most important Islamic monument in the western world. We then proceed through the lively Jewish Quarter with its narrow streets and white-washed houses full of flowers, a pure enjoyment for your senses, until we reach the square of the great Maimonides and the Synagogue. Once the guided tour has finished, you will have free time to walk around town, go shopping in the wonderful pedestrian streets of the Jewish Quarter or try the delicious local cuisine for lunch. Return to Seville in the late afternoon for overnight accommodation. (B)

Day 7: Seville


Today your Southern Jewels Tour, unfortunately, comes to an end. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before making your way to Seville railway station or airport to begin your journey back home. Or ask us about adding an optional return train ticket to Malaga. (B)

Departs Sunday, Monday & Tuesday


Tour departs every Sunday, Monday & Tuesday from April 1 to October 31.
Above itinerary based on a Sunday departure. Excursions included do not operate daily and itinerary will be modified to suit. The Spain's Southern Jewels Tour can also operate in reverse.

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