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 marvelous 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 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 center 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 toward the Costa del Sol for overnight. Please note tour does not include 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 transfer independently to your hotel & enjoy the remainder of the day as you please. (B)

Day 5: Seville


Following breakfast, a guided city tour will introduce you to the most emblematic monuments of Seville, starting with the University and the Old Tobacco Factory, scene of the story of Carmen, Bizet's famous character. We will then see the Plaza de España, the centerpiece of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition, before discovering Santa Cruz disctrict, the old Jewish quarter with its labyrinth of narrow streets which lead to the gorgeous Plaza de los Venerables. The tour continues with a lovely boat tour along the Guadalquivir river from where you can enjoy the beauty of the city from a different perspective. On board you can see first hand the untouched sides of the Golden Tower, famous calle Betis, the Bullring, Triana bridge - the oldest in the city designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel himself, and the more modern bridges and Pavilions built during the 1992 Exposition. Close by also we'll see the famous Cartuja’s Island and its Monastery where Cristopher Colombus lived for some years. Afternoon free for independent activities. (B)

Day 6: Seville | Cordoba | Seville


Today enjoy a full-day guided tour to Cordoba beginning with a scenic one hour bus journey passing many beautiful cities onboard an air-conditioned minibus. Once you arrive in Cordoba, you'll  will 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 some of the delicious local cuisine. 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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