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Come with us to discover the magical land of Andalusia! This area features some of the finest walking in Spain, with diverse landscapes that encompass snow-capped peaks and arid desert landscapes, small sleepy whitewashed villages and vibrant historical cities. A rocky, sun-baked region on Spain’s southern coast, stretching from the windswept Atlantic coast in the west to the Mediterranean beaches in the east, and from Gibraltar on its southern tip to the ancient cities in the central plains, Andalusia embodies much of what the world thinks of as Spanish: flamenco, tapas, matadors and bullfights. Under Moorish rule for almost 700 years, Andalusia’s unique legacy is most evident in its iconic architecture, including such landmarks as the Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba and the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Not to be outdone, the cuisine of the region is legendary, drawing on both the land and the ocean, and reflecting the diverse cultures who dominated this landscape over the centuries. Enjoy a combination of walking and biking on scenic trails that display the best of the Andalusian countryside, and exploring on foot the historic cities of Cordoba and Granada. This small-group walking and biking adventure is for between 8 and 18 people, which is a perfect size for the charming hotels and country inns we use. Fully guided by expert local guides, with a Go Get Lost trip leader along to make things run smoothly.

Tour Dates & Pricing

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Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid to Cordoba

Your tour departs late-morning today from the lobby of our centrally-located Madrid hotel. You'll have a private coach transfer to Cordoba, with a stop for lunch along the way. After arriving in Cordoba, we'll check into our 3-Star hotel and have time to explore the local environs with a short orientation walk of the town. In fact right outside the door of your hotel you'll find a maze of tiny winding streets and countless shops and bars...a joy to wander! This evening we'll meet for a short orientation walk of the town. Cordoba, one of the most historic and fascinating cities in all of Europe, was originally settled by the Carthaginians, and was the capital of Spain under both the Romans and the Moors, who both left their mark on the city. The blending of cultures is evident as Cordoba unfolds before you. During medieval times Cordoba was famed for the peaceful and prosperous coexistence of its three religious cultures...Islamic, Jewish and Christian. We'll eventually find our way to our first nights dinner where we can settle it for a true Andalusian feast. The cuisine of the region is perhaps the most exotic in all of Spain. The Moors ruled their empire of Al Andalus for an astonishing 781 years, and their influence is very evident at the table. Although you'll find seafood from the coastal provinces alongside mountain hams and farmland produce, the Moorish sweet-salty flavors and Arabian spices tie all of them together wonderfully.

Perahps after dinner you might want to sample the night life Cordoba has to offer. Don't stay out too late, though, as tomorrow we're off into the countryside again! If the party scene is not for your, maybe just a relaxing after-dinner stroll through Cordoba's romantic streets will be a rmore fitting end to your first day in Andalusia.

Day 2: Cordoba and the Mezquita, Zuheros

This morning after breakfast we'll have a private guided tour through some of Córdoba's fascinating spots. And of course we'll not miss one of the most famous sites of all, the Mezquita! Although the plain, bastion-like walls are somewhat stark from the outside, the Mezquita makes up for it on the interior, with a forest of over 850 columns of jasper, marble, granite and onyx. Originally a Roman shrine, then a Visigothic church, then a Moorish mosque, and finally a Catholic cathedral, the Mezquita is one of the most beautiful examples of the unique aspect of Andalusian history.

We'll have some more free time to wander the city before we sit down to a typical lunch. After we're recharged we'll board our private coach and continue our journey with a scenic drive south and east into the rolling Andalusian countryside. Olive production rules the agriculture in this region, so we'll stop at a small village to take a tour of a local olive oil mill and taste the products. After our olive oil tasting, we'll continue on to the picturesque village of Zuheros, in the Subbetica Natural Park, known for its local goat cheese and olive oil. Zuheros commands a mountaintop location alongside a dominating rock face, and overlooked by a the ruins of a Moorish castle built on top of a Roman outpost. The views over the valley below are remarkable. We'll stroll through the village to soak up the ambiance, perhaps pausing in the square to admire the views over a glass of Spanish wine. Eventually we'll enjoy a short countryside walk from Zuheros to our charming 3-Star country hacienda (set in a renovated olive oil mill) just outside the village. Tonight you are free for dinner...you can settle in to one of the small restaurants in nearby Zuheros, or you can enjoy the hospitality of the haciendas kitchen, feasting on their regional specialties paired with an excellent Spanish wine from their cellar.

An after-dinner sherry on the veranda, enjoying the starry Iberian sky, will be the perfect end to the day.

Day 3: Greenway Zuheros

This morning you'll get to enjoy a bike ride on the longest bike path in Andalusia, the Olive Oil Greenway. Converted from an abandoned railway grade, the greenway cuts through picturesque Andalusian countryside, over metal viaducts and through endless olive groves. Our bikes will be delivered to the hotel right after breakfast, and after getting them adjusted we'll start right from the hotel on our very easy greenway ride. Even if you're not a biker you'll have no trouble today, the greenway is flat and slightly downhill all the way! Around midday we'll arrive at the bustling town of Cabra, where we'll have some free time to explore the center and find something to eat. Not too big a lunch, though, as we still have biking to do! Continuing on, our path leads us back into civilization and then eventually to the town of Moriles, where we will bike a short distance off the greenway to a local vineyard that specializes in the areas world-famous production of sherry. We'll have a tour of their cellars...and a tasting , of course! Our bikes will be picked up here and we'll return to the hacienda by private coach.

We should have some of the afternoon free...maybe time to laze around the pool? Be sure to rest up, because later this evening you'll be rolling up your sleeves for a cooking class on how to make the local version of Paella, a Valencian rice dish that features many of the regions products. You'll end the evening by dining on your own creation!

h3>Day 4: Granada and The Alhambra

This morning it's time for you to relax during the transfer to Granada. The city rises majestically from a plain onto three hills, with the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains behind. After checking into our 3-Star hotel in the heart of the city, the rest of the day we'll spend exploring this small city with an ancient past and a surprisingly cosmopolitan feel. We'll have an expert local guide take us on a walking tour through one of the highlights of Spain...the massive reddish-gold palace and fortress complex perched on one of the three hills known as the Alhambra Palace! Granada has other jewels to offer as well: the Gardens of the Generalife, the enchanting labyrinth of narrow lanes in the Albaycín quarter, the streets lined with tea houses, and the impressive Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) and Cathedral.

After being amazed by the wonders of the Alhambra, we'll switch into party mode and attend an exciting Flamenco concert in the Albaicin district. If you've never seen real Spanish Flamenco, you'll find that it's much more than just a dance concert. As they say "You don't see Flamenco...you feel it." Andalusian Flamenco is considered to be the best in Spain, so you can be sure you're in for a treat! After our concert our guide will take us to one of their favorite local haunts for yet another spectacular dinner.

Day 5: The Alpujarras Region and the Poqueira Gorge Walk

After another enjoyable Andalusian breakfast, we'll have a short but scenic trip to the small town of Capiliera, one of the prettiest white villages nestled high in the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains in the stunning Poqueira Gorge. Capiliera is in fact the second-highest village in Spain, with an excellent views down the valley. We'll start in the center of the village and walk a picturesque mountain path leading to the next town down the gorge, Bubion, and then on to the next lower town of Pampaneira. We'll have some free time in Pampaneira to explore and find a local place for lunch. After lunch we can relax during our transfer further into the Sierra Nevada mountains to the village of Trevelez...known for it's amazing and world-famous hams, and for being the highest village in Spain! Here we'll have a tour of one of the many family-owned producers of Jamon (Spanish Ham) before heading back to our charming hotel in Capiliera's center.

Tonight we'll have a wonderful mountain dinner in one of the town's best restaurants. You'll be introduced to yet another aspect of Spanish cuisine in this off-the-beaten-path venue.

Day 6: The Caminito del Rey and Ronda

Today we'll experience one of the world's most spectacular pathways, the Caminito del Rey, or The King's Little Pathway! Perched impossibly midway up the sheer walls of El Chorro gorge, the suspended walkway, (completely rebuilt in 2015) provides unparalleled views of the magnificent gorge. After our walk we'll have lunch at a local eatery and refuel for the afternoon, when we continue on to a small local family-owned vineyard where we'll enjoy a tour and a relaxed tasting while taking in the views of the town of Ronda, just across the gorge. After this peaceful pause we'll head into Ronda, one of the oldest towns is Spain. Built on a rocky outcropping high over the Rio Guadalevein, the town was a stronghold for the legendary Andalusian bandits who actually ruled the area from the 18th to the 20th century. Our 4-Star hotel has some wonderful views over the valley far below, and after freshening up our guide will take us on a short orientation walk through town before turning us loose for dinner. The charming town center, with its 18th century bull ring is a pleasure to explore, with stunning views over the gorge below.

Day 2: The White Villages and the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park Walk

This morning after breakfast we'll have a short transfer to the scenic white village of Grazalema, where we'll enjoy a stroll through the lovely village. Just outside of town our walk begins winding up the mountainside, cutting through small bands of sheep, and affording views of the Sierra de Grazalema Park in all directions. You'll want your camera along as you enjoy the views! Your reward awaits you at the summit....not only the 360 degree views, but a picnic lunch of local specialties and vintages!

After lunch we'll drive through the Puero Paloma mountain pass, with superb views of the entire region. The rest of the day is pleasantly spent visiting, and exploring, several of the area's iconic and charming white villages, like Zahara and Sentenil. Eventually we'll return to Ronda with free time to explore the town on your own.

Tonight we'll meet one last time for our farewell dinner at a wonderful local restaurant. We'll exchange pictures, relive adventures, and celebrate our time together in Andalusia!

Day 8: Adios Andalusia

Your Go Get Lost tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will have a private group transfer directly to the airport in Malaga, (about 2 hours). Be sure to coordinate with your trip leader before booking your onward flights.

What´s Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Ronda
  • 1 night accommodations in a 3-Star hotel in Cordoba
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-Star hacienda in Zuheros
  • 1 night accommodations in a 3-Star hotel in Granada
  • 1 night accommodations in a 3-Star hotel in Capiliera
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 2 vineyard tours and wine tastings
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Cooking class
  • Flamenco show in Granada
  • Caminito del Rey walk
  • Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park Walk
  • Poquiera Gorge Villages walk
  • Olive Greenway bike ride
  • Guided tour of Cordoba, with entrance to the Mezquita
  • Visit to Spanish ham producer
  • Guided tour of Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Bike and basic gear rental
  • Private group arrival transfers from the ME Reina Victoria hotel in Madrid to the hotel in Cordoba (please coordinate your air schedule before booking your ticket)
  • Private group departure transfers from the hotel in Ronda to Malaga airport (please coordinate your air schedule before booking your ticket)
  • All transfers during the tour
  • Professional local guide
  • Go Get Lost tour manager support
  • Local taxes
  • A Lifetime of memories!

What´s not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees not listed
  • Gratuities
  • Trip Interruption/Cancellation and Medical Insurance, (strongly recommended, call for details)

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