• Córdoba
  • Flamenco dancer, Sevilla, Spain
    Flamenco
  • Andalucía's Olive Country
  • The Alhambra in Granada
  • Ronda's Famous Bullring
  • Guitar concert
  • Courtyard of the Maidens, Alcázar, Sevilla, Spain
    Sevilla's Alcázar

Tour Questions? See our FAQ | Call 425-608-4217

Best of Andalucía in 10 Days Tour

from $3,195 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

See Tour Dates

Special Charity "Dress Rehearsal" Tour*

Traveling to the rhythm of strutting horses and flirtatious flamenco, this tour captures the passion and pride of Spain's Andalucía. Starting with the Moorish roots of Córdoba, you'll be immersed in the culture and history of this remarkable region. We'll ponder millennia-old mysteries at Menga, marvel at Sevilla's flamboyant cathedral, and time-travel through Granada's Alhambra palace. We'll also slow down and savor the flavors of Andalucía's wines and cuisine, the craft of creating olive oil in Úbeda, and the artistry of guitarists in Ronda. Join us for the Best of Andalucía in 10 Days!

*Because this is a "dress rehearsal" tour, we're making it a fund-raiser. Over half the money generated — $40,000 — will be donated to Rick Steves' favorite charity, Bread for the World.

Dates & Prices

2019

What's Included

  • Note: As this is a charity tour, there are no alum or promotional discounts, and itinerary specifics are highly subject to change!
  • A small, friendly group of 22 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Services of several Rick Steves guides plus local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Andalucía come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Córdoba walking tour • Córdoba Mezquita • Flamenco performance • Wine tasting • Úbeda walking tour • Synagogue del Agua • Chapel of El Salvador • Olive-oil farm visit • Granada Royal Chapel • Alhambra palace • Antequera Dolmen of Menga • Reservatauro bull farm • Ronda bullring • Guitar concert • Italica ruins • Sevilla walking tour • Sevilla Cathedral • Sevilla Alcázar • Sevilla carriage ride…and more
  • All group transportation from Córdoba to Sevilla
  • 9 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

We'll gather at our Córdoba hotel at 5 p.m. for a "Welcome to Spain" get-together. Then we'll join the locals in their nightly ritual and head out for an orientation paseo (stroll) through our neighborhood. We'll finish by getting acquainted over an Andalusian-style dinner together. Sleep in Córdoba (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Córdoba's Moorish Maze & Modern City

This morning, we'll explore Córdoba's maze-like Moorish old town, from its Roman foundations to its marvelous centerpiece — and best Islamic sight after the Alhambra — the Mezquita. This afternoon you're free to experience more of this magnificent city on your own, including the Alcázar and Córdoba's hidden patios. This evening we'll celebrate the rhythm of Andalucía with an intimate flamenco performance. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Ruta del Vino and Andalucía's Olive Country

An hour's drive along Andalucía's Ruta del Vino brings us to the heart of the Montilla-Morilles wine region. We'll tour a local bodega to learn about the famous Pedro Ximénez grape — and its place among Spanish wines. After lunch, we'll continue through the province of Jaén, getting our first glimpse at a landscape dominated by more than 60 million olive trees. Our ultimate destination is the historic, quaint — and little touristed — town of Úbeda, home to Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Tonight we'll orient ourselves to the cultural delights of the town before enjoying dinner together. Sleep in Úbeda (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Undiscovered Úbeda

There's more than meets the eye to this unspoiled, charming town, and this morning we'll meet our local guide to soak up some of its Old World charms. Starting with the impressive Chapel of El Salvador, dedicated to Francisco de los Cobos, we'll unravel its history and dive deeper into the impact of the man who put Úbeda on the map. Later, we'll visit the mystically inspiring Synagogue del Agua and get introduced to the region's most beloved native: the olive tree. Your afternoon and evening are free to make even more discoveries. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Rolling Hills and Royal Views

We'll start our day putting our new-found olive knowledge to the taste-test with a visit to one of Úbeda's nearby estates. After lunch, we'll head to Granada, where we'll begin with a visit to the ornate tombs of world-changing Ferdinand and Isabel, who reigned over a new age of religious zeal at home and exploration of the "new" Americas. Then we'll head up the Albayzín hill for dinner together and enjoy a sunset view of tomorrow's treat — the Alhambra. Sleep in Granada (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Moorish Treasures of Granada

We'll spend our morning learning about Spain's Islamic legacy as we tour the sprawling palace and garden complex of the Alhambra (when available) with a local expert. This last and greatest of Europe's Moorish palaces will awe you with its grace and artistry. This afternoon and evening you'll be free to linger longer at the Alhambra, and make your own discoveries along the colorful streets and alleyways of Granada's Old Town. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Ronda

Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. On our way, we'll stop to marvel at the 5,000-year-old megalithic Dolmen of Menga, the largest in Europe, and spend lunch at a bull farm learning about the fascinating — and often controversial — cultural pastime of bullfighting. In town, we'll take in the birthplace of modern bullfighting at Ronda's bullring and have free time to explore. We'll cap our day with an intimate guitar concert together before being set free to complete your quintessential Andalusian evening with dinner on your own. Sleep in or near Ronda (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

This morning we'll drive to Sevilla, Spain's most flamboyant and atmospheric city. On the way we'll visit the ancient Roman city of Italica, with its impressive mosaics and amphitheater. After an orientation to our neighborhood hotel and free time for lunch our local guide will introduce us to the Barrio Santa Cruz and the world's largest Gothic cathedral. Tonight you'll have time to do more exploring on your own or take in a performance of sultry, swirling flamenco. Sleep in Sevilla (2 nights). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate

Day 9: Sevilla's Royal Alcázar

We'll start today with a tour of the beautifully Moorish-style Alcázar palace, the Sevilla home of the Spanish royal family for the past 500 years. Afterward, you're free to walk in the footsteps of Carmen and Don Juan, linger in Sevilla's charming squares, or stroll along the romantic Guadalquivir River. This evening we'll share travel memories and toast new friends at our final dinner together, capped off with a carriage ride through the streets of Sevilla. Salud! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Sevilla's airport, with easy connections throughout Europe, is a bus or taxi ride away. Alternately, you can hop an AVE train to Madrid to continue your Iberian adventures on your own. Hasta luego!

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Andalucía in 10 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).
  6. Eat group dinners as late as 9 p.m.

Weather

Spain / Sevilla

Sevilla Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Seville, about a 45-minute train ride to Córdoba, where the tour begins. You can also arrange to fly into Madrid, about a two-hour train ride to Córdoba, and out of Seville.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Spain guidebook.