• 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

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Best of Andalucía in 10 Days Tour

from $2,995 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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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!

Dates & Prices

2020

    • Apr 19–Apr 28 (Su–Tu)
    • $3,195 + Air

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    • May 3–May 12 (Su–Tu)
    • $3,195 + Air

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    • May 17–May 26 (Su–Tu)
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    • Sep 27–Oct 6 (Su–Tu)
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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and 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 18 group sightseeing events • Córdoba walking tour • Córdoba Mezquita • Flamenco performance • Montilla-Moriles wine tasting • Úbeda walking tour • Synagogue del Agua • Chapel of El Salvador • Olive oil farm visit • Granada Royal Chapel • Alhambra palace (when available) • Antequera Menga Dolmen • Ronda bullring • Guitar concert • Reservatauro bull farm • 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
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 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 its hidden patios and modern Plaza de las Tendillas neighborhood. This evening we'll celebrate the rhythm of Andalucía with an intimate flamenco performance. No bus. Walking: light.

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, one-time 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. 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 Ronda (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.

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 stop at a local bull farm to learn about this fascinating – and often controversial – cultural pastime and enjoy a country lunch together. After settling in to our neighborhood hotel 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!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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).

Reviews

William

Tigard, OR

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such fun being "lab packrats" for this trip. Having five guides/planners/observers was a real treat. All contributed to the quality of the experience. Pace of trip was good. Had been to Granada, Ronda and Seville before (24 years ago) but Cordoba and Ubeda were new and well worth experiencing. Local guides all good. good ratio of free time and group activities. Group meals were fantastic! Fellow travelers were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most memorable moment occurred at the farewell dinner when Ron presented the guides with teeshirts printed with a photo of Jorge modeling an outrageous hat. We all laughed loud and long. Of the group activities the visit to the olive oil farm stood out as I knew very little about that stuff."

Joan

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It certainly didn't help my experience when I got a nasty cough just as the tour got off the ground. I really hope I didn't pass it on to my friends. (Sorry, Sam). So that is not the tour's fault, of course. Travel mates: Excellent. Two hours of standing in hot sun looking at vineyards and nearly losing what's left of my hearing watching barrel being made: Not adequare. Ubeda, outstanding , Ronda, needs more time! flamenco, outstanding, olive oil fields, processing plant and lunch, ????

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow was the guides taking us up at night to see the treasure that is the Alhambra. Stunning! Also, I really enjoyed the upgraded hotels and our carriage ride and last nights dinner."

Saunders

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a good time from the perspective of someone that has been a previous Spain trip with RS. The areas that were a little soft were the wineries and too many churches. The tour guides were Outstanding to very good, and I am aware of the balances they face in trying to give the clients the best overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I have been to Granada before, I don't believe I would ever tire of the area and sightseeing opportunities. Additionally, the tour dinner was outstanding!"

Paula

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a ball on this "guinea pig tour Best of Andalucia." Several of the tour members and even a couple of guides said, "You and Tony love everything so maybe we aren't critical enough. We wanted to go back to Andalusia and so this trip was great. Granada, the Alhambra, Sevilla, wonderful Cordoba Ubeda and the Sinagogue. Andreas the guide! Loved the bull farm, the passion and fire of Spain was apparent to us who are not fans of bull fighting. Loved both the wineries but you should cut one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two Jorge moments, one on the old Roman bridge at night with a view of Cordoba and his story about his family and their experiences during the civil war. Lola the guide in Cordoba. All the guides and their passion for Spain. The Synagogue in Ubeda and thinking of the people of the world who have been asked or forced to leave their homes."

Helen

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow! After having been on the road for almost eight weeks prior to beginning this tour I was wondering if I would just be anxious to get back home. Boy, was I wrong. This tour was great fun and very educational. I grew up in Spain and yetl I learned a great deal about part of the country I still call the 'home of my heart.' The 'experimental' nature of this trip and the additional guides, and representative of the RS home office, made it very special. I wasn't ready to come home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were more than one, but I will say that the visit to the Sinagoga del Agua in Úbeda was a "wow" moment for me. The enthusiasm and knowledge of our guide, Andrea, was utterly infectious. If I may be permitted, the visit to the bull farm was the second "wow" moment for me. Having attended bullfights as a child, though not something I would likely do today, learning the backstory on this controversial art form was very enlightening."

Frederick

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though things changed, some went a bit slow, and some too fast, I would not have missed the Test DriveTour for anything. An outstanding group of fellow travelers, guides, and locations. I have spent some weeks in Spain over the years and I'm married to a lady who was raised on Mallorca, so I feel I have a pretty good handle on the country but this trip nailed it. The trip presented southern Spain as it should be presented, kudos to all the Rick Steves' people who put this trip together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral in the middle of Mesquite in Córdoba. Walking through the former mosque in to the cathedral took my breath away. I was not prepared for the juxtaposition. I loved it!"

Vickie

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Small group travel is the best and the dynamic Rick Steves guides leading the way were wonderful. I went to some of the same places on the Rick Steves Best of Spain tour, but this time the focus was on the culture and history of the region. It was a great supplement to the other tour. The local guides were outstanding, whether they were sharing historical facts, explaining the process of producing wine or olive oil, or talking about cultural activities such as bull fighting and flamenco dancing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments throughout the tour. I enjoyed being in Cordoba where there are beautiful patios everywhere, and visiting the magnificent Mezquita. In Granada, seeing the Alhambra all lit up in the background while we ate dinner then going there the next day was very special. Watching Flamenco dancers and guitarists perform at the highest level was breathtaking. !"

Bob

Tumwater, WA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed visiting key points in Andalusia, discussing history, its culture and the regions' future. The tour introduced us to many new sights and tastes and really brought out the love of this very special area. The fact that we had four tour guides was a unique and happy experience! This was our very first "proofing" tour so we had a fun time with our tour mates and the staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A "wow" moment that SHOULD be on the tour was the Andalusian horse show in Córdoba! Wow! Additionally, the Mesquita in Cordoba had to be one of the wows of our travels. Simply put...it is magnificent. Finally, the Cathedral of Seville...grand beyond words and we saw the grave of Columbus perched high aloft by four Spain's kings. Double wow!"

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and June, and from September through October are good times to take a Best of Andalucía tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October offer the best combination of good weather, lighter crowds, and long days.

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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 the Itinerary section of your online customer account. 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 in the Documents section of your customer account.

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 Sevilla (SVQ), about a 45-min train ride to Córdoba, where the tour begins. You can also arrange to fly into Madrid, about a 2-hour train ride to Córdoba, and out of Sevilla.

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.