Spain Andalucía In a Parador

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Surrender to romantic southern Spain on a seven-night adventure. From your base in a first-class, modern parador in Andalucía’s heartland, discover the legacy of Moorish Spain. Explore Granada, Córdoba, Sevilla and Ronda, and along the way, gain insights from local experts. Embrace the passion of flamenco and sip wine in the Andalucía countryside. No single supplement!

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$2,995

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 9, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021

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Just outside of Antequera’s historic architectural buildings, this sleek, modern parador, Parador de Antequera is an urban oasis surrounded by foliage on Spain’s dry southern plain. Venture a short distance to the14th-century Alcazaba, megalithic dolmens of Menga or El Torcal Nature Reserve’s limestone formations. Dine at Marmitia Restaurant, specializing in traditional Andalusian dishes made from local ingredients such as goat cheese, honey, olive oil and sea products. The swimming pool and bar offer respite. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES

AHI Coronavirus Information

A Note About Activity Levels

We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations. Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
1–Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
2–Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
3–Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION-Cancellations for any reason from date of booking to 76 days prior to trip departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully non-refundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    In Transit

    AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Málaga, Spain. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: AGP.

  • day 2

    Málaga, Spain | Antequera

    Arrive at Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

    Transfer to Parador de Antequera. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

    Tonight, at the parador, get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception, and then gather for a Welcome Dinner.

  • day 3

    Antequera

    Discovery: Ancient Antequera.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Just outside the city, witness striking prehistoric architecture, the Menga and Viera dolmens. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016, these megalithic monuments are thought to have been built between 3500 and 3000 B.C. by farmers in the valley. Once inside, ponder the incredible labor and engineering skill required to construct these burial chambers, where large upright stones support roofs of enormous rock slabs.
    Then, return to Antequera for a walking tour that reveals its roots as a cultural crossroads. Begin at the Alcazaba, the 14th-century Moorish fortress that once guarded the city. Admire the expansive vistas of Antequera’s red-tiled roofs and bell towers, surrounded by fertile farmlands with La Peña de los Enamorados, or Lovers’ Rock, in the distance. Next, visit El Carmen Church. Head into the old town, where the city’s heritage is reflected in architectural elements from the Roman, Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance and baroque eras.

    Enjoy a lunch of traditional Andalucian dishes at a nearby restaurant.

    Free Time: Continue to explore in the city or return to the parador.

  • day 4

    Granada

    Discovery: Granada & Palace City.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Take a scenic drive to Granada to visit the Alhambra, the stunning Moorish fortress and palace complex designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Majestically perched over the city and framed by the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Alhambra was built in the 13th and 14th centuries by the kings of the Nasrid dynasty who sought to create their own paradise on earth. As you walk amid the courtyards, fountains and arch-lined walkways, marvel at the beautifully filigreed and patterned carvings, inscribed with poems and quotations from the Koran. In the breathtaking Palacios Nazaríes, see the Court of the Myrtles, the Court of the Lions, the Hall of the Ambassadors and other chambers. Visit Alcazaba, the castle that guarded the palace, and stroll through the landscaped gardens of Generalife, the summer palace.

    Within the walls of the Alhambra, relax over lunch at the restaurant of the Parador de Granada, formerly the 15th-century Convento de San Francisco.

  • day 5

    Sevilla

    Discovery: Sevilla.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Journey to Sevilla, southern Spain’s cultural heart, immortalized by Mozart, Bizet and Rossini. Get a broader perspective of this vibrant city along the Guadalquivir River on a panoramic/walking tour. With its sweeping, semi-circular façade and lovely canal, the magnificent Plaza de España was designed to dazzle visitors and exhibitors to the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. Cross the pretty bridges, and you’ll note colorful ceramic decorative touches all around you, including 48 tiled alcoves representing the Spanish provinces. Then visit the astounding Cathedral of Sevilla, the world’s largest Gothic building and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Inside, marvelous treasures abound, including the main chapel’s glittering gold altarpiece with scenes from the life of Christ; the 18th-century intricate silver altar; and the unique tomb of Christopher Columbus.
    Visit the grand Real Alcázar, originally a 10th-century Moorish palace, which became a Spanish royal residence in the 14th century and is still in use today. In El Arenal, see the centuries-old bullring, the Plaza de Toros de la Maenstranza, and the 13th-century Moorish Torre del Oro, a defensive watchtower over the river. Conclude with a walk through the charming Barrio de Santa Cruz, where bougainvillea spill over the balconies and narrow lanes lead to shady squares, fountains and more.

    Free Time: Find a nice spot for lunch on your own before returning to Antequera.

    This evening, dine with your fellow travelers at the parador.

  • day 6

    Ronda

    Discovery: Ronda.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Spectacularly set on the edge of El Tajo Gorge high above the open countryside, Ronda is a showstopper and the largest of Andalucía’s pueblos blancos, or white towns. An 18th-century bridge spanning the gorge links the two sections of the town. Step inside the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor, a blend of Gothic, Renaissance, baroque and Moorish elements. Then delve into the intensely dramatic world of bullfighting at the Plaza de Toros, inaugurated in 1785. Stand in the famed sandstone arena, and discover more about this iconic Spanish tradition at the museum onsite. Cap off your Ronda visit with an unforgettable view over El Tajo from the terrace and gardens of Casa de San Juan Bosco.

    Discovery: Bodega Joaquín Fernández.
    Activity level: Mild

    Sit with a glass of wine and take in the gorgeous scenery at Finca Los Frutales, the vineyard of this organic winery. Your visit includes a tasting of the bodega’s wines and lunch.

  • day 7

    Córdoba

    Discovery: Córdoba.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Explore La Mezquita, Córdoba’s great mosque-cathedral, an exceptionally beautiful complex containing the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain. The original mosque was built in the eighth century by Abd al-Rahman, who established an emirate in Córdoba. Additions by subsequent emirs enhanced its grandeur and size, and in its heyday, it was one of the most prominent sacred sites in the Islamic world. After Córdoba was recaptured by the Spanish, a cathedral was built inside the complex walls in the 16th century. La Mezquita’s most spellbinding feature is the superb hall with 856 columns made from marble, granite, jasper and onyx connected by two layers of red-and-white-striped arches. Afterward, see the imposing Roman bridge that stretches across the Guadalquivir River, and take a stroll through the Jewish quarter, an atmospheric neighborhood of winding streets and whitewashed houses.

    Free Time: Make your own plans for lunch and exploration in Córdoba.

    This evening, dine on traditional dishes at a restaurant in Antequera.

  • day 8

    Antequera

    Enrichment: Contemporary Spain. With insights from a local expert, understand the current events and issues affecting life in Spain.

    Free Time: Choose to spend your last day at leisure in Antequera, or join one of today’s Elective Activities. Your Travel Director will be available to offer suggestions on sightseeing, shopping and dining in Andalucía.
    • Málaga.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Take a complimentary shuttle to the city of Málaga for time to explore on your own. Spend the day visiting the wonderful Picasso Museum in the city of his birth, or discover historic landmarks like the 16th-century Malaga Cathedral, before returning by shuttle to Antequera.
    No additional charge.
    • Torcal & Olive Oil Experience.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Learn about the varieties of olive oils produced at a fourth-generation, family-owned olive mill, El Molino del Hortelano. Enjoy a tasting of their olive oil varieties and sit down for a special Andalucían brunch prepared with their creations. Then, drive through El Torcal de Antequera nature park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that includes the Antequera dolmens, and stop for a coffee break among the limestone rock formations.
    Available at an additional cost; Maximum of 15 participants.

    Tonight, celebrate your time together in the south of Spain at a Farewell Reception and Dinner in the parador. During a special performance, delight in the passion and precision of flamenco, Spain’s renowned art form.

  • day 9

    In Transit

    After breakfast, transfer to the Málaga airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

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