7 nights starting from
Based in Seville, Spain’s most beautiful city
Tapas tour of Seville
Cooking class with lunch
Cordoba with Sephardic lunch
Jerez and Cadiz with sherry-tasting and fish lunch
Andalucia is renowned for its wealth of historic monuments, bullfighting and dramatic scenery, but it has a strong culinary tradition too, which we will explore on this superb new tour that adds cookery, food and tastings to a healthy portion of historic fare. Based in atmospheric Seville, home of Carmen and flamenco, the tour visits some of the region’s most important cities as well as enjoying its excellent hospitality and produce.
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Departing: 04th November 2020 at 09:25
Returning: 11th November 2020 at 14:00
Day 1: Flight to Seville and evening tapas tour
Fly from London Gatwick to Seville with Easyjet. On arrival, transfer by coach to city centre for check in to the Becquer Hotel for seven night stay on bed and breakfast basis. Evening tapas tour of the old town taking in two of the city’s typical and atmospheric bars with wine and two tapas in each.
Day 2: Guided walking tour of Seville
This morning we will orientate ourselves with a guided walking tour of Seville, one of the loveliest cities in Spain, if not Europe. Sights will include exterior visits of its iconic 18th century bullring (as featured in Bizet’s iconic opera, Carmen), Moorish Torre del Oro, Cathedral and Giralda bell tower, Baroque 17th century Hospital de les Venerables, built as a home for elderly priests and internal visit to the 14th century Real Alcazar palace, as well as a wealth of other churches, museums and atmospheric squares.
Day 3: Morning visit to Triana food market and cookery class with lunch
A hands-on day today as we head over the Canal de Alfonso XIII to the colourful Triana food market where your guide will assist in purchasing the raw ingredients for the preparation (and eating) of tapas lunch at the nearby cookery school. Here you will learn and prepare 4 different tapas under the expert guidance of a local chef – accompanied by sangria, before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labours, accompanied by local wine or beer.
Day 4: Full day Cordoba with Sephardic lunch
We head out of Seville today to visit the ancient Moorish city of Cordoba. Its old quarter is centred around the old Jewish quarter to the west of the colossal Mezquita Mosque, where little seems to have changed since the 10th century when Cordoba was one of the greatest cities in the Western world. We will visit the Mezquita, the city’s great Mosque which dates back 12 centuries with a Cathedral within its walls, too, since the 16th century. Our stay will be fortified by a Sephardic lunch at a typical local restaurant.
Day 5: Full day “Ruta del Ibérico” in the Sierra de Aracena
We head out into the wild mountain range of the Sierra de Aracena, one of the least visited corners of Andalucia, renowned for its production of the world-famous Iberico ham. Here we will visit a local producer to find out about the production process, taste the output (of course!) and enjoy a delicious lunch featuring the local produce.
Day 6: Olive oil at the Hacienda Guzman, Harinera del Guadaira and Alcala de Guadaira
Another strong to Andalucia’s culinary bow is the superb olive oil it produces, for example at the historic Hacienda Guzman estate with its ancient olive trees, mill, garden and courtyard. We then visit the famous Harinera del Guadaira bakery before enjoying time for lunch and independent exploration in Alcala de Guadaira, famous for its water mills that date back to Moorish times and as its history as the provider of Seville’s breads – it used to be known as Alcalá de los Panaderos (Alcalá of the Bakers)
Day 7: Full day Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz
This morning we head to the world capital of sherry production, Jerez de la Frontera, an historic city renowned for its school of equestrian skills. Here we will taste the local produce and see the school in action as well as some of the city’s architectural highlights before heading to Cadiz, which lays claim to being Europe’s oldest city, dating back to 1100BC. A wealth of sights include its cathedral, Tavira Watchtower and Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, dating to 1812, when the city briefly became the Spanish capital. A fish lunch is included at a typical local restaurant.
Day 8: Transfer to Seville Airport for return flight to London Gatwick
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 20 passengers.
Becquer Hotel, Selville
The four-star Becquer Hotel is located in the heart of Seville within a short walk of most of the main sights. Facilities at this well-appointed modern hotel include a breakfast room and very comfortable bedrooms with flat screen TV, minibar, safe, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and private bathroom. A host of bars and restaurants are within a minute’s walk of the hotel.
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