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8-day 4-star cultural tour of Andalusia
taking in Spain’s most famous Cultural Heritage Sites!

Madrid – Toledo – White Villages – Marbella – Costa del Sol – Seville – Granada – Córdoba

Based on our own experience and the many tips we have received from enthusiastic holidaymakers, we have compiled Spain’s most famous Cultural Heritage Sites for you!

Your itinerary:

Day 1: Flight to Madrid

Day 1: Flight to Madrid

You land in Madrid – Spain‘s great capital. Your English-speaking tour guide will meet you at the airport. You will then be transferred to your 4-star hotel, where you will spend the first night. If your flight times allow, see the most important sights of the sophisticated metropolis on a panoramic tour, such as the bullring and the royal palace.

Day 2: Toledo (UNESCO World Heritage)

Toledo (World Heritage)

Today you will travel to Toledo – one of the oldest cities in Spain. It is one of the most popular city break destinations in the country. The old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. The exploration of Toledo begins at Plaza de Zocodover with your guide. Enjoy the sight of the famous Toledo Cathedral and take a walk along the Puente de Alcantara. From here it is not far to the history museum. The former hospital now serves as a repository for many of El Greco‘s works. You see the museum from the outside. Afterwards, you will drive past beautiful Spanish landscapes to the Costa del Sol. You will stay for 5 nights in your modern 4-star HOLIDAY WORLD RESORT.

Day 3: Discovery day – White Villages and Marbella

Puerto Banús Marina, Marbella

The first destination of your exciting, optional full-day excursion is the historic white mountain village of Mijas Pueblo. Soon after, you will smell the scent of blossoming orange trees on a typical plantation in Pizarra. On the way, you will see the picturesque “white villages“ of Monda and Ojen before finally reaching Marbella – the legendary meeting place of the rich and the beautiful by the sea. In Puerto Banús, the city‘s fashionable marina, marvel at the luxury boats during a short stroll. In Marbella‘s old town, you will see the Plaza de los Naranjos (Square of the Orange Trees) and the venerable town hall, in addition to numerous historic buildings.

Day 4: Discovery day – Seville (2× UNESCO World Heritage)

Seville Cathedral (World Heritage)

Today, on a unique, optional full-day excursion with your guide, you will learn about the capital of Andalusia. After an exciting and detailed panoramic tour, passing the 1992 Expo site among others, you will cross the imposing bridges of the most important river in Andalusia – Guadalquivir. Continue on foot to the beautiful Maria Luise Park, Plaza de America and Plaza de España, as well as the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. Idyllic patios as well as flower-filled and narrow alleys are only part of the splendour in this metropolis. Afterwards, you can experience the charm of the city for yourself. For example, visit the unique Alcázar of Seville. This royal palace with Moorish architectural history is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Equally worthwhile: a visit to the mighty Seville Cathedral – one of the largest in the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5: Costa del Sol

Today there will be plenty of time for relaxation. Enjoy the Spanish sun on the wide sandy beach. Treat yourself in your 4-star HOLIDAY WORLD RESORT to a pampering programme in the wellness area, swim in the heated indoor pool, use the fitness room or a wide range of leisure activities. And afterwards, a cosy dinner in a dreamlike atmosphere could bring this wonderful day to a perfect end.

Day 6: Discovery day – Granada & Alhambra (UNESCO World Heritage)

Alhambra (World Heritage), Granada

Granada, with its Arab splendour and Renaissance buildings, is an incomparable experience. On a unique, optional full-day excursion, you will admire the most famous cultural site in Spain: the Alhambra, the world-famous masterpiece of Moorish architecture. The unique palace complex, known above all for its frescoes and mosaics, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, and quite rightly so. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through the old Arab quarter of Albayzin, which nestles on a hill right next to the Alhambra. From here, a truly spectacular panorama opens up for you – with the palace and the mighty Sierra Nevada mountain range in the background.

Day 7: Córdoba (UNESCO World Heritage)

Córdoba (World Heritage)

After breakfast, you will drive towards Madrid. On the way, stop in Córdoba and visit the beautiful historic city with your guide. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You visit the Jewish quarter and take a walk along Calle las Flores. The highlight of the city is without doubt the Mezquita. The former mosque, built in 785 AD, was converted in the 13th century into a church and is a dominant feature of Córdoba‘s cityscape. You will then reach Madrid and spend the last night again in a 4-star hotel in Spain‘s capital.

Day 8: Homeward journey

Today you fly back to the UK full of wonderful memories.

Package includes:

  • Return flights with a reputable airline3 to Madrid,
    incl. hotel transfers
  • 7 nights in a double room in selected 4-star hotels (national category)
    – 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Madrid
    – 5 nights in a junior suite (60 m2) at the exclusive 4-star HOLIDAY WORLD RESORT
    on the Costa del Sol with attractive outdoor pool,
    heated indoor pool and wonderful wellness area with sauna, among other amenities
    incl. 7× tasty breakfast
  • Fascinating cultural tour to Andalusia with world-famous Cultural Heritage Sites!
  • Qualified, English-speaking cultural tour guide


On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Seville Cathedral (World Heritage)

Explorer package¹:

The package includes the 3 unique full-day excursions “White Villages & Marbella“, “Seville“ and “Granada & Alhambra“: only £199 per person.

Single room surcharge

£199 per person and week (subject to availability).

Your exclusive 4-star HOLIDAY WORLD RESORT

Including Junior suite (60 m²) with sea view !

Comparison of temperatures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Madrid111316182330323229221512
London68911152021201915107

Important note:

In each of our destination countries, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently different conditions and hygiene regulations in place that are specific to each country, and these can also change at short notice. The conditions of entry can also change at short notice at the moment. For this reason, we have put together the most important information for your RSD trip at https://www.rsd-travel.co.uk/travelsafely/. The information will of course be checked and updated on a regular basis. Please also check the Foreign Office‘s website before your departure (www.gov.uk/).

Location:

Spain is south-west of the Pyrenees on the Iberian Peninsula. Its neighbouring states are Portugal, Gibraltar, the Principality of Andorra and France.

Form of government:

Parliamentary constitutional monarchy. King Felipe VI has been the head of state since 19 June 2014. Pedro Sánchez has been the head of government since 2 June 2018.

Capital:

Madrid

Religion:

Roman Catholic (more than 90%)

Language:

Spanish (Castellano) is the official language. The respective regional languages have official status in the autonomous regions of the Basque Country, Galicia, Catalonia and Valencia.

Climate:

Madrid: highland climate; Castilian Plateau (680 metres above sea level): dry, cold winters, hot summers (up to 40 °C); coast: Mediterranean and Atlantic climate

Electricity:

Electricity in Spain is supplied at a voltage of 230 V and in the form of alternating current with a frequency of 50 Hertz. You need an adapter in your hotel.

Local time:

Spain is part of the Central European Time zone where GMT+1 applies, along with daylight saving time.
Making telephone calls: To make phone calls to the UK, pre-dial 0044 (+44). To make phone calls from the UK to Spain, pre-dial 0034 (+34).

Entry requirements for British citizens:

For entry, UK citizens should have at least 3 months left on the passport after the day they plan to leave Spain and the passport should be less than 10 years old. A stay of up to 90 days in any 180-day period without is permitted without a visa. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Spain Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. Customers are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to make sure that passport and visa entry requirements for the country or countries that they are visiting are satisfied. Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Spain are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation whose Web site is http://www.exteriores.gob.es. However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependent on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. For up-to-date information on entry requirements, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Spain has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people.

Additional package:

Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras on arrival.
Explorer package: The package includes the 3 unique full-day excursions „White Villages & Marbella“, „Seville“ and „Granada & Alhambra“: only £199* per person.
Gourmet package: 7 × tasty evening meals: only £99* per person.
* Package prices may vary when booking on site.

Currency:

The euro has been the official currency in Spain since 2002. Exchange rate (as at April 2022): 1 GBP = 1.19 EUR; 1 EUR = 0.84 GBP.
Banks/Credit cards: Purchases can be paid for in cash and using the most popular credit cards. This payment system is typical in Spanish shops; the symbols of credit cards accepted are usually displayed at the entrance to shops. ID cards are required when paying by credit card. Travellers’ cheques (in dollars or Euro) can also be cashed in banks. It is also possible to withdraw cash from ATMs using EC/Maestro cards but high fees may be charged by the respective bank.
ATTENTION: Caution is advised when paying with bank or credit cards as criminals may try to copy the traveller’s bank card and obtain the relevant PIN code without being noticed to then withdraw cash from cash machines using fake cards. Travellers are therefore advised to keep an eye on their bank card when paying with it and to enter their PIN number with discretion. Care should also be taken when using bank and credit cards with PIN code in exchange offices.

Customs regulations:

There are a number of products which have entry or exit limitations in Spain from outside the European Union. These include cultural goods, wild fauna and flora and products derived from these, vegetables and plant products, weapons and ammunition, medicines, tobacco and alcoholic beverages (please note the alcohol and cigarette allowances). You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries.
In terms of medications, only those necessary for personal use are allowed, and they must be accompanied by a copy of the prescription or medical report. Important: If you’re travelling to Great Britain from outside the UK, your personal allowances mean you can bring in a certain amount of goods without paying tax or duty. If you go over your allowances you must declare all your goods and pay tax and duty on all the goods in that category. Please inform yourself about the current customs regulations: www.gov.uk/bringing-goods-into-uk-personal-use/arriving-in-Great-Britain.

Safety instructions:

Crime: Vigilance should be exercised regarding pickpockets and petty crime in larger tourist centres in particular. We recommend leaving cash, identity documents, driving licences, air tickets and other important documents in the hotel safe, for example, and only carrying the cash (and EC or credit card) you need on a given day on your person. Travellers should try to steer clear of large groups of people and keep an eye on their valuables at tourist spots, airports (including in the security area), railway stations, the metro, buses etc.

Medical information:

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC – https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad.

Medical care:

In Spain, anyone with state insurance in the UK is entitled to medical treatment – where urgently necessary – by doctors, dentists, hospitals etc. registered with the foreign statutory health insurance association. You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC it will still be valid as long as it remains in date. All travellers should ensure they have adequate travel health insurance, which covers risks not assumed by the statutory health insurance companies (e.g. repatriation to the UK in the event of illness, treatment by private doctors or in private hospitals). You can also contact your health insurance company for information on current regulations.
Customers must ensure that they are in good physical and mental health in line with the trip in question. Customers must enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy required for this trip.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: May 2022