Andalucia In A Glass

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Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • English speaking guide
  • VIP wine tastings in Jerez and Montilla
  • Sample and savor local gastronomy with paired lunches and tapas tastings at the most emblematic restaurants and wine bars
  • Learn about olive oil production by visiting a family farm
  • Discover the magnificent great Mosque and Cathedral of Cordoba, one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Western Europe
  • Enjoy an amazing equestrian performance at the Royal Equestrian School in Jerez
  • Evening sunset tour in Ronda
  • Breathe in nature and enjoy the outdoors and rural Andalusia by discovering the Doñana Natural Park

Short Description

Whether you are a seasoned fine wine aficionado or simply a lover of the grape looking to enjoy and better your knowledge of it, Andalusia is definitely the place for you! From the historic sherries of Jerez, to the up-and-coming new vineyards in Ronda and Granada province, Andalusia boasts numerous top-quality wines. There are over 40.000 hectares of vineyards planted in 20 region making Andalucia the perfect place to enjoy your passion.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Malaga
End City Jerez

Destinations

Spain

Attractions & Cities Visited

Granada Malaga

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome

Upon arrival in Malaga, you’ll be met by your Sky Vacations ambassador who will assist you and begin your tour! Together, you will head to your first destination: the Axarquia region belonging to the Sierras de Malaga D.O. This will be followed by a delicious gourmet wine-pairing lunch in the wine salon. Enjoy the stunning views and your delicious meal, all in a beautiful and a relaxed atmosphere.

After lunch, you’ll head to  charming village of Frigiliana, where you will enjoy a guided walk through the whitewashed narrow streets stopping at the most breath-taking viewpoints.  From here, it’s on to Cordoba where the balance of the day is yours to relax, unwind or explore.

Day 2: Córdoba

Your art historian guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to take you for an introductory walking tour to discover the main sites of Cordoba, a UNESCO listed city.  The visit include the famed Mosque/Cathedral (La Mezquita), a monumental site which encapsulates this city’s identity like few other buildings can, with the layers of its beautifully complex history visibly integrated in its walls and bearing the marks of the various and diverse cultures and civilizations that helped shape this fascinating city.

You will also discover the Jewish Quarter , a quaint and charming network of pretty narrow lanes that will lead you to the Synagogue a unique building in Andalusia and one of the three best-preserved Medieval synagogues in the whole of Spain.  Your tour will end at the Royal Alcázar/Palace, once the residence of Roman governors and Moorish caliphs, and finally, in 1328 the Cordovan home of the Spanish kings.

Stop for lunch at Bodegas Campos, a beautiful maze of rooms and patios. This restaurant is Córdoba classic and popular with both locals and visitors,  serving up delicious dishes putting a creative twist on traditional Andalucian dishes.  The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3: Andalucia’s Countryside

On this exciting tour, you will venture out into the countryside to explore the beautiful hills of Montilla (still a very unspoiled wine region south of Córdoba) part of the Montilla-Moriles D.O.  This tour is designed for curious and adventurous wine-lovers, amateurs and experts alike! Olive oil, gastronomy, and wine

Your first stop will be a family-run olive oil mill where you will discover the full process of olive oil making. Enjoy a tour of the family groves and learn about the different characteristics, culinary uses and health benefits of olive oil. After a visit to the mill and the on-site museum, view a very interesting short video about oil production followed by a tasting of two of their delicious varieties along with freshly baked bread made by the very same family!

Your second experience of the day is a visit to Lagar Blanco, a local family-run boutique winery located right in the heart of the Sierra de Montilla, a stunning rural landscape with endless vineyards and rolling hills. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a truly passionate viticulturist who will take you to the family vineyards to tell you about the history of this ancestral winery. Next, you will be guided into the wine cellar, a remarkable sacred space where their oldest wines are kept. On this educational tour, you will learn about the unique grape variety that grows exclusively in Montilla, the popular and worldwide known “Pedro Ximenez”. You will also learn about the entire process and aging system of these unique dry and sweet wines, a process that is probably the oldest in Spain. The visit will end with a delicious tasting of 5 different varieties (Tinaja, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, PX) followed by a traditional tapas lunch home made by the winery owners.  From here, it’s on to Ronda and a walking sunset tour which will cover the old town, the cliffs, the New Bridge and the famous bullring.

Day 4: Ronda’s Vineyards

Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and  take you the Roman site of Acinipo to learn about the regions long wine history. Then, you’ll visit a boutique family-run winery for a delicious wine tasting lunch. The visit begins with a tour through the vineyards to admire the spectacular views over the Roman settlements of Acinipo.

Then you will continue visiting the different areas where wine is elaborated, bottled and finally aged in the cellar. You will learn directly from the family producers the whole wine-making processes followed by a home made tapas-style lunch.  Next up is a second family-run winery which will include a visit to the cellar and gardens, a tasting of 3 wines paired with cured Iberian meats and cheese .

The bodega features a very special building: a recently restored Trinitary Convent from the XVIc. You’ll have aa wine tasting with snacks to discover the magic of the place and the amazing wines that they produce. The barrel room even boasts a restored fresco on the wall! It is indeed one of Ronda´s most beautiful wineries in the area thanks to its spectacular location and stunning views over the Tajo gorge.

Once you’ve visited the winery you will have the rest of the afternoon & evening in Ronda free to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 5: Jerez, Sherry And More…

Today your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and  take you to Jerez where a walking tour has been arranged for you.

After your walking tour it’s time for a visit to a winery combining two art forms: the aging of Sherry and Spanish paintings.  During your exceptional and unique tour, your expert guide will help you discover the winery and its private art gallery. Not only will you learn about Sherry but also about the family history and art collection, boasting works by Murillo and El Greco, among others.This exciting experience will end with a tasting of 3 of this bodegas best wines: VORS, VOS Tradición and Fino Tradición.

From the winery, you will head to La Carboná  a fabulous restaurant located an old Sherry bodega for lunch with wine pairing. After lunch, the balance of the day is yours to unwind and explore.

Day 6: wine, nature & flamenco!

Your day begins with your private driver will take you to Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana in Salùcar where you will visit in the vineyards, patios and winery. Here you will have a tasting experience of 5 wines with local snacks before heading to a local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, head for the beach of Bajo de Guia in Sanlucar where you will meet your guide for a lovely afternoon in the Doñana National Park; a remarkable corner of the country known for its wetlands, migratory birds, pine forests and shifting coastal dunes. The visit starts with a transfer to Doñana in one of the traditional barges that cross the Guadalquivir River. You’ll hop in your  4×4 jeep for a fun filled tour of the white sand dunes and marshes, where you will get up close and personal with some of the most amazing scenery in the country.

This evening a truly authentic experience as you head to a tabanco, an old Sherry store where great wine is enjoyed directly from the barrel as the rhythms and colors of Flamenco surround you.

Day 7: The Passion Of Jerez & Departure

After breakfast, you’ll visit the Royal Equestrian School, for a once in a lifetime experience, a live Andalucian Horse Show, an equestrian ballet, with 18th century music and costumes.

The performance showcases everything from Doma Vaquera (Spanish farmhand reining) to low rein work (where the horseman or woman controls the horse from the ground) and Quadrilles, where horses and riders dance in synchronized movements.

After the show, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.  

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accommodations

6 nights hotel accommodation: 2 nights Córdoba, 2 nights Ronda, 2 nights Jerez

Trip ID#:

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Breakfast daily

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