Romans, Visigoths & Viziers

Alhambra in the sun set
Alhambra in the sun set
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Seville, Andalucia
Seville, Andalucia
Gardens at the Alcázar Royal Palace
Gardens at the Alcázar Royal Palace
Churros for sale in Seville
Churros for sale in Seville
Street in Carmona
Street in Carmona
Medina Azahara
Medina Azahara
Medina Azahara
Medina Azahara
Cordoba bridge
Cordoba bridge
Jewish quarter, Cordoba
Jewish quarter, Cordoba
Aerial view of Jaén
Aerial view of Jaén
Close up of fountain in the famous avenue of cypress trees, Generalife gardens
Close up of fountain in the famous avenue of cypress trees, Generalife gardens
Palacio de Generalife garden, Granada
Palacio de Generalife garden, Granada
Street in Granada
Street in Granada

Southern Spain, rich in precious metals, wine and olive oil, has attracted the attention of many would-be conquerors over the centuries. From North Africa came the Carthaginians, superseded by the Romans who built cities and criss-crossed the plains with 1000s of miles of roads. Then the Visigoths, fresh from sacking the city of Rome, built churches until they too were vanquished by the Moors. As Europe entered ‘the Dark Ages’ Al-Andalus flourished under its Moorish rulers who fashioned marvellous palaces, with arches, artwork and gardens that still grace Córdoba and Granada. From prehistory to the Renaissance, our tour progresses through the many ages of this vibrant, beautiful and fascinating region.

  • Follow the scenic route of the Roman Via Augusta, an ancient road built to link Spain with Italy
  • Explore the ruined Moorish palace of Medina Azahara, a UNESCO-listed site on the outskirts of Córdoba
  • Tour vibrant Seville, Moorish Córdoba and Granada - cities that will offer an insight into life in this Spanish region
  • Indulge in the traditional flavours of the country at each stop and see how the cuisine changes as we travel around

Themes

  • Romans
  • Prehistory
  • Historic Churches
  • Cultural Excursion

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Today we depart from London and arrive in Seville, where we head to our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Fernando 3rd
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Spend the day exploring Seville, in the morning we visit El Palacio de Le Lebrija to view its collection of Roman mosaics, followed by the Archaeological museum. The afternoon is spent in Seville with visits to the Cathedral and Real Alcazar.

Hotel: Hotel Fernando 3rd
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

This morning we drive up to Italica, birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Founded by General Scipio in the 3rd century BC, Itálica is home to many Roman remains, including the Colossus of Trajan, ancient cobbled streets, and one of the largest amphitheatres in the Empire This afternoon we will explore Las Setas and its antiquarium.

Hotel: Hotel Fernando 3rd
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We leave Seville behind today and travel east towards Carmona. Here we will explore the necropolis and museum. This afternoon we drive to Cordoba and visit the Mezquita and explore the Jewish quarter.

Hotel: Parador de Córdoba
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

This morning we head back towards Ecija, a Greco-Royal village, where we view the splendid mosaics unearthed in local excavations. Upon our return to Cordoba, we will visit the Archaeological Museum, before later on visiting Medina Azahara, a ruined Moorish palace at sunset.

Hotel: Parador de Córdoba
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

Today we head to the roman site of Torreparedones, set on the outskirts of Baena. After this visit we will head into the town for more discoveries at the Baena Museum. This afternoon we head to Jaen, where we will explore the Archaeological Museum.

Hotel: Parador de Córdoba
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We devote our final full day to exploring Granada. In the morning we will stop by the archaeological museum before a fitting end to our tour is the magnificent Alhambra Palace, which we will visit in the afternoon. 

Hotel: La Casa de la Trinidad, Granada
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

This morning we will check out from the hotel and journey to Malaga for our flight home.

Meals: Breakfast included

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly from London and upon arrival in Seville, we transfer to our hotel.

Hotel: Seville
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We start the day with a visit to the Palacio de Lebrija, housing an Archaeological Museum famous for its Roman mosaics. We proceed to the Seville Archaeological Museum, the most important museum of its kind in Andalucia, housing artefacts from the Neolithic period to the time of the Moors. After lunch, we explore the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, the largest Gothic church in the world. Afterwards, we take a tour of the Reales Alcazares, the oldest European royal palace still in use today.

Hotel: Seville
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3

We drive north to Italica, birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Founded by General Scipio in the 3rd century BC, Italica is home to many Roman remains, ancient cobbled streets and one of the largest amphitheatres in the Empire. On our return to Seville, we visit the Metropol Parasol, the iconic wooden structure locals refer to as Las Setas, where we explore the archaeological remains it. In the Archaeological Museum, we explore the collections on display from Prehistory, to the Roman city of Italica and up to the medieval period.

Hotel: Seville
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

This morning we travel to Carmona to explore the ruins of the ancient city, the fortress, as well as the necropolis, famed for its extensive rock-cut tombs. The most important finds on display among the collections in the Carmona Museum are the Tartessian and Roman remains. In the afternoon, we drive to Córdoba, where we visit the archaeological museum whose collection of artefacts spans the breadth of early Andalucian history and includes the Lion of Nueva Carteya.

Hotel: Córdoba
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

After breakfast, we venture out of the city to explore the ruined Moorish palace of Medina Azahara. Upon our return to Córdoba, we explore a city colonised by Muslims until the 8th century. We explore the Mezquita, a peerless mosque which transformed into an elaborate gilt cathedral in the 16th century. Lastly, we explore the atmospheric Jewish Quarter.

Hotel: Córdoba
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6

We visit the archaeological park of Torreparedones, an important Ibero-Roman site were we see a market and forum. After lunch, we have private access to the Baena Archaeological Museum. Here, we view the artefacts recovered from the site and the larger region dating from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. Our last visit of the day will be to the Andalucian city of Jaén, viewing the large collection of archaeological artefacts from the Iberian period.

Hotel: Granada
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

Today we spend all day in Granada, exploring both the city and the unique Alhambra. We will explore the Granada Archaeological Museum, set in a 16th century palace. The highlight of the day and of the tour is the visit to the Alhambra, with its enchanting blend of Arabic and Renaissance architecture. Described by Muslim poets as a pearl set in emeralds, there are fewer places more famous than this – a lovely way to end the tour.

Hotel: Granada
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8

We drive to Málaga on Spain’s southern coast and take our return flights home from here.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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