Highlights of Andalusia

Embark on a carefully crafted, magical journey around Moorish Andalucia, discovering some of Spain’s most famous World Heritage Sites and delving into the delicious flavors of Spanish cuisine. Your local guides will introduce you to such sites as Granada’s Alhambra Palace, Cordoba’s Mosque, and Sevilla’s majestic Cathedral.

In Andalusia history and myth blend as seamlessly as the international culinary influences that meld into its delicious cuisine. From the time of the first cave paintings, this region has seen profound effects of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, and Vandals. But it was above all the Moors, who named the region “Al-Andalus” and who rules for eight centuries, who left the largest imprint on the region.

So join us in discovering this unique and culturally rich land on a week-long exploration of its food, sites, and people, while staying in Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, and Malaga.


Trip Details

Your two cooking classes will feature traditional Spanish and Andalusian cuisine. The first will be at a farmhouse in Montilla, and the second at a local cooking school in the market of Sevilla. Each will feature fresh ingredients, authentic Andalusian products, and delicious recipes you will be able to replicate at home.


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Itinerary

Typical Spanish tapas with wine and vermouth during a culinary tour of Spain with TIKDay One

  • Arrive in Malaga train station or airport, and transfer to Granada, about 1.5 hours away.
  • Check in to your hotel and relax a bit before meeting up with your guide, who will take you on an orientation walking tour. Spend about 1.5 hours getting to know the city and the Albaycin Quarter, including the Mirador de San Nicolas lookout point.
  • Next, head on to a “granadino” tapas tour for dinner.
  • Overnight .

Day TwoSunny view of the fortress of Alhambra visited on a cooking vacation in Spain

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart for your 2.5 hour guided visit of the Alhambra with a local historian who will be your guide. (Your tour will include priority entrance. Please note that proper identification is needed to enter the Alhambra and without it you will be denied entry.) Learn about the Moorish architecture of the palace and its beautiful gardens.
  • Lunch at the Parador of Granada to enjoy the terrace overlooking the Generalife gardens.
  • Next, walk down into the city center. Meet an art historian guide for a 2.5 hour guided tour of the center, including the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Granada was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, and remains one of the jewels of Moorish cultural influences in Spain.
  • Free evening to rest after a long day, and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Grapes at a family run vineyard in the Montilla region of SpainDay Three

    • Breakfast and check out.
    • Depart on a full day trip in the Montilla wine region, which will end in our next port of call, Cordoba.
    • Meet your private driver-guide and head into the countryside to explore the unspoiled wine region of Montilla, about 40 minutes from Granada. Olive oil, wine, and good food are intrinsic parts of Andalusian life and you can find all of these in Montilla.
    • Stop at a family-run olive oil mill to learn about the process of making olive oil. Spain is the world’s top producer of olive oil, and most of Spain’s olive oil comes from Andalusia. Enjoy a tour of the olive groves and a tasting of two different oils with the family’s freshly baked bread.
    • Next head to a family-run winery in the hills of the Sierra de Montilla. Learn about winemaking and taste their wines as you enjoy a hands-on cooking class. Learn to prepare a traditional dish called “Salmorejo” (a cold tomato cream) as well as the national speciality “tortilla de patatas.” Enjoy the meal you have prepared afterwards.

View of Cordoba at night on a cooking vacation in Spain

  • After lunch, head to Cordoba and check in.
  • Next, enjoy a 2-hour orientation tour to get you acquainted with this beautiful city. See the San Basilio district, famous for the beautiful private courtyards of Cordoba, which in the springtime boast the flower-laden “patios.”
  • Evening at leisure and dinner on your own, with recommendations from your guide.
  • Overnight.

A detail of Cordoban architectureDay Four

  • Breakfast, then head out for a guided historical tour of Cordoba. This 2.5 hour tour will show you the main sties of this UNESCO site, including the Mosque/Cathedral, the Jewish quarter, and the Royal Alcazar Patio.
    Lunch at a traditional patio restaurant during the tour.
  • Free afternoon in Cordoba. You may want to visit the Viana Palace with its stunning gardens, the Julio Romero Museum, the Roman Bridge and Calahorra Tower, the Roman Temple, the Plaza de la Corredera, or the Plaza de las Tenillas, to name a few of your options.
  • This evening, you will enjoy a marvelous equestrian exhibition at the Royal Stables, just a 5 minute walk from your hotel. Purebred Spanish horses will wow you in a historical building founded in 1570 by King Feilipe II. After the one-hour show, you can have dinner (not included) in one of the authentic restaurants of the San Basilio district or close to your hotel. (Recommendations will be provided.)
  • Overnight .

The ruins of Medina Azahara, visited on your culinary tour of SpainDay Five

    • Breakfast and check. Say farewell to Cordoba before heading to the archeological site of Medina Azahara, about 20 minutes north of the city. Your art historian guide will lead you on a 3-hour exploration of the site, a fascinating medieval palace city that was once the seat of the 10th and 11th-century Caliphate of Cordoba. The city was built by Abd ar Rahman III in the mid-10th century and was laid to waste during the civil wars of the 10th and 11th Centuries. The remains were rediscovered in the early 20th century. You can see traces of this urban hub, which featured roads, bridges, water systems, and elaborate buildings.
    • Continue on to Carmona (about 75 minutes by car) to enjoy lunch at the Parador, which offers great views over the Guadalquivir Valley. Carmona is a beautiful little town, a hidden gem of Andalusia.

Flamenco dancing enjoyed on a cooking vacation in Spain

  • After lunch, finish the driver to Sevilla, about 30 minutes more.
  • Check in to your hotel and rest before heading out for your Tapas and Flamenco tour. Discover why Sevilla is considered the “true home” of tapas. Eat tapas like a local, starting at two of our favorite family-run taverns where you taste the local delicacies. While enjoying the acorn-fed Iberian ham and local wines, listen to an explanation of the roots of flamenco before heading to a fabulous historical building to experience an authentic and powerful flamenco show.
  • After the show, sit down for dinner at another favorite hidden gem, a family-run tapas bar that serves fantastic hot tapas, local wines, and dessert. The perfect end to a magical evening in Sevilla!
  • Overnight.

Spanish jamon found on a cooking vacation in SpainDay Six

  • Sleep in a bit and enjoy a late breakfast.
  • Meet your guide around 10:30 am at the Triana Food Market. Tour the market and learn about the fresh seasonal products and locally produced ingredients, from the olive oils, table olives, and hams, to the cheese, fish and produce. Help select ingredients and then head to a nearby cooking atelier right inside the market. The menu varies by season but might include: gazpacho or ajoblanco, tortilla española or Codfish fritters, paella, and a light dessert. Enjoy lunch with wine to follow.
  • After lunch your guide will meet you at the market to continue your tour of Sevilla. The 2-hour tour will include the old quarter, including the Royal Alcazar Palace (if available, as it is not open every day), and the Santa Cruz Jewish quarter. It also includes priority entrance to the Cathedral. Sevilla is a fantastic mix of resplendent Medéjar palaces, baroque churches, and winding medieval lanes.
  • After your tour, enjoy free time in Sevilla for shopping or further explorations (with suggestions by your guide).
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

The dramatic "El Tajo" in Ronda, visited on a cooking vacation in SpainDay Seven

  • Breakfast and check out. Farewell Sevilla!
  • Depart at 9:30 am for the Grazalema Natural Park and the picturesque town of Ronda. The drive through the Grazalema Natural Park will include stops at the picturesque whitewashed towns of Grazalema and Zaharra de la Sierra, one of the most beautiful villages of Spain. Head toward the town of Ronda, a mountaintop town that lies in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda. Set above a deep gorge called “El Tajo,” it is surrounded by lush valleys. Ronda has both a 15th-century “new” town, and an ancient Morrish town. The Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning El Tajo, connects the two. Enjoy lunch in Ronda.
  • Next, head to your final stop, Malaga, as city with a deeply rich history from the Phoencian, Roman, Arabic, and Christian rule that it has experienced. Check in and time to explore this pretty city with dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

The arean of Malaga, visited during your culinary tour of SpainDay Eight

  • Breakfast and check out. Leave your luggage with the concierge and head for a 3-hour walking tour of Malaga, a city so rich in history it is like an open-air museum. Visit the historic old town and see some of the most important sites, such as the Renaissance Cathedral, the Roman Theater, the Alcazaba (Moorish fortress), the Picasso Museum (Picasso was born in Malaga), the Thyssen Museum, and the main squares. You will also stop at the city’s oldest bodega for a glass of wine. End at the Atarazanas Market with a short tour and tasting of local products.
  • In the afternoon, transfer by taxi (not included) to the airport or train station. (If you’d like to spend additional nights in Malaga, we can assist with those arrangements.)
  • Until next time!

Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation in boutique 3* and 4* properties (2 in Granada, 2 in Cordoba, 2 in Sevilla, and 1 in Malaga)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 lunches
  • 2 dinners

Classes & Instructors

Your two cooking classes will feature traditional Spanish and Andalusian cuisine. The first will be at a farmhouse in Montilla, and the second at a local cooking school in the market of Sevilla. Each will feature fresh ingredients, authentic Andalusian products, and delicious recipes you will be able to replicate at home.

Excursions

  • Granada orientation walk and guided city tour
  • Guided visit of Alhambra Palace
  • Cordoba orientation walk and guided city tour
  • Guided visit of Madinat Azahara
  • Guided tour of Sevilla
  • Visits of the white villages and Ronda
  • Guided city tour of Malaga
  • Market tour & tasting in Malaga

Transfer Details

Arrival transfer is included from Malaga to your Granada hotel. Departure transfer from your Malaga hotel to Malaga airport or train station can be arranged on request.

Miscellaneous

  • Flamenco show
  • Olive oil tour and tasing
  • Winery visit and tasting
  • Transportation between cities

Accommodation Information

Your accommodations will be at a careful selection of boutique 3* and 4* hotels. Examples follow, but please inquire with specific dates for details on specific hotels any given week.

Granada: The Villa Oniria is a boutique 4-star hotel set in a 19th-century manor house. It is a short walk from the Cathedral and boasts soundproof rooms with en suite baths. Some rooms have balconies and fireplaces. The hotel also offers a high-end restaurant as well as a cafe/bar, spa, and indoor pool.

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Cordoba: The Alberca Deluxe is a charming, boutique 3* hotel in the heart of Cordoba’s. historical center, just steps from restaurants and bars and within easy distance of the Mosque and Roman bridge. The apartment-style rooms are individually decorated and boast dining areas and kitchenettes as well as en suite baths. The hotel has a traditional inner courtyard as well as an outdoor pool.

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Sevilla: The Casa de la Juderia is an elegant 4* hotel made up of 27 houses joined by patios and passageways. Located in the old Jewish Quarter, the Casa de la Juderia is ciose to the main sites of Seville. Its rooms feature traditional decor and private bathrooms. There is a fine-dining restaurant as well as a tapas bar, a spa, an outdoor pool (in season), and a garden.

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Malaga: The Hotel Teatro Romano is a relaxed, modern hotel located on a lively street near the Roman Theater and the Picasso Museum. The modern rooms are bright and comfortable.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Pricing:

7-night Program
US$3380 per person based on double occupancy

    Please inquire for single occupancy supplement or upgrade costs.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.
    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


    Tour Dates

    Available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people. Other start dates also possible, please inquire.

    2019
    January 27-February 2
    February 3-9
    February 10-16
    February 17-23
    February 24-March 2
    March 3-9
    March 10-16
    March 17-23
    March 24-30
    March 31-April 6
    April 7-13
    April 14-20
    April 21-27
    April 28-May 4
    May 5-11
    May 12-18
    May 19-25
    May 26-June 1
    June 2-8
    June 9-15
    June 16-22
    June 23-29
    June 30-July 6
    July 7-13
    July 14-20
    July 21-27
    July 28-August 3
    August 4-10
    August 11-17
    August 18-24
    August 25-31
    September 1-7
    September 8-14
    September 15-21
    September 22-28
    September 29-October 5
    October 6-12
    October 13-19
    October 20-26
    October 27-November 2
    November 3-9
    November 10-16
    November 17-23
    November 24-30
    December 1-7
    December 8-14
    December 15-21
    December 22-28

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