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Andalucian Sol

> DAY 1: Marbella

Welcome to Andalucia and the Costa del Sol! Spain's exotic southern region is famous for its beautiful coastline, Moorish architecture and the sounds of Flamenco echoing through the narrow streets. Upon arrival at the Malaga Airport you will be met by your private driver and transferred to your luxury hotel in Marbella. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant about their favorite restaurants, cafes and bars.

> DAY 2: Marbella

Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing by the seaside or exploring the town or Marbella. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant about their favorite things to see. (B)

> DAY 3: Marbella – Full Day Sevilla Experience 

Set off for the city of Seville one of the most fascinating cities in Andulacia. It was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis, conquered by the Muslim in 712 and incorporated into the Christian Kingdom of Castile under Ferdinand III in 1248. Learn about the city’s captivating past through its most famous monument. Explore the Cathedral of Seville, an expression in stone of post-Reconquest confidence and wealth. Built on the site of a mosque, it is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic building in Europe. It also boasts the largest altarpiece in the world. See the the Giralda, one of three remaining Almohad minarets in the world (the others are in Marrakesh and Rabat, Morocco). The beautiful structure became the bell tower of Seville Cathedral after the Reconquista and it dominates the city's skyline. A trip to Sevilla is not complete without exploring the breathtaking Royal Alcazar of Sevilla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

> DAY 4: Marbella

Enjoy a day of relaxation in Marbella or take an option tour to Nerja and Frigiliana. In the Eastern Coast of Malaga Province, Frigiliana shines with mosaic paved streets and immaculate white houses. This beautiful village maintains a Morisco-Mudejar center which has received numerous awards for its excellent state of conservation. Taste the local sweet wine and enjoy some free time strolling through the city’s beautiful streets. A few kilometers from Frigiliana is Nerja, a village that still retains much of the character of its Moorish past. The historic center was constructed around 1,487. See the Balcon de Europa (Balcony of Europe), formerly a 6th century castle which is now a viewing point above the sea. To the side of the Balcon is the 17th century El Salvador Church constructed in Barroque-Mudejar style. Nerja is also home of the magnificent prehistoric Caves known as the ‘Underground Cathedral’.  Discover this unique example of natural architecture, with stalactites and stalagmites that were formed over millions of years. (B)

> DAY 5: Marbella – Full Day Cordoba Historical Tour

After breakfast, set off to the historic city of Cordoba whose history cross many centuries and civilizations. Its roots date back to ancient times when it was a Roman city. During the period of Muslim rule it was a center for education boasting many libraries, medical schools and universities. It was also noted for its tolerance toward its Christian and Jewish minorities. Today, Cordoba is a modern city and the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains numerous architectural reminders of its vast history. Visit the magnificent Mezquita, a cathedral converted from the original mosque when the Christians conquered Cordoba in the 13th century. Built in the Renaissance style, the building has religious as well as social, cultural and political manifestations.  Head off to the Jewish Quarter and visit the Cordoba Synagogue, which was built in 1315. After the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the building was devoted to various functions including a Hydrophobic hospital, a chapel for shoemakers and nursery school. Lastly, don’t miss the Royal Alcazar which features a castle, delightful gardens and a Moorish bathhouse. (B)

> DAY 6: Marbella

Spend the day soaking up the local culture in Malaga and enjoy the services of your luxury resort or take an option tour to Gibraltar, a British Colony since 1713. Start at St. Michael’s Cave which is situated at a height of approximately 300 meters above sea level. This is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural grottoes and a remarkable example of natural architecture. Next head to the Ape’s Den, home to tail-less monkeys properly known as Barbary Macaques. Roaming freely along the upper rock, these endearing creatures will enchant you with their antics. They are perhaps the best known of Gibraltar’s attractions. (B)

> DAY 7: Marbella – Full Day Granada Discovery   

There are very few cities which have such a dense history as Granada. This is reflected in the many monuments, in its appearance and in the atmosphere of its daily life. The greatest monument in the city is the compound of the Alhambra and the Generalife, which tower over the city. The Generalife is a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens, remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. The Alhambra is the architectural culmination of the works of Nasrid art that were undertaken in the 13th and 14th centuries, with most of the Alhambra having been built at the time of Yusuf I and Mohammed V, between 1333 and 1354. Next we head off to the Granada Cathedral which has a beautiful mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Also not to be missed is the Granada Chapel, which houses the mortal remains of the King Ferdinand of Aragon and the Queen Isabella of Castile, Joanna and Philip the First and the Prince Michael who were the Catholic Kings that joined together Granada and Castile under one single monarchy. (B)

> DAY 8: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to Malaga Airport to meet your international flight. (B)

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