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SPAIN The Magic of Andalusia 9 nights from £999^ Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £54 if not required§ This tour is a tantalising taster of the magnificent scenery and Moorish architecture of this multi-faceted region of Spain. Enjoy visits to the cities of Malaga, Granada, Seville and Cordoba, along with fascinating insights into the culture of Andalusia. Alhambra Palace ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Malaga. Fly to Malaga and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Sercotel Malaga Hotel and stay one night. D Day 2: Malaga-Granada. Once considered the poor relation of Andalusia's capital city, Seville, Malaga now successfully competes for attention. The city's rebirth was initiated by the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 and the city now boasts over 30 museums. Visit the Picasso Museum where the artist was born, before travelling to Granada, the city immortalised in the work of poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Carmen. This evening enjoy an orientation walk around the city's old town. B, D Day 3: Granada. Today join an included visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Alhambra, an ornate 14th-century palace built by the Moors. This evening you're free to dine out before visiting the Gypsy Quarter of Sacromonte for a flamenco show. B Day 4: Granada to Ubeda and Baeza. Today travel to the remote town of Baeza, located in the hills of the 'Comarca de la Loma', between the Guadalquivir and Guadalimar valleys, and surrounded by a sea of olive groves. Baeza, together with neighbouring Ubeda, is home to an array of Renaissance-style palaces and churches and you can enjoy an included tour of both these UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Hotel TRH Baeza. B, D Day 5: Baeza. Perhaps join an optional excursion to Cazorla National Park this morning. The limestone mountains and pine forests are home to deer, ibex and 130 species of birds including golden eagles, lammergeiers and griffon vultures. B Day 6: Baeza-Córdoba. Pause at an olive oil museum en route to Córdoba. The city is famous for its historic mosque, the spiritual heart of the Islamic kingdom of Al-Andalus. After the Moors were expelled from Spain, a Christian church was inserted into the existing building to create the city's cathedral. Your hotel for the next two nights will be the locally rated 4-star Ayre Hotel Córdoba which is set on the La Arruzafa hillside. B Day 7: Córdoba city tour. Join a walking tour of Córdoba, explore the narrow streets of the old quarter and enjoy a guided tour of the Great Mosque. Spend the afternoon at leisure and this evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. B, D Day 8: Córdoba to Jerez de la Frontera via Seville. Travel to Seville where you will enjoy a panoramic coach tour of the city, accompanied by your tour manager. Then visit Seville cathedral and spend a little free time exploring the city at leisure. Your tour continues to Jerez de la Frontera where you spend your final two nights at the locally rated 4-star Sherry Park Hotel. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight. B, D Day 9: Jerez. The prosperous town of Jerez de la Frontera, has given its name to sherry and is internationally known for its locally bred horses. Although prehistoric and Roman remains have been found at Jerez, the oldest surviving structure in the city is the Moorish Castle which has Arab baths and gardens. Today, perhaps join an optional excursion to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you can watch the horses being put through their paces during one of the training sessions. The school is adjacent to the historic 19th-century Palacio de la Cadenas. No visit to Jerez would be complete without touring one of its sherry bodegas, ending of course with a tasting session! Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight. B, D Day 10: Malaga-UK. Travel to Malaga airport for your return flight to the UK. B ANDALUSIA nights in hotel Cazorla National Park Córdoba Baeza Seville Granada Jerez El Puerto de Santa Maria Cádiz Bay of Cadiz Sierra Nevada Alhambra Palace Malaga 56 Please quote EM367 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 300 600 or visit saga.co.uk/managemybooking