“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”
– Kay & Jim D,
Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
7 days/ 6 nights
20-40+ miles daily
Varied with some hills
Land Cost (current year):
Cordoba to Seville
Moorish architecture and legend, hilltop white villages covered with orange blossoms, restaurants featuring paella, gazpacho & tapas, endless sunshine and of course, flamenco. Spring in southern Spain is a time of celebration and cycling between the white villages of andalucia, staying in 4-star luxury is sublime.
Cordoba: You can reach Cordoba by rail (2 Hours – trains are leaving every hour during the day).
Cordoba - We meet in the charming city of Cordoba with its Moorish architecture and monuments. On this trip, your hotel is included on arrival day and there is no planned cycling on this day; we stay at the 3-star Hotel Maimonides, situated in the heart of the historic district. We suggest arriving anytime after 12:00 noon; we’ll offer a walking tour with a guided visit to the Great Mosque late afternoon followed by bike-fit and then dinner at our favorite restaurant, in Cordoba, the Almatea, where the owners prepare fusion Spanish/ European cuisine that is sublime.
Palma del Rio - We'll begin cycling from the historical center of Cordoba, following the Guadalquivir River to Almodevar del Rio where we'll visit the castle and enjoy lunch; from here we’ll continue on to Palma del Rio, and the Hospederia de San Francisco, a beautiful converted monastery, now a fabulous hotel. On our second day, we’ll ride into the Sierra Morena, along quiet roads to a splendid lake, where a picnic makes for an ideal way to spend mid-day. Palma del Rio is the home to several flamenco players and we may visit a tapas bar that often hosts performances.
Carmona - We’ll ride past rolling wheat fields and bull farms en route to Carmona, a picturesque walled village famous for Roman ruins, art and architecture; we’ll visit these on a walking tour with local historian before dinner. Next day, choose between an easy ride through plains to Marchena or a more challenging ride into the Parque natural de la Sierrra de Hornachuelos. We stay in a four star hotel in the historical district of Carmona.
Seville - From Carmona, we’ll continue west, crossing the Guadalquivir River at Villaverde making our way to Santiponce, just outside of Seville. Santiponce is the site of extraordinary Roman ruins and we’ll have time to visit these before continuing into Seville. We’ll stay at the fabulous Hotel Sacristia Santa Ana located in the historical center of town, and we finish our trip with dinner at one of Seville’s acclaimed restaurants.
DAY 7: Depart at your leisure for onward travel.
Map of the Area
What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
- Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
- 6 nights lodging
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
- Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
- Detailed map and route instructions
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at email@example.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247