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 Andalusia, staying in 4-star luxury is sublime.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides and authentic experiences
  • Ride along the picturesque Guadalquivir River, a ride you will never forget
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises

Straight Talk: We love Spain (our cycling trips in Catalonia is especially popular), but it is a bit more challenging to find the quiet secondary roads we find in abundance in other countries, especially in Andalucia. When we planned this itinerary, linking the fantastic cities of Cordoba, Carmona and Seville was a natural as it allows riding ‘door to door’ without the need of shuttles and the terrain is flat to rolling, providing a moderate trip. The only draw-back of ‘flat to rolling’ is that the scenery is a bit less inspiring than the hillier parts of the region between Seville and Grenada, where pueblos blancos (white villages) are more abundant. *We now have a Luxe level trip to the region between Seville and Grenada that will include nights in each of Seville, Ronda, Loja and Granada.



Córdoba, Spain

Day 1

Palma del Rio

Palma del Río, Spain

Day 2+3


Carmona, Spain

Day 4+5


Seville, Spain

Day 6+7

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides
Support vehicle
6 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected tastings, historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation




Mar 4-10
Mar 31-Apr 6
Apr 7-13
Oct 14-20


Dates available upon request

Trip can start at any date. Self-guided and custom trips also available. Call or email for details.


4-16 participants


7 days / 6 nights


Cordoba / Seville


20-40+ miles daily
Van supported


Varied with some hills


Land Cost:
US $2,950
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $750

Bike Rental:
US $280

E-Bike Rental:
US $480*

Optional Extension


  • US $495 pp – 2D/2N
    Single supplement US $495
    Includes: two nights hotel, 1/2 day walking tour with licensed guide and City Guide for Granada with historical insights and restaurant recommendations

*E-bikes are generally available but are on an ‘on request basis ‘ and will be confirmed on receipt of your booking registration. E-bikes provided are the best rentals available in the region. Our regular fleet of hybrid and race bikes are fun to ride and light and fast, but if having an e-bike will make your trip, we’ll do our best to provide. E-bike rentals are non-refundable.


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 or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Getting there

Cordoba: You can reach Cordoba by rail (2 hours – trains are leaving every hour during the day).


Day 1


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.


Day 2

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.


Day 3

Palma del Rio

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.


Day 4


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.


Day 5


Today, 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.


Day 6


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

Departure Day

Depart at your leisure for onward travel.

Hotel Maimonides, Cordoba

Located in the historical district, directly facing the mosque, this hotel has an interior Mujdedar-style courtyard, and plush furnishings. Rooms are modern and comfortable.

Hospederia San Francisco, Palma del Rio

A wonderful, luxurious hotel, this former 15th century monastery exudes peace and tranquility. Surrounded by cloistered patios and elegant gardens, and offering an exquisite pool, excellent cuisine and fine wines, this exquisite hotel is truly unique.

Alcazar de la Reina, Carmona

Nestled in quiet, breathtaking surroundings in Carmona’s historical center, this hotel is both elegant and enchanting with the expected amenities of a hotel in this class. Its interior reflects the beautiful style and atmosphere of the “mudejar” and the 68 rooms are elegantly decorated and fully equipped. Note that no two rooms are exactly the same!

Hotel Sacristia Santa Ana, Seville

The NY Times Travel review says, ‘Overlooking La Plaza de la Alamdeda, the hotel, which was a convent in the 18th century, is a crisp, 25 room country-chic modern establishment popular with the bohemian set.’ We like the location, close enough to the historical center with lots of great cafes and restaurants nearby and the standard of service in the hotel.


Trip Reviews

October 26, 2023

“Appreciated the events organized for after the riding – dinners, flamenco, olive oil farm. Our guide had good local knowledge. Loved Carmona and Sevilla.”

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