Authentic Andalucia

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ADH
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Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–15

Sample the majestic Moorish cities and the white villages of Andalucia, Spain

Andalucia is one of the greatest ethnic melting pots of the Mediterranean and the westernmost meeting place of past civilisations including the Greeks, the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. It was the sophisticated Moslem kingdom, 'Al Andalus', however, that gave the region its richest and most lasting cultural heritage and distinctive traditions. From the magic cities of Seville and Granada to the secret gem of Antequera and the timeless white villages of Olvera and Setenil, there is a wealth of culture to indulge in. Taking advantage of a comfortable base, Cortijo Rosario, and a private minibus, the journey combines some great cultural highlights with the peace and tranquillity of the Andalusian countryside.

Highlights

  • Discover the fascinating Moorish history of white villages
  • Experience the rich culture in Seville and Granada
  • Visit the famous Alhambra
  • Explore authentic rural countryside around our converted farmhouse

Key information

  • 5 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse and 2 nights in hotels
  • Gentle day walks and sightseeing
  • Group normally 4 to 15, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
  • Alhambra ticket included; early booking highly recommended

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Alhambra ticket included; early booking highly recommended

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Malaga; transfer to Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    Fly to Malaga and transfer to Cortijo Rosario, located in the heart of the authentic Andalucian countryside, approximately 100km from Malaga. Our converted farmhouse is just a short walk from Algamitas, a peaceful and traditional village far from the hustle and bustle of the big towns or cities. Contrary to many other travel companies, we have decided to select a rural base for our discovery trip as we believe this gives the chance to experience the real Spain, whilst still offering easy access to the top tourist attractions and best Andalucian towns such as Olvera, Setenil, Seville and Antequera, which we'll visit during the week.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Half-day guided walk through nearby hills and olive groves of Algamitas.

    Today we take a half-day guided walk on the trails and paths around the Cortijo. The countryside surrounding Algamitas is picture-perfect, covered with olive trees, beautiful farmland and rolling hills. During the walk, our leader will give us a good overview of the rural lifestyle and traditions of this part of the world, which are largely based around the production of olive oil. The route is very flexible and can be tailored to suit changes in the weather. The afternoon will be spent relaxing by the pool or enjoying a drink in the lovely outdoor terrace at the Cortijo. We then have dinner and overnight at the Cortijo.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Marvel at beautiful Moorish and 'Mudejar' architecture and enjoy the gardens of Seville; overnight in Seville.

    In the morning, we transfer by private minibus to the magnificent city of Seville. The day is free to sightsee at our own pace. Now the capital of Andalucia, Seville was one of the first conquests of the Moors. After the fall of the Cordoba Caliphate in the 11th Century, under whose direction it previously lay, it became the most powerful city in Al Andalus. Near the city centre is the evocative Giralda, an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 12th Century. Originally built as a minaret for the central Mosque in Seville, this mosque was later destroyed, and it is now the bell-tower for the enormous cathedral. Close by is the magnificent Alcazar, a complex of palaces dating back from Roman times and later used by both Moorish and Christian rulers. It has fine examples of Moorish and Mudejar architecture, rivalling that of Granada's 'Alhambra', and has some lovely gardens. After the Christian re-conquest Seville became the gateway to the 'New World'; Christopher Columbus negotiated here with Queen Isabella to fund his epic voyage to the Americas.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    To the white Moorish villages of Andalucia; visit Olvera and Setenil; return to the Cortijo.

    Leaving Seville in the morning, we travel to Olvera, one of the most scenic of the 'pueblos blancos' or white villages. These villages were built during Moorish times as a border between what was then 'Al Andalus' and Christian Spain. In Olvera we have the opportunity to visit the Arab castle, which dates back to the end of the 12th Century. From here we head to Seteni de las Bodegas. Built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge, Setenil is not only famous for its peculiar architecture but also for its bars, restaurants and food shops which are ranked as the best in the region. The town is also a good place to buy ceramics and local crafts. We return to the Cortijo and the rest of the afternoon is free for a dip in the pool or walks in the surrounding countryside.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day: explore the countryside around the farmhouse or visit Ronda or Cordoba.

    Today we enjoy a free day to explore the tranquil countryside around the farmhouse or take an optional self-guided walk to a nearby village for lunch. Alternatively, it is also possible to visit Ronda or beautiful Cordoba. Train connections to these towns are limited, but your leader can help you to arrange some private return transfers locally (they do not need to be pre-booked before departure).

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Full day in Granada. Visit to the Alhambra; free time to explore the city; overnight in Granada.

    We leave the Cortijo today and transfer to the beautiful Moorish city of Granada. Here we spend a full day exploring the wonderful heritage of the historic centre. After an optional orientation walk in the morning arranged by our leader, we visit the Alhambra, indisputably the best-known monument and one of the most visited in Spain.

    The entrance ticket is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by Exodus upon booking. However please be aware that from 2019, for reservations made less than 90 days prior departure Exodus may charge a supplement on the ticket price to guarantee entrance as ticket numbers are limited. Our sales department will be able to check this upon booking and confirm the exact amount of the supplement if it applies.

    The remainder of the day is free to sightsee at our own pace: visit the Palacio Nazaríe, the most brilliant Islamic building in Europe, take a panoramic view of the city at sunset from the famous Mirador San Nicolas or simply enjoy some tapas and wine in the cosy town's streets. After immersing ourselves in Granada’s history and culture by day, there is a lot to do and see at night including optional flamenco shows. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To the white village of Antequera; short walk in El Torcal Natural Reserve; transfer back to the Cortijo.

    Leaving Granada, we head to the historical town of Antequera, a little gem known as "the heart of Andalucia” because of its geographical location. The town's history dates back 5,000 years, beginning with the Bronze Age and successively inhabited by many cultures including the native Iberians, Romans and the Moors, all of which have left their mark for us. After exploring the town's highlights and great variety of monuments, we enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical local restaurant. In the afternoon we make our way to the nearby Natural Reserve of El Torcal where we enjoy a short easy walk which offers stunning panoramic views of the landscape below. The karst rock formations found here are unique and among the most important in Europe. Later we make our way back to the Cortijo, where we enjoy a delicious farewell dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Malaga; fly to London.

    Transfer to Malaga airport and fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 5 dinners are included.

Breakfast: Continental buffet-style breakfast with local fruit and yoghurt.

Evening meal: All food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce, and the meals come with complimentary water and wine as well as tea/coffee. A selection of soft and alcoholic drinks are available at the bar (payable locally).

Vegetarians are generally well catered for at the Cortijo Rosario. Please advise us on booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

Weather

Spring generally has pleasant daytime temperatures, getting a little cooler in the evenings. There is the chance of some rain, which then offers views of beautiful spring flowers. Summer months are hot and dry with temperatures sometimes reaching 34-37 degrees. Autumn brings cooler weather although it is still fairly dry. The possibility of rain is more likely in winter months but temperatures usually stay mild in the daytime, becoming cooler after sunset.

Andalucia

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)

The majority of drives are short except for the journeys to Seville and Granada, which may take up to 2 hours. During the week there is some gentle walking involved.

Andalucia is usually very hot during the Summer months, possibly in the high 30s.

Please note all activities are optional and a rest day may be taken at any point should you prefer to relax at the Cortijo.

Alhambra Palace, Granada

The entrance ticket is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by Exodus upon booking. However please be aware that from 2019, for reservations made less than 90 days prior departure Exodus may charge a supplement on the ticket price to guarantee entrance as ticket numbers are limited. Our sales department will be able to check this upon booking and confirm the exact amount of the supplement if it applies. 

Special Festival Departures

Holy Week 
Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is elaborately celebrated each year in Spain. This is the week preceding Easter Sunday. Throughout the week, some 50,000 people put on traditional robes and parade in the various organised processions, while the "costaleros" carry the religious statues on their shoulders. Solemnity isn't the only keynote however - bars and streets are full day and night with entire families celebrating this special event with art, colour and music. If you fancy experiencing the unique vibrant atmosphere of Seville during the Semana Santa, book our special festival departures departing on the 13th April 2019 and 04th April 2020.

Seville Fair
Feria de Abril, or Seville Fair, is arguably the most important and anticipated event in Andalucia. The Seville Fair traditionally starts two weeks after Semana Santa, in a huge area in Los Remedios, to the south-west of the city. This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising. The sheer size of the April Fair's spectacle is extraordinary. From around midday until early evening Sevilla society parades around the fairground in carriages or on horseback, wearing traditional dresses. If you fancy experiencing the festive atmosphere of Seville during this event, book our special festival departures departing on the 4th May 2019 and 25th April 2020.

New Year's Eve departures (28th December 2019 & 26th December 2020)

On these special departures the order of some of the activities on our standard itinerary have been changed in order to spend New Year's Eve in Seville. The special atmosphere throughout the city around this time is incredible, a memory from Seville that you will cherish long after you leave. After a day of sightseeing, we will head to the city centre and enjoy the traditional celebrations and fantastic fireworks display.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & Farmhouse

Our main base for the week is Cortijo Rosario, a beautifully converted farmhouse reserved exclusively for Exodus groups. Situated in the heart of the romantic Andalusian countryside, the Cortijo overlooks the small village of Algamitas and is within reach of Seville and the charming town of Ronda.

Together with its neighbouring sister village Villanueva, Algamitas is known as the 'forgotten village': modern development has more or less passed them by and life goes on as it has for generations. Little English is spoken in the villages, as the tourism boom on the coast has not affected the lives of these people, who are welcoming and keen to meet newcomers. The main income of the community is agriculture, with olives the main crop along with cereals, wheat and sunflowers. This rural location really offers a fascinating insight into the 'real' Andalucia.

 All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a bar, lounge, outdoor dining area as well as a lovely pool. There are also two friendly dogs owned by the manager of the Cortijo that like to lie on the patio in the sun. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi is available in the bar and sitting room areas.

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard whilst retaining its traditional heritage. As such, the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel. Towels are changed once during the week and rooms are serviced every other day.

We also spend one night in Granada and one in Seville, where we stay at basic but comfortable hotels with ensuite facilities located close to the historic centre.

Please note that the number of single rooms is very limited and single supplements (on request) may be actual singles or doubles for sole use depending on availability.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed October 2018
    Sarah Gray

    A wonderful trip

    Cortijo Rosario is a fantastic base for a holiday in Andalusia. The itinerary includes some local walking as well as trips to Seville, Granada and a few wonderful pueblos blancos. As we joined our holiday to the "Walking in Adalusia" trip which followed on we had an extra day on the Saturday and so ventured to Cordova with the help of transport arranged for us by Michael. We heartily recommend doing the double week; there is very little overlap and the emphasis of the second week was quite different from the first. Michael was a great leader; enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful and after two weeks the Cortijo felt like home.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Possibly the alcazar in Seville, possibly climbing to the top of Olvera castle and having an amazing 360 view for miles around, possibly arriving at the gorge edge in Ronda or perhaps sitting on a hillside in the dark listening to a singer and looking across at the floodlit Alhambra in Granada; it's just about impossible to decide. Actually it might be watching the thin red line of dawn stretch into a wide golden band just before the sun peeped over the horizon from our balcony every morning; glorious.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was organised, efficient, helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We're missing him and also Joke and Cartouche very much.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Can be hot and dry but can also be warm and wet. Go prepared for either. It's a fantastic trip and if you can't decide between the cultural and walking trips do both!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Diane Leaver

    A different Spain

    Not so far from the Costas in distance, but a million miles away in terms of beauty. A region of stunning cities, towns and villages, surrounded by olive groves and soaring raptors. The 9am departure from the Cortijo and the 7pm dinner meant that the days felt slightly rushed, albeit it is promoted as a ‘relaxed’ trip, so I guess the late start reflects that.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were blown away by Seville and Granada and plan to return. Our guide’s recommendations for dinner in both cities were spot on and we had a fabulous meal both nights. Ronda was even more impressive than I hoped - definitely worth a visit, especially if a few of the group can share the cost of taxis.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was informative and organised. His knowledge of Spanish history was really interesting. Unfortunately his initial enthusiasm seemed to wane by mid trip, which was a shame. However he was suffering from dental problems so that may explain it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Room 2 in the Cortijo has an incredibly uncomfortable bed and a ridiculously small shower. Unfortunately I see a previous complaint about the bed in May 2017 and disappointingly nothing’s been done about it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Despite the comment above, the Cortijo is lovely and the pool is fab at the end of a hot day. Joke and Cartouche are very welcoming and have an extensive bar! I found Roger’s dinners very good and his English, American and Spanish breakfasts were a great start to the day. I loved the dogs and cats of the Cortijo, they added an extra element to the trip.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Annick SPIBEY

    OUR HONEST REVIEW

    WE SPENT A WEEK IN CORTIJO ROSRIO - ALGAMITAS, SEVILLA, 41661 THIS SMALL FARM RENOVATED IN THE SPANISH STYLE IS VERY COMFORTABLE, WITH A SWIMMING POOL AND ATTRACTIVE PLANTS AND FLOWERS AROUND. OUR BEDROOM DIDN'T HAVE A BALCONY AND WAS BASIC, WITH SINGLE BEDS, A VERY SMALL SHOWER ROOM BUT IT WAS SUFFICIENT FOR US. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD WITH MANY TYPICALLY SPANISH DISHES ALL SERVED IN A PLEASANT DINING ROOM OR ON A LONG TABLE ON THE TERRACE FROM WHERE WE COULD ADMIRE THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE. YOU COULD HELP YOURSELF WITH TEA/COFFEE/ SOFT DRINKS AT THE BAR, ALL DAY AND AT NIGHT WHEN ALL THE STAFF HAD GONE, GIVING A FEELING OF HOME FROM HOME. THE STAFF IS COURTEOUS AND FRIENDLY. OUR GUIDE, MIGUIEL, IS, EXTENSIVELY KNOWLEDGEABLE, WITH PERFECT ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS AND A DELIGHTFUL PERSONALITY. HE ENCOUNTERED DIFFICULTIES WITH THE BOOKINGS FOR THE ALHAMBRA, WE COULDN'T ALL VISIT TOGETHER, BUT IT WAS NOT HIS FAULT AND IT ALL WORKED OUT IN THE END.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    VISITING THE CITY OF GRANADA AND ADMIRING THE EXTAVAGANZA OF ART WORK IN THE ALHAMBRA

    What did you think of your group leader?

    MICHAEL NEWCOMB'S WARM AND FRIENDLY PERSONALITY HELPED THE GROUP TO GEL AND WE ALL FELT LIKE FRIENDS AT THE END OF OUR STAY. HIS KNOWLEDGE OF SPAIN AND ITS HISTORY IS EXENSIVE AND HIS ENTHUSIASM CATCHING. THE WEEK WAS PACKED WITH INTERESTING WALKS, VISITS AND SO WELL ORGANIZED THAT IT ALL TOOK PLACE WITH VERY FEW PROBLEMS (HE SORTED THEM OUT ANYWAY) AND THEREFORE LITTLE STRESS.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    DON'T FORGET A PAIR OF CONFORTABLE WALKING SHOES.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    THIS HOLIDAY I THINK IS VALUE FOR MONEY.
  • Reviewed October 2017
    David Rushton

    Authentic Andalucia

    I'd always wanted to visit these iconic Spanish cities and wasn't disappointed. Seville and Granada were both great and we also managed to fit in both Cordoba (see below) and Ronda. If it's possible to do both of these options make the effort, they are both really worthwhile.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    La Mezquita in Cordoba, it genuinely took my breath away. This was an optional visit on the itinerary but most people in our party went and everyone said how glad they were they made the decision.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis is great. He was very thorough, organised and patient. He went out of his way to broaden the experience for us by organising evening strolls to 'The Mushroom' in Seville and the Mirador overlooking The Alhambra in Granada both of which were very rewarding. His pre-visit briefings were excellent and he was always around to offer help and advice when needed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    From our experience, visiting late September was a good choice, hot but not too hot! If at all possible try to fit in Cordoba, La Mezquita is jaw dropping, particularly if you can get there relatively early and dodge the big tour parties who always seem to mess up your photos. Selfie sticks should be made illegal!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    IMHO the trip should incorporate the Granada and Ronda trips into the itinerary. This means getting a relatively late flight back from Malaga but it's worth it. If you are in danger of getting Palace/Cathedral/Fort fatigue, this isn't really the trip for you so you might as well max out on the grandeur of Andalucia while you can. Also, The Alhambra gets really busy with big tour groups. If there is any way of modifying the itinerary to avoid the worst of these it would improve the overall experience.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Chuck Lawrence

    Great overview of Andalusia

    The trip was very relaxing - I enjoyed having the farmhouse as our home base while venturing out to the surrounding countryside and famous cities of Andalusia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having dinner at a strategic vantage point that allowed us to watch the sun set on the Alhambra in Grenada.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was excellent; he was fun to travel with, informative, and very enthusiastic about his job.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you go in the summertime, make sure you are okay with hot temperatures. The farmhouse was wonderful, but there is no air conditioning. The fans help, but the rooms are very warm and stuffy at night.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This tour provides a great introduction to Andalusia; you are able to see a lot of sights during your short week's stay in southern Spain.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Chuck Lawrence

    Great overview of Andalusia

    The trip was very relaxing - I enjoyed having the farmhouse as our home base while venturing out to the surrounding countryside and famous cities of Andalusia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having dinner at a strategic vantage point that allowed us to watch the sun set on the Alhambra in Grenada.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was excellent; he was fun to travel with, informative, and very enthusiastic about his job.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you go in the summertime, make sure you are okay with hot temperatures. The farmhouse was wonderful, but there is no air conditioning. The fans help, but the rooms are very warm and stuffy at night.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This tour provides a great introduction to Andalusia; you are able to see a lot of sights during your short week's stay in southern Spain.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Vivienne Stewart

    Authentic Andalucia

    We had a fantastic week expolring Andalucia. The Cortijo is great, except for the bed. Really uncomfortable and rickety (Room 2) - we both came back with sore backs. The only decent sleep we got were the two nights in hotels. The rest of the facilities are fab though. Word of warning about the food at the cortijo- if you are a goody don't raise your hopes. Some was good but most was acceptable fuel for the day. And the paella finale was all about the looks and nothing about the taste. But that's being picky because the trip notes etc really big up the food. Sliced packet bread, processed cheese and desserts that are bought as powders and mixed with milk or vienetta gives you the context. The sun loungers and pool were very welcome at the end of the day. The programme was great, so much to see and do. We certainly weren't bored. Apart from the afternoon of day 2, there is very little chill time. That was fine for us but worth mentioning. We took naps on the minibus to catch up on sleep as the transfers are between 1-2 hours. Stunning scenery, fantastic history and history. Highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So much to mention. Setenil (one of the white villages built into the hillside, walking in Torcal national park, the Alhambra. Every day was packed with inspiration. One thing to mention is the light and vibrant colours. May was a great month to go.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mary was great, patient, helpful and gave good advice. She became an integral part of the group. The staff at the cortijo were mixed. Doug was brilliant but Maria and the other two ladies were temperamental. Inflexible over meal times when we needed to leave early for the days activity, and bullish if anyone left food (starting as a joke but quickly becoming uncomfortable). We saw them having heated exchanges with Mary which she clearly found embarrassing and tried her best to shrug off and hide from us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the heat. Even in May it can be searingly hot. We had 36 degrees in Cordoba.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The comments I've made don't detract from the fact that this is a great holiday and one I wouldn't have missed.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Sharon Salit

    Well chosen highlights of Andalucia

    Well-chosen highlights of the Andalucia region and good mix of hiking, countryside and city. We had such a fantastic group of people and leader that the trip would have been wonderful in any event. But it was also well-designed and organized by Exodus. Only negative was that the accommodations at the Cortijo are basic. We had a small room facing the back with no view. The bed was too small for us so they squeezed a twin mattress into the room. So it was quite cramped. The setting is lovely which mostly offset this deficit since not much time is spent in the Cortijo. If one is fortunate to get a larger room with a view it would be a nicer experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ah, there were so many. The Alhambra is magnificent as was our visits to the white villages, Ronda, Cordoba. The tapas lunch at Los Bandeleros in the nearby village of Algamitas was absolutely delicious.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mary was a wonderful group leader. Very organized and attentive to details, worked well with the group and took good care of us. We thought it was odd that Exodus was not licensed to provide tours in the major cities, but it turned out to work out alright. Mary provided maps and advice on key highlights in each city. At major sites, audio guides were usually available to provide needed information.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Michael Giles

    A Golden Wedding Annivesary treat

    It would be have been very easy to spend a leisurely week at Cortijo Rosario enjoying the countryside, the ambiance of the villa and the pool. Indeed the location is stunning and the villa very homely but there is far more to Andalusia than farmhouses swallows and olive groves. The itinerary is flexible but it would be foolish not to take the inclusive excursions to both Seville and Granada, these take up the best part of four days and cover the finest aspects of Moorish architecture and culture in both these cities with exciting interludes en-route including the equally interesting sights of Olvera, Sentenil, Antequera and the El Torcal NP.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To learn that we could visit both Cordoba AND Ronda! On the free day we were fortunate enough to be able to share transport costs with others in a minibus which was economic and efficient for a very worthwhile visit to beautiful Cordoba. Then on transfer to Malaga airport on our last day, with a late return flight booked, we were able to detour via Ronda for a few hours visit too. (The Bull Ring there is well worth a visit regardless of one’s view as to this peculiar obsession).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group very much became family in the Cortijo and Mary part of the same, seemingly making easy work of logistics and various individual requirements. We were very pleased with her advice to pre-book on-line and buy combined venue entry tickets when available, which avoided wasted time in lengthy queues at the more popular sights.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Before travel the scheduled free day might appeal as a day to relax by the pool but be aware that both Cordoba and Ronda are 'not to be missed' places and a pool is a pool. Seasoned hikers may also feel the urge to get a few more local rural miles under the belt but on offer is an equal amount of urban walking with fabulous vistas at times.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As Senior Citizens we were able to take advantage of various concessions which were available at most of the venues, some very generous.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Nigel Morton

    Authentic Andalucia

    We saw the highlights of Andalucia, drank a lot of wine and ate a lot of tapas. And good company every day. Holy Week made it extra interesting and there are many towns we wouldn't know existed, some real gems.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The flamenco evening, up close and personal, in Granada.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was fab, kind and helpful and very funny. Always cheerful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes....... go on this trip!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great weather at this time of year, and the Cortija Rosario is a home from home...only nicer!.

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  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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