Walking in Andalucia

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Trip code: 
TDS
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–15

Walking through the olive groves and rugged hills of Andalucia

Outside the golden cultural triangle of Seville, Cordoba and Granada, the rural landscape of Andalucia is breathtaking, and what better way to appreciate its diversity than on foot. The walks take us through rugged hills, picturesque fields of sunflowers, olive groves, the limestone peaks of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the stunning El Chorro Gorge & Caminito del Rey. In this corner of Europe the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and our home for the week is the perfect example: a rustic, homely cortijo in the heart of the agricultural countryside. During the week, a whole day is reserved for exploring the magnificent city of Seville. For those looking for more of a challenge, our departures graded level 4 feature longer walks on steeper terrain.

Highlights

  • Stay in a converted farmhouse with a swimming pool
  • Discover the fascinating Moorish history of white villages
  • Experience the real and authentic Spain
  • Walk the stunning Caminito del Rey

Key information

  • 7 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse with pool
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 4 to 15, plus UK leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1256m, average 612m
  • Travel by minibus
  • More challenging walking available on selected departures

What's included

  •  All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Caminito del Rey walk

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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.

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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 traditional village far from the hustle and bustle of the big towns or cities. This location is ideal as it gives the chance to experience the real Spain, whilst still offering very easy access to the best walking areas and Andalucian towns such as Olvera, Setenil and Seville which we'll visit during the week.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Gentle walk through rolling olive groves to neighbouring village of Villanueva de San Juan; optional tapas lunch to soak up the Andalucian atmosphere - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we take a guided walk on the trails and paths around the Cortijo and on to the neighbouring village of Villanueva. 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. An optional tapas lunch in the village gives us a chance to soak up the authentic Andalucian atmosphere. Once back at the Cortijo, we have some free time to relax by the pool or enjoy a drink on the lovely outdoor terrace. We then have dinner and stay overnight at the Cortijo.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 12km/7 miles, approx. 6 hours walking including stops.

    Penon Crag walk- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    Today is a full day's walk from our base at the Cortijo Rosario to the impressive summit of Penon Crag which towers above the village of Algamitas. We take a circular route up to the campsite and then climb quite steeply in places over rocky terrain to the summit at 1121m. Later, we return to the campsite and head back to the Cortijo by a different route.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/10 miles, total ascent around 650m, approx. 6 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Fantastic walk in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucia's first national park and UNESCO Biosphere reserve - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Our private bus will drive us high into the Grazalema Mountains over the Pass of the Doves. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1977, the Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalucia in 1984 and is one of Spain's most ecologically outstanding areas. The park is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges. We walk up past this fantastic scenery and down into the white Village of Benaocaz.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 9km/ 5 miles, approx. 4-5 hours walking including stops.

    Summit of Terril- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    Today our walk takes us to the summit of Terril, which at 1129m is the highest point in Seville province. We take transport to the start of the walk – about 10 minutes from the Cortijo Rosario. Our route climbs steeply up on to the long ridge of Terril.
    Here the gradient eases but the terrain is quite rocky and uneven in places. From the summit on a clear day, we have a fantastic view over the rolling plains of Seville. We retrace our steps along the wide, rolling ridge before descending to the south and picking up a sandy track back to Algamitas.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, total ascent around 500m, approx. 6 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk to the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and enjoy stunning views; walk to Setenil, a unique 'Pueblo Blanco' with homes built into the side of a gorge - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we set out from the Cortijo Rosario, walking through Algamitas farmland to the abandoned monastery of Canos Santos, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we follow the Ruta de los Molinos along the river that runs through the famous white village of Setenil 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. We have free time to discover Setenil and later return to the Cortijo by private minibus. 

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, approx. 5-6 hours walking including stops.

    Walk to the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and enjoy stunning views; walk to Setenil, a unique 'Pueblo Blanco' with homes built into the side of a gorge - Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    We set out from the Cortijo Rosario through Algamitas, passing through varied farmland before reaching our lunch spot close to the abandoned monastery of Canos Santos. In the afternoon we follow a network of old drovers' routes to the fascinating white village of Setenil with its little houses built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge. We return by private bus to the Cortijo Rosario.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 18km/ 11 miles, total ascent around 450m, 6.5 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Introduction to the magnificent city of Seville with free time to explore; return to the Cortijo after dinner- Leisurely/Moderate (level 2) & Moderate/Challenging (level 4) departures

    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. 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 Granada's 'Alhambra', and stunning sculpted gardens. After the Christian re-conquest Seville became famed as the gateway to the 'New World'; Christopher Columbus negotiated here with Queen Isabella to fund his epic voyage to the Americas, bringing her back untold riches and making Seville one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. After immersing ourselves in Seville’s history and culture during the day, we enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city in the evening. We return to the Cortijo after dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    A short drive takes us to the El Chorro Gorge where we are dropped off at the Guadalhorce Dam and reservoir where we begin our walk. The walk will take us to the start of the amazing Caminito del Rey, which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Spain. The Caminito del Rey is a narrow cliffside path hanging 100m above the waters of the river Guadalhorce. Originally built around 1905 and improved around 1921 it fell into disrepair and over the past decades, the path became known as ‘the most dangerous path in the world' or even the ‘walk of death'. The new Caminito del Rey was re-constructed and reopened to the public on 28 March 2015, with the route and design of the path keeping as closely as possible to the old one but now respecting high safety standards. Due to overwhlemingly positive feedback, as of 2017, this walk is an included activity and your leader will be walking this path with the group.

    After we finish the walk along the Caminito del Rey, there will be the chance to relax and have a little rest by the reservoir.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 8km/ 5 miles, aapprox. 3 hours walking.

    Circular walk from the white village of Montejaque, nestled in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    We drive from the Cortijo Rosario by private bus to the attractive white village of Montejaque, nestling in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park where our circular walk begins. The walk takes us into hidden valleys with some of the most spectacular karst rock formations in the area. This is limestone country and the rocky path can be slippery when wet so good ankle support is recommended.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 17km/ 11 miles, total ascent around 550m, 6.5 hours of walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk a circuit around the impressive Peñon overlooking Algamitas- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we walk a circuit around the impressive Penon Crag that looms over the Cortijo Rosario. El Penon is the highest point in the province of Seville – 1130m above sea level, offering dramatic views of the landscape around Algamitas and neighbouring villages, hills and farmland. On the way back from the Cortijo we stop for some drinks in a lovely panoramic terrace.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 11km/ 7 miles, approx. 5 hours walking including stops

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey- Moderate/Challenging departure (Level 4)

    See day 6 of Leisurely/Moderate (level 2) itinerary description for further details.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Malaga; fly to London.

    Those on the group flight will be transferred to Malaga for the group flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included.

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

Lunch: Packed lunches are provided for the day walks, usually filled with cheese/cold meats. On some days it is possible to enjoy some authentic Tapas in local villages.

Dinner: All the dinners are prepared by Roger. He's been catering for nearly 40 years and puts much love and pride into his work and his cooking has been greatly appreciated by Exodus clients.

All food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce, and the meals come with complimentary 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 enjoys pleasant daytime temperatures (12-23ºC) and 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 daytime temperatures of around 21-35ºC, dropping to between 17 and 25ºC at night. Autumn brings cooler weather although it is still fairly dry. The possibility of rain is more likely in winter months but temperatures stay mild in the daytime, becoming cooler after sunset.

Andalucia

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 2 (leisurely/moderate) with 5 days of walking.

Walking is mostly on well-marked paths, yet this is a hilly area and some easy ascents should be expected. Walking hours stated in the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. 

The majority of drives are short except for the journey to Seville, which is approximately 2hrs.

Whilst most departures have a physical rating of 2 (leisurely/moderate), we also offer three weeks with an Activity Level of 4 (moderate/challenging) which allow us to ascend the higher peaks and walk on more challenging terrain for longer hours. It is important to be assured of your fitness on these departures. 

The Activity Level 4 (moderate/challenging) weeks will depart:

2018: 10th March, 19th May & 29th September

2019: 9th March, 18th May & 28th September

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

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard whilst maintaining its traditional heritage, so the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Cortijo Rosario

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. There is free, unlimited Wi-Fi 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.

There is one single room available, which can be guaranteed with a supplement from GBP 120 payable in advance on booking. We may be able to confirm another single room closer to departure, which will be from GBP 220 for a twin room as single occupancy. Please contact our sales team to check if this is available no more than two weeks before departure. Weather permitting, on every departure the catering team at the Cortijo will demonstrate how a true paella is made with the tips you normally don’t get from recipe books!

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020 8772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed July 2018
    Gail Madeley

    Walking in sunshine with great views, great hospitality and great food

    A week of blistering heat (even hotter than in England) in superb landscapes with great hospitality from the management team who had only taken over Cortijo Rosario towards the end of last year. Varied itinerary with different walks on each day. Food prepared by Roger was delicious and the vegetarian options were envied by the rest of the meat-eating group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Nothing really stands out specifically as all days were great and varied so it would be unfair to choose anything in particular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was great - his enthusiasm and knowledge was excellent and even if Belgium beat England in the group stage of the World Cup this was taken in the spirit of the occasion as the owners of the cortijo were from Belgium, as was the chef who lived up to his promise of sangria if we ate dinner 30 minutes earlier so that the kick off was not missed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would personally like to thank Joke for meeting us at the airport when our flight from Birmingham was delayed and we knew we had missed the group pick up and to Alice at Exodus who kept us updated at all times - luckily I had turned my phone on when we landed and she managed to telephone us while we were waiting for our luggage to let us know that there was someone waiting for us.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Susan Leaford

    Everything that it should have been.

    A week walking in beautiful Andalusia, with a day in Seville as a change. Centre-based, so no packing and unpacking. Springtime, and the flowers were stunning. Walks varied, which was good. And with a likely bunch of fellow travellers, as ever with Exodus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ohhh - Sorry --- I know that the walking was excellent, the flowers stunning, the drives terrific, and the food just marvellous, and Seville's the City of the Season, but for me - even with all of that - the highlight was probably pushing back the bolts on the kitchen door in the morning, and taking my tea out onto the terrace to watch the sun rise, listen to the birds, watch the mists evaporate, and just generally take my peace before the day. And yes, I can feel my cheeks smiling as I type this.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Personable, informative, well organised, and good team skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Only that there's not vast amounts of down time, so don't bother taking too much in the way of extra books etc.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Brian Muir

    Walking in Andalucia

    A fantastic holiday superbly guided by Michael . Loved every minute from start to finish at the Cortijo Rosario. The staff and Roger the chef looked after us superbly. The accomodation is idyllic with fabulous views over the olive groves to the mountain of El Penon . Although the walks were relatively easy they were interesting and scenic and the walk in the Caminito Del Reay was breathtaking. The group of 10 were a great bunch ,got on with each other very well and were a pleasure to be with.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Caminito Del Reay. Exhilarating .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael Hanscomb was excellent in every way. He was informative and passionate about the local area and led the group well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Cortijo Rosario is a wonderful place run by lovely people and is a great place to relax before and after walking. Roger the chef cooked some fabulous food and kept us going with his tasty packed lunches on the walkes
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Helen Belcher

    Amazing trip

    This was an amazing trip .The guide, Alejandro ,was excellent and took us on some fantastic walks through carpets of wild flowers .The accommodation was comfortable and although it wasn’t luxurious it met my needs .The food was abundant and tasty .The people in the group were great fun .Thoroughly recommended!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    TheCaminito del Rey walk and the walk through the national park on the final day .The sunshine and the flowers .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alejandro was excellent .He explained the routes of the walks carefully and was attentive to every walker. It was great that he socialised with us in the evening .What a nice guy !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try and book a direct flight .We didn’t enjoy changing planes in Madrid...very stressful when we nearly missed the connection.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best Exodus trips that I have been on .
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Linda Bradshaw

    Wonderful full of surprises

    This was my first time travelling solo I was so lucky to meet a group of 8 who were great company & good fun. Alex, our guide, gave us a warm welcome & we soon felt like old friends. The Cortijo was a perfect place to stay with views over the village in a peaceful location. The walks were spectacular, fantastic scenery & with help from Alex we identified many wild flowers it was like a nature trail. An ideal time to visit & I will certainly return.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sunrise over the hills with the cuckoo calling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was the perfect group leader. He was charming considerate, very informative & shared his love of nature with us. We were a happy group had lots of fun & laughed a lot. Thanks to Alex for making it so special.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised when visiting this quiet corner of Spain. It has so much to explore & enjoy. A real delight for nature lovers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When can I return?
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Marilyn Spencer

    Flower filled meadows

    An excellent, varied itinerary encompassing the different aspects of the area.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Camenito del Rey. The flowers, possibly at their best due to the past few weeks of cooler and unseasonably wetter weather giving flash floods.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was a very experienced guide which showed in his daily manner and dealings with the characters and fitness levels of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make a firm request for bed type selection. I asked for a twin room. My husband and I had to share a very small double bed which affected our sleep quality. The owners of the property were not helpful although there was the possibility of replacing a double bed with 2 singles from the store. In my opinion single beds pushed close together are a better option when running group holidays therefore giving the option for singles or couples to share a room comfortably. There was no hand soap. Take your own. Don't expect the bathroom to be cleaned in the week although the towels were changed mid week. Drainage problems in the showers in rooms 1,2,3.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Chef produced excellent food in great quantity. Nothing too much trouble. Loved the continually available fruit, biscuits, tea, coffee and all important water to refill water bottles. Honesty bar - great. Faith in humanity. Good library for onsite reading....... if you find time. Buy your pre booked tickets online for the palace and cathedral visits in Seville. Huge queues.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Marilyn for her feedback. We were pleased to read that she found the itinerary to be excellent and varied, but we are very sorry to learn of her disappointment with the size of the double bed in her room and that she experienced issues with the bathroom. We are of the understanding that the hotel’s owners tried to find an alternative room with a more suitable bedding situation, but we remain sorry if Marilyn felt that more could have been done to assist. We have been advised by the hotel’s owners that the bathrooms are cleaned every other day, but we regret that Marilyn found this to not be the case. The hotel’s owners have also informed us that the drainage issues in the bathrooms have been looked into and fixed, which we trust will improve the experience of future clients. Monica Princic – Product Manager for Spain

  • Reviewed March 2018
    Howard Mapley

    Walking in Andalucia (grade 4 week)

    We spent a week walking In Andalucia as a group of 7 based at the Cortijo Rosario in Algamitas, about 1.5 hours from Malaga airport. Algamitas is a rural town in beautiful scenery. The accommodation, Cortijo Rosario, in in an enviable position high above the valley with fabulous views. The hosts, Cartouche and Joked, are helpful, warm and friendly. Roger, the chef provided superb four course meals in the evening and the packed lunches were tasty and well balanced. Doug provided extra assistance as the ‘knight in shining armour’, by driving us to the cortijo when our flight was 3 hours late, (proactively arranged by Miguel). The rooms are very clean and the communal areas cosy. We didn’t use the pool which looked great but it was March!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many. All the varied walks especially the suspended walkway on the gorge walk. Seville - the cathedral magnificent, the palace great, the tapas bar recommended by Miguel a revelation and the flamenco show breath-taking. We saw Griffin vultures close-up which was a real bonus. The view from the pool (not actually in the pool as it was March!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Myself and Cath have been on numerous Exodus holidays - the leaders have always been good. Our leader, Miguel (Michael) Newcomb, leader was excellent. We missed the group transfer by 3 hours due to a late arrival at Malaga airport and Miguel had proactively arranged for a lift for us from Doug from the cortijo. This was brilliant and because of the previous leaders I've experienced, I hoped this would be the case but didn't expect it and it was a great start. Passionate. Enthusiastic. Safety conscious. Resourceful. Miguel has an encyclopaedic knowledge of local & broader history, culture, flora and fauna and shares this with verve and a sense of humour. An excellent leader up there with the very best.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The grade 4 moderate/challenging rating I would say is only moderate in my opinion. This holiday is up there with all the holidays I've been on and I'd highly recommend, as well as La Palma and Picos de Europe.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I cannot recommend this holiday or Miguel more highly.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Amanda Jackson

    Walking in Andalucia

    A fantastic week of walking through various landscapes and looking out to some spectacular vistas. The cortijo is perfectly based; the staff just lovely and waking up each morning with the sun rising over the hills was really special. As a solo traveller I can easily recommend this trip, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the company of a great group of strangers that became friends through the week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Caminito del Rey and getting over the bridge in one piece!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis is a brilliant guide, very knowledgeable, well organised, considerate and has a great sense of humour. He made the whole group feel welcome from the start

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are vegetarian/vegan don’t worry about the food; the staff made some fabulous dishes for me throughout the week.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The cortijo is a great base, with two very friendly dogs; Chico and Churro. They really are very much part of the place and I sincerely hope they stay when the ownership of the place changes.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Colin Spence

    Walking in Andalucia

    Just returned from a wonderful trip to Southern Spain. Alexis our guide was truly wonderful and the whole group were treated like personal guests .The food at the farmhouse was superb our thanks to Maria and her staff. There was a really nice variety in the walks and the research that had obviously gone into this trip by Alexis and Exodus shone through. Having sole use of the farmhouse was a real bonus and the group got on really well. We do hope the two dogs have a secure future when the new owners take over we will always remember that smile! Our thanks to Alexis for making the week a truly special one Colin and Jill

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The rope walk through the Gorge!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Truly outstanding and a credit to the Company

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book early and you may get a room with a Balcony but they are all nice rooms
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Adrienne Harber

    TDS - Walking in Andalucía

    This trip was wonderful; I recommend it with two thumbs - or 10 fingers - up! It was a blend of 5 days of hiking and 1 day of playing tourist in Seville, a perfect mix of experiencing Andalusia for the first time. The hotel was lovely and relaxed, occupied only by our group; the food was delicious! (we had a paella lesson on the last night with Alexis translating the chef's instructions); the hiking was varied and featured beautiful vistas; all of us got along well - really, a 5-star vacation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The event that I will never forget involved Alexis' readiness to defend us hikers from a charging bull. While walking through an open area with cattle, one of the bulls feinted a charge. Alexis, who was closest to it, took off his pack and was ready to do battle if the bull continued his charge - I was impressed and felt that Alexis should add that skill to his resume! The bull must have been intimidated by Alexis because it stopped its aggression, and we continued walking by without further incident.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was a large part of why the trip was so enjoyable. He spoke Spanish, English, and French fluently; knew history of the local area; had a fun and relaxed attitude; answered our innumerable questions without complaint; and came up with alternate plans when necessary. Please note the bull-fighting skill above as well!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be flexible. The first days of our stay were warm and good hiking weather, but the last 2 days had 30mph winds, necessitating a change in our last 2 scheduled hikes. While it was disappointing not to hike the Caminito del Rey in the gorge, it was closed not by our guide but by the park administration. Fortunately, Alexis came up with alternate plans for the last 2 hikes that introduced us to interesting areas that we all enjoyed. I respected the change in plans, as it demonstrated that Exodus Travel considered its clients' safety first and foremost.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Reserve room 3 if you can - it has a balcony and lovely view! The hotel atmosphere was totally relaxed; it was like our home. We helped ourselves to drinks and ice creams, writing down what we consumed on our bar tab that we paid at the end of our stay. The pool was a great way to cool off at the end of a hike, and the patio had great views.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • 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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