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A Trail of Three Cities with Ronda

Seville, Córdoba, Granada & Ronda
 
Discover Seville, Córdoba and Granada, and the ancient town of Ronda, on this self-guided journey by rail, with cultural notes provided. Marvel at Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, visit the iconic Alhambra palace, and stay in stylish, beautifully restored mansions.
A Trail of Three Cities with Ronda. 8 nights
A Trail of Three Cities with Ronda. 8 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday from Seville to Ronda

This captivating self-guided tour takes you by train to three of Spain’s most enigmatic and handsome cities: Seville, Córdoba and Granada, plus Ronda, the most famous of Andalucía’s ‘white towns’. This is iconic Spain, vibrant and exuberant, home to flamenco, tapas and bullfighting. As you explore, you are constantly reminded of the great flowering of Islamic culture which took place between the 9th and 15th centuries, which is as visible in the courtyards and scented gardens as in the great monumental architecture.
Our detailed notes for each city guide you through the ancient streets on a walking tour that incorporates all the famous cultural sites, as well as many overlooked corners and our favourite places to stop for lunch. You stay in hand-picked, stylish hotels, each one a beautifully restored mansion in harmony with its surroundings, and all within walking distance of the major sights such as Seville’s Alcázar, Córdoba’s Great Mosque, the stunning palace of the Alhambra overlooking Granada, and Spain’s oldest bullring in Ronda.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Seville
    Night 1: at Casas del Rey de Baeza (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Seville
    Spend your first day discovering this captivating city on foot using our self-guided tour. Marvel at the Alcázar and its fabulous gardens (online booking essential to avoid long queues), and wander through orange-tree-filled plazas and along the banks of the great Guadalquivir River. Admire the immense cathedral before climbing the ramps of the Giralda’s soaring spire (or the more futuristic walkways of the Setas – ‘mushrooms’ – in Plaza de la Encarnación) before starting your evening tapas crawl with a chilled glass of fino sherry.
    The Torre del Oro, Seville
  • Seville to Córdoba
    Travel the short distance by rail to Córdoba, another iconic southern Spanish city where you spend two nights at the Llave de la Juderia, a series of converted townhouses in a prime location. (Journey time: 45mins)
  • Explore Córdoba
    Once the capital of the Islamic Empire in the west, with architectural treasures to rival anything in the world, there's far more to Córdoba than meets the eye. Behind the iconic striped arches and marble-and-jasper columns of the magnificent 11th-century Mezquita lies a splendid, 16th-century Renaissance cathedral. And sequestered within the walls of the maze of the Jewish quarter lie exquisite, flower-bedecked courtyard gardens, which each May are opened to the public during the annual Fiesta de los Patios. Our self-guided walking route will lead you to a number of other, less-well-known gems amid Córdoba's whitewashed streets.
    If you wish to visit the city's delightful Alcázar, please note this is closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays.
    The Mezquita in Cordoba
  • Córdoba to Granada
    Today you take the train to Granada, nestling in the foothills of the great, often snow-capped Sierra Nevada, where almond orchards coat the lower slopes. Set against this backdrop is the glorious Alhambra*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the epitome of Moorish architecture and design with its crumbling fortress (Alcazaba), the astonishingly intricate tilework and stucco decoration of the royal palace, and the immaculate ornamental gardens of the Generalife, complete with tinkling fountains. You stay for two nights at Casa Morisca, a beautiful, family-run hotel. (Journey time: 2½hrs. Please note: there is currently a bus replacement for part of this journey due to long-term engineering works.)

    *Tickets for a group guided tour of the Alhambra Palace can be pre-booked before departure. Please check the ‘Prices & Travel’ section and contact us to book in advance.
  • Explore Granada
    Enjoy a second day in this alluring city. It is well worth spending time in the wonderfully intriguing Albaicín, Spain’s most characteristic surviving Moorish quarter, where steep, cobbled streets lead past whitewashed houses and hidden courtyards planted with orange and lemon trees to the Plaza San Nicolás, which offers the city’s best views of the Alhambra.
    Admire the intricate palaces of the Alhambra
  • Granada to Ronda
    Continue by rail to Ronda, the most famous ‘white town’ of them all. Here, you stay at Hotel Montelirio, perched on the edge of the iconic Tajo gorge, 130 metres above the Guadalevín river. (Journey time: 3hrs. Please note: there is currently a bus replacement for part of this journey due to long-term engineering works.)
  • Explore Ronda
    As well as taking in the panoramic views that stretch across the surrounding countryside from Ronda’s ancient walls, you can visit the bullring – this was the birthplace of bullfighting in Spain – and follow our self-guided town trail to discover much more besides. In La Ciudad, cobbled streets lead to Moorish palaces, Arab baths and plazas perfumed by orange blossom; and the Cuenca Gardens, built into the sides of the gorge, are not to be missed. If you wish, you can also follow a gentle, two-hour circuit around the Ronda Gorge itself (the Tajo) which has lots of geological and ornithological interest.
    Spectacularly sited Ronda straddles the Tajo Gorge
 

Accommodation

Our four hand-picked hotels are all within walking distance of the major sights.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. 

Whichever hotels you stay in, it is well worth adding extra nights at any or all four to give you more time to explore.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 8 nights: 01 September - 24 December 2019 & 02 January - 30 June 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 September - 27 October £1098 £650
    28 October - 2 November £1045 £620
    3 November - 16 December £965 £555
    2 January - 29 February £930 £515
    10 - 28 March £1025 £590
    29 March - 6 April not available not available
    7 - 12 April £1295 £865
    13 - 23 April £1095 £645
    24 April - 2 May £1295 £865
    3 - 29 May £1095 £645
    30 May - 12 June £1055 £620
    13 - 22 June £995 £575
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    # holiday unavailable to start 29 March - 06 April

    Included travel: Seville-Córdoba-Granada-Ronda by rail
    Pay locally for travel arrangements between city stations and hotels

    For a guided tour of the Alhambra Palace, add £58pp 1 May 2019 - 31 Mar 2020; £64pp 1 Apr - 30 Jun 2020

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Casas del Rey de Baeza, Seville
    Deluxe: 01 Sep - 05 Sep 2019 £30
    Deluxe: 06 Sep - 01 Nov 2019 £35
    Deluxe: 02 Nov - 20 Dec 2019 £30
    Deluxe: 21 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £30
    Deluxe: 02 Jan - 04 Apr 2020 £30
    Deluxe: 05 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £60
    Deluxe: 13 Apr - 24 Apr 2020 £30
    Deluxe: 25 Apr - 02 May 2020 £60
    Deluxe: 03 May - 30 Jun 2020 £30
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 05 Sep 2019 £48
    Junior suite: 06 Sep - 01 Nov 2019 £56
    Junior suite: 02 Nov - 20 Dec 2019 £48
    Junior suite: 21 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £48
    Junior suite: 02 Jan - 04 Apr 2020 £48
    Junior suite: 05 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £75
    Junior suite: 13 Apr - 24 Apr 2020 £48
    Junior suite: 25 Apr - 02 May 2020 £75
    Junior suite: 03 May - 30 Jun 2020 £48
    Llave de la Juderia, Córdoba
    Superior: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2019 £22
    Superior: 02 Jan - 30 Jun 2020 £22
    Casa Morisca, Granada
    Alhambra view: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2019 £26
    Alhambra view: 02 Jan - 14 Mar 2020 £20
    Alhambra view: 15 Mar - 30 Jun 2020 £26
    Deluxe with lounge: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2019 £26
    Deluxe with lounge: 02 Jan - 14 Mar 2020 £20
    Deluxe with lounge: 15 Mar - 30 Jun 2020 £28
    Hotel Montelirio, Ronda
    Gorge view: 01 Sep - 04 Sep 2019 £16
    Gorge view: 05 Sep - 08 Sep 2019 £9
    Gorge view: 09 Sep - 21 Dec 2019 £16
    Gorge view: 02 Jan - 30 Jun 2020 £16
    Junior suite with gorge view: 01 Sep - 04 Sep 2019 £32
    Junior suite with gorge view: 05 Sep - 08 Sep 2019 £36
    Junior suite with gorge view: 09 Sep - 21 Dec 2019 £32
    Junior suite with gorge view: 02 Jan - 30 Jun 2020 £32
    Superior with gorge view: 01 Sep - 04 Sep 2019 £25
    Superior with gorge view: 05 Sep - 08 Sep 2019 £18
    Superior with gorge view: 09 Sep - 21 Dec 2019 £25
    Superior with gorge view: 02 Jan - 30 Jun 2020 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Casas del Rey de Baeza, Seville (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 04 Sep 2019 £80 £138
    05 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £105 £190
    04 Nov - 04 Dec 2019 £90 £160
    05 Dec - 07 Dec 2019 £108 £196
    08 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £78 £136
    02 Jan - 25 Feb 2020 £78 £136
    26 Feb - 27 Mar 2020 £90 £160
    28 Mar - 03 Apr 2020 £108 £196
    04 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £190 £360
    13 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 £108 £196
    24 Apr - 02 May 2020 £190 £360
    03 May - 13 Jun 2020 £108 £196
    14 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £90 £160
    Llave de la Juderia, Córdoba (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £74 £128
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £84 £148
    01 Nov - 24 Dec 2019 £74 £128
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £70 £122
    01 Apr - 31 May 2020 £80 £142
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £70 £122
    Casa Morisca, Granada (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £102 £166
    01 Nov - 21 Dec 2019 £90 £148
    22 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £102 £166
    02 Jan - 13 Mar 2020 £80 £128
    14 Mar - 30 Jun 2020 £98 £158
    Hotel Montelirio, Ronda (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 20 Dec 2019 £76 £136
    02 Jan - 30 Jun 2020 £76 £136
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Málaga, Seville

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Madrid.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Malaga Flybe,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga Flybe,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Inverness - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Leeds Bradford - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Malaga British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Seville British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
    Heathrow - Seville (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Luton - Seville easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Manchester - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Malaga Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Madrid.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Málaga

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Málaga Maria Zambrano to Seville Santa Justa (2h-2h30) £46 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    bus Ronda to Málaga (2h30) pay locally 1230 (Mon-Sat), 1300 (Sun)

    Connecting travel options - flying via Seville

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    own travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    bus Ronda to Seville (2h45) pay locally 1330 (Mon-Fri), 1230 (Sat-Sun)
What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 8 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel between cities
 
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FAQs

  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
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    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
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    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
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    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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