Journey through al Andalus
Rail & hike through Andalucia
Historic cities, world heritage sites and fabulous walks including El Caminito del Rey
“There are so many wonderful thingsI could say about this trip – full of exciting events and places I would never have found or done on my own”
Rail & Hike
From the Alhambra Palaces in Granada to the Mezquita in Córdoba & Alcazaba in Malaga
This unique 7 night Rail & Hike journey starts in Granada and includes a visit to the Alhambra Palaces. From Granada you head east to Antequera and visit Córdoba by high speed train. Then south to Ronda, another jewel from the Moorish occupation of Spain. We then head back east through the ‘lakes of Andalucia’ and the chance to walk the Caminito del Rey. Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the ‘must do’ walks in the world. Our Rail & Hike adventure ends in the historic centre of Malaga, one of the less proclaimed but equally interesting ‘great cities’ of Andalucia. On route, we stay in carefully chosen accommodation and eat in excellent local restaurants. We rate the daily walks as Level 1 & 2 dependent on the amount of travel and cultural interest in the day. It is possible to opt out of any of the daily walks but few choose to do so.
Itinerary & Walks
Rail & Hike – Accommodation
You will stay in small hotels and pensions, all with comfortable en-suite rooms and locations chosen to complement a Rail & Hike adventure. The first night is spent in Granada close to the Alhambra Palaces. The next two nights are spent in Antequera in the centre of this ancient & historic town. The 4th & 5th nights are spent in Ronda, most likely in the Hermanos Macias close to the famous bull ring. This hotel is very popular with Spanish travellers including the visiting toreros. The 6th night is spent close to the northern access to the Caminito del Rey, most likely in the Posada del Conde. The final night is spent in Malaga, most likely in the Hotel Carlos V at the foot of the Alcazaba.
Travel & More Info
Flights are not included allowing guests to travel from their most convenient local airport, or meet up in Spain. The meeting point for the holiday is in Granada where we stay for one night. There are a few direct flights into Granada airport but many more into Malaga. If you choose to fly into Malaga, there is a direct and inexpensive coach service to Granada but you will need to arrive on an early flight if you wish to transfer on the same day (See below*).
The holiday ends in Malaga where we stay for one night. From Malaga centre there are frequent and convenient shuttle services to the airport and also to the train and bus stations for onward travel in Spain.
*If you have the time available, we do recommend travelling a day before the start of the walking holiday and staying an extra night in Granada (or Malaga if you arrive there on a late flight). There is so much for us to see and we try to visit the Alhamba in the evening of the first day if at all possible.
Dates & Prices
Wednesday September 8 – 15
Wednesday June 1 – 8
Cost £695* per person
*Single supplement £105
NB The holiday starts in Granada and ends in Malaga. See notes on Travel & More Information.
What is included
- 7 Nights hotel accommodation with en-suite rooms
- Evening meals with wine. (Excluding rest day)
- Escorted daily guided hikes and city walks.
- Entrance to the Alhambra Palaces.
- Entrance to the Caminito del Rey.
- Bag Transfers.
- All travel costs from Granada to Malaga.
Reviews & Visitors Book
“We wanted to thank you for a truly memorable tour of Andalucia. We thought the combination of walks, tours, hotels, restaurants was perfect – just what we needed. All with a delightful bunch of companions too! We are very keen on another trip with you guys for when we return to Europe next May – we will get in touch soon when we have an idea of dates and which tour. In the meantime thank you again for all your hard work in making our Spanish trip such a wonderful experience. Martin & Liz (Australia) Sept 2019
“Just a quick not to say thank you so very much for a superb holiday through Andalucia, I loved the variety of the places we visited —El Torcal was right up my street, so peaceful and quiet, very interesting stone formations. Then the“piece de resistance”, the Caminito del Rey, was fab, loved it, although I was a little anxious about doing it not brilliant on heights, but I did and it was fascinating. Very interested in joining you for the trip to Marrakesh. Jane (Northants) Sept 2019
“Thank you for opening our eyes to Andalucia. It truly is a unique, relaxed atmosphere and I fell in love with the area. Loved your relaxed manner in hosting us around – plenty of time to explore, always knew where to be and when but never felt rushed, plus be good food or a drink was never far away. Linda and Ian (Cambs)