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Sevilla
BY PRIVATE CAR

Sherry Wines (Jerez de la Frontera) & White Villages (Arcos de la Frontera)



The Tour Includes:
- English speaking driver with private car (Local Guide optional)
- Entrance fees to a famous Bodega/Winery
- Tickets to the Royal Equestrian Shool, attend the performance of the horses (Optional)
- Taxes

No, it´s not a fairy tale, although you might feel like your guide has taken you into one when you see the beauty of some of the white villages. Your tour begins almost an hour´s drive from Seville when you arrive at Jerez. The city is well known for three things - bulls, horses and sherry, the latter unique to the region because of the climate and-chalky soil, ideal for palomino grapes. Indeed the name of the city is the Spanish word for sherry. You will stop at one of its internationally known bodegas or wine cellars to see the tradition process of aging the sherry in oaken barrels, a tradition that has been followed for centuries. And, of course, you might want to partake of a sample. The tradition of the legendary Cartujano horses began in the eighteenth century with Carthusian monks. You will be able to stop in to see the Andalusian Royal Equestrian School, and, if you are there on a thursday, will have the chance to see the "horse ballet", a combination of classical and country dressage, with music, horses and riders in a harmonious and colorful symphony of motion. After, it´s bull country. You will pass by some of the famous ranches specializing in the breeding of the "bravo" bulls, those raised with the destiny of one day facing a torero in a bullring. After your guide will take you to Arcos de la Frontera, one of the prettiest towns of the White Villages. Then back to Seville.

Cordoba



The Tour Includes:
- English speaking driver with private car (Local Guide optional)
- Entrance fees to the Mosque
- * Taxes

Your day tour from Seville will start driving across the countryside, and following one of the oldest routes towards Cordoba. After an hour drive you will arrive to Cordoba, that has a long and distinguished history which began about 785 A.D. Once one of the largets cities in Europe, it was home to the famous Jewish philosopher, Maimonides. During the time of the Romans, who built a bridge over the Guadalquivir, it was a major urban center. It enjoyed its heyday during occupation by the Moors, whose legacy is the fabulous mosque with its forest of red and white striped arches. It is the second most famous structure in Spain remaining from those days. Its founder, Abderraman, intended that its grandeur surpass all other mosques. Built during the eight century A.D., the Mosque covers six acres with over 800 pillars supporting red and white stripped arches. To one side of the mosque is the sacred Mihrab - where the Koran was kept - with three exquisitely carved domes decorated in a golden tone with tiles and mosaics. The Mosque did not escape Christian influence- its center was destroyed in the sixteen century to build the massive and ornate Gothic-Baroque-Rococo Cathedral. After the visit, a stroll over the Juderia, which was formerly the Jewish quarter of the city. Traditional Andalusian white houses with red tiled roofs, exquisite inner courtyards and flower bedecked balconies line cobblestones streets. Keeps also one of the Spain’s three ancient synagogues. On the way back, and if you have some time, you will be able to stop at some nice towns as Carmona, before arriving to your hotel in Seville.

Carmona & Ecija



The Tour Includes:
- English speaking driver with private car (Local Guide optional)
- Entrance fees to the Main important monuments
- * Taxes

Carmona is a beautiful town, rich in history and monuments, located just 30 km east of Seville. Built on a hill overlooking a large valley, the town lies at the foot of the majestic Sierra Morena mountain range. At the time of Julius Caesar, Carmona reached its apex being one of the most important cities of the whole Iberian Peninsula. You can see the ancient Roman presence in every corner, with its highlight in the great Via Aurelia, the road that was connecting Rome to Cadiz, that crosses Carmona from side to side.The Moorish domination also left a great mark, the city walls were erected together with squares and fountains to embellish the town. 
Finally, in 1247 Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city, opening a breach in the defensive walls. Over time, churches, buildings and monasteries were built, turning Carmona into one of the nicest cities in Andalucia.

Écija is a city belonging to the province of Seville, Spain.  The city has over twenty churches and convents, some of them with either Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance or Baroque towers or bell-gables, as well as an Arab fortress.Ancient Iberian finds date back to the 8th century BC, and there are several archaeological remains of later Greek and Roman settlements. In Roman times the town was at first known as Astigi. During the Roman civil war Écija stood "firmly"[at the side of Julius Caesar in the Battle of Munda. As a reward Caesar ordered the town's fortification and refounded it as a Julian colony, possibly Colonia Iulia Firma Astigitana. Under the reign of Octavian, the later emperor Augustus, the colony was strengthened according to Caesar's construction plans, and its name was finalized as Colonia Iulia Augusta Firma Astigitana.Astigi was an important town of Hispania Baetica, and the seat of Astigitanus, one of the four conventi where the chief men met together at major centers, at fixed times of year, under the eye of the proconsul, to oversee the administration of justice, was also an early seat of a diocese; St. Fulgentius, bishop of Astigi (died before 633), was named to the see by his brother Isidore of Seville. Though it was suppressed in 1144, Astigi remains a titular see in the Roman Catholic Church.


Granada



The Tour Includes:
- English speaking driver with private car
- English Spekaing Local Guide for half day visit
- * Entrance fees to the Alhambra Palace
- * Taxes

Due to the distances and high costs involved in this trajectory for a private car/guide. You will visit the Alhambra and have time to walk around the city a bit before the return trip. These tour is recomended for all people and they include a guided visit to the Alhambra and return trip. Granada, located on one of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, was a stronghold of the Nazeri Dynasty, the last great Moorish kingdom in Spain. In the 14th century its monarchs built the so-called "Red Castle"- La Alhambra - an incredible palace of refined, expuisite beauty with large arcaded courtyards, slender halls and splendid gardens, beautiful fountains and tranquil ponds like those of the Generalife.

BY LOCAL TRAIN

Jerez de la Frontera



The Tour Includes:
- Train Ticket Sevilla-Jerez-Sevilla
- English speaking Local Guide for half day visit
- Entrance fees in the main important monuments
- Taxes
 
Each of the different cultures that have settled in Jerez over the past few years have greatly influenced its physical appearance as numerous archaeological remains can testify over the surrounding countryside and within the city itself. Archaeological remains from when the city was known as Xera to the Phoenicians, Ceret to the Romans and most importantly, Sherish to the Moors, merge with the beauty of the later Christian buildings to offer a wide range of architectural styles and distinctive constructions that combine to give Jerez a truly exclusive urban appearance of great beauty.
Few places in Spain are known to enjoy such a vast international prestige. Because of its wine, Jerez or Sherry, the name of the city crossed international borders many years ago and has since become truly universal.However, Jerez is not only characterised by its wine and unique architecture but offers much more: it is the home of the Carthusian horse and the Fighting Bull, the cradle of flamenco, a city of motor racing and other important events, and the site of a city centre declared as of historical and artistic significance. Nowadays, Jerez is a big city where tradition coexists in perfect harmony with the latest modern features: big shopping centres and avenues come together in a cheerful and busy historical city centre, where shopping and tapas bars go hand in hand. All these special features, in addition to its extraordinary geographical location and climate, to unique and different tourist attractions and to its modern facilities, transform Jerez as the perfect city to live in and visit.

Cadiz



The Tour Includes:
- Train Ticket Sevilla-Jerez-Sevilla
- English speaking Local Guide for half day visit
- Entrance fees in the main important monuments
- Taxes
 
Cadiz, is a city and port in southwestern Spain. It is the capital of the homonymous province, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalusia. Cadiz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly all southwestern Europe,has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. The city is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. It is also the site of the University of Cadiz..Despite its unique site — on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea — Cadiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalusian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks. The older part of Cadiz, within the remnants of the city walls, is commonly referred to as the Old Town (in Spanish, Casco Antiguo). It is characterized by the antiquity of its various quarters (barrios), among them El Pópulo, La Viña, and Santa María, which present a marked contrast to the newer areas of town. While the Old City's street plan consists of narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas, newer areas of Cadiz typically have wide avenues and more modern buildings. In addition, the city is dotted by numerous parks where exotic plants flourish, including giant trees supposedly brought to Spain by Columbus from the New World.

Cordoba



The Tour Includes:
- Train Ticket Sevilla-Jerez-Sevilla
- English speaking Local Guide for half day visit
- Entrance fees in the main important monuments
- Taxes

The origins of Cordoba are lost in the mists of time. Its position by the river and the fertile farming land of the Campiña made it a perfect place for the first prehistoric settlements. However, it was not until the late Bronze Age (8th/9th century B.C.) when the first proper settlement was established. After the arrival of the Phoenicians and Greeks on the peninsula, the city became known as an important mining and commercial centre, since the River Guadalquivir was then navigable as far as Cordoba. This facilitated the spread of artistic and commercial products and made for easier communication with the main cities of the period.

Roman:The conquest of Cordoba by the Romans in the 2nd century B.C. ushered in what would prove to be, together with the period of Moslem rule known as the Caliphate, the most splendid period of Cordoban history. Half way through the 2nd century B.C., a general called Claudius Marcellus founded the city of Corduba as the capital of the Roman province Hispania Ulterior. The Republican period was one of prosperity, set back only by the turmoil after the battle of Munda when Caesar's victorious troops took back the city from the followers of Pompey. After the rather chaotic first few years of the imperial system, Augustus Caesar assigned lands to his best veteran troops and gave the city back its status, under the name Colonia Patricia (Patrician Colony). Cordoba then thrived under Roman rule, and a great number of monumental buildings as well as public works were built; the city must have seen great commercial and cultural activity too, as evidenced by the two forums, one colonial and one provincial, which existed here. Great public buildings were raised, like the recently-discovered amphitheatre, as well as huge temples, like the one situated in calle Claudio Marcelo, and the streets were lined with elegant sculptures. After Hispalis became the provincial capital and as the final dismemberment of the empire drew closer, Cordoba sank into cultural and economic stagnation, which lasted through the whole period of the Visigoth occupation.

Muslim: However, in the 8th century, something happened in Cordoba which was to radically change the course of history in the western world. A contingent of Arabic troops landed on the Mediterranean coast, and easily took over the weakened Visigoth kingdom. Cordoba was captured by Mugit, a deputy of Tariq, and Moslems settled in Cordoba side by side with their Christian counterparts. They lived in harmony, as is proved by the fact that the Moslems actually paid the Visigoths for the rights to move the musalla (the primitive prayer area outside the city walls) to the Visigoth basilica of San Vicente, thus forming the beginnings of the Great Mosque which still survives to this day. The first rulers of the Islamic Qurtuba made it the administrative centre of their recently conquered lands. However, the fiercely tribal nature of the Arab and Berber peoples soon produced disputes between the rival factions struggling for power. The arrival of the Omeyan Abd al-Rahman I, known as "the Fugitive" or "the Dispossessed", united all the disaffected groups around the figure of the future Emir. In the year 756 these factions took over Cordoba and proclaimed it capital of the independent Emirate of Al-Andalus. Abd al-Rahman I carried out the first major enlargement of the Great Mosque of Cordoba and rebuilt the city walls and the Alcazar (castle). Hisham I, his son, finished off his father's work in the Great Mosque and built the first minaret, which has not survived. When Abd al-Rahman II came to power, the mosque was enlarged further and a lot of new building went on all over the city. However, it was in the rule of Abd al-Rahman III when Cordoba really came into the limelight. In the year 929 Cordoba was proclaimed Capital of the independent Caliphate thus creating a schism with Damascus, and converting Cordoba into the religious, political and administrative centre of the entire Islamic kingdom in the west. One of the Caliph's first acts was to build the dazzling, but short-lived, royal residence of Medina Azahara outside the city walls, an endless source of legends due partly to the extravagantly expensive building materials used. The rule of Alhaken II, son of Abd al-Rahman III, heralded an era of stable government and the period of greatest cultural splendour in Cordoba. The Great Mosque was extended again, this time in the same majestic style as Medina Azahara. His successor, Hixam II, was only a puppet ruler, and left the task of government to his vizier Almanzor, who was responsible for the third and last major enlargement of the mosque. The joint rule of Almanzor and Hixam weakened the kingdom, and the end was not far in sight. The Caliphate finally collapsed in 1013, and the city became one of the interim Taifa kingdoms.

Christian: In June 1236, the troops of Fernando III "the Saint" arrived at the city gates. It did not take long to overcome the defenders and the Christian army entered the city on 26th June. Cordoba was then resettled with Christians, mainly in the former Moslem quarters, especially the area of the Axerquia. Fernando III had 14 new churches built, seven in the Medina (town centre, now called the Villa) and seven in the Axerquia, all of which were known as Fernandine Churches in the king's honour The 14th century brought hard times for the population of Cordoba. Between 1366 and 1369 the civil war took place between the followers of Pedro I "the Cruel" and those of his bastard brother Enrique de Trastamara. In 1349, the Black Death hit Cordoba hard and returned fifteen years later. The massive death rate, as well as chronic shortages of food and money, plunged the city into a severe economic and social crisis. A century later, after the Christian Monarchs mustered their troops in Cordoba before making the final move against the kingdom of Granada, there was at least a small ray of hope that the city would get back on its feet. Christopher Columbus was received by the monarchs here and he showed them his plan to travel to "the Indies". However, after capturing Granada, the last Moslem stronghold in Spain, Isabel and Fernando ordered the expulsion of the Jewish population from all the Christian territories, which put the final nail in the coffin of the troubled Cordoban economy.

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According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. Its high point in its history was following the discovery of America. Sevilla lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the Mohammedan minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace. Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second picture gallery in Spain) , plus convents, parish churches and palaces. It has hosted two international exhibitions (1929 and 1992) and is the administrative capital of Andalucía. The quarter of Triana on the other side of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, the street of Las Sierpes, plus La Maestranza bullring, María Luisa park and the riverside walks are all representative images of Sevilla. for being a joyous town. While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.

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