Treasures of Andalucia in Spring Tour with Beauty of the Balkans Cruise
17 days from £2,599 per person
We LoveStanding in the gardens of Mondragon Palace, overlooking Ronda's awe-inspiring gorge. Visiting the spectacular Alhambra Palace - the only medieval Arab palace still in existence. Tasting delicious organic wine at an ecological winery in the hills of Ronda.
This holiday contrasts the east and west of the Mediterranean, and finishes on an island at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. Our tour of Andalucia covers off mountaintop Ronda, Granada’s Moorish architecture and the glorious gardens at the Alhambra. A 10-night Mediterranean cruise then whisks us east, giving you the chance to explore Split’s Roman palace, Dubrovnik’s marble streets and squares, and Montenegro’s spectacular Bay of Kotor. And to finish? Two nights in magical Malta, staying in a hotel that’s been a favourite of Titan customers for years.
Your holiday includes:
6 excursions and visits
- Tour to whitewashed villages, Ronda and Mondragon Palace
- Winery visit and tasting
- Granada walking tour
- Guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
- Flamenco show and dinner
- Tour of Valletta, including Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum
- 6 nights in hotels and 10 nights cruise on Braemar (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 38 meals: 16 breakfasts (days 2-17) 9 lunches (days 6-14) 13 dinners (days 1 and 4-15)
- Exclusive Titan drinks party on board
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 2 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - RondaTitan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Málaga. Ninety minutes’ drive brings us to the beautiful hilltop town of Ronda, and our hotel overlooking the spectacular Tajo Gorge. You’ll have some time to settle in and relax before our welcome dinner.
Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria, Ronda (4*)
RondaAndalucia is famous for its pueblos blancos (whitewashed villages), and today we’ll explore one of the quirkiest: Sentenil de las Bodegas. Its houses are built into the cliffs, with white facades constructed in front of caves. Huge rock slabs loom overhead by some, while others have olive groves growing above them.
As well as a wander around Sentenil de las Bodegas, we’ll drive through Zahara de la Sierra, built above a serene lake and below a hilltop castle. Back in Ronda, we’ll pay a visit to Mondragon Palace, a beautiful building with Moorish courtyards and mountain views, which houses the town’s museum.
Later, we’ll stop by an organic winery in the hills just north of Ronda, where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting and sample wafer-thin slices of delicious jamón ibérico.
Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria, Ronda (4*)
GranadaWe journey east across Andalucia’s rugged landscapes to Granada, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
A walking tour leads us through the city’s spiderweb of historic lanes to visit the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel), a Gothic-style mausoleum housing the tombs of Spain’s Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand.
We’ll also navigate through the medieval alleyways of the Albayzin district, where you’ll see a jumble of Moorish and Andalucian architecture.
Hotel Sercotel Gran Luna de Granada (4*)
AlhambraNamed after the rosy hue of its walls (the Arabic roughly translates as ‘Red Castle’), the Alhambra is one of Andalucia’s star attractions.
A guided tour takes us deep into this fortified palace, where we’ll admire the incredible architecture and elaborate decoration - scalloped arches, lace-like wood carvings, intricate plasterwork, and countless carefully laid ceramic tiles - and learn a little of its fascinating history.
We’ll also take time to tour the Generalife Gardens. Built as a summer retreat for hot and bothered rulers, it’s filled with tinkling fountains, flower-lined walkways, secret corners and shady patios. As we’ll be visiting in spring, the gardens will be bursting into life.
After a relaxed afternoon, we’ll head out to dinner and a flamenco show in an atmospheric ‘cave home’. We’ll be watching a style of flamenco called zambra - traditional to Granada, it’s filled with passion and emotion.
Hotel Sercotel Gran Luna de Granada (4*)
Day 5 - MálagaWe head to the coast to embark our ship early afternoon, with time to unpack and explore before we set sail later this evening.
Day 6 - CartagenaSpend the afternoon exploring the port city of Cartagena. There’s a hotchpotch of architecture to see, from a Roman amphitheatre and medieval fortress, to a collection of modernist buildings designed by students of Antoni Gaudí. Or head for the city’s restaurant-lined marina - a lovely place for a glass of wine and a few plates of tapas.
Day 7 - At seaToday is a relaxed day of sailing. Soak up the sun by the pool, join a yoga or Pilates class, or maybe treat yourself to a massage at the spa.
Day 8 - Cruising Strait of Messina, ItalyAfter another day at sea, we’ll pass through the scenic Strait of Messina this evening. The area’s rocks and whirlpools gave rise to many legends in ancient times - in Greek mythology, they were thought to be monsters of the sea.
Day 9 - CrotoneWe’ll moor up on the Calabrese coast late morning, with the rest of the day to discover this quintessentially Italian city. There’s a walled hamlet on a tiny islet (accessible on foot via a thin strip of land), a town museum housed in a 16th-century castle, and a cathedral that dates back as far as the 9th century.
The old town is also worth a wander, with its cobblestone lanes and pastel-hued houses. Look out for traditional Calabrian ingredients on restaurant menus, like pasta with spicy ‘nduja or tartufo di Pizzo (a deliciously nutty chocolate and ice-cream concoction).
Day 10 - Durres, AlbaniaOnce the capital of Albania, Durres is now a popular holiday spot thanks to its 10-kilometre stretch of sandy beach. It’s rich in history, too - highlights include the Roman amphitheatre, the Venetian tower, the Byzantine forum and the superb archaeological museum.
Day 11 - Cruising Bay of Kotor - Kotor, MontenegroThis morning is a scenic one, so make sure you’re up on deck with a camera. We’ll be gliding through the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO-protected, fjord-like landscape that’s simply breathtaking. Soaring mountains and forest-clad cliffs reach down to the clearest of waters, while shorelines are dotted with the occasional fairytale town or village.
Late morning we’ll lay anchor in Kotor itself, a mountain-backed medieval town packed full of Romanesque churches, Venetian palaces and terracotta-roofed houses. Get lost in the mazy cobblestone lanes, and perhaps stop for an al fresco lunch at one of the café-lined squares.
Day 12 - Split, CroatiaSplit is one of Croatia’s loveliest destinations, with its atmospheric old town (hidden inside the walls of the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace) and smart, palm-lined waterfront.
If you’re looking for a little relaxation, head for nearby Marjan Park, a woodland-cloaked peninsula with great views of the town, plenty of shady spots for a picnic, and a handful of pebbled beaches.
Day 13 - DubrovnikToday, discover the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’: Dubrovnik. Stroll along the old city walls for views of terracotta rooftops and the inky-blue Adriatic Sea, seek out baroque fountains, palaces and sculptures, or stop for coffee and people-watching along the café-lined Stradun.
To escape the city crowds, take the cable car up to Mount Srd or catch the ferry over to the peaceful Elaphiti Islands.
Day 14 - At seaEnjoy another leisurely day at sea as we journey south towards Malta.
Day 15 - Valletta - St Julian’s, Malta
We’ll disembark this morning and set off for a half-day tour of Valletta. Built on a petite peninsula, the city is filled with centuries-old sights and bustling backstreets.
We’ll take in St John’s Co-Cathedral, filled with magnificent gifts from the Knights of St John, and visit Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum. We’ll also soak up the views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, which overlook the famous Grand Harbour.
From Valletta, we’ll make our way up the coast a little to St Julian’s, a seaside town with a manmade sandy beach and a waterfront area (Spinola Bay) lined with restaurants, bars and cafés.
Day 16 - St Julian’sToday’s at leisure for you to relax or explore a bit more of Malta. Perhaps join us for an optional boat cruise around Valletta’s Grand Harbour, admiring the city’s honey-hued buildings from the water.
Day 17 St Julian’s - UKToday we depart for the airport and your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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