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Lead Price
From £1525pp
9 days & 8 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
Self drive
Tour Highlights

Paradors of Southern Spain

Combining some of Spain’s greatest monuments and staying in Paradors - converted historic buildings that provide elegant and characterful accommodation - this self-drive delves into the heart of Spain with visits to Granada, Toledo and Ronda.


DAY 1: Fly to Madrid • Toledo
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Fly to Madrid • Toledo

Fly to Madrid, pick up your hire car at the airport and drive to the Unesco-listed city of Toledo. Stay 2 nights at the Parador de Toledo with views over the old town. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

DAY 2: Toledo
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Full day at leisure to explore the diverse sights of the former capital of Spain. During the middle ages, Toledo flourished as a city where Muslims, Jews and Christians peacefully coexisted. (B)

DAY 3: Jaen • Granada
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Jaen • Granada

Morning drive to Granada via Jaen, renowned for its olive oil and the medieval Santa Catalina Castle. Stay 2 nights at the Parador de Granada, set within the grounds of the Alhambra complex. (B)

DAY 4: Granada
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Full day at leisure to visit the magnificent Moorish stronghold of the Alhambra Palace, the Arab-Jewish quarter of Albaicin and the Generalife gardens. (B)

DAY 5: Ronda
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Morning drive to the town of Ronda. Set either side of a gaping gorge in the mountains, it has one of the most dramatic settings in all of Spain. Stay overnight at the Parador de Ronda, overlooking the gorge itself. (B)

DAY 6: Ronda • Carmona
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Ronda • Carmona

Morning at leisure to relax or visit the bullring and its museum. Afternoon drive to Carmona. Stay 2 nights at the Parador de Carmona, set in a 14th-century Moorish fortress. (B)

DAY 7: Carmona
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Day at leisure to explore this picturesque hilltop town dotted with palaces, majestic Mudéjar churches and two Moorish forts. Alternatively visit Seville, approximately 40 minutes by car. (B)

DAY 8: Zafra • Mérida
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Zafra • Mérida

Morning drive to Mérida, via the town of Zafra, known as Little Seville due its Moorish heritage and pretty white houses. Afternoon at leisure to explore Mérida, the capital of the Extremadura region, renowned for its Roman ruins including a Roman theatre and Temple of Diana. Stay overnight at the Parador de Mérida, set in an 18th-century former convent. (B)

Accommodation: Parador de Mérida
DAY 9: Madrid • Fly home
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Madrid • Fly home

Drive to Madrid airport and drop off your hire car. Fly home. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Accommodation in characterful parador properties throughout
  • Explore Ronda & its historic bullring
  • Visit lesser-known Carmona, Zafra & Jaen
Low Season
From £1525 per person
High Season
From £1615 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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