Amaragua Hotel - 2 Weeks - Classic Featured
|Includes:||Round Trip Airfare, 26 Meals, Full Buffet Breakfast daily, All dinners with wine, 3 Dine-Around Dinners, Daily Evening Entertainment, Hostess Service, and Airport Transfers.|
|YOUR 2-WEEK AMARAGUA HOTEL VACATION INCLUDES:|
|* Round-Trip Airfare with IBERIA AIRLINES
|* Meeting and asistance upon arrival at Malaga Airport.|
|* Round-Trip airport transfers.|
|* 13 Nights at 4-star Beachfront Air-Conditioned AMARAGUA HOTEL in rooms
with bathroom and balcony.
|* 26 MEALS:|
|- 13 Buffet Breakfasts|
|- 10 Dinners at your hotel with a glass of wine, beer, botled water, or soft drink, including
a Farewell Dinner with wine, coffee, and special dessert.
|- 3 Dine-Around Dinners with wine, beer, bottled water, or soft drinks at any of 10
selected local restaurants within walking distance from yout hotel.
|* Daily evening entertainment program with live music|
|* The exclusive service and assistance of a local Hostess.|
|* All hotel taxes and service charges.|
This is the region where you'll stay: ANDALUCIA:
The jewel of historic Spain, Andalucia is the country’s largest and most quintessential
region. It offers genuine folklore, boundless sightseeing, rich history and culture, and
scenic beauty. The region occupies the entire southern Iberian Peninsula, including the
provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga, and Seville
Andalucia has become a vacation Mecca for its charming villages, seaside resorts,
excellent shopping, local seafood restaurants, olive and citrus groves, and year-round
Description of the optional 5 Full Day Sightseeing Tours Plan:
GRANADA & The Alhambra Palace
Early drive along the Costa del Sol through the mountains of Málaga towards Granada. Halfway we will stop briefly in Loja and then continue to Granada. As we enter the city you’ll be able to see the peaks of the white-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. A sightseeing city-tour will lead us to the Alhambra Palace. ”Alhambra” is an Arabic word that means red, the color of its fortified walls. Built during the 13th and 14th century, it took nearly 100 years to be completed. Visit includes the Court of the Myrtles, the Court of the Lions, the Hall of Secrets, the Hall of the Ambassadors, and the Alcazaba, the castle that guarded the Palace. We will also visit the beautiful gardens of the Generalife with its green water gardens and the fountains that inspired several famous Spanish composers. Over the centuries the Alhambra gradually fell into ruins but, curiously, it was the American Author Washington Irving who helped prod the city into having the monument restored. Irving lived in the palace early in the 19th century, where he wrote his book "Tales of the Alhambra". Now the Alhambra is completely restored and rebuilt.
GIBRALTAR & THE ROCK
A drive along the southern Costa del Sol will take us to La Linea de la Concepción, the border town with Gibraltar. We will cross the border and enter Gibraltar crossing the runway of the airport where people transfer to small vans for a tour around the Rock. This tour takes us to the highest point with fantastic panoramic views of the Bay of Algeciras, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the African coastline. We also visit the Saint Michael’s caves with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Once taking the road down again, we will see the Barbarian apes that still live in Gibraltar. Free time for tax-free shopping or for a snack at the various English or Spanish-type pubs and restaurants.
Depart for a full day Ronda tour. Spanning more than four centuries of Spanish architecture, this quaint town is sure to transport you back in time. One look at the famous “El Tajo” and the impressive sheer drop of the mountain cliffs illustrates its origins as a military stronghold. While in Ronda, marvel at its architectural variety, including the walled Old Town, a residential palace of nobility, the Cathedral, the bullring - the oldest existing in Spain - and the “Bullfight Museum.” Free time for lunch on your own and shopping prior to returning to your hotel.
NERJA & FRIGILIANA Andalusian villages
Drive along the eastern coast of Malaga province to Frigiliana in the "Lower Axarquia" Region, where history traces back through Moorish, Roman, Greek, and Phoenician civilizations to the Bronze Age. Often called the most picturesque town in Andalucia, Frigiliana shows the indelible mark of ancient culture in its Moorish “Mudejar” neighborhood with its outstanding mosaic paved streets, immaculate white houses, and the cornucopia of colors provided by abundant flowers. Free time is allowed to stroll in this quaint town and perhaps taste its delicious locally made sweet wine. The tour continues on to the site of the magnificent underground prehistoric Caves of Nerja. Free time is provided for lunch (not included) and to visit this cave, often called “Nature’s Baroque Cathedral.” Admission fee to the cave is included. Afterwards, we drive to the old section of Nerja and then walk to the nearby “Balcony of Europe,” set 100 feet above the sea and renowned for its spectacular view. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
COUNTRYSIDE OF MARBELLA & MIJAS
This tour heads from the coast and covers a number of charming towns in the rich Guadalhorce Valley including Alhaurin de la Torre and Alhaurin el Grande. A stop is included at Alhaurin el Grande’s Wholesale Farmers Market before continuing through the valley and the Sierra Blanca Mountains. This picturesque route leads past the white town of Monda, and then towards the Sierra Alpujata Mountains to the town of Ojen. After a brief stop in Ojen, head toward the coast to Marbella, where sightseeing of the old section of this enchanting town is included. Marbella has long been a favorite destination of the rich and famous, and its beautiful scenery and coastline provide the perfect backdrop to this city. Departing Marbella, the coastal road leads to Fuengirola en route to Mijas, located about 1300 ft. above sea level and surrounded by the dramatic Sierra de Mijas Mountains. A sightseeing tour of the town is included as well as free time for shopping and lunch (lunch not included).
OTHER TOURS THAT MAY BE PURCHASED LOCALLY IN COSTA DEL SOL:
SEVILLE: Capital of Andalucía (Full Day Tour)
The beautiful Andalusian countryside will be the setting for a great view of typical towns such as Antequera, Estepa, Osuna and, finally, Seville. The fourth largest in Spain, this is a city humming with life and prosperity, holding magnificent buildings and monuments, and considered one of the most popular and attractive cities in the country. Our visit will start with the Alcazar, which served both as Palace and Fort, and will continue in the Cathedral, a unique beauty all its own combining old Arabic and Christian architecture. The cathedral was built on top of a former mosque and is now the third largest in the world. Adjoining it, the Giralda tower stands 322 feet high. We continue our visit to the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter where we will ramble along the narrows streets with it small bars and restaurants. Not to be missed is the beautiful Maria Luisa Park with its sunken gardens, the decorative fountains, and the lovely "azulejos"(tiles) in the Plaza de España, a semi-circular square with a great building around it. We finish our trip to Seville with a drive over the Isla de la Cartuja area, where the Universal Exposition took place in 1992.
TANGIER, MOROCCO: The African experience (Full Day Tour)
An early start this morning with a drive along the coast to Algeciras of Tarifa, closest point in Spain to Africa, where all participants will board the ferry to sail across the strait of Gibraltar to Tangier, formerly the most important free port of Africa. Tangier was in Spanish hands till 1956, when it was handed over to the kingdom of Morocco after Moroccan Independence. Back in the 1940´s and1960´s Tangier was an International zone. Once in Tangier the motor coaches will take us on a panoramic drive through the countryside with a stop at the Cape to have a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Then we drive through the different areas of Tangier: the Italian, French, Spanish, and American area. After this tour and lunch in a typical restaurant, we will walk into the past and visit the Zocco and the market area, a bustling mixture of sights, sounds and smells, the mysterious Medina, the old town and the Kasbah, and the citadel where snake charmers show their skills. The Moroccan merchants in the bazaars are used to price bargaining so we recommend you use caution and offer a quarter off what they ask for before attempting to buy anything at all. After this interesting experience we return to the port and embark to the ferry to the Spanish mainland, where the motor coaches will take us back to our hotel. PLEASE NOTE: Valid passport is required. Shops are closed on Saturday afternoon and all day Sundays.
CORDOBA (Full Day Tour)
Drive through the real Andalusian countryside passing the city of Malaga, travel through the mountains of Malaga, cross the plains of La Vega de Antequera and arrive at the Moorish city of Cordoba. Founded by the Carthaginians, Cordoba was conquered by the Romans, invaded by the Goths and rebuilt by the Moors in 711, when Cordoba became the capital of the vast Emirate. In the middle of the 8th century a new emir, Abderraman I came to power and gave Cordoba a glorious period of prosperity, reaching its peak with Abderraman II. In the 10th century Cordoba became the most densely populated and civilized city in the West. We will pass through the Jewish quarter strongly influenced by Islamic and Mudejar art, see the Roman Bridge, the Synagogue, the only one preserved in Andalucia, dating back to the XIV century and a pleasant walk through the Jewish quarter. There will be free time for lunch (not included) or to visit the famous Mosque (not included) before returning to your hotel.
The superior 4-star Amaragua Hotel
The superior 4-star beachfront air-conditioned Amaragua Hotel is located on the
beach in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Spain overlooking the Mediterranean. Rooms
are spacious and tastefully decorated and include full bath and large private balconies
with seaview. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, restaurant,lounge with piano
music in the evenings, extensive outdoor gardens, sauna, and a steam room and spa
(additional fees apply for spa services).There is a promenade between the hotel and
the beach which is perfect for strolling and provides access to nearby shops and
restaurants. Just 15 minutes away walking on the promenade you will find the
Benalmadena Marina, famous for its extensive dinning and shopping options.
A few steps away is the quaint fishing village of La Carihuela, dotted with stores
and fresh local seafood restaurants. Just a short ride away is the town center of
Torremolinos with its lively shopping district, Calle San Miguel, offering good
shopping for unique souvenirs such as handmade leather goods, linens, and Lladro
figurines. In addiion to those included, other optional day trips are available such
as Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Morocco.
AMARAGUA HOTEL - 2 WEEKS
Prices per person, double occupancy, INCLUDING AIRFARE FROM JFK
|SEP 20||SEP 27||OCT 4,11||FEB 7,14,21,28, MAR 1,8,15,22||MAR 29, APR 5,12,19||APR 26, MAY 3,10|
|NEW YORK (JFK)||2775||2549||2435||2295||2435||2579|
|ALL PRICES PLUS $156.00 U.S. Airport Departure Taxes and Security Fees.|
|Package prices are subject to currency fluctuation and/or fuel surcharges until paid in full.|
|AIR ADD-ONS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)|
|(No air add-ons available from other cities)|
|SIGHTSEEING TOUR PLAN|
|* Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Granada & The Alhambra Palace|
|* Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Seville, the capital of Andalucia.|
|* Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Cordoba|
|* Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Gibraltar & The Rock|
|* Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Ronda|
|NET PRICE $295|
including buffet breakfast and dinner with wine daily
|Prices Per Person For STAYS WITHIN||OCT||FEB-MAR-APR||MAY|
|1 WEEK Bkfst & Dinner with wine daily||475||505||585|