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Andalusia

SAVOR

The rich complexity of Andalusian cuisine—from tapas and jamón to elegant sherries

EXPLORE

Granada's architecture, Seville's tapas, traditional flamenco, glorious countryside

CELEBRATE

Art and architecture, culture and history, and meet with local chefs and artisans

Why Andalusia

The south of Spain is a world unto itself: alpine mountains to fertile plains, farmhouse days to flamenco nights. Andalusia is about savoring two millennia's worth of rich culture and architecture, and feasting on local produce, wine and sherries. A walk down the streets of Seville is the best kind of history lesson. Add that to Granada, a fairytale-like place of minarets, flowing fountains and garden-shrouded villas, and you have the makings of an enviable Spanish experience.

Moments That Matter

Explore deep in the Andalusian countryside, lemon groves perfuming the air outside rustic farmhouses. Prepare a country-style feast or wander the back streets of Seville on a tapeo (tapas crawl) experiencing what the Andalusians call alegría: an explosion of food, wine, laughter and joy. Explore the halls of the mighty Alhambra, beguiled by its fairytale pavilions. Sample the freshest regional delicacies in the most lush countryside settings.

Your Private Experience

Who It’s For

From a romantic getaway, to a group of wine enthusiasts, to people looking for the most flavorful Andalusian delicacies, trip is made to be savored by all.

When to Travel

May and September are ideal times to visit for the weather and minimal crowds. April, June and early October still have pleasant weather and opportunities to avoid the mid-summer crush.

Make It Yours

More time exploring local wineries or meeting with local farmers and producers, or explore farther afield in Barcelona, Madrid and beyond.

Itinerary Highlights

Spend time along the coast or dive more deeply into Seville, Granada or Cordoba.

Day 1

Start in Seville (suh-BEE-ya to locals), the capital of Andalusia, and explore the old quarter of Santa Cruz, with its centuries-old gardens and lime-washed houses, and the mighty Alcazar, the city’s magnificent royal palace. Then make like the sevillanos do, embarking on your own tapeo, or tapas crawl, wandering maze-like alleys to buzzing tapas bars, from traditional to contemporary.

  • Private tour of city highlights
  • Tapas tour with local guide
  • Private chef dinner

Day 2

Today venture north into the Sierra de Huelva, homeland of the world-renowned Iberian pig. Wend your way through hilltop towns near the Portuguese border, where jamón ibérico de bellota—the world’s finest—are cured for up to three years. Your host will give you you a personal tour of his family pig farm in the foothills, with a rustic farm lunch devoted to the region’s bounty—young cheeses, mushrooms, wild asparagus and artichokes, and more jamón ibérico, of course—all accompanied by spectacular local wines.

  • Private tour of family-run pig farm
  • Visit to jamón shops
  • Farm lunch

Day 3

Spend the morning exploring Seville’s central market: garden-fresh produce, freshly caught seafood, straight-from-the-oven bread, olives and spices. Pick out our favorite items, then head to a nearby restaurant for a master class on cooking with sherry, courtesy of a local chef. The area just outside Seville produces much of Spain’s olive oil; you’ll be treated to a private tour of a local almazara (olive mill). Appetites well-oiled, dinner is at a Michelin-starred kitchen with courses paired with a variety of cheeses and regional wines. 

  • Market visit to pick local produce
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Private tour of olive mill 
  • Dinner at Michelin-starred Abantal

Day 4

In Spanish, they say that quien no ha visto Granada, no ha visto nada—the person who hasn’t seen Granada hasn’t seen anything—and for good reason. Granada’s exquisite beauty is a direct product of centuries of Arab influence. Every corner hides a surprise, whether it’s an unexpected vista spied through a stone window, or a sunset turning stone ramparts of the old town a gentle rose-gold. After settling in, explore the heart of the old town, then reconvene for dinner and a traditional performance of flamenco. This typically Andalusian spectacle of music and dance strikes such an emotional chord that there’s even a special word for it: duende

  • Transfer to Granada
  • Old City walking tour
  • Dinner and flamenco performance

Days 5 - 6

They say a visit to the Alhambra “breaks all the senses.” You’ll spend the morning exploring this sprawling, hilltop fortress complex, with its stunning array of royal palaces, serene patios and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty. A World Heritage site since 1984, it has been a tourist attraction for centuries. You’ll also explore the Lecrín Valley, where whitewashed villages and orange groves tumble down the hillsides. Your hosts Scarlett and Chris invite you to join them at their farmhouse, immersing yourselves in the timeless rhythms of the Spanish countryside and creating a feast to remember.

  • Private tour Alhambra
  • Time to explore Granada
  • Farmhouse visit in Lecrín Valley
  • Hands-on cooking with local chefs

Where We Sleep

An avant-garde outpost in the center of Seville, a palatial former convent in the heart of Granada's old town—our accommodations reflect the best of Andalusia's artistic and historic influences.

Seville

In the heart of the city, opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa stretching with greenery along the Guadalquivir River. It's an avant garde masterpiece with all the comforts you'd expect, including indoor and outdoor pools plus a spa. Have a snack—and a drink—on the rooftop deck as you revel in Seville’s glorious skyline.

Granada

Nestled in Granada’s historic center, it's an artistic and historic monument built within a 16th-century convent and 12th-century Moorish house. Stroll to the Albaicin and Sacromonte sites, the wonderful Triunfo Gardens, and of course, the Alhambra. It’s your slice of that Granada magic to call home.

People Love MO/AD Private Departures

MO/AD was able to arrange special experiences that are impossible as an individual traveler or family. Amazing!
Christine N.
My trip was life-changing. I want to go on several more!
Hilary W.
I was very happy with how seamless and well-managed the trip was with everything along the way.
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FAQs

  1. How many people is this itinerary suitable for?

    Our private itineraries are ideal for groups of four or more—you and friends, families, and multi-generational groups. For groups of six or more, an optional Modern Adventure local guide can be arranged.

  2. Can you curate an itinerary for a larger group?

    Yes, we can help you craft an unforgettable milestone celebration, for groups as large as 40 or more.

  3. What makes a MO/AD experience different?

    Our level of curation and care. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end, with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We also support you each step of the way, with comprehensive trip materials and itineraries, detailed day-by-day options, insider destination info, gear recommendations, and 24/7 dedicated support.

  4. How far in advance should I plan my trip?

    Preferably three to six months in advance. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible.

  5. What is typically included?

    We curate your Modern Adventure to ensure the experiences are authentic and immersive, and included in your trip price. This includes all accommodations, local transport and airport transfers, private travel for all day trips and excursions, private tours with local guides and cultural experts, exclusive VIP access and activities, all breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

  6. How much will it cost?

    Private Modern Adventures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by time of year, number of people in your group, types of activities you prefer including private local guides and private transfers.

  7. What's not included?

    MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, transportation to your trip’s starting point, hotel incidentals (including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs), and any activities or meals not included in your confirmed MO/AD itinerary.

  8. What deposits are required?

    After learning more about you, your interests and preferred style of travel, as well as your preferred travel dates, we will present you with a detailed itinerary including activities, internal flights, transport and accommodations. In order to check and confirm availability for your group, there is a $750 non-refundable deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. 

    Your trip is guaranteed—and your dates secured—with a 25% non-refundable deposit. Many of our local partners, including our hotel and resort partners, require advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip is due 30 days prior to travel.

  9. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have visas for stays in Spain less than 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Spanish Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.