Andalucia Cycling: Seville to Cordoba in 7 days

Andalucia Cycling: Seville to Cordoba in 7 days

ExperiencePlus! offers three itinerary options for your exploration of Andalucia. You can select from: this 7-day bike itinerary from Seville to Cordoba, or an 8-day version from Cordoba to Granada, or the grand tour that combines them both and has you cycling 13 days from Seville to Granada! Highlights include:

  • Cordoba and Seville, two of the most culturally significant and fascinating cities in Spain.
  • Guided visit of the Mezquita de Cordoba.
  • Bicycle through orange and ancient olive groves.
  • Stay in restored convents, historic country estates and palaces!
  • Explore the roman and medieval towns of the Guadalquivir River
May and October departures when the spring flowers and fall weather are best for cycling.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
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Sep 29-Oct 5, 2018
USD$3500
USD$550
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Oct 13-19, 2018
USD$3300
USD$550
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Apr 26-May 2, 2019
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Book by November 15 and save $200!
Sep 27-Oct 3, 2019
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Oct 11-17, 2019
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 7 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 63 Kms (37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 301
  • Countries / Spain
  • Price / From USD$3300
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 40 mi / 64 km
3 37 mi / 59 km
4 40 mi / 64 km
5 39 mi / 63 km
6 26 mi / 41 km
7 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Andalucian Villages, Guided tour of Córdoba, Mezquita de Cordoba, Seville, Carmona and its Roman Ramparts

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Though we try and arrange dinners together as early as possible in Spain this means 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Includes
    7 days, 6 nights accommodation; 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine; guided visit of the Mezquita de Cordoba

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Spain
  • Begin/End
    Seville/Cordoba
  • Arrive / Depart
    Seville (SVQ)/ Seville or Madrid
  • Total Distance
    250 - 386 km (155 - 177 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    63 Kms (37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    301
    Some climbing every day. On Days 3, 4 and 6 you will climb over 2,500 feet and Days 2 and 5 will be over 1,500 feet. Grades are relatively gentle, and only very rarely above 8%.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Seville, Andalucia

Highlights: Seville, fit bicycles, meet your tour leaders and fellow travelers

Plan to arrive in Seville a few days early to enjoy this beautiful city, and capitol of Andalucia. Be sure to visit the Giralda, a famous bell tower built by the Moors and later restored. Another must see is Seville's enormous cathedral, where Christopher Columbus is buried. The cathedral is considered by some standards to be the largest in Europe! We'll fit bicycles this afternoon and recommend a short ride. This evening after introductions and a glass of sherry (or juice), we'll stroll downtown and celebrate the beginning of our cycling journey by enjoying some signature dishes of the region.

DAY 2: Cycle from Seville to Carmona

Highlights: Calatrava's Bridge in Seville, Carmona and its Roman History

Pedal along the Guadalquivir river and pass Seville's famous Santiago Calatrava bridge. Your destination today is Carmona, once a Roman stronghold this historic city has been settled for over 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest urban settlements in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy the historic city center this evening.

DAY 3: Carmona to Constantina

Highlights: Foothills of the Sierra Morena, cork trees, bulls and a Andalucian White Village

Our route takes us into the foothills of the Sierra Morena mountains where you will pass by cork tree groves with (peaceful!) bulls grazing under them. It's a fun and hilly ride. Your destination is Constantina where you will feel as though you've walked back in time as you explore the old town's white-washed houses. The Sierra Morena mountains add a dramatic flair to the scene and offer the perfect backdrop to the village.Our route takes us into the foothills of the Sierra Morena mountains where you will pass by cork tree groves with (peaceful!) bulls grazing under them. It's a fun and hilly ride. Your destination is Constantina where you will feel as though you've walked back in time as you explore the old town's white-washed houses. The Sierra Morena mountains add a dramatic flair to the scene and offer the perfect backdrop to the village.

DAY 4: Constantina to Palma del Rio

Highlights: Sleep in a restored Convent, cycle through the Andalucian Sierra

Coast back down to the river valley and out of the foothills towards Palma del Rio on your bicycle ride today. Some of the orange groves you'll pass today have trees over 200 years old! Our hotel tonight is one of the main attractions of Palma del Rio, an otherwise sleepy town. Christopher Columbus slept here when it was a Convent in the 15th Century.

DAY 5: Palma del Rio to Córdoba

Highlights: Museums and history of Córdoba, Mezquita de Cordoba

Take your time today and enjoy your ride to Córdoba, as tomorrow you can take a rest day to explore the city. Córdoba's heritage has Roman origins, and was also one of the earliest Islamic cities in Spain. Immigrants from Damascus arrived by 719 AD, and Córdoba thrived for three centuries under the Damascus Caliphate.

DAY 6: Loop ride out of Córdoba

Highlights: Visit the Mezquita and Jewish Quarter, Optional bicycle ride to Medina Zara

Enjoy a free day today in Córdoba, one of the oldest cities in Spain. Or, if you prefer to get out on the bike take a ride into the foothills and visit the impressive archeological ruins of Medina Azahara. This afternoon we'll join a local guide to tour the Mezquita of Córdoba, and the old Jewish Quarter enjoying Córdoba's whitewashed neighborhoods with flower filled patios along the way. This evening we have dinner together to say goodbye to anyone doing the 7-day itinerary.

DAY 7: Buen Viaje

Highlights: Explore Andalucia, Granada or Madrid

Your cycling trip ends after breakfast this morning. Enjoy whatever extra travels you may have planned. This region is easy to explore on your own or by bus or train. Head to Madrid or back to Seville or on to the beach. Buen Viaje!

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

Reviews

  • Really great trip, impressed with the hotels and meals. Leaders were outstanding! I was surprised how majestic and beautiful Spain was - my first visit, but not my last!

    Joan K., Palatine, IL
  • Like all ExperiencePlus Tours -- excellent, well planned and supported, definitely the way to go.

    Guy C., Vallejo, CA
  • [My favorite part?] Miles and miles (or kilometers) of great cycling on rural roads! Topped off by great dinners with the group.

    Gregg M.
    Littleton, CO
  • Of the more than 15 professionally led bike tours I''ve taken, this was the best supported trip I''ve been on and one of the very best cycling and cultural experiences I''ve had.

    Jeff A., Portland, OR
  • Loreto, Maria Elena and Claudio were just wonderful leaders! They were so competent, helpful and knowledgeable. Really, they are what made the trip so enjoyable. It was hard to pick just one [ favorite part]. There were many. I loved riding through the Sierra Nevada on the last day with fall color and beautiful scenery. I think the Mezquita was the most unique cultural sight. I enjoyed all aspects of this tour. It was another wonderfully planned and executed Experience Plus! tour.

    Linda M.
    Livermore, CA
  • Great rides, great food, great tour guides and great group of fellow riders. Thank you for an amazing trip and for getting my husband who is a novice rider totally hooked!

    Heather H., Minneapolis, MN
  • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

    Manfred K., New York, NY
  • I loved the people and the tours in town -olive oil factory, pottery, alhambra etc

    Ivy D.
    Denver, CO
  • Amazing tour! Had a great time!

    Brice P., Calgary, Canada
  • This was a wonderful trip! Beautiful area of the world to bike. The marriage of Islamic and Christian cultures and architectures was fascinating. Food was excellent. Tour leaders were superb. And...the local people were incredibly friendly.

    James B.
    Incline Village, NV
  • It was wonderful.

    Chuck and Jacque W., San Luis Obispo, CA
  • This was a wonderfully conceived trip... the cycling was great; the lodgings were wonderful; the new bicycles were a real treat... a great trip!

    Ed R., Palmyra, PA
  • Our favorite bike touring company! Chalk arrows (really sets XPlus apart), amount/level of biking, limited van shuttles, enthusiasm, knowledge and teamwork of leaders. Also, food and wine and local "feel" of trips. These are some of the things we really value.

    Deena B.
    Incline Village, NV
  • A great trip. Good balance between sightseeing and riding. Look forward to traveling with ExperiencePlus! again soon.

    Susan C., Berkeley, CA
  • Challenging cycling but rewarding. Very interesting places and towns to visit - Cordoba and Granada were both fascinating cities to get to spend time in. The guided tours in each city were both nicely done and most interesting. Beautiful countryside. All around was a great tour.

    Cliff M., Knoxville, TN
  • We have always loved the ExperiencePlus! trips on a Bicycle. Great food, wine and hotels, also a good bike to ride all those hills. We are forever grateful for such a wonderful sojourn in other countries.

    George & Jane N.
    Columbus, IN
  • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino de Santiago and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

    Manfred K., NY, NY
  • You are loved, and most appreciated for such trips of such quality.

    George & Jane N.
    Columbus, IN
  • [My favorite part was ]the scenery in the last 40Km from Ubeda to Guadix. Overall, the trip exceeded my expectations. The diversity of towns and scenery was very pleasing. The accommodations and meals were excellent. The guides were tirelessly patient and informative.

    Sara G.
    Portland, OR
  • Great tour. Planning on doing Camino de Santiago bicycle tour across northern Spain in August next year.

    Bob L., Fort Collins, CO
  • Beautiful cities and countryside - had visited Seville and Granada before and always wanted to return. Had never been to Cordoba or Ubeda and they were stunning.

    Heather and Ian B., Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
  • [My favorite parts were] The Moorish buildings of Cordoba and Granada, and the foothills of the Sierra Morena (great countryside and roads)

    Richard R.
    Charles Town, WV
  • These have been my favorite vacations ever! [ My favorite part was ]the biking to one interesting town after another. Regional food was great. Local guides for tours were great.

    Jack I.
    Boulder, CO
  • Great touring company! the hat cambio is a great idea to force your clients to reach out to others ... My tour was nearly perfect. I loved the trip. I couldn't pick a single moment [ that was best ].

    Diane C.
    Boulder, CO
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