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Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

Here in the sunny south of Spain, we’ll embrace the nation’s diverse heritage though visits to Christian cathedrals that once stood as Moorish mosques, by unwinding during an Arab hammam massage and by enjoying the region’s varying cuisine.

  • 10 Days
  • 115 Reviews Recommended by 110 of 115 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 45 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky​

We’ll dine with locals and even learn how to prepare our own paella with an Andalusian chef. And when we’re not experiencing village life, we’ll be enjoying peaceful rides past olive groves, through rustic farmland and along delicate plains, ending the day at charming 4- and 5-star hotels. Join VBT as we explore the history, culture and the stunning scenery of Spain.

Cultural Highlights

  • Explore the Mezquita of Cordoba and enjoy its magnificent gardens and stunning architectureona guided tour
  • Ride to Zuheros, one of the most beautiful white villages, or pueblos blancos, in Spain  
  • Eat and drink like a local, enjoying Andalusian specialties like Sangria and Jamón Ibérico, or cured ham
  • Dine with locals and learn about life in southern Spain at two home-hosted meals
  • Cruise along the sleepy Spanish Vega on the Via Verde biking trail, past farming villages and olive groves
  • Learn to prepare authentic paella with a local chef
  • Tap into Spain’s historic, Arab heritage during an invigorating hammam massage
  • Taste the sweet Pedro-Ximénez varietal at a wine bodega and sample fresh olive oil at a local hacienda

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance.

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 3-, 4- and 5- star hotels
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Seville – 2 nights for only $245* • Post-trip: Barcelona – 3 nights for only $545*

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Pre-trip Seville is $295, single supplement is $95. 2015 Post-trip Barcelona is $695, single supplement is $345.

 

Both Vacations Include

  • Free use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $345 | Land Only Single Supplement: $245

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Seville

Depart the U.S. and travel to Spain. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

DAY 2: Arrive in Seville

Upon arrival at the Seville Airport (San Pablo Airport), meet your driver outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. The driver will be holding a VBT sign. Then transfer by private car or van (approximately 20 minutes) to your Seville hotel.

The rest of the day is free to settle in, explore the city and begin your Spain vacation. Choose a Seville restaurant for dinner on your own.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

There are plenty of things to do in Seville. After enjoying a wonderful buffet breakfast at the hotel, spend the rest of the day on your own exploring the capital of Andalusia. Note its unique blend of Roman, Arab and Christian art and culture as you tour Seville. The very heart of the old town is the Barrio de Santa Cruz. With its cobblestone streets and small squares surrounded by white houses, it exudes a distinctly Moorish flavor. This delightful maze is dominated by the massive Cathedral of Seville, famed for its famous La Giralda bell tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another of the barrio's famous local marvels is the Alcazar of Seville, the city's old Moorish Palace. It was developed over the centuries into a unique building with vaulted rooms, patios and a beautiful garden decorated with fountains and high palms. Other sights not to be missed during your stay include the beautiful Plaza de España, the Torre dell'Oro and one of Spain's biggest Plaza de Toros (bull-fighting rings), a symbol of Spanish culture and tradition. At night, be sure to indulge in tapas, a meal of bite-sized local delicacies that has made Seville famous to food-lovers around the world.

Our splendid Seville hotel, Las Casas de la Judería, is located just a few steps from the walls of the Alcazar. It consists of beautifully restored, ancient, private homes from the 17th and 18th centuries, all including charming patios, gardens and spring fountains. It's a perfect place from which to discover this beautiful, lively city! VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Seville during your stay.

Note regarding Madrid to Seville travel arrangements – Due to Iberia Airline’s limited flight service to Seville on Saturdays, some guests may fly from Madrid to the town of Jerez and then transfer by vehicle to our Seville hotel. This will avoid long layovers in Madrid’s airport and allow you more time in Seville. Travel from Madrid on all other days of the week will be directly into Seville. Please refer to your air itinerary to determine which location will be your final destination.

For guests flying into Jerez: Upon arrival at the Jerez Airport, meet your driver outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. The driver will be holding a VBT sign. Then transfer by private car or van (approximately 60 minutes) to your Seville hotel.

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group at our Seville Hotel (Las Casas de la Judería, Plaza Santa Maria la Blanca, 3 phone +34 95 4415150) at 12:00 pm. Please plan to have or buy some lunch before meeting your Trip Leaders, who will be wearing VBT staff garments. If your arrival at the hotel is scheduled later than 12:00 pm, or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi at your own expense (approximately €100 euros/$150 USD) to Monasterio de San Francisco in Palma del Rio, about 80 km from Seville). Please contact Hotel Las Casas de la Judería in Seville if you experience any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package guests & Pre-trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the Seville hotel at 12:00 pm. Please plan to have or buy some lunch before meeting your Trip Leaders, who will be wearing VBT staff garments. From Seville we transfer by private motor coach (approximately 1 hour) to Palma del Rio.

Our hotel in Palma del Rio is Monasterio de San Francisco. As the name suggests, it was a Franciscan convent built in 1492 by the VII Señor de Palma's orders. About 20 years ago it was turned into a charming hotel, which preserves the simplicity and tranquility of a monastery. The European discovery of America is part of the building's history, since the Franciscan monks based here founded American missions, took their language and customs to the New World, introduced the famous orange groves in California, and opened the Mission de Palma del Rio in San Diego. Columbus spent time here before setting out for his journey, as the monastery was a strategic and powerful centro de conocimiento, or center of learning and culture, during his time. The cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego all owe their names to the monasteries and holy places in this area. Today guests can still drink the orange juice from the garden's 65 orange trees, some of which are five centuries old.

After settling into your rooms, join your Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride in the surroundings of Palma del Rio. We will be riding on the fertile lowland of the Guadalquivir River.

Tonight, we gather for a welcome reception, including tapas and sangria, two of Andalusia's regional specialties. We'll learn about the history of the neighborhood before dinner is served.

DAY 4: Cycle through the Spanish Vega

After breakfast this morning we set out for a bike ride starting from the green hills of the Sierra de Hornachuelos, a natural park full of water that feeds the rural and fertile Spanish vega, or vast plain. Our route along a well-paved road leads us through little white villages like La Puebla de los Infantes and Peñaflor. In Peñaflor we stop at a local taverna to enjoy local specialties. In the afternoon, opt for a shuttle back to the hotel or continue on a winding route along the Bembezar Canal.

Back at our Monasterio, relax beside the quiet swimming pool, or take a peaceful stroll through the vegetable gardens. Our Trip Leaders conduct a short Spanish class to help familiarize you with the local language.

Tonight we walk to dinner to a simple local peña, where cantaores occasionally play and sing Flamenco. This authentic Spanish restaurant features black-and-white pictures of Flamenco singers, a fireplace and tasty food like Jamón Ibérico—a regional cured ham cut in thin slices by expert hands.

DAY 5: Home-hosted picnic lunch with local family

En route to Cordoba today we learn the differences between the typical farms scattered along our route: fincas, huertas, cortijos and haciendas. We stop along the way for a picnic lunch at a cortijo to meet a local family, the owners of a very large estate of 530 hectares (1,300 acres).

Later in the afternoon, we arrive at our beautiful and centrally located 4-star Cordoba hotel. In the 11th century this was the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Europe. A developed system for running water and street lights existed, along with vast libraries where Arabic, Latin and Greek manuscripts were translated. Jews, Muslims and Christians all coexisted in this cultural crossroads. Exceptional monuments like the Mezquita of Cordoba are a good representation of the blend of these different cultures. Famous sons of Cordoba include the philosophers Seneca (Roman), Averroes (Arabian) and Maimonides (Jewish). Cordoba has been inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1984.

Our hotel is a few steps from the Mezquita in the Judería—charming Jewish district and the very heart of Cordoba. It consists of ancient, private homes from the 17th and 18th centuries, with lovely patios and spring fountains. The property was carefully restored in 2009.

Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure enjoying all the amenities of your hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening.

DAY 6: Explore Cordoba / Hammam bath and massage

After breakfast we meet our local guide, Imma. With her we discover what makes Cordoba such an enlightening city. We start by visiting a nearby synagogue, and then continue to the Mezquita.

Mezquita is the Spanish word for "mosque." This Roman Catholic cathedral was originally built to be a temple, lighthouse and warehouse. It later became the second-largest mosque in the world, and is considered to be one of the most accomplished monuments of the Umayyad dynasty of Cordoba. It was consecrated as a Christian church after Cordoba was captured by the Spanish in the 12th century. Around the Mezquita we will see the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and the Archiepiscopal Palais, the Roman Bridge with its 16 arches spanning the Guadalquivir River, and the Jewish synagogue built in 1315 in the charming Jewish quarter, La Judería. Cordoba is also an excellent place to shop for pottery, abanijos (fans), cotton and leather goods, embroidered mantillas (shawls) and wooden crafts. For those interested in bullfighting, you may also wish to visit the Bullfighting Museum.

Take time on your own before meeting our Trip Leaders later in the afternoon to gather for an ancient local tradition: an Arab bath. The hammam near the cathedral of Cordoba is a magical place, and one of the highlights of traveling in Spain. Immerse yourself in its luxurious waters, followed by a relaxing massage with essential oils.

Tonight, choose a restaurant for dinner on your own in Cordoba. You might visit a flamenco house in the trendy Paseo Maritimo district, where you may taste the special local cuisine, such as ragout of lamb, Cordero en Caldereta or sausages like Morcilla, Cana de Lomo and Salchicon de Pozo Blanco. Arabian influences can be found in the sweet Alfajores and Pestinos with almonds and honey.

DAY 7: Ruta del Vino / Cabra / Wine day

After breakfast, we leave Cordoba and shuttle to the Cordillera Subbetica and the Ruta del Vino, or Wine Road. This hilly region is covered with olive trees and vineyards, and produces excellent white wines and olive oils, which are exported all over the world. We begin biking from Aguilar de la Frontera to Moriles, passing typical lagares and bodegas (where wine is aged but not produced) that sell local wines and goat cheese. One of the most renowned wines produced in this area is the Pedro-Ximénez sweet wine, particularly recommended to complement local postres, or desserts. At lunch time we stop at one of the oldest and most beautiful bodegas of the area and taste four different wines with our meal.

In the afternoon in Lucena we get on the Via Verde de la Subbetica, a well-kept bike path built on a former railway road. We will follow this trail through the end of our trip. Avid cyclists looking for some hills can opt for a more challenging route. We arrive at our hotel in the afternoon, where you will have some time to relax by the pool before our cata de aceite or olive oil tasting, followed by a tour of this historical property and ancient mill. The property also includes a library and a warm taverna bar. Dinner is served in the ancient oil press room.

DAY 8: Discover the white village of Zuheros / Olive oil day / Organic meal at private house

Today we follow the bike path to Luque, passing peaceful farms, olive groves and lovely views of the surrounding hillsides. As we pedal along our gently rolling path, keep your eyes open for local wildlife, such as goats, storks and a variety of other birds.

Near Luque we stop at a casa de campo for a picnic lunch made from local ingredients freshly picked in the garden of our host, Balbino.

After lunch we retrace our way to Cabra on a scenic route, passing through the quaint white village of Zuheros. Built onto a rocky promontory, Zuheros is considered one of the most beautiful white villages of Spain. It is also known for its cheese and olive oil production. In the village you can purchase many local products made from aceite (oil) and aceitunas (olives), such as soaps.

From Zuheros you can opt for the easy bike path via Verde to the hotel, or continue on a more challenging, scenic route.

Back at our hotel enjoy a short cooking class with our Spanish chef. Learn how to prepare one of Andalusia's seasonal specialties! At dinner, enjoy the fruits of our labor, as well as many other local specialties.

DAY 9: Transfer to Granada / Included guided visit of the Alhambra Palace / VBT No-Air Package ends

After breakfast you will transfer by private motor coach (approximately 2 hours) to the Alhambra Palace in Granada. You will arrive around 10:40 am and there meet our local guide who will take you to the Alhambra Palace for an included visit of the Palace and Generalife Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

VBT No-Air Package guests: All luggage will be transferred to the hotel in Granada where air-package guests will stay overnight. You will have to collect your luggage from the hotel and continue to your own destination. Important: In order for you to join the included visit of the Alhambra, your flight from Granada should not be scheduled to depart earlier than 5:00 pm. If you decide not to join the included tour of the Alhambra, please keep in mind that flight departures from Granada airport prior to 2:00 pm are not recommended; if your flight from Granada is scheduled prior to 2:00 pm you must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel at your own expense. Taxi cost to Granada airport is approximately €200 euros/$300 USD (travel time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes).

VBT Air Package and Post-Trip Extension guests: After visiting the Alhambra Palace, the rest of the day is yours to explore. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Granada during your stay.

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

After breakfast* this morning you will transfer to the airport for your departing flight **. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. Transfer times are approximately 30 minutes to Granada airport or 90 minutes to the Malaga airport. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

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Accommodations

AC Palacio de Santa Paula

AC Palacio de Santa Paula is a luxury hotel that is part of Marriott’s “Autograph Collection” and is ideally located in the historic center of Granada near the Albaicín and Sacro Monte areas, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, the historical Gardens of the Triumph, the Archeological museum and the Alhambra. The beautiful hotel, one of the best 5-star hotels in Granada, is a restored masterpiece that was also declared an artistic and historic monument. It replaced the Santa Paula Convent and the Casa Morisca, which existed in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. This luxury hotel’s restaurant, “El Claustro,” where the Santa Paula convent refectory used to be, offers guests haute cuisine that fuses elements of traditional Andalusian gastronomy with modern culinary concepts. WiFi is available for free in the lobby and in the guest rooms for an additional cost.
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Hacienda Minerva

Located in the natural center of Andalusia, this enchanting property is close to the Sierra Subbetica Park and the famous Green Way bike path, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and facing the white village of Zuheros. This historical farm, typical of this area, dates to the 19th century and has been carefully restored. Its unique architecture is embedded in the landscape, and it features all the modern comforts. The Hacienda has amazing public spaces, such as a library (with 10,000 books!), a wine cellar and a swimming pool. Complimentary WiFi is available in the reception area.
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Las Casas de la Judería - Cordoba

Hotel Las Casas de la Judería is located a few steps from the Mezquita and the very heart of Cordoba. It consists of ancient private homes from the 17th and 18th centuries, with charming patios, gardens and spring fountains. The property is beautifully restored, a perfect blend of history and comfort. It opened in 2009.
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Reviews
  • One of the best VBT bike trips!

    The major stops in Seville, Cordoba, and Granada were outstanding cultural sites. Barcelona was a European jewel, and took the entire three days to see the highlights. Tour guides--local, remain a must. The biking was challenging on the extra trips added. Juan Carlos and Jorge were a great team.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 22, 2014
    Posted by: Doug68
    From: Fairfax, VA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • WONDERFUL TRIP IN EVERY RESPECT

    This is our 15th trip with VBT and one of the best. The weather was wonderful, the guides were terrific , the scenery was fantastic , and the food was tremendous. Without hesitation we would recommend the trip to others. The biking was a little more challenging than we are used to but with hills you get more scenery so it was worth a little extra effort.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2014
    Posted by: Brian
    From: Reston, Virginia, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Bicycle trip of a lifetime!

    Tina and I have been on many bike trips with several different companies. I can tell you, without a doubt, VBT is the best in EVERY category. This last trip in Spain was our favorite of all the trips we have been on. Our guides were awesome and unbelievably helpful and fun. The country and scenery were so beautiful, rural and agricultural in between spectacular villages and cities. The food was a true delight. I would do this trip again this week. Please keep up the great work and feel free to use us as a referral. Gary and Tina Johnson

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2014
    Posted by: Gary76
    From: Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Maravilloso!

    Southern Spain was much more than I expected. The scenery was beautiful and every ride was pure joy. The Spanish people were very friendly and always willing to communicate, even though most of the time it was through my sparse Spanish and hand signals. The food…Oh, the food! I'm thankful for biking the hills so I could eat the Tapas and drink Sangria without fear. And of course the camaraderie of our biking group that added a wonderful "family" dimension to the trip. This trip was a nice mix of cities and countryside. The cities are all special with their different attractions, but the times I enjoyed the most on the trip were visiting the countryside, the small villages and the farms. This gave a real feel for Spain outside of the tourist areas. I felt immersed in the culture. Our guides, Jose and Nicolas, were a great team and they kept everything running smooth. They were always there to help out and made the trip a lot of fun. When we left them, we felt like we had left family. I highly recommend this trip. There are some tough hills, but they make you feel like you've really ridden and accomplished something.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 11, 2014
    Posted by: JackieB
    From: Oro Valley, AZ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This trip is an opportunity to see a part of Spain that is not often visited by travelers

    We wanted to see Spain. We looked at many tour offerings and decided VBT was the best available though we did not know much about southern Spain. It turned out to be a great choice. The trip was fantastic. Our group was very compatible. The tour leaders were responsive and knowledgeable. The hotels were first rate. The food was to die for. And the scenery was out of this world. We would go back tomorrow if we could.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 11, 2014
    Posted by: GerryT
    From: Montclair, NJ, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This trip has been honed to perfection!

    An excellent trip featuring outstanding, highly professional and experienced guides, fabulous hotels, and carefully planned routes that show off the variety of rural Andalusia. And our visits to the great, ancient cities of Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada were fabulous.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 08, 2014
    Posted by: DougD
    From: Albany, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An Interesting Introductionto the Country that "Discovered America!"

    From the pre-trip to Seville's Alcazar and bull ring to our final night in Grenada during a festival featuring Flamenco music and dancing, this was a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Spain's Andalusian region, with its history and culture. The cycling took us through medieval villages and a landscapes dotted with olive groves, vineyards and goat farms. Our guides Jorge and Juan Carlos were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and caring, as well as true ambassadors of their country. They quickly learned everyone's name in our group, were always accessible and went out of their way to interact with each of us individually. Did I mention that they had a great camaraderie with each other, which was pleasant to witness, and were very easy on the eyes for us ladies?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 02, 2014
    Posted by: VallieAnn
    From: San Diego, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic

    This is one of my favorite VBT trips. The main reason is that we stayed in three amazing cities, Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada. The cities provide so much more to do when the cycling is finished. As with other VBT trips, the food, the hotels, the leaders and other guests were amazing. But, it was the cities that put this one at the top for me.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 06, 2014
    Posted by: Marty609
    From: Princeton, NJ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This was an awesome trip with a challenging ride

    I was glad we picked this trip over an easy one. It was challenging in a good way every day we rode. One couldn't ask for better scenery as you cycled over the hills, valleys and mountains - castles, whitewashed hillside towns, orange and olive groves, etc. My only wish was that we had more days to ride. We added on the 3 day Barcelona post-trip but it would have been nice if VBT offered an option to cycle during those days as an alternative to tours, shopping and relaxation. The guided tours and host-sponsored lunches were exceptional. The guides were the most helpful, knowledgable, flexible, organized and sensitive young men. VBT is lucky to have them represent the company and Spain. Visiting Spain was on my bucket list and a great way to celebrate my 60th birthday. I am still pumped about it! I can't wait to do another cycling trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 29, 2014
    Posted by: Bumbia
    From: Mosinee, WI 54455, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Andalucia was beautiful

    Spain was a special trip. The biking was picturesque and there was lots of culture immersion. The meals and stay were well selected and in ideal locations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: vckb
    From: San Jose, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This is a tour not to be missed!

    This tour was exceptional on all levels. Our guides, Roman and Juan Carlos provided truly 5-star service while still making the overall environment fun, entertaining and rich in Spanish culture and history. Having been on the trip during Semana Santa, "holy week" before Easter in Spain; it was remarkable to immerse ourselves in the culture and to experience the incredible history of the region first hand. The accommodations were lovely and charming and exactly what we could have wanted for an authentic Andalusian experience. We especially loved the Hacienda Minerva set amidst the olive groves and the spectacular scenery of the Spanish Vega. My husband and I live in the mountains and we are avid athletes, we loved the fact that there were routes that could be modified for all activity levels -- it made it fun and challenging for us. I have worked in luxury environments for some of the top brands in the world and we are avid travelers. I can honestly say that Roman and Juan Carlos provided a service experience for my husband and I that will set the bar for future travels. They are to be commended.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: JulieF
    From: Jackson, Wyoming
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great introduction to Spain.

    I felt like I got a good sample of Spanish culture on this trip. I really enjoyed riding among the olive trees as far as the eyes could see but was disappointed that most of the orange fields had fences around them for security. I would recommend spending the pre trip in Seville because there is a lot to see in the old city and it is really fun to walk around and get lost, which you can't avoid doing.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: Andrea3314
    From: Richmond, VA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • History and Hills

    We loved the challenge of biking the "small mountains" that this area of Spain had to offer. It was a great feeling to successfully finish the rides and with just a few exceptions our entire group did them all. We also loved the history and experienced places that amazed us. Who else has stayed in a place that Christopher Columbus did as he prepared for his exploration across the Atlantic? The Mosque in Cordoba was amazing with over 600 red and white aches and having a cathedral built inside of its walls. Our guides, Juan Carlos and Jorge, were extremely knowledgeable, worked well together, were organized and cautious, and best of all were great guys!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 16, 2014
    Posted by: nanc
    From: minneapolis, mn
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Imagine rolling hills full of olive trees, mountains in the distance, great food, wine and people!

    History came alive for me in Andalusia-- the Moorish architecture, the Roman ruins and the Christian churches. We were introduced to the country by two wonderful leaders as well as warm and welcoming people in their homes who prepared fantastic meals. The inns we stayed in were historic as well as comfortable. I thought Italy was my number one travel destination but Spain may have taken over that spot. VBT needs to develop more biking trips in Spain like this one. I loved every aspect from Seville through Granada.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 01, 2014
    Posted by: MVWT
    From: Kansas, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Amazing trip!

    This was one of the best trips I've ever taken. As a novice cyclist, I was a little apprehensive, but our guides were superb and allayed any misgivings I may have had about being able to do the rides. The itineraries, experiences, and accommodations were all fantastic. Can't wait to do another trip with VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 07, 2013
    Posted by: smendel126
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Outstanding tour - great value.

    This is a great trip. It is not too difficult and the countryside is beautiful. The selection of larger cities is also outstanding with fascinating sites.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 05, 2013
    Posted by: SusanG
    From: Indana
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour adequately provided opportunity to see major sites in Andalusia.

    There were a number of challenges with this tour. Cycling was not the first priority of this trip. Several days, we did not start to cycle until 10AM, despite projected 100+ temperature. Van support was spotty due to wide, wide range of abilities. Faster cyclists were frequently on our own, waiting a lot, up to an hour for the included, poorly organized lunches. Cycling route was not diverse; most days were filled with gently rolling hills through very, very arid groves of olive trees. Bike paths and roads were in poor repair and litter is everywhere. Perhaps it is, in part, a reflection of Spain's economic crisis. Guides did their best to meet needs, but overall, it felt like a mediocre, by the numbers group tour. There were some lovely accommodations. Also, do not choose a trip scheduled to be in Cordoba (free day) on a Sunday or Monday, as many museums, churches, synagogue, shops and restaurants are closed.

    Posted on: November 19, 2013
    Posted by: Su09
    From: Utah, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Amazing!

    So many different ways to enjoy Spain! Seville was very colorful and full of many sights, sounds and food! In the evening we swam in the rooftop pool. We went on this trip with ten friends from our town. Next we biked for three days spending the nights at an old monastery that Christopher Columbus had stayed in. There was another fun pool there that we enjoyed after biking. Then we had a day to explore Cordoba! Relaxing and viewing the many sights of the ancient city right out our doorsteps! We even enjoyed a Haman bath! Then two more days of biking on a nice trail, staying in the middle of an olive farm. From here we were off to Granada and the Alhambra and then off to the many sights of Barcelona!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 17, 2013
    Posted by: Dogs4
    From: Mason City, IA 50401, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Best bicycle experience ever!!!

    This trip was everything I wanted it to be: biking in Southern Spain with other awesome bikers and then sightseeing, learning about the culture, and relaxing. The food was amazing. We stayed in unique and interesting hotels. The trip leaders were over the top fantastic. They made sure each of us had our own individual spectacular holiday and they made it easy and fun.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 06, 2013
    Posted by: KeepNTouch
    From: San Francisco, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Highly reccommend

    Everything about the trip was excellent, However, We were very dissapointed in the pre-trip shirt we recieved. Charge a little more and send out a quality shirt that indicates where the trip takes place. More about the trips location, perhaps images of sights, locations. The generic shirts wern't worth keeping!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 05, 2013
    Posted by: dochickox
    From: Morgan Hill, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour is great for many levels of ability

    This was my first tour to Spain but it won't be the last. It provided a wide range of landscapes, as well as climate. One evening at dinner, the owner & a guitarist came to provide Flamenco entertainment. It was quite a surprise and so intimately enjoyable. Of course the historical sites were extraordinary. There was just the right mixture of bicycling days, as well as off days to enjoy a particular city. Finally the bicycling days had alternative routes that were moderately to difficult challenging.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 04, 2013
    Posted by: Jonesspinner
    From: Wichita, KS, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • We really enjoyed the tour and thought the guides were excellent. We would rate the food as very good, but not exceptional.

    As stated above, we thought the overall tour and guides were excellent. We thought the food was very good, but not outstanding. May be the best available in the region though...We were very closely involved with a serious fall a cousin of my wife incurred. We thought Alex did an excellent job of handling the situation, but also had to be responsible to keep the rest of the group going and on schedule. It would be very helpful if VBT had an additional person available to come to the aid and support of accident victims, so that the tour guides can continue with their regular responsibilities. DGS

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: Dan57
    From: St. Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Good bet for a warm weather fall trip

    Sun, wonderful scenery, comfortable accommodations, smooth roads, almost no traffic, and well-tested route directions. This was my fifth VBT trip, and I concur with the rating of easy/moderate. If you ride the hilly options, you will break a sweat, but some 60 and 70 year-olds on our trip weren't too exhausted to make it to the bar at the end of the day. The day spent in Córdoba was enlightening, although an additional day of cycling would have been welcome. Two things to bear in mind: Andalusia can be hot; connections between international and domestic flights in Madrid take more time than you might expect.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 19, 2013
    Posted by: ChicagoRefugee
    From: Hayward, WI 54843, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Memorable first bike trip and first trip to Europe!

    I took up biking 18 months ago and many friends recommended taking a bike trip in Europe. Three different couples recommended VBT. I started investigating and in addition to the many options (too many to choose), as a widowed person, I appreciated that the upcharge for being a single traveler was the lowest of the groups I looked into. As to the trip itself, memorable doesn't really cover it. The guides, JC and Nicolas, were amazing. They took care of us, educated us and we fun to be with. They gave us a native's view of the country and were steeped in the history. While I loved Seville, Cordoba and Granada, the small villages and hotels in between were the highlight. I felt like I was able to experience Spain in a unique way with the right combination of group time and independent time. As for the biking, being from Minnesota, I don't see too many hills. This was an appropriately challenging level of biking. I never felt pressured to do more than I was capable of, but appreciated being able to ride with the more experienced bikers. The weather was perfect and loved that the Spanish really know how to serve an ice cold beer! Can't wait to select my next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 13, 2013
    Posted by: Ricky
    From: Shoreview, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A perfect trip

    This was a bucket list trip for my wife and I, and it exceeded expectations. The guides went out of their was to be helpful and ensure the comfort and safety of all. The itinerary was listed as easy to moderate, and I would say more like moderate for a person my age [70] despite years of biking, but the van was always at hand to assist. I enjoyed the moderate challenge. The equipment was tops and in perfect mechanical condition. The lodging was exciting and appropriate to the local atmosphere; not just the same old hotel atmosphere. The food was likewise appropriate, well served and tasty. This part of Spain is deep in history and a bike tour with VBT is a great way to experience it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 04, 2013
    Posted by: Rdix
    From: Bellefonte, PA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Cycling, Scenic, Dining Extravaganza

    This trip had the perfect mix of riding, sightseeing and fabulous food. Riding among the orange trees, olive groves and beautiful farmland made Andalusia a pleasure for biking. Our guides, Juan Carlos and Niko made sure all our needs were taken care of. The Sevilla pre-trip was great, but not enough time in Barcelona for the post-trip. I have taken VBT trips to Provence, Tuscan Hills, Poland, New Zealand and Croatia. The Andalusia trip is one of the best.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2013
    Posted by: mguralni
    From: Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful

    This was my first experience with VBT and it was perfect. The accommadations were excellent. I never had to touch my suitcase until I was at the airport coming home. I had special food requests and at every meal they were met. They even made special meals for me. The biking was relaxed and the people were great. Our leaders kept us well informed. I can't wait to book my next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: sportmom
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • super trip!

    this is one of the easiest assignments i've ever had. i had heard from friends how wonderful VBT was, so i decided to find out for myself. the spain trip exceeded all my expectations, including the personal and warm attention of the trip leaders, choice of hotels, food, biking options, and overall experience. i can't stop telling everyone how wonderful VBT organizes a vacation. thank you!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2013
    Posted by: TPBA
    From: Florida, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Action packed!

    My husband and I usually plan our own trips because we want to fit in as much as possible and hate waiting for tour groups. We absolutely were thrilled to find that we got to experience so much more than we would have on our own. I would definitely go on another VBT trip. By the way, I was also always the last rider and always had a guide with me which was awesome. My husband also had some medical issues on the trip and they took care of him, personally accompanying us to a medical facility. There was more than plenty of food. The accommodations were unique which I loved. I was also impressed with the quality of the bike and how easily it shifted gears. I will post my favorite pic.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2013
    Posted by: Luanne
    From: Fl
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great countryside, sightseeing and accommodations. Thanks VBT!

    My wife and I found the hills to be a little more challenging than our Puglia trip. I think that it was correctly called easy/moderate. If I were to compare the two trips, I would go to Puglia for the food and the easy riding. I would go on this Spain trip for the sightseeing. Spectacular visits to the Alcazars, and most certainly the Alhambra. Granada, with its free tapas and snow capped mountains in the distance, was a great stop. Getting into Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, after all the interior scaffolding had been removed, was just spectacular! We sometimes get more than our fill of cathredrals while touring Europe, but to miss this place would be a great oversight. The place just defies description. You need to see it! Once again, great guides and accommodations. Again, the folks who travel with VBT seem to be just a great group of adventurers, so great sightseeing and good company. What could be bad?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2013
    Posted by: Bartender
    From: Sarasota, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour is organized properly and managed well.

    I participated in the VBT Tour of Spain several years ago and was impressed at that time. This new tour is better organized and managed and the parts of Spain visited is outstanding. Trip leaders take their jobs seriously and customer service is a priority. I think one of the main features of the tour that was remarkable was the additional guides that were at the various sites to explain the history of that region. They were outstanding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 22, 2013
    Posted by: Colonel
    From: St. George, UT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • FANTASTICO!!!!!!!

    Every day, every detail, every moment was blissful. Starting with the pre-trip in Sevilla during spring festival and the chance to see Spanish ladies parading through the streets, dressed in their flamenco costumes. Continuing on to bicycling in Andalucia, through one of Europe's most amazing displays of spring wildflowers. Spiced up with excursions to Cordoba, Granada and Barcelona; Spain was an experience for all of the senses. Contributing to this mixture was first-class hotels, insanely good food, thoughtfully chosen itinerary and the compassionate trip leaders.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 20, 2013
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    From: Redding, CT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great trip

    My wife, Andrea, and I have never been on a bike trip before and this was everything we hoped for in one. Interesting location, nice people, VBT leaders were very helpful, hotels and food were terrific. A great value for the money.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2013
    Posted by: JimON
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Traveling with VBT is always an affirmation of the value of travel.

    Despite some heavy rain and extensive hills Andalusia revealed itself in dynamic ways. This group of riders was extremely compatible, the guides supportive and knowledgeable, and the accommodations unusual and reflective of local history and culture. The hotel locations superb providing easy access to to the highlights of Seville, Cordoba and Granada. The local guides for the Cordoba mezquita and the Alhambra were well informed and presented their information with interest. We had the good fortune to be in Andalusia during Holy Week and all the unique and dynamic ceremony that surrounded the week's events including the spectacle of the Easter processions. I was not quite sure what the tour 's billing as a "culinary tour" meant and was pleasantly surprised at the indigenous food and good, continuously flowing wine that appeared daily. Several meals were accompanied by dialogs on and tastings of sherry and olive oil. All in all I rode away with new knowledge, new friends and a sense of well being.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 19, 2013
    Posted by: Giddy
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What a blend of activity, scenery, culture, and learning!

    We've been on five VBT adventures, including the two historic destinations—Italy and France. We think Spain should be added to the list of distinctive locations for active and curious travelers. We did not know much about Spain for vacations since it does not seem to appear in most travel sources. Perhaps it is a secret to keep it from becoming too popular. What a blend of adventures and experiences that stimulated our body, mind, and emotions -- history, scenery, learning, and a cooking lesson. Did you know that the three monotheistic religions lived and worked together for centuries in Cordoba and Granada? We discovered how early architects designed their dwellings to be comfortable and peaceful oases. The owner of the Hacienda Minerva explained how the EU affects the olive industry in Spain and demonstrated how to make paella. VBT arranged for a dinner and Flamenco performance in place where locals meet. This was not the tourist oriented dancing and singing, but an authentic one. In Seville we discovered the family custom to gather in plazas in the early evening where adults chat and children play. The VBT guides also taught us the language and customs for the country. The hot water and massage with essential oils in the Arab bath in Cordoba was a welcome treat. We especially like the VBT approach for cycling. Each day we had choice of three routes to match the abilities of a wide range of ages we encounter from 30 to 90+. Before our first VBT trip we were not avid cyclists. We got ready during the winter by going to the gym and riding outside in the spring. It took two weeks of practicing in a parking lot before Lily was comfortable riding on the roads. But the guides and emphasis on safety gave her the confidence to ride every day of our trips. Frequently stopping for photos and guided tours let us travel farther than we expected, and there was always the option to take the van up a hill or back to the hotel. Pedaling through the olive groves and towns gave us a good feel for Andalusían Spain. The location is a good point for a breakaway trip. We like to take advantage of being in a place to explore the country. We usually do the pre and post trips, and add a break away. This time we visited the White Villages and took a day trip to Gibraltar. We are eagerly anticipating our trip to Ireland in September, and are confident it will be another engaging blend of activity, scenery, culture, and learning!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 31, 2012
    Posted by: Rflexible
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Best VBT tour so far... my second time to Andalusia (2009 & 2011)!

    5 different tours so far, 4 with VBT. And this is the only 5-star tour by my ratings. The second time to Spain even had enhancments: train from Madrid to Seville, better hotel location in Cordoba, extended tour of Cordoba besides the Mesquita, olive oil press & hotel to stay at several days before finishing at Granada. Take the pre-trip in Seville to do it justice seeing this first city of Andalusia. Even the best breakfasts so far!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 26, 2012
    Posted by: James
    From: Boulder, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

    We signed up for this ride last year after deciding that early November would have excellent weather in southern Spain. We were exceptionally pleased with this trip: the varied routes, times spent in Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada, food, super-excellent ride leaders, memorable sites and sights, great company, challenging conversations, excellent accomodations, and much more. Although we are doing VBT trips in Italy this coming year, starting with x-country skiing out of Venice in January, we might jump in again for another trip in Andalusia in the near future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 11, 2012
    Posted by: TomPNW
    From: Seattle, WA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The Best of Spain

    Having lived in Spain, I can say that this tour takes in what I consider to be the best and most unique Spanish cities. One of the things that stands out about Spain is that it was not in World War II so it escaped the destruction experienced by most of Europe. And Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada have some of Spain's treasures. The Moorish influence seen in these cities like nowhere else in Europe. It was nice having good guides at these world class historical buildings. The accommodations were good to great. My favorite was the inn located in the olive orchards and right on the Via Verde (rail trail). I also enjoyed the class on olives and olive oil. The trip guides were great and very pleasant. I wish the trip had been longer.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: BigWYO
    From: Wyoming, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • No better way to see the country

    This was our first biking tour, so we were a bit apprehensive. VBT surpassed all of our expectations. Biking through olive groves, lunching at local farms, experiencing the history and culture up close -- it was all phenomenal. Our guides were knowledgeable, exceedingly friendly and entertaining. Accommodations were top notch. All in all, one of the best travel experiences I've ever enjoyed.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: GoSoxNextYear
    From: Williston, VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent in every respect!

    This tour is excellent. The biking routes are interesting and offer challenge for all levels, with the option of a ride in the van always there for bikers who want to avoid some hills or just need a rest. The scenery is spectacular. The tour has a perfect combination of ride days and tour days. Our trip leaders were bright, personable, competent and a fun, integral part of the group. The hotels, food, and cultural events tied it all together. I highly recommend this tour. I want to go back tomorrow!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 29, 2012
    Posted by: BarbBP
    From: Wisconsin, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour has incredible scenery and enriching cultural attractions.

    We visited Andalucia Spain with VBT in Nov. 2012. This was our 24th bicycling trip with VBT and was our best trip yet! Andalucia is more scenic than we ever imagined and the bicycling along rural roads and trails is the best way to experience this area. The longer cycling routes offered each day were through rolling hills with sweeping vistas overlooking olive orchards as far as the eye could see and small white-housed villages nestled in the hill-sides. Andalucia offers many cultural and historic attractions in Seville, Cordoba and Granada that make this a very enriching and rewarding trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 29, 2012
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    From: The Woodlands, TX, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great tour, super leaders

    This was our second VBT tour, and once again we were impressed with the logistics, the excellent leaders, the unique accomodations, the beautiful sites. Although the weather wasn't great throughout the week, the quality of the tour and the fun group made it an excellent experience. The highlights were the cities like Cordoba and Granada and especially the Alhambra. I highly recommend the post-trip extension in Barcelona, where we saw awesome Gaudi architecture. I wish we had done the pre-trip in Seville, since we didn't have time to see the Alcazar. The food was a bit disappointing: we had expected higher quality in Spain. Although we had a couple of very good meals, the overall quality was only okay. We loved all of the accomodations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 28, 2012
    Posted by: Pamela
    From: Bucks, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Perfect blend of sighseeing and exercise

    The trip was perfect blend of sightseeing and exercise. Our abilities ranged from a moderately-in-shape 56 year old to an extremely fit 26 year old. Each of us was able to tailor the rides to fit his or her individual energy level for the day. We had some rain and wind during two of the days which were beyond the control of our guides and they handled the inconveniences well. These were the experiences from which stories are made. The tour leaders, Jorge and Nico, were the best! The hotels and locales were charming and the food was wonderful. The Alhambra and Mezquita tours were highlights of the trip. The tour was so enjoyable that I would like to do the same tour again and experience the scenery during the spring season also.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 27, 2012
    Posted by: Suz2
    From: Wyoming
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Very good - could be excellent

    I was pleasantly surprised at the high-end lodging and food included in the trip. Every hotel - from ancient homes to a monastery were quirky and very comfortable. The hotel manager would typically take us for a personal tour of the building and some treated us to a wine and cheese reception. I have 4 areas that can be improved: 1. ditch the first hotel, Casa Juderia in Seville. My room was moldy, w/broken a.c. The carpeted stairs were sopping wet. The staff were uniformly unhelpful. They also lied that the hotel was full. 2. Need more staff and an extra van. Our 2 excellent guides could not handle everything. The sweep van held only a few bikes, so some tired riders had to slog on. 3. The trip should have been classified as Moderate. Many riders were very slow and held up the group. Since lunch was a planned stop, the moderate riders had to wait an hour or more for the stragglers. We wanted to ride, not sit! There should be a cut-off time and a van to drive them to lunch. 4. The leaders should have the prerogative to change routes. We hit unrideable terrain and had to wait hours until lunch and then begin the afternoon part, which was rideable. Rather than sit around or ride in circles, we asked for an alternate route, even doing the afternoon portion twice, and were told that they were not allowed to vary from the proscribed VBT route. One leader remarked about the muddy terrain, "you should have seen this last week." That should have been fixed in advance.The route should have been modified before the next group lost half a day of riding. VBT work out the kinks and you'll have sterling trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 27, 2012
    Posted by: fairycastle
    From: Norfolk, CT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent trip , great guides, nice lodging

    Pretty good bike trip with great guides. Lots to see and do as well. Food was better in Puglia and scenery nicer but all in all great value. Lodging was excellent and the side trips were interesting.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 19, 2012
    Posted by: Gitt
    From: Toronto, ON, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Cordoba was worth the trip.

    pros: Cordoba and Granada are wonderful to see with the Mesqita and Alhambra. The local guides were excellent.. The farmhouse and tapas bar visit and meals were very good. Transport was good.Hotels as usual with VBT sensational. cons: One did not actually go from one place to another on bikes so bicycling seemed somewhat incidental. Food in Spain is austere like the economy! Meals were good given by VBT but could not compare to Portugal, France and Hungary. One of he guide's English was hard to understand and I speak some Spanish. Farewell dinner not memorable at all.

    Posted on: November 18, 2012
    Posted by: lewis
    From: Treasure Island, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A great first trip to Spain

    We have taken numerous VBT biking trips and find them each to have something different and delightful to offer. Andalusia is a beautiful area in Spain to explore by bike with wonderful people, unique white villages, endless olive groves, Flamenco, a rich history, and beautifully preserved architectural treasures. The biking gets better each day, and the rest days, although not needed, are equally enjoyable. As always, the two local guides were excellent, and fortunately for me, they were both married or my wife would have decided to move to Spain!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 14, 2012
    Posted by: Grant
    From: Fort Myers, FL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A great adventure

    This was our first guided bike tour and I must say it exceeded our expectations. Our routes were scenic and afforded many opportunities for stopping in cafes to "smell the roses."The included lunches were in intimate settings with local folks who prepared scrumptious meals for our group. The settings were outstanding. VBT selects top notch accomodations and makes sure that many interesting events were included in the evening. We had a cooking class, an olive oil tasing and an evening in a local bar with Flamenco singers. I felt that my husband and I got to know Spain in a way that many tourists do not. I recommend VBT highly and are in the midst of planning yet another trip with the company.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 09, 2012
    Posted by: Cheche27
    From: Portland , oregon
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A wonderful trip overall

    This trip was a perfect way to combine learning about the history and culture of southern Spain with bicycling, seeing beautiful scenery and monuments. Our trip leaders could not have been better. The food was great and so were the accommodations. We even met up with a woman we had met on a VBT previous trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 09, 2012
    Posted by: AnneM
    From: Madison WI
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • VBT's attention to details makes this trip great!

    Traveling with VBT on its bicycle tour "Under the Andalusia Sky" was a fantastic experience. Everything from the choice of hotels and food to the tour guides themselves was top notch. Even the flights were arranged perfectly. What seperates VBT the most is it's attention to detail. I can't say enough about how pleased we are with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 08, 2012
    Posted by: Barry
    From: Delaware Valley, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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