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Architectural, Natural and Gastronomic Heritage

SPECIALIZED ITINERARY OF THE ROMAN BÉTICA

Ten cities in the province of Seville, Cádiz and Córdoba

TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1. Córdoba

Arrival in Córdoba from point of origin and private transfer to selected hotel. After check-in. Guided tour of the city of Córdoba to start the Roman Betic itinerary. Following the most important enclaves, we will visit the Roman Forum and the thistles that distributed the city, reaching the highest area, the Plaza de las Tendillas, today a busy and lively place where the city runs. We continue the visit until we reach the intramural area to visit the mosque-cathedral, the top architecture of the Caliphate where the primitive basilica of Visigothic origin of San Vicente is hidden under its feet.

The Puerta del Puente and the Roman bridge is one of the most photographed images of the city, we will walk along the riverbank to learn about all these architectural elements of the city. We finish the visit with a walk through streets and squares until we reach the Roman theater, where after your visit we will taste a wine from the land of D.O. Montilla-Moriles to relax the intense day.

Free dinner and accommodation

Total duration of the day: 3.5 hours

DAY 2. Puente Genil - Almedinilla - Baena - Córdoba

The Cordovan subbetic formed a strategic enclave inherited from the roads that previously formed the Carthaginians upon their arrival on the peninsula. One of the most important axes of the subbetic with places of metallurgical and agrarian importance, the subbetic was characterized by olive oil. During the tour, we will cross natural spaces such as the Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park where the itinerary, true to our philosophy, we do without haste, making necessary stops to enjoy the landscapes and those geographical or heritage elements that we will find on the route .

After a good breakfast, we go on a full-day excursion to visit the main sites in the area. Starting with Puente Genil. This city contributed to the Republic and later to the Empire one of the best olive oils in the area. Proof of this is the important nucleus that it once had and that today we can enjoy with a visit to the Roman villa of Fuente Álamo. Continuing with our tour and we move to Almedinilla where we find two places of important historical and patrimonial value due to their state of conservation. We are talking about the Roman town of El Ruedo and the Iberian-Roman town of Cerro de la Cruz. During the visit, we will be able to check the different architectural structures related to the construction periods from one city to another. We highlight the necropolis and the perfect state of conservation the “urban pars”.

In Almedinilla we can taste gastronomic dishes of Roman origin, the city in the month of August also, every weekend, its bars and restaurant only offer this type of food, as well as activities.

We finish the itinerary visiting Torreparedones, located in a privileged enclave, here we find a Roman colony in very good conservation conditions. We will visit the Forum, the Roman Market, the Civil Basilica and the Temple.

At the end, we return to Córdoba. Free dinner and accommodation

Total duration of the excursion: 8-9 hours

DAY 3. Córdoba - Écija - Osuna

We leave the Qurtuba behind to move towards the Sevillian countryside. After breakfast, we check-out and start the trip visiting the city of Écija (Astigi).

Known as the “pan of Andalusia” or the “city of towers”, Écija has a Roman legacy perhaps one of the most relevant in the peninsula in terms of industry and agriculture. The olive oil that was transported to the Empire departed from here in barges and later in larger ships. Thousands of amphoras found in the Palatino bear witness to the olive growing importance of the countryside and Écija as a fundamental axis, becoming the head of a legal convent.

Upon arrival, we will make a guided tour of the historic center visiting the Roman pond located in the basement of the city, in the Plaza de España and we will visit the History Museum, discovering the impressive mosaics and one of the key and most important pieces, the “wounded Amazon”.

After the visit, we continue the trip to the city of Osuna (Urso). Upon arrival, we check-in and have free lunch. Rest of the afternoon free.

Total duration of the day: 3-4 hours

DAY 4. Osuna - Carmona - Seville

In the morning, we will take a guided tour of the city of Osuna. We will visit the Roman necropolis and the quarries, lands of the Ancient Urso from where the stone was extracted for the constructions even before the Roman occupation and that today, these stones are part of and are the legacy of stately buildings of the city. In these quarries, the unique “Coto de las Canteras” is located, known as “La Petra de Andalucía” for its spectacular stone reliefs inside an immense rocky block and where we will make a guided visit inside. As a curiosity throughout these years, countless celebrities have passed through this space: Mario Vargas Llosa, Antonio Gala, Jesús Quintero; Artists like Antonio Orozco, Manuel Cuevas, José Mercé, Raphael, Cómplices,… for their incredible acoustics.

Continuing with the visit to the city, we cannot miss the visit to the Collegiate Church, a masterpiece of the Baroque and with artistic pieces of great value inside.

We continue with our trip to Carmona (Carmo), upon arrival, we have lunch.

After lunch, we will take a guided walk through one of the most important cities (strategically) in the countryside. Its foundation dates back more than 5000 years, making it one of the oldest in Europe. Its heritage and historical legacy of great value will make us know the Puerta del Alcázar of Seville, of Carthaginian origin but later perfected by the Romans, the beautiful Roman door of Córdoba together with the old Jewish quarter will be other places of interest and very important to visit.

We continue the tour until we reach Seville, where we will check-in. Free dinner and accommodation

Total duration of the day: 7-8 hours

DAY 5. Seville - Itálica

In the morning, after a good breakfast, we will move to Italica, a few kilometers from Seville.

The Roman city of Itálica, located in the Lower Guadalquivir, halfway between Seville (Hispalis) and Alcalá del Río (Ilipa), in present-day Santiponce, very close to the routes that connected with the mining area of ​​the Sierra Norte from Seville and Huelva. It played an important strategic role, both politically-military and economically, during the High Roman Empire. Proof of this is that it came to occupy an area of ​​approximately 52 hectares.

The origins of the Archaeological Ensemble of Itálica date back to 206 BC, when General Publio Cornelio Scipio, in the context of the Second Punic War, defeated the Carthaginians at the Battle of Ilipa and established a detachment of legionaries.

The city of Itálica has a splendid number of urban elements that we will visit, among them: the main thermal baths, the House of the Birds, a bread oven, the House of the Planetarium … ending with the impressive Roman amphitheater, the third largest in the empire with a capacity for 26,000 people and that has been the scene of several cinematographic recordings.

After the visit, we move to Seville for lunch (free), at the end, we will visit Roman Seville. We will visit the Macarena arch and wall, Marmoles street, the inner city area, the Roman cistern, located in the basement near the Roman forum, and of course the Alcázar of Seville.

Free dinner and accommodation.

 

Total duration of the day: 7-8 hours

DAY 6. Seville - Cádiz - Seville

Considered one of the oldest cities in the Occident, its location did not go unnoticed by the different civilizations, settling to a greater extent by mercantile and strategic interests. The city of Cádiz (Gades) offers us a picture as a city that looks out to sea, but also inland as an entry connection to the Guadalquivir. The enclaves of Roman times are palpable in its streets, such as the Roman theater that we will visit in addition to the historic area of the Viña neighborhood, the Pópulo neighborhood and the emblematic Plaza de España.

An excursion from Seville where we will visit these and other places such as the Casa del Obispo and the salting factory.

We will have free time to enjoy the city after lunch in a very emblematic area such as the Caleta beach.

In the afternoon, return to Seville, free dinner and accommodation

Total duration of the day: 7-8 hours

DAY 7. Seville - Origin

At the stipulated time, private transfer to the airport / train station.

INCLUDES / NOT INCLUDES

IT INCLUDES

– Transfer from Córdoba train station to hotel.

– Private guided tour in Córdoba

– Tickets to monuments

– Full day private excursion to Puente Genil, Almedinilla and Torreparedores (Baena)

– Tickets to monuments

– “Roman” lunch in a restaurant in Almedinilla

– Guided visit to Écija, Osuna, Marchena and Osuna

– Tickets to monuments

– Guided tour in Seville and Itálica

– Tickets to monuments

– Private full day excursion to Cádiz with tickets included

– Lunch at a restaurant on the beach of La Caleta

– Travel by comfortable sedan car

– Wifi and water on board

– Driver-guide

– Transfer to Seville station / airport from hotel

– Welcome gift

– 2 nights in a 4 * hotel with breakfast in Córdoba (Hesperia hotel)

– 1 night in a 4 * hotel with breakfast in Osuna (Palacio Marqués de la Gomera)

– 1 night in a 4 * hotel with breakfast in Carmona (Alcázar de la REina hotel)

– 3 nights in a 4 * hotel with breakfast in Seville (Doña María hotel)

– Assistance assurance

DOES NOT INCLUDE

– Extras in hotel

– Plane / train tickets

– Lunches / dinners not described

* Check availability and rate with arrivals and departures from other points.

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