Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will greet you and provide a private transfer to the Seville train station. In Seville, you’ll be greeted at the railway station in Santa Justa and helped onto the luxury Al Andalus train. On your way to Córdoba, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch featuring typical Andalusian specialties. When you arrive in Córdoba, you will be transferred to the Old Town for your guided tour of Córdoba. A gem in the Andalusian crown, Córdoba has a glorious Moorish past and exceptional monuments that stand as testimony. You’ll begin the tour at La Mezquita, one of the highlights of Andalusia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the biggest mosque in Europe and is considered to be one of the most spectacular buildings ever constructed. Originally built in the 8th century, La Mezquita was converted to a cathedral in 1523 by Christian rulers. However you can still see the basic structure of the Islamic architecture, especially the endless rows of awe-inspiring arches.
Continue your tour of Córdoba with a visit to the Judería, Córdoba’s medieval Jewish quarter. During the 10th century, Córdoba was Europe’s greatest city and a place where people of three religions (Jews, Christians and Muslims) lived together harmoniously. The medieval city had paved roads, illumination at night by oil lamps, piped-in running water, hundreds of mosques, many palaces and public baths. Soak up the history as you stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets and visit the enchanting hidden courtyards. After the tour, you’ll have leisure time to continue sightseeing on your own. Tonight you’ll have dinner at one of the local establishments in Córdoba and then spend the night in your luxurious room on the Al Andalus train.