Drifter Sister
Small Group Tour of Spain

 

 

 

Africa

Tours to AfricaThis is a thrilling two-week safari to Kenya during the annual migration. Plus, your photos will be amazing because renowned photographer and teacher, Jeff Sink, will be along to help you get stunning photos.

 

We are also offering a 10-day pre-trip that begins in Victoria Falls, and then heads to Botswana for game drives in the Okavango Delta.

 

The 8-day Namibia post-trip treats you to the unique experience of the Sossusvlei desert featuring the famous red, and tallest, sand dunes in the world.

 

Croatia & Montenegro

Tours to Croatia-MontenegroThis small group tour combines one of the latest ‘must see’ destinations, Croatia, with a wonderful little country under most folks’ radar, Montenegro – a hidden gem if there ever was one.

 

We begin our adventure in Dubrovnik, Croatia, as we board our mega-yacht, M/S Splendid, and begin our exciting 7-Day Island Hopping Cruise through Croatia’s Dalmatia Coast

 

Week two is on land, exploring the wonders and mysteries of lovely Montenegro. Transported by deluxe motor coach, we begin our journey by climbing the scenic old mountain road to “Old Montenegro,” and each day a new adventure awaits.

 

 

Cuba

Tour Cuba

If you have been wanting to see Cuba, now is the time to do it, before it becomes spoiled by a rush of American tourists.

 

Come with me… experience the quirky, sometimes unpredictable and chaotic, yet enterprising life of the Cuban people. Witness their spirit and ingenuity. Marvel at what they can do amidst the crumbling infrastructure. Travel the nearly deserted highways through the gorgeous countryside, with cowboys on horseback, and horse-drawn carts interspersed among the classic cars, trucks and buses.

 

This is a Catch the Wind tour you won’t want to miss, especially now, before Cuba changes, and before the onrushing crowds ruin it.

 

 

France

San Giuseppe, ItalyDuring the two weeks of our small group tour of France, we will discover the beautiful Minervois villages and the fascinating Languedoc region of South France.

 

This tour is a balance of relaxation and discovery. The region is rich in history (primarily Roman Colonization, and the Cathar movement, which provoked the Albigensian Crusade) and wine production.

Greece & Turkey
Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Can you imagine two weeks immersed in two of the most exotic and archeologically rich civilizations of the world? You can experience it all on our small group tour of Greece and Turkey.

 

Our tour of Greece will combine conventional cruising with private yachting aboard the 25-cabin Harmony V mega yacht. We will visit the famous islands of Mykonos and Santorini along with many of the smaller, beautiful islands.

 

An optional small group land tour of the Pelloponnese is available for touring classical sites like Olympia, Delphi and Meteora.

 

Our small group tour of Turkey includes the enchanting city of Istanbul, a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, and a visit to the Cappadocia region.

 

Istanbul is a unique city combining Eastern and Western cultures. It is set in an amazingly beautiful location that everyone should visit at least once.

 

Cappadocia is a stunning area of other-worldly rock formations, subterranean churches and underground dwellings.

 

Ireland

San Giuseppe, ItalyFor two weeks our small group tour of Ireland will explore the Emerald Isle, escorted in our luxurious and spacious motor coach.

 

We will discover the myriad beautiful, charming and mysterious sights, sounds, and tastes of the Emerald Isle, making a wide circle, primarily around the coast. ‘Must See’ locations, such as Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the ‘Quiet Man’ country of Connemara, and more will be interspersed with lesser known local gems, such as Cobh, Doolin, the Aran Island of Inish Mor, and New Grange.

Luxurious Spa

Luxurious SpaOur small group tour of a week of pampering at Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico is an experience you don't want to miss.

 

This family-owned and operated Spa has been in operation since the mid 19th century and is the most relaxing and beautiful place one can imagine. And it’s a great bargain!

Tuscany

San Giuseppe, ItalyStaying in a villa on a small group tour of Tuscany is one of the least expensive, and perhaps most rewarding, travel experiences one can enjoy.

 

We stay one week each in two villas, which are strategically chosen for convenient day trips throughout central Tuscany. First is Borgo Corsignano, a renovated medieval village in the lovely Casentino Valley. Our second villa is San Giuseppe, near Sienna, a big, old restored farmhouse with six bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms).

Let's Go to Spain!

April 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the number of inquiries I am receiving for this tour, it will be offered in late April 2018 with a maximum of 10 passengers.

Please send a Contact E-mail if you would like to be included.

UPDATE

A reconnaissance trip was done over the 2016 Christmas holidays. As a consequence, the itinerary will be slightly tweaked. Watch for updates to the April 2018 itinerary, coming soon.

Summary

 

In the tradition of Drifter Sister's Catch the Wind tours to Tuscany and France, this small group tour of Spain is an in-depth exploration of a most treasured region of Spain – ANDALUCIA. Rich in Spanish traditions influenced by the ancient Moors, sunshine, olive groves, white pueblo villages, tapas, Sangria... Our small group tour of Andalucia includes all this and more, and we will have two weeks to enjoy it to the fullest!

After a two-night stay in Granada's famous Albayzín (or Albaicín) Moorish district, including a morning tour of its famous Alhambra, we will pick up rental cars and drive northwest to Zuheros (near Cordoba), then southwest to Ronda (famous center of Pueblos Blancos), ending up near the west coast in Arcos de la Frontera, the most westerly of the Pueblos Blanco. Staying four nights in three locations will allow ample time for in-depth exploration of the countryside, towns, and attractions of the region, as varied as seaside locations such as Marbella (of Costa del Sol fame) and Cadiz (of Costa de la Luz fame), to the mountain-top village of Grazalema, the crown-jewel and highest of the famous white pueblos.

 

Highlights will include three guided tours: Alhambra – one of the candidates for the New Seven Wonders of the World; Cordoba – including the famous Mosque; and Ronda – including the oldest bull ring in Spain; a visit and show at the famous Andalucian Equestrian School in Jerez de la Frontera; and an authentic Flamenco Show at an intimate, locally owned establishment. Two meals are included daily, as well as rental cars, including gas.

 

Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucia SpainLodging will be in two Haciendas (four nights each), and three charming hotels, conveniently located within walking distance of historic city centers, shops and attractions.

 

The first time this small group tour was offered in 2011 it was a huge success, and the 12 slots filled quickly. I offer this small group tour to Spain every few years, so don’t miss the adventure in 2018. You can’t get any closer to the ‘real’ Spain than this!

 

A pre or post-trip extension to Barcelona will be offered.

 

 

Enjoying the sunflowers while on Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain

 

 

Itinerary

 

This itinerary may be tweaked before departure.

 

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Granada

 

  • Arrive Granada Airport, shuttle to hotel
  • Check in to Casa Del Capitel Nazari and freshen up
  • Explore shops and nearby sites
  • Early Dinner included at Las Manuelas Restaurant

Day 2 - Alhambra

 

 

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Morning Guided Tour of Alhambra
  • Late Lunch included
  • Afternoon explore Albaicin (Jewish Quarter) on your own
  • Dinner on your own (if still hungry)

 

Day 3 - Granada to Zuheros

 

(Hacienda Minerva)

Hacienda Minerva, Zuheros

 

  • Breakfast at Hotel in Granada
  • Shuttle to Granada airport to pick up rental cars
  • Drive to Zuheros
  • Special Lunch on the way in Alcala la Real (included)
  • Afternoon arrival in Zuheros
  • Check in to Hacienda Minerva
  • Relax, or explore village and walking path
  • Dinner on your own at Hacienda or village (if still hungry)

 

(Host explaining history of Minerva)

Learning about Hacienda Minerva while on Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain

(Overhead view of Zuheros)

Zuheros, Spain

Day 4-6 - Zuheros and Surrounds

 

 

  • Breakfast at Hacienda each day
  • 3 full days to do one or more of the following each day:
    • Cordoba w/Guided Tour (full day) (included)
    • Visit Ubida and Baeza (full day)
    • Visit nearby caves
    • Olive oil tasting in Montilla
    • Relax around pool
  • Breakfast, and one lunch or Dinner included each day

 

(Enjoying Cordoba Tour)

Our small group enjoys our guided tour to Cordoba

Day 7 - Zuheros to Ronda

 

(Ronda)

View of the dramatic gorge of Ronda Spain

 

  • Breakfast at Hacienda
  • Drive to Ronda
  • Check in to Hotel Don Miguel
  • Lunch included
  • Afternoon Tour of Ronda
  • Dinner on your own

 

 

 

(Bull Ring on Ronda Tour)

Our small group tour enjoys the bull ring in Ronda Spain

Day 8-10 - Ronda and Surrounds

 

(Sentenil)

Sentenil, Andalucia Spain

 

  • Breakfast at Hotel each day
  • 3 full days to do one or more of the following each day:
    • Drive the Pueblos Blancos circuit (full day)
    • Visit Marbella (Costa del Sol)
    • Drive through Genal Valley
    • Visit Sentenil (village built into rock cliff)
    • Photo outings
    • Enjoy Ronda
  • Breakfast and Dinner included each day

 

(Dinner in Ronda)

Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain enjoys dinner in Ronda

(Paella in Ronda)

The paella was delicious during Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain

(Enjoying Tour of Ronda)

Small group tour looking down into gorge at Ronda Spain

Day 11 - Ronda to Arcos de la Frontera

 

(Arcos de la Frontera)

View of Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucia Spain

 

  • Breakfast at Hotel Don Miguel
  • Drive to Arcos de la Frontera
  • Relax at Arcos Gardens or Explore Frontera
  • Lunch on your own
  • Dinner at Arcos Gardens
  • Time for Optional Spa Treatments

 

 

 

 

(Arcos Garden Pool)

You can enjoy the pool at Arcos Gardens while on the Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain

(Arcos Garden Cortijo)

We will have the entire cortijo to ourselves on Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain

(Spa Treatment)

You can enjoy spa treatments at Arcos Gardens while on Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain

Day 12-14 - Arcos de la Frontera and Surrounds

 

(Costa de la Luz)

Para sailing is one of the great past times on Costa de la Luz, Spain

 

  • Breakfast at Arcos Gardens each day
  • 3 full days to do one or more of the following each day:
    • Andalucian Horse Show in Jerez de la Frontera (included)
    • Visit Cadiz
    • Drive Costa de la Luz to Tarifa
    • Drive to Gibralter
    • Visit Donana Park
    • Relax around pool
    • Enjoy Spa Treatments available at Arcos Gardens
  • Breakfast and one Lunch or Dinner included each day

 

Day 15 - Jerez de la Frontera

 

(Jerez de la Frontera)

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

 

  • Breakfast at Arcos Garden
  • Drive to Jerez, drop off cars at airport
  • Shuttle to Hotel Casa Grande
  • Explore Jerez
  • Lunch on your own
  • Farewell Dinner and Flamenco Show (included)

 

(Jerez de la Frontera)

Jerez, Andalucia Spain

Day 16 - Depart for home (or to Barcelona for the optional extension)

 

 

 

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Inclusions

 

Included

 

  • 15 Nights Lodging, as follows:
    • 2 Nights Granada
    • 4 Nights Zuheros (Hacienda Minerva)
    • 4 Nights Ronda (Hotel San Miguel)
    • 4 Nights Arcos de la Frontera (Arcos Gardens Golf Club & Country Estate), in our own private cortijo
    • 1 Night Arcos de la Jerez
  • 14½ Sightseeing Days
  • Rental Cars (including gas) – enough cars to share among the group (2-4 per car)
  • Breakfast and one meal daily, including wine or one other drink with lunch or dinner
  • 3 Guided Tours
    • Alhambra in Granada
    • Cordoba’s Famous Mosque
    • Ronda, including oldest bull ring in Spain
  • Andalucian Equestrian School in Jerez de la Frontera
  • Authentic Flamenco Show in Jerez
  • All shuttles and transfers
  • Logistical Guidance, plus shared GPS for independent exploration

 

Not Included

 

  • Airfare
  • Meals other than those listed above
  • Optional Spa Treatments at Arcos Gardens
  • Phone calls and items of a personal nature, such as laundry
  • Trip Insurance (Highly Recommended – ~5% of trip cost – Travel Guard available)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodations

 

Casa Del Capitel, Nazari, Granada - 2 Nights

(Renovated Ancient Renaissance Palace Built in 1503 )

Boutique Hotel in Albaicin (famous Jewish Quarter, near Alhambra)
Trip Advisor: 4 Stars (39 Excellent, 55 Very Good

 

“Beautiful old hotel, very clean rooms, lovely courtyard with complimentary tea and coffee. Great location in the old town near the Alhambra and also near fantastic bars and restaurants which overlook the Alhambra. Staff helpful.”

Hotel Minerva, Zuheros – 4 Nights (Most Charming Host in Spain!)
Trip Advisor: 5 Stars (43 Excellent, 6 Very Good)

 

"We booked a 2 night stay at Hacienda Minerva... . It turned out to be a gem. If you want a feel of the good life in real Spain this is where to find it. The Cortijo converted into a hotel has features that a designer must yearn over, from the internal courtyards with splashes of colour from the plants and flowers, to the ancient olive mill... . The bedrooms are spacious, air conditioned with courtyard and olive grove views. The restaurant uses a terrace overlooking the olive groves... And the food is the stuff of dreams ... If you want to see some of the best scenery within Andalucia from a top class base don't hesitate!

Hotel Don Miguel – 4 Nights (Location, Location, Location) Trip Advisor: 4 Stars (30 Excellent, 39 Very Good)

 

“This is a great place to stay in Ronda, right on the famous bridge and gorge. Our bed room window had a spectacular view of the bridge and down into the gorge. Room was great, clean and neat. As you enter or exit the hotel you are right on the north end of the bridge and close to all attractions, squares and scenic walks around the cliff tops. Fabulous place to stay. Woken one morning with a hot air balloon sailing past our window.”

Arcos Gardens, Arcos de la Frontera (or equivalent) – 4 Nights (Our Very Own, Private Cortijo)
Trip Advisor: 4-1/2 Stars (9 Excellent, 2 Very Good)

 

“Beautiful accommodation in quiet surroundings. We stayed here for one night during our trip to Andalusia and enjoyed the comfort of a very nice, spacious and very comfortable room. We spent some hours at the poolside and had a lovely dinner in the restaurant next to the golf course... Arcos de la Frontera is only a few minutes away by car.”

Casa Grande, Arcos de la Jerez - 1 Night (Great Way to End the Trip – Wish we could stay longer)
Trip Advisor: 5 Stars (169 Excellent, 11 Very Good) #1 of 33 Hotels in Jerez
Traveler’s Choice 2012 Winner

 

“Old Andalucian house with an inside patio and roof top terrace converted into a elegant and stylish small hotel in the heart of the city. Superb and very attentive staff Monika, the owner and Lola who see to your every need from the time you arrive to the time you leave. ... Lovely breakfast with a wide choice of quality ingredients including a hot option. Small bar, library, internet room, Wi Fi in your room with a good strength signal... Excellent hotel...”

Price

 

LET’S GO TO SPAIN

$TBD* per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement $TBD (an attempt will be made to pair you with a roommate if you want, but there is no guarantee)

 

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATES

$500 Deposit due TBD, 2017, or upon sign up after this date

$TBD Final Payment due TBD 2018, or upon sign up after this date

 

BARCELONA PRE- or POST-TRIP EXTENSION

 

  • $TBD per person, double occupancy
  • Single Supplement $TBD
  • Includes:
    • 3 Nights in Barcelona
    • Breakfast Daily
    • 4 Lunches or Dinners
    • 2-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Pass
    • Airport Transfers
    • Transportation Barcelona to Granada

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*All prices are based on a currency rate of euro 1.2 or less. If it goes above this rate, the price of the trip may go up.

 

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel 120 days prior to departure (for any reason), you will receive 100% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid nonrefundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. If a cancellation occurs between 119 and 75 days prior to departure, you will receive a 75% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. In the case of a cancellation after 75 days prior to departure, a 50% refund of monies paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister, will be allowed only if the trip is full and a replacement can be found for you. Otherwise there will be no refund.

 

How to Book

 

How To Book

 

  • Secure your spot by sending $100 Good Faith check (made out to Drifter Sister) to:

 

Drifter Sister
P.O. Box 60042
Boulder City, NV    89006


OR

 

Pay through PayPal

 

(For your convenience we offer this credit card payment option for the Deposits. For the Good Faith Deposit a fee will not be charged. However, for the Trip Deposit, we must include PayPal's 2.9% fee.)

 

Payment Type

 

  • When the Good Faith deposit is received, sign-up paperwork will be sent to you via email. Please let me know if you would prefer it to be sent via snail mail.
  • Deposit for this trip is $TBD, and is due by August 15, 2017 or upon sign-up.
  • Final payment of $TBD will be due on March 15, 2018. A separate invoice will be sent to you for this payment (adjusted for Early Bird Discount if applicable).
  • Good Faith and Initial Deposits can be made by PayPal (see above). All other payments must be by check made out to Drifter Sister.

 

 

 

Testimonials

 

2011

 

Jennifer loves the food in Spain“The lunch & dinner meals were so delicious, the lodgings were awesome, each unique and wonderful, the variety of the cities & their history, and nothing tops seeing the fabulous Mesquita/Cathedral in Cordoba. The whole two weeks was a once in a lifetime experience.” – Jennifer S.

 

 

Judi raves about Drifter Sister small group tour to Spain“This is trip #3 with Ihla!  I love how each day is planned out but also the flexibility of making changes (chemistry of the group).  Ihla does a FANTASTIC job of including everyone's requests during the trip.  I am so excited to continue my travels with IHLA!” – Judi A.