May 2018

Spain Andalusia Backpack

May 1 - May 14
14 Days
RM 6600
13 Pax

Price Details

Tour Date : 1/5-14/5/2018 (14 days)
Tour Fee : RM 6,600
Booking deadline : 1/2/2018
Travel style : Backpacking
Tour status : Booking Open
Group size : min 10 pax, max 13 pax


Price Details

Fee includes:

  1. Accommodation (budget guesthouses/ hostel; Gaudix stay in cave apartment with fully equipped kitchen)
  2. Transport (train, bus, public transit)
  3. Entrance tickets limited to: Flamenco show in Sevilla, Alhambra in Granada, Sagrada Familia & Park Güell in Barcelona. Other sites of interest are optional, based on individual preferences and self-buy tickets.
  4. International travel insurance (only for Malaysia-based tour members, the point of embarkation and return must be Malaysia. Overseas based members, please acquire own policy, the charges included in LevArt’s costing shall be deducted from tour fee)

Fee excludes:

  1. Flights (Multi-city flights Kuala Lumpur – Madrid & Barcelona – Kuala Lumpur estimated cost RM 3,600-RM 4,000; suggested airlines KLM. Once the tour confirmed ON, LevArt will notify tour members to buy own air tickets online)
  2. Meals
  3. Entrance fees (except listed above, the rest are selective based on personal choice)
  4. All cost incurred during free & easy sessions
  5. Optional entertainment & activities

Payment terms:

A non-refundable deposit (unless tour cancelled by LevArt) of RM 2,200 is payable to secure booking. Balance fee RM 4,400 to be collected upon booking deadline or when the tour is fully booked.

Terms & Conditions

Your travel has been booked with Levartravel Sdn Bhd (referred as LevArt herein), on the basis of the following terms and conditions:

  1. Tour: all LevArt tours are published on www.levart.com.my, please ensure you have read, understand, and agree to all details stated for the tour package you are interested in prior to booking.
  2. Tour Fee: all rates are quoted per person in Malaysia Ringgit (RM). LevArt reserves the right to alter the fee in the event of a significant spike in fuel prices, airfares, and foreign exchange rates.
  3. Tour Booking: all bookings must be registered and confirmed via LevArt official website or email to levartjourney@gmail.com, by furnishing personal details: full name (as in passport), mobile contact, and gender.
  4. Booking Fee: once confirmed tour registration, a non-refundable deposit as stated in individual itinerary’s price details is payable to secure booking. The deposit can be returned in full if LevArt cancelled the tour, for reasons such as insufficient number of participants, or unforeseen calamity (acts of god), etc.
  5. Balance Fee Payment: full payment upfront upon booking deadline or when the tour is fully booked. If registered tour member failed to make payment a month after LevArt issued balance fee collection notification, the booking will be cancelled and deposit forfeited.
  6. Tour Cancellation & No Show:
    • If a tour member wish to pull-out after full payment, LevArt may consider partial refund based on a case-to-case review. A RM200 administrative fee applied, and cost that has incurred for the tour arrangement applied.
    • If prior to departure, tour member’s visa application is rejected, may opt for tour cancellation and refund, but cost that has incurred for the tour arrangement applied.
    • If a tour member pulled out 1 month before tour departure, 100% tour fee non-refundable.
    • Cancellation must be formally informed via email to levartjourney@gmail.com, verbal cancellation unacceptable.
    • 100% charge will be applied for No Show booking.
    • After commence of travel, no refund in part or in full will be given for services included in the booking and not utilized by the tour member.
  7. Itinerary Amendment: itineraries may subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond LevArt’s control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations in accommodation arrangement, tour program, travel date, may occur when deem necessary.
  8. Travel Documents: tour member must possess a valid passport and is responsible for obtaining necessary visa prior to departure. LevArt cannot accept responsibility for your failure to ensure that you have correct travel information. We are not in any way liable if you are subsequently denied entry/deported at your destination due to your failure to follow the correct travel document procedures.
  9. Travel Insurance: LevArt tours included travel insurance to protect tour members. If a tour member has an existing policy, the insurance charges included in LevArt’s costing shall be deducted from tour fee. LevArt cannot be held responsible for any losses as a result of you being inadequately insured/ without insurance.
  10. Contents and T&C Amendment: LevArt reserves the rights to update or modify website contents and clauses in terms and conditions without prior notice, please check and keep tab of changes by browsing our website regularly.

Reminders

Reminders

  • Be mentally prepared that backpacking trip involves many uncertainties, especially concerning public transport. Sometimes when bus or train schedule is delayed or cancelled, or no seat is available, change of plan or mode of transport may occur.
  • Be prepared to wait in long queue to visit some sites of interest with heavy tourist flow. Tour fee has included entrance tickets for some not-to-be-missed sites, shall acquire tickets in advance to ensure availability and reduce waiting time. But for optional sites, be patience.
  • When visiting crowded touristic places, beware of pickpocket and scams.

Hardship Levelrate-1

  • This is a backpacking trip, requires independent spirit from tour members.
  • This trip relies heavily on public transportations, such as bus, train, metro. In this itinerary, lots of walking to tour sights of interest.

Tour Map


Tour Leader

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Kae Chong

Kae is passionate about music, photography, and travel. Composing music aside, Kae also makes a living out of filming weddings and events; whereas travel, is his on-going “career”. He once made a non-stop journey for more than half a year in Asian countries. He is infatuated with high-altitude places, making frequent trips to plateaus and mountains.

In recent years, he has developed a keen interest in cycling, he now dreams of traveling around the world on two wheels. Be it journeying on foot or on wheels, he believes places must be experienced first-hand to gain insights.

Itinerary

Sensual flamenco, bloody bullfighting, colourful fiesta, mighty castles, romantic white towns, azure blue Mediterranean, delightful tapas, enjoy all these in Andalusia! The sunny Andalusia region in southern Spain is a land of diversity, from history, culture, cuisine, to landscape, yet it also retained uniquely Andalusian traditions. The region is awe-inspiring and upbeat, a trip to Andalusia is a feast of the senses.


DAY 01 : Kuala Lumpur – Madrid (16h flight)

Assemble at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at night, fly to Spain capital Madrid via Amsterdam, arrival the following morning.


DAY 02 : Madrid

Morning arrival in Madrid, take airport shuttle bus to hotel in downtown. Later, explore downtown on foot, stroll around Puerta de Sol, Plaza Mayor, and surrounding commercial pedestrian streets. For lunch, you may visit the oldest restaurant in town, or the food market offering a variety of local specialty and snacks. In late afternoon, the famous Prado Museum offers free admission (6pm – 8pm), showcasing a collection of some 5,000 pieces of art works by European artists from 12th to 19th century.


DAY 03 : Madrid – Ronda (560km, 4h train)

Catch a morning train to Andalusia region, arrival around noon in Ronda, a picturesque small town standing on cliff top, lined with whitewash houses, surrounded by rolling hills. Ronda is claimed to be the birthplace of bullfighting, its old city retains medieval charm – cobbled streets, old houses, centuries-old stone bridges. The new city has bustling pedestrian walk lined with shops and cafes. One could also hike to the lower reaches of the cliffs, and get stunning view of ancient stone bridge.


DAY 04 : Ronda – Seville (160km)

After breakfast, take an intercity public bus (2h) to Seville, the cultural center of Andalusia region. Seville was founded by the Romans, later ruled by the Muslim Moors from North Africa for over 500 years, and came under Spanish rule in the 13th century. Afternoon visit Plaza de Espana, a grand square with semi-circular building built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exhibition, blending Renaissance and Neo-Moorish styles. In the evening, watch a flamenco dance performance.


DAY 05 : Seville

Explore the old city lined with historical monuments that blend Moorish and European elements, such as the Giralda Tower (once a minaret) and Alcazar Palace (once Moorish castle). Saunter into the picturesque old Jewish quarter Barrio Santa Cruz, cobbled alleyways lined with whitewash houses and bars with outdoor seating, where one could enjoy tapas and watch the world goes by. Sevilla has centuries-old bullfighting ring that holds the traditional game full of rituals during the bullfighting season.


DAY 06 : Seville

Morning visit one of the world’s largest wooden structures – Metropol Parasol, this post-modern art-piece stands in the historic district, a sharp contrast to surrounding old buildings. The Parasol basement showcases Roman and Moor ruins, the upper floors are shops and public area, and the top floor is panoramic terrace. Afternoon stroll around Barrio Triana, a heritage neighbourhood known as traditional potters’ quarter, in the past this was where the Gypsy community and sailors congregated.


DAY 07 : Seville – Granada – Guadix (300km)

After breakfast, catch a morning intercity bus (3h) to Granada, upon arrival, have lunch at the bus terminal. Later, connect to a short distance bus (1h) to Guadix, this sleepy hollow town is known for ancient cave homes still inhabited today, adorned with modern facilities and façade. The jagged ochre hilly terrain is punctured by white chimneys of cave dwellings. Experience living in well-equipped cave home, visit supermarket for grocery shopping, and cook up a sumptuous dinner in the cave.


DAY 08 : Guadix

Morning visit Cave Museum, which traces the history and the making of cave houses that blend in with the nature. Later, explore the cave community called Barrio Troglodyte on foot, possible to climb up to several viewing platforms, and take in panoramic view of hills covered with cave homes, nearby new town, and snow-capped mountains in a distance. The small town also has an aged old cathedral and fortress.


DAY 09 : Guadix – Granada (55km)

Take a morning bus (1h) back to Granada, check into hostel in downtown. Explore on foot two ancient neighbourhoods. One is Albacin, the old Muslim quarter, now a UNESCO world heritage site, its narrow hilly lanes lined with Moorish houses with whitewashed walls. The terrace fronting San Nicholas Church offers great panoramic view of the Alhambra castle and mountains beyond. Also visit the Gypsy quarter named Sacromonte, built along the hills, with cave dwellings converted into shops and restaurants.


DAY 10 : Granada

Morning visit the world-renowned Alhambra (means crimson castle in Arabic), an ancient complex comprising mosque, palace, fortress, and garden, built by the Moors, and listed as UNESCO World Heritage, impressive Moorish architectural details, worth 3 to 4 hours of exploring. In the afternoon, visit Cathedral de Granada and its surrounding squares and commercial streets.


DAY 11 : Granada – Barcelona (880km, 8h train)

Catch the earliest morning train to Barcelona, lunch on board train. Upon arrival, take public transit to downtown hostel. Explore the historic Gothic Quarter. Start from the central square of Placa de Catalunya, nearby there’s a drinking fountain, legend has it that one who drinks from it will revisit Barcelona. Stroll along the commercial street La Rambla, en-route explore side streets full of historic buildings, and finally arrive at the waterfront walkway for sea view and breeze.


DAY 12 : Barcelona

Early morning visit La Boqueria Food Market for breakfast. Later, soak up the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), Spanish most well-known architect of Catalan Modernism. Barcelona was his playground in creating properties full of imagination. Visit Sagrada Familia, Gaudi spent the last 12 years of his life on this project, but its construction continues till these days, scheduled to be completed by 2026 on his 100th death anniversary. Other symbolic Gaudi’s master pieces include Casa Mila and Casa Battlo. Late afternoon visit Park Güell on hill top, designed by Gaudi, from buildings to landscaping.


DAY 13 : Barcelona – Kuala Lumpur

Morning free and easy, one may take leisurely stroll around the Old District, or do some last minute souvenir shopping. After lunch, take metro to the international airport, catch a late afternoon flight back to Kuala Lumpur via Amsterdam.


DAY 14 : Kuala Lumpur

Arrival in Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon, end of tour.

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