spain & andalusia

 

 

 

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9 days, 8 nights through the best of spain's andalusia region

 

important info

Tour dates: October 12 - October 20, 2019

Current price: $2,699

Bookings close June 12, 2019

+ TOUR OVERVIEW

Spain's Andalusia region has long been admired and given inspiration to some of the world's most famous writers, poets, artists, and world travelers. This tour kicks off in Madrid, but over an 8-day period will bring you through some of Andalusia's most incredibly charming cities filled with the perfect blend of Moorish and classic European architecture. From touring Toledo to seeing the sky-high city of Ronda, Seville, Granada and more - this is the perfect tour for the adventurous, food-loving, active individual who is keen to get a little bit off the beaten path and out of their comfort zone.

From city walking tours to flamenco shows, Spanish tapas and more, you won't want to miss out on learning all about this region's famous history and seeing the incredible charming architecture in the perfect weather without all the tourists. October truly is the best time to see and visit Spain.

Did we mention you'll be hiking through Caminito del Rey - AKA the world's most 'Dangerous canyon'? That, and you'll gear up for two nights at Mike's Gym - an Obstacle Course Race gym and hotel located near Malaga, Spain. Last but not least, you'll gain entrance and access to the Alhambra in Granada before getting back to Madrid for your flight back home.

Get excited for this! Bienvenidos a Espana!

+ WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Led and guided by multiple VRX staff
  • Pick up and drop off at the Madrid airport (MAD) at the beginning and end of the trip
  • All ground transportation and accommodations on the trip
  • All breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner
  • All gym drop-ins and travel workouts (all optional)
  • Guided tour of Madrid and Seville
  • 2-night stay at 'Mike's Marbella Gym'
  • Entrance to Alhambra in Grananda
  • Hike into Caminito del Rey
  • Canyoning in Toledo
  • Flamenco show in Madrid
  • A professional photographer, plus access to all photos after the tour at no extra cost

+ NOT INCLUDED

  • Your round trip flight to Madrid (MAD). Once you book, we will work with you on getting the best deals (If you would prefer, we can book flights for you. This will be an additional fee).
  • Some lunches and some dinners
  • Drinks on the nights out
  • Some optional tours not listed in the 'What's Included' section (zip-lining in Madrid, kayak rentals on the beach, etc.)
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Anything else not listed under the 'What's Included' section

+ WHERE YOU WILL GO

  • Madrid
  • Toledo
  • Seville
  • Ronda
  • Caminito del Rey (world's most dangerous hike)
  • Malaga
  • Granada

+ ACCOMMODATIONS

  • All accommodations are three-star hotels or above and booked as double occupancy rooms. If you are a solo traveler booking, you will be placed in a room with someone of the same gender and similar age range.
  • If you are a couple or booking as friends, you will automatically be placed in the same room together for the duration of the trip.
  • If you would like PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS please select that option during checkout and $150 extra per night will be added to your invoice. Please note, private accommodations may not be available during the entire duration of this tour.
  • If you are a group, please specify under the 'notes' section of your booking who you would like to room with who.
  • Hotel names cannot be given out until after you have signed up for this tour. All hotels are centrally located to the activities and excursions on this trip.

+ FLIGHTS

  • You will want to fly IN to Madrid (MAD) anytime on October 12, 2019
  • You will want to fly OUT of Madrid anytime on October 20, 2019

You may choose to arrive early or stay late, if you wish. Please note that you will be responsible for booking your own transportation, activities, and meals if you are arriving early or staying late. You have the option of having VRX book you a hotel room and adding the cost to your invoice for a small fee.

+ FITNESS & ACTIVITIES

Daily hikes, workouts and CrossFit box drop-ins are part of this tour and included in the price. You do NOT need to be a CrossFit athlete in order to sign-up, although daily workouts and fitness options are available for you to participate in. We welcome all ages, abilities, fitness levels and only require you to be willing to step outside your comfort zone and try new things while on this tour.

+ MORE INFO & CUSTOM TOURS

This trip requires a minimum of 10 people to sign-up in order for it to be led as a 'group tour' on behalf of VoyEdge RX. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants at least 150 days out from the tour, you will have the option of either getting a full refund, the ability to transfer to another tour at no charge or having us book this tour as a private tour for you. Meaning, you can still do this tour as a solo participant while VRX books everything for you and 'digitally' guides you through these destinations with a custom, made-for-you itinerary with a PDF and daily check-ins with our team.

Love this tour, but the dates do not work for you? Go on it anytime of year with you and your loved ones by creating a custom tour with VoyEdge RX. We plan it all out, book everything, and you go on the adventure of a lifetime. For more information, please reach out to us at: staff@voyedgerx.com

+ PRICING OPTIONS & DISCOUNTS

VoyEdge RX offers two pricing methods: Early Bird Rate and Regular Rate. Early bird rates are first come, first serve and are usually limited to the first five spots of any tour. Regular bookings are at the regular rate price of the trip. If you have a promo code, you may use it at any time. Discounts may not be combined.

Group leaders, please email us at: staff@voyedgerx.com before booking.

Group discounts are as follows

  • Group of 5-9 = 4% off per person
  • Group of 10+ = 7% off per person
  • Military, First Responders, & Veterans = 4% off your invoice
  • Repeat customer = 3% off your invoice
  • Refer a friend = $35 off your invoice per person after you sign up.

Group leaders must contact us first to receive the percentage discount

+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SIGN UP?

In order to sign up, you must put down a $300 deposit (that goes towards the overall price of your trip). From there, VoyEdge RX will send you an invoice for the remaining balance for you to make payments as you wish. All invoices must be paid off at least 90 days before the trip kicks off, otherwise a 10% fee is applied.

After you sign up, you will also enjoy monthly trip updates about the tour from our team, help with flights, and other insider travel tips from our community and fellow travelers.

Please see the bottom of this page for information on group discounts, referral rates, and other information.

Any questions? Email us at: staff@voyedgerx.com Or call to book: 617.866.9573

Please see our FAQ's and Terms & Conditions for our cancellation policy, refunds and more

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 ITINERARY

arrive in madrid

 
 

October 12, 2020 - arrive in madrid

Welcome to Madrid! You will be met at the airport, transferred to the city center to check-in to the hotel, and partake in a city walking tour with an included welcome dinner later on in the heart of Madrid. You will be shown the very best of Madrid from a local after dropping your bags and freshening up at the hotel, from the city’s central districts, universities, fashion avenues, high-end restaurants and more. After dinner, the group will check to see if there is a local soccer match, and you will have the option to attend and of course, a celebratory night out.  Bienvenido a España!

Average temp in Madrid in October = 67 F / 20 C.

Fun fact: Madrid is at an elevation of 2,132 feet and has over 3.5 million residents and two major European football teams in Real Madrid & Atlético Madrid

day trip to toledo

october 13, 2020 - toledo. the sword-making city on the hill

Welcome to day two of the tour! Today we will partake in an early morning CF box drop-in (TBD) or a travel workout before gearing up for breakfast at our hotel and heading to Madrid’s central train station for a day trip to Toledo, or, ‘The City of Swords’ where sword-making has been the pride of the city since the Roman Empire. Swords forged here have been declared to have been the best in all of Europe and supplied many men during battles from the Roman Empires through the middle ages, Renaissance and more.

In Toledo we will partake in a city walking tour and have the option to zip-line from over the Tagus River with Fly Toledo before breaking off to shop and explore the city in the afternoon. Afterwards, the group will head back to Madrid to grab our belongings at the train station and then board another quick train to Seville to check-in to our accommodations and crash for the evening.

Average temp in Toledo in October = 70 F / 21 C.

Fun fact: The Cathedral de Santa Maria de Toledo is a Gothic style church built on the grounds of a Christian church, which is actually a rare occurrence throughout the world, but due to Spain’s history, this is a frequent occurrence. The Cathedral is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

welcome to seville

october 14, 2020 - spain's most eloquently designed city

Wake up in Seville! One of Spain's most charming cities. Full of inescapable and mesmerizing architecture, you will feel more than at home. Seville is so beautiful it has often been dubbed, ‘The Venice of Spain,’ partly due to the fact there are meandering waterways in which you can enjoy a boat ride through the canals.

Wake up and explore Seville with the group as we partake on a walking tour of Seville’s most exquisite monuments and then enjoy a morning training session at a nearby box (TBD) and a leisurely afternoon exploring some of Seville's finest districts. Seville is a genuine city of flamenco, fiestas, siestas and fiery Hispanic passion. Part of the city’s charm are the lustrously painted buildings and architecture with elegant Arabian heritage and dramatic Roman history.

Seville is also home to many ‘Game of Thrones’ film locations, as well as a plethora of other famous American movies like Star Wars and many more. Did you know Tapas were also created here? That, and Christopher Columbus is buried in the Seville Cathedral. After much of your independent exploring through the afternoon the group will get together for a Flamenco show in the evening before returning to our accommodations for the evening.

Average temp in Seville in October = 74 F / 24 C

Fun fact: Seville is blessed with year round sunny weather. In fact, there is an average of only 80 days of rain every year. It also claims the mantle of the sunniest city in Europe with very hot summers, reaching highs of 35°C. In fact, the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe was in Seville in 1881 at 50°C, which is 122 F!

cliffside in ronda

october 15, 2020 - explore the mountainside city of ronda

Wake up in Seville with a morning training session at a nearby box close to the hotel (TBD) or a travel workout depending on locations and times, and then freshen up with breakfast at the hotel before checking out as a group. It’s nearly time to head to Ronda, Spain - a city built on a 120 meter (393-foot) precipice among the Sierra Nevada mountains. Ronda is known to Spaniards as being one of the most incredible places in the entire country.

Nothing is more surprising than this wild town...
— Rainer Maria Rilke - Famous Spanish Author

Ronda is an astonishingly beautiful and secluded (not to mention brawny)  town atop a Spanish plateau town cut in the middle of Andalusia. This is where modern day bullfighting was invented and Ronda to this day has the only bullring entirely made of Stone. Ronda was often visited often by Ernest Hemingway. Orson Welles' ashes are also buried here. You are going to like it here....trust us. After we stash our luggage at at our hotel, we will head out for a small walking tour and then will partake in an incredible canyoning excursion included in the PM (no experience required).

After the canyoning excursion, we will gear up and head back to the hotel and enjoy an evening and night out in Ronda.

Average temp in Ronda in October = 64 F / 18 C

Fun fact: Ronda is a city of only 35,500 residents and there are only three bridges that connect the city to the valley below. Ronda also boasts an exceptional number of restaurants that offer fantastic panoramic views of the city in all directions.

the most dangerous hike in the world

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october 16, 2020 - caminito del rey…spain's most epic hike

Wake up in Ronda with an optional morning workout and mobility session and checkout from the hotel to head to Caminito del Rey, or, 'The King's Little Pathway.' Deep inside the mountains of Andalusia, this gorge has a narrow walkway cut into it and was quite dangerous around 1999, where several deaths had been reported after some rock slippage and the rainy season caused major erosion in the area.

Construction of the walkway was started in 1901 when it became apparent that workers at the hydroelectric power plants at the nearby Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a means to cross between the falls for transportation purposes. The walkway was completed in 1905, but the inauguration did not take place until 1921 when Spanish King Alfonso XIII crossed it and the walkway’s been called The King’s Pathway since.

Part of what makes it the ‘World’s Most Dangerous Canyon’ is that some walkways have drops up to 330 feet, and over the past decade local governments have invested and restored the path to make it safe for any and all potential hikers. After the hike, head to Malaga and check into Mike's Marbella Gym. 

Average temp in Caminito del Rey in October = 75 F / 24 C

Fun fact: The walkway is one meter (3 feet and 3 inches) in width, and rises over 100 meters (350 feet) above the river below. A safety-wire runs the length of the path, despite the sheer drop-offs into the canyon hundreds of feet below, but this has turned El Caminito del Rey into an extreme vacations attraction and crossing the whole path has become an adventure sport for tourists. The walkway is over 3 kilometers long.

mike's gym marbella & explore malaga

 

 

 

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october 17, 2020 - get your fitness on at mike's gym

Welcome to Mike's Gym Marbella! One of the coolest places in all of Europe to stay at, workout and train. This places was built for OCR racers, CrossFit athletes, boxers and more. Enjoy a morning training session and run the Assault Course if you want (extra cost for the Assault Course).

Or, just hang out at the pool or hot tubs. Afterwards, head into Malaga (about a 45-minute drive) to explore the city, hangout at the beach, or go shopping. Malaga is an incredible city located just 80 miles from the continent of Africa and is the southernmost city in all of Europe. Malaga possesses one of the busiest seaports in all of Europe, and has been in operation since 600 BC when it was ruled by the ancient empire of Carthage!

Malaga has one of the most diverse sets of architecture in all of Europe, spanning various buildings and influences from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras covering more than 3,000 years! Malaga is also home to Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas.

After exploring Malaga, Costa del Sol, and this incredible city of half a million residents in the late afternoon, the group will return to Mike's Gym in the pm.

Average temp. in Malaga in October = 76 F / 24 C

Fun fact: Malaga has some incredible beaches known as Costa del Sol and La Malagueta and the local cuisine is Espetos or ‘Grilled Sardine’ on a stick. Beyond that, Malaga has a slew of famous museums, castles and churches to explore throughout the city.

kayak in malaga & depart for granada

 

 

 

 

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october 18, 2020 - get outside and get unplugged in malaga

Wake up in Malaga at Mike's Gym with an included breakfast and optional morning workout before checking out from Mike’s and heading into Malaga for some free time to kayak, bike, paddle board or ATV just north of the city! As a group, we will head to Playas del Palo, a riviera just north of Malaga where you can head out on the water for some downtime (ATV rental not included). There are a plethora of restaurants along the boulevard and we will have 2-3 hours to explore and decompress from a very few active days!

In the early afternoon, we will depart Malaga to Granada for a walking tour and check-in to local accommodations. Enjoy a night out in the city in Granada after arriving.

Average temp. in Granada in October = 75 F / 24 C.

Fun fact: Every 4th of July, the independence of the United States is celebrated at Plaza del Obispo in Malaga. Spain supported US Independence from the beginning through the military figure of Bernardo de Gálvez, who fought against the English, in Pensacola. For being considered a hero, a city with his name was founded in his honor, Galveston, in the State of Texas.

visit the alhambra

 

 

 

october 19, 2020 - the old moorish castle of the alhambra

Say hello to Granada, Spain! One of the busiest cities in all of Spain when it comes to tourists, with over 2.5 million people visiting this incredible city each and every year. As a group, we will wake up from our accommodations to get a morning workout in at a nearby CF box (TBD) or a travel workout and mobility session in the early morning.

Gear up with an included breakfast at our hotel before departing to the Alhambra. Constructed in 889 AD, this originally was a Roman outpost that changed hands from the Moorish, to the Persians, to Spanish Royalty, and is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage site. Your entrance to the Alhambra is included with VoyEdge RX. The Alhambra is a key tourist attraction in the city of 300,000 people and was the last stronghold of a Muslim Spain, which ended in the year 1492. Granada itself was a Muslim Kingdom for 800 years, which was the longest Muslim rule in all of Spain! You will enjoy a guided tour (included) of the Alhambra while learning about this incredible historic site.

Not only is the Alhambra completely astonishing (and home to many Game of Thrones film locations) but there are multiple hidden gardens throughout the city, all of which can be seen from the Alhambra. After exploring the Alhambra and the rest of Granada as a group, we will head to the central train station and take the train back to Madrid for our final night together in Spain! We will celebrate our last night in Spain with a Flamenco show in Madrid!

Average temp. in Granada in October = 76 F / 24 C

Fun fact: Granada has over 250 days of sunshine each year and is illuminated by the beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Granada is also home to over 10 different Arab bath houses which are still open to the citizens and select members of the public in Granada.

depart home from madrid

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october 20, 2020 - say adios to españa

Wake up in Spain for the last day of our tour! Get a morning workout in (TBD) and breakfast before setting off to explore the last bit of Madrid before heading to the airport for your flight home, or onto your next destination.

Book your flight home for any time today. Transportation to the airport is included, just don’t forget to say goodbye to your newfound friends and reminisce about the trip! Post lots of pictures, stay in touch and join our alumni Travel & Fitness group here.

Average temp. in Madrid in October = 67 F / 20 C

Fun fact: Madrid was founded in the year 860 AD and has been a hot-spot for global education and university studies since the 13th-century!