5 days in Granada - Seville?

Old Jan 1st, 2014, 02:16 PM
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I have enough FF miles for 2 free trips EACH for 2 adults to anywhere so why not take advantage of the opportunity?
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Old Jan 1st, 2014, 02:38 PM
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Absolutely! I just used my 240K mi on Delta for 4 tickets - 60k mi apiece - from the West Coast, but we have to go into AMS which is OK since we haven't been there in many years. After a three day look around we'll probably pick up a car and drive to Paris, spend another three days there, and then go on to La Coruna. We have three weeks for this trip. We shouldn't complain about FF programs since we've made many trips using miles starting in the 80s with TWA. Now we'll be going with AA which requires fewer miles and has more accessible trips.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2014, 02:49 AM
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USAir is merging with AA -- not sure how my FF miles are going to be applied post-merger which is why I'm using them for this trip now.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2014, 07:29 AM
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You'll probably be absorbed into AA's program, no loss of miles. Hey, some of my Delta miles for our March trip come from PanAm !! When that went out of business, Delta bought its routes and transferred its FF program into Delta's. Not bad !!
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Old Jan 2nd, 2014, 07:33 AM
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Yes I think that eventually the USAir FF program will be merged into the AA FF program -- not sure how AA calculates miles needed for trips, so I figure I'll use up as many as I can now.
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Old Jan 5th, 2014, 07:54 AM
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Both are lovely cities, but for me Seville wins. I'd go for more time in Seville than Granada and do an overnight in Cordoba.

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Old Jan 6th, 2014, 03:20 AM
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Thank you!
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 03:35 AM
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Updated potential itinerary:

Wed, March 26 - leave Philly
Thurs - arrive Madrid, train/plane to Granada
Fri - Granada
Sat - Granada
Sun - Granada
Mon - Seville
Tue - Seville
Wed - Seville
Thurs - Seville
Fri - Cordoba
Sat - Cordoba / late train to Madrid
Sun - Home to Philly


I think this is totally doable -- my new question (!!) is: can I do a day trip to Ronda from either Seville or Granada?

I don't want to rent a car, would prefer to rely on train/bus for travel between cities.

By minimizing hotel changes, I think I would get to do and see more -- instead of checking in and out of hotels every 2 days.

I will save Madrid for another trip.

Thoughts?
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 04:41 AM
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"Can I do a day trip to Ronda from either Seville or Granada?"

Absolutely not, totally unfeasible! Distances are too far, connections are slow and laborious and there is too much to see in Ronda for the limited time you would have there.
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 07:04 AM
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Really? I was hoping to be able to do at least a day trip from either Seville or Granada.

I've read some information online about day tours to Ronda, and although it is a long day (11 hours) I thought it would be worth the travel time.
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 08:19 AM
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No, there is not a lot to see in Ronda. Instead of a day trip, you could stop there between Granada and Seville. Take the train.
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 08:35 AM
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Agree w/ pgriffin - but only if you have to go by train.

The (VERY circuitous) train route to Ronda from either Seville or Grtanada is about 13 hours. By car (from either city) is about 2.5 hours.

If you are set on seeing Ronda, then here's a plan:

Get a one car rental. Rent a car as you leave Granada and drive to Ronda. Overnight in Ronda and continue to Seville the next day and drop the car off and then taxi or bus to your Seville hotel.

You can make time for this by doing Cordoba a DAY TRIP from Seville (one hour way each way by train). We did this - we left our Seville hotel at 8am, saw the Mezquita, ALL of the Old City including including a very leisurely 2 hour lunch. we also walked around the area outside the Old City. We were back in Seville well before 6 p.m.
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 08:36 AM
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...one WAY car rental...
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 09:05 AM
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Don't be absurd:- the train from Granada to Ronda takes 2:30 to 3 hours.
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 09:13 AM
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as does the train from Ronda to Seville. There's also the bus between these places for the same amount of time but undoubtedly cheaper.
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 09:32 AM
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That itinerary looks great - and pretty relaxed. You will have a great time!
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 09:43 AM
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I suppose I could leave Granada Sunday (train), spend the day/night in Ronda and leave for Seville Monday (train)?
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 09:44 AM
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That is....if a day in Ronda is worth the one overnight hotel stay?
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 12:24 PM
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I took a bus between Seville and Ronda and it was nice because it went thru the famous perched white villages - trains I think also take a round about route - buses may be quicker and cheaper.
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Old Jan 10th, 2014, 12:39 PM
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So do you suggest I spend one night in Ronda and then take a bus from Ronda to Seville?

I would lose one day/night in either Granada or Seville.
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