Indulge in Spain’s majestic art, architecture and culture in an exclusive 9-day tour from Madrid! Explore culturally rich Madrid and the legacies of Andalusia’s three jewels – Granada, Cordoba and Seville! Discover the impressive UNESCO imperial city of Toledo, a treasure trove of artworks and ancient fortifications. See Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter and visit Gaudí’s incredible masterpieces!
Welcome to Madrid! After a meet and greet at the airport with your driver, you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, enjoy a morning panoramic city tour of Madrid. Discover the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the 19th century works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, pick up from your hotel and transfer to the bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente. Departure at 8:30 am and drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote’s land. A brief stop at a typical site in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of “Despeñaperros” and get into Andalusia, a region for itself that shows an enormous heritage from a splendorous past. Reach Cordoba. Impressive tour of its Mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after two hours, you will arrive in Seville. Meals: B, D
After breakfast, enjoy a morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavours of this active full of light city. Optional Flamenco tour is available. Meals: B, D
After breakfast at the hotel drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world-famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter is available. Meals: B, D
After breakfast, drive northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus River, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo – a UNESCO World Heritage City where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument. Short guided tour of this historic old town through its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Continue to Madrid. Meals: B
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the “Atocha” train station. Departure by high-speed AVE train to Barcelona. Enjoy the journey with the comfort and operating speed of this AVE train. Arrival to Barcelona “Sants” station and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Meals: B
After breakfast, enjoy a morning highlights city tour of Barcelona. The sightseeing tour will allow you to discover the history of the city while visiting some of the most important places in a comfortable and easy way. The first part of the visit consists of a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city.
Later take a bus to start with a panoramic tour around the rest of the city. We will pass through the elegant Passeig de Gràcia Street, where there are located two of the most important Gaudi’s buildings (Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “la Pedrera”), the Triumph Arc, the Olympic Village and the Olympic Port. For the next part of the visit, we will access to the Montjuic Mountain. This is an important place because was the main scenery of the Olympic Games in 1992. We will see the Olympic Stadium from the bus and later we will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views of the city riding the aerial tramway (subject to the weather conditions).
For the next part, we will go to the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) that consist of a synthesis of all the cultural variety in Spain. During the visit, you will be given some free time to enjoy the different areas inspired by different Spanish regions, where you will find craft shops restaurants and bars. End the tour at Catalunya square, and we will end up the tour. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Meals: B
Final breakfast followed by check-out and transfer to the airport. Adiós! Meals: B