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Begin your exploration of central and southern Spain with an extensive tour of Madrid. Step back in time walking through historic Toledo. Admire the exquisite Alhambra Palace in Granada, sample local tapas in Seville, and marvel at the architectural wonders of Cordoba.
SMALL GROUP JOURNEY – Guaranteed departures English only tour with max. 18 participants. Scheduled departures - 7-day/6-night tour visiting Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada & Toledo. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast daily, 3 dinners, arrival & departure transfers, touring by minivan or small motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
- Price Includes
- Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
- Taxes and service charges
- Hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary by the code letters (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
- ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
- Touring by mini van or small motor coach
- Price Excludes
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
- Local city taxes
Day 1 : Madrid – Arrival
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Night supplements will be charged for early morning/late evening transfers.) The rest of the day is at leisure until you meet your tour escort and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and briefing.
Day 2 : Explore Madrid
In the morning, join your city tour. Find Madrid's medieval origins such as the Arabic Fortress at the Barrio de la Moreria. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Philip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings. See Puerto del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de la Villa. Continue to visit the Madrid of the Bourbons and learn about the complex town planning schemes of Charles III. See the Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains, Puerta de Alcala, and the interior of the Royal Palace. Finish your tour by visiting contemporary Madrid and see the Gran Via, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla, the Las Ventas Bullring, and the Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium. The remainder of the day is at leisure to continue exploring the wonders Madrid has to offer. (B)
Day 3 : Madrid – Cordoba – Seville
Depart in the morning through the La Mancha region, home of Don Quixote, to Cordoba in Andalusia. Explore Cordoba’s architectural wonders during a guided tour of the city. Visit its beautiful mosque and walk around the Jewish Quarter with its narrow streets and Andalusian patios. In the afternoon, continue to Seville. (B,D)
Day 4 : Explore Seville
After breakfast, join your guided tour of Seville. Start with a visit of the interior of the Gothic Cathedral. Next, see the Santa Cruz Quarter, a maze of small alleys and squares, Maria Luisa Park, and Plaza Espana. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, consider seeing an optional Flamenco show. (B,D)
Day 5 : Seville – Granada
After breakfast, depart Seville and drive through the heart of Andalusia through an endless number of olive trees until you reach Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Enjoy a city tour and visit the world famous Alhambra with its numerous halls and patios. Continue to the beautiful Generalife Gardens. After dinner, we recommend an optional Gipsy flamenco show in the Sacromonte quarter. (B,D)
Day 6 : Granada – Toledo – Madrid
Depart in the morning for the Imperial City of Toledo, the first capital of Spain and a World Heritage City. Toledo is a treasure trove of history where Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived in harmony for over two centuries. Enjoy a a short guided tour of the historical old town before continuing with a visit to a famous Damasquinado (gold and silver inlaying) factory. Continue to Madrid in the afternoon. (B)
Day 7 : Madrid – Return
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Madrid airport for your return flight home. (Night supplements will be charged for early morning/late evening transfers.) (B)