TOUR STARTS FROM MADRID.
Have you have ever dreamt of visiting Spain and Andalucia, seeing the Alhambra Palace in Granada; or wandering around the labyrinth of streets in a medieval hilltop village. Savoring the delights of a long lazy lunch in an orange tree-lined plaza in Seville.
Explore the Spanish region of Andalucia. Tour beautiful and historical cities as you travel to the Mediterranean Coast with stops in Valencia, Barcelona and excellent beaches on the way.
At a glance
|SAT||Leave Madrid and travel to Cordoba via Caceres|
|SUN||Morning city tour and onwards to Seville for overnight|
|MON||Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon at leisure|
|TUE||White Village road to Ronda. Overnight in Marbella|
|WED||To Granada. Visit the Alhambra & Generalife|
|THU||Travel to the Mediterranean city Valencia|
|FRI||Morning at leisure. Afternoon travel to Barcelona|
|SAT||Barcelona morning tour. PM free to explore the city|
|SUN||Return to Madrid via Zaragoza. End of tour|
> Weekly departures from Madrid
> Professional guided tours in Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona
> Accommodation in First Class Hotels
> Breakfast daily, 1 Lunch and 3 Dinners included in your tour program
> See the Mediterranean cities of Malaga, Valencia and Barcelona
Madrid – Caceres – Cordoba (D)
- Departure from our bus Terminal at 08:00 a.m. towards the region of Extremadura.
- Arrive in Caceres.
- You have time at your leisure to explore its Plaza Mayor and to walk through the old city and its famous medieval quarter; very well preserved and considered a World Heritage Site.
- Lunch on your own.
- Continue southwards to Andalucia en route to Cordoba.
- Arrive in Cordoba and check in to your hotel.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Cordoba.
Cordoba – Sevilla (B-L)
- Breakfast at your hotel in Cordoba.
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour visiting the famous Mosque/ Cathedral and Jewish Quarter.
- Then depart for Sevilla.
- Arrive in Sevilla and check into your hotel.
- The afternoon is free for you to explore Sevilla on your own.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
- Half board (2 meals) at your hotel.
- After breakfast morning city tour; visiting the Park of Maria Luisa; Plaza de Espana and typical Barrio de Santa Cruz.
- The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore more of Sevilla.
- Overnight at your hotel in Sevilla.
- Transportation in deluxe AC vehicle with panoramic windows and maximum comfort and safety.
- Experienced multilingual and English speaking tour conductors during the tours help you with your room accommodations and assure you of a pleasant vacation.
- Local sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double room with private facilities
- Transportation of one baggage per person.
- Meal plan: as per itinerary.
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Spain Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- DEPARTURES: Saturdays all year
- Rate valid for travel between 01 APR 19 and 31 MAR 2020
Seasonal supplements applicable for travel in APR, MAY, JUL, AUG, SEP & OCT 2019
Best time to go
Spain has a perfect climate for anyone between April to May and again from September to October. During these months enjoy a mild climate and lesser crowds. Summer (June to end August) are the peak tourist months, where travelers flock to Spain to soak up the sun. Temperatures dip from November onwards and depending on where you travel, winter gear will be required.
Spain food & drink
Gastronomy in Spain is an adventure and changes from region to region. Each province claims its own unique flavor
A budget way to sample the local food is to order Menus del Dia (Menu of the day). It includes a soup or a salad followed by a main course with a side dish. Dessert ends of your meal
Sangria is Spain’s most known drink: a fruit punch made of red wine with chopped fruit mixed with honey and orange juice
Culture and Language
Life in Spain has experienced swift changes in recent years. However, hospitality, chivalry and courtesy is still the basis of every Spaniard towards visitors and a handshake is a common way of greeting a person. Lunchtime is taken between 14:00 and 15:30 and evening meals between 21:00 and 23:00. So plan your meals well. Spain has harshest anti-smoking laws in Europe.
The official language is Spanish (Castilian). English is widely spoken/understood in all major tourist destinations. Advisable is to learn some Spanish words/phrases, especially when traveling outside the main tourist areas.
Domestic Air Travel in Spain is mostly inexpensive. Spain has an extensive bus and rail network and rates are very affordable. High-speed trains run between most popular cities. Taxis are safe and easy to find in all the main cities. A surcharge will be levied is your journey starts/ends at an airport, bus Terminal or Rail station.
VAT (IVA) of 10% is included in your bill. Restaurants & Bards, an additional 5% is normal. Most people leave small change when settling their bill.
Paella: Spain’s most famous dish made of rice, seafood, green vegetables and lots of seasoning
Tapas: small bites served before dinner. A Popular Tapas dish is Patatas Bravas (Served with a spicy sauce)
Gazpacho: Cold vegetable food with a tomato base
Pollo al Ajillo: chicken sautéed or simmered in white wine or sherry served with potatoes and a salad
Churros con chocolate: deep-fried twisted pastries served with dark chocolate
During this trip, you will enjoy the most authentic part of Spain – Andalusia. You will also visit its rich heritage that dates back more than a thousand years. Places like Granada’s Alhambra palace, the white town of Ronda or the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba.
Cáceres is a city in western Spain’s Extremadura region. Founded by the ancient Romans, it retains widespread evidence of subsequent occupation by many different cultures. Its old town, Ciudad Monumental, has a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses and palaces. Encircled by 12th-century Moorish walls, it also has around 30 towers, some occupied by nesting storks.
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba. The ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. It is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba. Dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia.
The Mezquita (Spanish for “Mosque”) of Cordoba symbolizes the many religious changes Cordoba has undergone over the centuries.
The buildings on this site are as complex as the extraordinarily rich history they illustrate. Historians believe that there had first been a temple to the Roman god, Janus, on this site. The Visigoths who seized Cordoba in 572 converted the temple into a church.
When Muslims conquered Spain in 711, the church was first divided into Muslim and Christian halves.
This sharing arrangement of the site lasted until 784, when the Christian half was purchased by the Emir ‘Abd al-Rahman I, who then proceeded to demolish the original structure and build the grand mosque of Cordoba on its ground.
The Mezquita of Cordoba was built by the Umayyad ruler ʿAbd ar-Raḥmān I in 784–786 with extensions in the 9th and 10th centuries that doubled its size, ultimately making it one of the largest sacred buildings in the Islamic world.
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage and used to be a prosperous port that carried out a trade with the Americas.
The streets and squares in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively and busy. They treasure many constructions that have the World Heritage designation. Many districts are full of traditional culture, like Triana and La Macarena.
What to do in Seville
Seville is a prominent business and service center in the south of Spain. It has many hotels distributed all over the city which enables visitors to discover endless attractions. Museums and art centres, theme parks, cinemas, theatres and clubs are some of the many leisure options that a great city like Seville holds. Without forgetting, of course, the numerous terraces, inns and bars where visitors can practice one of the most deeply-rooted and tasty traditions in the city: “Going out for tapas”.
Another good excuse to come to the Sevillian capital are the festivals. The celebrations of Easter Week and Feria de Abril (the April Fair), which have been declared of National Tourist Interest, reflect the devotion and folklore of the people of Seville, always open and friendly to visitors. But Seville’s appeal does not end there, as the city is also the starting point for the many cultural routes the province offers, such as the Roman Bética Route or the Washington Irving route.