TOUR STARTS FROM MADRID
Discover the rich cultural tapestry of the Andalusian region of Spain in 4 days. Tour includes visits to Cordoba, Seville and Granada. Travel from Madrid and arrive amid the Moorish magnificence of Cordoba for a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed city and its impressive monuments.
Spend two nights in the regional capital, Seville, reputed to be the birthplace of feisty Spanish flamenco dancing, and then delve into the intriguing historical heritage of Granada as you tour the majestic palace complex of Alhambra. Conclude your enriching excursion with a stroll around the medieval walled city of Toledo.
At a glance
|Mon||Early departure from Madrid to Cordoba. City tour. Onwards to Seville|
|Tue||Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon is free|
|Wed||Seville to Granada - Alhambra & Generalife|
|Thu||Travel to Toledo (City tour). Arrive in Madrid|
> Comfortable travel in AC Coaches
> Visit the most important sites in Cordoba
> See Seville's historical building and Palaces
> Admire the Alhambra and Nazari Palaces
Granada - Toledo - Madrid (B)
- Breakfast at your hotel in Granada.
- Travel towards the Imperial City of Toledo; full of history and monuments.
- Lunch and a city sightseeing tour through the narrow streets and alleys of Toledo.
- We continue back to Madrid
- Arrive in Madrid and end of the services.
- Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Spain experience. We value your your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.
- Transportation in deluxe AC vehicle with panoramic windows and maximum comfort and safety.
- Experienced multilingual and English-speaking tour conductors during the tour helping you with your accommodations and assuring you of a pleasant vacation.
- Sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double room sharing
- 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: Mondays 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 travellers 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 flavour
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.
Although debit and credit cards are generally accepted throughout Spain, it’s always best to have some spare euros with you for emergencies. Cashpoint (ATM) machines take Visa, MasterCard, but a fee of between 1.5 and 2% is charged on every withdrawal. Cash can be exchanged at various places in the city, such as banks or bureaux de change (called “Cambio”). The latter operate longer opening hours, but their rates are not as good. And in shops, you can always pay with your Visa, MasterCard or American Express (Amex) card (the most widely accepted ones).
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
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It's famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giraldo.
Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.
Toledo is an ancient city set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The capital of the region, it’s known for the medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments in its walled old city. It was also the former home of Mannerist painter El Greco. The Moorish Bisagra Gate and the Sol Gate, in Mudéjar style, open into the old quarter, where the Plaza de Zocodover is a lively meeting place.