9 days in Madrid, Andalusia & Barcelona (Groups)

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Madrid

Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.

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Sevilla

Sevilla is the fourth largest city in Spain. Although its Muslim architectural influence is the most
striking, it had long been a cultural centre of great importance, proof of it are the 3 UNESCO World
Heritage Sites you can find in the city: the Alcázar, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the
Indies. One shouldn’t leave the city without visiting at least one of these precious monuments.

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Madrid


Arrival at airport in mid or late morning flight and meeting with English speaking assistant.

Transfer to restaurant in Madrid by coach with English speaking assistant.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch half day visit to Madrid with your local English speaking guide including entrance to Prado Museum.


The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. The numerous works by Francisco Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez, are some of the highlights of the collection.

Transfer to hotel and end of services.

Dinner by pax own arrangement.

  • *Note 1 : Hotel is available for check in only after 15:00

  • Driver will wait for you max 1 hour after landing time.


Overnigh at Hotel TRYP Madrid Airport Suites or similar



DAY 2

Madrid, Toledo


Breakfast at hotel

Departure for the beautiful city of Toledo, sitting majestically above the Tagus River and denoted a UNESCO heritage site in 1986, to visit its historic quarter, which still preserves its original medieval layout, including entrance to the Gothic Cathedral and the Church of Santo Tomé, home to the famous painting by El Greco, the Burial of the Count of Orgaz.

Immerse yourself in a fascinating mix of cultures in Toledo. Walk through the old town following your English local guide. Did you know that Toledo was once the capital of Spain?

Lunch in Toledo.

Return transfer to Madrid by coach and free time at leisure in the afternoon.

Dinner by pax own arrangement.

Overnigh at Hotel TRYP Madrid Airport Suites or similar



DAY 3

Madrid, Consuegra, Cordoba


Breakfast at hotel

Departure for the South of Spain, stopping at Consuegra for the chance to enjoy without guide the view of the best examples of Spanish windmills, a famous landmark since Don Quixote was published.

Arrive in Cordoba, a city known for its blend of Jewish and Moorish influences.

Lunch in local restaurant.

After lunch half day sightseeing on food of the historic center of Cordoba, once the capital of the Umayyad caliphate, including entrance to the stunning Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Known locally as Mezquita-Catedral, the Great Mosque of Cordoba is one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of Muslim art in Spain. There are more than 500 columns and overlapping arches inside that create impossible perspectives, rooms with stunning decorations and authentic artisanal filigrees.

Dinner by pax own arrangement.

Overnigh at Hotel Ayre Cordoba or similar



DAY 4

Cordoba, Sevilla


Breakfast at hotel.

Departure for the sizzling city of Sevilla, a place of grand monuments, beautiful weather and the home of the flamenco.


Although its Muslim architectural influence is the most striking, it had long been a cultural center of great importance. With your local English guide you will discover the narrow lanes of the city’s Old Quarter and enter the 14th-century Moorish Alcazar and the magnificent Cathedral (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

Lunch by pax own arrangement.

Free time at leisure in which discover even more wonders of the city.

In the evening, discover the best flamenco show in town while enjoying an Andalusian cuisine dinner.

Overnigh at Hotel Vertice Sevilla or similar



DAY 5

Sevilla, Mijas, Granada


Breakfast at hotel.

Departure for Mijas, one of the most beautiful white-washed villages of Andalusia full of wonder and typical charm that you will discover with your local English guide.

Located in the Costa del Sol but nestled on the mountains, the village’s endless number of white houses climbing the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas, contrasts with the intense green of the pines and the blue sea, offering us one of the most beautiful and recognizable images of Andalusia.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Continue your travel towards the mystical city of Granada to enjoy the rest of the afternoon free at leisure.

Dinner by pax own arrangement.

Overnight at Hotel Macia Real de la Alhabra or similar



DAY 6

Granada, Valencia


Breakfast at hotel

Led by your Local English guide, enjoy half a day sightseeing, including entrance the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens.

Standing on a hilltop and overlooking the city of Granada, the Alhambra is an exquisite palace and fortress complex built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. Inside its walls awaits a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace.

Lunch by pax own arrangement and departure for Valencia by private coach.
Dinner included at hotel.

Stay at Hotel Mas Camarena Paterna or similar



DAY 7

Valencia, Barcelona


Breakfast at hotel.

Departure by private coach to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoom, delve into the city with your Local English Guide, including entrance to the Sagrada Familia Church.

Considered Gaudi’s masterpiece and the symbol of Barcelona. Admire the architect’s mastery and enjoy the abundant symbolism of his work. Discover how nature influenced and inspired Gaudi's wonderful work and finally learn about the history and importance of his fascinating cathedral.

Dinner by pax own arrangement.

Stay at Eurohotel Diagonal Port or similar



DAY 8

Barcelona, Montserrat


Breakfast at hotel.

Leave the sea behind and head into the mountains for a visit to Montserrat. On the panorama of rocky pillars and by the hand of your Local English Guide you will find Catalonia's most renowned Benedictine Monastery, Santa Maria de Montserrat, founded in the 11th century and considered of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the country.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Return to Barcelona and afternoon free at leisure.

Dinner by pax own arrangement.

Stay at Eurohotel Diagonal Port or similar.



DAY 9

Barcelona


Breakfast at hotel.

  • Your room can be used until noon without supplement

Free at leisure until pick up time and transfer to the airport (around 3 hours before your flight departure).

Included

✔ Accommodation in hotels of category 3* Superior or 4* as per above or similar.
✔ 8 breakfasts at the hotel, 6 lunches at local restaurants and 2 dinners (hotel & flamenco show) as per itinerary.
✔ Group transportation by private coach for transfers, between cities, and to sights that are not reached on foot.
✔ Locations and entrance fee as per itinerary.
✔ Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary (other languages available upon request, but may require supplement).
✔One free place in single room for Tour Conductor (agency staff)

Not Included

✗ Airfare and any air related costs
✗ Personal use expenses such as telephone, laundry and tips
✗ Drinks at meals
✗ City tax (are to be paid by pax to the hotel upon check-in)
✗ Any meal not specified in the itinerary.
✗ Through guide for whole itinerary (can be arranged in requested language with supplement)
✗ Extras and anything not specifically mentioned in "service includes"

Note:

●Order of itinerary is subject to change due to monuments schedule (rest day, holiday, events, ticket availability, etc.) without affecting destination and included experiences.
●Due to limited ticket availability, visit to Alhambra Palace and Sagrada Familia cannot be guaranteed until definite booking is made.
●In case any monument visit included in itinerary cannot be fulfilled, it will be substituted by other monument or experience.
●This itinerary is also mainly an example, please feel free to give any suggestion or request any change that suit your needs and we will be happy to adapt and requote.
●Entrance fee for Alhambra Palace and Sagrada Familia cannot be refunded after confirmation since 100% cancellation charge applies.

Please note that this tour will be subject to any social distancing measure taking place in this country and some modifications may apply to any activity per the requested period of travel. Please consult us for more information.

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