This in-depth exploration of Spain's wonderfully unique cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, and Granada will grant you access to quiet hidden backstreets, well preserved ancient buildings, bustling cosmopolitan boulevards and divine modern treasures. With the expert observations of local guides and abundance of sites to explore, there is something to be discovered around every corner. Your tailor made itinerary is a true adventure for the senses. Learn about the rich history, experience the culture and world-famous cuisine, and marvel at the natural beauty of a destination that is just begging to be explored!
Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival at the Madrid Airport, you will be greeted by a local representative, holding a sign with your name on it. For a smooth and comfortable start to your adventure, you will be driven directly to your hotel, where a lovely evening at your leisure awaits. (This service is on a private basis.)
With over 6.5 million inhabitants, Madrid is both Spain’s capital city and the country’s largest city. As the seat of the Spanish government and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is the political, economic and cultural center of Spain. Known for its elegant squares, stately architecture and world famous museums, this vibrant and attractive capital is sure to impress even the most discerning traveler.
This morning, you will meet with your private guide and start your day with a visit to the "Museo del Prado", or the Prado Museum. This legendary attraction specializes in European art from the 12th to the 19th century. It is considered to house one of the finest art collections in the entire world. The museum displays thousands of European paintings, sculptures and other works of art throughout a maze of spectacular halls...and that is only a fraction of their collection!
After exploring this fascinating work of art, your tour continues to the Royal Palace. This is one of the most beautiful and best preserved palaces in all of Europe and an idyllic symbol of the permanence of Madrid as the capital of the Kingdom. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be taken on a half day city tour of Segovia. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lovely scenery on the drive from Madrid. Upon arrival, you will take a leisurely stroll through the old town. Your guide will teach you about Segovia's rich history, as you experience the city's enchanting medieval atmosphere.
There are many important monuments, just begging to be explored. Some of these attractions include the Roman Aqueduct, the house of the Peaks, the monument to Juan Bravo, the House of the 15th century, the church of San Martin, the former prison, which currently houses the Public Library, the former synagogue, the Cathedral, the City Hall, the Juan Bravo theater, the church of San Miguel, and last, but definitely not least, the old quarter of the Canonries and the Alcazar. At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Madrid. (This service is on a private basis.)
After a marvelous start to your adventure in Madrid, you will check out of your hotel this morning and meet your driver. They will transfer you to the Madrid Train Station in good time to board your train to Barcelona. Upon arrival at the Barcelona Train Station, you will be met by a local representative and driven to your next hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Make yourself at home and start exploring Barcelona's enchanting maze of backstreets on your own!
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with fine boulevards, lovely squares, impressive buildings, fascinating museums, divine restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Most of the city’s characteristics are undeniably unique to Barcelona – the architecture of Antonio Gaudí, the narrow winding streets of the old quarter and the cable car that features irresistible views of the city. Another major distinction, for those who can tell the difference, is the Catalan language that is still widely spoken and written in the region. Barcelona stands out as one of the most alluring destinations in all of Europe.
Today's tour showcases the impressive masterpieces and the wonderful works of Gaudi! Your journey begins at the iconic Park Guell. This colorful garden is filled with Gaudi’s unique, architectural wonders. Although you could technically spend the rest of the day exploring Park Guell alone, your tour will continue to more of Barcelona's treasures.
Your next stop will be the famous Sagrada Familia. Although this church is incomplete, it is still considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world and has even been declared a UNESCO site. From there, it's off to tour the main historical and cultural sites of Barcelona’s Old Town. This includes the Gothic District with the Cathedral, Las Ramblas and the bustling Boqueria Market. The last stop of the day will be the beautiful Ribera District. Montcada Street features a variety of majestic middle age palaces and the Santa Maria del Mar Church. (This service is on a private basis.)
Enjoy this day as you desire. Indulge in some of the city's most divine cuisine, get lost in a good book by the beach or wander through the vibrant local market. Barcelona offers a true adventure for the senses!
Today, you will say goodbye to Barcelona and continue to your next destination. You will be transferred from your hotel, back to the Barcelona Airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Seville. Upon arrival in Seville, you will be welcomed by a local representative and driven to your new hotel in the city. (This service is on a private basis.)
Get settled and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Capital of the Andalusia region in southern Spain, Seville is one of Spain’s largest and most charming cities. As one of the most beloved spots to visit in Spain, Seville is world famous for its culture, traditions and artistic heritage. Rich in Moorish history, the center of bullfighting and Flamenco music, Seville is the heart of Andalusian culture. Welcome to a fairy tale filled with incredible history and energy!
Today, you will be taken on a guided discovery of Seville's beautiful monuments, impressive tile work and fascinating architecture. This adventure includes the daunting Cathedral, which features Columbus' burial site, majestic bougainvillea-covered walls, patios of the charming Santa Cruz neighborhood, the former Jewish quarter, where every tiny street has a story to tell, and the Triana neighborhood, which offers one of the best tapas scenes in the entire region.
Conveniently located on the Guadalquivir River, Seville served as the main port of entry for the wealth from the New World and truly became the Venice of the 17th Century. This city promises something new to be discovered around every corner. Follow in the footsteps of your guide, to explore this beauty from the perspective of a local. (This service is on a private basis.)
Of course, no experience through Spain is complete, without a scenic train ride! Trains are a great way to marvel at more of the country and enjoy a unique and relaxing mode of transportation. This morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to the Seville Train Station, where you will board a train to Cordoba. Upon arrival at the Cordoba Train Station, you will be greeted by a local representative and driven to your hotel, where you can drop off your luggage and continue your exploration. (This service is on a private basis.)
This afternoon, you will be taken on a guided walking tour of Cordoba. This experience offers the chance to truly understand how Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in peace and harmony in the most scientifically advanced European city of the Middle Ages. Your journey begins from inside the Mosque, that was converted into a Cathedral after the Reconquest in 1236. From there, you will wander through the Jewish Quarters, known for their jewelers, strolling among the whitewashed houses and red gardenias, iconic of southern Spanish architecture. Your excursion will end with a visit to Alcazar Reyes Cristianos, Castle of Cordoba. (This service is on a private basis.)
Very few places in the world can boast the reputation of having been the capital for both Roman and Moorish Spain. Once one of the greatest capitals of the world, Cordoba's small streets, squares and whitewashed courtyards, all reflect the prominent position this city once had. Christian, Islamic and Judaic cultures all lived side by side in Cordoba. This rich history can still be seen throughout the city in its monuments and architecture. Thanks to the myriad of cultures that settled here throughout history, Cordoba has so much to offer in terms of art, culture and leisure. It is a modern provincial town with wide avenues and bustling shops...a truly Andalusian city!
After checking out of your hotel in Cordoba this morning, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your next hotel in the city of Granada. (This service is on a private basis.)
Once you have settled into your room, you can spend the rest of the day as you desire.
If there is one city not to be missed in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, it is Granada. Located between two hills at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, it is one of Spain’s finest gems and truly one of Western Europe’s most important cities for Arabic history and monuments. The Alhambra, the Generalife and the Albayzin are all UNESCO World Heritage monuments and iconic places of legend. Granada was the last Spanish city to be retaken by the Catholic Monarchs, thus the entire city is synonymous with Arabic heritage. Because of its historic past, Granada has been an important cultural center for many centuries and still features a broad range of cultural events, including film, music and theater festivals.
Today, you will be taken to explore the most attractive site in the city. Built in the beautiful hills of Granada, the Alhambra was originally designed as a fortress complex, before it was later converted into a Palace. The Sultans made it their Royal Home, as its beauty was truly unrivaled.
On this tour, your guide will introduce you to all of the interesting elements of history, including the architecture, the rulers, the gruesome tales of jealousy, the fights for power and even the love stories. At the Alhambra, you will visit the Palaces, in addition to the Generalife Gardens, which you can continue to explore on your own, once the tour is over. (This service is on a private basis.)
Although your time in Spain must come to an end today, you will have made memories to last a lifetime! After checking out of your hotel in Granada, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Malaga Airport, where you will board your international flight! (This service is on a private basis.)
We hope you had an incredible time in Spain and we wish you safe and happy travels to your next destination!
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