(Granada, Cordoba, Seville)
Start your tour in Barcelona. Strategically located on the Mediterranean, Barcelona enjoys a temperate climate, a magnificent historical center, is the epicenter of all things gastronomic, and an architect's dream with the many art nouveau buildings scattered throughout the city. Famous for its shopping and infamous for its nightlife! Fly to Granada and the spectacular Alhambra Palace perched on a cliff top overlooking this historic ancient city. Combining centuries of architecture and three major religions, it is a fascinating city to explore. Continue by train to Cordoba to see the "Mezquita de Cordoba" a grand cathedral built inside one of the world's largest mosques. Onward by train to Seville and a downtown packed with superlatives and built with the money of the New World. The world's largest cathedral, twin mosque towers as in Marrakech, and tapas laden bars ready for exploration. Take the high speed train to Madrid, home of the Royals, the enormous city center public garden known as El Retiro, the Prado museum and the Plaza Major. Que bueno!
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona.
A porter who will be waiting for you inside the baggage claim area with your name written on our sign board will look after your luggage.
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), a SIM card with 1Gb of data, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Balmes (3*) is an economy class hotel, situated next to Paseo de Gracia, is located in the Eixample area. A location 25-kilometers from the airport makes this hotel perfect for international travelers. Guests will enjoy easy access via the metro to a myriad of historical, cultural, and tourist attractions, including the Ramblas, Born Quarter, the Olympic Village, and La Sagrada Familia Church. The Liceo Theatre, Guell Park Gothic Park, and the Picasso Museum, are only a stroll away. The hotel features 100 cozy rooms that are adorned with standard amenities, and a distinctive color scheme that uses neutral hues to promote peacefulness. The Balmes Hotel is perfect for travelers that want central city accommodation for a reasonable price.
Enjoy a 5 hours shared guided tour on a deluxe coach to admire the city's landmarks and places of interest, including a general sightseeing tour to give you an overall impression of Barcelona. Discover all the best sites in Barcelona: Gaudí’s famous buildings – Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera – the waterfront with the Columbus monument and old port, and Montjuic Hill with its panoramic views over the city and finishing with a visit of the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) where you will have free time for lunch. Entrance fees to Sagrada Familia and Poble Espanyol are included.
Enjoy your flight from Barcelona to Granada. Flight duration is approximately one hour.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Choose to add any number of cultural tours and activities such as a Culinary Tasting, a Tapas Tour, Spanish Cooking Class, Flamenco Show or Class, a Guided tour of Sacromonte, Spanish class, Ceramic Painting Class, or a Painting class in the Albaicín historical quater of the city. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these are of interest.
The hotel is situated at the very heart of Granada's historical district: Calle Navas a point of reference for all people in Granada. Their central location will allow you to visit within a short walk, the most important monuments of the city, such as the Cathedral, Royal Chapel and the Alhambra citadel, to go shopping to the traditional souk, contemplate the famous Holy Week processions or taste the magnificent “tapas” or appetizers.
Enjoy a shared tour as you visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Alhambra palace and gardens. On a rocky hill, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and amongst the eldest quarter in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with its distinctive reddish stone in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty enclosed within. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and the court of Granada in the middle of XIII century. Throughout the XIII, XIV and XV centuries the fortress became a citadel which housed two main areas: the military area (or Alcazaba) and the medina (or court city) where Charles V Palace was built after the city was taken by the Catholics. The complex of monuments has also an independent palace opposite the Alhambra; The Generalife, which is surrounded by orchards and beautiful gardens which you will also visit. (Tour includes entrance into the palace).
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy your train ride to Cordoba. The train ride takes approximately two and a half hours. Multiple departures, check your ticket for exact time.
Meet your driver for a private vehicle transfer to the train station.
Just five minutes from the major sights of Cordoba, in the heart of the Jewish quarter, the Hotel Conquistador welcomes you on the eastern side of the Mosque. The elegant guestrooms offer guests the height of comfort, and come with cable television, Internet access, and air conditioning. Conquistador boasts a bar, large gardens and wonderful interior patio; the restaurant is open to guests seven days a week serving delicious Spanish and international dishes.
Medina Azahara, Cordoba’s 10th century version of the Versailles, was a palace of indescribable luxury that took 25 years to complete. It is a palace-city built by the caliph Abd al-Rahman III. Constructed eight kilometers outside of the city in the foothills of the Sierra Morena, the Medina Azahara served as the seat of power for the entire al-Andalus. It was also the personal residence of the Caliph and his court. Includes bus ticket only, entrance to be paid locally (approx. EUR2 per person).
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Cordoba to Seville.
The Eurostars Regina (3*) is a smart and modern hotel, built around 3 traditional Andalusian-style courtyards. Here you can relax in the lovingly restored rooms of the hotel. The Eurostars Regina Hotel is located within walking distance from the historic centre of Seville, close to the Fine Arts Museum and the Cartuja Park. From here you can stroll around the charming streets of the city and discover the historical neighbourhoods of the city. This hotel is the perfect base for exploring the monumental and historical city of Seville.
Seville is the artistic, cultural and financial capital of Southern Spain. A historical masterpiece full of monuments, gardens and flamenco. Enjoy exploring the city at your own pace with your hop on hop off tour.
Enjoy your train ride from Seville to Madrid on the fast speed train. The train ride takes approximately three hours.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
The Hotel Regente (3*) is a hotel in Madrid located on Gran Vía street and only a few minutes walk from the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Madrid de los Austrias old. Featuring 154 rooms, this hotel displays traditional hispanic charm. The hotel is surrounded by theaters, cinemas, restaurants and boutiques and public transport, either by metro or city bus is close and convenient.
Enjoy half day shared tour of the city with a guide and admire the principal sights of the city on an air conditioned motor coaches. You will see the most important buildings, avenues and squares with an expert official guide who will explain about the monument sand its history. During the different historical periods the city grown from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present city: Gran Vía, Plaza de España, University, Moncloa, Habsburg old quarter, calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, the bull ring, Columbus square with a brief stop at Madrid Hard Rock Café for a free soft drink refreshment, Paseo de la Castellana and the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabeu (Tour of the stadium available), Plaza Castilla and Fountain of Cibeles. After the sightseeing tour you will visit the inside of the impressive Royal Palace, former residence of the Spanish Kings. It is beautifully furnished and decorated. You will be able to admire the official reception rooms, the museum area, the Royal Chapel, the Throne Room and the private rooms of King Carlos II and Queen Isabel II. After the tour you will return to the bus terminal.
A porter who will be waiting for you at the entrance gate of the airport will look after your luggage.
Depart Madrid (Barajas) Airport. End of itinerary.
February 19, 2014
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"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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