(Cordoba, Granada, Seville)
Immerse yourself in the land of flamenco dancers, bullfighters and white hillside villages in this magical journey through Madrid and southern Spain.
From lush highland valleys to medieval towns, soaring cathedrals to cutting-edge art museums, the region offers sweeping vistas and stylish cityscapes in which to wander for hours. You’re sure to enjoy the plethora of fine restaurants, tapas joints and lively bars that offer restorative drinks and world beats. When you’ve had your fill of fun, rest and relax in luxury accommodations.
Explore the narrow and steep streets of the oldest part of Madrid, discovering the history and emblematic locations such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Sol and Plaza de la Villa. A train ride through picturesque scenery brings you to Cordoba where you’ll discover all of the wondrous treasures of art and antiquity. Continue on to Granada and visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Alhambra palace and gardens, one of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the world. Embark on a Seville walking tour with your private guide to check out the most important landmarks of the city, such as La Torre del Oro, the Triana gypsy district which gave birth to flamenco, and the Cathedral which is the second largest in all of Europe.
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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Madrid.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), 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.
The five-storey hotel is located in a historic building on Plaza de la Independencia in the centre of Madrid, 200 metres from Retiro Park and 15 kilometres from the airport. Hospes Madrid's 42 modern guestrooms are decorated in warm shades, and include Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes, satellite television, wireless Internet, and pillow menus. The hotel spa offers treatments to relax and revitalize including massages and facials, and the onsite Senzone Restaurant and Terrace Bar provides a modern setting to enjoy cocktails.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you through the narrow and steep streets of the oldest part of Madrid, discovering the history and emblematic locations such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Sol and Plaza de la Villa. (No entrance fees included).
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy your train ride from Madrid to Cordova. The train ride takes approximately two hours.
Meet your driver for a private vehicle transfer to the train station.
The best way to see the sights in Cordoba is by foot, so spend time with a local Guide who will introduce you on your private tour to see all of the highlights including the Mezquita, a unique work of its type, is the representation of Caliphal art, Alcazar of the Christian Kings with its sunken gardens and its magnificent Mossaics Hall, The Synagogue - the only one existing in Andalucia and the Jewish Quarter. (Entrance fees not included).
The entrance fee to Mesquita Mosque/Cathedral is included.
Hospes Palacio del Bailio (5*) occupies a 17th-century building built on Roman ruins, this contemporary hotel unifies the ancient and the modern in the historic centre of Cordoba, 400 metres from Tendillas Square. Influenced by characteristic Andalusian decorative traditions, the 53 guestrooms all include minibars, air conditioning, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Hospes Palacio Del Bailio’s guests can enjoy spa treatments in the courtyard, and sip aperitifs overlooking ancient ruins; the hotel also offers two pools, a restaurant, and tapas bar.
Enjoy the train ride from Cordoba to Granada. The train ride takes approximately two and a half hours. Multiple daily departures. Check your ticket for the exact time.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Take a private guided walk through the history of religion in Granada, looking at the lasting impact on the city’s fortunes made by the three “peoples of the book” – Jews, Christians and Muslims. Taking the year 1492 as the starting point, your guide will describe the city’s history before, during and after that seminal year as you visit some of the places and monuments that reflect the striking contrast of a shared cultural heritage and a bitter struggle for supremacy between the three religions and cultures. You will learn of the important role in the city’s early medieval history played by its community of Sephardic Jews, of the fate of the Moors who converted to Christianity after 1492, and the intriguing legends surrounding the figure of San Cecilio, the first bishop of Granada and its patron saint. (Tour includes entrance into a monument which will be chosen by the guide according to the itinerary, weather, timing, opening hours etc).
This modern hotel is in the centre of Granada, 50 metres from the nearest shopping centre, 200 metres from the Renaissance cathedral, and 1.5 kilometres from the famous Alhambra. The 42 guestrooms are decorated in dramatic contemporary style with striking furnishings; rooms have wireless Internet, satellite television, and minibars with complimentary bottled water. Guests can enjoy international cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, relax in the hotel’s bar, and unwind in the wellness centre with a massage, spa treatment, or a swim in the small pool.
Enjoy a private tour with a local guide 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. 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. Please note that this tour does not include transfers to or from the palace. Your guide will meet you at the Alhambra ticket office (best to take a local cab from your hotel). At the end of your tour, you can either choose to walk back down the hill to explore the city, or return by taxi (payable by you locally). If you prefer us to arrange private transfers, please let us know.
The entrance fee to Alhambra Palace is included.
Enjoy the train ride from Granada to Seville. The train ride takes approximately three hours.
Get into the local spirit this evening as you attend a Flamenco show! (Entrance included).
This traditional hotel in the historic centre of Seville is 100 metres from the nearest shops and Casa Pilatos, 300 metres from Barrio de Santa Cruz and two kilometres from the city’s cathedral. The 41 guestrooms combine contemporary style with traditional touches; rooms include air conditioning, satellite television, DVD players, and complimentary high-speed Internet connections. Guests can dine on Andalucian and Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurant, take a swim in the outdoor pool and relax in the rooftop wellness centre, with its spa treatments, fitness room, and sauna.
Embark on a Seville walking tour with your own private guide to check out the most important landmarks of the city. You will see La Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower), a Moorish-built tower dating from 1222, which formed part of the old defensive wall that protected the old city. You will also see Triana (this Gypsy district is the home of flamenco), Santa Cruz (the Old Jewish Quarter and a labyrinth of tiny alleys with white houses with traditional Moorish courtyards), Reales Alcazares (a Moorish palace-fortress which originally dates back to 913AD and has been the residence of various kings and boasts impressive gardens and fountains) and The Cathedral and Giralda, originally a 12th Century mosque, of which only the minaret (La Giralda) and the orange tree courtyard now remain. The cathedral is also Europe's second largest. If you have a particular interest in bullfighting, we can substitute some of the above for a visit to the Real Maestranza (The Maestranza Bullring). Built between 1767 and 1880 this famous bullring houses a museum dedicated to the world of bull fighting. No entrance fees included.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Depart from Granada International airport. End of itinerary.
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November 06, 2013
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November 28, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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October 22, 2013
"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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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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