(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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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.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Madrid. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.
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.
Enjoy a private tour with your local guide that will take you through the narrow and winding streets of the Habsburg´s quarter, the oldest part of Madrid, discovering old palaces and convents hidden behind walls, the surviving signs of what Madrid once was when first became the capital in the 16th century, a period in which Spain experienced its Golden Age. Walking through its alleys and passageways, will take you back to the times of swashbuckling swordsmen and medieval rogues. Immerse in their fascinating history observing the people around the most emblematic streets and squares such as the Cuchilleros Street, Cava Baja Street, Mayor Street, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa and admiring the simplicity of its monuments which typical architectural style ranges from the late Renaissance to the early Baroque: Arco de Cuchilleros, Colegiata de San Isidro, Basilica de San Miguel and La Encarnación Monastery. You will also see newer landmarks like the Royal Theater, Mercado de San Miguel (small market that has become a gourmet mecca, home to 33 stalls selling mouth-watering products), and the Royal Palace, former residence of the Spanish Kings.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy your train ride from Madrid to Cordoba. The train ride takes approximately two hours.
Meet your driver for a private vehicle transfer to the train station.
Enjoy a nice private walking tour with your local guide and explore Cordoba, a city with an impressive cultural and monumental patrimony. Its strategic position, near the River Guadalquivir and the legacy of the different peoples who settled on its rich farming lands meant that Cordoba was always considered a privileged place. Discover the main sights in Cordoba including the unique Mosque, now a Roman Catholic cathedral, the Synagogue and walk through the flower-lined streets of the Jewish Quarter. Entrance fee to Cordoba Mosque included.
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.
Discover the historical, monumental and cultural richness of Granada through an insider private guided tour. Admire the city highlights like the famous Gothic Cathedral containing the Royal Chapel with the tomb of Ferdinand and Isabella Kings, the royal hospital, founded by the Catholic Monarchs in 1504, the Carthusian monastery, formerly a Roman cemetery, is an example of a unique Baroque style and offers great paintings and sculptures of the Granada School. Explore the city´s historic neighborhoods like Albaycin, the old Arab quarter, constructed on a medieval town plan with cobbled streets and small squares, where you will reach San Nicolas view point offering magnificent views of the Alhambra, Granada and Sierra Nevada. Next to Albaycin is located the hill of Sacromonte, another typical quarter famous for its cave dwellings, gypsy community, and flamenco tradition. Entrance fee to Granada Cathedral included.
Enjoy a private tour with a local guide as you visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Alhambra palaces 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. The Alhambra ranks among the world’s finest examples of Islamic art with carved cedar-wood, infrequent stucco work, and gorgeous mosaics. 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 is formed by the stunning Moorish palaces, including the Palace of King Charles V, a Renaissance building, inside the Nasrid fortification of the Alhambra, as well as the Alcazaba fortress and an opposite independent palace: The Generalife, which is surrounded by orchards, tranquil pools, fountains and beautiful gardens which you will also visit. Entrance fee to Alhambra 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.
Embark on a tour with your own private guide to learn about Seville, a beautiful city with one of the most largest historical centers in Europe, from both a historical perspective but also looking at life in the city today. Discover the most important landmarks of the city like Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower), a Moorish-built tower dating from 1222, which formed part of the defensive wall that protected the old city. Explore Barrio de Santa Cruz (the old Jewish Quarter and a labyrinth of tiny alleys with white houses with traditional Moorish courtyards), Reales Alcazares (the residence of various kings and boasts impressive gardens and fountains) and the Cathedral, the largest gothic cathedral of the world with its famous Giralda Tower.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.
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.
The Hotel Hospes Palacio Del Bailio is a five star boutique hotel that occupies a 16th-Century palace in the heart of the ancient city of Córdoba. Hospes Palacio del Bailio emerges an inspiring balance between the past and the present and represents equilibrium of history, art, wellbeing and rest. The Palace has been built during the 16th century and in 1982 was declared a Cultural Heritage Monument. The elegant rooms fuse past and present. Some include original wall paintings, and all have flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Rich materials such leather and velvet is used throughout the hotel. The Palacio del Bailio offers plenty of space to relax. You can unwind in the flower garden or on the sun terrace surrounded by orange trees. Alternatively, you can enjoy a range of treatments at the hotel's exclusive Bodyna Spa. Discover the Roman baths, a universe of natural elements mixed together to create peace and tranquility for both body and mind. The hotel's Restaurant, Arbequina, offers a blend of Spanish and Moorish traditions. Feel the historical and traditional atmosphere through the ruins of an ancient Roman house while enjoying the flavors of the best innovative-modern cuisine at their Arbequina Restaurant and Tapas Bar.
The Hotel Hospes Palacio de los Patos is set in a 19th-century palace, 650 meters from Granada Cathedral. The Cultural Heritage site features a garden with Arabian-style fountains. The elegant rooms at Hospes Palacio de los Patos have a contemporary design, while conserving the original décor of this historic property. The hotel’s Restaurant, Los Patos which represents the Andalucían culinary tradition serves healthy cuisine, using only fresh ingredients. There is a bar and room service available. The hotel Bodyna Spa, famous for offering a peaceful rejuvenation for both body and mind includes a sauna, Turkish bath and indoor pool. High Speed wireless, Internet access throughout the hotel.
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.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
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!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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