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2020: Treasures of Southern Spain
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2020: Treasures of Southern Spain
Small group tour
2 travelers
8 days
3 cities
3nights
Madrid, Spain
Travel to Madrid - the multicultural capital of Spain. Discover Madrid of Hapsburgs and see its major landmarks, including Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza de la Villa. Devote a day to learn more about the Bourbon era of Madrid's history. Check out the Royal Palace, then continue to the Golden Triangle of Art and visit one of the world's greatest museums, the Prado Museum. Want to see Pablo Picasso's Guernica? Stop by the next door Reina Sofia Museum and admire the masterpiece. ...
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Bienvenido a Madrid - the glorious Spanish capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Your private driver meets you at the airport and in just about 30 minutes you arrive in your downtown hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent old town on your own, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

    Day 2: Madrid Old Town Tour
    Today prepare to enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Habsburg.

    After breakfast you meet your private guide and set off on a journey around the city. You walk towards Plaza de Oriente, admire and then enter the gorgeous Palacio Real (the Royal Palace), see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

    Next you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, pass through the always bustling St. Michel's Market and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at iconic Plaza Mayor and breathtaking
    Puerta del Sol.

    After the touring is over you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 3: Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum
    Today you explore the so-called Madrid of the Bourbons - the 19th-century historical area of the Spanish capital.

    During the tour your guide walks you through a chain of fabulous squares - Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo and Neptuno, you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building You will then see the main terminus of the capital - Atocha train station and explore the area of the Golden Triangle of Art made up of three most important art museums of Madrid - the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia.

    The highlight of the tour is the visit to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. This venue houses a unique collection of fine art displayed in the halls and rooms of this 18th-century Neo-Classical building. You see the most significant gems of the museum's collection, including the famous masterpieces of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 4: Exploring Treasures of Toledo & Train to Cordoba
    It is time to say goodbye to the glorious Spanish capital and head down towards the south of the country. But wait, we cannot leave Central Spain before visiting its historical capital - the medieval town of Toledo.

    After delicious breakfast you check out from the hotel and walk to the station to set off on a beautiful train ride towards this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Upon arrival, your local guide meets you at the train station and takes you on a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of the ancient Toledo.

    During the tour you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances included).

    After the tour you return back to Madrid by train and walk to your hotel. Then you meet your driver and head for the train station.

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    Eurostars Casa de la Lirica
    4-star hotel
    Selected
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    4 days / 3 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Hotel Eurostar Casa de la Lirica offers a truly luxurious and comforta...
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Madrid Old Town Walking Tour
    • Half Day Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum Walking Tour
    • Day Tour to Toledo by Trains
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Minivan
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29 Jul
Rail
Connection | Madrid - Cordoba
1st Class with Meal
Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Madrid, Spain
2 h
Cordoba Station
Cordoba, Spain
2nights
Cordoba, Spain
Traveling to Cordoba? Make sure to spend at least 3 days in the city of the most beautiful women in Spain. We recommend you to have a guided tour of the city's major landmarks, including La Mezquita - the world's largest mosque and Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, where Isabel and Fernando, the first monarchs of united Spain, first met Columbus. Interested in local cultural experience? Attend a Flamenco show at Centro Flamenco Fosforito, possibly the best flamenco museum in Spain....
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    Day 4: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel, but don't rush to your room, even though you might feel a bit overwhelmed with impressions from your tour today. With less tourists around, the winding white-washed streets and gorgeous tumbledown squares of this beautiful town are an ideal place to have a short evening promenade and have dinner in one of the many local cozy restaurants.

    And a little hint from us for the gourmand: eating in Cordoba is a treat - the food is fabulous and the prices are reasonable. Plus, this southern town – once the largest and most splendid city in the world – is the motherland of two delicious cornerstones of Spanish cuisine: bulls’ tail stew and salmorejo (a thicker, creamier version of gazpacho).

    Day 5: Day Trip to Alhambra of Granada
    You are right, today you join the club of those lucky ones who have visited one of Spain's... no - the world's most significant attractions - the mind-boggling Alhambra Fortress that used to be the residence of the Muslim rulers and their court. 

    After breakfast, you walk to the railway station for a 2-hour ride to Granada. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and driver at the train station and head towards the highlight of today's program - the majestic Alhambra. 

    Together with your guide you get to know this historical place and get awe-inspired by its numerous arabesques, porticos, pools, gardens and Islamic ornamental masterpieces of its hallways. 

    After the tour and time for lunch, your driver transfers you to the station for your train back to Cordoba. Upon arrival, you walk to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Day 6: Exploring Cordoba Highlights & Train to Seville
    Following breakfast and check-out, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a 3-hour guided walking tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city of Roman Spain.

    While exploring the city you see how amazingly different it looks during the day as compared to your previous evening impressions. During the tour, you see the ancient Roman Bridge, the famous 14th-century Royal Castle - Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and of course the gem of the city - the renowned Great Mosque of Cordoba. Not only is it the oldest mosque in Europe, this sacred place is the ideal reflection of Spain's unique mixture of cultures, religions and epochs. No surprise it is officially called a Mosque-Cathedral, as alongside with the most significant monument of the western Muslim world it also houses Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles in its, you won't believe it, Christian part!

    After the tour of Cordoba, you return to the hotel to pick up your luggage and have a transfer to the train station.

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    Hotel NH Amistad Cordoba
    4-star hotel
    Selected
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    NH Collection Amistad Cordoba is a converted 18th-century Moorish mans...
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Private Walking Tour
    • Day Trip to Alhambra of Granada by Trains
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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31 Jul
Rail
Connection | Cordoba - Seville
1st Class Seat
Cordoba Station
Cordoba, Spain
1 h
Seville Santa Justa
Seville, Spain
2nights
Seville, Spain
The biggest city in the South of Spain is a homeland of tapas, flamenco, and Figaro. The city of rich heritage has many interesting sights you need to see during your stay. They include Giralda Tower that opens a breathtaking view of the city, a 16th-century mansion Casa de Pilatos, and of course the gorgeous Cathedral of Seville. Spend a day wandering through magnificent gardens of Royal Alcazar Palace and truly feel the history and culture of the charming city in Southern Spain....
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    Day 6: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you are accompanied to your downtown hotel for check-in.

    Day 7: Seville City Tour & Flamenco Show and Tapas
    In the afternoon you meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and have a panoramic city tour of Seville.

    Today you get to experience authentic Andalusian spirit in one of its most important cities. Your sightseeing program features top sights starting from the symbol of the city - the Giralda Tower that used to be a minaret back in the days. You then visit the Seville Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral that is the third-largest church in the world. It was built in the 16th century to demonstrate power and wealth of the city. Next on your list is the beautiful Real Alcazar of Seville - the oldest European royal residence composed of a group of buildings from different time periods. Cathedral and Alcazar along with General Archive of the Indies are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

    As a culmination of your tour, in the evening you attend an authentic flamenco show - one of the most characteristic elements of southern Spanish culture accompanied with a traditional Spanish Tapas dinner and a drink.

    Day 8: Departure
    Today is the last day of your journey. Your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport. We hope to see you soon again!

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    Vincci La Rabida
    4-star hotel
    Selected
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Vincci la Rabida Hotel is set in an 18-century mansion in Seville's ol...
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Walking City Tour with Private Guide
    • Flamenco Show
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
    • Departure Private Transfer Minivan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at exceptional hotels in Madrid, Cordoba and Seville;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Small group touring: up to 14 travelers (group size may vary in different cities);
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Madrid - Cordoba, Cordoba - Seville;
  • Regular class train tickets Cordoba - Granada & Granada - Cordoba;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Visit to a Flamenco performance in Seville with a Tapas dinner and a drink included;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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