1st Day (Mon) MADRID – CORDOBA – SEVILLE
Departure from the bus terminal, which is located within the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente at 08:30 a.m. Between Madrid and Cordoba there are two geographic features: A large, flat plateau very well-known because of Don Quixote and his windmills - La Mancha; the largest vineyard surface in the world. The region produces the best saffron- not to forget mentioning the Manchego cheese, the spicy ‘Cornicabra’ olive oil and the outstanding Pedroñeras garlic. The second geographic feature is a range called Sierra Morena and ‘Despeñaperros’ pass that joins the aforementioned plateau of La Mancha and the charming land of Andalusia. Welcome now to the largest olive tree surface in the world. Once we get to Cordoba, the Caliphal city, we will start our walking tour by the amazing Mosque, which is even larger than St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and later on will stroll through the winding, narrow streets, and patios within the Jewish Quarter. In the evening, we will arrive at the Andalusian capital, Seville, for dinner and check-in at the hotel.
2nd Day (Tue). SEVILLE
The day starts with breakfast at the hotel. We will begin the day with a panoramic city tour that includes views of the gothic cathedral (from the outside) - the largest in the world and the magic District of Santa Cruz which is considered the city´s soul. This is then followed by a visit to the Maria Luisa Park and the amazing Plaza de España, which we are pretty sure you have seen before in Lawrence of Arabia or in Star Wars. The rest of the day you will be on your own to discover the Andalusia Muslim presence at the Royal Alcazares and the famous Seville Dockyards (both sites have appeared in the Game of Thrones). You will be able to ride around the cathedral in a horse carriage (or taste "vino de naranja" – orange wine– nearby), enjoy a Guadalquivir River cruise or have a stroll along the Guadalquivir riverbank from Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) to the Maestranza Bullring. Heading northeast you´ll find the largest wooden structure in the world: the Metropol Parasol. Dinner and accommodation at hotel. Optional: Flamenco Tour in Seville.
3rd Day (Wed). SEVILLE – GRANADA
Breakfast will be at the hotel this morning. We will cross Andalusia from the west to east part and have the chance to discover the largest olive tree surface in the world on our way to the city of Granada. It was once the former capital of the last Moorish kingdom in the Iberian Peninsula that was reconquered by Christian troops the same year that Christopher Columbus arrived in India: 1492 (at least this is what he thought before cartographers realized his mistake). Granada in-fact means ‘Pomegranate’ in English and this fruit is still represented on the city coat of arms. Once we get to the city, we will visit the overwhelming Alhambra Palace - the best remembrance of the Muslim splendour before the Christians took over it and Europe entered the early modern era. Dinner and accommodation included at the hotel. Optional: gipsy Flamenco show at one of the traditional houses in the Sacromonte Quarter.
4th Day (Thu). GRANADA – VALENCIA
After having breakfast at the hotel we will start heading northeast along the Mediterranean coast which has the most famous orange, lemon and vegetable production in Spain. We will pass by big cities such as Murcia and Alicante on our way to Valencia - the third biggest city in Spain which is famous worldwide due to its rice dish: paella. But Valencia has much more to it. To avoid the recurrent floods that were affecting the city, the Turia river was detoured and the former river path is covered nowadays by a beautiful park, houses as well a Science City (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) that is famous due to its vanguardist Architectural design by the famed Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It was a perfect stage for Disney’s movie ‘Tomorrowland’ and consists in six main elements: Agora, Hemispheric, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts, Science Museum and Umbracle. Accommodation at the hotel.
5th Day (Fri). VALENCIA – BARCELONA
Valencia has also a bunch of important monuments: the cathedral, the Lonja de la Seda (The Silk Exchange), the city hall, the central market, the Tower of Quart and Serranos Gate which was part of the wall that surrounded the city during Middle Ages. After having breakfast at the hotel we will enjoy a morning tour that covers both the old and the modern city, including the exteriors of the Science City where you will see the emblematic avant-garde exteriors of the six mentioned buildings. From here we will head northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalonia, and once there we will find Tarragona, the Roman city known as Tarraco (most of the north of the Iberian Peninsula –Spain and Portugal– was named ‘Tarraconensis’ by the Romans, so you can imagine how important this place was at that time). Our final target is Barcelona (former Roman Barcino), the second largest city in Spain and it´s most touristic destination. Accommodation at the hotel.
6th Day (Sat). BARCELONA
Breakfast will be at the hotel. The Olympics celebration in 1992 was the perfect excuse to reform some parts of the city and nowadays Barcelona is fancy with plenty of modern areas and facilities but do not forget that it is an ancient city as well. This means that you can find glowing contrasts like a Gothic Quarter with its cathedral nearby a wonderful modern beach promenade. There is no doubt about something that makes Barcelona a very special place: ‘Modernism’ and its most famous architect Antoni Gaudi. We will start by a morning tour that moves along the main avenues to enjoy Gaudi buildings (declared World Heritage by the UNESCO) such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá (La Pedrera), Casa Batlló and many more. Barcelona is facing the sea, but it is fully surrounded by mountains. The most famous is Montjuic due to its terrific panoramic views of the whole city. We will drive along the Olympic Ring, the monument of Christopher Columbus and the historical Gothic Quarter in city center. You will be on your own afterwards to discover this vibrant city without missing that Catalan gastronomy is top rated all over the world; you can check it by strolling along Las Ramblas Street and the famous La Boqueria Market. Accommodation at the hotel.
7th Day (Sun). BARCELONA – ZARAGOZA – MADRID
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel we will depart west by crossing green fields that, little by little, will turn into the Monegros desert. It could be a paradox, but the most caudalous river in Spain is nearby and we will see it in Zaragoza – the capital city of the autonomous community of Aragon (known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period). Here you will have some time to admire the impressive Baroque architecture of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar.
We continue to Madrid where the splendid journey ends. END OF SERVICES.
Andalusia, Valencia & Barcelona from Madrid - MS
This 7 day vacation package in Spain is perfect to enjoy in just 1 week some of Spain´s top highlights: Andalusia (Cordoba, Seville and Granada), and the Mediterranean coast (Valencia and Barcelona) . Departures for this trip are from Madrid
- Excellent value for money
- Perfect as a 1 week trip in Spain
- Superb guided visits to Cordoba, Seville and la Alhambra & Generalife Gardens in Granada
- Top quality coach
- High quality hotel selection and 2 different options to choose from
- Transportation by air-conditioned bus through the itinerary
- 6 nights accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotels (your choice)
- 6 breakfasts
- 3 dinners
- Guided visits in Cordoba (Mosque and jewish quarter) Seville (panoramic city tour) ,Granada (La Alhambra), Valencia (panoramic city tour) and Barcelona
- Entrance tickets to the Mosque in Cordoba and the Alhambra and Generalife gardens in Granada
- English speaking guide
- Any item not mentioned above
- Hotel pick-up in Madrid (bus departures from a centrally located location near the Royal Palace)
Transportation: Air-conditioned and modern vehicle with highly experienced driver
English speaking guide: an experienced guide will be with the group during the duration of the tour.
Travel insurance: travel insurance is included.
Hotel Accomodation: examples of the hotels normally booked are provided in “more information”. You can select between superior or superior plus type of hotels (all 4 stars). Hotels may change in which case a similar hotel to the one shown will be booked.
Luggage: the luggage allowance is limited to 1 luggage per person of no more than 30kg.
Discounts: children . You will find this information during the booking process.
1st Day (Mon) MADRID – CORDOBA – SEVILLE