central and southern spain

Luxury trip

MADRID AND ANDALUSIA

9 days

This tour is designed to discover in a 9 day journey the major highlights of Central and Southern Spain: imperial Madrid, multicultural Toledo, lively Seville, serene Cordoba and the magical Granada with its Alhambra palaces.

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MADRID

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MADRID

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MADRID

  • Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • To get the most from your stay in Madrid, see our Box of Experiences in Madrid, to check our selected cultural and leisure suggestions.
  • 1st night in your Madrid hotel

DAY 2: MONUMENTAL MADRID

DAY 2: MONUMENTAL MADRID

DAY 2: MONUMENTAL MADRID

  • Private guided morning tour: Your top-expert guide will pick you up at your hotel and introduce you to the highlights of the capital of Spain: the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral and the Austria quarter, which recalls, through its monuments and elegant squares, the Golden Spanish Age when Madrid was the capital of an empire stretching from Latin America to the Philippines.
    Duration: half- day tour of approximately 3 hours will provide you with an essential overview of the rich heritage of the capital of Spain. But if you wish a more in-depth tour, we recommend an optional full day visit, with a break for lunch.
  • Private guided afternoon tour (optional). Art lovers are delighted by the richness of the collections exhibited in the Prado National Museum, one of the world’s finest collections of art, featuring inestimable works of Spanish painters like Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, in addition to European geniuses like Titian, Rubens, Raphael and many others. Duration: a half day tour of approximately 3 hours.
  • 2nd night in your Madrid hotel.

DAY 3: MULTICULTURAL TOLEDO

DAY 3: MULTICULTURAL TOLEDO

DAY 3: MULTICULTURAL TOLEDO

  • Daytrip to Toledo, by High Speed Train (25 minutes) or optional private transfer.
  • Private guided tour: our top-expert guide will introduce you to the fascinating heritage of Toledo, which shelters treasures embracing Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. You will discover the insights of the gothic Cathedral of Toledo, probably the temple that best expresses the mysticism of Catholic medieval Spain, the Judería and its Synagogue, El Transito, now home to the Sephardic Museum. The two precious Mosques, Tornerías and Bab Mardum, constitute the main symbols of the long Islamic presence in the city. Duration: 3.5 hours tour with private guide.
  • Lunch in Toledo. After the tour, the guide will recommend the different culinary choices that Toledo offers so that you may enjoy your lunch at leisure.
  • Return trip to Madrid by High Speed Train or optional private transfer.
  • 3rd night in your Madrid hotel.

DAY 4: ENCHANTING SEVILLE

DAY 4:  ENCHANTING SEVILLE

DAY 4: ENCHANTING SEVILLE

  • Trip to Seville by High Speed Train (2 h 30) and transfer to your preferred hotel.
  • Afternoon at leisure. To capture the soul of Seville without delay, we suggest a relaxing ride on a horse carriage accompanied by our expert guide, a tapas tour to savour the delicious Andalusian traditional cuisine or a stunning Flamenco show at night in what we consider the best “tablao” in town. You can check the Box of Experiences-Seville for all our selected cultural and leisure suggestions.
  • 1st night in your Seville hotel.

DAY 5: SEVILLE EXPERIENCES

DAY 5: SEVILLE EXPERIENCES

DAY 5: SEVILLE EXPERIENCES

  • Private guided tour: The walking tour constitutes an essential introduction to the multicultural identity of Seville. The Real Alcázar (Royal Palace) displays in its collection of palaces and gardens an extraordinary juxtaposition and blending of artistic traditions. The Cathedral is the largest gothic building ever constructed, and shows off the astonishing Giralda bell tower, once the minaret of the ancient Great Mosque. The adjacent Barrio de Santa Cruz, which partially housed the Jewish quarter, perpetuates an authentic art of living in its labyrinth of passageways, peaceful squares and blossoming patios. Duration. 3.5 hours.
  • Lunch. At the end of the tour your guide will recommend some of the best restaurants in Seville.
  • Afternoon at leisure… or check out our “Box of Experiences”.
  • 2nd night in your Seville hotel.

DAY 6: DAY TRIP TO CORDOBA

DAY 6: DAY TRIP TO CORDOBA

DAY 6: DAY TRIP TO CORDOBA

  • Day Trip to Cordoba by High Speed Train (only 45 minutes) or optional private transfer.
  • Private guided tour: Your expert guide will pick you up at the train station, and will introduce you to the history of a city which a thousand years ago was the magnificent capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. The main symbol of its splendor is of course the Great Mosque-Cathedral, the grandest and most beautiful ever constructed in Spain. It stands right in the centre of the city, surrounded by the Jewish Quarter, with its 14th century Synagogue, its charming traditional mansions and blossoming patios. Duration. 3.5 hours
  • Optional Old Taverns tour. Taverns in Cordoba represent the playful, lively and communicative heritage of Andalusia. These are meeting places where your guide will introduce you to this genuine cultural tradition in a cozy atmosphere.
  • Free lunch. As an alternative, you can always choose from a varied number of excellent restaurants in the city that your guide will happily recommend.
  • Transfer to your Seville hotel by High Speed Train or private chauffeured car.
  • 3rd night in your Seville hotel.

DAY 7: GRANADA EXPERIENCES

DAY 7: GRANADA EXPERIENCES

DAY 7: GRANADA EXPERIENCES

  • Transfer from Seville to Granada by train or optional private transfer to your hotel.
  • Lunch at own arrangement and afternoon at leisure. Check the optional cultural and leisure activities in our Box of Experiences.
  • Our advice: as a delectable introduction to the city and its gastronomy, we recommend our evening Tapas Tour in selected bars and bodegas in historic quarters, accompanied by your guide and connoisseur of fine food and local wines. You may also choose a tour in the Albayzin quarter with stunning views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains and end a perfect day with a private concert of Spanish guitar in a handpicked restaurant in Granada.
  • 1st night in your Granada hotel.

DAY 8: ALHAMBRA AND GENERALIFE

DAY 8: ALHAMBRA AND GENERALIFE

DAY 8: ALHAMBRA AND GENERALIFE

  • Private guided tour.Alhambra and Generalife: Pick-up at the hotel by your guide for an unforgettable visit to the Alhambra and the Generalife. The citadel built by the sultans of the Nasrid dynasty exhibits a collection of gardens and palaces which recreates an earthly paradise. The fusion of nature and architecture is perfect in the Generalife, where the sunken gardens replicate the texture of the floral ornamentation carved on the walls. Your expert guide will reveal to you the secrets beyond the beauty of this masterpiece of Islamic art and architecture. Duration. 3 hours. (NOTE: the visit time can be either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on ticket availability).
  • Morning or Afternoon at leisure. Check out our Box of Experiences in Granada.
  • 2nd night in your Granada hotel.

DAY 9: DEPARTURE

DAY 9: DEPARTURE

DAY 9: DEPARTURE

  • Transfer to Airport or train station for return flight.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION DAYS

Your trip is fully customized and private. According to your time and interests, you can chose “à la carte” complementary visits, outings and experiences in each destination.

Experiences Madrid

Experiences Seville

Experiences Marbella/Costa del Sol

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