Private tour to Southern Spain - Firebird Tours ®

Panoramic Views of Malaga
Alhambra of Granada
Plaza de Espana in Seville
Great Mosque of Cordoba

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Trip Overview

Traverse the best sites of Southern Spain's stunning Andalucia, boasting endless natural beauty and a treasure chest of historic, architectural and cultural attractions. In 9 days, loop the fiery south, and explore the top sights of Cordoba, see incredible sights of Alhambra of Granada and Real Alcazar of Seville, enjoy a flamenco show, walk the historic streets of Malaga.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4 or 5-star best location hotels
    8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    5 train rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    Flamenco show
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Madrid & Train to Cordoba

Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to the railway station for a high-speed train ride to Cordoba (first class tickets are included). Upon arrival, you are transferred to your downtown hotel.

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.

  • Pre-tour extension available:
    We recommend extending your program to Barcelona, Lisbon or Mallorca. Contact your travel specialist for details.

No meals included.

Day 2
Exploring Cordoba Highlights

Following breakfast, you meet your private 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 with your guided tour you see the beautiful Roman Bridge, the famous 14th-century Royal Castle - Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the Great Mosque of Cordoba that is the oldest mosque in Europe.

After the tour of Cordoba, you have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Optional tour: Califal and Arabic Heritage Tour with Wine and Tapas, Cordoba
    Califal and Arabic Heritage Tour is dedicated to Arabic culture and the many ways in which it has influenced Cordoban architecture, history, and cuisine. 

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Day Trip to Alhambra of Granada

After breakfast, you walk to the railway station for your short train ride to Antequera.

Upon arrival, you meet your guide and driver at the station and enjoy a picturesque panoramic ride through the city of Antequera - the town that combines significant influence of Moorish, Roman and Spanish cultures.

Then you are transferred to Granada, the beautiful city located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and known as the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe. You discover the main treasure of Granada and Spain's most visited attraction - the Alhambra Fortress that used to be the residence of the Muslim rulers and their court. Together with your private guide you get to know this historical place and get awe-inspired by its numerous arabesques, porticos, pools and Islamic ornamental masterpieces of its hallways.

After the tour and time for lunch, your driver transfers you to the Antequera railway station for your train back to Cordoba. Upon arrival, rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Train to Seville & Flamenco Show

Today following breakfast you check out from your hotel, meet your driver and head for the station for a train to Seville. Upon arrival to Seville, you are transferred to your hotel.

In the evening prepare for one of the highlights of your trip - a visit to flamenco performance. The show venue is located within walking distance from your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Visit of the Seville Cathedral & Alcazar

After breakfast at your hotel, 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 including the symbol of the city - the Giralda Tower, and visit to the Seville Cathedral and the Real Alcazar of Seville ​- the oldest European royal residence composed of a group of buildings from different time periods (entrances included). Your tour finishes at the scenic Plaza de Espana - a dazzling palace complex dating back to the epoch of Renaissance and considered to be among the most beautiful complexes of its kind in the world.

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

  • Optional tour: Ceramics Museum Tour, Seville
    Meet your guide and explore one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seville - the Ceramics Museum, explaining the history, influences of the ceramic industry in Seville and the processes of making ceramics in Triana.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Free Day in Seville and Optional Tours

This day is free for you to enjoy and explore Seville on your own. Alternatively, you can join one of our carefully planned optional day trips to Jerez & Cadiz or Ronda & White Village.

  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Ronda and White Villages from Seville
    Travel through the ancient Andalusian kingdoms of Castille and Granada. Together with your private guide and driver see the medieval Castle of Las Aguzaderas, one of the picturesque Pueblos Blancos and visit the bullring in Ronda.
  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Jerez and Cadiz from Seville
    Enrich your trip by going to Jerez and Cadiz, which are among the oldest cities in Europe with more than 3 millennia of history. As a special experience, you visit one of the local wine cellars for a wine tasting.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Train to Malaga & Malaga City Tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your private driver who transfers you to the station for train to Malaga. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Later you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful 3-hour walking sightseeing tour of the Old Town of Malaga. During the tou, you take a walk through its cozy narrow streets enjoying the medieval city atmosphere, see the 10th-century Moorish castle and admire the beauty of the Malaga Cathedral from both inside and outside.

After the tour you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free, so you can continue exploring Malaga on your own (we suggest visiting the Picasso Museum), have some rest or buy traditional souvenirs.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Free Day in Malaga

This day is free for you to enjoy and explore Malaga on your own. Alternatively, you can go on an optional hiking trip in Caminito del Rey.

  • Optional tour: Caminito del Rey Hike, Malaga
    Spend a half-day hiking in Malga's famous Caminito del Rey - a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro in Malaga.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Departure from Malaga

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

Breakfast is included.

  • Post-tour extension available:
    We recommend extending your journey to Morocco. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Included

8 nights at centrally-located 4 or 5--star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at exceptional 4* or 5* hotels in Cordoba, Seville and Malaga;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the Great Mosque, Alcazar in Cordoba, Alhambra of Granada, Seville Cathedral, Real Alcazar of Seville and Malaga Cathedral;
  • Visit to Seville's Flamenco performance;
  • 1st class train tickets Madrid - Cordoba, Cordoba - Seville;
  • 2nd class train tickets Cordoba - Antequera, Antequera - Cordoba, Seville - Malaga;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, visas, optional tours and services, other meals not mentioned in the program and all personal expenses, gratuities.

Tour Highlights
  • Exploration of the Great Mosque of Cordoba
  • Guided tour of Alhambra de Granada
  • Flamenco show in Seville
  • Visit to the Seville Cathedral & Alcazar
  • Old Town Malaga Tour
What to Know
  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,228
Deposit $646
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$3,628
Deposit $726
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,598
Deposit $720
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$3,998
Deposit $800
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,228
Deposit $646
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$3,628
Deposit $726
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,598
Deposit $720
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$3,998
Deposit $800

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