Southern Spain Small Group Tour 2018 - Firebird Tours ®

Seville
Madrid
Cordoba

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Trip Overview

Discover the treasures of Southern Spain in a small group! Enjoy the main highlights of Madrid, including the gorgeous Royal Palace and the Prado Museum. Spend a day exploring the historic capital of Spain, Toledo. Moreover, see Europe's oldest mosque in Cordoba, experience the best of Seville and an authentic Flamenco show as well as Spain's most visited site, Alhambra of Granada.
 

Early Bird Special: book 2019 departures of the Treasures of Southern Spain 8-day small group tour until July 31, 2018 at special rates.
 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.98 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star best location hotels
    standard rooms
    8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private transfers
    2 train rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    flamenco show
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts
    drinks & tapas during the show

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Madrid

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.

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

No meals included.

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 which is served in the aforementioned Cafe Varela 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.

Breakfast is included.

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 a 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 famous masterpieces by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

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

We highly recommend visiting the vibrant St. Michel's Market and sort through all information you've learned today while drinking a glass of excellent cava accompanied by fine local cheese or freshly sliced ham (the famous Spanish jamon).

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Free Day in Madrid & Optional Tour to Segovia

Today you have the day free to continue exploring Madrid on your own. So many options! Perhaps you'd like join an optional tour to the ancient Spanish town of Segovia which is the perfect getaway option for history and culture fans. As an option, explore on your own and do some shopping.

Breakfast is included.

*Note: this is day is not included in the 2019 small group tour program.

Day 5
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 in the homey Cafe Varela you check-out from the hotel and set off on a beautiful drive towards this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival, you have a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of ancient Toledo. As if traveling on a time machine you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances are included).

After the tour, you return back to the XXI century. As proof, we transfer you directly to the railway station in Madrid where you board a high-speed train that just brings you to Cordoba in 2 hours (1st class tickets are included).

Upon arrival to Cordoba 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).

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
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.

Following breakfast, your guide and driver transfer you to the railway station for your train ride to Antequera. Situated halfway to Granada this ancient Andalusian town combines the significant influence of Moorish, Roman and Spanish cultures.

You meet your guide and driver at the train station and after a short picturesque panoramic ride around the medieval streets of this cozy town head towards the highlight of today's program - the majestic Alhambra.

Together with your private 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 Antequera railway station for your train back to Cordoba.

Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Exploring Cordoba Highlights & Train to Seville

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your guide for a 3-hour guided tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city in 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, you return to the hotel to pick up your luggage and are transferred to the train station to catch a comfortable train to Seville.

Upon arrival, you are accompanied to your downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Seville City Tour & Farewell Flamenco Show and Tapas

After breakfast 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 that used to be a minaret back in the days, and visit the Seville Cathedral. You also explore the beautiful 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.

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.

Breakfast and snacks are included.

Day 9
Departure from Seville

Today is the last day of your journey around Central and Southern Spain. Your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to see you soon again! Adios y muchas gracias!

Breakfast is included.


Included

8 nights at centrally-located 4-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 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 - Antequera & Antequera - 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;
  • 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.

Tour Highlights
  • Visit to Royal Palace in Madrid
  • Guided visit to Prado Museum
  • Day trip to Toledo
  • Visit to Alhambra de Granada
  • Authentic flamenco show
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

Dates
Sep 9
Sep - 17, 2018
Sep 23
Oct - 1, 2018
Oct 14
Oct - 22, 2018
Nov 4
Nov - 12, 2018
Apr 7
Apr - 14, 2019
May 5
May - 12, 2019
Jun 23
Jun - 30, 2019
Jul 7
Jul - 14, 2019
Aug 25
Sep - 1, 2019
Sep 29
Oct - 6, 2019
Oct 27
Nov - 3, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,181
deposit
$637
$3,181
deposit
$637
$3,181
deposit
$637
$3,181
deposit
$637
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
Regular package
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
Single traveler
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
Dates
Sep 9
Sep - 17, 2018
Sep 23
Oct - 1, 2018
Oct 14
Oct - 22, 2018
Nov 4
Nov - 12, 2018
Apr 7
Apr - 14, 2019
May 5
May - 12, 2019
Jun 23
Jun - 30, 2019
Jul 7
Jul - 14, 2019
Aug 25
Sep - 1, 2019
Sep 29
Oct - 6, 2019
Oct 27
Nov - 3, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,181
deposit
$637
$3,181
deposit
$637
$3,181
deposit
$637
$3,181
deposit
$637
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
$2,898
Early Bird
deposit
$580
Regular package
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,381
deposit
$677
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
$3,098
Early Bird
deposit
$620
Single traveler
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,581
deposit
$917
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900
$4,498
Early Bird
deposit
$900

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