Trip Overview

Treasures of Southern Spain

Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 39 Reviews
Small group tour to Spain

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.

Treasures of Southern Spain

8 days3 cities
Spain1 country
Small group tour to Spain
From
$3,148
Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 39 Reviews

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.

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid

first destination

The capital city and largest Spanish municipality located on the Manzanares River in the heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Madrid
Transfer
Transfer

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.

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Day 2
Madrid Old Town Tour
City tour
City 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 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.

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Day 3
Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum
City tour
City tour
Museum
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.

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Day 4
Exploring Treasures of Toledo & Train to Seville
Day tour
Day tour
Transfer
Transfer

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 breakfast, you check out from the Madrid hotel and walk to the station to set off on a beautiful train ride towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Toledo.

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

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 for your train to Seville. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Eurostars Casa de la Lirica, Madrid
4

The hotel Eurostars Casa de la Lirica boasts a central location near the main Madrid attractions like Puerta del Sol and Paseo del Prado. Guests stay at elegant rooms, featuring air-conditioning, TV and private bathrooms.

train
Madrid
Seville
2 h 40 min

Spain has a very developed railway network that spreads throughout the whole country, making trains one of the most convenient ways to travel from one part of Spain to another. Sit back, relax, enjoy your worry-free ride and the breathtaking Spanish landscapes.

Seville, Spain

Seville

second destination

Marvelous Seville is a historic treasure, homeland of tapas, and simply a joyous town. The biggest town in southern Spain is full of surprises.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Seville City Tour & Flamenco Show and Tapas
City tour
City tour
Show
Show
Tasting
Tasting

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 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.

Breakfast and snacks are included.

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Vincci la Rabida Hotel, Seville
4

The Vincci la Rabida is housed in a wonderful mansion built in the 18th century. The hotel’s stylish guest rooms offer ceramic-tiled floors, a satellite TV, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and large bathrooms with hairdryers.

train
Seville
Cordoba
40 min

Did you know that you can reach Cordoba from Seville in less than an hour? Hop on a train and enjoy the rapid journey while onboard a modern train with all the necessary amenities.

Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba

third destination

Cordoba, Spain is a city with a unique and multicultural heritage. The city was founded by the Romans due to its strategic location on the Guadalquivir River and over time it became an important port town.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Arrival to Cordoba & Exploring Cordoba Highlights
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you check out from your Seville hotel and are transferred to the train station to catch a comfortable train to Cordoba. Upon arrival, you are accompanied to your downtown hotel for check-in. You then 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 and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Day Trip to Alhambra of Granada
Day tour
Day tour

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 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 station for your train back to Cordoba. Upon arrival, you walk to the hotel, and the rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Departure from Cordoba
Transfer
Transfer

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.

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NH Collection Amistad, Cordoba
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This magnificent hotel is situated near Cordoba’s old town and is part of a beautiful 18th-century mansion. It offers stylish air-conditioned rooms, equipped with a Nespresso machine, minibar, flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at exceptional hotels in Madrid, Seville, and Cordoba;
  • 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 - Seville, Seville - Cordoba, Cordoba - Madrid/Barcelona/Seville/Malaga;
  • Regular class train tickets Cordoba - 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.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers
  • Experienced local guides
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Madrid, Seville and Cordoba
  • Visit to the Royal Palace in Madrid
  • Exploring historic Toledo
  • Flamenco show
  • Day trip to Granada

What To Know

  • The currency used in Spain is the Euro. Debit cards are more common in Europe while credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major Spanish sights on foot.
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