Trip Overview

Treasures of Southern Spain

Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 41 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 41 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
Treasures of Toledo & Train to Cordoba
Day tour
Day tour
Transfer
Transfer

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 Cordoba. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel, but don't rush to your room, even though you might feel a bit overwhelmed after such an exciting day.

With fewer tourists around than during the day, the winding white-washed streets and the gorgeous tumbledown squares of this beautiful town are a perfect place to enjoy a short evening promenade or have dinner in one of the local restaurants.

And a little hint from us for the gourmands: 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 the two delicious cornerstones of Spanish cuisine: bulls’ tail stew and salmorejo (a thicker, creamier version of gazpacho).

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
Cordoba
1 hr 40 min

A train ride is among the best ways to see what Spain has to offer. Check-in procedures are fast and easy, rides are comfortable, and our trusted driver will take you to the station on time and meet you when you arrive.

Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba

second 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.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
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 6
Highlights of Cordoba & Train to Seville
City tour
City tour
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast and the check-out, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a 3-hour guided walking tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that once was the largest city of Roman Spain.

Exploring the city, you will be amazed by how different it looks in the daylight, compared to what you have seen the evening before. During the tour, you stop by 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 it is the oldest mosque in Europe, but this sacred place is also the ideal reflection of Spain's unique mixture of cultures, religions, and epochs. No surprise that it's officially called the Mosque-Cathedral as its architecture is a wonderful mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. 

After the tour of Cordoba, you return to the hotel to pick up your luggage and have a transfer to the train station to catch your train to Seville. Upon arrival, your driver takes you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in and you have the rest of the evening at leisure.

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.

train
Cordoba
Seville
50 min

The Spanish railway system connects all the major cities of the country. All trains are fast, safe and provide you with everything you need for a comfortable ride. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes passing by outside the train window.

Seville, Spain

Seville

third 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.

2 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
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 the 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 by a traditional Spanish Tapas dinner and a drink.

Breakfast, snacks, and a drink are included.

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Day 8
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

Today is the last day of your Spanish journey. Your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope to see you again soon!

Breakfast is included.

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Vincci la Rabida Hotel, Seville
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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.

What's Included

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 - Granada & Granada - Cordoba;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Flamenco performance in Seville with Tapas dinner and a drink included;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

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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