FIREBIRD SPECIAL:  Enjoy a complimentary day in Madrid with a special experience tour & hotel included. Limited time and space offer

Discover the treasures of Southern Spain in small group! Our 2018 departures include visits to main Madrid highlights, mind-blogging trips to El Escorial - the vast building complex and historical residence of the King of Spain, and historic Toledo. Moreover, see Europe's oldest mosque in Cordoba, experience the best of Seville and an authentic Flamenco show as well as the top sights of Granada.

City:
Madrid, El Escorial, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada
Duration:
9 days
Type:
Small group tour
From:
$2,981
Next date:
Mar 25, 2018 - Apr 02, 2018 View all dates

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Madrid

Welcome to the capital of Spain and one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Madrid! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

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Day 2
Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital.

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Day 3
Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum

Following breakfast your guide meets you and takes you on a walking tour to discover Madrid of the Bourbons - the historical area around the Prado Museum. Visit to Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum.

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Day 4
Firebird Special: El Escorial

This day is dedicated to the exploration of the historical residence of the King of Spain, located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Upon arrival you have a tour of the city and the stunning Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

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Day 5
Toledo & Train to Cordoba

In the morning you check-out from the hotel and your private driver picks you up to take you to Toledo - the historical capital of Spain. After the tour you take a 2-hour high-speed train ride to Cordoba.

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Day 6
Exploring Cordoba Highlights

Following breakfast you enjoy a 3-hour guided tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city of Roman Spain. You see the beautiful Roman Bridge and the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

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Day 7
Train to Seville & City Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and catch a comfortable train to Seville. After a short break, you meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and have a panoramic city tour of Seville. In the evening you attend an authentic flamenco show.

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Day 8
Day Trip to Alhambra of Granada

Following breakfast you are picked-up from the hotel by your private driver who takes you to Granada to visit one of Spain's most visited attractions - the Alhambra Fortress.

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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!

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Price

$2,981
Deposit $597
Regular package
$4,181
Deposit $837
Single traveler

What's included

  • Accommodation at exceptional hotels in Madrid, Cordoba and Seville;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Madrid - Cordoba & Cordoba - Seville;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Visit to a Flamenco performance in Seville;
  • 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Madrid

Welcome to the capital of Spain and one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Madrid! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to 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.

No meals included.

Day 2: Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and 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 Hapsburgh.

During the tour you take a walk around Plaza de Oriente, enter the gorgeous Royal Palace called Palacio Real, 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, stop by 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

Following breakfast your guide meets you and takes you on a walking tour to discover Madrid of the Bourbons - the historical area around the Prado Museum.

During the tour you pass the Parque del Retiro, Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles, and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo and Neptuno. Next you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building, see the 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-Bornemitza 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 Spanish 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 the famous masterpieces of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

After the tour rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4: Firebird Special: El Escorial

This day is dedicated to the exploration of the historical residence of the King of Spain, located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Following breakfast you are picked up from the hotel by your private guide and driver and go directly to El Escorial.

Upon arrival you have a tour of the city and the stunning Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Its construction began in 1563 and ended in 1584 by the order of King Philip II. The vast building complex functions as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university and hospital.

After the tour you are transferred back to Madrid. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5: Toledo & Train to Cordoba

In the morning you check-out from the hotel and your private driver picks you up to take you to Toledo - the historical capital of Spain.

Upon arrival you have a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of ancient Toledo. 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 Sinagogue (entrances included).

After the tour you return back to Madrid and have a transfer directly to the railway station for a 2-hour high-speed train ride to Cordoba (first class tickets are included).

Upon arrival you are transferred to your downtown hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6: Exploring Cordoba Highlights

Following breakfast you enjoy a 3-hour guided tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city of Roman Spain.

While exploring the city with your guide 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 you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7: Train to Seville & City Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and catch a comfortable train to Seville. Upon arrival you are accompanied to your downtown hotel for check in.

After a short break, 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.

As a highlight of the day in the evening you attend an authentic Flamenco show - one of the most characteristic elements of Spanish culture.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8: Day Trip to Alhambra of Granada

Following breakfast you are picked-up from the hotel by your private driver who takes you to Granada to visit one of Spain's most visited attractions - 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 you are transferred back to your hotel in Seville.

Breakfast is 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!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation at exceptional hotels in Madrid, Cordoba and Seville;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Madrid - Cordoba & Cordoba - Seville;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Visit to a Flamenco performance in Seville;
  • 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.

Cibeles Palace and Fountain, Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

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

El Oso y El Madroño, Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain

Puerta del Sol is a bustling square located in the very heart of the capital of Spain. Many historic sights and popular landmarks on the renowned square have made it to our days and are major Madrid tourist attractions.

Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

The Buen Retiro Park meaning the "Park of the Pleasant Retreat" is one of the biggest parks in Madrid and is among its main attractions

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Prado Museum, considered one the greatest museums of art on the globe, is Spain's main national art museum and the proud owner of the best single collection of Spanish art on the planet. 

Toledo, Spain

Toledo, Spain

Toledo is a small fortificated town and one of the most important centers of European medieval history. There is probably no other town so well conserved in its historical style.

Great Mosque and Puente Romano, Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba is a city with unique and multicultural heritage, it was also one of the most important European capitals in 11th century.

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

Seville - world’s historic treasure, homeland of tapas and simply a joyous town: apart from important monuments it is the city of Carmen, pure Flamenco and Figaro!

Real Alcazar of Seville, Spain

Real Alcazar of Seville, Spain

The Real Alcazar is a fortified Moorish palace located in Seville built on the order of the first Caliph of Andalucia in 913 and is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.

Flamenco Show, Spain

Flamenco Show, Spain

Traditionally Seville is considered as the city of "Pure Flamenco", yet numerous dance collectives all around the country stage incredible Flamenco dance shows in practically every city of Spain.

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada boasts the incredible Alhambra fortress.

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Mar 25, 2018 - Apr 02, 2018
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May 06, 2018 - May 14, 2018
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$4,181
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$4,181