Private 10-day tour of Southern Spain - Firebird Tours ®
Granada
Madrid
Seville
Cordoba

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Trip Overview

See the top splendor of Spain's incredible south! Begin with an exploration of the must-visit sights of Madrid, then take a day trip to neighboring medieval Toledo. From there, continue down to the 14th-century Royal Castle "Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos" in Cordoba, as well as the Alhambra of Granada. You can also enjoy Seville, with its symbolic Giralda Tower, Seville Cathedral, and the Real Alcazar of Seville as well as experience authentic Flamenco show.
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.86 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star best location hotels
    9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    7 train rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 7 sightseeing tours
    Flamenco show
  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts

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.

No meals included.

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

  • Optional tour: Madrid Tapas Tour
    Madrid Tapas walking tour gives you an exclusive opportunity to try a variety of delicious tapas, wines, and beers in Madrid's city center.
  • Optional tour: Tortilla and Vermouth Tour of Madrid
    Together with your guide, you enjoy a nice historical walk through the Malasaña quarter of Madrid. Along the way, you visit several different taverns to try a traditional drink called vermouth, made with seasoned and fortified wine.

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 the 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 the famous masterpieces of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

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

  • Optional tour: Madrid Markets Tour
    During the tour, you are taken through two of the most iconic local neighborhoods of Madrid. Stop at the main markets for local food tastings and admire some historical parts.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Exploring Treasures of 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 you check out from the hotel and walk to the station to set off on a beautiful train ride 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 Madrid by train and walk to your hotel. Then you meet your driver and head for the station to 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 5
Exploring 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.

After breakfast, you walk to the railway station for your short 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 walk to the hotel, and the rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Exploring Cordoba Highlights

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 of Cordoba, you have the rest of the day at your 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 7
Train to Seville & Flamenco Show

Today following breakfast you check out from your hotel, meet your driver and head to 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 - Flamenco performance. The show venue is located within walking distance from your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Visit to the Seville Cathedral & Alcazar

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. 

The rest of the day after the tour is at leisure.

  • 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 9
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 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.
  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Ronda and White Villages from Seville
    Travel through the ancient Andalusian kingdoms of Castille and Granada. See the medieval Castle of Las Aguzaderas, one of the picturesque Pueblos Blancos and visit the bullring in Ronda.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Departure

Today is the last day of your journey around Central and Southern 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

9 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
Accommodation at centrally-located 4-star hotels

Sample hotels:

  • Eurostars Casa de la Lirica, Madrid
  • NH Collection Amistad Cordoba, Cordoba
  • Vincci la Rabida Hotel, Seville

What's Included
  • Accommodation at exceptional 4* hotels in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels, and other meals as specified in the itinerary;
  • 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 Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Toledo Cathedral,  Synagogue, Alhambra, Great Mosque, Seville Cathedral, Real Alcazar of Seville;
  • Visit to Seville's Flamenco performance;
  • 1st class train tickets Madrid - Cordoba, Cordoba - Seville;
  • Regular class train tickets Madrid - Toledo, Toledo - Madrid;
  • 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
  • Visit to the Royal Palace in Madrid
  • Guided tour of Prado Museum
  • Day trip to Toledo
  • Exploration of Alhambra de Granada
  • Visit to the Great Mosque in Cordoba
  • Flamenco show in Seville
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: Midseason (November - February)
$3,051
Deposit $611
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (March - October)
$3,451
Deposit $691
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (November - February)
$3,691
Deposit $739
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (March - October)
$4,091
Deposit $819

*Please note: the Midseason prices do not apply for Christmas and New Year holidays and are eligible for tours booked after September 14, 2018.

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: Midseason (November - February)
$3,051
Deposit $611
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (March - October)
$3,451
Deposit $691
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (November - February)
$3,691
Deposit $739
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (March - October)
$4,091
Deposit $819

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Overall I think this was an excellent package and would recommend it to ANYONE - Iberian Capitals, June 2017

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