Madrid & Southern Spain


  • 10 days

  • Spain and Portugal

tour : 6890

Overview

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If you’ve dreamed of exploring colorful Spanish cities like Madrid, Seville, and Granada, this affordable vacation in Spain is the perfect solution. Your 10-day budget-friendly tour of Spain begins in the capital city of Madrid. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and panoramic drive showing you the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and the Royal Palace. Continue to Toledo, where your local guide will introduce you to the sights, including St. Tome Church, home to El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of Count Orgaz. Travel into the heart of La Mancha, passing windmills and castles on the way to Cordoba—poised on the Guadalquivir River. In Cordoba, you’ll visit the former mosque, the Mezquita—an important work of Islamic architecture, now a Catholic cathedral. Travel through the beautiful Andalusian landscapes en route to one of Spain’s most colorful cities—Seville. Take a sightseeing tour with a Local Guide through the city known for fiery flamenco, Moorish splendor, fragrant gardens, and elegant piazzas. From Seville, you’ll travel to Ronda—a quintessential Andalusian village with white-washed houses and dramatic cityscapes spanning the El Tajo gorge. You’ll then spend two nights by the sea in beautiful Costa del Sol, with an excursion to Malaga—birthplace of Picasso and one of the oldest cities in the world. Continue your Spanish adventure to Granada. Tour the spectacular Alhambra Complex—the ornate fortress and palace built by Moorish kings (entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed).

On your way back to Madrid, you’ll travel through the rolling hills of olive and orange groves, and Cervantes’ stark landscapes of his character, Don Quixote. Visit a local wine cellar to taste excellent regional wines, and stroll through Aranjuez’ stunning gardens and monuments. This value-minded vacation in Spain is an adventure in cultural beauty and legendary history.

Highlights

MADRID
Guided city tour
TOLEDO Sightseeing with local guide including St. Tome Church
CORDOBA Visit the enchanting Mezquita
SEVILLE Guided city tour
RONDA See the famous Andalusian white-washed houses
COSTA DEL SOL
MÁLAGA Visit the city where Picasso was born
GRANADA Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*
LA MANCHA Wine cellar visit and tasting
ARANJUEZ See the Royal Palace

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2020 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MADRID

Day
2

Spain’s capital is a city of elegant boulevards and manicured parks. Masterpieces by Goya, Velazquez and other Spanish masters can be found at Madrid Prado Museum. Get a feel of the city this morning during your included guided sightseeing tour. Enjoy a panoramic drive of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, maybe revisit some of the morning’s attractions, join an optional excursion, or just relax and take in the atmosphere.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID–TOLEDO–CORDOBA

Day
3

Leave the capital and head towards Toledo. Meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour, and visit the ST. TOME CHURCH, famous for El Greco’s celebrated painting “The Burial of Count Orgaz”. Continue into the very heart of La Mancha, known for its castles and windmills, as you travel to Cordoba, built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi/ 450 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CORDOBA–SEVILLE.

Day
4

The highlight of this morning’s visit to Spain’s most Moorish city is the MEZQUITA, one of Islam’s most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. The former mosque was converted to a Catholic cathedral in 1236, following the Reconquista. Stroll through the Jewish quarter along small, white-washed houses, winding streets, and squares. Departing Cordoba, enjoy more Andalusian landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain’s most colorful cities. Perhaps tonight you’d like to join an optional flamenco performance?
Today’s Distance: 90 mi/ 145 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SEVILLE.

Day
5

The wonderful Andalusian city of Seville is the epitome of Spain with its fiery flamenco, Moorish splendor, fragrant gardens, and elegant piazzas. Admire the city’s many highlights this morning during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. The afternoon is dedicated to your independent discoveries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SEVILLE–RONDA–COSTA DEL SOL

Day
6

Today, take the scenic inland route to incomparable Ronda, the emblem of all Andalusian white-washed villages, boasting one of the most dramatic cityscapes in the world. Spanning the deep El Tajo gorge, it is known for its fascinating history, charm, and three remarkable bridges that cross the canyon. Continue to your hotel on the Costa del Sol.
Today’s Distance: 146 mi/ 235 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COSTA DEL SOL. EXCURSION TO MÁLAGA

Day
7

. Begin the day with an included excursion to the charming port city of Málaga, the southernmost large city in Europe, and birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Founded by the Phoenicians around 770 BC., it’s one of the oldest cities in the world and yet among the liveliest in Spain.
Today’s Distance: 22 mi/ 35 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COSTA DEL SOL–GRANADA

Day
8

Our Spanish journey continues to history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. On the included tour, your Local Guide will bring to life the world-famous ALAMBRA COMPLEX*. Built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, initially to be a hilltop fortress, the building was extended over the centuries and transformed into a magnificent palace featuring lavish gardens, and it still is the epitome of architectural ornate beauty.
Today’s Distance: 84 mi/ 135 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

GRANADA–ARANJUEZ–MADRID

Day
9

The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hill, as well the barren landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, unfold before your eyes. Stop at a local WINE CELLAR to discover and taste some wines from the area and enjoy the beauty of the countryside. As you approach Madrid, stop in the Castilian Plain to visit Aranjuez, declared UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape for its spectacular gardens and magnificent monuments such as the Royal Palace.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID.

Day
10

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

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