Tour Madrid, Andalusia and Barcelona
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The following itinerary – Tour Rome, Florence and Venice by train – is an example of a possible route with various activities. It can reorganized to fit your interests, budget and schedule. It can also be combined with any of the other programs on our website.
Day 1 – Arrival in Madrid
Our trip starts in Madrid. Just landed in Madrid airport and collected your luggages You will take a private airport transfer to your central hotel. You have some free time for a first approach to the capital: the fervent and lively, cheerful and welcoming, lively “close to heaven”; with its 629 meters above sea level.
Before dinner and in the evening you can take an optional night panoramic bus tour that touches Viale del Prado, the Post, the Bank of Spain, the fountain of Cibeles and museums, continues through the windows and nightlife of Gran Vía and reach Plaza de Espana and the Egyptian Temple of Debod, and concludes with a short walk.
Madrid – 1° Overnight
Day 2 – Madrid
After breakfast in your hotel, explore the city on your own (at leasure).
We suggest you to do a panoramic tour of the capital: Viale del Prado and the Cibeles and Neptune fountains, the exterior of the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia, Atocha liberty station, the exterior of the Buen Retiro Park and the Puerta de Alcalá.
Continue through the most elegant part of the city, where you will find the Plaza de Toros, Viale della Castellana, Plaza Colón and Plaza de Oriente, one of the most beautiful squares in the capital, where admire the exterior of the Royal Palace and the Opera.
After lunch take an optional guided tour of the Palacio Real from the imposing halls triumph of the Baroque and the Rococo, and the Museo del Prado, a prestigious art gallery which exhibits over 2,300 paintings mainly Flemish and Italian. In the evening you have dinner in freedom or join the optional dinner of tapas and sangria.
Madrid – 2° Overnight
Day 3 – Madrid – Toledo
Entire day is free to tour Toledo, UNESCO World Heritage city, and the surrounding area. We suggest a guided visit to the Cathedral with its beautiful Gothic-Mudejar Capilla Mayor, the church of Santo Tomé with one of the most famous paintings of El Greek, “El Burial of the Conde de Orgaz” (The burial of Count Orgaz, year 1586), and the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca by the unmistakable arches in Mudejar style.
Walk through the maze of streets of this open-air museum where Christians, Jews and Arabs lived peacefully for centuries, and eat a free lunch. Return to Madrid, and after dinner you watch the show optional flamenco, famous Spanish dance, a combination of singing, dancing, music, sensuality, symbol of strength and pride of a people.
Madrid – 3° Overnight
Day 4 – Madrid – Malaga – by plane
Today you can either choose to rent a car or take a flight to Malaga. By car drive south to Andalusia through the famous wine region of La Mancha, endless expanse of vineyards and produces great red wines of great quality, stopping for lunch along the way.
Once arrived to Malaga you have the rest of the day to relax in your hotel. Evening free to do some last-minute shopping or sample the fine cuisine and nightlife of Malaga.
Malaga – 4° Overnight
Day 5 – Malaga
This morning enjoy a free tour to know Malaga : the impressive Alcazaba which dominates the historical center , the Cathedral with bell tower unfinished and a panoramic stop at the Parador de Gibralfaro. Visit Mijas, a picturesque village with whitewashed houses perched on the side of a mountain that is the backdrop to the Costa del Sol. It’s easy to appreciate this little “pueblo blanco” with its winding lanes, squares and the outside of the nice Plaza de Toros in the atmosphere quiet and peaceful.
Malaga – 5° Overnight
Day 6 – Malaga – Seville by car
After breakfast in your hotel you drive for the Andalusian capital through broad and fertile plains, and lunar desert landscapes , vast expanses of olive groves , wheat fields , pastures of bulls and canyons where they hid the bandoleers. tour andalusia
Once in Seville dinner in freedom. You can join the optional panorama along the Guadalquivir aboard a boat , followed by a dinner in a typical tablao with flamenco.
Seville – 6° Overnight
Day 7 – Seville
Spend the morning on a scenic tour that touches the Plaza de España, the maze of ancient streets Arabic and white houses in the barrio of Santa Cruz, in the great cathedral with the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the great altarpiece painted on wood, finishing up at the Reales Alcazares, the oldest royal house of Spain with the Patio de las Muñecas, namely dolls because of the small female heads carved on the capitals.
After lunch, the afternoon is free and you can participate in the optional tour to deepen the discovery of the city: the church of San Salvador, walk through the Alcaiceria and the old Arab souk and reach Pilatos House, a precious blend of Italian Renaissance style Mudejar and adorned with tiles and gardens. Dinner.
Seville – 7° Overnight
Day 8 – Seville – Cordoba
This morning, drive to Cordoba, Roman and Arabic charming capital founded by the Iberians at the foot of the Sierra Morena. The tour takes you to the quaint old town streets twisted and white houses with patios blooming geraniums, jasmine, orange and lemon trees, and admire the Mezquita, wonderful cathedral-mosque supported by 856 columns of granite and marble, one of the the most beautiful monuments of Islamic Spain.
Cordoba – 8° Overnight
Day 9 – Cordoba – Granada
After your breakfast in hotel, depart for Granada, between the Sierra Nevada and the valley of Vega. We suggest a visit with the guidance of the Alhambra, a fortified palatine city on top of a hill which is the most famous example of Arabic art in Andalusia, palaces and Generalife Nazarites from the beautiful gardens, where he lives a strange atmosphere of “A Thousand and One Nights”.
Granada – 9° Overnight
Day 10 – Granada
This morning continue your tour of Granada with a visit of the historic center that touches Plaza Isabel la Católica, the Gran Vía, the Renaissance Cathedral and the Capilla Real.
After dinner you join the show optional gypsy flamenco and enjoy the picturesque view of the Alhambra illuminated.
Granada – 9° Overnight
Day 11 – Granada – Barcelona by plane
After drop off your rental car in Granada airport, plane to Barcelona. Depending on the time of your arrival you could have some free time for a first contact with the Catalan capital which, for traditions, mild climate and friendly people is considered one of the most captivating cities in Spain.
Barcelona – 11° Overnight
Day 12 – Barcelona
This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, we suggest to take an optional guided tour of Barcelona from Parc Güell part, inside which are the home of Gaudi, inspired by a terrace with a sea serpent and the market Sala de les Cent columnes by the impressive Doric columns and colorful mosaics. Continue with the elegant boulevard of Passeig de Gracia and Gaudí buildings, boutiques and stately buildings, you focus on the majestic exterior of the Cathedral and visit the Sagrada Familia.
After lunch in the afternoon don’t miss the guided tour to the Monastery of Montserrat and Moreneta to the Shrine of the Black Madonna. In the evening, choose between free dinner or typical Catalan optional preceded by a brief overview of the city.
Barcelona – 12° Overnight
Day 13 – Barcelona
In the morning visit the Port Olimpic, Montjuic Hill, the Mirador del Alcalde, the Stadium and the Olympic Ring. Then continue to Plaça Catalunya and the extraordinary and original Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí. Lunch in freedom, and enjoy a free afternoon strolling through the lively and colorful Ramblas. After dinner, watch a show optional flamenco in a typical Tablao.
Barcelona – 13° Overnight
According to departure schedules of the flight, the day is at leisure before travelling to Barcelona’s International Airport for your check in.
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