From Barcelona, spend ten days on a tour of Madrid, Toledo and Andalucia´s beautiful locations! Have plenty of free time during the day and night to discover more on your own. This tour will also take you on a guided tour of Barcelona, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra and Generalife Gardens) and Toledo.
What you can expect
Visit different locations in Spain with this 10 day tour that kicks off at Barcelona. Amazing scenery, a unique culture, history that dates back to the roman empire, and amazing destinations. You'll travel by luxury air-conditioned coach to all of your destinations. Stay overnight stays in 4-star hotels, with daily breakfast and some dinners included, too. Below are the different locations that the tour will cover.
Day 1: Barcelona
Assistance will be provided at the airport by your driver to head back to your hotel. Enjoy your wonderfully convenient stay at your hotel.
Overnight: First class - Tourist class - Catalonia Barcelona (4-star). First class - Barcelona Plaza (4-star)
Day 2: Barcelona
Begin your day with sumptuous breakfast and enjoy breathtaking sights of Barcelona with your guide. Firstly, you will come across the gorgeous buildings, designed by Gaudí. These buildings are the symbol of modernism, Gaudí was influenced by the new changes, in the terms of art, sculptures and architecture. He was quite keen and passionate to consider every small detail of his creation. Thus, the buildings are the awesome creation of extraordinary architecture. Next will be a visit to Park of Montjuic, which is quite a popular hill to show the majestic view of city and harbour. Montjuic is an amazing place which is located near the centre of Barcelona and it is a house of many attractions, such as Spanish Village, Magic Fountain along with MNAC, which is considered as one of the most important and popular museums to visit. Your guide will take you to the other places, like Olympic Ring, which was the main attraction for 1992 summer olympics. It is consist of great Olympic Stadium, notable Sports Hall and splendid Picornell swimming pools.
Other attractions are, Monument to Columbus and old Gothic Quarter. Monument of Columbus is a tall bronze statue, made in honour of The Christopher Columbus, distinguished and powerful discoverer of America. You are really going to enjoy the sight of such influential figure.
The next place will take you to the tour of Gothic Quarter, it is a place in which old town of Barcelona is situated. It presents a beautiful scene of bygone days, having narrow cobbled streets with tall old structured buildings. The great Picasso also lived and worked here. You tend to be nostalgic here of great old days. This way you can explore the beautiful place and relax in the afternoon. Then, head back to the hotel to enjoy the luxury of the accommodation.
Day 3: Barcelona – Madrid (train)
Make your way to the main railway station of Barcelona, Sants Station and depart by high velocity AVE train to Madrid. This luxurious train will make your journey truly splendid and will make you reach at Puerta de Atocha station with absolute comfort. Transfer from station to your hotel and in the Afternon get set ready for enjoying the Panoramic city tour of this beautiful place. After this, relax and enjoy the bliss of your stay at the hotel.
Overnight: Tourist class - Mayorazdo (4-star). First class - Courtyard by Marriott Princesa (4-star) or Catalonia Gran Via (4-star).
Day 4: Madrid – Cáceres – Córdoba
Depart from Plaza de España, 7, the travel agency for Cáceres at 8.30 am. Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres Province. This awesome place presents a unique blend of roman, moorish, northern gothic and italian renaissance architecture, because of which it was declared as the World Heritage City by Unesco. It still boasts of having thirty Islamic Towers and out of that Torre del Bujaco is the most popular one.
Cáceres is known to have majestic Old Town, which has restored the glory of bygone era by having the medieval walls, lined with palaces and mansions along with the ancient setting with no traces of modernity. Small shops are quite popular to sell the typical stuff. Convents are known to sell the homemade sweets and amazing pastries. You can get red wine in Extremadura on nominal prices.
Go for the leisure walk to experience the old setting of this walled city and must visit the popular medieval square, which is highlighlighted by narrow streets, beautifully white washed homes and hospitable inhabitants that make it the most loved place.
Move ahead in your journey to Córdoba, which was the capital of Caliphate in the past era. This is a delightfully welcoming mediterranean place with lots of sunshine.
It is the second largest town in Europe and also the largest urban area in the world. The great mosque of Córdoba, which is locally known as Mezquita de Córdoba is the oldest structure, still existing with its old glory when the Muslims ruled over the most of Spain. It is comprised of the landmark buildings, like roman temple, Mausoleum Theatre, Jewish Quarter and archaeological site of Cercadila. Get back to hotel for a nice dinner and perfect stay.
Overnight: Tourist class - Tryp Córdoba. First class - Hesperia Córdoba
Day 5: Córdoba – Seville
Have breakfast and get ready for Córdoba, which was the largest city of Europe. It is still considered as one of the most captivating cities. This place is full of the tourist attraction. This city tour presents so much fascination, like, Córdoba Cathedral is a major highlight of this place. It is the biggest and most important mosque for the western islamic world. It is also known for having an amazing Roman Bridge, which is the lasting tribute, given to the Roman Engineers for their creative brilliance.
You would also love to see Jewish Quarter. Head towards Palacio de Viana, which is known for it’s historical and artistic value. Must pay a visit to the museum of Julio Romero, who was a Spanish painter. He got the fame for making the sensual portraits of women, especially of the gypsy women. Similarly you will be able to enjoy the beautiful churches, Roman Temple, Archaeological museum and many more fascinating places at your own convenience. Remember, May is the best time to visit Córdoba, because of its much awaited colorful and exotic, fragrant celebrations.
Continue your travel to explore Seville. It has St.Mary Cathedral, which is lavishly adorned by using the pieces of gold. It is one of the largest gothic cathedral. You can spend your time to see the major attractions of this place with lot of admiration for the artistic creativity. Have your dinner and good sleep in the soothing ambiance of the hotel.
Overnight: Tourist class - Tryp Macarena. First class - NH Plaza de Armas
Day 6: Seville
Have tempting breakfast at your Seville hotel and get set ready for enjoying the Panoramic city tour of this beautiful place. You are really going to fall in love with this city, as it is considered one of the most romantic cities of Europe for having the great blend of roman and moorish traditions. Barrio Santa Cruz goes very well with the romantic image of this city with its narrow streets and wonderfully white washed houses creates a loving ambience all over.
You will admire it for its marvellous monuments and gorgeous architecture. You will get a chance to see the Cathedral of Seville, which boasts of being the largest Gothic Cathedral of the world. Awesome material and amazing furnishing were used in making this iconic church. After this, head towards Maria Luisa Gardens, which are the largest and one of the most ravishing gardens of Europe. You will always cherish the refreshing feel and tranquility of this awesome place.
You will also be given the afternoon time to explore the city on your own, so you will have this amazing opportunity to visit the places of your choice, like 15th century Archeological Museum, which is known for having the extensive roman work of art. You can also see the beauty of marble statues and Roman tombs here. You can see beautiful churches, Gold Tower, City Hall, the lovely gardens, rocking bars, restaurants and exciting markets. Go for enjoying not to be missed Flamenco show for its fine drama and creatively perfect performances (optional). Head back to the hotel for your relaxing stay.
Day 7: Seville – Costa del Sol
Have breakfast at amazing Seville hotel and leave for the journey to Ronda. You will have leisure time to go for the sightseeing tour of this place. This walled city is known for strolling in the narrow streets for admiring the beauty of Moorish ruins. Ronda is one of the oldest cities of Spain and historians believe that this place was settled by Celtic tribes in the 6th B.C., named as Arunda. Ronda is situated in a truly mountainous area, which is 750 metres above the sea level, so this height creates a truly majestic top view for the utter delight of visitors. You will also love to see the stunning beauty of Guadalquivir river, which divides the city into two parts.
Keep moving towards Costa del Sol for the exceptional experience, where you will enjoy it’s incredibly striking beaches for all the fun and adventure. Must pay a visit to the Picasso Museum for enjoying the aesthetic creativity.
Overnight: Tourist class - Sol Principe (4-star). First class - Sol del Marco / Sol Don Pablo (4-star)
Day 8: Costa del Sol – Granada
Have breakfast and set off for Granada. From here, you will be taken to see the majestic beauty of the Moorish fortress, La Alhambra with awesome gardens, countless fountains and spectacular architecture. It’s a typical work of Muslim art with lot of painted walls and Arabic Inscriptions. Next, you will get a chance to see Generalife Gardens. It is one of the oldest Moorish gardens of the 20th century. It is considered to be a pleasurable place, made for the recreation and relaxation of Granadan Muslim Kings. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984.
Enjoy your sumptuous dinner and lovely stay at the hotel. You will also get a chance to enjoy the Flamenco Show in a Gipsy Zambra at the Sacromonte square on the optional basis. This show presents “Zambra”, a form of Flamenco show, in which the old gypsies sing, dance and play flamenco in the caves. They offer the same mesmerizing ambience which used to be in the old Moorish Weddings in Granada. The stunning caves are the major attraction of this place.
Overnight: Tourist class - Alixares (4-star). First class - Gran Hotel Luna (4-star)
Day 9: Granada – Toledo – Madrid
Have breakfast at Granada and head towards Toledo. This imperial city has got the fame for having the coexistence of the three different religions, i.e. of Christians, Muslims and Jews. This place has got lots of popularity for having religious tolerance and that’s is reason for these three differently cultured people to live together. Toledo was also declared historic artistic site in 1940 and was honoured by the title of World Heritage in 1987 by Unesco.
Toledo is truly a luxurious place in Spain, so it fetches great tourism. It holds the cultural and monumental heritage of many historic civilisations. It has many amazing sites, like Cathedral of Spain, which is created by Moorish architecture and has great Gothic standards. Similarly, Beatrice of Silva is also an amazing Roman Catholic church to visit.
Toledo is very interesting city, which is renowned for damascene handicrafts and costume jewellery. It’s very creative moorish art in which the artisans inlay gold or silver threads into black steel in wonderfully beautiful patterns. This creativity is used in decorating the earrings, bracelets, large pendants and plates.
Santa María La Blanca is a lovely museum, made for non -islamic purposes. It is known to have the finest work of Almohad architecture. So, it’s considered for its awesome styling and unique construction elements.
Toledo, from air gives a not to be missed view. It shows two beautifully Renaissance buildings, one is town hall and another is Episcopal Palace. On the upper side of Tagus River, you will find Cigarrales, which are considered as old recreational estates of bourgeoisie of Toledo. Afterward, arrival to Madrid for accommodation.
Day 10: Madrid
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for the conclusion of your ten-days excursion through Spain.
Hotels detailed above are subject to change