Depart from Madrid for the most pleasurable nine days tour to visit Andalucia, Costa del Sol and Toledo. In a more specific way, there will be a short city tour to Madrid, Cáceres, Córdoba, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo. Get the life time opportunity to know the Spanish culture, art, monuments and other excitingly magical hotspot.
What you can expect
Explore Madrid for its notable places, like Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá and the Prado Museum. We will also try to visit the important districts and Paseo de la Castellana. Next, visit Cáceres to praise the charm of ancient walls and very popular spot, Medieval Quarter.
You will be delighted to visit Córdoba for the captivating Córdoba Cathedral. Jewish Quarter is the another important historic spot, which is known for its cobbled and narrow streets and shopping places.
Leave for the panoramic tour of Seville and fall in love with the awesome Seville Cathedral which is also titled as the World Heritage Site. After this, go towards Santa Cruz Quarter to enjoy the sight of picturesque streets and admire the beauty of the Maria Luisa Gardens, which are the largest gardens in Seville. You may watch fine Flamenco show (optional).
Visit Ronda, which is known for the Celtic origin and here, you will love the magnificent mountains and valleys. Explore Granada. Here while passing via La Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. You may also enjoy optional Gypsy tour at night. Discover the charm of Toledo for the delightful beauty of Toledo Cathedral along with praising the narrow streets and admiring the work of Damasquina, a popular Moorish art. Get back to Madrid for accommodation.
Day 1: Madrid
Get the convenience of the assistance at the airport of Madrid, your driver will help you to take you to the hotel. Here enjoy the bliss of comfort and soothing ambiance.
Overnight: Tourist class - Mayorazgo (4-star). First class - Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa/Catalonia Gran Via
Day 2: Madrid
Have a nice breakfast at your hotel and leave for the enchanting sightseeing of Madrid city, which is the capital and the largest metropolitan city of Spain. This place has many spectacular spots to visit, such as sprawling museums, ancient bars and great restaurants.
Madrid’s Royal Palace is the largest and most captivating Palace of the Western Europe. This palace possesses beautifully designed furniture, mesmerizing paintings, ceramics and lovely tapestries. Must visit Puerta del Sol, as it is the most important square of the city, earlier, it was the site of one of the gates of city and was adorned with the image of sun, as the name also suggests the same meaning “Gate of the Sun”.
The Puerta de Alcalá is in the Eastern part of the city, the gate is known to have large semicircular arches along with six ornamental statues that beautifully adorn the top of the marvellous gate. Prado Museum is also also an important place to visit, as it is the largest national art museum of Spain, which is the treasure of the world’s finest European art, from 12th century to an early 19th century art work. It also holds the Spanish Royal Collection of art. Apart from it, you must not miss the liveliness of certain places like, different districts Castellana, Barrio de la Morería, etc.
After that, explore this adventurously exciting city, especially Santa Ana and Huertas for it’s amazing theatres, fashionable pubs, bar and classic restaurants. Be the part of the hustle and bustle of wonderfully noisy and dazzling markets. Be at your leisure to enjoy the charm of this modern city. Head back to the hotel for a soothing and a perfect stay.
Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Madrid
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for the conclusion of your nine-days excursion through Spain.
Hotels detailed above are subject to change