- 8-day tour of Spain from Madrid
- Discover southern Spain’s most beautiful cities as you explore the Andalusia region with your expert guide
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens in Granada and the Alcazar in Seville
- Explore Toledo, the hometown of painter El Greco, and see the Great Mosque and the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba
- Enjoy free time in Seville and Costa del Sol to explore more on your own
- Seven nights of accommodation in standard or superior hotels and daily meals are included
- Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
What You Can Expect
Admire the beautiful coastline of Costa del Sol and discover the Imperial City of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage City and the hometown of painter El Greco. You’ll also enjoy free time in Seville and Costa del Sol to explore more at your leisure.
Learn more about the Spanish culture with optional activities like a traditional flamenco dance performance in Seville or a walking tour of Cordoba's old quarter (own expense). Throughout your trip, you'll stay in great locations, such as the seaside Melia Costa del Sol Hotel in Costa del Sol, and try typical Andalusian dishes like paella (rice and vegetables/meat).
Seven nights of accommodation in superior hotels, seven breakfasts and seven dinners are included.
Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.
Start your 8-day tour of Spain enjoying the drive from Madrid through the land of Don Quixote in an air-conditioned coach to Cordoba. When you arrive, explore Cordoba’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest old town in Europe, on a guided walking tour. Follow your guide through the medieval streets of the Jewish Quarter (Juderia), part of Cordoba's historic center, and visit the gorgeous Córdoba synagogue, one of the oldest in the world and the only of its kind remaining in Andalusia. Learn about Cordoba’s Jewish history and discover how this beautiful synagogue was combined with a cathedral, making for a truly unique place of worship.
After a break for lunch (own expense), head to the most famous landmark in the city: the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Inside, admire the forest of columns and red-and-white arches. Then, re-board your coach for the drive to Seville, where you’ll enjoy dinner and spend the night.
Accommodation: Melia Lebreros Hotel in Seville
Day 2: Seville (B, D)
After breakfast, spend the day in Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region and the cultural center of southern Spain. Enjoy a panoramic city tour with your guide and visit sites such as the Cathedral of St Mary, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Then, take a guided walking tour of the Santa Cruz quarter, the former Jewish quarter with winding alleys and picturesque lime-washed houses.
After a short lunch break (own expense), continue to the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, home to grand Plaza de España. You’ll have the rest of the day to discover more of the city on your own. After dinner at your hotel (included), immerse yourself in more of Spain’s culture with an optional flamenco tour (own expense) to see a performance of Spain’s traditional flamenco dance.
Accommodation: Same hotel in Seville
Day 3: Seville -- Costa del Sol (B, D)
Start your morning with breakfast and spend the day exploring Seville independently. At your leisure and expense, wander through the city’s enchanting narrow streets and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alcazar, Seville’s magnificent royal palace. Learn more about the history of this town at one of the various museums and have lunch at a picturesque sidewalk café. In the late afternoon, meet your guide and head to Costa del Sol for dinner and an overnight stay.
Accommodation: Melia Costa del Sol Hotel in Costa del Sol
Day 4-6: Costa del Sol (B, D)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before spending the next three days discovering the beautiful region of Costa del Sol on your own. Your guide will give you great recommendations on what to do and see, including the thrilling amusement park, Tivoli World, the city’s largest center for family entertainment. Wander through the quaint, narrow streets and sample local fare; take a stroll along the stunning beaches; and relax and enjoy a cocktail at one of the several beach bars along the coastline, which stretches more than 100 miles (160 km). Return to your hotel each evening for dinner and an overnight stay.
Accommodation: Same hotel in Costa del Sol
Day 7: Costa del Sol -- Granada (B, D)
Have breakfast at your hotel before heading off to Granada. With your guide, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens, an amazing historic site that served as the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdom until 1492. Have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and then explore the old city on your own. Head to your hotel for dinner and take an optional gypsy tour, where you can learn about local gypsy legends and hear how Sacromonte is still, to this day, a place where gypsies live in cave homes.
Accommodation: Abades Nevada Palace Hotel in Granada
Day 8: Granada -- Toledo -- Madrid (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, relax on the drive to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage City where the three cultures of Spain -- Christian, Moorish and Jewish -- are melted together. After lunch (own expense), take a tour of the city’s interesting architectural mix of mosques, synagogues and churches and learn how Toledo is the hometown of famous painter El Greco.
Wander through the narrow streets and visit a factory to see how the famous damasquinado gold jewelry is made. You'll see the ancient technique of hammering gold into slits in metal, followed by an oxidizing process to create the blackened areas. In the early afternoon, depart Toledo for the journey back to Madrid, where your 8-day tour will end.
Please note: Hotels are subject to change; if this happens, you’ll stay in hotels similar to the ones listed.
We had great tour guides.
I thought the destinations included in the tour were excellent and we enjoyed seeing them.
That is only one of a few positive statements that I can make. Joining the tour and dragging luggage across 4-lanes of traffic was difficult but obviously could not be corrected without major physical changes to the street location. The initial tour guide Christina was very disappointing. On the trip from Madrid to Seville, she spent most of the time trying to get the paper work squared away. She spoke for less then 10-minutes on Spain despite the fact that we were driving past fields of solar panels, grape trees and other sites. On three occasions I asked if the air conditioning could be adjusted to make the bus cooler. Several other passengers made the same request and you could see almost everyone trying to open the overhead vents to get more air. I also asked the driver during a stop and was told that it was automatic. Christina did not have the temperature adjusted and spent most of the trip, other than the paperwork, sitting in the front seat with a large hand fan cooling herself or sleeping. The tour groups were mixed and she briefed the portion of the group that was staying with her on what they would be doing. When she was asked by our group that was going to Torremolinos what we might do in Costa del Sol and Grenada, she explained that she would not be with us and could not help us. We were specifically told that although there would be no guide for the Costa del Sol portion, the tour guide would provide a host of information on the area. We received absolutely nothing and merely picked up by a new driver and dropped off at the street in front of the hotel with no information, not even the time we would be picked up for the rest of the tour. Josef called the day before and left word for the pick-up and took us on the rest of the tour. The bus was air-conditioned and he was pretty talkative and helpful.