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Time5 days (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the highlights of Spain’s Andalucia region on this 5-day tour from Madrid. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert guide, visit six Andalucian jewels: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Granada, Toledo and the sun-baked Costa del Sol coast. Enjoy a combination of sightseeing tours and free time in each destination, plus guided visits to sights such as Granada’s UNESCO-protected Alhambra. Upgrade to a 6-day tour to add a visit to the medieval city of Caceres. Your 5- or 6-day tour includes hotel accommodation, coach transport, daily breakfasts and some dinners.
  • 5-day tour of Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Granada, Spain's most famous Andalusian cities
  • Tour Seville's beautiful cathedral and visit the Santa Cruz quarter
  • Have your camera ready to capture photos of Spain's oldest bullring in Ronda
  • Admire Granada's UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Visit Toledo, hometown of painter El Greco
  • See the sights on tours of Seville, Granada, Toledo and Cordoba
  • Upgrade your experience to a 6-day tour with a first day trip stopping at marvellous Caceres and a night's accommodation in Cordoba
Discover the headline acts of Andalucia on this 5-day tour, accompanied by an expert guide. Leave Madrid behind and travel to historical Cordoba — famous for its splendid Moorish architecture.

After a guided sightseeing tour, continue to Seville for two nights in this orange-scented city, complete with a guided city tour and free time to explore independently.

On Day 3, visit the gorge-top town of Ronda, and spend overnight on Spain’s sunshine holiday coast, the Costa del Sol. Then, after a guided tour of Granada’s UNESCO-protected Alhambra and Generalife Gardens followed by an overnight stay in the city, visit the UNESCO-listed city of Toledo on route back to Madrid where your tour ends on Day 5.

If you wish, upgrade to a 6-day tour with a visit to the picturesque, cobbled city of Caceres on Day 1, before an added, overnight stay and morning city tour of Cordoba, and a journey to Seville to follow the rest of the Itinerary below.

Your tour includes four or five nights (depending on option selected) of 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation; round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach; and a mix of guided sightseeing tours, guided visits and free time to explore as you wish in the different destinations.Four breakfasts and four dinners are also included, as is free time each day to have lunch at your own expense.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid -- Cordoba -- Seville (D)
Your tour begins with a morning departure from Madrid to Cordoba, as your luxury coach takes you through the legendary countryside depicted in Don Quixote, the Man from La Mancha. After enjoying lunch (own expense), take a guided tour of Cordoba to discover the city’s mix of Jewish and Arab culture. Admire Cordoba’s mosque and the medieval architecture of the Jewish quarter, with its whitewashed courtyards, winding alleys and leafy squares. Leaving Cordoba, continue to Seville for dinner and your accommodation.

Overnight: Tourist Class : Catalonia Santa Justa and First Class : Tryp Macarena

Day 2: Seville (B, D)
After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of the beautiful city of Seville, including views of the cathedral from the outside, Santa Cruz quarter and Maria Luisa Gardens. Discover the hidden secrets of this lively city built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, with its rich Arab legacy and colorful local districts such as Triana and La Macarena.

Spend the afternoon exploring Seville at your leisure, before returning to your hotel for dinner. In the evening, stroll along the riverside promenade, visit one of the city’s legendary bars or experience the drama and passion of flamenco at a Seville flamenco show (optional extra).

Overnight: Tourist Class : Catalonia Santa Justa and First Class : Tryp Macarena

Day 3: Seville -- Ronda -- Costa del Sol (B, D)
Following breakfast at your hotel, continue your five-day Spanish adventure with a trip to Ronda, a magical cliff-top city perching on top of Tajo Gorge. You will have time to explore Ronda at your leisure, admiring Spain’s oldest bullring and the town’s ancient bridges spanning the ravines. As you stroll around Ronda, it’s easy to see why this beautiful hill town was frequented by such famous people as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Leaving Ronda, continue to your accommodation on the Costa del Sol. Laze on the beach or explore the area at your own pace before dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Tourist Class : Sol Principe and First Class : Sol Don Pablo/Don Marco / Sol Principe

Day 4: Granada -- Alhambra - Generalife Gardens (B, D)
Leaving your Costa del Sol hotel after breakfast, relax on the scenic coach trip to Granada, the last Moorish city to be reconquered in 1492 and retaining its distinctly Moorish influences. Your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens will no doubt be among the highlights of your tour. Stroll through the mosaic-tiled and landscaped gardens to discover the culture and history of Spain’s Moorish rulers and admire their exotic architectural legacy. After dinner at your hotel, spend the evening at your leisure or watch a Gypsy Zambra flamenco show in Granada’s Gypsy quarter, Sacromonte (optional extra).

Overnight: Tourist Class : Alixares and First Class : Gran Hotel Luna

Day 5: Granada -- Toledo -- Madrid (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a scenic coach ride to the World Heritage imperial city of Toledo. Discover the fortified city’s multicultural layering of Christian, Moorish and Jewish culture, and well-preserved medieval architecture. After lunch (own expense), take a walk into the past along Toledo’s cobblestone alleyways and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s many monuments and landmarks. During the tour, hear about the work of the artist El Greco and see examples of Toledo’s signature Damasquinado metalwork, delicately etched with gold. In the afternoon, continue on to Madrid where your five-day tour of Spain ends.

The hotels names detailed above are a reference only and are subject to change, depending on availability.

Upgrade your tour on a 6-day experience!

Upgrade follows the same itinerary as the 5-day tour except for the first day where you will visiting the beautiful city of Caceres on your way south. From there you will travel to the astonishing city of Cordoba where you will have a night accommodation and a city tour the following morning, before you depart to Seville and follow the rest of the program.

Hotels included in this itinerary:

Cordoba: Tryp Cordoba (Standard category) or Hesperia Cordoba (Superior category) or similar

Seville: Tourist Class : Catalonia Santa Justa and First Class : Tryp Macarena o similar

Costa del Sol: Sol Principe (Standard category) or Sol Don-Marco - Sol Don-Pablo (Superior category) or similar

Granada: Tourist Class : Alixares and First Class : Gran Hotel Luna o similar

 

Reviews

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J
, Oct 2018

Tour covered a lot of places in southern Spain in a short period of time. Most of the cities are on steep hills and the streets are cobble stone and difficult to walk on. This tour is not for the elderly who have problems walking. We were two of only four people on the bus who were English speaking; the remainder spoke Spanish. Although the tour guide was excellent, she had her hands full with this group. Would have much preferred an English only tour and a much slower pace. There was very little free time as we were rushed from place to place.Hotels and food were both very good so no complaints there. Weather was great with warm (80-85 degrees F) days and Andalusia was beautiful and well worth seeing.

J
, Sep 2018

There are lots of systems the Viator needs to improve and one of them is the seating arrangements in the tourists bus. Nobody wants to be always seated at the back or near rear end of the bus for the whole 5 days of the travel. You should limit the number of tourists per group.

H
, Jul 2018

The itinerary is very good. It covers all the key cities you would want to visit in southern Spain. Great lessons in history with our fantastic tour guide! I would recommend cutting shorter the Ronda tour and make Toledo a full day deal. Could not cover that as a stopover on the way back to Madrid!Toledo is a spectacular old capital of Spain with so much history and things to see and learn. We bought the upgraded hotel/dinner version but the dinners (2 nights) at the Seville hotel were terrible!! Others were better. Overall it is a good tour.

m
, Jul 2018

In Toledo, we did not have the chance to see and walk in the historic part in which no cars are allowed, to experience the narrow cobblestoned streets, surrounded by centuries old buildings. Instead, we were taken to a gift shop where we spent almost an hour, followed by a walking tour of the more modern part of the city the part with newer buildings and where cars are allowed.
In Ronda, we paid EUR 25 extra per person for a guided tour that proved useless. For that price, all guided tours of Ronda include entry to the bull ring costs EUR 7 if bought separately, but our tour only showed us the ring from outside not very much to see.
In Granada, we paid EUR 33 extra per person for a below-average gypsies' dance show and an Albaicin tour. The latter was rushed out and delivered by inexperienced youths who failed to show us that important district of Granada and were not helped by the fact it was already too dark to see anything properly almost 10.30-11pm. The Albaicin tour part of the evening should have preceded rather than followed the poor dance show.
The tour does not take you to Granada city centre for the Royal Chapel, and does not include entrance to Seville's cathedral/Giralda or Real Alkazar.

s
, Jul 2018

This was a group of people from all over the world, visiting southern Spain together! The guide was nice and knew a lot, and the individual guides in each city were very good, also. It was a very historical tour in many ways. I have been on a one-day Viator tour in Hawaii, and I would go on Viator again! Thank you!

d
, Jan 2018

Ismael is a master historian and guide. He is a cut above the rest. Been on many excursions and he is by far the most knowledgeable. The local guides in Cordoba, Sevilla, and Granada were also very good. Constructive criticism: we needed an hour or two more at Cordoba to cross the Roman bridge and enjoy this amazing city. Use the 30 minutes of free time wisely. An extra hour in Ronda would have been nice also to walk through the old part of town. If we had left Torremolinos earlier to arrive at Granada by noon, we could have seen a bit more there also. The Aalbaicin neighborhood is a must. This is an ambitious tour that covers many cities, each worthy of a full hiliday season. Plan ahead and study the places you will visit to maximize your experience. The roads in Spain are stupendous. The rest stops top-notch. The hotels we selected were the tourist quality because they were nearer to the hsitoric centers. The Melia in Torremolinos was very luxurious. Sevilla and Granada hotels were a bit tired and dated. Overall, we are very satisfied with this trip. It was easier and cheaper than renting a car and planning each site and tour individually. Try it and you'll see. It was a total thrill.

B
, Dec 2017

This was not our favorite.. the food at the hotels we stayed at were sub-par. We ended up not eating at the hotels and venturing on our own to get food. Spain has such wonderful food.. you don't want to waste eating hotel prepared food.

L
, Dec 2017

This was a wonderful fact filled trip of the history and culture of Spain. I booked the tourist class hotels and was very satisfied. Our guide knowledgeable and helpful. He went over and above with his service.

A
, Nov 2017

The trip was good but not enough time to explore the cities.The tour in Ronda was not guided and the tourist guide did not even give us any information on what to see on this city. Cordoba was very short tour, no time to take photos. Hotels are great location except the Los Angeles Hotel in Granada, it's out of town and the room has no privacy, wall is so thin that you can hear the people next door snoring. The hotel in Seville Catalonia hotel was good location and food but the wall was so thin you can hear everything next door and also the street light bothers me. The tour was great because it save us time to tour the south spain. I wish they give us more time to take photos. Foods for breakfast and dinner was great.

B
, Nov 2017

I agree with previous reviews I've read of this tour. While the itinerary is quite full, there is ample free time to be able to relax and catch your breath. The towns of Caceres, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Granada and Toledo are completely wonderful. The Mesquite in Cordoba, Plaza de Espana in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada are absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. The local guides in Cordoba and Seville were outstanding - the best tour guides I've ever had. The local guide in Granada was also wonderful but unfortunately had some microphone issues and walked a bit fast for some members of our group. The local guide in Toledo was not great. Our main guide for the entire trip was lovely and very knowledgeable. Our driver was very good though not all that friendly. The hotels were great and it was good to have all of the dinners arranged - though they are quite basic. We really loved the Granada flamenco show in the gypsy cave and our local guide was delightful, however we didn't get back to our hotel until after midnight. We found the flamenco show in Seville to be too touristy for us, though many of our travelling companions loved it. Overall a fabulous tour - highly recommended.


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