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Discover the best of Spain on this 9-day tour from Madrid. With an expert guide, visit six must-see Spanish cities, with guided sightseeing and free time in each to explore independently. Experience the delights of Madrid, see Cordoba’s Great Mosque, explore charm-laden Seville, and visit Granada’s UNESCO-World Heritage-listed Alhambra Palace and Generalife. Then, finish your Spain itinerary with time in Valencia and beautiful, buzzing Barcelona. 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts and air-conditioned coach transport are included, making this Spain vacation itinerary one of the most comprehensive available.

Highlights

  • 9-day Spain tour from Madrid
  • Enjoy guided tours in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Barcelona and Valencia
  • Visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba and Seville’s Santa Cruz Quarter and Maria Luisa Gardens
  • Take an optional flamenco tour in Seville and a gypsy night tour in Granada
  • Have free time in Madrid, Valencia, Seville and Barcelona to explore more at your leisure
  • Eight nights of accommodation and transport by deluxe, air-conditioned coach included

What You Can Expect

9-Day Best of Spain Tour Including Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona

9-Day Best of Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona

Experience the highlights of Spain on this 9-day tour, with an expert guide and round-trip coach transport throughout.  After a 2-night stay and panoramic tour of Madrid’s city sights, travel into the rugged province of Andalucia to visit historical Cordoba, before spending two nights in enchanting Seville. 
On Day 5, continue to Granada, and enjoy a  guided tour of its showpiece, the UNESCO-protected Alhambra Palace and its neighboring Generalife Gardens,. Then on Day 6, leave Granada for an overnight stay in the sunny seaside city of Valencia, the birthplace of paella; before spending two nights in beautiful, vibrant Barcelona, and ending your tour here on Day 9.
Your tour includes guided panoramic tours or more in-depth sightseeing tours in each city accompanied by informative commentary from your guide. Free time to explore and relax independently in each city is also built into the itinerary. An optional flamenco tour in Seville and a gypsy evening tour in Granada are also available (additional cost).
In addition, your tour includes eight nights of accommodation in your choice of 3- or 4-star hotels, including daily breakfast, in each city, as well as airport pickup in Madrid and airport drop-off in Barcelona. Free time in each city is also provided for you to enjoy lunch and dinner as you wish — your guide can recommend great places to eat (own expense). 
Please note: While this tour begins on a Saturday, you are free to choose to start the tour the following day and thus enjoy an extra day at the finish of your tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid
When you arrive at the airport in Madrid, your driver will help you with your luggage and take you to your Madrid hotel. Relax in your comfortable room and get ready for an amazing tour of Spain’s highlights!

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Mayorazgo or similar, 4-star Hotel Catalonia Gran Via, Tryp Madrid Plaza España or similar.


Day 2: Madrid (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have free time to explore the fascinating city of Madrid at your leisure. In the afternoon, you'll be picked up from your hotel for a panoramic city sightseeing tour with your knowledgeable guide.

At the end of the day, enjoy a relaxing night at your hotel.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Mayorazgo or similar, 4-star Hotel Catalonia Gran Via, Tryp Madrid Plaza España or similar.

Day 3: Madrid – Cordoba – Seville (B, D)
Start your third day with early morning breakfast at your hotel before taking a comfortable coach ride through the land of Don Quixote, the ‘Man from La Mancha,’ to Cordoba.

When you arrive, you’ll take a guided city tour and visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the historical Jewish Quarter.

Afterward, continue your journey to Seville for dinner and an overnight stay.

Overnight: 3-star Catalonia Santa Justa or 4-star Melia Lebreros in Seville

Day 4: Seville (B, D)
On your fourth day, enjoy breakfast and then take a tour of Seville with your guide. Marvel at the grand exterior of Seville Cathedral and explore the Santa Cruz Quarter and Maria Luisa Gardens.

You’ll then have the afternoon to continue sightseeing at your leisure. Your guide can point out great locations for you to enjoy amazing views of the cityscape.

At the end of the day, return to your hotel for dinner and a relaxing night’s rest. Or, you can keep the fun going with an optional flamenco tour! Head to a local venue to watch talented flamenco dancers and listen to lively music (at your own expense)

Overnight: 3-star Catalonia Santa Justa or 4-star Melia Lebreros in Seville


Day 5: Seville – Granada (B, D)
Reflect on your time in Seville while enjoying breakfast in the morning. Then, continue your journey to Granada, where you’ll take a guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra Palace, an impressive 14th-century royal palace and fortress complex, and its Generalife Gardens, the last stronghold of the Moorish kingdom.

As you tour this site with your guide, you’ll be amazed at the mix of grand architecture and natural landscape.

When you head to your hotel for dinner in the evening, you’ll have the option to take a gypsy night tour to explore Granada's ‘gypsy’ neighborhood (at your own expense)

Overnight: 3-star Los Angeles or 4-star Melia Granada in Granada


Day 6: Granada – Valencia (B)

After breakfast, you’ll leave Granada for Valencia, the capital city of the province and home of internationally renowned paella (rice, meat and vegetable dish).

On the way to your hotel, you’ll see some of the city’s most important sites such as the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias).

Then, relax at your hotel and settle in for the evening.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Ilunion Aqua or similar, 4-star Class Hotel Tryp Valencia Oceanic or similar.


Day 7: Valencia – Barcelona (B)
In the morning, have breakfast and then enjoy free time to discover some of Valencia’s enchanting sites and famous attractions; you also have the choice to take a guided sightseeing tour.

In the early afternoon, you’ll depart for Barcelona and arrive in the evening for an overnight stay.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Catalonia Barcelona 505 or similar, 4-star Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza or similar.

Day 8: Barcelona (B)
Beginning your day with breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Barcelona and explore Park Güell, created by master architect Antoni Gaudi, and head to Montjuic to admire sweeping views of the city and the harbor. Visit Olympic Ring, see the Columbus Monument, and tour the old Gothic Quarter. Then, have the rest of the afternoon to explore more at your leisure before heading back to your hotel in the evening.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Catalonia Barcelona 505 or similar, 4-star Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza or similar.

Day 9: Barcelona (B)
Reminisce on your time in Spain over breakfast at your hotel before relaxing on the drive to the Barcelona airport.

The hotels detailed above are as a reference only and are subject to change

Customer Reviews

Susan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I went on this tour with a friend and we absolutely loved it. We recommend going on this with realistic expectations, reading the reviews and getting a travel book to fill in the free time. We covered so many locations in a short time and our tour guide Giuseppe made even the long bus rides enjoyable. We were in a group that was older, around 40-55, which might be more common during off season. I liked how there was free time in just about every location to explore on your own. We went to the optional flamenco show in Seville, which we highly recommend. The main dancer was a world flamenco champion. There is an optional river cruise/cathedral tour in Seville which we skipped, since we wanted to take our time seeing the castle where game of thrones is filmed, the cathedral and climb up the giralda with amazing panoramic views of the city.

There were a few discrepancies between the online itinerary and the actual trip. In Granada, there is an optional tour you can take in the afternoon to walk around the jewish quarter and drink Moroccan tea. If you are able to explore on your own, you can just do this walk on your own, since there wasn't much value added and we couldn't really understand the local guide they provided. We skipped the gypsy flamenco show based on other reviews. In Valencia, the tour was actually included, so if you want to check out the inside of the city of arts and sciences, you should head there the evening you arrive or book a show for that night, since the tour the following morning is only a walk by of the outside. We skipped the tour in Madrid, since it didn't sound too appealing so we can't comment on that. The Barcelona tour gave a good overview of the different sites in Barcelona. Lastly if you are debating between 4 or 3 stars, go 4 stars because the location and amenities alone more than makes up for the price difference. In Barcelona you have a really nice view of the magic fountains from your hotel roof top.

vanessa.vuletic1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My daughter and I highly recommend the 9 day Best of Spain tour. We went on the tour which left Madrid on 7th September 2015 en route to Barcelona. The co-ordination of the tour, with people starting the tour at different points along the way, went without a hitch. Our tour guide Grace was full of fun and very informative. Nothing was too much trouble for her. She had us in stitches of laughter and spoke fluent English and Spanish to the group which consisted of at least 8 different nationalities. Grace is most knowledgeable and was extremely patient if and when we had to wait for a member of the family who was lagging behind. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and recommend this tour.

Haryadi B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was great, Hugo, our tour guide, was very informative and has arranged us perfectly all local guides were knowledgeable and good. The driver was very well experienced in driving.

PANCHAPAKESAN N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Except for the first city trip in Madrid the rest of the tour was excellent. There was no information about the Madrid city tour given after our arrival. The tour ended far away from the Hotel and we had to walk back all the way.

Stephanie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My grandaughter and I had a great time on this tour, and enjoyed all the sightseeing and excursions, and met some new friends. Thank you!

rakhichari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

gladys

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

For the amount of travel, ease and convenience of travel and the number of places we visited this is a great tour for the price. Like what everyone said, Madrid part is meant to be just for you to get accustomed to Madrid. The panoramic tour was so so. It was so fast that we barely have time to really appreciate Madrid. That was why, I booked us a flight back to Madrid from Barcelona to really tour Madrid and enjoy it on our own. The rest of the tour from Cordoba to Barcelona was wonderful. After touring Italy, Paris and London using train and the hassles of doing it on your own, this is like a walk in the park. I specially loved the walking tours on the important places and the extra time they allowed us on our own. Would recommend it to everyone. Shout out to our tour captains, Carlos and Joseph. Gracias, Amigos!

gina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I have to give our bus driver and tour guide a 10 on this one. Service, service and more service. I had such a great time!!

Suzanne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was a wonderful trip – one I will remember forever. Our guide was wonderful, the hotels were nice, the tours were informative and interesting, and our fellow tour companions were great. Thank you for this trip. It was also a good value.

ROSALIE G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Wonderful!! Hugo, our tour guide, was very informative; Felix, our bus driver, was careful yet arrived at all our destinations on time. The local tour guides were great - they highlighted the main attractions of each city, and gave suggestions on what we should go see on our own. We spent a lot of time on the bus, traveling between cities, but the scenery was beautiful and Hugo gave us historical and regional information as we drove by.
One thing I'd like to suggest is that travelers be given a list of attractions that are NOT included in the tour (i.e. museums, basilicas, historical buildings). We did our own research and knew what spots we would visit on our own. However, there were travelers in the group who were clueless about what to visit when the local tours ended.
Overall, I highly recommend this trip. From beginning to end, we were delighted with the service!!

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