Madrid, Spain

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clock-o9 days (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • 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
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).

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: Tourist Class : Mayorazgo o Florida Norte and First Class : Courtyard Marriot Madrid Princesa o Catalonia Gran Via

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

Please note for tours operating in French:
You will spend the day with an unlimited hop-on hop-off pass, instead. Travel along the route of your choice or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid, with commentary offered through a headphones audio system in fourteen different languages. You will be given a map of the city and discount checks for different shops and restaurants in the city. The operational frequency, depending on the season of the year, ranges approximately between 7 and 15 minutes, depending on the season. Route 1 takes about 80 min and stops at highlights including the Museo del Prado and Palacio Real. Route 2 lasts about 65 minutes and stops at Plaza Neptuno, Museo Esculturas, and more.

Overnight: Tourist Class : Mayorazgo o Florida Norte and First Class : Courtyard Marriot Madrid Princesa o Catalonia Gran Via

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: Tourist Class & First Class: Nh Las Artes

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 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

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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A
, Jul 2018

Excellent in all respects. Tour guide was great. Some minor issues with a couple of the hotel rooms (too hot); otherwise great.

s
, May 2018

Loved this tour with Julia Tours. By booking through Viator, we had an awesome discount compared to some of our travel mates that we met there. Our tour guide was amazing and each individual city came with a local guide to give us more of insight and knowledge into the history of the area.

v
, Mar 2018

What a beautiful country Spain is! This tours really shows you what Spain has to offer. Every city we went to was magnificent and different in their own unique way and to our surprise The tour arrangement was great from the beginning, we got all the information needed from Viator and Julia Travel since this is the company that took care of us while in Span. We had an agent at our hotel in Madrid the day we arrived to make sure we received the right info. Our tour guide for the first 4 days was Gracia and she was great! She was always ready to go and share great insights from Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada. She was funny and knew everyone from the first day. Felipe was our guide for Valencia and Barcelona and he was outstanding as well. For the city tours, every local guide we had was so great explaining the history of each city, we learned so much and they showed us the great architecture and beauty of each place.
Now with the logistics, be prepared to walk and to have a lot of energy. This is fast pacing tour and you need to be able to absorb each city and then move to the next one. For the hotels, make sure you get the 4 stars one, we stayed at the 3 stars hotels and the location of the 4 stars were better and by that along the small difference in pricing is completely worth it. Our hotels were good as well, always clean and the staff was very helpful the breakfast was delicious in every place and each of them had a variety of options for all tastes. The included dinners were okay, nothing out of this world but it did help after the longs days of touring having a dinner ready at the hotel so we could rest right after. If you like beer, like we do, make sure to try the local beers at each city! The sangria is great as well! For the optional tours, we did the walking tour through the Albazyn in Granada, the Arab quarter. The views of the Alhambra from the neighborhood were out of this world and from a post card. We recommend doing this if your feet allow it!
Overall, TAKE THIS TOUR! It was the experience of a life time and Viator and Julia Travel have gain customers for life! THANK YOU!

L
, Sep 2017

The trip covered many amazing historic places and the price was reasonable. Hotels were all pretty nice, although they were not at center locations. Sometime it is far away from restaurants or attractions. Some dinners and most of breakfasts were included. Local guides are all good. There are many highlights of the trip. We love all of the sites we visited. Private Airport pick up and drop off was also very nice and prompt. Since it is a big coach bus tour, there were many people from different backgrounds and ages. In addition, there were two hotels for every stop. So you really need to be patient sometimes. Waiting half hour in the bus for hotel pick up or waiting missing persons happened many times. The trip tour guide is a very nice person. However, the guide did not provide much information on daily itinerary. Also it is hard to managing big group of people. That might be a reason there were a lot of short waiting period. Overall, I would recommend this trip to friends but you will also take some chances.

S
, Jan 2017

tour was fantastic highly recomnend! good hotels, guide etc

S
, Dec 2016

I'm not sure this trip is even available anymore. It is a great deal for the money if you are willing to put up with all the confusion regarding how this trip is organized. There is a reason it is this cheap. We picked up people along the way, dropped people off, and switched buses on our way to Barcelona. We were one of the lucky ones as some people started in Barcelona and were bused 10 hours from Barcelona to Madrid. In Madrid our tour of the city was cancelled because of the Olive Frigate bike race. Nothing was offered to replace it. With some planning on my part, my travel companion and I were one of the lucky ones. We arrived 5 days early in Madrid and added an extra 2 days to our stay in Barcelona at our expense. Without this extra time we would have been extremely disappointed. As it was, we were able to see Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Valencia and I loved everyone of them. Of course, there was not enough time anywhere, but the extra time in Madrid and Barcelona helped make this a wonderful trip.

D
, Sep 2016

It was spoilt by a family with twin boys 2years old who screamed the whole trip.

V
, Aug 2016

as I said in previous email regarding this that you sent me
You left us in Madrid for two days with no information or tour details
We wasted two days in Madrid because no one could tell us what was happening
I was disgusted with you Viator

T
, Jul 2016

Everything was well organized
A few issues like quality of local guide at Córdoba but in general very impressed

R
, May 2016

Very laid back trip. Guide was great but having to repeat everything she said which was a lot i.e. history, interesting facts, etc. in more than one language was a little bit annoying.

Biggest disappointment of the trip was Alhambra in Grenada where we had to visit the Alhambra in my opinion the highlight of the trip at night around 10:00PM. Yes AT NIGHT!!! That meant that we didn't see much of it because it was simply dark and also many of the room that you would typically visit during the day was closed to the public I know that for fact because I visited Alhambra back in 2012 and we saw many rooms at the time. I was excited to take my parents to visit the Andalusia but the Grenada trip was really a bad blow. Julia will argue that it's not their fault and that the Alhambra admins will dictate which hour Julia travelers can visit the Alhambra but that's simply not a good excuse the cruise tourists get to visit it during the day, the local tour operator should ensure their customer visit Alhambra during the day as well. Again, that was the highlight of the trip and I just couldn't be more disappointed.

Other than that, hotels were good and the trip went smoothly and as described in the itinerary.


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