Historical tour: Madrid + Andalusia

Historical tour: Madrid + Andalusia

8 days

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Duration: 8 days

This is a sample of a 7-day group travel package to Madrid & Andalusia.

Included in tour:

- 7 nights in a ***star hotel, in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Granada

- tour leader with a group at all times

- 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners

- all airport transfers

- all transportation between the cities

- bus highlight tour around Madrid

- walking tour of Madrid

- tickets to Royal Palace (Madrid)

- tour to Avila and Segovia

- tickets to Alcazar of Segovia

- tour in Toledo, tickets to Cathedral

- tour in Cordoba, tickets to Mosque

- tour in Seville, tickets to Cathedral

- tour in Granada, tickets to Alhambra

- 24h assistance

This travel package is perfect for tourist and student groups that would like to learn more about the culture of Spain, the history of Andalusia and the heritage of the Arabic presence in Spain during the middle centuries. You’ll be introduced to the most authentic and the most popular area of Spain - the South, Andalusia. Visit numerous important sites, such as the Royal Palace in Madrid, Alcazar of Segovia, Cathedrals in Toledo and Seville, the Mosque of Cordoba, the palaces of Alhambra, and much more. What is a tour without delicious, local foods? Immerse yourself into delicious Spanish cuisine. 

Starting and ending points of the trip - Madrid. 

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights. 

Day 1. Madrid 

Arrival in Madrid. Meet'n'Greet in the airport by our guide. Four-hour tour around the city, main highlights to see:

Gran Via: known for its bright lights and shopping, Calle Gran Vía is one of Madrid’s most famous streets. The ''Fifth Avenue'' of the city, you’ll be able to find anything you need, including restaurants, stores and many of the city’s renowned theatres.
 
Plaza Espana: famous for its statue of Miguel Cervantes, the Plaza España is located just off the famous Gran Vía street and near the Royal Palace. Built in the early 1900s, the city of Madrid has recently voted on reforming the Plaza, which will soon incorporate  greater number of trees and flowers for city-dwellers and tourists to enjoy.
 
Templo de Debod: although this temple dates back to the 2nd century BC, it was gifted to Spain and moved to its current location in Madrid in 1968. While it may seem odd to see an Egyptian statue in the middle of a European city, the Templo de Debod is one of Madrid’s most beloved attractions.

Check-in and rest of the evening to enjoy on your own.


Day 5

Breakfast in the hotel. A roughly four-hour walking tour with headphones through the historical center to Madrid, Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. You will have an inside tour of a Royal Palace - one of the pearly beauties of Madrid and a former residence of Spanish kings. 

Royal Palace: Spain’s Royal Palace is one of the largest in Europe, and visitors are sure to be in awe of the regal columns, gold decor and extensive number of statues outside. The interior is equally impressive, with a collection of court paintings, frescoes and even a Stradivarius collection. Tickets are included.

Plaza Mayor: one of the most breathtaking sites in Spain, this plaza has 237 balconies facing the center of the square, where a statue of King Felipe III on his horse sits pretty. Dating back to the 1600s, the Plaza Mayor is now a site of outdoor cafes and restaurants where wandering tourists can relax, enjoy a drink and soak up the fantastic atmosphere.
 
Puerta Del Sol: one of the best known and busiest locations in Spain, this public square is the perfect meeting place to start exploring Madrid. With the famous Tio Pepe sign, the emblematic bear statue and a beautiful clock tower, this plaza (originally one of the gates in the city wall during the 15th century) is not to be missed.
 
Mercado San Miguel: famous for its cast-iron columns and many market stalls featuring Spanish culinary delights, the Mercado de San Miguel is a dream for visiting foodies. Sample Iberian ham, Manchego cheese or simply wander past the stalls and admire the huge range of delicious foods on display.

Optional:

- Visit to the Santiago Bernabeu football Stadium ( the famous home of FC Real Madrid)

- Visit to the Museum Prado, a national Art Museum with one of three most famous art collections in the world (alongside the Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg)

     

Day 3. Madrid – Avila - Segovia

Breakfast. Full day tour to the beautiful surroundings of Madrid and a visit to the famous medieval town of Avila - one of the oldest cities in Spain, surrounded by well-preserved medieval walls and home to an impressive castle. You will come across old quarters of the city with numerous Romanesque churches, Gothic Palaces, a beautiful Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente and the Mayor Square. You will also do a brief walk-through among the old streets to see the Convent of St. Therese. Thereafter we relocate to another historical place, Segovia, full of historical monuments. The elegant Cathedral and its Alcazar fortress, which is the most spectacular castle in Spain, are a ''must-see'' within the city of Segovia. Tickets to Alcazar are included. After, a bus will bring you back to Madrid. Enjoy a free evening in the city. 

         

Day 4. Madrid - Toledo - Cordoba

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Toledo. Enjoy a four-hour tour to explore this gorgeous city, just 50 km outside Madrid. The former capital of Spain, and a multicultural place where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together for centuries, you'll stroll through charming, narrow streets, see old squares, thick walls, and fully immerse yourself into the atmosphere of a medieval town. You will also visit the famous Cathedral of Toledo. After some free time for lunch and souvenirs, we continue on to Cordoba. Arrival in Cordoba in the evening and accommodation.

 

Day 5. Cordoba - Seville

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day tour around the Old Quarter of Cordoba, which includes the entrance to the famous Mosque-Cathedral and a visit to the Old Town - the Jewish Quarter. The Mosque-Cathedral was originally a Catholic Christian church built by the Visigoths, however in the Middle Ages it was converted into an Islamic mosque then back to a Catholic Church after the Reconquista (''reconquist''). In the Middle Ages it was the second largest Cathedral in the world. It is famous for its wine-colored marble columns and double arches that was seen as an innovation in architecture at that time. After some free time for lunch in the center - transfer to Seville. Arrival and accommodation. 

 

Day 6. Seville - Granada

Breakfast, then a city tour to see Seville’s most beautiful spaces and notorious sights: the public park of Maria Luisa and the largest green area that stretches along Guadalquivir river; the Plaza de Espana is the most famous square in Seville and one of the largest in Spain; the Cathedral of Saint Mary; the Minaret of Giralda; as well as the typical Quarter of Santa Cruz (former Jewish Quarter) with its white houses and narrow streets. Entrance to the Cathedral of Seville and a tour inside. After some free time, we move on to  to Granada. 

In Granada you are going to visit the impressive monumental conglomeration of La Alhambra - a palace and fortress that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. You will see Alhambra's beautiful Palaces of Nazaries and the Generalife Gardens (tickets included). Check in to the hotel, a group dinner in the local restaurant and accommodation.

 

Day 7. Granada - Madrid

Breakfast in the hotel, then transfer back to Madrid in the first half of the day with a short stop along the way. Arrival and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours, free to enjoy the Capital of Madrid in your own time. 

 

Day 8. Madrid

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to fly back home.