Andalusia & Mediterranean

Andalusia & Mediterranean

from madrid
mondays all year
7 days

Price from: €820
Duration: 7 days

Tour starts on every single MONDAY all year long.


Tour code: C-170

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- multi-lingual tour escort

- sightseeing tour with local guide in Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada and Barcelona

- tickets to Cordoba's Mosque

- tickets to Alhambra in Granada

- travel insurance

- free Wi- Fi on board 

- porter service (1 suitcase per person)

- tips 

This is a perfect one-week tour to two, probably the most famous parts of Spain - Andalusia and Mediterranean Coast.

You'll start from Madrid and the bus will take you right into the heart of Andalusia to the cities, that form the ''golden traingle'' of Southern Spain, and are trully the essence of its spirit - Cordoba, Seville and Granada. Bullfights, guitars, flamenco, wine, tapas, and passionate people - all what in the world Spain is famous for - you all find it on this trip. Old cathedrals, medieval palaces, beautiful gardens - and  a thousands years of history in front of your eyes.

Later you'll relocate to the beautiful Mediterranean Coast with main cities of Valencia and Barcelona; to enjoy their long sandy beaches, to see unusual arquitecture and taste a delicious seafood. 

Before returning to Madrid, on the last day, you will stop in Zaragoza to visit the famous Basilica Pilar, patron saint of hispanidad.

Day 1. Madrid - Cordoba - Seville (530km ~ 329 miles)

Departure from Madrid at 8am towards Cordoba. On the way there you will pass thru the beautiful region of La Mancha. In the early afternoon, once arrived to Cordoba you will have a walking guided tour with some free time for lunch. Tour includes the entrance to the famous Mosque-cathedral of Córdoba and the visit of the Old Town - 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 and back to Catholic Church after the Reconquista ('reconquist'). In the middle Ages it was second largest Cathedral in the world. It is also very famous for its wine-colored marble columns and double arches that were an innovation in architecture at that time. After the tour, you'll depart towards Seville. Arrival, accommodation and dinner. 

 

Day 2. Seville

Breakfast, then a city tour with a local guide to see Seville’s most beautiful places and notorious sights: Park of Maria Luisa – Sevilles’s main public park and the largest green area that stretches along Guadalquivir river; the Plaza de Espana – 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 tiny narrow streets. After the city tour you will have the afternoon off to rest or to explore further more on your own. You can also join an optional tour to the Reales Alcazares (Royal Palaces of Seville). Dinner and 2nd night in Seville.

 

Day 3. Seville - Granada (250km ~ 155 miles)

After the breakfast you will continue to Granada. Here you are going to visit the impressive monumental complex of fortresses La Alhambra, with its typical Arabian palaces Nazaries and its green and picturesque Generalife Gardens. Besides Granada´s absolutely awesome and historical sights, this city is known as one of Andalusia’s hippest, most youthful places, with a ‘free tapas’ culture (when you get a free ´tapa´ - snack, along with each drink ordered), cool bars and intimate flamenco haunts. In the evening you will have the possibility to visit the Sacromonte caves and experience a passionate Zambra flamenco show.  Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 4. Granada - Valencia (498km ~ 309 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards Valencia. On the way you will pass interesting and typical for the area small towns of Guadix, Baza and Puerto Lumbreras. Later, upon arrival to Valencia you will have the afternoon free to explore a city on your own. Valencia is a Spain’s third - largest city. Highlights not to be missed: futuristic City of Arts and Sciences (‘Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias’) build by world famous arquitect Antonio Calatrava, an old part of the city with Plaza de Ayutamiento (Square of City Hall) and one of Europe's biggest markets - Mercado Central. Walk thru Turia Garden and don't forget Valencia's famous long sandy beach - it is considered one of the best in Spain. Accomodation.

 

Day 5. Valencia - Barcelona (355km ~ 220 miles)

After breakfast you will have some more free time to explore Valencia before you continue your trip to Barcelona. Barcelona is the capital city of the Spanish autonomous region Catalonia with a population of more than 1.6 million (4 million if counted with suburbs), it is the country’s 2nd largest city after Madrid.  Few places in Europe can offer you such a wide diversity of things to do and see as the one you'll find here in Barcelona. Thanks to its great location, its vibrant street life, its spectacular Gaudi architecture, its incomparable cuisine and its football team this city has become one of the world´s most popular tourist destinations. Once you have reached Barcelona in the late afternoon, it will be at your full disposal to check out its sights and attractions. . Accommodation.

 

Day 6. Barcelona

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour around the city in the frst half of the day. You will see Barcelona’s most famous and impressive monuments, such as the Park of Montjuic, situated on the mountain with its spectacular overviews of the City; the Olympic Ring; the Columbus Statue and the old Gothic Quarter. In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time to discover Barcelona's other famous places at your pace. You may want to check out famous creations of Antonio Gaudi: get inside the Sagrada Familia – the longest time ´under construction´ building in the world - and Park Guell with its unique mosaic. Walk down on the famous artistic and pedestrian Las Ramblas street; you can shop in the old town or in numerous shopping malls around Barcelona. Some of you may want to visit Barcelona´s Oceonarim (L’Aquarium), which is the largest in Europe.  2nd night in Barclona. 

 

Day 7. Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid (635km ~ 395 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards Madrid. On your way back to the capital you will pass through cities Lleida and Zaragoza. Lleida is one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, with recorded settlements dating back to the Bronze Age period. In Zaragoza you will have free time to visit the local sights such as the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar or the bridge ‘Puente de Piedra’. Later continuation to Madrid and end of service.

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Please click here to see the route on a map.

Please click here to see the optional day trips for this tour.

Want to see more of the lovely coast?This might be interesting: Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast.

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 820€

Single Supplement: 230€

Supplement July to Oct.: 50€

Supplement for departure on  March 26 and April 16: 100€


Discounts:

- Children less than 4 years old: free, without granted seat in the bus

- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off adult price, in a room with adults

- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off adult price

- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off adult price 

- Third person in triple room: 5%

Discounts cannot be combined. 

Seville

NH Viapol**** A modern hotel located in the heart of Seville’s business area, a pleasant 15-20 minute walk to Santa Cruz Quarter and Maria Luisa Park – some of the main attractions of the City. Tram (public transport) station is just few meters outside of the hotel too. This modern hotel offers plenty of peace and quiet, yet there are many of shops, tapas bars and restaurants nearby. The hotel has 96 rooms spread over 6 floors. Rooms are nicely decorated, and have elegant hardwood floors. Hotel’s restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace is at your disposal.


Granada

Abades Nevada Palace**** - located in the new residential area, this hotel is just a few minutes from downtown of Granada. Thanks to the elliptical shape of the hotel, all 258 rooms have spectacular views of Sierra Nevada and the Alhambra complex of Palaces, - a place that you will definitely enter during your excursion. Hotel is modern and perfectly equipped with Spa, Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. 

 

Valencia

Silken Puerta Valencia**** is a luxurious 4-star property, conveniently located.  Drawings traced over its glazed facade are the work of Javier Mariscal, and brings an eye immediately. All rooms have satellite TV, Canal+, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, and Internet. All have modern fittings and the contemporary and excellent design puts special emphasis on comfort with laminate floors and orange-beige colors. From the hotel you will have an easy walk to the beach that is only 10 min away. You can also walk to L'Oceanografic and City of Arts and Sciences - those are 20 min away. Cathedral and Gothic Quarter both are close too - only about 1km from the hotel.


Barcelona

Catalonia Barcelona 505**** hotel located in the sophisticated zone of Sarria – Sant Gervasi and not too far from the famous Park Guell – beautiful park, which was designed by the world-famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Hotel has an outdoor pool, is modern looking and offers a rich and satisfying buffet breakfast as well as a restaurant for dinner. Few train stations around makes a City center easily reachable, it will only take around 15 min. 

 

In a very rare case hotel can be substituted for one of a similar category. 

Here we put together answers to all the questions we constantly receive regarding our tours. Although much of this info you can find under ‘’Overview’’, ‘’Itinerary’’ and ‘’Prices’’ sections, we decided to simplify the task for you and put it all below:

 

 Are your tours really for individuals, families, small groups of friends?

- Yes. Our tours are for single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends, whom we put together with other travelers to form a larger group for a tour.

 

How many people are normally on a tour?

- We can never tell exactly (neither guarantee) how many people will be on the specific route. Normally, it is about 10-20 persons in a group. In some cases, it could be more, in other days you travel with just a few more people or even by your party only. In summer (high season) groups tend to be larger, in winter – smaller. Also, it is possible that on different sections of the route number of travelers will change. For example, if you are on the trip of 10 days, there could be travelers that only do a 5-day trip and after your paths will split.

 

Is there is a guide in the bus?

- Yes. An accompanying guide (tour leader) is with a group during the whole trip, except for the routes when just a very few people are signed up. Those small groups will be travelling with an experienced and English speaking driver-guide. For the city tours, we use local professional and licensed guides.

 

In what languages guides explain?

- In English and Spanish, all our tour guides speak both languages fluently. If happens that there are only English speaking clients are on a bus, tour will be run in English only.

 

When during the year do you run your tours?

- Most of our tours are running all year long. Some (to northern parts of Spain, for example) – are only running from March till October. In any case, under each tour’s description it says exactly when it runs. Example: ‘’Sundays all year’’ - means that on every single Sunday of the year the tour will start, no matter how many people signed up, even if it’s you only.

 

What cities tours start from?

- Madrid and Barcelona (also says in the description of each specific tour – where it starts). First four tours on the list are from Barcelona, the rest from Madrid.

 

What are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz str., 3). The meeting point is in the City center, one of the streets right off Plaza Espana.

- In Barcelona, it is the reception of Hotel ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ (address: Carrer de Muntaner, 505, 08022 Barcelona)

 

Do you pick up from the hotels on the first day of the tour?

- By default, not. We do not pick up from the hotels, because that would delay the tour scientifically. Sometimes the groups get larger and to pick up everybody from their hotels would take us half of the day.

However – if your hotel is on the way of the bus route on leaving day, - we will pick you up. So, one week before travel we ask you to give us your hotel name in Madrid, and then we can tell if you can be picked up directly from your hotel or must go to meeting point at 7.45am.

In Barcelona, it is always a meeting point at the reception of ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ hotel.

 

What type of vehicles do you use?

- Buses for larger groups and minibuses for smaller ones. Vehicles are modern and with air- conditioning.

 

Are meals included?

- Lunches and dinners are included everywhere where it’s mentioned in the itinerary (section ‘’Itinerary”). Buffet Breakfasts are included every morning in all hotels you are staying in during your tour.

 

I am a vegetarian or allergic to certain products, any problem?

-No problems at all. Just tell this to our tour leader and he’ll advise and help. On top, many dinners are buffet, so you can simply choose what you like. For allergics, if in doubts, please remind your case to tour leader in the restaurants, or ask staff about content of the dishes. 

 

What time are you coming back to Madrid on the last day of travel? Can I book a flight on the same day, flying out of Spain?

- Normally we return to Madrid between 17.00 and 19.00 on the last day of excursion (depending on the specific tour). However, it is not recommended to book the flight out on this same evening/night, as traffic jams in Madrid or other possible delays may cause you being late for your flight.

 

I need a night in the hotel or transfer from/to airport to be booked before or after the tour.

- Sure. Just let us know about it.

  

Can I just show up for the trip without reservation and pay directly in the office, on the spot?

- Unfortunately, not. The tour needs to be booked in advance, as we need to make all the arrangements beforehand.

 

How long in advance should I book a trip?

- If you book at least 2 weeks in advance, the trip is guaranteed for you. It is recommendable to book even earlier, if possible. Requests that we receive in less than 2 weeks in 80% of the cases are fine as well, just contact us.

 

Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

- No, as in each tour there are more people. However, if you are a group of 20+ persons, the route can be customized upon your request as the tour could be run privately for your group. Please ask us regarding conditions.

 

What is the process of booking?

- It is very simple. Once you have chosen the tour, 6 steps need to be done:

   a) you confirm the tour to us by e-mail, indicating starting date, tour code, number of persons travelling and their names.

    b) we send you an invoice

    c) you pay 10% to book the tour

    d) we issue the confirmation

    e) 2 weeks before starting date you pay the rest

    f) you show up for the tour on appointed date and time

 

How much should I pay and when?

- We require 10% in the moment of reservation, and 90% in no less than 2 weeks before the trip

 

How would I pay?

- You can pay in one of four ways:

1) Bank wire to our company’s bank account. All our bank details are always on the invoice that you receive.

2) We can charge your credit card. Please keep in mind that in this case we must charge 2% on top of the amount (bank charges), we need you to sign an Authorization form and you need to send us your passport copy and copy of the credit card (just front) to verify the ownership.

3) Western Union (normally for the short-notice reservations, and when amount needs to be received urgently)

4) Transferwise.com – an online system allowing to transfer funds, paying very small commissions.

 

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

- 10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable.  The other 90% are fully refundable, if cancelled in no less than 2 weeks (in case if you paid 100% right away at the time of reservations). There are no refunds for cancellations made in less than 2 weeks before the trip.

 

Are there any discounts?

- Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ‘’Prices’’.

 

Are the taxes included in your prices?

- VAT and Tourist Taxes are always included, except for Tourist Tax of Cataluña (region where Barcelona is located) that needs to be paid at the hotel. The amount is currently 1 euro per person and per night.

 

Most of the multiday tours start and finish is in Madrid. But what are the options for a Day Tours and excursions in Madrid self, if we have few days in the Capital before or after multiday tour?

- We have numerous day tours around Madrid and to surroundings, if you have time before or after your multiday tour. Please check our separate website for the options. If you start from Barcelona and have some free time there, please check this link.

 

How do I know if I need a visa for Spain or Morocco?

- Please check the information on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain and the visa requirements for Morocco you can find here. On all trips to Morocco you also need to make sure that your Schengen visa will allow you a multiply entrance to European Union as you must enter Spain once again.

 

I am ready to go ahead and book one of your tours, but I need Visa to enter Spain.

- Yes, we help our customers to get Visa, after a trip is confirmed and the deposit is paid. As we are a fully licensed tour operator in Spain, we write to Spanish Embassy/Consulate sealed and signed letter where we confirm that you booked and partly (or fully) paid a tour with us. Please note, that we do not guarantee the issue of visa, neither can influence the process, - the decision is always up to the Embassy, as they have their own rules and regulations for each country, - but we do everything that depends on us to help you.