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Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast Escorted Tour: Madrid to Madrid

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,698

Journey through Spain while staying in first-class accommodations and travelling in the company of an experienced tour manager. Spend two full days in Madrid. Then explore Andalusia to see Seville and the Alhambra in Granada before stopping in Barcelona on the way back to Madrid.


This 10-day Spanish vacation takes you along the Mediterranean coastline to explore Andalusia and other highlights of Spain. It includes first-class accommodations, escorted tours, and is perfect for first-time visitors to Spain who want to deep-dive into its diverse cultural history.

Your trip to Spain begins in Madrid, the Spanish capital that’s home to royal palaces and some of the world’s best bars and restaurants. A city tour will showcase the highlights, including the Renaissance buildings along Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. You’ll then skip the line and visit the 18th-century Royal Palace, home to the Spanish royal family and one of Europe’s most opulent residences. From Madrid, drive through La Mancha, where Miguel de Cervantes set the famous tales of Don Quixote, and cross into Andalusia, where Spain’s Moorish history still looms large over a millennium later.

First stop is Cordoba, where you’ll see the famous mosque and explore the Jewish Quarter. You’ll then reach Seville, the Andalusian capital and the birthplace of flamenco. A morning tour showcases the Cathedral and Maria Luisa Park, before giving you the afternoon to explore at your own pace and perhaps take in a flamenco show in the evening. The next day, drive along the Caliphate Road to Granada, the former Moorish stronghold that’s home to the fable Alhambra. Enjoy a tour of the Alhambra before taking in a Gipsy Flamenco show later in the evening.

Continue along the Mediterranean Coastline into Valencia, the home of paella and the City of Arts and Sciences. Take a city tour to see the Old City along the banks of the Turia and pass by the massive planetarium and aquarium that captures the city’s scientific appeal. Turn north and pass through Tarragona on route to Barcelona. You’ll have a full day to explore the city, see some of Gaudi’s most famous buildings such as La Pedrera and Casa Mila, and take in the Catalonian capital’s distinct character.

On the final leg of your journey, head southwest and pass through Zaragoza, the capital city of Aragon, and see its famous Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, before returning to Madrid, where you’ll have a final night before departing back home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,698

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Day 1

Madrid Airport to Madrid City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci Via 66

Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Vincci Via 66 offers a contemporary design that will surprise even the most demanding eye, with its unique twist of theatrical splendor entwined with distinctive design features ensuring that you enjoy Madrid and all its delights from the moment you step inside. The Vincci Via is located a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Santo Domingo Metro Station is 150 metres away and is just a few stops from Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Vincci Via 66

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    Vincci Via 66



    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia ...

    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Vincci Via 66 offers a contemporary design that will surprise even the most demanding eye, with its unique twist of theatrical splendor entwined with distinctive design features ensuring that you enjoy Madrid and all its delights from the moment you step inside. The Vincci Via is located a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Santo Domingo Metro Station is 150 metres away and is just a few stops from Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Madrid Highlights + Skip the line guided tour Royal Palace, AM

Take in the many contrasts Madrid offers its visitors as we take our coach and head to the Plaza de Oriente, then to the Debod Temple, where we will stop for a walk and take pictures accompanied by our guide. Next our coach will head towards the Plaza Mayor where we will be able to visit la Plaza de Villa and Puerta del Sol. We will then continue on for our visit to Carrera de San Jeronimo Street, Las Cortes (Spanish Parliament), Neptuno's Square (Famous artistic fountain), Paseo Del Prado (Walk of Art: Thyssen, Prado and Reina Sofia Museums), Atocha Railway Station, Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid, Cibeles Square (Famous artistic fountain), Alcala Street, Alcala's Gate, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (Bullring) where we will make our last stop. To conclude we will return to the coach and end up seeing Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Home of Real Madrid CF), Paseo de la Castellana Street, Plaza de Colon (Columbus Square), National Library, Gran Via Street, Plaza de Espana, Plaza de Oriente.

The Royal Palace was built in the XVIII century upon the ancient Baroque Italian style fortress of the Habsburg. It is one of the most beautiful and best preserved palaces in Europe and a symbol of the permanence and consolidation of Madrid as the capital of the Kingdom. The Palace was the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1765 to 1931. To date, the most stunning receptions of the Spanish Crown are celebrated there: audiences, dinner parties, signature of agreements and the traditional ceremony of presentation in which foreign ambassadors present Credential Letters to His Majesty the King.

We will visit the Armory Square (exterior of the palace), the Grand Staircase, the King Charles III's Apartments, the Queen's Apartments, the Banqueting Hall, the Royal Chapel and the Throne Room and the Crown Room. After the guided tour, you may visit on your own the Royal Armory and enjoy the views from the viewpoint of the Armory Square.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the official acts to be celebrated in the palace.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Madrid City Hotels to Madrid City

Duration30 Minutes

Madrid to Seville

Depart from a central meeting point at 8:30 a.m. in Madrid and drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote's land, including a brief stop to a typical site in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of "Despenaperros" as you arrive into Andalusia, a region known for its enormous historical and cultural heritage. Upon arriving in Cordoba, enjoy a tour of its iconic Mosque and stroll through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. Continue towards Seville. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Melia Lebreros Seville

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    Melia Lebreros Seville



    The stylish Melia Lebreros is in Seville's commercial district, a quarter mile from Santa Justa AVE Train Station. The Melia Lebreros is across from 2 shopping and recreation centers, and Sevilla FC's Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is just 961 feet away. The historic center of the ...

    The stylish Melia Lebreros is in Seville's commercial district, a quarter mile from Santa Justa AVE Train Station. The Melia Lebreros is across from 2 shopping and recreation centers, and Sevilla FC's Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is just 961 feet away. The historic center of the city is within walking distance of the hotel. It has a seasonal outdoor pool, a gym and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel's restaurant serves Andalusian and Mediterranean food. There is also a bar with an attractive outdoor terrace, as well as a New York-themed nightclub. The hotel's chic rooms provide air conditioning, a minibar and a private bathroom with free toiletries. All rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV. The property provides convenient road access to the center of the city and the Fibes Congress Centre.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Alarm clock
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Car Hire
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Garage
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • In-Room Safe
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Seville

After breakfast, enjoy a morning panoramic city tour including a visit to the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter, Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de Espana. In the afternoon, you are free to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel with an optional tour to see a traditional Flamenco Show.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Seville to Granada

Today you will drive east through the Caliphate road towards the heart of Andalusia. Enjoy the landscapes of the endless olive trees on your way to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra Complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the "Tales of the Alhambra" by W. Irving. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel with an optional tour to see a Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter. Today you will drive east through the Caliphate road towards the heart of Andalusia. Enjoy the landscapes of the endless olive trees on your way to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra Complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the "Tales of the Alhambra" by W. Irving. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel with an optional tour to see a Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Melia Granada

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    This is an excellent property in the center of Granada. The hotel also offers a cocktail bar, a fitness centre with sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel provides parking facilities for its guests.06.08 DU situated in the centre of historic Granada, just a short walk from ...

    This is an excellent property in the center of Granada. The hotel also offers a cocktail bar, a fitness centre with sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel provides parking facilities for its guests.06.08 DU situated in the centre of historic Granada, just a short walk from the Royal Chapel and the commercial centre of the city. All are large and tastefully decorated. They all include mini bar, air conditioning/heating, satellite television, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box and all come with fully equipped bathroom and hairdryer.

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Granada to Valencia

Depart your hotel and head toward the Mediterranean Coast. Enroute, you will pass Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river and Alicante, the second largest city within the region of Valencia. Valencia is one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean coast with its modern Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex integrated by six elements: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Agora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and delicious "Paella". Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

NH Valencia Las Artes

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    NH Valencia Las Artes



    The NH Valencia Las Artes is only a couple of minutes' walk from a science museum, aquarium and IMAX cinema. Buses outside the hotel take you into the old town, and you can be on the beach in 15 minutes. The hotel has 174 rooms, ...

    The NH Valencia Las Artes is only a couple of minutes' walk from a science museum, aquarium and IMAX cinema. Buses outside the hotel take you into the old town, and you can be on the beach in 15 minutes. The hotel has 174 rooms, a restaurant, gym, swimming pool and sauna.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Gym
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna

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Day 7

Valencia to Barcelona

Enjoy a morning city tour of Valencia as drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings and towards the old riverbed of the Turia. You will also see the most avant-garde complex "Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias" to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Your journey continues northward along the Mediterranean Coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. In the late afternoon, you will reach Barcelona, home of the famous architect Gaudí, the symbol of the Catalonian modernism.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Catalonia Barcelona Plaza

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    The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel is a complete business and leisure hotel close to Fira de Barcelona specially designed for all type of events and to guarantee our guests' rest. The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, equipped with swimming pool and panoramic terrace, gym, private parking ...

    The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel is a complete business and leisure hotel close to Fira de Barcelona specially designed for all type of events and to guarantee our guests' rest.

    The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, equipped with swimming pool and panoramic terrace, gym, private parking and 13 meeting rooms, combines service and price in a privileged location.

    Choose your room with free wifi in Barcelona and discover the advantages of a 4-star hotel in Plaza de Espana square booking on the official website of the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Pool
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Barcelona

On the morning city tour of Barcelona, you will drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudi such as La Pedrera and Casa Mila. Discover the Montjuic Park with spectacular views of the city and harbor, Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to discover at your own pace.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Barcelona to Madrid via Zaragoza

After breakfast, head southwest along an industrial and agricultural area towards Zaragoza, capital city of Aragón, situated at the banks of Ebro River. Zaragoza is also known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period had an important role in Spanish history. Explore this city at your leisure and see its impressive Baroque architecture including the Basilica, Temple of Our Lady Pilar. Your final stop will be Madrid.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Madrid City to Madrid City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci Via 66

Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Vincci Via 66 offers a contemporary design that will surprise even the most demanding eye, with its unique twist of theatrical splendor entwined with distinctive design features ensuring that you enjoy Madrid and all its delights from the moment you step inside. The Vincci Via is located a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Santo Domingo Metro Station is 150 metres away and is just a few stops from Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Vincci Via 66

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    Vincci Via 66



    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia ...

    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Vincci Via 66 offers a contemporary design that will surprise even the most demanding eye, with its unique twist of theatrical splendor entwined with distinctive design features ensuring that you enjoy Madrid and all its delights from the moment you step inside. The Vincci Via is located a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Santo Domingo Metro Station is 150 metres away and is just a few stops from Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Room Service

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 10

Madrid City Hotels to Madrid Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Select Saturdays, Mar 16 - Oct 26*
* Tour does not operate Sep 21

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All transfers
  • 3 nights’ first class accommodations Madrid
  • Madrid Highlights + Skip the line guided tour Royal Palace, AM
  • 7 Day Escorted Tour including:
    • 6 nights’ first class accommodations
    • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
    • Tour Escort
    • Guided visits in Cordoba, Seville, Granada Valencia and Barcelona
    • Meals as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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24 Aug 2019
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