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Andalusia & Toledo Escorted Tour: Barcelona to Madrid

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,520

Discover the historic cities of Spain, exploring Moorish influences and medieval architecture in Barcelona, Madrid, Andalusia and Toledo. Stay in first class accommodations, enjoy arrival and departure transfers and daily excursions, meals, comfortable transportation and an experienced tour manager during the escorted portion of the program.


This 9-day Spain vacation offers you a quick taste of one of Europe’s most exciting, colourful, and historic countries. Begin in Barcelona, where you’ll have time to explore on your own, before joining your group for travel to beautiful Andalusia, finally ending in the exciting capital, Madrid.

Begin in Barcelona, a city both part of, yet a world apart from Spain. Settle into your hotel just steps from the stately Passeig de Gracia, and enjoy a full day on your own with a Hop On Hop Off bus pass in hand. You might visit the city’s eye-popping crown jewel, La Sagrada Familia, see more of Gaudi’s genius at Casa Mila or Parc Guell, lose yourself in the beautiful Gothic Quarter, or see the renewal of the once-sleepy fishing neighbourhood of Barceloneta. In fact, you may want to arrive a day or two early to see and experience more.

Take the high speed train to Madrid for a quick stop overnight (don’t worry, you’ll be coming back to enjoy the city in depth) before going on to La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote. Then cross the border into Andalusia, bound for Cordoba, where you will visit the famous Mosque. Andalusia is a land defined by its blending of Moorish, Christian, and Jewish heritage to create a culture unlike any other in Europe. You then go on to Seville, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Seville is arguably Andalusia’s most romantic city and the spiritual heart of Flamenco. Explore the city at your own pace, and see a traditional Flamenco show in the evening if you wish. Your next stop is Granada, a former Moorish stronghold that is home to the fabled Alhambra Complex. Enjoy a tour through the Alhambra, with another opportunity to take in a flamenco show. Finally, return to the capital via historic Toledo. See the famous Damasquinado factory and learn about how Moorish, Christian, and Jewish communities have shaped the city in co-existence over the centuries.

Your journey ends back in Madrid, where you’ll now enjoy time to explore the city at your own pace. Indulge your art cravings at the awesome Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen Museums, or unwind from your trip with a stroll around Park Retiro. Perhaps join a tapas tour, or experience some of the city’s exciting nightlife, and consider staying an extra day or two to experience all Madrid is about.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,520

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Day 1

Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Gallery Hotel

In centre of Barcelona, Spain, Gallery Hotel invites guests to sophisticated elegance and forthcoming service creating a deep connection that extends into the heart of the city. This four star luxury boutique is nestled near the lively and inspiring Passeig de Gracia, offering extravagant lodgings, delectable dining, meeting facilities and guest service at its best. Founded in 1986, this landmark hotel was rooted in the strong cultural and international spirit that preceded the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Today, Gallery Hotel continues its pursuit of renewal and innovation while offering a comfortably elegant atmosphere and stylish accommodations ideal for both business and leisure travellers.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Gallery Hotel

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    Gallery Hotel



    In centre of Barcelona, Spain, Gallery Hotel invites guests to sophisticated elegance and forthcoming service creating a deep connection that extends into the heart of the city. This four star luxury boutique is nestled near the lively and inspiring Passeig de Gracia, offering extravagant lodgings, ...

    In centre of Barcelona, Spain, Gallery Hotel invites guests to sophisticated elegance and forthcoming service creating a deep connection that extends into the heart of the city. This four star luxury boutique is nestled near the lively and inspiring Passeig de Gracia, offering extravagant lodgings, delectable dining, meeting facilities and guest service at its best. Founded in 1986, this landmark hotel was rooted in the strong cultural and international spirit that preceded the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Today, Gallery Hotel continues its pursuit of renewal and innovation while offering a comfortably elegant atmosphere and stylish accommodations ideal for both business and leisure travellers.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Laundry Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • TV

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Day 2

Barcelona City Tour (Hop On And Hop Off) 1 Day

Discover Barcelona by yourself in our tourist bus. Select your hop on-hop off ticket and you'll have access to two routes with stops at the most important places and hidden corners of Barcelona. The ticket includes an audio guide with 15 different languages to listen the explanations while travelling through the city. We give you a map with all the stops of the route, and discounts for different establishments in the city.

There are 2 routes: East and West. Frequency of buses at each stop varies depending on the season (between 5 and 25 minutes) and each route takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Barcelona City Hotels to Barcelona City Centre

Duration30 Minutes

Barcelona - Madrid

From Barcelona Sants train station, board your high speed AVE train. Upon arrival in Madrid Atocha station, meet your driver to transfer you to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa

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    Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa



    Explore the major attractions Madrid has to offer, at the heart of it all, very close to Plaza Espana Square and Gran Via Avenue (5 minutes walking), and just a stone throw away from sites as the Debod Temple (8 minutes walking), the Royal Palace, ...

    Explore the major attractions Madrid has to offer, at the heart of it all, very close to Plaza Espana Square and Gran Via Avenue (5 minutes walking), and just a stone throw away from sites as the Debod Temple (8 minutes walking), the Royal Palace, the Opera House, the Madrid Cathedral, or the Old Town Habsburg's Madrid (15 minutes walking). Courtyard Madrid Princesa is centrally located in a lively cosmopolitan and entertainment area where you can enjoy popular coffee shops, tapas bars and restaurants, and find reknown shops

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Day 4

Madrid - Cordoba - Seville

After breakfast, transfer to the central meeting point at 8:30 am in Madrid and drive southward along La Mancha, Don Quixote's land. Take a brief stop at typical site in Puerto Lapice before crossing through the natural border of "Despenaperros" until you arrive in Andalusia, a region for itself that shows an enormous heritage from a splendorous past. As you reach Cordoba, you will be impressed by its Mosque and other sites as you stroll through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride, you will reach Seville. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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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 5

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 6

Seville - Granada

Toda, 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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    Melia Granada



    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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Day 7

Granada - Toledo - Madrid

Drive northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus River, towards the impressive Imperial city of Toledo, a World Heritage City where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Take a brief guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets as you learn about Spanish art, history and spiritual. Then proceed to a famous 'Damasquinado' (gold and silver inlaying an iron) factory. After you visit, you will return back to Madrid.

Day 8

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
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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 9

Madrid City Hotels to Madrid Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Friday's March 1- October 29

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 7 nights' first class accommodations
  • Barcelona Hop On Hop Off 1-Day pass
  • Escorted group tour including transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Tour escort
  • Tour escort, guided visits in Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo.

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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