Discover the multi-faceted cultures of Spain on this 4-day tour of Andalusia from Madrid. Your exploration begins as you depart from Madrid and travel along the land of Don Quixote en route to Cordoba – the second largest old town in Europe and declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continue on to Seville where you have the opportunity to visit its remarkable Cathedral, Santa Cruz Quarter and Maria Luisa Gardens followed by a visit to the Alhambra, a Moorish fortress and most popular attraction in Granada. The journey concludes in the imperial city of Toledo, where Christianity, Judaism and Moorish cultures have lived together.
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Your tour starts today as you depart from Madrid and travel along the land of Don Quixote en route to Córdoba. Córdoba has the second largest Old town in Europe, the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The most important building and symbol of the city, the Great Mosque of Córdoba and current cathedral, alongside the Roman bridge, are the best known facet of the city. Near the mosque-cathedral is the old Jewish quarter, which consists of many irregular streets, such as Calleja de las Flores and Calleja del Pañuelo, and which is home to the Synagogue and the Sephardic House.
Later this afternoon continue to Seville for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
This day brings you to an exciting tour of the city of Seville. You may visit sights such as Cathedral from outside, Santa Cruz Quarter and Maria Luisa Gardens to name a few. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure to discover exclusive views of this enchanting city followed by delicious dinner. You may also take an optional Flamenco tour. (not included) (B,D)
After breakfast depart for Granada via the Caliphate road. Upon arrival, Visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristy cities of Spain. Here, visit the Generalife and stroll along its beautiful garden and orchards.
Check-in to your hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner. This evening, you may take an optional Gypsy night tour. (not included) (B,D)
Explore the Imperial city of Toledo, where three cultures of Spain (Christian, Moorish and Jewish) have lived together in harmony. After lunch take an impressive tour of the most important city monuments, its narrow streets and the famous "Damasquinado"(gold and silver inlaying in iron).
Later continue to Madrid where your tour ends. (B)
The tour is available in two classes. The services in the 2 classes are the same but the only difference is the hotels utilized:
The First class includes accommodation at Melia Lebreros or similar in Seville and Abades Nevada Palace or similar in Granada
Your tour cost includes:
Your tour cost excludes the following:
What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to Spain?
Please ensure that your passport has at least three blank pages and that it is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date from Spain. Please check with your local embassy regarding visa requirements.
What type of clothing is recommended based on the local weather conditions?
As most of the tours are during the spring, when the weather is warm, leisure style clothing is recommended. Please bring along a jacket or coat for chilly evenings and windy days, and sun protection for warm afternoons. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
What kind of cuisine is served?
Meals are buffet-style with a good variety of fresh local fare, and there are always vegetarian options available. If you have any special requests, we will try our best to accommodate them; please advise Palace Tours upon booking, and also advise your guide upon arrival.Is the tour accessible to wheelchairs / physical challenges?
Please know that not all hotels/sights are wheelchair accessible; please check with us at the time of booking. Wheelchairs for sightseeing excursions can be made available upon request; kindly advise our office as soon as possible.
What is the maximum group size on the tour?
Excursions utilize a deluxe air-conditioned coach, which can seat a maximum of 40 passengers, however the average number of passengers on any given tour is 25-30.
What happens during the “panoramic tour”?
For the panoramic city tours, clients remain seated on the coach and are driven around the popular city sights.
How much should I expect to tip?
Tipping is not mandatory, and is left to the sole discretion of the traveler. This is a decision that should be made based on your enjoyment of the journey and the service; however the customary gratuity is around 10%.
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