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Escape to the inspiring sights of Madrid, Granada, Costa del Sol, and Seville with an off-season vacation in Spain. Miss the crowds and skip the lines and higher prices of the high travel season, and join us for the flavors of Spain. Begin in Madrid with guided sightseeing, and see the masterpieces of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, and more in Madrid’s Prado Museum. Visit the houses of worship in Toledo, including the Synagogue, the 13th-century gothic Cathedral, and the Church of Santo Tomé—featuring one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Pass the rolling hills of olive and orange groves through Andalusia to historic Granada. Visit the grand Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife. Travel to the Costa del Sol and visit Plaza de Toros, an 18th-century bullring in Ronda. Next, to Seville—capital of Andalusia, filled with intriguing sights, including a tobacco factory depicted in the opera Carmen. Visit the magnificent Casa de Pilatos with its Roman sculptures. Enjoy a guided tour of Cordoba before traveling through the landscapes of Don Quixote to return to Madrid for a farewell dinner. This Southern Spain off-season vacation is an escape you won’t want to miss!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome and farewell dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and the Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop
Dinner at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife
COSTA DEL SOL
Spend two nights in the resort of Torremolinos
Walking tour, visit
the Plaza del Toros
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, walk through the Santa Cruz Quarter
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs
Headsets throughout the tour.Notes:
- Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
- Day 4 Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Alhambra and Generalife Granada
- Historic Centre of Cordoba
- Historic City of Toledo
Motorcoach; free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners: welcome and farewell dinner in Madrid, dinner at a local restaurant in Granada
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN
Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 MADRID
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Highlight is a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last 8 centuries, with works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian and more.
Day 3 MADRID—TOLEDO—GRANADA
Stop in Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge and visits to an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ, with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Next, visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP. The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills unfold before your eyes on the way to history-steeped Granada, where dinner with local specialties is prepared at one of Granada’s fine restaurants.
Day 4 GRANADA—COSTA DEL SOL
See the sights of Granada with a Local Guide and visit its main attraction, the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13th-century Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Amble through the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence.
Day 5 AT LEISURE ON THE COSTA DEL SOL
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704.
Day 6 COSTA DEL SOL—RONDA—SEVILLE
Follow your Tour Director for a walk through the mountaintop city of Ronda, dramatically divided by a deep gorge and linked by the Puente Nuevo. Highlight is a visit to the PLAZA DE TOROS, an 18th-century bullring. Continue on to the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville.
Day 7 SEVILLE
During your guided sightseeing tour, you will hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. An optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is also available.
Day 8 SEVILLE—CORDOBA—MADRID
In Cordoba, sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the medieval Jewish Quarter; the MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper; the Roman Bridge; and the remains of the Alcazar. Continue through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha and return to Madrid, where a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel.
Day 9 MADRID
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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