Best of Madrid & Treasures of Southern Spain
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Arrive in Madrid, Orientation & Welcome Dinner. (D)
Royal Palace, Lectures on Geography & Contemporary Spain (B)
Prado Museum, Independent Exploration (B)
Day trip to Toledo (B, L)
Transfer to Granada, Museum of Olive Culture and Production, Olive Oil Tasting (B,L)
Alhambra & Generalife Gardens Expert-led visit, Lecture on Moorish Spain (B)
Albayzin & Royal Chapel, Independent Exploration (B)
Transfer to Sevilla, Cordoba Great Mosque & Synagogue (B)
Cathedral, Flamenco lecture and Show (B)
Alcazar Royal Palace, Cooking Class & Farewell Paella Lunch (B,L)
End of program (B)
Day by Day
The tour coordinator will greet everyone and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel.At a restaurant, we´ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.
After breakfast we will depart from the hotel by private bus towards the Royal Palace where we will meet a local expert who will lead our visit through this marvelous Palace. Although it is no longer the Royal Family’s Home, it continues to be the site of official ceremonies and state events. Built in the 18th Century it was inspired by Bernini’s sketches for the Louvre in Paris with courtyards, galleries and a parade ground.
In the afternoon at the hotel, a local expert will join us for a presentation on Geography and Early History of the Iberian Peninsula and after a short break we will have a second presentation on Contemporary Spain given by the same expert.
After breakfast we will take a private bus to the Prado Museum for an expert-led visit. The Prado National Museum is one of the world’s leading galleries with a superb collection from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Among the masterpieces are works by Bosch, El Greco, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Van Eyck, Velázquez, and many more. The Prado has become a prized destination for art lovers. After the visit, we will have free time to explore the city, your tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.
After breakfast we will depart from the hotel by private bus for a full-day field trip to explore some of the most important sites in medieval Toledo with its heritage of three co-existing cultures: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. A local expert will lead our walk through the walled city including the Cathedral, the Sephardic Jewish Museum, and the Church of Santo Tomé which holds a painting by El Greco. Afterwards, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we will enjoy a short free time in Toledo to explore on your own and return to Madrid late afternoon.
Breakfast at hotel. After check-out we will begin our transfer by private bus to Granada. On route, we will stop to explore the Museum of Olive Culture and production, situated in the protected environment Complejo Natural de La Laguna. We will learn from an expert about the history and production of this important Spanish export and taste the liquid gold. Later, at a nearby restaurant we will enjoy a delicious set menu. After lunch we will continue to Granada and we expect to arrive late afternoon.
After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk of the area around the hotel.
After breakfast we will spend the morning at the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens with a local expert. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most significant examples of Islamic art.
In the afternoon we will meet with a local expert at the hotel meeting room who will give us a presentation on Moorish Spain and its influences.
After breakfast we will depart by private bus to meet a local expert for a walk to the Albayzin, with its well-preserved Moorish streets. The Albayzin is Granada’s oldest Arab district, situated on the hill across from the Alhambra. Afterwards we will walk with the same expert on a field trip to the Royal Chapel, final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
Then we will have free time to explore the city, your tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.
Breakfast at hotel. After check-out we will be transferred by private bus to Seville. On route, we will stop in Cordova, the crossroads of civilizations, and the mainstay of Islamic and Jewish heritage in Spain. While here, we’ll enjoy expert-led explorations of the Great Mosque and Cathedral, and one of the last-standing ancient synagogues in Spain. Afterwards we will enjoy a short free time in Cordoba to have lunch.Then, we will continue to Seville and we expect to arrive late afternoon.
After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk.
After breakfast we will meet with a local expert who will lead us inside one of the world´s largest Cathedrals, enriched with historical treasures and art.
In the afternoon, we will walk to Alandis Travel headquarters, an 18th century old mansion, where we will meet with a local expert who will give us a presentation on the art of Flamenco Dance and Music. Then we will walk to a local “tablao” for a special flamenco music and dance show.
After breakfast we will depart for a walk with our tour coordinator to the extraordinary Alcazar Royal Palace where we will meet a local expert who will lead us through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we will depart by private bus to have a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef. We will learn about and cook the most popular traditional Spanish dish: Paella.
After enjoying the meal we cooked we will have free time to pack, explore or just relax.
Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $475.
For a minimum of 15 pax.
Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.