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Europe - Spain

Description

A country that vast can only offer diversified sceneries, its rich history can only bring surprises and its ever-present seacoast gives more than enough pretext to bathe, should it be in the sea or in the sun. Let Spain's fire ignite your passion as it does with every other one. From love to dance, from art to gastronomy...

Sample package

Classic Spain – 10 days / 8 nights

DAY 1

Flight towards Madrid


DAY 2: MADRID

Your driver and your guide will welcome you at the airport in Madrid.

Transfer to your accommodation in Madrid to drop off your luggage.

Lunch at your own charge

Afternoon: Walking guided tour of the Capital including Plaza Mayor. The Plaza Mayor dates back to the 17th century. Center of the social life, there were held bull races, inquisition trials and public executions. At its center stands an equestrian monument of Felipe III.

Dinner and overnight in Madrid

Plaza Mayor


DAY 3: MADRID – ESCORIAL

Breakfast

Morning: Self-guided tour of the Museo del Prado, one of the world’s finest art museum, displaying many paintings of Velasquez and Goya, whom the statue faces the main entrance.

Self-guided tour of the Palacio Real. Designed to impress the crowds, Madrid’s Palacio Real stands at a height overlooking the rio Manzanares, at the exact same place where, for centuries, stood the Alcazar fortress, destroyed by a fire in 1734. To replace it, Felipe V ordered this grand palace. Its construction took 26 years.

Lunch at your own charge

Afternoon: Excursion to the Escorial and self-guided tour of the Monasterio de San Lorenzo del Escorial built by Felipe II.

Dinner and overnight in Madrid

Madrid


DAY 4: MADRID – CORDOBA

Breakfast

Morning: Departure towards Andalusia.

Lunch at your own charge

Afternoon: Self-guided tour of Cordoba: the Jewish quarter with its flowery streets, the Mezquita of Cordoba and the Calahorra Tower. The old town has most of the main monuments. With its narrow streets, its iron balconies and its goldsmith workshops, it seems like it has not changed much since the 10th century.

Settling in at your hotel in Cordoba.

Dinner and overnight in Cordoba.

Cordoba


DAY 5: CORDOBA – SEVILLE

Breakfast

Morning: Departure towards Seville. With nearly 700 000 inhabitants, the Andalusian capital is located at the center of the fertile plain of Guadalquivir. City of lights, Seville knows how to be hospitable and splendid for the visitors.

Stroll in Parque de Maria Luisa to visit the Plaza de España (official pavilion of the Spanish-American Exhibition of 1929).

Lunch at your own charge

Afternoon: Self-guided tour of Seville: Visit the cathedral (Built on the site of the former Great Mosque as evidenced by the Patio de los Naranjos and the Giralda which was the minaret) and the Alcázar.

Possibility of visiting a bull farm (optional $).

Dinner and overnight in Seville

Seville


DAY 6: CORDOBA – SEVILLE

Breakfast

Morning: Self-guided tour of Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusian wine and horse capital as well as the cradle of Flamenco.

Visit of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. This equestrian art school offers to show you a horse training session on days when there are no performances.

Tour of a bodega (wine cellar).

Lunch at your own charge

Road for Cadiz.

Afternoon: Self-guided tour of Cadiz, also called Little Havana. It is a peninsula surrounded by ramparts. Discover its harbor and the Cadiz bay, its upper-class houses mounted by watchtowers, etc.

Visit of the Torre Tavira. This tower dating back to the 18th century offers a magnificent view over the city.

Visit of Cadiz Cathedral. Baptised Catedral Nueva (new cathedral) because it was built to replace an older sanctuary, this church of baroque and neoclassical style with its dome covered in yellow-glazed tiles, is one of the largest in Spain.

Dinner and overnight on the coast

Cadiz


DAY 7: GIBRALTAR – GRANADA

Breakfast

Morning: Self-guided visit of Gibraltar, rocky peninsula and English colony. You will discover the defense and survival systems linked to its history, its famous monkeys, its caves and tunnels, the Great Europa Point and Africa, right in front, Main street (tax free), etc.

We recommend visiting Gibraltar aboard a minibus (optional $).

Lunch at your own charge

Afternoon: Departure towards the Costa del Sol in order to reach Granada.

Dinner and overnight in Granada

Gibraltar


DAY 8: GRANADA

Breakfast

Morning: Self-guided tour of the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens. This complex of palaces, fortresses and gardens where fountains spray water everywhere stands midway between dream and reality. The palaces, essentially built starting from the 14th century, and the Alhambra gardens form a true city within its fortifications. From the Alhambra, a trail leads to the Generalife, which served as summer residence for the Nasrid sultans. Its name means: supreme paradise garden.

Lunch at your own charge

Afternoon: Self-guided tour of the Alcaicería quarter (former souk), which is the area where the cathedral is found, of both Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll in the Albayzin, the Jewish Quarter. Discover as well the many Muslim sites of the city.

Self-guided tour of the Royal Chapel.

Possibility of a tapas dinner and/or a gypsy flamenco show in the typical Sacromonte quarter (optional $).

Dinner and overnight in Granada

Alhambra


DAY 9: GRANADA – TOLEDO

Breakfast

Morning: Road towards Toledo going through Castilla-La Mancha, land of Don Quixote’s adventures.

Lunch at your own charge

Settling in at your accommodation

Afternoon: Self-guided tour of Toledo. Toledo rises at the summit of a granite hill surrounded by the Tage. This city was renowned for its silk, its weapons and its numerous artists, notably le Greco, who stayed there from 1577 to 1614. World Heritage sites: the cathedral, the Synagogue of Santa Maria and the Santo Tome church (Greco painting).

Dinner and overnight in Toledo.

Toledo


DAY 10: MADRID

Breakfast

Transfer to Madrid’s airport by motorcoach.

Return flight from Madrid

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