On this tour discover the best that Spain has to offer by way of scenery, history, architecture and art.
Cordoba is a very lively town with old Andalusian traditions. It is a town of many contrasts, from Flamenco to bullfighting, never failing to surprise the visitor. It is one of the most attractive destinations in southern Spain.
While the Moorish influence is most evident in Seville it has had a colourful and varied history including being an important hub of the Roman Empire. Seville is filled with many beautiful churches and palaces. It is a lovely city to visit.
The Costa del Sol is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. The area's mild climate is one of the main reasons for its popularity with visitors all year round. It has miles of magnificent beaches, plenty of water sport activities and nightclubs.
In Granada you can visit the Alhambra, which is one of the world’s most beautiful collection of buildings and gardens. Its location is one of rare natural beauty and commands a view of the city and plains of Granada. It remains the most perfect example of Moorish art.
The Imperial city of Toledo – the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and seems to be one large museum. Hardly another town is so well conserved in its historical style. The best way to explore Toledo certainly is to have a long walk through it and look at the buildings of various eras.
Day 01: Madrid – Cordoba - Seville
The tour departs at 0830h (08:30am) from Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid at 0830h. You will travel in an air-conditioned minibus accompanied by a guide.
Travel through the land of Don Quixote "The Man from La Mancha" to reach Cordoba in time to have lunch.
Cordoba was founded by the ancient Romans. During the classic Roman times, the great philosophers, Seneca the Elder and the Younger expressed their ideas and orated in some of the wonderful palaces that the Romans built here.
Cordoba then went on to become the capital of the Iberian peninsula under the caliphates of the Moorish dynasties. For a long time it was the largest city in Western Europe. Today the historic centre of Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The tour starts by visiting the famousMezquita or the Great Moorish Mosque of Cordoba. The Mosque was considered a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians. Its internal columns and arcades create a vision that reflects the building traditions of the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.
You also visit the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the times of the Romans and Goths. The area consists of a captivating system of narrow lanes that provide for great atmosphere allowing you to imagine what it was like in its heyday.
Built in the medieval period around 1315, the Sinagoga of Cordoba is the only one to survive the Inquisition. Containing Hebrew inscriptions and beautifully restored, it has been converted into a museum.
After your trip around Cordoba your tour will then take you to Sevilla.
On arrival in Sevilla you check in to your hotel for dinner where you also stay the night.
Day 02: Seville
The morning starts with breakfast after which you start your morning tour of Sevilla. It is one of the most loved and visited cities in all of Spain. Occupied by the Moors for more than 800 years it still bears reminders of its rich and vivid past.
Start with the Cathedral of Sevilla - It is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic religious building in Europe. It also boasts the largest and richest altarpiece in the world. It is lavishly decorated with a large quantity of gold. It is so large that it seems an ordinary cathedral could fit inside its walls.
Continue to the Santa Cruz Quarter - Stroll through the famous historical old town of Seville. It is truly the heart of the city with a magical charm that comes from its winding alley and lime-washed houses. It was home to the Jewish quarter in the Middle Ages and the enormous and beautiful Maria Luis Gardens built as a Romantic garden. It was also home to the legendary ‘Don Juan’.
The afternoon is yours to continue exploring at leisure.
You return to your hotel for dinner and stay the night.
Day 03: Seville – Ronda – Costa Del Sol
After breakfast you depart for Ronda.
On arrival at Ronda you have time and leisure to admire this ancient town of Celtic origin. It is one of the loveliest towns of southern Spain. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views over the Serranía de Ronda Mountains. Ronda has preserved its charm and historical identity despite the growth of tourism.
Please wear comfortable shoes for a walk around Ronda. Walking around this city may involve going through some steep cobble-stoned streets.
Some of Ronda’s attractions that you will see are The Puente Nuevo or ‘New Bridge’ - The Bridge spans the 100 metre El Tajo gorge. It is from here that you can get spectacular views of the Serranía de Ronda Mountains.
La Ciudad or the old city is separated from the newer city by the Puente Nuevo. This is the old Muslim part of Ronda and has winding cobbled streets hemmed in by fine-looking old mansions. In one corner of La Ciudad is the Palacio Mondragón and its beautiful miniature water gardens.
The Barrio San Francisco is a lovely place to relax because of its picturesque and excellent bars and restaurants. On one side is the lovely Church of Espiritu Santo.
After spectacular Ronda you travel on to Costa del Sol.
On arrival at Costa del Sol you check in to your hotel.
The rest of the day is yours to do as you wish followed by dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Costa del Sol - Granada
After breakfast you depart for Granada along the Califato road.
On arrival at Granada you visit and explore the magnificent Alhambra complex which includes the beautiful Generalife Gardens. This was the seat of the Moorish kingdoms of Spain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Broadly speaking The Alhambra is composed of three parts: The Royal Palace, The gardens of Generalife and the fortress of Alcazar.
The Royal Palace, the most famous, consists of the Mexuar – enclosing the striking Golden Room - where the sultans conducted every day business. The Serallo, which served as a reception area and its very attractive Patio of Myrtles and the intriguing Lions' Court. The Hall of the Ambassadors is the largest and finest room in the palace where King Fernando discussed Columbus’ attempt to find the sea route to India.
The inspiration for the gardens of Generalife is supposed to be the Koran's description of Paradise. Running water and plenty of shaded areas together with all sorts of plants reminded the rulers of Granada of their past in the hot deserts. The Patio of the Cypresses and the Walk of the Cascades are the highlights here.
The fortress of Alcazaba (the Citadel) is the oldest part of the Alhambra and consists of the impressive Torre de la Vela.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Some parts of the Alhambra are unsuitable those with mobility problems.
After your tour of the Alhambra you check into your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05: (Monday) Granada – Toledo – Madrid
After breakfast the tour departs for the Imperial city of Toledo.
On arrival at Toledo the tour stops for lunch. After lunch you are taken on a tour of the city and its most important monuments and sites. You will get to explore and see many architectural and artistic styles such as "Mudejar", Gothic and Renaissance.
We will get to see plenty of El Greco’s paintings inside different churches and monasteries around the town. You will get to see the world famous art of Damascening – or the decorative application of gold or silver on iron or steel.
Visit the The Gothic Cathedral (outside) contains many famous works of art including those of El Greco. Continue to the St. Tome Church - with its mudejar Tower and El Greco’s most famous painting – “The Burial of Count Orgaz”.
Visit Synagogue de "Santa Maria La Blanca", which is a beautiful construction in the ‘mudejar’ style and in the medieval Jewish quarter of Toledo.
Continue to the Victorio Macho Museum, which is now a museum containing some of Macho's best known sculptures and is situated right in the heart of the Aljama, Toledo's old Jewish Quarter. Finally visit the Monastery of the San Juan of the Kings – A 15th century monastery in the Gothic-Spanish-Flemish style was built on the orders of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
After the tour of Toledo you continue on to Madrid where the tour ends