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5-Day Southern Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Toledo & Costa del Sol

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Thursday 

  • Duration

    5 Days/ 4 Nights

  • Start time

    8:30am

  • Meeting Point
    Tour starts from underground parking slot at Plaza de Oriente, Level 2.
    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early. 
  • Ending Point

    Madrid

Key Highlights

  • Travel back in time and take in the beauty of southern Spain
  • Explore Seville, arguably Andalucía’s most charming city
  • Enjoy sightseeing in Cordoba including a visit to the Moorish Mosque
  • Visit the Imperial city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the dramatic hilltop town of Ronda
  • In Granada and take a tour of the incomparable Alhambra Palace
  • Stay in 4 star hotels in the heart of Seville, Granada and the Costa del Sol
  • The tour is accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide

Overview

This five-day journey will show you the best of Spain – from its Moorish palaces (Alhambra!) to stretches of sandy beaches. The tour covers Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo and includes a night on the Costa del Sol.

You will stay at 4-star hotels, located in the heart of Seville, Granada and the Costa del Sol, known for their hospitable room service and a homely atmosphere. Throughout the tour, you will be accompanied by an expert guide.

About the Supplier: A true blue Spanish company handling the increasing inbound tourism in Spain, Julia Travels is a premier travel operator in Spain and part of the parent company of GRUPO JULIÀ. With more than 84 years in the travel industry, they are known for incorporating new good-value, high-quality services and increasingly unique experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid – Cordoba - Seville

Travel through the land of Don Quixote "The Man from La Mancha" to reach Cordoba.

For a long time, Cordoba 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 famous Mezquita or the Great Moorish Mosque of Cordoba, 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.

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. 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 Seville. On arrival in Seville, you check in to your hotel for dinner and stay the night.

Day 2: Seville

The morning starts with breakfast after which you start your sightseeing tour of Seville. 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.

You will visit the Cathedral of Seville, 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. Take a stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter, 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.

The afternoon is yours at leisure to continue to explore this beautiful city.

You return to your hotel for dinner and to stay the night.

Day 3: 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, 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.

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.

The Barrio San Francisco is a lovely place to relax because of its picturesque and excellent bars and restaurants.

The rest of the day is yours to do as you wish followed by dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: 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. 

After your tour of the Alhambra, you check into your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: 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.

See The Gothic Cathedral (outside) and 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

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Entrance fees to all attractions 
  • Breakfast and dinner 
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned deluxe motorcoach
  • Guided tours of Cordoba, Seville, Granada

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfer 

Please note

Voucher Type: Paper 

Luggage Restrictions: 1 regular suitcase and 1 handbag per person

Dietary Requirements: If you have any specifications, let us know at the time of booking.

While booking the tour, please mention the name, passport number and nationality for each traveller in the special requests section for making hotel bookings and insurance. 

Customer Reviews

  • 5
    Every day was a spellbinding experience !
    06/22/2013 DR MADHAV MANIKAL, Saudi Arabia
  • 4
    Marvelous
    06/21/2012 Nasser Alzayedi, Saudi Arabia
  • 5
    The tour was excellent. The guide did a great job and we had an interesting mix of people on the tour from Australia, USA, Spain and Italy. Everyone was very friendly. The accommodation was good and the meals were fine. We saw a great deal and had time to explore on out own. It really was a fantastic trip and I would use Julia Travel in the future. Thank you for a memorable experience. Spain is a fantastic destination for a holiday as the attractions are magnificent, the locals friendly, the foo
    10/18/2011 Natalia Standfield, Australia

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