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Madrid & Andalusia tour

Madrid & Andalusia

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 1,849 $ 231 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Become entranced by Picasso's gut-wrenching Guernica, on display at the Reina Sofia in Madrid.
  • Indulge in an authentic Spanish lunch of tapas and sangria, then follow it with a siesta!
  • The spirit of Spain can be felt at every corner; discover impromptu flamenco on the streets or stumble upon a Spanish guitar concert in one of the many parks.
  • Get a glimpse of royalty while exploring noble homes and former sultan's palaces!
  • Experience authentic Moorish heritage and architecture as you make your way through Andalusia.

Short Description

This 7-night guided vacation starts in Madrid, the country's majestic capital, then takes you through the heart of Andalusia, a region known for its vibrant colors, passionate flamenco, and food bursting with the flavors of Spain.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Madrid
End City Madrid

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Madrid (MAD)
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 2 nights in Madrid at the Hotel Tryp Atocha
  • 1 night in Cordoba at the Hotel Macia Alfaros
  • 2 nights in Seville at the Hotel Melia Lebreros
  • 1 night in Granada at the Hotel Abades Recogidas
  • 1 night in Madrid at the Hotel Tryp Atocha
  • High-speed train from Madrid to Cordoba (standard class)
  • High-speed train from Cordoba to Seville (standard class)
  • Train from Seville to Granada (standard class)
  • One-way economy class airfare from Granada to Madrid, including round-trip airport transfers
  • Cordoba City walking tour
  • Madrid Sightseeing Tour with Royal Palace (half day)
  • Seville Sightseeing Tour with River Cruise
  • Tour of Alhambra & Generalife in Granada
  • Buffet Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid!

Accommodation: TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel

Welcome to Madrid, the Capital of Spain! On arrival, you’ll be met by your English-speaking driver and transferred by luxury car to your hotel for the next 3 nights.

The remainder of the day is yours at leisure, to begin exploring the city. Consider starting it on a sweet note by treating yourself to a plate of the city's most famous dessert: chocolate con churros!

Transfer to Madrid hotel

Day 2: Madrid

In the morning, following your buffet breakfast, you’ll embark on a comprehensive city tour that will showcase all of the most popular and interesting sites in Madrid!

The remainder of the day is yours at leisure, to continue to experience Madrid on your own. Take advantage of Madrid's abundance of museums filled with iconic works and breathtaking masterpieces! You can experience surrealism and post-impressionism, including Picasso's Guernica, at the Reina Sofia, or become enveloped in European art at the famous Prado museum.

Madrid City Tour & Royal Palace - Half Day Tour

This comprehensive city tour will showcase some of the city's most popular and interesting sites! Stops include Plaza de Oriente, Plaza de Espana, Mayor Street, Plaza de la Villa and Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Neptuno, Atocha, Puerta de Alcala y Calle Alcala, the memorial Retiro Park, the Bullring, Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium and Plaza Colon, where you’ll see grand avenues that lead to the four towers that have given a new look to Madrid’s skyline.

After your panoramic visit of the city of Madrid, you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the majestic Royal Palace, a beautiful exponent of the 18th century, and one of the best preserved palaces in all of Europe.

Day 3: Madrid - Cordoba

Accommodation: Hotel Macia Alfaros

After breakfast, make your way to the rail station to catch the high-speed train to Cordoba – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thousand-year-old city that harmoniously blends history with modernity.

In Cordoba you should stroll through the historic quarter to discover the great Mosque-Cathedral, a symbol of the city which reflects both its importance during medieval times, as well as the Arab presence in the Iberian Peninsula.

From there, visit the Synagogue – the only one that still stands in the city, and a symbol of the three cultures – Christians, Arabs and Jews - that lived together for centuries.

Train to Cordoba!

High-speed AVE train from Madrid to Cordoba.

Cordoba City Walking Tour

Enjoy being lead through this sunning city by your expert local guide, who can show you marvels such as the Roman Bridge, the Alcazar, and the Jewish Quarter. Roam these striking streets, visit an 8th century mosque, and be sure to have your camera ready.

Day 4: Cordoba - Seville

Accommodation: Hotel Melia Lebreros

After breakfast, make your way to the rail station, to pick up the high-speed train to Seville. Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville enjoys a rich Moorish heritage, with many streets, squares and and historic quarters boasting UNESCO World Heritage designation.

Check in to your hotel, and enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at leisure.

Train to Seville!

High-speed AVE train to Seville.

Day 5: Seville

Following breakfast, embark on your guided city tour, followed by a scenic river cruise!

Seville City Tour & River Cruise

Enjoy a guided tour of the most emblematic monuments of Seville: the University, the Old Tobacco Factory, and the setting of Bizet’s opera Carmen. You will then see the Plaza de España, the centerpiece of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition, followed by the famous building known as the Queen’s Sewing Box, “El Costurero de la Reina,” San Telmo Palace and the Triana neighborhood.

Then discover Santa Cruz, the famous Jewish quarter: a labyrinth of narrow streets, which lead to the gorgeous Plaza de los Venerables.

Finally your tour concludes with a lovely river cruise, offering a completely different vantage point from which to observe this beautiful city. On board we can see first-hand the untouched sides of the Golden Tower, the famous Calle Betis, the Bullring and Triana Bridge - the oldest in the city, designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel.

Day 6: Seville - Granada

Accommodation: Hotel Abades Recogidas

Make your way to the rail station, to catch the train to Granada. Granada is one of the most interesting cities in Eastern Andalusia with its impressive Al-Andalus heritage, and unmistakable Moorish essence; it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492.

Its old town neighborhood, the Albaicín, has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage designation, together with the Alhambra and Generalife, of which you will enjoy a tour today.

Train to Granada!

Train from Seville to Granada.

Alhambra & Generalife Tour

The Alhambra is a beautiful collection of buildings and gardens and was the residence of the Sultan when the Arabs dominated Spain. Generalife, the country residence of the Sultan, where the orchards provided the palaces with provisions, also served as a recreational area for the nobility.

The Alhambra is without a doubt the most famous attraction in Granada, and on your included walking tour, you will explore this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the stunning Generalife Gardens, with the assistance of a professional local guide.

You’ll learn about the fascinating Moorish history of this former palace, fortress and home to Moorish kings and sultans, as well as the impact of Arabian culture on the city’s glorious history. In addition, you’ll explore the buildings that make up the rest of the palace complex, including the Alcazaba Fortress, Nazari Royal Palaces and Palace of Carlos V.

Day 7: Granada - Madrid

Accommodation: TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel

Today you will be transferred to the airport and fly from Granada back to Madrid, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel and spend your final night in Spain! Consider heading to a local tapas bar for your final evening, where you can rub elbows with the locals while sampling the flavors of España!

Flight to Madrid!

Flight from Granada to Madrid.

Day 8: Depart Spain

Your tour of Madrid and Andalusia comes to an end today. Following breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport, for your return flight home.

Transfer to Madrid airport (MAD)

Fly home!

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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Meals Included:

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