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Madrid & the Spectacular South

Great Value Vacations
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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,634 $ 182 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Fall in love with Picasso's gut-wrenching Guernica, on display in Madrid's Reina Sofia museum.
  • Treat yourself to a Flamenco show in Madrid, where you'll experience firsthand the soul of Spain in the form of dance.
  • Indulge in the flavors of Spain at a tapas bar or two!
  • Get lost in the beauty of Spain's Architecture; you'll be mesmerized by the patterns of Cordoba's Mezquita.
  • Enjoy the leisurely pace of the Spanish lifestyle, perhaps even while being serenaded by the sound of a Spanish guitar!

Short Description

Experience the beauty of southern Spain with this 8-night getaway! You'll stay in 4-star hotels and have the flexibility to see the sights on your schedule by traveling with your own rental car.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Madrid
End City Malaga

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Madrid (MAD), out of Malaga (AGP)
  • Private airport transfer upon arrival
  • Manual car rental for 5 nights – upgrade to automatic available
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 3 nights in Madrid at the Hotel Tryp Atocha
  • 1 night in Cordoba at the Hotel Macia Alfaros
  • 2 nights in Granada at the Hotel Abades Recogidas
  • 2 nights in Malaga at the Sercotel Malaga
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid!

Accommodation: TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel

Arrive in Madrid airport and enjoy a transfer to your accommodation. Once you've checked in and settled down, head out for a night on the town!

Start your Spanish adventure off by indulging in the flavors of Spain at a tapas bar. La Latina is a bustling neighborhood known for its overabundance of tapas bars and cocktail lounges.

Transfer to Madrid hotel

Day 2: Madrid

Start the day off with a visit to the Royal Palace, the largest royal palace in Western Europe, then continue onto the Madrid Cathedral. Take a break (and do some people watching) at the Plaza Mayor square, then take the perfect photo in front of the old city gate. You can even get a taste of ancient Egypt at the Templo de Debot.

In the evening, head to the city's most vibrant square, Puerta de Sol. The streets will be alive with lights, street performers, and locals heading to their favorite tapas bars for a snack before starting the evening's festivities.

Day 3: Madrid

Pay a visit to Madrid's famous Museum Triangle today, a crossroads where three important art museums await exploration! Explore the Prado Museum, home to one of the finest collections of European art and home to works from Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Rubens, Hieronymus Bosch, and more! Or for a sample of surrealism, visit the Reina Sofia Art Center, showcasing more than 300 modern works by Dali, Miro, and Picasso among others.

You'll then want to wind down at Retiro Park; be sure to stop by the stunning crystal palace in the middle!

End your time in Madrid on a sweet note by treating yourself to a serving of the city's most iconic dessert: chocolate con churros!

Day 4: Madrid - Cordoba

Accommodation: Hotel Macia Alfaros

Pick up your rental car then make your way to historic Cordoba, a 1,000 year old city that blends history with modern design. 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.

Day 5: Cordoba - Granada

Accommodation: Hotel Abades Recogidas

Make your way southeast to Granada, whose Moorish past can be felt at every street, square, and major landmark; it was the last city to be reconquered by Catholic Monarchs in 1492.

Start your adventure in Granada off by hiking to the Mirador de San Nicolas, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of the city and the best views of the iconic Alhambra.

Day 6: Granada

Start your day off with a visit to the Alhambra, a fairy-tale palace that lives atop a hill.

Then, head back to the center of the city to continue your day of exploring; pay a visit to the breathtaking Granada Cathedral, enjoy a bite at the nearby Bib Rambla plaza, then pick up some souvenirs at the bustling Alcaiceria bazaar!

Day 7: Granada - Malaga

Accommodation: Sercotel Malaga

Drive southwest today to Malaga, a port city sprinkled with remnants of its Moorish Past.

Experience true Spanish culture at the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, then end your day with an unforgettable view of Malaga from Castillo de Gibralfaro.

Day 8: Malaga

After breakfast, head to the historic city-center to start your last full day of sightseeing! Ascend upon the Gothic Málaga Cathedral, then experience the breathtaking architecture at Spain's best-preserved Moorish fortress, the Alcazaba.

For your last night in Spain, why not head to Anigua Casa de Guadia, Malaga's oldest tavern; sip on some locally-made wines and say "cheers!" to a great trip!

Day 9: Depart Spain

Make your way to the airport in accordance with your departure flight; be sure to leave enough time to drop off your rental car at the rental area.

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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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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