Cosmos

Madrid & Andalusia (6810) - 2015 / 2014

8 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


Madrid & Andalusia
Madrid at dusk
Madrid at dusk
The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
Alhambra at Sunset
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

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This vacation covers the heart of Andalusia, a region known for its vibrant colors, passionate flamenco, good food, and friendly people. From Madrid, travel to the old walled city of Toledo, then into the heart of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where the Moors left an impressive mark with its fabulous Mezquita. Carry on to Seville, laid back and bustling at the same time, with its Roman and Moorish heritage, elegant squares, and many gardens. Next is Ronda, with its typical white-washed houses, before reaching Marbella and the Costa del Sol, a popular Spanish vacation destination. The highlight of your tour awaits in the historical city of Granada as you visit the legendary Alhambra complex. Pass by olive and orange groves on your return to Madrid for a final overnight and the conclusion of your Spanish getaway.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Toledo, Ronda, Marbella

Scenic Highlights:
La Mancha, Costa del Sol

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Cordoba, Seville, Alhambra complex. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:

  • May 4 Departure - Feria in Seville


Day 1Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Madrid–Toledo–Cordoba

Leave the capital and head towards Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting, and even now it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, continue into the very heart of La Mancha, known for its castle and windmills, as you travel to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B,D)

Day 3Cordoba–Seville

This morning, included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to Spain’s most Moorish city with the Mezquita, one of Islam’s most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world that was converted to a Catholic cathedral. See small, white-washed houses, winding streets, and colorful squares. Enjoy more Andalusian landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain’s most colorful cities. (B)

Day 4Seville

The wonderful Andalusian city of Seville is the epitome of Spain with its fiery flamenco, Moorish splendor, fragrant gardens, and elegant plazas. Admire the city’s many highlights this morning during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Afternoon at leisure. Perhaps tonight you’d like to join an optional flamenco show? (B,D)

Day 5Seville–Ronda–Marbella–Costa del Sol

Today, take the scenic inland route to Ronda, the emblem of all Andalusian white-washed villages. Once you reach the mediterranean shores, stop for a stroll in the traditional quarters of celebrated Marbella. Continue to your hotel and later, enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, or sample the many seafood restaurants for which the resort is famous. Don’t miss out on the optional excursion to Mijas, a typical Andalusian market town with enchanting views of the coast from its upper terraces. (B)

Day 6Costa del Sol–Granada

In the morning, drive to history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Enjoy included sightseeing with a Local Guide that features the Alhambra, a summer complex built by Moorish kings. You’ll marvel at its architectural beauty and magnificent gardens. (B)

Day 7Granada–Madrid

The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills as well as the barren landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha unfold before your eyes as you head north to Madrid. Time for some shopping, exploring on your own, or the chance to join an optional city sightseeing excursion. (B)

Day 8Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Madrid if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach


MADRID NH Abascal (F)
CORDOBA Selu (ST)
SEVILLE Don Paco (ST)
COSTA DEL SOL Las Piramides (F) at Fuengirola
GRANADA Abba (F)
MADRID Abba (F) or NH Abascal (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 3 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANGEL DÍAZ DE MIGUEL

Years of Experience: 9 years

I'm Angel and I´m here, waiting to meet you and introduce you to incredible Iberia! Just remember to clear your senses before you come, because my plan is to fill them back up with enticing flavors, smells, sounds, and sights from the beautiful countries of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco!

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