Madrid & Southern Spain (6890)

10 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

2020 Tour Details

If you’ve dreamed of exploring colorful Spanish cities like Madrid, Seville, and Granada, this affordable vacation in Spain is the perfect solution. Your 10-day budget-friendly tour of Spain begins in the capital city of Madrid. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and panoramic drive showing you the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and the Royal Palace. Continue to Toledo, where your local guide will introduce you to the sights, including St. Tome Church, home to El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of Count Orgaz. Travel into the heart of La Mancha, passing windmills and castles on the way to Cordoba—poised on the Guadalquivir River. In Cordoba, you’ll visit the former mosque, the Mezquita—an important work of Islamic architecture, now a Catholic cathedral. Travel through the beautiful Andalusian landscapes en route to one of Spain’s most colorful cities—Seville. Take a sightseeing tour with a Local Guide through the city known for fiery flamenco, Moorish splendor, fragrant gardens, and elegant piazzas. From Seville, you’ll travel to Ronda—a quintessential Andalusian village with white-washed houses and dramatic cityscapes spanning the El Tajo gorge. You’ll then spend two nights by the sea in beautiful Costa del Sol, with an excursion to Malaga—birthplace of Picasso and one of the oldest cities in the world. Continue your Spanish adventure to Granada. Tour the spectacular Alhambra Complex—the ornate fortress and palace built by Moorish kings (entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed).

On your way back to Madrid, you’ll travel through the rolling hills of olive and orange groves, and Cervantes’ stark landscapes of his character, Don Quixote. Visit a local wine cellar to taste excellent regional wines, and stroll through Aranjuez’ stunning gardens and monuments. This value-minded vacation in Spain is an adventure in cultural beauty and legendary history.
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 Tour Highlights

MADRID
Guided city tour
TOLEDO
Sightseeing with local guide including St. Tome Church
CORDOBA
Visit the enchanting Mezquita
SEVILLE
Guided city tour
RONDA
See the famous Andalusian white-washed houses
COSTA DEL SOL
MÁLAGA
Visit the city where Picasso was born
GRANADA
Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*
LA MANCHA
Wine cellar visit and tasting
ARANJUEZ
See the Royal Palace

Scenic Highlights:

Scenic Highlights:
Costa del Sol, Andalusia

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 MADRID

Spain’s capital is a city of elegant boulevards and manicured parks. Masterpieces by Goya, Velazquez and other Spanish masters can be found at Madrid Prado Museum. Get a feel of the city this morning during your included guided sightseeing tour. Enjoy a panoramic drive of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, maybe revisit some of the morning’s attractions, join an optional excursion, or just relax and take in the atmosphere.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 MADRID–TOLEDO–CORDOBA

Leave the capital and head towards Toledo. Meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour, and visit the ST. TOME CHURCH, famous for El Greco’s celebrated painting “The Burial of Count Orgaz”. Continue into the very heart of La Mancha, known for its castles and windmills, as you travel to Cordoba, built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi/ 450 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 CORDOBA–SEVILLE

The highlight of this morning’s visit to Spain’s most Moorish city is the MEZQUITA, one of Islam’s most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. The former mosque was converted to a Catholic cathedral in 1236, following the Reconquista. Stroll through the Jewish quarter along small, white-washed houses, winding streets, and squares. Departing Cordoba, enjoy more Andalusian landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain’s most colorful cities. Perhaps tonight you’d like to join an optional flamenco performance?
Today’s Distance: 90 mi/ 145 km

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Day 5 SEVILLE

The wonderful Andalusian city of Seville is the epitome of Spain with its fiery flamenco, Moorish splendor, fragrant gardens, and elegant piazzas. Admire the city’s many highlights this morning during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. The afternoon is dedicated to your independent discoveries.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 SEVILLE–RONDA–COSTA DEL SOL

Today, take the scenic inland route to incomparable Ronda, the emblem of all Andalusian white-washed villages, boasting one of the most dramatic cityscapes in the world. Spanning the deep El Tajo gorge, it is known for its fascinating history, charm, and three remarkable bridges that cross the canyon. Continue to your hotel on the Costa del Sol.
Today’s Distance: 146 mi/ 235 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 COSTA DEL SOL. EXCURSION TO MÁLAGA

Begin the day with an included excursion to the charming port city of Málaga, the southernmost large city in Europe, and birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Founded by the Phoenicians around 770 BC., it’s one of the oldest cities in the world and yet among the liveliest in Spain.
Today’s Distance: 22 mi/ 35 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 COSTA DEL SOL–GRANADA

Our Spanish journey continues to history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. On the included tour, your Local Guide will bring to life the world-famous ALAMBRA COMPLEX*. Built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, initially to be a hilltop fortress, the building was extended over the centuries and transformed into a magnificent palace featuring lavish gardens, and it still is the epitome of architectural ornate beauty.
Today’s Distance: 84 mi/ 135 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 GRANADA–ARANJUEZ–MADRID

The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hill, as well the barren landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, unfold before your eyes. Stop at a local WINE CELLAR to discover and taste some wines from the area and enjoy the beauty of the countryside. As you approach Madrid, stop in the Castilian Plain to visit Aranjuez, declared UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape for its spectacular gardens and magnificent monuments such as the Royal Palace.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 MADRID

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ENRIQUE AQUINO LONGO

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I originally came to Spain to discover the other half of my heritage. I'm still here! I just fell in love with it. The culture, never-ending history, breathtaking landscapes, delicious food, bright sunshine and friendly people make it fascinating. Don't be surprised if you'll be the next one to fall in love too. Nothing makes me happier than to show my guests what makes Iberia and Morocco my home.

Tour Director - ENRIQUE AQUINO LONGO

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