Day 1: Madrid
After the airport transfer you discover the captivating and fascinating history of Madrid on a panoramic coach tour with our professional local guides. On this tour you are driven around Madrid's biggest sights, including Plaza de Espana, de Oriente, Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha, Neptuno, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala, Colon and Plaza de Castilla; the historic quarters of Austrias, the Borbouns and Salamanca, Casa de Campo and Retiro Parks, the bull ring and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of the famous Real Madrid football team. After this you arrive to the hotel and check?in. In the afternoon we take a stroll in the city center for a dinner in a typical nice restaurant nearby Plaza Mayor.
Day 2: Prado Museum – time for leisure
After breakfast you meet the speaking official local guide and chauffeur in the lobby of the hotel and transfer to Prado Museum. At the Prado, three of Spain's greatest art masters are represented: Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco, but you'll also find great works by Rubens and Titian. The collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings and other art objects, Spanish paintings from romantic to 19th century styles, as well as important works by Italian, Flemish, French Dutch, German and English artists. After this you have time to explore the city on your own - we recommend enjoying the sample Madrid life taking a stroll into Retiro Park or Paseo del Prado or get down to the Rastro, one of Europe's largest flea markets. This enormous market is heaving with people every Sunday and sells just about everything you could ever imagine. Even if you don't want to buy it's worth going just to see the enormous crowds milling up and down in search of a bargain. And as the market winds down La Latina quarter hots up and is full of life right into the evening. In the spring and summer months there are hundreds of outdoor 'terrazas' to choose from for a bit of lunch. We also recommend enjoying the late afternoon on Deboth Temple, maybe the most beautiful sunset in Madrid. This is the perfect end to the perfect weekend in Madrid.
Day 3: Madrid – Córdoba ? Seville
In the morning you depart from Madrid along the land of Don Quijote ? The Man from La Mancha. Upon reaching Cordoba there is time for lunch and a city tour visiting the Mosque, Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. Situated deep in Andalucia, Cordoba is a mixture of history and modernity. This ancient city, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a living legacy of the diverse cultures that settled in it throughout history. To take a stroll through the historic quarter of Cordoba is to discover a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mosque Cathedral, which reflects the importance of the city during medieval times. Continue to Seville for the evening.
Day 4: Seville
Seville is one of Spain's most appreciated cities. Although it is acclaimed for its monumental heritage it is also a very important cultural center. Beautiful Seville has many impressive monuments dating back over the centuries. The Moors' legacy of marvelous architecture includes the Gothic cathedral with its Giralda, a minaret transformed into a Christian bell tower. After visiting the cathedral you will see the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) by the Guadalquivir River, where important documents relating to the nautical history of Seville. The tour finishes in the narrow streets and tiny squares of the Santa Cruz quarter, Seville's historic Jewish district. After the visit to Seville you drive to Jerez de la Frontera, the sherry land. There you walk into the historical center of Jerez where you can enjoy lunch with local Sherry wines before visiting the Gonzales Byass winery, producers of the world famous Tio Pepe Sherry. In the evening you enjoy a tapas dinner in the wine-cellar before departing to Seville for the overnight.
Day 5: Seville – Granada
After the breakfast you depart to Granada. This city promises travelers with magnificent castles, meandering alleyways, prominent crests and blossoming backdrop. Granada boasts of elite cultural ethnicity rich in the traditions concerning to Christianity, Islam and Judaism. We will visit with our local guide Granada' s World Heritage Site of Alhambra and the Moorish district of Albaicín the most typical quarter Granadas. In the evening you drive to Sacromonte for dinner in a Flamenco?Show Restaurant. This place is a privileged, sunny, cave?riddled hillside at the eastern edge of Granada, above the Rio Darro and opposite the Alhambra. This area is famous for Flamenco. The streets are paved with cobblestones and the whole area is typically Andalusian with white houses and flower filled balconies. The Sacromonte is on a hill which overlooks the Alhambra: the view from almost anywhere is stunning.
Day 6: Granada ? Albir
In the morning you depart to Alicante Coast. During the journey you pass Elche being famous for its palm garden which is world cultural heritage and the biggest of Europe. In Albir you have leisure time in this summer resort to enjoy its pretty beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Alicante? Barcelona
Early in the morning departure to Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast. After ca. 2 hours you drive past Valencia. Valencia is the third-largest town of Spain and has a lot of cultural sights and historical buildings like the bullring “Plaza de Toros” or the central station which is one of the most beautiful stations of Europe. In the evening you arrive in Barcelona – overnight stay.
Day 8: Barcelona
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and home of the Olympic Games in 1992. Your customers will visit the city starting in the Old town that is traversed by Barcelona’s most famous avenue, the Ramblas, where you can find many people and places of interest. From here you stroll to the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), where the 13th century Gothic Cathedral is situated. The Parc de la Cuitadella is also located in the area. Next point of your tour is the Montjuic which not only provides a great panoramic of the city and the harbour, but also mixes the modernity of the modern sports halls built nearby for the Olympic games, and a 17th Century Castle. Also in Monjuict you find the Palau Nacional, home of the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalan, hosting a great collection of medieval art (especially Romanesque frescoes). After that you continue with three constructions of Gaudi that should not be missed. The Guell Park, full of his work replete with brightly coloured tiles. Next visit is Casa Milá or La Pedrera (the stone quarry), as it was nicknamed, on the Paseo de Gracia in the Eixample district. Afterwards you see the Sagrada Familia, a Christian temple and the most famous and spectacular of Gaudí’s works. In the afternoon you have time for leisure. Enjoy your Farewell - Paella Dinner in a restaurant at the port! Accommodation in Barcelona.
Day 9: Adios España
Breakfast at hotel and check out. Your customers will be transferred to the airport.
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