- 5 nights’ accommodation at selected hotels
- 5 breakfasts (B)
- 3 dinners (D)
- Transport by air-conditioned deluxe motor-coach
- Multilingual Tour Escort during the tour
- Guided visits in Cordoba, Seville, Granada & Valencia.
Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast from Barcelona
Day 1: Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid
Depart from Calle Balmes 5, at 8:30am. Head southwest along the industrial and agricultural area of Spain’s northern heartland. Arrive in Zaragoza, the capital of the region of Aragon located on the banks of the Ebro River, halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. Here you have free time to explore Zaragoza’s symbolic multi-domed Basilica del Pilar, the fine architecture including the turreted castle with an interior like a mini-Alhambra and some very creatively displayed underground Roman remains. After your time in Zaragoza continue your journey into the city of Madrid.
Day 2: Madrid - Cordoba - Seville
This morning’s early departure sees you driving along the famed La Mancha, or better known as Don Quixote’s Land. You will have the perfect opportunity to understand the mythical man with a stop at an iconic site in Puerto Lapice. Continue through the stunning Despeñaperros, a magnificent sheer-walled rocky river gorge that forms the backdrop of the most dramatic gateway into Andalusia. On arrival into Cordoba partake in a guided tour of this impressive gem. It is impossible to understate the share beauty of Cordoba’s great Mosque-Cathedral, with its remarkably serene and spacious interior. On your tour you will get to visit Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in the world. Stroll through the narrow and winding streets of the Jewish Quarter as you ease your mind and spirit. Continue for a further 2-hours and arrive in the Andalusian town of Seville. BD
Day 3: Seville
Enjoy a morning panoramic guided tour of Seville. View Santa Maria de la Sede Cathedral, or known as Seville’s Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel through the Santa Cruz quarter of Seville with its warren of little streets and abundance of mouth-watering Tapa’s bars situated at the very heart of the historic centre. View Maria Luisa Park, the large green space to the south of the city centre, and Plaza de Espana, the semi-circular spectacle of light and majesty inside Maria Luisa Park. Spend the after at your leisure to visit some of these iconic places you have seen at your own pace. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. BD
Day 4: Seville - Granada
Drive east through the Caliphate road into the beating heart of Andalusia. Watch the endless olive groves lazily wave as you pass by on your way to Granada. Last of the strongholds of the Moorish Kingdom, Granada is a city of incredible beauty and breath-taking monuments. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Starting its life as a small fortress on the remains of Roman fortifications, it slowly grew into a grand palace and fortress complex for Moorish monarchs. With its awe-inspiring blend of Moorish and Christian architecture and with its backdrop of the brooding Sierra Nevada peaks, it is easy to see why it has inspired several authors to write of its magnificence. BD
Day 5: Granada - Valencia
Leaving the beating heart of Andalusia behind as you go in search of the Mediterranean coast. Stop in Murcia, capital of the fertile garden region of the Segura River. Continue north via Alicante, the second largest city within the region of Valencia. Finally reaching the port city of Valencia, one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean coast and home to the internationally and well-known delicious “Paella”. B
Day 6: Valencia - Barcelona
Enjoy a guided tour of Valencia driving through the old part of the city which showcases some of the more prominent buildings. Drive past the old riverbed of Tura on to the most avant-garde complex the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. View the most emblematic exteriors of the standout modern Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex that integrates the six elements over the six buildings – Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Agora. After your time exploring depart Valencia and travel northward along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, with a brief stop en-route in Tarragona the Roman Tarraco. Finally reaching Barcelona the principal Mediterranean city and home to the famous architect Gaudi. Your tour ends on arrival in Barcelona with a drop off at a central location. B
During the stay in Madrid, the tour escort service will not be available. Due to technical reasons, the journey from Barcelona may be done by high speed train without tour escort and will therefore miss stopping in Zaragoza.