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Discover Moorish Spain

8 Days, Madrid to Seville
Discover Moorish Spain

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Discover the history and romance of Andalucia on this eight-day trip that offers plenty of free time to unravel a few mysteries on your own. Explore Madrid's famo read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 07 nights accommodation (Hotels (7 nts)).
  • 07 breakfasts.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, train, walking).
  • Tour of Toledo with historian.
  • Explore Cordoba including the Mezquita (mosque) and the medieval Jewish quarter.
  • Granada orientation walk including a guided visit of the Alhambra.
  • El Tajo Gorge excursion and walk.
  • Flamenco lesson.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guide.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 230-300 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Madrid
Day 2 Madrid
Day 3 Madrid/Cordoba
Day 4 Cordoba/Granada
Day 5 Granada
Day 6 Granada/Ronda
Day 7 Ronda/Seville
Day 8 Depart Seville
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Madrid
  • Cordoba
  • Granada
  • Ronda
  • Seville
  • Madrid to Seville Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Madrid

    Arrive at any time.

    Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

    If arriving early, head out and explore the city. Madrid has it all; history, architecture, museums, galleries, beautiful parks, and wild nightlife. The capital's most exciting street is the Gran Via, but be sure to visit the Plaza Mayor - the true heart of Madrid. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza's many cafes and watch the world go by.

    After the group meeting, opt to head out for a meal at a local restaurant with the group.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Madrid

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Toledo with a local historian exploring the old quarter, which is considered an open-air museum. Return to Madrid and opt to visit museums or just relax at a local cafe.

    Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botanico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasana. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.

    Local bus
    Madrid - Toledo 1h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Historic City of Toledo Visit
    Toledo 6h-8h
    With a local historian, we explore the World Heritage city of Toledo and the old quarter, which is considered an open-air museum. Known as the "city of three cultures," Toledo conserves its artistic and cultural heritage behind its walls, featuring historic churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques, and synagogues.

    Local bus
    Toledo - Madrid 1h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Madrid
    Opt to visit the Museo del Prado, the Gran Via or Plaza Mayor.

    Optional Activities
    Plaza Mayor Visit

    Madrid 15m-30m
    Free
    Enjoy some spectacular people watching with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the true heart of the city. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza's many cafes and watch the world go by.

    Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit
    Madrid 30m-1h
    14EUR per person
    Take in some culture with a trip to the Museo del Prado, one of the greatest art galleries in the world, and a definite highlight of any Madrid trip. Be inspired by its collections and exhibitions: the museum's main emphasis is 15th to 19th century Spanish, Flemish, and Italian art, but there is plenty of Goya and a wealth of paintings by Diego Velazquez.

    Real Jardin Botanico Visit
    Madrid
    2EUR per person
    Recover from an art overdose with a visit to the beautiful Real Jardin Botanico, a large botanical garden near the Prado Museum. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Madrid/Cordoba

    Travel by high-speed train to Cordoba and visit the Mezquita (mosque). Afterwards, stroll the historic medieval Jewish quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses.

    Cordoba's gastronomy features cuisine steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions. Head out tonight to sample some local food. Try the thick, hearty stew called "caldereta de cordero" or cool off with "ajo blanco," a hearty white gazpacho soup.

    Train
    Madrid - Cordoba 2h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Mezquita de Cordoba (Mosque) Visit
    Cordoba 1h-2h
    Be amazed by the diverse and stunning architecture of Cordoba's most famous monument, the extraordinary Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century by the remarkable addition of a Christian cathedral inserted into the centre of the building.

    Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit
    Cordoba 1h-2h
    Wander among narrow winding lanes, traditional houses, and charming cafes in Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish quarter. Discover one of Spain's three remaining synagogues. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Cordoba/Granada

    Travel to the Andalusian city of Granada and take an orientation walk with the CEO.

    Local bus
    Cordoba - Granada 3h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Optional Activities
    Granada Cathedral (Cathedral of the Incarnation) Visit

    Granada 30m-1h
    4EUR per person
    Be taken by the beauty of one of the largest cathedrals in Spain on this visit to the Cathedral of Granada. Tour its beautiful facades and interiors that house a grand altar and numerous chapels. Built by Queen Isabella, it is a masterpiece of Spanish-Renaissance (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Granada

    Enjoy a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture, and the highlight of the trip for most visitors. After, enjoy free time to explore with the option to take a bike tour or to visit the cathedral.

    After visiting the Alhambra, opt to wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. This is a great place to go to catch the sunset.
    In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

    Alhambra Guided Tour
    Granada 2h-3h
    Enjoy a guided visit of the Alhambra, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture. Learn about Granada's reign as one of the region's most regal cities during the Muslim rule of Spain, which is captured in time within the Alhambra.

    Free Time
    Granada Full Day
    Free time to explore with the option to take a bike tour or visit the cathedral.

    Optional Activities
    Segway Tour

    Granada 2h-3h
    45EUR per person
    Enjoy a segway ride around this beautiful Spanish city. Be sure to visit all the sites on your must-see list.

    Albaicin (El Albayzin) Visit
    Granada 1h-2h
    Free
    Wander through the historic quarter of the Albaicin. Try to head there for sunset. With its narrow lanes and fantastic views back to the Alhambra, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular colour-washed skyline when the sun goes down.

    Granada Cathedral (Cathedral of the Incarnation) Visit
    Granada 30m-1h
    4EUR per person
    Be taken by the beauty of one of the largest cathedrals in Spain on this visit to the Cathedral of Granada. Tour its beautiful facades and interiors that house a grand altar and numerous chapels. Built by Queen Isabella, it is a masterpiece of Spanish-Renaissance style. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Granada/Ronda

    Catch a train and explore the town of Ronda on the El Tajo Gorge. Cross the Puente Nuevo and go down into the gorge itself for incredible views. Free afternoon to go explore the many attractions of the town or opt to go caving.

    Train
    Granada - Ronda 2h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Ronda Afternoon
    Enjoy some time to explore on your own.

    Optional Activities
    Caving

    Ronda 1h-2h
    8EUR per person
    Explore the depths of some local caves and admire the unique rock formations. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Ronda/Seville

    Travel to Seville and take an orientation walk with the CEO. Learn the art of flamenco from a professional teacher during a private class. Opt to take a walking tour in the Santa Cruz quarter, visit the cathedral Giralda or Casa Pilatos, or enjoy a traditional flamenco show.

    This morning head to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain.

    Enjoy the city with the option to explore the Muslim monuments and parks and gardens at leisure, getting a taste of Seville's energetic pulse. Have a chance to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafes.

    Local bus
    Ronda - Seville 3h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Seville Flamenco Lesson
    Seville
    Welcome to Seville, the birthplace of flamenco. Visit a studio in the heart of the city to enjoy a private dance lesson from a professional dancer - the perfect introduction for when you head out later that evening.

    Free Time
    Seville Afternoon
    After your CEO has taken you on a short orientation walk to get your bearings, you will have time to take in all this great city has to offer.

    Optional Activities
    Flamenco Show

    Seville 2h-3h
    18-30EUR per person
    Enjoy a flamenco performance in the city known for the energetic dance. Be swept away by the flamenco's passion, fire, and grit!

    Alcazar Palace Visit
    Seville 2h-3h
    13EUR per person
    Explore the wonderful interiors and gardens of the Alcazar, a royal palace that was originally a Moorish fort. Arrive during the evening in the summer months (until mid-September) and enjoy a series of concerts in the beautiful setting of the Reales Alcazares.

    Santa Cruz Quarter Visit
    Seville 15m-45m
    Free
    Visit the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter. A charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares, you can wander, shop, or just soak in the neighbourhood's quaint atmosphere while enjoying a refreshing drink (sangria, perhaps) at one of the local restaurants.

    La Giralda Visit
    Seville 1h-2h
    9EUR per person
    Climb the tower known as La Giralda, adjacent to the world's largest Gothic cathedral, for spectacular views and a walk among historic walls. The 76m (249 ft) Giralda was constructed by the Moors as a mosque between 1184 and 1197. In 1568, after the reconquest, Christians fit the minaret with its bell tower. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Depart Seville

    Depart any time today.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 230-300 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 12 passengers, at an average there are 09 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. LOCAL GUIDES: It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places.

  10. LUGGAGE: In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.


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