Treasures of Spain

Treasures of Spain

Day 1 Madrid

Arrival at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome soft drink (1900hrs) and orientation with our hostess and traveling companions. Overnight at hotel Innside Madrid Luchana 4* or similar.

Day 2 Madrid - Toledo - Madrid

Breakfast. Morning guided city tour. Drive through the main avenues of the city, highlights include the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the Alcala Gate, and the Plaza de España. We will visit inside the spectacular Royal Palace which is still in use for Goverment ceremonies. This afternoon, travel south to Toledo, the capital of Spain during several centuries. In XIII and XIVth centuries, Muslim, Jews and Christians populations lived together peacefully becoming as a great cultural center. We will walk along it’s narrow streets visiting the Cathedral from outside and St tome Church inside (where we can admire El Greco's masterpiece). Return to Madrid. Overnight at hotel Innside Madrid Luchana 4* or similar.

Day 3 Madrid - La Mancha - Granada

Breakfast. Depart Madrid and journey to Aranjuez for a short stop to see the magnificent gardens of the old summer residence of the Spanish kings. Continue south through Don Quixote’s land of La Mancha, where we will stop and visit a traditional wine producer who will explain the elaboration and production methods as well as the influence of the moon and stars on the biology of the vineyards Finish the visit with a tasting of 3 different tapas of ham, local cheese and bread. Continue south to Granada. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Gran Hotel Luna 4* or similar

Day 4 Granada - Sevilla

Breakfast. Morning tour of La Alhambra, the fabulous palace from where the last Caliph Boabdil defended the diminishing Moorish lands of 'Al-Andalus'. We will visit halls and patios of amazing beauty as well as visiting Generalife gardens with its numerous fountains. Afternoon Departure by coach to Sevilla. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Sevilla Center 4* or similar

Day 5 Sevilla

Breakfast. Morning tour to visit inside the Gothic Cathedral, the largest in Spain and third in the world. You can walk up the Giralda tower (striking minaret of the former mosque) to have superb views across the city. We will then head to the Santa Cruz Quarter, which was once a Jewish quarter. The area is a maze of small alleys and small squares, filled with orange trees and outdoor restaurants. In the afternoon you will enjoy an introductory and practical Flamenco dancing lesson with a professional dancer. Optional: Professional flamenco show/performance. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Sevilla - Córdoba - Madrid

Breakfast. This morning visit and Andalusian horse farm (yeguada) to see a normal day of training and lear about the breeding and training of these amazing horses. Afterwards, departure to Cordoba. An ancient Roman city, Cordoba was an important provincial capital, but gained its real reputation in culture, being the most important caliphate in the Occident. Guided tour of Cordoba, to visit the Mosque, truly unique, with a cathedral in its centre. Then, enjoy a walk through the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow streets and Andalusian "patios’’. Continue to Madrid and overnight at Hotel Innside Madrid Luchana 4* or similar.

Day 7 Madrid

Breakfast and transfer to Madrid airport or train station.