Luxury Spain tour – TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
- Take an Arab Bath in the emblematic Hammam of Cordoba
- Enjoy a ballet or opera representation at Real Theater
- See un unforgettable Flamenco show
- Explore the Majestic Alcazar in Seville
- Visit Sagrata familia
- Admire the modernism of Antoni Gaudi
- Drink a sangria at La Rambla street
TRIP AT A GLANCE
- (Day 1) Madrid
- (Day 2) Madrid
- (Day 3) Madrid
- (Day 4) Toledo
- (Day 5) Cordoba
- (Day 6) Seville
- (Day 7) Seville
- (Day 8) Malaga
- (Day 9) Barcelona
- (Day 10) Barcelona
- (Day 11) Barcelona
- (Day 12) Barcelona
(Day 1) Arrival in Madrid
Your tour begins in Madrid, a vibrant European city that never sleeps.
The customized service and our will to make this experience unique starts with your personal driver who will provide a private transfer to your luxurious hotel in the center.
At the hotel you will meet your guide and decide together about the rest of the day.
(Day 2) Past and Present through Palaces and Squares
The perfumed aromas of the rich Madrilenian breakfast will prepare your soul for a thrilling visit to the Palacio Real, the largest palace in Europe, containing over 2,800 rooms.
Plaza Mayor the heart of the city’s vibrant life, combining the classic architecture with the drama of Spain’s emotional past. Just a short walk from here, there is Puerta del Sol, one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads (Km 0) that contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes at the beginning of a New Year. A must see is Mercado de San Miguel, the last remaining iron market hall in Madrid and a historic and monumental market. This area has unique personality and culinary shopping, cultural and entertainment options. It reflects the gastronomical plurality of Spain where you can taste all the best of gastronomy while enjoy recitals and concerts.
(Day 3) Museum del Prado, Parc El retiro, Teather Real
A tea room straight out of a fairy tale greets you on the top floor Bachiller shop where you can start your day with a delicious coffee. Your guide will be pleased to show you the masterpieces kept in Museo del Prado. Housed in a gigantic neo-classical building, the Prado is Madrid’s best-known museum famous for its variety of paintings that reflect royal tastes and political alliances from the 15th to the 17th centuries and Treasures of the Grand Dauphin. A relaxing walk through the famous Parc El Retiro allows you to admire different faces of the capital and learn about the most important historical facts, cultural background, current developments and social life. Later in the afternoon you will be enchanted by the beauty of what Spanish consider as a true masterpiece. Considered to be one of the most important cultural institutions in Spain, the Teatro Real has managed to become one of the main opera houses in the world. You will be able to do an art tour- and have the chance to step onto the stage, see the rehearsal rooms, access the Royal Box, visit the luxurious dressing rooms and enjoy an opera or concert representation.
(Day 4) Toledo
According to an old Spanish saying, until you’ve seen Toledo, you have not seen Spain. Once the capital of Spain, nowadays Toledo is a World Heritage Site full of churches, museums, Roman ruins, galleries, a Gothic cathedral and palaces.
The wonderful city center hosts the high Gothic Primate cathedrals of Saint Mary of Toledo, the Alcazar that has been a fortress, a palace and, now, holds the magnificent Army Museum and the El Greco museum. This represents a short list of wanders that enchanting city of Toledo offers to its guests and citizens. At the evening a wonderful dining experience in the best restaurant of the city will delight your palate.
(Day 5) Culture and relax in Cordoba
Welcome to Andalusia! Cordoba is a magic city where past and modernity blend together. In the beautiful network of squares, courtyards and alleyways you will visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral, whose interior resembles a labyrinth of awesome columns with double arcades and horseshoe arches. The Museum of Al-Andalus Life, the Synagogue and Roman Bridge are must sees that will enchant you.
Later you will take a break experiencing an Arabic baths and an energizing massage that will transport you to the splendor of the Al Andalus Kingdom.
Each season of the year offers a huge variety of activities and outdoor representations that show how Andalusian enjoy the community life.
(Day 6) Flamenco and arena in Sevilla
Seville can easily turn the vibrations of self contemplation and mysticism into an explosion of colour and cheerfulness revolving around the “Real”, the area where the “Feria” settles. While the city’s lively mix of, Mudéjar, Gothic and Modern architecture is dazzling, it’s for life of the Sevillian people that makes your stay in this wonderful city so unique and memorable. There’s an irresistible vitality here that distinguishes Spain’s fourth-largest city with a warm and sunny glow. Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is 14,000-seat arena built in 1758 is the right place to learn more about the tradition of bullfight. Drink a delicious sangria and taste tapas in an authentic bar will make you feel part of Andalusian. Plaza de España and the Golden Tower are definitely two of the most impressive monuments of Seville you will visit.
In the evening you are invited in the most authentic tablaos where the best talent and well known dancers of flamenco will perform in a stunning dance.
(Day 7) The Depths of History: Alcazar-Giralda
Because of it’s splendor, the Alcazar was chosen as residence by many monarchs in the centuries that follow. Nowadays it is the residence of His Royal Majesty Juan Carlos when he visits Seville. The Alcázar embraces a rare compendium of cultures where areas of the original Almohad palace coexist with the Palacio de Pedro I representing Spanish Mudejar art, displaying every cultural style from the Renaissance to the Neoclassical.
The Giralda is one of the most famous bell towers in the world and served as a model for several other towers such as the former Madison square garden in New York. Icon of Seville, the magnificent Giralda was the tallest building in the city for over 800 years, dominating the skyline at 103m. From here you can admire the whole city and enjoy an unique landscape.
(Day 8) Homage to the sea: Malaga
After breakfast you make your way out of the cityscape and into the countryside en route to Malaga for a day tour of the seaside’s old city.
The proud capital for the Costa del Sol has cosmopolitan atmospher. Streets are lined with tiny tapas bars and downtown is famous for its variegated cultural offering such as the museum dedicated to Málaga’s best-known son, Pablo Picasso, as many as 16 beaches. Take the time to do some shopping, enjoy the sea, while drinking a sangria.
(Day 9) Barcelona-Gaudi and Modernisme –Magic fountain show
This morning you will fly to Barcelona. At the airport a private car will transport you to your spa and wellness hotel. Your guide is already waiting for you for a private full day tour.
Parc Guelli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for sure a Barcelona top attraction you cannot lose. Designed by Antoni Gaudi this artistic work is one of the many modernist exceptional buildings you can admire.
Walking along La Rambla street, the human heartbeat of Barcelona, you will reach the Magic Fountain designed by Carles Buigas for a must see attraction. This amazing and spectacular display of light, motion, color, music and water acrobatics mix will enchant you.
(Day 10) Sagrata familia Church- The art nouveau buildings
Sagrata familia is not only the most famous construction in Barcelona but also the most visited tourist attraction that welcomes millions of visitors every year.
Discover each part of this Gothic architecture, enjoy towers, the multitude of stones and tiles and the use of lights, considered by its architect, Antoni Gaudi, as expression of life.
The Palau de la Música Catalana is the essential landmark in the social and cultural life of Barcelona region and represents an authentic heritage for people who identify with its great history and International reputation of privileged setting for the musical life. You can enjoy a concert or an opera representation before having a tasting diner in a charming restaurant with sea view.
(Day 11) Walking and shopping- Cooking lesson
This morning you walk through the Barri gotic, The Portal de l’Àngel, Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol and see how Barcelona has a lot to offer also in terms of shopping. From the internation brands to the local artisans firms, the choice is huge. Your guide will make you discover the best shopping streets of the city according to your preferences.
Later in the afternoon you will learn togehter with a chef how to cook some of Spanish authentic typical dishes such as paella, gazpacho and also how to prepare the main tapas.
(Day 12) Barcelona-Return flight
Since the beginning of this wonderful journey, you have absorbed the variety of diffent cultures and tastes for which Spain is internationally known. After taking your breakfast, you have time for a short tour before meeting your private transfer to Barcelona international airport for return flight.
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