ES2 SOUTHERN SPAIN TOURSEARCH TOUR
Toledo, Granada, Cordoba - World Heritage cities; Madrid: City tour & Prado; Granada & the Alhambra; Arab, Jewish, Christian, Roman, Visigothic legacies; Andalucia: Orange groves, flower-filled patios
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Thu 27 Apr 2017||Sat 06 May 2017||$2540 USD|
|Thu 20 Jul 2017||Sat 29 Jul 2017||$2540 USD|
|Thu 21 Sep 2017||Sat 30 Sep 2017||$2540 USD|
|Thu 19 Apr 2018||Sat 28 Apr 2018||$2540 USD|
|Thu 19 Jul 2018||Sat 28 Jul 2018||$2540 USD|
|Thu 20 Sep 2018||Sat 29 Sep 2018||$2540 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $550 USD (number of singles limited).
Spain is a land of many wonders and the sheer artistry of the entire area cannot be so easily put to words and, therefore, only first-hand accounts can justify any testaments to its real beauty. A relaxing stroll along the cobblestone streets of Granada eventually leads us to one of the many sprawling plazas. View the Despenaperros mountains from afar and see how such majesty has inspired centuries of art such as displayed at the Prado Museum in Madrid. Spain's people form a mosaic of character that is an artwork in itself. The multiculturalism of Cordoba especially shines through its many places of worship, raging in religion and denomination. A walk rough the Synagogue in the Jewish quarter of the city entices one to learn more about its intricate history. Seeing the Cathedral-Mosque, the only Catholic cathedral built in the heart of a mosque, is an inimitable experience.
Barbara M. (Saint Paul, MN, US)
The excursions I enjoyed the most were the he Prado and Royal Palace, The Toledo Cathedral, the Mosque/Church at Cordoba, the Alhambra, and the bull farm. All local guides were knowledgeable. I really enjoyed this tour and I know a lot of it had to do with the tour leader.. Her choices of dining places, especially. the last night overlooking the river in Seville made the trip much more memorable.
Carol Anne H. (Toronto, ON, CA)
I particularly enjoyed the Alhambra, mosque/ churche in Córdoba, Cathedral in Seville, pueblos Blancos, Toledo and Rhonda. Local guides spoke excellent English and were very knowledgable. They were first class. Our tour leader did an amazing job choosing restaurants and all evening meals great. She was very outgoing, knowledgeable, dedicated, caring and extremely conscientious. She is perfect for the job. Couldn't have done a better job. She is an excellent tour guide. Loved the tour! Would highly recommend it to others!
Carolyn B. (Lowell, MN, US)
Everything was awesome!!!! All the meals were excellent, we had plenty of free time to walk around and discover each town we visited on our own. Alhambra was a definite highlight of the tour...I also really enjoyed Ronda and seeing a smaller town.
Giselle P. (Las Vegas, NV, US)
Laura was FANTASTIC! She handled any and every situation with calm, pleasant, reassuring demeanor.
John H. (Toronto, ON, CA)
Particularly enjoyed the Alhambra, caves near Ronda, and stops in the "pueblos blancas". All the local guides were knowledgeable. The meal plan definitely lived up to my expectations, the tour leader always did an excellent job of finding local specialties for us to try. Our tour leader always went to extra mile to please the group. Always very gracious and nothing seemed too much to ask for. Another excellent AA tour.
Michael C. (Otobicoke, ON, CA)
The Mosque in Cordoba was wonderful as was the Alhambra in Granada. Really enjoyed visiting the Pueblo Blancos, and of course the Prada in Madrid. All of our local guides were very good. Transportation was very good. All meals were well planned and of exceptional quality. A good variety of food and type of restaurants. Our tour leader was terrific. She went out of her way to make sure everyone in the group was comfortable and all there needs looked after. She was very upbeat and everyone had a good time. She knew the locations well and she made our dinners into dining experiences. She was very sensitive to our individual needs.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Sol Melia Tryp Rex
The Tryp Rex hotel is located in the Gran Via. Between the Plaza de España and the Plaza Callao, close ... the famous museums and the historical city center of Madrid. Rooms feature bathroom with hair-dryer, individual climate control, satellite TV, safe deposit box, wireless internet connection (WI-FI)throughout the hotel.
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Its privileged location in the very heart of the Jewish Quarter (in front of the Mosque) and 50 meters from ... Convention Center makes it a tourist reference point in the center of Córdoba. The Hotel has 82 bedrooms with spectacular sights of the old town, all of them completely equipped, provided with Air Conditioner, Central Heating, Amenities, PC and Fax connection, Minibar, Parabolic TV, Telephone, Hair Dryer and Desk.
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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall the most popular of which are spring and fall when temperatures are milder and crowds thinner. Spring is also popular for green landscapes. Showers are possible in spring, unlikely in summer, and possible in fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest.
Train journeys are comfortable (2nd class). YOU MUST BE ABLE TO MANAGE YOUR OWN BAGS ON / OFF TRAINS AND IN TRAIN STATIONS
Please note: This trip involves considerable walking up hills and stairs and on uneven or cobblestone streets. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3 star) throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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