Madrid - Cordoba - Sevilla (447 km)
After departing at 8:30am from the Julia Travel bus terminal, located in the underground parking center of the Plaza de Oriente, we will drive to the La Mancha region, the land of Don Quixote. Along the way, we will make a brief stop in Puerto Lapice to see what a typical town in the Spanish countryside looks like. When we reach the region of Andalusia, we will travel to Cordoba, where we will see the city's impressive Mosque-Cathedral and Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, we will drive to Sevilla, where we will enjoy dinner and check into a hotel.
Cordoba is a city in Andalusia, Spain, and the capital of the province of Cordoba. The city is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, and its easy access to the mining resources of the Sierra Morena satisfies the population's needs.
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
The interior of this dual mosque-cathedral perfectly reflects the religious power-struggle of medieval Spain. The conversion of the church into a mosque lasted from 784 to 987. The complex is massive and features many small chapels.
Cordoba's Jewish Quarter is marked by narrow and irregular streets. It houses a medieval Synagogue and the Sephardic House. Unfortunately, this neighborhood was a focal point of the Spanish Inquisition, during which Cordoba played a large role.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Santa Justa
Deluxe Hotel: Meliá Lebreros
Sevilla - Granada (249 km)
After breakfast at our hotel, we will leave Sevilla by driving along the Caliphate road, passing endless olive trees, on our way to Granada, where we will visit the world famous Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Later on, guests will be able to enjoy an optional Gypsy Flamenco Show in the Sacromonte Quarter.
Granada is a mid-sized provincial capital in the Andalucia region of Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. Spring and autumn are also both excellent times to visit.
The Alhambra is a massive complex consisting of multiple palaces and fortresses. It originated as a Spanish-Muslim fortress in the 9th century, but subsequent rulers, both Muslim and Christian, continually added additions and renovations.
Built in the 14th century as the summer palace of Nasrid Emirs of Grananda, the name of this palace means "Architect's Garden" for the extensive gardens on its grounds, which are world renowned for their exquisite beauty.
Standard Hotel: Los Angeles
Deluxe Hotel: Melia Granada
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
Granada - Toledo - Madrid (440 km)
Today we will drive to Toledo - World Heritage City - where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument. We will have a short guided tour of this historical old town throught its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous "Damasquinado" (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Later we will continue to Madrid.
Toledo is known as the "Imperial City" for having been the main venue of the court of Charles I, and as the "City of the Three Cultures", having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews.