Madrid - Cordoba - Sevilla (519 km)
Guests will be picked up from the bus terminal in Madrid at 8:00am. We will make our way to Cordoba through the La Mancha region. Upon our arrival, we will take a sightseeing tour of famous Mosque-Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter. Afterward, we will drive south to Sevilla, where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.
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.
Deluxe Hotel: Hesperia Sevilla or similar 4 stars hotel
Seville - Ronda - Marbella (191 km)
On our way to Marbella, we will stop in the white village of Ronda to see its famous Puento Nuevo Bridge. After some free time here, we will continue to the Costa del Sol, arriving in Marbella, where we will eat dinner and stay overnight.
Ronda is a city in the Spanish province of Malaga. It is located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of the city of Malaga, within the autonomous community of Andalusia.
Puente Nuevo Bridge
This 18th century bridge crosses a 390-foot deep ravine that divides the small Andalusian city of Ronda. There is a central chamber underneath the bridge's walkway that today houses a small exhibit about the bridge's history.
Marbella is a Mediterranean city on Spain's Costa del Sol, with breathtaking beaches and coastline. The city is also home to several museums and theaters.
Deluxe Hotel: NH Marbella or similar 4 stars hotel
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
Marbella - Granada (180 km)
After breakfast, we will drive to Granada, where we will visit the Alhambra, the massive fortress complex built by the former Arab rulers of southern Spain. We may also take an optional trip to the Caves of Sacramonte and see a special flamenco show.
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.
Caves of Sacromonte
The soft rocks on the hillsides in the Granada neighborhood of Sacromonte were carved into cave-dwellings by the nomadic Gitano people in the area in the 19th century, many of whom still inhabit these caves.
Deluxe Hotel: Carmen or similar 4 stars hotel
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
Granada - Toledo - Madrid (447 km)
We will depart Granada for the imperial city of Toledo, the crossroads of medieval Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. We will eat lunch and enjoy a sightseeing tour through the city's narrow streets. Afterward, we will return to Madrid in the late afternoon or early evening.
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.