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Discover the history and romance of Andalusia, enjoying plenty of free time to uncover the region’s secrets on your own. First explore Madrid's museums and walk El Greco's Toledo with a local historian. Then embrace the Moorish spirit of Andalusia—from its exquisite architecture to its mesmerizing music—in Córdoba, Granada, Ronda, and Seville.
Discover layers of culture and history in Córdoba at the Mezquita and in the old Jewish quarter.
Enjoy a guided tour of Granada’s famed Alhambra, a stunning example of Moorish architecture.
Try out flamenco during a private lesson with a professional dancer in Granada.
Itinerary - 8 Days
Day 1 — Madrid
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 — Madrid/Toledo
Travel to nearby Toledo and join a local historian on a tour of its medieval center, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with historical churches, synagogues, mosques, and plazas. Return to Madrid and explore the city on your own. Take a seat at a sidewalk café in the bustling Plaza Mayor and watch the world go by. Or opt to visit the renowned Museo del Prado—one of the world’s greatest art museums—and the nearby botanical garden, Real Jardín Botanico. (1B)
Day 3 — Córdoba
Take the high-speed train to Córdoba and visit the Mezquita—a Catholic cathedral built within a former Moorish mosque. Afterwards, stroll the medieval Jewish quarter’s maze of winding lanes and traditional houses. Savor Córdoba’s culinary specialties at the restaurant of your choice this evening. (1B)
Days 4 & 5 — Granada
Travel to Granada and take an orientation walk. Enjoy a private flamenco lesson with a professional dancer at a local studio. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra hilltop fortress, one of the world’s greatest examples of Moorish architecture and a World Heritage site. During free time, explore the city on your own. Opt to take a segway tour around the city, wander the white-washed Albayzín quarter, or visit the Granada Cathedral—one of the largest cathedrals in Spain. (2B)
Day 6 — Ronda
Catch a train to the city of Ronda, dramatically situated above El Tajo Gorge. Descend into the gorge for views of the Puente Nuevo, and then explore the enchanting city center on your own. Get a glimpse into the history of bullfighting at the Plaza de Toros arena, descend into some of Spain’s most well-preserved ancient Arab baths, or sample Spanish tapas and wines on a self-guided tasting tour of the old town. (1B)
Day 7 — Seville
Transfer to Seville and take an orientation walk. Later, explore the city on your own, or choose to join an optional activity. Climb La Giralda tower, adjacent to the world’s largest Gothic cathedral; explore the World Heritage-listed Alcázar castle and its lush gardens; or meander the winding lanes of the enchanting Santa Cruz quarter. Enjoy an optional flamenco performance this evening. (1B)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: Add $799
Transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in Madrid, Granada, Ronda, and Seville are at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (7 nights)
Meals Included 7 breakfasts. Allow an additional $230-300 for meals not included.
Transportation Public bus, train
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.