Discover Moorish Spain

National Geographic Journeys, Madrid to Seville

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Discover the history and romance of Andalucia on this eight-day trip to five amazing cities, with plenty of free time to discover them. Explore Madrid’s famous museums, walk the cobblestoned streets of El Greco’s Toledo with a local historian, take a flamenco lesson in Granada, and embrace the region’s Moorish spirit in Granada and Córdoba. Some 1,300 years in the making, the fascinating culture of Moorish Spain will be sure to leave you wanting more.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Historic City of Toledo visit, Toledo National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Flamenco Dancing Experience, Granada
  • Explore Cordoba including the Mezquita (mosque) and the medieval Jewish quarter
  • Granada orientation walk including a guided visit of the Alhambra
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit the unesco world heritage site of toledo
  • Explore the alhambra (one of the greatest achievements in moorish architecture)
  • Enjoy a private flamenco lesson

Itinerary

Day 1 Madrid Please make your own way to the joining hotel. If arriving early, head out and explore the city. Madrid has it all; history, architecture, museums, galleries, beautiful parks, and wild nightlife. The capital's most exciting street is the Gran Vía, but be sure to visit the Plaza Mayor – the true heart of Madrid. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza’s many cafés and watch the world go by. After the group meeting, opt to head out for a meal at a local restaurant with the group. Additional Notes: If you want more time to explore the city, we recommend booking pre-nights in Madrid. Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Madrid (1B) Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum. Included Activities: Historic City of Toledo visit Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Madrid/Córdoba (1B) Córdoba’s gastronomy features cuisine steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions. Head out tonight to sample some local food. Try the thick, hearty stew called "caldereta de cordero" or cool off with "ajo blanco," a hearty white gazpacho soup. Included Activities: Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Córdoba/Granada (1B) Opt to visit the Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation or the Royal Chapel before your Flamenco class. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Flamenco Dancing Experience Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Granada (1B) After visiting the Alhambra, opt to wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. This is a great place to go to catch the sunset. In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene. Included Activities: Alhambra Guided Tour
Day 6 Granada/Seville (1B) This morning, journey to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain. Take an orientation walk with the CEO and opt to visit the cathedral Giralda or Casa Pilatos, or enjoy a traditional flamenco show. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alcázar of Seville. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Santa Cruz Quarter Visit Transport: Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 7 Seville (1B) Have a chance to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafés. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alcázar of Seville.
Day 8 Seville (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend staying a few extra nights to better explore Seville at your leisure. Included Activities: Departure Day
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