Best of Southern Spain

Classic, Madrid to Barcelona

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

With some destinations, you always have to compromise on something, whether it's cuisine, history, or just things to do. Luckily, in southern Spain, there’s no such thing. This tour covers the major highlights of Andalucia (southern Spain): the ornate palace of Alhambra in Granada, Córdoba (an architectural mainstay of Islamic culture), and the Andalucian capital of Seville, home of flamenco dancing. Pair it all up with time in Madrid and Barcelona, and you’ll never run out of fun things to do, eat, or see.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona
  • Granada orientation walk
  • Albaicin quarter visit
  • Alhambra guided tour
  • Seville orientation walk
  • Flamenco show performance
  • Mezquita Mosque and Jewish quarter visit in Cordoba
  • Free time in Valencia
  • Free time in Barcelona
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore moorish palaces
  • Be treated to a lively flamenco performance in seville
  • Explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the alhambra
  • Witness gaudí’s barcelona with your own eyes.

Itinerary

Day 1 Madrid Arrive any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Madrid/Granada (1B) Journey south to Granada. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with it's narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Albaicín (El Albayzín) Visit Transport: Local bus (4.20 hour(s), 420km)
Day 3 Granada (1B) After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the historic town. 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 4 Granada/Cordoba/Seville (1B) Travel to picturesque Cordoba. Go for a stroll through the historic Jewish quarter and visit the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque). In the early evening head towards Seville by train and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance. Included Activities: Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit Flamenco Show Transport: Local bus (2.25 hour(s), 200km) Local train (1.60 hour(s), 144km)
Day 5 Seville (1B) Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares. Seville is home to the world’s largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns. 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 6 Seville/Valencia (1B) Hop on an early train to Valencia (including a quick stop via Madrid) arriving in time to explore this lively coastal city. Make sure to enjoy a traditional paella dinner! Included Activities: Valencia Orientation Walk Transport: Local train (2.40 hour(s)) Local train (1.80 hour(s))
Day 7 Valencia/Barcelona (1B) Enjoy the morning in Valencia before travelling to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant youth followed by a group dinner to round out the day. 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 La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner Transport: Local train (3.70 hour(s), 350km)
Day 8 Barcelona (1B) Depart at any time.
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