Southern Spain is a conglomeration of culture, unique experiences, delicious, food, and local heritage. Ornate palaces pop boldly against the muted cobbled streets of Andalusia’s downtown, and stoic fortresses loom above church steeples that pierce the sunny skies. Nestled in the snow-capped mountain range of the Sierra Nevada, Granada boasts the last-standing Moorish stronghold, and Sevilla's downtown provides glimpses into its history while also maintaining a vibrant culture of authentic bullfighting...
Madrid - Touchdown and Lunch at the Plaza del Sol
Central Spain is the home of the national capital of Madrid. You may have heard that all roads lead to Rome, but in Spain, all Spanish roads originate from this very plaza. Among the hustle and bustle of daily life in this major metropolis, it is easy to see how this city has become the pinnacle of national pride. Modern centers of shopping and dining sit side-by-side with ancient fortresses and palaces. Visitors can converge from around the world to indulge in the city's eclectic history and vibrant culture.
You too will surely fall in love with this enchanting city. You will arrive at Madrid's Barajas Airport as your journey to the illustrious region of Andalusia begins. You will be met at the airport with private transportation that will escort you to your luxurious accommodation. After a brief respite as you settle into your luxurious space, you can unwind with an exquisite lunch in the nearby Plaza del Sol. Here, children skip with colorful balloons that are tied to their wrist as taxis weave in and out of traffic. You can indulge in a fruity glass of sangria as you look out on the effervescent hum of excited restaurant-goers and shoppers. Then, in the afternoon, you can meet your guide for a tour of the city highlights, which will include the Royal Palace, Gran Via, and Parque El Retiro.
Cordoba - La Mezquita and Tour of City's Jewish Quarter
Seville - Plaza de Espana and Tour of the Alcazar
Granada - Tapas Crawl and Tour of Downtown
Granada - Visit to La Alhambra and Authentic Flamenco Show
Ronda - Scenic Lunch along the Puente Nuevo
Malaga - Picasso Museum and International Departures
- Indulge in a hearty lunch at Madrid's Plaza del Sol and traverse the halls of the Royal Palace
- Venture inside Cordoba's world-famous La Mezquita and amble down the cobbled streets of the Jewish Quarter
- Indulge in a tour of Sevilla's beautiful Plaza de Espana and delve into the city's captivating history in the gardens of the Alcazar
- Partake in a delectable tapas tour in Granada and peruse local markets that were inspired by Moorish culture and design
- Summit to La Alhambra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and attend an authentic flamenco dinner and show
- Admire the breathtaking beauty of Ronda's Puente Nuevo bridge and delight in a light, locally-sourced lunch
- Visit the Picasso Museum in Malaga and relax along the iridescent coastlines of the Mediterranean
Along the enchanting cobblestone streets of Andalusia lie captivating clues about the region's rich history. Inside immaculate cathedrals, synagogues, and mosques, you will find insights into the religious and ethnic makeup of each fascinating city. Then, as you climb to the top of looming fortresses, you will uncover each metropolises' military might. Next, you will stroll through the halls of prestigious palaces to learn how revered nobility lived and reigned. All the while, you will delve into the contagious culture of Andalusia.
You will begin your historically-based, cultural tour in Madrid. After landing at the Barajas International Airport, you will be led down Gran Via to tour the official residence of Spanish royalty at the Royal Palace. You will keep up with the hustle and bustle of city life in Plaza del Sol and stroll through the picturesque public park that is known as Parque El Retiro. Then, as a group, you will venture to Cordoba, where you will step inside the famed corridors of La Mezquita. Your guide will lead you through the mosque-cathedral and later to the enchanting Jewish Quarter to learn about the city's diverse heritage.
Afterward, you will continue to Sevilla, where you will stroll along the Plaza de Espana and marvel at the vibrant facades of the Triana neighborhood. You will then circle the Sevilla Cathedral before sampling savory gazpacho. Then, you will enter an authentic bullfighting ring before leaving for the lovely town of Granada, which is nestled into the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range. You will be in for a treat because you will attend a traditional dinner and flamenco show in the idyllic neighborhood of Albaicin. Perhaps, your best views will come from your second day in Granada when you summit to La Alhambra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last standing stronghold of the Moorish Empire.
Finally, you will venture to the sparkling shorelines of Malaga after a brief respite at Ronda's Puente Nuevo. In Malaga, you will witness the famed artwork of artist Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum before indulging in a traditional paella meal. Looking for more recommended Spain travel inspiration? Consider browsing our Spain travel reviews page.
$1,675 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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