Andalucia and Madrid
Day 1 ARRIVAL TO MALAGA – RONDA - SEVILLA
Arrival to Malaga Airport by scheduled flight. After entry formalities you will depart to Sevilla. Stop in Ronda for sight-seeing tour. Ronda is one of Andalucia´s loveliest towns, steeped in history. It stands on a towering plateau in the mountains of Malaga Province, and is famous through Spain for the plunging river gorge which divides the medieval from the 18th century parts of the town. This gorge is known as El Tajo - The Cliff and is spanned by a stone bridge, which once housed a prison. You will be able to peer down into the gorge, to see the waters of the River Guadalevín. After free lunch proceed to Sevilla. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 SEVILLA
After breakfast in hotel begin sight-seeing tour of Sevilla: visit The Cathedral of Santa María (entrance not included), the largest Gothic cathedral and the fourth largest Christian church in the world. The tour will continue to Royal Alcazar (entrance not included), Arabic palace from the 14th century and nowadays residence of the Spanish Kings. The tour will end with a nice walk through the historical part. Afternoon free. Overnight.
Day 3 SEVILLA – TOLEDO - MADRID
After breakfast in hotel depart to Madrid. Stop in Toledo and sightseeing tour of Toledo. Toledo was declared a World heritage site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire and place of coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Moorish cultures. Many famous people and artist were born or lived in the city, including Garcilaso de la Vega, Alfonso X and El Greco. Toledo also was well known for historic events such as the Visigothic Council of Toledo. You will be able to see the Cathedral of Santa Maria (entrance not included), a 13th century high gothic cathedral, the Santo Tome Church (entrance not included) with the El Greco’s best known work “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz” an exceptionally large painting, clearly divided in two zones, the heavenly above and the terrestrial below, and the former Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca (entrance not included), a religious building erected in 1180 (according to the inscription on a beam). Its stylistic and cultural classification is not simple, because it was constructed in Christian territory by Islamic constructors for Jewish use and owners. It is considered a symbol of the cooperation of the three cultures that lived in the Iberian Peninsula in the middle ages. Continue to Madrid. Upon arrival check in to hotel. Overnight.
Day 4 MADRID
After breakfast in hotel begin sightseeing tour of Madrid. Madrid is a multi-faced city, with its Arab-fortress which origins to the court days during the reign of Philip II and that of Charles III, at which period some important building schemes were undertaken and, finally, present day Madrid, one of the most important European capitals. We'll drive past such well-known avenues as those of Gran Vía and Castellana; famous squares such as the Plaza de España, Oriente, Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha, Neptuno, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá, Colón and Plaza de castilla; quarters of mayor historical relevance such as that of the Austrias, the Borbouns and Salamanca; the Oeste and Retiro parks; commercial and financial areas coliseums such as the bullring, the Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium, University campus, etc. You will visit the Prado Museum (entrance not included). Afternoon free, overnight in hotel.
Day 5 MADRID – CORDOBA - GRANADA
Breakfast in hotel. After breakfast depart to Granada. Stop in Cordoba and half day sightseeing tour of Cordoba. You will be able to visit Mezquita de Cordoba (entrance not included), a Roman Catholic Cathedral and former Mosque. Under the rule of Islam, it was built as the second-largest mosque in the world, and is perhaps the most accomplished monument of the Unmayyad dynasty of Cordoba. After the Spanish Reconquista it was transformed into a church, and some of the Islamic columns and arches were replaced by a basilica in early Baroque style. After visit you will be able to walk through the streets of barrio de la Judería, known for its interesting interior patios. Proceed to Granada. Upon arrival, check in to hotel and overnight.
Day 6 GRANADA – MALAGA / COSTA DEL SOL
Breakfast in hotel. After breakfast begin HD sightseeing tour in Granada. You will be able to enjoy a visit of Alhambra fortress and the magnificent gardens of the Generalife (entrance not included), the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. After this you will enjoy a walking tour through the old part of the city and see also the Royal Chapel, where King Ferdinand and Queen Elisabeth are buried. In the afternoon depart to Malaga / Costa del Sol. Upon arrival, check in to hotel. Overnight.
Day 7 MALAGA / COSTA DEL SOL – GIBRALTAR – APT MALAGA
After breakfast in hotel depart to Gibraltar. Upon arrival optional excursion by minibuses (ticket not included) from the frontier with Spain towards the southernmost point of Gibraltar, Europe Point and the sight of the only Trinity Lighthouse outside Great Britain. En route you will pass by Catalan Bay, formally a quaint little fishing village, until you will arrive Europe Point. From this view point the African continent is often visible. The tour then proceeds to the Upper Rock area and to St. Michael's Cave and after this the Rock Apes (monkey reservation). After this the tour continues via the Upper Rock area to exit the Nature Reserve passing by the Moorish Castle and the tower of Homage that still bears the scars of Battle. At the end you will be able to see the Main Street in upper Town area. Return to Malaga Airport in time to the flight departure.