Madrid & the Costa del Sol Highlights

Madrid & the Costa del Sol Highlights
See the impressive medieval, cultural and modern sights of Spain’s capital city, visit the enormous El Escorial palace, the historic residence of the king, and relax on the pristine beaches of the Costa del Sol.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Hola Madrid
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Madrid city walk
Puerta del SolPlaza MayorPlaza de España
Details: Madrid city walk
Life in Madrid is centered around talking, toasting and tapas-eating. In a walk through this crowded and social city, your Tour Director will help you get to know the lay of the land. Then stroll over to the Puerta del Sol, the bustling city center. Next, you'll relax at the Plaza Mayor, a grand square where every sort of human drama has taken place—trials of faith, public burnings of heretics, royal marriages, the canonization of saints, and countless balls and bullfights. End at the Plaza de España for a stop at an outdoor café.
Details: Prado visit
Visit the Museo del Prado, home of works by Spain's great masters, including Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Please note that on some occassions the Prado could be substituted for the Reina Sofia Museum, featuring works from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí among others.
Day 3 Madrid landmarks
Madrid guided sightseeing tour
Calle MayorGran VíaCibeles FountainPuerta de AlcaláColumbus SquareRoyal Palace visit
Optional  Toledo guided excursion  $70
Toledo Cathedral visitChurch of Santo ToméSt. Mary’s Synagogue
Details: Madrid guided sightseeing tour
Get a taste of Spain's cultural, political and economic center with a tour led by a licensed local guide. See Madrid's mix of traditional and modern as you visit the Royal Palace, an 18th-century masterpiece. The enormous Baroque palace currently has more rooms (2,800) than any other European palace, but it was originally supposed to be four times as large. The palace is dripping with porcelain, jeweled clocks, amazing ceiling frescoes—the most magnificent, in the Throne Room, was done by the Venetian artist Tiepolo when he was in his seventies. Next take a look at the Neoclassical architecture of the Prado Museum and the Puerta de Alcalá triumphal arch, built to honor Carlos III’s entry into Spain.
Details: Tapas dinner
Tapas purportedly originated when bartenders set a small plate ("tapa") over patrons' glasses of sherry and wine to keep the flies out. The bartenders started piling the plate with cold cuts, olives, or salad, and the bite-size snack was born. (We're unsure how they kept the flies out of the cold-cuts... maybe that's how the sandwich was invented?) Over time, these working-class snacks have become more elaborate, with each region adding its own specialties and cooking techniques to create unique tastes and combinations.
Day 4 Madrid
Details: Segovia Alcázar visit
A castle fit for a king! This stone fortification rises up imposingly from a rocky crag in the old city of Segovia. See its towering round turrets, spindly spires, luxurious throne room and fully stocked armory.
Day 5 Madrid--Costa del Sol
Travel to Costa del Sol via Talgo train
Day 6 Costa del Sol beach time
Optional  Morocco guided excursion  $135
Ferry to Ceutapanoramic view of CeutaTétouan sightseeing tourauthentic lunch included
Day 7 Costa del Sol beach time
Details: Costa del Sol beach time
Sit back, relax, and remind yourself: You’re on the Costa del Sol! With over 150 kilometers of prime beachfront in one of Spain’s most popular destinations, life in this part of the world revolves around beach time...and rightly so! With consistently beautiful weather, and even more beautiful scenery, the Costa del Sol gives an entirely new meaning to a day at the beach. So grab your suit, your sunscreen, and your sunglasses and prepare to soak up the “Sol."
Day 8 End tour
Limited air service from Malaga may cause flight itinerary changes

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  • Day 8 Start extension to Andalusia
    Travel to Seville via Granada
    Details: Alhambra guided visit
    Granada sits on three gentle hills, which are dwarfed on a clear day by the majestic snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Atop one of these hills sits the imposing but delicate Alhambra palace. Golden pink hues give this sprawling renaissance gateway an otherworldly aura. One of the best rewards of climbing up to see it is the view of the city mixed in with orchards, tobacco fields and poplar groves.
    Day 9 Seville landmarks
    Seville guided sightseeing tour
    Giralda TowerAlcázar visitColumbus’ gravesiteSeville Cathedral visit
    Seville city walk
    Barrio de Santa Cruz
    Details: Seville guided sightseeing tour
    See the twisted alleyways and cobbled streets of Seville with the help of a licensed, local guide. Your first visit will be to the Barrio de Santa Cruz, formerly the old Jewish quarter of the 17th-century. Now, lovingly restored, these properties are among the city’s more exquisite and expensive. Next you will enter the high, fortified wall of the Alcázar, a palace built by a Christian king named ‘Pedro the Cruel’. Now it is the official residence of the king and queen of Spain. End the day with a visit to Columbus’ gravesite.
    Details: Seville city walk
    Charming white-washed houses and ochre-colored palaces with ornate façades. Jasmine-covered balconies and luxuriant parks. Jean Cocteau listed Seville (along with Peking and Venice) as one of the three most magical cities in the world. Santa Teresa proclaimed its beauty was the work of the devil. Decide for yourself as you stroll the streets with your Tour Director. Climb to the top of the Giralda Tower, the greatest symbol of the city. It was once the minaret of Seville’s greatest mosque, built between 1184 and 1196. Later, Christians destroyed the mosque but couldn’t bear to tear down the tower, so they incorporated it into their new cathedral.
    Details: Flamenco evening
    Originating from gypsy music and dance in Southern Spain, flamenco dancing has become a Spanish institution. Dancers use intricate footwork and elaborate arm gestures to convey the mood of the music, which can range from lamentation to celebration. Learn about the history of Flamenco, watch dancers perform and give it a whirl yourself!
    Day 10 Seville--Madrid
    Mezquita guided visit
    Details: Travel to Madrid via Córdoba
    Stop at Córdoba to visit one of Spain’s most impressive monuments, the Moorish Mezquita, which dates from the 8th to the 10th centuries. Walk through narrow white-washed alleys, passing tile covered patios, dotted with vibrant colored flowers. Don’t miss the beautiful back quarters.
    Day 11 End tour
    Map of Madrid & the Costa del Sol Highlights Educational Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (9 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Full European breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tapas Dinner
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • High-speed Talgo train to Costa del Sol
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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