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9 night Private Exploration of Madrid, Seville & Barcelona

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9 night Private Exploration of Madrid, Seville & Barcelona

Prices from 2885 EUROS PER PERSON

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Trip Overview:

Madrid, situated in the middle of the country, is the capital of Spain and a melting pot of local, regional and international cultures.  It is the home of the Prado museum, the Real Madrid football team and where the might of the House of Hapsburg can still vividly be recalled.  Toledo, native city of El Greco and where Jewish, Muslim and...

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Trip Summary:

This exciting 9 night tour in Spain features all of the services you need for a smooth, hassle free, private tour.  All essential transport, private guiding, pre-booked entrance tickets, quality accommodation and more are taken care of.  All you need to do is just show-up and Totally Spain will look after the rest.  Start in Madri...

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Daily Departures.

Fly into Barcelona International Airport.

Depart from Madrid International Airport or vice versa.

Totally Spain does not arrange International Flights so you have the flexibility to book the flights you prefer. We can recommend a US travel agent with whom you can book your international flights if required. Otherwise a website such as Skyscanner is very useful for checking up-to-date flight schedules and prices.

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Itinerary

Madrid, Spain

Arrive in Madrid. You’ll be met at the airport by your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally-located 4-star Madrid hotel for 3 nights.

Madrid stands at the very centre of Spain –geographically, culturally and politically. This capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. Among the splendid attractions of Madrid are the Prado Museum; home to masterworks of Goya, Velazquez and El Greco: the 19th century Villahermosa Palace now the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum; the Reina Sofia Art Centre showcasing more than 300 modern works by Dali, Miro & Picasso among others; the 18th century Royal Palace on the lovely Plaza de Oriente; the bustling Puerta del Sol with its many shops, restaurants and tapas bars; Rastro Market on Sundays one of the oldest outdoor markets in Europe; and Retiro Park for strolling while admiring local artists and buskers.

Take your time to settle in. Take a stroll in your neighbourhood that is bustling with atmospheric cafes, bars and restaurants.

For Madrid and for all the other places on this tour, we’ll provide you with our Totally Spain City Guides which highlight the best cafes, bars, restaurants along with museums, parks and other cultural spaces you can explore in your free time.  Your Totally Spain agent will also make personal recommendations based on your final choice of hotel and the size of your party.

We can also assist with restaurant reservations and booking other attractions to avoid queues.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Madrid Airport to your Madrid hotel
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Madrid, Spain

After breakfast you’ll be met at your hotel by your expert local Madrid guide who will take you on an private tour of the historic city centre. You’ll enjoy visiting such places as the principal streets and squares including the Plaza del Sol, Plaza Santa, Plaza Mayor as well as the Mercado San Miguel, one of Madrid’s famous food markets.  Remember this tour can be tweaked if you have other special interests. You only need to let your Totally Spain representative know this.

You will continue with your guide to Plaza de la Villa and the Plaza del Oriente. Visit the Royal Palace that stands on the site of an old alcazar fortress and a former Moorish castle. The current building was completed in 1764. With 3,418 rooms there’s something to represent every style (and every monarch) since its construction.

This afternoon visit the Prado Museum at your leisure as we have included pre-booked tickets for you that avoid lining-up.  The museum is a wonderful space dating back to 1785 that now houses art from the 12th to the 19th century including large permanent collections by Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Bosch, Titian, Van Dyck and Rembrandt.

This evening you’ll take part in a guided small group tapas tour with all food & drinks included. It’s a great way to experience Madrid’s most interesting and authentic bars and restaurants without the research or guesswork. Your guide will recommend the wines and other drinks to try and will order speciality tapas at each bar or tavern. Your guide will talk about the history of tapas, the types of tapas served in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain and will also give you a history of the neighbourhood you are visiting as well.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Madrid with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Royal Palace
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Prado Museum (open date & entry time plus skip-the-line)
  • Guided Gastronomic walking tour with a small group. Includes delicious tapas and drinks (10 people maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas style dinner

Madrid - Daytrip to Toledo, Spain

Today your destination is Toledo. You'll be transferred from your hotel to Madrid train station to board the high speed train to Toledo.  Upon arrival you’ll meet our expert local guide who will first take you by taxi to the Cigarrales area for some magnificent panoramic views of Toledo city over the Tagus River.

The city of Toledo is the capital of the province of the same name, and is also the capital of the Autonomous Community called Castilla-La Mancha. The city is located at 529 metres above sea level, in the Castillian meseta (plateau), practically in the centre of the Iberian peninsula. and just 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Madrid.  The monumental city centre sits atop a craggy rock, which is almost entirely encircled by the Tagus river.  UNESCO declared Toledo a World Heritage city in recognition of its uniqueness and its past as a host to Christian, Islamic and Hebrew culture which the splendid architecture of the city still relects - being almost impossible to walk its streets without stumbling on a Gothic or Mudejar church, an ancient mosque, a Romanesque or Visigothic structure, a former synagogue or a Renaissance palace.

Your guide will lead you on a walking tour exploring the old city while you learn about the three cultures that lived side by side during the Middles Ages and see the most important sights in Toledo including Zocodover Square, Alcazar of Toledo, Santo Tome Church,Transito Synagogue, Santa Maria La Blanca and cathedral (entrance included).

Free time for lunch and sightseeing at your leisure before returning to Madrid by high speed train where you will be met by your driver and transferred back to your hotel.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Madrid Hotel to Madrid train station
  • High speed train from Madrid to Toledo - Tourist class
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Toledo with expert, English speaking guide
  • Private transfer from Toledo train station to the city center with panoramic views along the way
  • Pre-booked entrance tickets to the cathedral.
  • High speed train from Toledo to Madrid - Tourist class
  • Private transfer from Madrid train station to your Madrid hotel
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request
     

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Seville, Spain

This morning you leave Madrid, travelling by high-speed train direct to Seville. You and your luggage will be transferred privately from your Madrid hotel to Madrid Atocha train station. Then upon arrival in Seville, your private driver willbe waiting to take you to your centrally-located 4-star hotel.

Seville, where the sound of flamenco floats in the air,  is the capital of Andalusia and one of Europe’s sunniest cities – hence the orange trees that grow there abundantly. The combination of Moorish, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque architecture through the city centre’s compact maze of narrow streets really is a sensory overload by day or by night. The entire city comes to a standstill for the Feria in April and Easter week when its love of tradition and sense of community is celebrated. For the rest of the year, it’s a perfect place to unwind, explore and of course, eat! You’ll find the same influences you see in the architecture has also trickled through to the food. Don’t be surprised to see film crews around. The Games of Thrones series has been filmed here and the city is attracting a lot of attention from a new fan base.

Enjoy lunch near your hotel where you can sample some of Andalusia’s delicious fish dishes, fresh vegetables and its world-class olive oils. After lunch, allow your nose to guide you – follow the evocative scents and colours. Enjoy the different light and the big skies you can only find in Andalusia.

This afternoon, your expert local guide will meet you at your hotel for a walking tour of Seville’s Barrio Santa Cruz (the old Jewish quarter). Visit the cathedral from 1506 that houses the remains of Christopher Columbus. Standing on the site of a great mosque, the structure features mudejar, gothic, renaissance, baroque and neo-classical styles, as well as the old minaret of the Arab mosque. It’s a wonderful space to visit.  Enjoy the sublime Patio de Los Naranjos (Courtyard of the Orange Trees) beside the cathedral. Also tour the Alcazar, site of the marriage between Carlos V and Isabel of Portugal in 1526. Its two beautiful outdoor courtyards are spectacular and indoors the tapestries and furniture are superb.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Madrid Hotel to Madrid train station
  • High speed train from Madrid to Sevilla - Tourist class
  • Private transfer from Sevilla train station to your Sevilla hotel
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Sevilla with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Alcazar
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Cathedral
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Seville, Spain

More and more people are learning that Spain is a top culinary destination —not just the home of the famous paella, Spanish omelette and gazpacho.  Spain now boasts some of the world’s best and most renowned chefs and restaurants, along with a great variety of styles. 

Today you'll enjoy a great Cooking Class and discover the delights of Spanish cuisine.

This small group activity includes a visit to the Triana Food Market, where you will learn about locally grown products and participate in the selection of some ingredients that will be used later in the cooking class. You will also meet some of the vendors, who have been there for generations. 

During the class, guests have the chance to get involved in the preparation of a 4 course menu, directed by an English speaking professionally trained chef. Classes are designed for both novice and experienced cooks that will be able to learn and develop new techniques and skills.

After the class, guests dine on what has been prepared during the class.  The entire activity takes 4 hours approximately.

This evening, you’ll attend a live flamenco performance which influences are many including Jewish, gypsy and moorish along with European and African.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Cooking class with a local chef and in a small group includes tuition, market visit before class, dining and drinks (2 per person)
  • Pre-Booked Flamenco show in Sevilla (1 hour-show)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch (at cooking class)

Seville - Cordoba - Seville (Daytrip by High Speed Train), Spain

Today following breakfast you'll be transferred from your hotel to Seville train station for your high-speed train to Cordoba famous for its well-preserved Jewish quarter and the mighty Mezquita (mosque-cathedral).

You'll meet your private expert local Cordoba guide and spend the afternoon exploring the city that was the great Moorish capital of Al Andalus. A walk around the old Jewish quarter gives the sensation that little has changed since the 10th century. Visit the Mosque-Cathedral or Mezquita which is without doubt one of the most famous constructions in all of Andalusia and is one of the largest mosques in the Islamic world. The original Mosque was built between 786 and 788 by Abd ar-Rahman, but over the centuries, many additions and extensions have been made. Following the Christian conquest it was consecrated as a Cathedral in 1236.

Visit the Synagogue built in 1314, a beautiful Mudejar building nearly perfectly preserved and the only synagogue in Spain from that time not to have been turned into a Christian building. See Almodovar gate or ‘Gate of the Jews’ as it is known locally and the monument to the great Jewish doctor and philosopher, Maimonides.

After your private Cordoba tour enjoy time at leisure for lunch and to explore independently. We recommend a walk to the Roman bridge across the Guadalquivir river. You may wish to visit the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Fortress of the Christian Monarchs) a Mudejar palace from 14th century with a beautiful Moorish garden complex, which served as the seat of the Inquisition´s Tribunal in the 15th century. Try to see a number of the beautiful courtyard patios too which are throughout the Old Quarter.

Then transfer once again to Cordoba train station for the speed train back to Seville.  Upon arrival meet your driver and transfer your Seville hotel.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Sevilla Hotel to Sevilla train station
  • High speed train from Sevilla to Cordoba - Tourist class
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Cordoba with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the Mosque-Cathedral
  • Private transfer from Cordoba city to Cordoba train station
  • High speed train from Cordoba to Sevilla - Tourist class
  • Private transfer from Sevilla train station to your Sevilla hotel
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Barcelona, Spain

Today after breakfast your private driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to Seville train station to board the high speed train to Barcelona.

Arrive in Barcelona train station and meet your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally located 4-star Barcelona hotel.

Barcelona is without doubt one of Europes most exciting cities.  It is a place of extraordinary architectural dazzle, achieved by what has been called both Catalán Art Nouveau and Modernisme, by architects Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch.  Monumental sculptures by local masters like Joan Miró adorn public spaces, and museums house extraordinary treasures ranging from works of the ancient Romans to those of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.  The city is further enhanced by brightly colored outdoor markets, a magnificent Mediterranean port , and a plentiful array of stylish restaurants.  Needless to say, the nightlife is splendid.

This afternoon is at leisure to settle in to Barcelona and enjoy time to yourself. Visit the Gothic Quarter and the bustling Las Ramblas boulevard, with its numerous street entertainers. This lively tree-lined pedestrian mall stretches for 1.2 kilometres and is popular with both tourists and locals alike.  Also just off of the Ramblas see the colourful Boqueria Food Market, one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets.

This evening you’ll take part in a guided small group tapas tour with all food & drinks included. It’s a great way to experience Barcelona's most interesting and authentic bars and restaurants without the research or guesswork. Your guide will recommend the wines and other drinks to try and order the speciality tapas at each bar or tavern. Your guide will talk about the history of tapas, the types of tapas served in Catalonia and elsewhere in Spain and will also give you a history of the neighbourhood you are visiting as well.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your Sevilla hotel to Sevilla train station
  • High speed train from Sevilla to Barcelona - Tourist class
  • Private transfer from Barcelona train station to your Barcelona hotel
  • Guided Gastronomic walking tour with a small group. Includes delicious tapas and drinks (10 participants maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas style dinner

Barcelona, Spain

Enjoy a hearthy breakfast before meeting your expert private guide and driver.  Today you’ll see why Barcelona is the heart of architectural modernism and experience the work of Antoni Gaudi, the maximum exponent of this spectacular artistic movement.

You’ll visit the remarkable Sagrada Familia - one of the most famous and spectacular of Gaudi’s works. It’s a Christian temple where Gaudi worked on fulltime from 1915 until his death in 1926 – even living on-site in the year leading up to his death. His remains are buried in the crypt. Work continues to this day on the building!

You’ll also visit Parc Guell – adored for brightly coloured mosaic tiles in animal forms and its great views over the city. Gaudi lived here from 1906 until 1925 – his former residence is now the location for the Gaudi Museum. Finally you’ll see the private residences Gaudi worked on in downtown Barcelona including Casa Mila- La Pedrera  on the Passeig de Gracia. This last building you will visit the interior on your own.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.   You might like to visit Montjuic or head down to the Barceloneta area for a seafood lunch by the sea.
 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day tour in Barcelona with expert, English speaking guide
  • Private driver and transport for half-day
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for Sagrada Familia
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for Park Güell
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Barcelona - Daytrip to Montserrat & Winery, Spain

Today you'll enjoy a daytrip in a small group (16 maximum) from Barcelona to visit the Monastery of Montserrat and afterwards, a charming winery.  You'll make your own way to the departure point which is very centrally located although a transfer can be arranged if required..

Montserrat is the most important mountain in Catalonia. A unique massif, famous for its gothic shapes and beautiful views. On the way to Montserrat your guide will introduce you to this “magic mountain” where Mother Nature meets religion, history and the identity of the catalan peopple. Enjoy the stunning landscape of this Natural Park. The guided tour includes a short walk to the monastery where you can enjoy spectacular views and get a true feel of spirituality Montserrat has to offer.

After Montserrat continue to the winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  Learn how the wine is created there, enjoy a tasting with tapas and time exploring the castle and seeing where the wines are aged.

Return to Barcelona in the late afternoon.  Rest of the day at leisure.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Guided excursion to the Monastery of Montserrat and afterwards a charming winery with a small group. Includes guide, transport, delicious tapas lunch and drinks (16 people maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Departure,

After breakfast you’ll be collected at your hotel by a private driver who will transfer you to Barcelona International Airport for your departure.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your Barcelona hotel to Barceloina Airport

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Please remember that this tour can also be done in reverse starting in Barcelona and finishing in Madrid.  It can also be used as a template for a custom trip should you wish to modify, add or subtract days to suit your schedule.

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This Trip Includes

 

Accommodation (based on 2 people sharing)

  • 9 nights accommodation in quality 4-star hotels in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request.

Meals

  • Full Buffet breakfast daily
  • Tapas style dinner in Madrid. All food and drink included.
  • Tapas style dinner in Barcelona. All food and drink included.
  • Tapas style lunch the day of the trip to Montserrat. All food and drink included.

Transport

  • All private transfers from airport / stations as indicated above
  • Half-day private driver in Barcelona (Day 8)  
  • Bus tickets for the route Seville – Granada
  • Five tickets for the Local buses in Granada
  • High Speed Trains (tourist class – upgrades available on request)
    Madrid to Toledo roundtrip
    Madrid to Sevilla
    Seville to Cordoba roundtrip
    Seville to Barcelona

Private Guided Tours

  • Private Walking tour in Madrid with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Toledo with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Seville with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Cordoba with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Barcelona with expert English speaking guide (includes transport + private driver) 

Pre-Booked Entrance Tickets

  • Madrid – Royal Palace & Prado Museum
  • Seville – Alcazar & Cathedral
  • Cordoba – Mosque-Cathedral
  • Barcelona – Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera (Casa Mila) & Park Güell

Group Guided Tours

  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Madrid. All food and drink included.
  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Barcelona. All food and drink included.
  • Guided excursion with a small group to the Monastery of Montserrat and a Catalan Winery. All food and drink included.

Special Highlights

  • Cooking class in Seville with a small group (4 hrs approx)
  • Flamenco show in Seville (1 hr duration)

Other

  • Comprehensive personalized trip documentation including local maps, guides and tourist information
  • Totally Spain's specialist trip planning service and support
  • Spanish Government tax


NOT INCLUDED
Flights, Personal Travel Insurance, Porterage (not commonly available in Spain), Tips, Meals, drinks or hotel extras other than those described above. Anything else not specified above.

 

 

 

 

 

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Customer Reviews

Dear Olaia, I want to thank you very much for the vacation you put together for us.  Your hotel selections were spot on.  Each hotel was centrally located and the staff at each hotel was pleasant, professional, and eager to please.&nb...

Ken and Laressa Hartshorn, Marlborough, MA, USA
2018-10-06

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