Explore Spain in depth, following the long history of Mediterranean Europe. From the Roman cities of Barcelona and Segovia, Phoenician cities of Malaga and Valencia, Moorish stronghold of Garanada, Medieval Avilla and Madrid and Royal El Escorial. Great food, great weather in March-April
Day-1. DEPARTURE CITY-MALAGA: Overnight flight to Malaga.
Day-2. MALAGA-TORREMOLINOS: Arrival early afternoon, local time and board the Motor coach for a short ride to Malaga, city established by Phoenicians almost 3000 years ago. See the Moorish Alcazar, the Cathedral and Plaza Mercedes, where famous painter Pablo Picasso was born. Then to Torremolinos and your beach front hotel for check in, dinner and overnight.
Day-3. TORREMOLINOS: Join your tour director on walking tour of Torremolinos, great sea-side town which first attracted crowds in 1498 when the Catholic kings and their vast number of troops camped here during the siege of Málaga. The town evolved as a thriving centre for fishing, primarily centred on La Carihuela, an area just east of town where a few bona-fida fishermen still remain, and a source of the best seafood restaurants en La Costa. Explore the upper town, the local market and the Cathedral. In the afternoon relax at the hotel's swimming pool.
Day-4. GRANADA: Full day excursion to Granada. Travel through Sierra Nevada and view the cliff houses where the people live in the caves since 1470, and then to Granada, once the favourite town of the Moorish Kings. Your local guide will walk you through Alhambra, considered as the most beautiful palace built by the Moors. Then continue to Generalife Gardens, amazing parks with numerous fountains. Then walk to lower town to explore Albayzin, the former Moorish quarter before we visit the Cathedral.
Day-5. GRANADA-ALMERIA-VALENCIA: Travel to Almeria for short visit to the city built by Moors in 9th AD. Then along the coast to Valencia for tour of the third largest city in Spain, established by Romans in 187 BC. See amazing "New Valencia" with water sites like "City of Art", Oceanographic Centre, Palau de les Arts, and then visit Cathedral and Lotja de la Seda.
Day-6. VALENCIA - BARCELONA: Continue along the coastal Spain to reach Barcelona. Panoramic tour of the city, photo stop at Sagrada Familia, the symbol of the city, created by Catalan genius Antonio Gaudi, and end at your hotel at Plaza Catalunya. Evening walking tour along La Rambla.
Day-7. BARCELONA: Morning guided tour of Barri Gothic, the original area created by Roman army. See the Episcopal Palace, the Cathedral, Palau Aguilar and Ribera Quarter. Then to La Boqueria, the largest open air food market in Europe, where you can taste excellent Catalan dishes prepared in from to you. In the evening walk along Barceloneta beaches to visit Maremagnum with great IMAX and aquarium. Evening optional flamenco show.
Day-8. BARCELONA-MADRID: Speedy AVE train to Madrid (just 3 hours). Upon arrival panoramic tour to see: Retiro Park, Puerta del Sol, the Opera, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, Basilica de San Miguel and Capilla del Obispo. Then to your hotel located just 150 m. from puerta del Sol, point zero of the city and the whole country.Evening optional flamenco showDay-9. MADRID: Walk to Palacio Real for guide tour of the residence of Spanish Royal Family. See the State Chambers, the armoury rooms and the courtyard. Then walk to Prado Museum, a Neo-Gothic building from the 18th century housing for inside tour of one of the greatest art museums in Europe housing the masterpieces by Velasquez, Goya, Murillo, and Ribera as well as Flemish art.
Day-10. AVILLA-SEGOVIA: Full day tour to Guadarama Mountains. First visit Avilla, surrounded by massive medieval walls, known as the city of St. Theresa. Visit unique cathedral build in the walls and the Convent of St. Theresa. Then to Segovia, known by huge aqueduct built by Roman army as their main water supply in 1st AD. Also visit the Moorish Alcazar and the Pink Cathedral Late return to Madrid.
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:
Alcazar - Alhambra Palace - Albayzin - Generalife Gardens - Aquatic Center - Sagrada Familia - Pink Cathedral - Palacio Real - Prado Museum - El Rastro - Roman Aquaduct
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following: