Spain Andalucia and Toledo

TOUR STARTS FROM MADRID
Experience the highlights of Spain’s Andalusia region on this 6-day tour from Madrid. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, visit six Andalusian jewels: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Granada, Toledo and the sun-baked Costa del Sol coast. Enjoy a combination of sightseeing tours and free time in each destination. With guided visits to sights such as Granada’s UNESCO-protected Alhambra Palace.
Discover the best of Andalusia and the historical city of Toledo on this comprehensive 6-day tour! Visit the birthplace of Spanish conquerors and discover the traditional Spanish lifestyle on this exciting tour which allows you to appreciate the true beauty of Spain.

Caceres

Cáceres is a city in western Spain’s Extremadura region. Founded by the ancient Romans, it retains widespread evidence of subsequent occupation by many different cultures. Its old town, Ciudad Monumental, has a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. With cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses and palaces. Encircled by 12th-century Moorish walls, it also has around 30 towers, some occupied by nesting storks.

Cordoba

The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (Spanish: Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba), also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the Mezquita, whose ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba. Dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.

The site was originally a small temple of Christian Visigoth origin, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lérins. When Muslims conquered the Iberian peninsula in 711, the church was first divided into Muslim and Christian halves. This sharing arrangement of the site lasted until 784, when the Christian half was purchased by the Emir ‘Abd al-Rahman I, who then proceeded to demolish the original structure and build the grand mosque of Córdoba on its ground. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church, culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the 16th century.

Since the early 2000s, Spanish Muslims have lobbied the Roman Catholic Church to allow them to pray in the cathedral. This Muslim campaign has been rejected on multiple occasions, both by the church authorities in Spain and by the Vatican.

Seville

According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. The high point in its history was following the discovery of America in 1492.
For all its important monuments and fascinating history, Sevilla is universally famous for being a joyous town. While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.

Ronda

Despite being Andalucía’s fastest-growing town – it overtook Córdoba in the big three Andaluz tourist attractions, behind Sevilla and Granada, in the early 21st century – Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town.
It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views. And for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo ‘new’ bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.

Merbella

Marbella is known as a glamorous resort town and is a favourite location with the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle. But there’s plenty for ordinary folk to see and enjoy too in southern Spain’s answer to St Tropez.

Granada

Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period, and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs, invading the peninsula in the 8th century, gave it its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.

One of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. This mighty compound of buildings – including the summer palace called Generalife, with its fountains and gardens – stands at the foot of Spain’s highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Sat Leave Madrid and travel to Cordoba via Caceres Tue Take the White Village road to Ronda. Overnight in Marbella
Sun Cordoba city tour. Travel to Seville for overnight Wed Leave Marbella for Granada. Visit the Alhambra & Generalife
Mon Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon is free Thu Onwards to Toledo (City tour). Arrive in Madrid

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1

Saturday

Madrid – Caceres – Cordoba:
* Departure from our bus Terminal at 08:00 a.m. towards the region of Extremadura.
* Arrive in Caceres.
* Time at your leisure to explore its Plaza Mayor and to walk through the old city and its famous medieval quarter; very well preserved and considered as World Heritage Site.
* Lunch on your own.
* We then continue southwards to Andalucia en route to Cordoba.
* Arrive in Cordoba and check in to your hotel.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Cordoba.
2

Sunday

Cordoba – Sevilla:
* Breakfast at your hotel in Cordoba.
* Enjoy a sightseeing tour visiting the famous Mosque/ Cathedral and Jewish Quarter.
* Then we depart for Sevilla.
* Lunch.
* The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own leisure.
* Arrive in Sevilla and check into your hotel.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Sevilla.
3

Monday

Sevilla:
* Half board (2 meals) at the hotel.
* We have a morning city tour visiting the typical Barrio de Santa Cruz with its narrow streets; the Park of Maria Luisa and Plaza de Espana; with a panoramic sightseeing of the city.
* Optional Artistic tour including the Royal Alcazar Palace.
* The afternoon is at your leisure to explore all that Sevilla has to offer.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Sevilla.
4

Tuesday

Sevilla – Ronda – Marbella:
* Breakfast at your hotel in Sevilla.
* We then depart on the Route of the White Villages and Ronda.
* You have free time to explore Ronda.
* We then continue our travels to Costa del Sol.
* Arrive in Marbella and check in to your hotel.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Marbella
5

Wednesday

Marbella – Granada:
* Breakfast at your hotel in Marbella.
* We then depart for Granada.
* Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the impressive Alhambra with its beautiful Nazari Palaces and the Generalife.
* Optional visit to the caves of Sacromonte and attend a typical show of gypsy flamenco.
* Arrive in Granada and check in to your hotel.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Granada.
6

Thursday

Granada – Toledo – Madrid:
* Breakfast at your hotel in Granada.
* After breakfast we depart towards the Imperial City of Toledo; full of history and monuments.
* Lunch and city sightseeing through the narrow streets and alleys of Toledo.
* We continue back to Madrid.
* Arrival in Madrid and end of the services.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Spain experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Transportation in deluxe motor-coaches, with air conditioning, panoramic windows, and maximum comfort and safety.
* Experienced multilingual and English speaking tour conductors during the tours help you with your room accommodations and assure you of a pleasant vacation.
* Local sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
* Accomodations in selected hotels.
* The professional support of all our team at your service.
* Transportation of one baggage per person.
* Meal plan as per itinerary.

TOUR STARTS FROM MADRID

City Hotel Class
Cordoba Macia Alfaros Tourist
  Macia Alfaros First
Sevilla Catalonia Giralda Tourist
  Melia Lebreros First
Marbella NH Marbella Tourist
  NH Marbella First
Granada Macia Condor Tourist
  Carmen First

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements for : Easter 2017 and for  July, August, September and October 2017
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* DEPARTURES: Saturdays all year.

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements for : Easter 2017 and for  July, August, September and October 2017
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* DEPARTURES: Saturdays all year.

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01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

Spain view of Toledo
Spain view of Toledo
Spain view of the Palace of Charkes V in Granada
Spain view of the cliff face with Ronda
Spain view of the Plaza de Espana in Seville
Spain interior view of the altar in the Mosque/Cathederal in Cordoba
Spain view of the Main Plaza in Caceres