Spain Andalucia and Toledo

TOUR STARTS FROM BARCELONA – Explore Spain’s Andalucia region on a 5-day tour from Barcelona. Visit the colorful Spanish region that’s famous for Moorish architecture, bullfights, and, of course, flamenco! Stay in great hotels and enjoy sightseeing tours of Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Cordoba.

At a GlanceSpain Andalucia and Toledo view of the roman brige over the river at Cordoba and the Great Mosque-Cathedral in the background
Sun   Early departure to Madrid with a stop in Zaragoza
Mon  Leave for Cordoba (City tour). Overnight in Seville
Tue   Morning city tour. Afternoon at leisure.
Wed  Travel to Granada. Visit the Alhambra & Generalife
Thu   Onwards to Toledo (City tour). Arrive in Madrid

Andalucia

Andalusia is in the south of the Iberian peninsula, in south-western Europe. It is directly south of the autonomous communities of Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha. It is situated west of the autonomous community of Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea. East of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean; and north of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. Andalusia is the only European region with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines. At the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar, the small British overseas territory of Gibraltar shares a three-quarter-mile land border with the Andalusian province of Cádiz.

Andalusia’s interior is the hottest area in Europe. With cities like Córdoba and Seville having an average high of around 36 °C (97 °F) in summer. Late evening temperatures can sometimes stay around 35 °C (95 °F) until close to midnight. Daytime highs of over 40 °C (104 °F)  are quite common. Similarly Seville also has the highest average annual temperature in mainland Spain and mainland Europe (19.2 °C), closely followed by Almería (19.1 °C)

Córdoba

Córdoba is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was conquered by Muslim armies in the eighth century. It then became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula.

Caliph Al Hakam II opened many libraries in addition to the medical schools and universities which already existed. Making Córdoba a centre for education. During these centuries, Córdoba became a society ruled by Muslims, in which all other groups had a second-class status. It returned to Christian rule in 1236, during the Reconquista. Today it is a moderately sized modern city; its population in 2011 was about 330,000. The historic centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Córdoba has the warmest summer high temperatures in Spain and Europe. With average high temperatures around 37 °C (99 °F) in July and similar heat in August.

The Mosque of Cordoba was built during the Muslim empire and was reconverted into a Catholic cathedral. It is the third biggest mosque in the world and stands out for its hundreds of decorated arches and columns that hold its roof.

The Cathedral of Sevilla is the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world. Is a sign of its wide cultural and artistic past.

La Alhambra is contemporary history of Granada’s arab past. Its buildings, towers, palaces, patios and gardens make La Alhambra one of the most visited monuments in Spain.

Additional information

Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star
1

Sunday

Barcelona – Zaragoza – Madrid
* Depart from Barcelona at 8:00 a.m. through Lerida and Zaragoza.
* We have a short stop.
* Continue on to to Madrid.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Madrid.
2

Monday

Madrid – Cordoba – Seville
* Breakfast at your hotel in Madrid.
* We then depart; travelling through La Mancha country; to Cordoba.
* We have a sightseeing tour; visiting its famous Mosque-Cathedral and Jewish Quarter.
* We then travel to Seville.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Seville.
* Optional tour to attend a flamenco show.
3

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

Seville – Granada
* Breakfast at your hotel in Seville.
* We then depart for Granada.
* Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the impressive Alhambra with its beautiful Nazari Palace and the Generalife.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Granada.
* Optional visit to the caves of Sacromonte and attend a typical show of gypsy flamenco.
5

Thursday

Granada – Toledo – Madrid
* Breakfast at your hotel in Granada.
* We then depart towards the Imperial City of Toledo; full of history and monuments.
* Lunch and city sightseeing throughout its narrow streets and alleys.
* Continue back to Madrid.
* Arrival 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 by 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.
* Accommodations 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 BARCELONA

DEPARTURES: Sundays all year.

City Hotel Class
Madrid Chamartin Tourist
  Emperador First
Sevilla Catalonia Giralda Tourist
  Hesperia Sevilla First
Granada Macia Monasterio Basilios Tourist
  Melia Granada 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: Sundays 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.

TOUR STARTS FROM BARCELONA

DEPARTURES: Sundays all year.

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01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

Portugal Spain view of the castle in Toledo
Spain panoramic view of the Alhambra Palace in Granada
Spain interior view of the courtyard with pond and water fountians
Sapin view of the park of Maria Luisa in Seville
Spain view of a street in the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba
Spain elevated view of Zaragoza showing roman bridge over the river
Spain elevated view of Toledo at sunset
Spain view of a courtyard in the Alhambra Palace showing a fountain held up by a circle of lions
Portugal Spain view of the castle in Toledo
Portugal Spain interior view of the gardens at the Alhambra
Portugal Spain view of the roman bridge across the river in Cordoba
Spain view of the Alhambra with snow covered mountains in the background
Spain doves sitting a t a fountain in maria Luuisa Park in Seville
Sapin view of the interior arches of the Cordoba Mosque Cathedral
Portugal Spain view of the Plaza de Espana in Seville
Spain elevated view of the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba
Spain view of the La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona
Spain view of the Charles V Palace in Granada