Discover Moorish Spain    *alt*

8 days, from £1231
G Adventures
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Description

Discover the history and romance of Andalucia on this eight-day trip to five amazing cities, with plenty of free time to discover them. Explore Madrid?s famous museums, walk the cobblestoned streets of El Greco?s Toledo with a local historian, take a flamenco lesson in Granada, and embrace the region?s Moorish spirit in Granada and C?rdoba. Some 1,300 years in the making, the fascinating culture of Moorish Spain will be sure to leave you wanting more.

What's Included: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Historic City of Toledo visit, Toledo
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Flamenco Dancing Experience, Granada. Explore Cordoba including the Mezquita (mosque) and the medieval Jewish quarter. Granada orientation walk including a guided visit of the Alhambra. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Toledo, Explore the Alhambra (one of the greatest achievements in Moorish architecture), Enjoy a private Flamenco lesson

Group Size Notes: Max 16, Avg 12.

Meals Included: 7 breakfasts

Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport: Public bus, train, walking.

Minimum Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Max Pax: Max 16, avg 12

Travel Style:National Geographic Journeys

Physical Grading:2 - Light

Itinerary


 Day 1 Madrid

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

If arriving early, head out and explore the city. Madrid has it all; history, architecture, museums, galleries, beautiful parks, and wild nightlife. The capital's most exciting street is the Gran V?a, but be sure to visit the Plaza Mayor ? the true heart of Madrid. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza?s many caf?s and watch the world go by.

After the group meeting, opt to head out for a meal at a local restaurant with the group.

Additional Notes:
If you want more time to explore the city, we recommend booking pre-nights in Madrid.

Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


 Day 2 Madrid (1B)

Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Bot?nico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasa?a. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.

Additional Notes:
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum.

Included Activities:
Historic City of Toledo visit

Transport:
Local bus
Local bus


 Day 3 Madrid/C?rdoba (1B)

C?rdoba?s gastronomy features cuisine steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions. Head out tonight to sample some local food. Try the thick, hearty stew called "caldereta de cordero" or cool off with "ajo blanco," a hearty white gazpacho soup.

Included Activities:
Mezquita de C?rdoba (Mosque) Visit
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit

Transport:
Train


 Day 4 C?rdoba/Granada (1B)

Opt to visit the Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation or the Royal Chapel before your Flamenco class.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Flamenco Dancing Experience

Transport:
Local bus


 Day 5 Granada (1B)

After visiting the Alhambra, opt to wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. This is a great place to go to catch the sunset.

In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

Included Activities:
Alhambra Guided Tour


 Day 6 Granada/Seville (1B)

This morning take a train to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain. Take an orientation walk with the CEO and opt to visit the cathedral Giralda or Casa Pilatos, or enjoy a traditional flamenco show.

Additional Notes:
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alc?zar of Seville.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Santa Cruz Quarter Visit

Transport:
Local train


 Day 7 Seville (1B)

Have a chance to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and caf?s.

Additional Notes:
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alc?zar of Seville.


 Day 8 Seville (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
We recommend staying a few extra nights to better explore Seville at your leisure.

Included Activities:
Departure Day


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