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EXPLORE: Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Ronda, and more! Discover the treasures of Madrid & Andalucia, as seen through the wonders of Moorish architecture: from the magical palaces of Alhambra to the old quarters of Seville, introducing you to southern Spain's most fascinating cities.                                                                                                           11 Days/10 Nights starting at $7,130

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The Magic of Spain Tour

Be a part of a cultural melting pot of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian history, from extraordinary architecture to endless culinary delights.

11 Days / 10 Nights (3 Nights in Madrid + 2 Nights in historic Cordoba, 2 nights in luxurious Granada and 3 nights in Seville)*

Low Season: $7,130 per person. High Season: $7,550 per person.

This unique, luxurious trip to Spain starts in the historic Capital City of Madrid, where you'll take a cultural tour that includes a guided visit to the magnificent Royal Palace, explore the local neighborhoods and the essence of its lively "movida", the nightlife that never ends. Continue your journey to Toledo and tour the historic sites of this magical Spanish city.

The Passion, the Fire, and the Colors of España.


The dream picks back up through the region of Flamenco, music, passion, and amor: Andalucia. Here, you will experience elegant stays in Moorish-style luxury boutique hotels.
Experience olive oil, wine tasting & cooking classes to expand your pallet and learn about some of the most famous cuisines in Spain. See one of the most important and largest Mosques in the world, Cordoba's "Mezquita", which is now its Cathedral. Continue the discovery in Granada, where you'll visit one of the most majestic examples of Islamic architecture, the "Alhambra". Enjoy historic walks through the old Muslim and Gypsy neighborhoods, and try some of the most well-known tapas in the world. Then, experience Flamenco shows with exquisite dinners as well as a fascinating guided tour of Seville, including the imposing Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, the Alcazar and its gardens. Explore the indescribably charming hilltop towns "pueblos blancos" (white villages) of the countryside, including the dramatic cliffs of Ronda, the immaculate white town of Grazalema, and the breathtaking views of Zahara de la Sierra. Your amazing journey circles back, ending in Madrid with memories that will last a lifetime.  



*Nada's Italy works with centrally-located luxury boutique hotels of the highest quality standards and amenities, which we regularly inspect and evaluate. For specific information about accommodations selected for this tour, please contact us with your travel dates.



Overview

  • EXPLORE: Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla, Ronda & more!
  • Enjoy the cultural bliss of Spain with a small group of 6-12 travelers.
  • Savor tasty regional cuisine & wine in authentic local restaurants.
  • Experience the Triana food market tour & tapas tour in Seville.
  • Enjoy an intimate Flamenco Show in Granada.
  • View the masterpieces inside the amazing Prado Museum with centuries of Spanish history.
  • See the charming "pueblos blancos" (white villages) of Andalucia, such as Ronda and Grazalema.
  • Fabulous Cooking Classes & Cheese tastings in local family farms.
  • Wine & Spanish Olive Oil tasting in Montilla.
  • Extraordinary walking tour of the Alhambra in Granada.
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter and incredible Mezquita in Cordoba.

(Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. The sequence of day trips may vary. The final itinerary will be given at the start of the trip.)


Friday | Day 1 | Bienvenido! Welcome!

Welcome to España! Our expert City Guide will take us on an introductory panoramic tour of stunning Madrid. This tour is a mix of walking and city sightseeing on an executive minibus to optimize your time and allow you to discover the highlights of the magnificent Spanish Capital. This cultural tour is focused on the Hapsburg and Bourbon legacy and includes a guided visit to the magnificent Royal Palace (note: being a government building, the Royal Palace is often closed for ceremonies and official events that can come up at the last minute, so this visit is subject to change). After getting settled in at the hotel, you will enjoy a lovely welcome dinner to get to know the other group members.
Meals included: dinner


Saturday | Day 2 | Magical Mudéjar

Today we're exploring beautiful Toledo for a full day guided tour of this historic city. During this tour, you will visit the Cathedral, the Jewish quarter, the El Tránsito Synagogue and the San Juan de los Reyes Monastery. After our guided tour, savor a lovely lunch in a local restaurant. Then, enjoy some free time to stroll the narrow streets of the old town, take photos, and visit other interesting sites on your own.  Free evening back in Madrid, you can enjoy the evening to further explore at your own leisure or to revisit your favorite spots.
Meals included:  breakfast, lunch


Sunday | Day 3 | The Prado and Treasures of the Royals

Our expert City Guide will introduce you to the treasures kept inside Madrid's Prado Museum to learn about the stories and figures behind the art. The Prado Museum houses one of the finest art collections in the world, it houses more than 8,000 works of art, including works by Spanish, Dutch and Italian masters. Afterwards, you will be able to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. 
Afternoon - take a private transfer from the hotel in Madrid to the train station where we'll board the high-speed train to Cordoba (approx. 1:45 hours). Upon arrival in Cordoba, we'll meet our local Tour Director for the rest of the stay in Southern Spain. 
After checking-into a luxury boutique hotel in the historical center of the city, we'll go on a short orientation walk of Cordoba to get acquainted with the city and the major sites. The orientation tour will finish at a very traditional restaurant specializing in Jewish cuisine, located right in the heart of the Juderia (the Jewish quarter), which continues to bring the Sephardic tradition to the table.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Monday | Day 4 | Cordoba's Mezquita

Discover the main sites of this Unesco listed city of Córdoba (the majestic Mezquita/Cathedral, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., the charming Jewish quarter, and picturesque courtyards). After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, you will have the afternoon free to enjoy at your leisure. Make sure you don't miss a visit to: the Hamman Spa/Arabian baths, the ancient Roman Bridge and The Calahorra Tower (Al Andalus museum), the Roman Temple- Plaza de la Corredera - Plaza de las Tendillas.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Tuesday | Day 5 | Colors & Flavors of Andalucia

Today we'll visit a local family olive oil mill in Montilla, just south of Cordoba, to learn about the extra virgin olive oil production and taste their delicious varieties along with freshly baked bread. Then, it's on to a local family winery located right in the heart of the vineyards of Montilla hills. Today, not only will you learn about their winemaking tradition and get to taste some the unique wines of this region but, you will also enjoy a fun hands-on cooking class. You will learn how to prepare a regional specialty called "Salmorejo" (a cold tomato cream) and a national specialty "the Paella". You will also have the chance to get involved in the preparation of the dishes. This day of adventure ends with you enjoying the food you have prepared in a friendly and casual atmosphere! 
After lunch, you will continue making your way to your hotel located in Granada's historic centre.
In the evening, our expert City Guide will take you a short orientation walk around the city center and the ancient Albayicin neighborhood, to end up at the famous viewpoints overlooking the incredible Alhambra.Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Wednesday | Day 6 | The Wonders of Alhambra

Today you will discover the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Alhambra Palace and the beautiful Generalife gardens. This tour includes the tickets and priority access to the different areas of the Alhambra so there is no need to wait in long lines. As you will be finishing your Alhambra guided tour around lunchtime, enjoy a delicious bite at the Parador, the beautiful terrace overlooking the Generalife gardens.
Free afternoon to further explore Granada at your own leisure.
Tonight, meet back up with the group to enjoy a unique evening of Andalusian flavors. Starting with an authentic Flamenco show and ending with a flavorful dinner and breath-taking views of the Alhambra. The cast is mainly made up of Granada natives from recognized Sacromonte families with flamenco/gypsy traditions that go back generations. Thanks to the acoustics of the place, microphones or amplifiers are not necessary, allowing for a truly authentic flamenco experience.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Thursday | Day 7 | The Essence of Seville

After leaving Granada behind, discover the amazing historical sites of Sevilla, including the impressive Cathedral, the intricate alleyways of the Santa Cruz Jewish district, and the Royal Alcazar/Palace, one of the best-preserved and most outstanding examples of Mudéjar architecture in all of Spain (priority access to the Royal Alcazar and entrance fees are also included). After the guided tour, you will have your own free time for lunch and a leisurely afternoon.Too many people visit Seville without really understanding how locals eat tapas, or finding where the best tapas are served. Or they see a flamenco show but never truly grasp the origins or meaning of this magical art form. On this evening tour, we’ll fill your bellies and minds – giving you the keys to eating tapas like a local and a rich, lasting flamenco experience. Then, over plates of delicious acorn-fed Iberian ham and local wines, your guide will then lead you through a fascinating explanation of the roots and mysteries of flamenco – from its unclear origins to its current worldwide fame. Then, we head for the show! Tucked in the city’s gorgeous Santa Cruz neighborhood, in a fabulous 15th-century building, you’ll experience the power, passion and sheer drama of real flamenco. With your new-found knowledge about flamenco, you’ll be able to savor this spectacular performance by world-class dancers, powerful singing, and magical guitar playing. After the performance, we’ll sit down for dinner at our final stop of the evening – a hidden family-run tapas bar that serves up incredible freshly cooked tapas, local wines and – of course – dessert. It's a perfect end to a magical evening in Seville!

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Friday | Day 8 | From Tapas to Passion

Explore some of the most authentic sites of Sevilla: the Iberoamerican exhibition hall around Plaza de España and the Maria Luisa Park, the Guadalquivir river, The Torre del Oro and the famous Triana district (ceramic workshops, markets and flamenco ateliers). As the tour will end up at Sevilla's famed Triana food market, you will learn about locally grown products will have the possibility to taste delicious delicatessen such as "Atun de Almadraba" from Cadiz, Iberian ham from Jabugo DO, white prawns from Huelva or fresh oranges from Palma del Rio...You will have the afternoon & evening free to enjoy Sevilla at your own leisure or simply relax.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Saturday | Day 9 | The White Villages

Visit the extremely charming towns of Zahara de la Sierra and Grazalema. You will enjoy a visit to a leather workshop and a traditional cheese maker. You will stop and have a delicious lunch at a local Andalusian cottage/restaurant overlooking the Zahara lake. After lunch, you will head to the picturesque town of Ronda, where you will have an introductory walking tour of approximately including the old town, the dramatic cliffs, the New bridge and the bullring. You will have some free time in Ronda where you can do some craft shopping (Ronda is famous for leather, linen, and embroidery). 
Late afternoon, you will be driven back to Sevilla where you will have the evening free to enjoy at your own leisure.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch


Sunday | Day 10 | Grandiose Madrid

After check out, we're going to take the high-speed train back to Madrid. Once in Madrid, you will have the afternoon free to relax and enjoy more sites at your own leisure. Meet back with the group in the lobby to go to a local restaurant for our last delicious "farewell" dinner together!
Meals included: dinner

Monday | Day 11 | Hasta Luego! Until we meet and eat again!

Nada's Italy hopes that you will come back soon and explore other beautiful cities of this very diverse country! Thank you for choosing Nada's Italy for your Spanish adventure! Have a safe trip back and...Buen viaje!
Meals included: breakfast




What's included in The Magic of Spain Tour:


  • 3 Nights in Madrid + 2 Nights in Cordoba + 2 Nights in Granada + 3 Nights in Seville.  A trip totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (depart the US on Thursday and return on Monday).
  • This tour begins and ends in Madrid.
  • Small group travel: maximum of 12 travelers per group!
  • Fully escorted day trips with professional private drivers and full-time service of a French Nada's Italy Tour Director Your guide will be a Guide Interpréte National (meaning licensed, experienced, English-speaking, local, and qualified).
  • Meals included: all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (included meals are shown at bottom of the description for each day.)
  • Beverages included: bottled water, soft drinks (in limited amounts), coffee, and 2 glasses of wine per person (choice of red or white) with included lunches and dinners.
  • Private Walking Tours by locally licensed English-speaking City Guides to: Prado Museum (includes entrance reservation & ticket), Historical Highlights of Madrid, Guided tour of Toledo, Walking tour of Cordoba, Orientation walk of Granada, Alhambra Palace (includes entrance reservation & ticket), Walking tour of Seville.
  • Destinations included: Madrid, Toledo, Ronda, Cordoba, Granada, Montilla, Seville, Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra.
  • Unique Experiences: Wine & Olive Oil tasting in Montilla, Cooking Class in a family farm, Flamenco Show in Granada, Triana food market tour & tasting, Tapas Tour in Seville + Flamenco Show, Cheese tasting in Zahara de la Sierra, culinary activities, delicious authentic meals in local family-owned restaurants, and much more!
  • Private Transportation for day trips and transfers in comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes Executive vans (does not include: transfer from and to the airport, airfare, or any other personal travel expenses). First Class tickets for High-speed Train transfers as mentioned in the itinerary (from Madrid to Cordoba and then Seville back to Madrid.)
  • A+ Rated Customer Service With Nada's Italy you can rest assured that your travel experience will be completely stress-free. Your personal Journey Coordinator will assist you with any additional services you may need, provide expert packing and travel advice, and answer any questions you may have before your trip.
  • Return Traveler Program: receive up to $800 credit per person towards any future trips you take with Nada's Italy!
  • No bag limit (many tour companies have a 1-bag limit per person).
  • Taxes & Fees: Local VAT taxes and government fees, City Tax, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees.
  • Staff & restaurant tips (additional gratuities can be given at the sole discretion of each individual traveler).



What's Not Included in Tour Package

Trip price does not include airfare and anything that is not specified to be included. Price does not include any personal related expenses or travel-related expenses outside of the scheduled itineraries. The food & wine that is included is what is presented during meals.



Before you sign up, please note the following:


>     The first day of this tour is Friday (you will need to book your flight from the USA on Thursday to get to Madrid on Friday). The last day of this tour is Monday (arrival in the U.S. is the same day of departure on your way back). Some tours start and end in different cities, make sure to book your flights accordingly.


>     Airfare is not included. Nada's Italy can assist with Business and First Class airfare. Please let us know if you need information about arrival and departure airport for this tour.


>     Reminders, hotel information, and arrival instructions will be sent only by email, please make sure we have your current email address.


>     Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the tour rate. Please contact us if you'd like to add transfers to your tour package.


>     You must be in good physical condition to sign-up for this trip. This is not a physically challenging trip, nonetheless, there will be a lot of walking uphill, downhill, walking over uneven pavement, and standing for extended periods of time.


>     Even though tips to staff and restaurants are included, it is suggested that you put aside approximately $100 (US) in combined gratuities for your driver & Tour Director for your trip (and any voluntary additional restaurant gratuities are at your discretion).


>     Nada's Italy strongly recommends that you purchase Travel Insurance for your trip. For suggestions on policies and a quote, please contact us.


>     You should know that air conditioning in Europe, as well as WIFI connection, are not always as reliable as they are in the United States.


>     The hotel staff assigns rooms to guests, some rooms may include stairs. A view is not guaranteed. As Nada's Italy works mainly with luxury historic inns and small upscale boutique hotels, rooms differ in size and layout. In general, European bedrooms and bathrooms are smaller compared to US standards. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and basic toiletry set. Please contact us if you have specific requests/needs.


>     It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Europe, please verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date.


>     In the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum participation requirement of 6 travelers, we will work with you to choose another available tour or tour date. We will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible.


>     Add extra nights and extend your stay in this amazing country. Contact us for a quote (subject to availability).


>     Please note: while we do our best to adhere to our published itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the  Tour Leader due to weather conditions and any other unforeseeable circumstances.

>     Unless stated otherwise, all rates are per person, based on double occupancy, land only, in USD, and subject to availability. Rates may vary by departure date and are subject to change without notice.  Nada’s Italy reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update rates, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.


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