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Trip Overview

Discover vibrant Madrid and the stunning seaside beauty and exotic Moorish roots of Southern Spain’s Andalucian region on this eight-night vacation by rail. Your journey begins in Spain’s vibrant capital of Madrid, where you’ll enjoy all the major sights of this diverse city. Then journey by train south to stunning Granada the next day, followed by historic Cordoba and the fascinating Andalucian capital of Seville. Finally, return to Madrid for an additional night to round out this complete Andalucian experience!

Highlights

  • Explore Spain’s vibrant capital city of Spain, Madrid, and visit its parks, museums and galleries as well as fantastic tapas restaurants
  • Tour the lavish Alhambra Palace in Granada
  • Discover the Mezquita in Cordoba, one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings
  • Explore the amazing Royal Palace of Alcázar in Seville

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel throughout
  • 2 nights’ total hotel stay with breakfast in Madrid
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Granada
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Cordoba
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Seville
  • Skip the line walking tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada
  • 2hr Flamenco show in Cordoba
  • Early access tour of Seville Cathedral and Alcázar including tickets
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID
Welcome to Madrid! On arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and begin exploring this vibrant city. Perhaps take a stroll to the Plaza Mayor, where you can relax and people watch at one of the many cafes lining the square. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Bakery House, which dominates the area, or just soak in the lively atmosphere. Madrid is renowned for its many art galleries, so why not pay a visit to the Prado Museum and take a look at the impressive collection of inspiring artworks? (Overnight in Madrid)

DAY 2 MADRID > GRANADA
After breakfast at your hotel this morning, board the train for a scenic ride to Granada. On arrival in Granada, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the city of Granada and the surrounding Granada province is steeped in medieval history, and its fascinating Moorish architectural heritage draws thousands of visitors every year from around the world. Enjoy a meal of delicious tapas at a local bar, happen upon a spontaneous flamenco performance, or admire the street art that lines the narrow cobblestone boulevards. (Overnight in Granada) B
 

DAY 3 GRANADA
After breakfast this morning, immerse yourself in Spain’s Moorish past with your included entrance to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, the most popular attraction in the city and one of the most beloved monuments in all of Spain. With construction starting in the 11th century, and numerous additions and revisions over hundreds of years, the palace is now a painstakingly restored love letter to Moorish architecture. (Overnight in Granada) B
 

DAY 4 GRANADA > CORDOBA
Journey by train to Cordoba via Antequera today, and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. A smaller city than its Andalucian neighbors of Seville and Granada, Cordoba makes up for its lack of size with history, charm and more than a few spectacular sights. Make your way to Cordoba Old Town, with its glorious Mezquita and in the evening, discover the Plaza de las Tendillas with its excellent bars and restaurants. (Overnight in Cordoba) B
 

DAY 5 CORDOBA
After breakfast this morning, enjoy an additional day touring Cordoba. Discover Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a site also called the Palace of the Christian Kings, built in the 14th century by Alfonso XI. Walk through the inside of the palace and see remarkable Arabian baths, Roman mosaics and a sarcophagus of marble from the 3rd century. Admire the Moorish and Christian architecture that line the alleyways around Juderia – the city’s Jewish quarter, dating back to the time of the Romans. Look out for important monuments dedicated to the most important sons of Cordoba: Roman philosopher Seneca, Arabian philosopher Averroes and Jewish philosopher Maimonides. From here, continue to El Zoco, a market where traditional artisans paint and flamenco dancers’ practice. This evening enjoy the ancient passions of Flamenco with a 2hr show included at Tablao Flamenco El Cardenal. (Overnight in Cordoba) B
 

DAY 6 CORDOBA > SEVILLE
Board the train from Cordoba to Seville today, and on arrival in Seville, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. As the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain, Seville is a historical masterpiece full of Islamic monuments, gardens and lively Flamenco festivals. Explorer the huge Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park, San Cruz Quarter, and Triana, the birthplace of flamenco. Admire the city's great architecture styles on display, from Islamic and Gothic to Rococo. (Overnight in Seville) B

 

DAY 7 SEVILLE
After an early breakfast, miss the crowds with an early access tour of the spectacular Royal Palace of Alcázar and the magnificent Seville Cathedral – home to many riches of Spanish Colonialism as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Perhaps climb the steady slope to the top of La Giralda for an impressive view, or even atop the futurist Metropol Parasol for a unique photo opportunity. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a meal of tapas and sample other local specialties at one of the many pavement bars around the city. (Overnight in Seville) B 

DAY 8 SEVILLE > MADRID
Return to Madrid by train today and enjoy a final night in the city. Perhaps visit some of the sights you missed at the beginning of the trip, or revisit some of your favorites. (Overnight in Madrid) B
 

DAY 9 DEPART MADRID
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in a different city, one of our Rail Specialists would be happy to help you with all the details. B

 

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner

Hospes Palacio De Los Patos Granada

The Hospes Palacio de los Patos is a luxury boutique hotel set across two buildings, one a listed 19th century palace; the other a modern glass-fronted building with an alabaster tiled lattice façade. The hotel features 42 contemporary bedrooms and the Bodyna Spa with indoor swimming pool offers treatments and massages. Enjoy a meal at the Senzone Restaurant, featuring regional dishes created using the freshest local produce. The hotel is located in heart of historic Granada.

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia

The NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel, formerly known as NH Madrid Suecia, is in the heart of the city’s historic center. A trendy hotel on Madrid's Broadway, Gran Vía, it's ideal for shopping and musicals allike. Renovated in 2016, the hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s and the revolutionary Che Guevara's Madrid home.

Las Casas de la Juderia Cordoba

Set within traditional 17th and 18th century houses, and featuring gorgeous gardens, fountains and patios, the Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia occupies a prime position in Cordoba, just a few metres from the Mezquita itself. The hotel’s 64 rooms all boast classic decor, original features and en suite bathrooms. Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or snack on traditional Andalusian fare at the Patio de Mudéjar bar.

Hospes Palacio Del Bailio Cordoba

The Hospes Palacio del Bailío in Cordoba is a stylish luxury hotel, housed within a 16th century building with four patio areas. The hotel is a balance of history, design, light and space. The hotel also features the BODYNA SPA with indoor Roman baths and an outdoor swimming pool, the Senzone restaurant and a Tapas Bar offering a mixture of traditional and modern style tapas. The hotel is located in the centre of the historic Moorish city of Cordoba, and a 15 minute walk from the train station.

NH Collection Amistad Cordoba

A truly unique location, the NH Collection Amistad Córdoba is a piece of living history sensitively renovated to the finest contemporary standards. Composed of two 18th-century palaces, its romantic courtyards, arches and ornate carved ceilings conjure up the essence of Córdoba.

H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel

The H10 Corregidor is a charming Boutique Hotel located in Seville’s historic centre and shopping district, next to the city’s main tourist attractions. The hotel keeps the essence of Seville alive through its arabesque and Andalusian architecture. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant for breakfasts and a terrace in an Andalusian courtyard featuring a typical Andalusian fountain, a late 19th-century wrought-iron gate and ceramic tiles from the 1929 Seville World's Fair.

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza Seville

The Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is a historic boutique style hotel. The decor combines the finest elements of Arabic and European design that have influenced Seville over the centuries. Enjoy the unique views of the historical city centre from the roof top swimming pool, and taste the best of Andalusian cuisine from one of the hotel's two restaurants. The Hospes is situated on Jesús de la Redención Square, in the historic centre of Seville.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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