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Overview

Discover several of Spain's most famous cities, including Granada, Seville, Toledo and Cordoba, on this 5-day guided tour departing from Barcelona. Visit several of Spain's multitude of World Heritage Sites, including the incredible Alhambra, as you immerse yourself in the country's rich history and beautiful architecture. Start your trip with an optional high-speed AVE train ride from Barcelona to Madrid, or choose a more leisurely trip by coach, stopping in the cities of Zaragoza and Lerida along the way. This 5-day Spain exploration includes a guide, all entrance fees, four nights accommodation, and meals.
  • Five-day tour to Andalucia’s most famous cities: Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo from Barcelona
  • Choose between a high-speed train journey to start the tour, or travel by coach and visit Lerida and Zaragoza, too
  • See Cordoba's Jewish quarter and Seville's beautiful cathedral
  • Visit Granada's famous Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Visit the history-rich town of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Four nights accommodation, with a choice of three-star or four-star hotels
Spend 5 days in some of Spain's most beautiful cities, including Cordoba, Granada, Toledo and Seville, on this trip from Barcelona. During your trip you'll explore a range of sublime palaces, elaborate cathedrals and ancient neighborhoods that have rightfully earned Spain a reputation as one of the world's great centers of culture and history.

Over the course of your 5-day excursion you'll explore an incredible array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and beautiful architecture. Start your journey in Cordoba, where you'll wander through the city's Jewish quarter to admire its intricate network of medieval-era streets and see the city's cathedral-mosque. Then head to Seville, a city once controlled by the Moors, to admire its Arab-inspired architecture and its magnificent cathedral, idyllic gardens and ancient Santa Cruz area. Spend the fourth day in Granada, home to the incredible Alhambra, the elaborate palace of the Moors and the Arab kingdom's last stronghold in Spain up until 1492. Finish your trip on the fifth day with a chance to stroll the cobblestone streets of Toledo, another UNESO World Heritage site, where you'll see a wealth of medieval architecture. For more details on the daily itinerary, read the description below.

Itinerary

Day 1: Barcelona – Madrid
If you have chosen to start your tour by high-speed AVE train, receive your tickets in advance, and then leave Barcelona-Sants Station by train. After roughly three hours, arrive at Madrid Atocha Station, meet your driver and travel to your hotel by minivan. Check in and spend the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps exploring Madrid independently and eating out in town (own expense).

Alternatively, travel by air-conditioned coach from Barcelona to Madrid, and enjoy stop-offs in the picturesque towns of Lerida and Zaragoza. Including free time to explore each town, the journey takes roughly ten hours.

Overnight: Tourist Class : Mayorazgo o Florida Norte and First Class : Courtyard Marriot Madrid Princesa o Catalonia Gran Via

Day 2: Madrid
Cordoba Seville (B, D)
After breakfast, leave Madrid and travel through the land of Don Quixote, the Man from La Mancha. In Cordoba, you’ll have time for lunch (additional cost) and a city tour of the Mosque and Jewish Quarter. Continue to Seville for the evening.

Overnight: 3-star Catalonia Santa Justa or 4-star Melia Lebreros in Seville

Day 3: Seville (B, D)
After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour, which includes the exterior of Seville Cathedral, the Santa Cruz Quarter and the Maria Luisa Gardens. The afternoon is yours to discover beautiful views and explore this city full of light.

Overnight: 3-star Catalonia Santa Justa or 4-star Melia Lebreros in Seville

Day 4: Granada - Alhambra - Generalife Gardens (B, D)
After breakfast, depart via the Califato road to Granada. You will visit the Alhambra, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492, and its Generalife gardens. This is an amazing monumental environment that is one of the most popular attractions in Spain.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Los Angeles or 4-star Melia Granada in Granada

Day 5: Granada - Toledo - Madrid (B)
After breakfast, depart for the Imperial City of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where all the cultures and eras of Spain (Christians, Moorish and Jewish) have lived together. After lunch (own expense), you'll take an impressive tour of the city’s important monuments and sights, like the famous Damasquinado (gold and silver inlaying in iron).

You’ll then head to Madrid, where your tour ends.

The hotels detailed above are as a reference only and are subject to change.

Reviews

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j
, Sep 2018

Margarita was our main tour guide - she was amazing! Full of information and always willing to help. The accommodation for the 4-star version was great. The hotels were in good locations to go out and explore after getting in for the day. Our local guides were all spectacular. The only hiccup came with Felipe and Eduardo during our tour of the Alhambra.

When our guides arrived for our tour of Alhambra, we realized they were given the wrong set of tickets since very few peoples names were on the tickets they had. Since Alhambra asks for identification, we knew this could be a problem. After about 20 minutes, they decided to hand out the tickets and told us that if we were asked for our passports at the gate, to say we didnt have them. This didnt work. We waited for another 40 minutes with no updates, until we realized the guides were handing out new tickets, this time with mostly correct names. Our tour guides then snuck us in the back gate to Alhambra to start the tour. The tour felt very rushed, since we were about an hour behind schedule. As there were no updates, we did not have the opportunity to get food while we were waiting, so we were unable to get food until after 4pm.

Though we did eventually get to see Alhambra, the whole experience felt rushed and uncomfortable, between being given the wrong tickets, being asked to lie to the guards, sneaking in the back, and the guide cursing under his breath every time we passed a checkpoint. At one point, we were left behind in the gardens because we stopped to take pictures. Im not sure where the problems began, whether it was a mistake on the part of Julia Travel or the Alhambra ticketing office, but the guests and guides were the ones left to feel the brunt of the issue.

K
, Jul 2018

Margarita was a lovely guide. She dealt with an unforeseeable bus mechanical problem with professionalism, compassion, and efficiency. Our plan to tour the Alhambra in Granada wasn't negatively affected at all, bravo, Julia tours!

G
, Nov 2017

Jam-packed sight seeing with very good guide English/Spanish with lots of time on bus covering southern Spain countryside. With 2 items needing improvement: 1. Extra tours must be paid in cash functional ATMs not always accessible. An improvement would be to state this fact before trip w/ price for each tour. AND 2. Bus leg room was poor less than a really deeply discounted airline. I am 1.95 meters about 6'3 and legroom was understandably non-existent but nearly everyone on bus complained about very tight spaces for many hours on bus. Thank you

K
, Nov 2017

THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE EVER!!! Wish that there were tours like this in EVERY country that we visit. It was so awesome to go into little towns and cities that you have not heard of and learn about them, and the wine that was so cheap but GREAT was an added touch. Some days were long because of the driving but it was overall amazing AND we made friends that we still talk to and have visited since this trip! Hugo was amazing!!

L
, Oct 2017

This was everything we had hoped for. The travel was well organized. The bus was first class. The Tourist class hotels were excellent 4 star hotels. The food provided was very good. Had a great time.

J
, Jul 2017

The tour went really well. It was well organized, the bus was comfortable and the hotels good value - we went for the higher priced hotel and feel it was worth it. All of our tour operators were friendly and knowledgeable, particularly the lady who accompanied us on the tour Gracia. The only small issue is that we did not have enough time at some of the venues and I would actually recommend taking the 6-day tour if possible - hopefully this would allow more time at the Alhambra.

Be careful which of the optional tours you select the boat trip in Seville I think it was was a waste of money, and we did not have good seats at the Flamenco dancing, though the dancing itself was very good.

W
, Nov 2016

Strongly recommended. Hotels were pleasant. We visited some amazing places and made some friends as well. Be sure to dress comfortably.

S
, Oct 2016

As another reviewer stated, this tour should be renamed, THE GAS STATIONS OF SPAIN

Pros:
Hotels were decent I had the 4 star package
Get to see a lot of Spain in a short amount of time

Cons:
You spend 75 of this tour on a coach bus
Lunches are usually at rest stops/service stops/gas stations
The included breakfast/dinners are hotel buffets
There is virtually little to no free time to explore on your own when visiting cities
The local tour guides can be a hit or miss

First off, take the train alternative from Barcelona! I took the coach bus option believing we'd be making stops at 2 towns, the first town Lerida, was basically a rest stop that we stopped at while driving through the area of Lerida. Then, we only got 1 hour to see the town of Zaragoza. Due to a Spanish law that mandates that the bus driver must stop every 2 hours basically meant that we spent most of our time on the bus and rest stops for the 1st day as well as the entire tour. It took us about 9 hours to go from Barcelona to Madrid.

This was basically how the rest of the tour played out where we drove and drove, stopped at gas stations or service stops for bathroom breaks and lunches. They only allotted a few hours in each city so there was virtually no free time to explore on your own unless you forgo the local walking tour with the guides. After seeing jewish quarters, mudéjar architecture, moorish styles and their history in each of the cities, you kind of get bored of seeing the same thing. Sure, I do like the history and the style but we don't need to see the same thing in each city, they could have mixed it up a bit and shown things like parks, local food markets, clothing markets, etc.

There were optional tours that were not included in this package, I only opted to go to one which was a flamenco show in Granada which I wouldn't say is a must see but worth it if you have nothing better to do at night. The other optional tours I can not vouch for but from what I heard, they were all pretty meh.

Overall, I wouldn't book anything with Julia Travels again but if you're a lazy traveler and want something that will provide transportation and accommodations where you just follow along, then sure go for it.

m
, Oct 2016

Really enjoyed the tour. Packed a lot into a short period of time. Loved Spain and hope to be back again soon. Thanks Grace and our lovely driver for helping to make the tour so enjoyable

B
, Sep 2016

So Spain is amazing... obviously or you wouldn't be reading this. So I'm very happy to have seen all this in a such a short time. My wife and I wanted 2 weeks in Spain... She wanted Barcelona I wanted Andalusia. This tour allowed me to see the best of what I wanted to see in under 1 week and without me having to worry about lodging, travel, of even food for the most part. I'm not a fan of bus tours mind you but this got the job done. So that being said... this tour works. It's practical and efficient. You will never regret seeing what this tour allows you. You will however wish you could see so much more. By default it's A LOT of time traveling ... there's not much to see from the bus... it is what it is. Your food is hotel buffet food for breakfast and dinner and it's a highway rest stop for lunch. Again it's efficient but not ideal clearly. We did not see the Nasrid Palaces in the Alhambra... big disappointment to say the least. Great tour of the Alhambra but not even a glimpse of the finest part.
My point is this is something i would recommend but with he right expectations so as to not be disappointed. There were over 60 people on the tour with 2 hotel options so there's a lot of waiting and luggage and people that run late. there's a lot of info spewed over a pa in 2 languages... our guide seemed like more babysitter than historian so her voice and information grew tiresome after some time. Also they have a captive audience so they try to sell you on some tours. In Seville a boat tour and a flamenco show... we declined and saw the inside of the Real Alcazar and Seville Cathedral followed by a wonderful walk and lunch in town to ourselves. In Granada it was a Gypsy show in the caves ... this we also wanted to pass on but our hotel was so in the middle of no where it seemed the only way to get to do something not to mention before the show they took you to the ideal vantage point to see the Alhambra at night. the show was ok... touristy.


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