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History of Spain Tour

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PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 7499

Private Tour Highlights

  • In Toledo, see how three religions lived in peace and harmony while touring the Cathedral, the Synagogue and appreciating a painting from El Greco, one of the most famous painters in Spain.
  • Witness one of the finest collections of European art as well as the single best collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum in Madrid.
  • Admire the lush landscape while riding one of Europe's signature bullet trains from Madrid to Seville.
  • Visit the city center of Seville to understand its importance to Spain throughout history including where Christopher Columbus is buried.
  • Take in the magnificent Alhambra Palace., the last product of the Moorish presence in Spain during a Granada Architectural Tour.
  • Explore Cordoba, the most populated city in the world during the 10th century when it was the capital of an Islamic Kingdom.
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Tour Overview

Step back in time with Yampu’s suggested History of Spain Tour, witnessing the must-see sites of Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada and Barcelona alongside a private Yampu guide.

Once a global Imperial force through Europe, Northern Africa, Asia, and the Americas, Spain’s history spans thousands of years, stretching through every continent in the world. Before overcoming much of the world, modern day’s Spain once faced endlessly brutal warfare. Being conquered by Romans, Germanics, and Muslims among others, these clashes created a melting pot of cultures and historic creations that still stand today.

Beginning in Madrid, the tour takes visitors through the most important sites of the city including a local market to taste the local delicacies. Traveling a short distance south to the city of Toledo, visitors will see how numerous religions coexisted with visits to the city’s Cathedral, Synagogue, and Mosque.

Hopping on a speed train to Seville, travelers will learn of the importance of Seville throughout Spain’s long history, including a visit to the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Before going to Barcelona, the tour makes stops in Granada to see the last product of the Moorish presence in Spain followed by a city tour of Cordoba, once the capital of an Islamic Kingdom.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Madrid

Overnight International Flight to the capital of Spain, Madrid.

Overnight International Flight to the capital of Spain, Madrid.

Day
2

Welcome to Madrid!

Upon arrival to Madrid, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure to relax and enjoy Madrid on your own.

Spain's central capital is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry. Madrid highlights the Spanish capital's extensive variety of history, art, food, fashion, and nightlife. The city has one of Europe's finest collections of Spanish and Latin American art, spread throughout its museums and galleries.
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Day
3

Madrid City Tour

Today, you will walk from your hotel through the most important sites, such as Gran Via street, Plaza Espana, Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. During this tour, you will also have a brief stop in a market to taste some local delicacies. Return to the hotel and take some time to relax.

Today, you will walk from your hotel through the most important sites, such as Gran Via street, Plaza Espana, Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. During this tour, you will also have a brief stop in a market to taste some local delicacies. Return to the hotel and take some time to relax.

Day
4

Toledo City Tour

This morning, you will meet your driver guide in the hotel lobby to start your Half Day Toledo City Tour.

You will drive for about an hour to reach the former capital of Spain. With a privileged location, surrounded by the Tajo River, this city holds many curiosities to be shared. See how three religions lived in peace and harmony while touring the Cathedral, the Synagogue and appreciating a painting from El Greco, one of the most famous painters in Spain.

You will have about 1.5 hours free in Toledo to enjoy a relaxing lunch (meal not included) before you return to Madrid where you will have the rest of the day free to explore the city at your own pace.
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Day
5

Day at leisure to visit the Prado Museum

Today will be at your leisure for a self-guided visit to the Prado Museum (tickets included), one of the most visited sites in the world. The Prado Museum has one of the finest collections of European art ranging from the 12th century to the early 20th century, as well as the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded in 1819 as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections including pieces by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velazquez.

Today will be at your leisure for a self-guided visit to the Prado Museum (tickets included), one of the most visited sites in the world. The Prado Museum has one of the finest collections of European art ranging from the 12th century to the early 20th century, as well as the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded in 1819 as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections including pieces by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velazquez.

Day
6

Madrid - Seville

After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your driver to take you to the train station where you will board the fast train to Seville (scheduled to depart around 11am). Enjoy your ride and admire the landscape. Before you know it you will arrive in Seville where you will be met at the train station and privately transferred to your hotel.

You will then meet your local guide in the hotel lobby to start your Half Day Seville City Tour. During this tour you will visit the city center of Seville, visiting the Cathedral and Alcazar. You will also come to understand the important role that Seville played in the past and how important it has been to Spain. Also, in this tour, you will have the chance to see where Christopher Columbus is buried.

After the tour, you will return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore at your own pace.
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Day
7

Granada Architectural Tour

Today, you will depart to Granada, where you will meet with your experienced guide to take you through the magnificent Alhambra Palace. The last product of the Moorish presence in Spain, this palace is one of the most beautiful in the country. After your 3 hours visit, you will return to Seville. Along the way, you will have a short detour into Ronda, a gorgeous city with the best location, and the eldest bullfight ring in the world. On your arrival to Seville, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Today, you will depart to Granada, where you will meet with your experienced guide to take you through the magnificent Alhambra Palace. The last product of the Moorish presence in Spain, this palace is one of the most beautiful in the country. After your 3 hours visit, you will return to Seville. Along the way, you will have a short detour into Ronda, a gorgeous city with the best location, and the eldest bullfight ring in the world. On your arrival to Seville, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day
8

Cordoba City Tour

After breakfast, we will explore Cordoba, the most populated city in the world during the 10th century when it was the capital of an Islamic Kingdom. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Mezquita or the Great Mosque. Return to Seville, where you will go directly to the airport for your domestic flight to Barcelona.

Upon arrival to Barcelona, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

After breakfast, we will explore Cordoba, the most populated city in the world during the 10th century when it was the capital of an Islamic Kingdom. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Mezquita or the Great Mosque. Return to Seville, where you will go directly to the airport for your domestic flight to Barcelona.

Upon arrival to Barcelona, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day
9

Barcelona City Tour

Today, you will visit the Sagrada Familia (ticket included), the famous Ramblas, Gothic neighborhood, Passeig de Gracia and some other famous Gaudi's works. Don't forget to visit the Montjuic and the famous shore of Barcelona.

Today, you will visit the Sagrada Familia (ticket included), the famous Ramblas, Gothic neighborhood, Passeig de Gracia and some other famous Gaudi's works. Don't forget to visit the Montjuic and the famous shore of Barcelona.

Day
10

Day of Leisure in Barcelona

Today is a day at leisure for you to explore Barcelona on your own. We suggest a visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell or the Olympic City or simply relax and enjoy this wonderful city.

Today is a day at leisure for you to explore Barcelona on your own. We suggest a visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell or the Olympic City or simply relax and enjoy this wonderful city.

Day
11

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight.

Madrid, Spain

Seville, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Córdoba, Spain

Toledo, Spain

Places You'll See

  • Madrid

    The Capital of Spain, Madrid is known for its beautiful architecture filled with rich history, world class art galleries, top of the line culinary experiences, and nightlife that never quits. Visitors can take in the core sites such as the bustling plaza known as Puerta del Sol, the Catedral de la Almudena and the Royal Palace of Madrid. As the night begins, choose from hundreds of dining options and even more bars and lounges to explore the city into the early morning.

  • Toledo

    An Ancient city dating back to Roman occupation, Toledo is one of Spain’s most beautiful gems. Sitting atop a hill above the Tagus River, the city grips tightly to its historic core with a confluence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish influences from when the three religions coexisted peacefully. Visitors will happily lose themselves among the medieval streets and exploring Toledo’s iconic sites such as Alcázar de Toledo, perched at the highest point of the city.

  • Seville

    Once a well-established port that carried out trade with the Americas, Seville is now a prominent business center of southern Spain. With numerous theaters, museums, bars, and restaurants, the historic city has much to offer to all types of travelers. Visitors should be sure ot visit the Old Town center to take in the gorgeous architecture, peruse the boutiques or enjoy a relaxing boat ride around Plaza de España Square.

  • Granada

    Located in southern Spain at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada was one of the longest strongholds of the Spanish Moors. The city’s unique history is prevalent in both its gorgeous Islamic architecture and culture, leaving a lasting impression for all its visitors. A can’t miss while in Granada is the medieval fortress, The Alhambra, located on top of the hill al-Sabika looking over the city.

  • Cordoba City

    Once prized for its strategic importance along the Guadalquivir River, Cordoba was founded by the Romans as a port to ship olive oil and other goods to Ancient Rome. Later becoming the capital of the Moorish Kingdom, construction of the iconic Mezquita began, becoming one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings that still stands today.

  • Barcelona

    Being over 2,500 years old, Barcelona is known for its deep history, ornate architecture, art scene, and cuisine.  Iconic points of interest include the modernist Sagrada Família church designed by Antoni Gaudí and the Picasso Museum. Visitors will enjoy the fine cuisine, street musicians, living statues, and shopping at the most well-known boutiques.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Madrid : Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII

Seville : Hotel Casa de Indias

Barcelona : GranVia 678

Testimonials

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Traveled December 2017

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