Classic Spain by Train

Classic Spain by Train

Overview / Highlights

7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

This tour program will introduce you to some of the most important and popular regions of Spain. We travel aboard the luxury high speed AVE Trains visiting cosmopolitan cities like Barcelona, a blend of modern and historic architecture. We also visit Madrid with its innumerable museums and its vibrant nightlife. Next it’s the magic of Cordoba, boasting magnificent Moorish architecture, ending in Seville, city with a rich 2,500-year-old history.

Tour Program Summery Outline

Day 1: Arrive Barcelona
Day 2: Barcelona
Day 3: Barcelona – Madrid
Day 4: Madrid
Day 5: Madrid - Cordoba
Day 6: Cordoba – Seville
Day 7: Seville
Day 8: Depart Seville

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Day 1: Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, a cosmopolitan Mediterranean city that incorporates in its urban street pattern Roman remains, medieval districts and the most beautiful examples of Modernism and 20th century avant-garde art. Meet and greet services upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. We recommend you to take a rest in your hotel and in the evening to take a stroll visiting the Gaudi’s buildings. Overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 2: Barcelona (Walking tour through the Gothic Quarter)

Today we take a journey through hundreds of years of history as we explore the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the oldest section of the city with landmarks dating back to Roman Times.  We walk along Roman Walls that will bring us to the Barcelona Cathedral at the heart of Barcelona's fascinating Gothic Quarter. Next it’s the Temple of Augustus, the best preserved Roman relic in Barcelona. You will also visit the Placa del Rei, where you will see many medieval buildings, including the Palatine chapel of Santa Agata.  The tour is a great way to familiarize you with this section of the city and its lively bars, tapas restaurants and trendy boutiques. Afternoon and evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 3: Barcelona – Madrid (Aboard AVE Train)

This morning is free for last minute shopping or more sightseeing.  This afternoon we board a luxurious AVE high-speed train, offering an efficient way to traverse parts of Spain allowing you to get from one city to the next without the hassle of transferring to and from airports. Meeting services upon arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 4: Madrid (Habsburg’s Madrid Walking Tour)

Madrid is the spiritual, political and economic center of Spain. Here, where modern and old Madrid lives side by side, you will revel in Madrileños’ celebration of life. Madrid’s culture abounds with world renowned El Prado and Reina Sofia Museums, an ensemble of sidewalk artisans along the Plaza Mayor, a 17th century masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, a popular night-time spot for outdoor cafes and tapas bars. Today we enjoy a walking tour of Hapsburg Madrid, the oldest section of the city where we find many of the city’s historical attractions including the grand plazas; visit Calle Mayor, one of Madrid's oldest streets as well as Palacio Real where the king of Spain hosts state ceremonial activities.

Day 5: Madrid – Cordoba (Aboard AVE Train)

Morning at leisure for last minute shopping or opt for an optional tour to historical Toledo, El Escorial, the roman Segovia or maybe Alcala de Henares or take an art tour of Madrid to include the most important museums -- the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre. If you are in Madrid on Sunday you may want to visit the Rastro, a popular flea market alongside the antique shops, bars and other shops. Late morning or afternoon we transfer to the rail station to board the AVE train to Cordoba where we are transferred to the hotel. This evening is free to walk along the streets of this Andalusian city, a shining model of its Al-Andalus heritage.
 

Day 6: Cordoba - Seville (Mosque and the Jewish Quarter)

This morning tour what was the capital of both the Romans and Moors, and former home of many illustrious scholars and poets including Muslim scientist and philosopher Averroes and Jewish philosopher and physician Maimonides (whose synagogue still stands). We walk along picturesque and evocative streets in the restored heart of Cordoba to visit the Mezquita, the most significant Muslim architectural achievement in the Western world. Next follow narrow streets to the old Jewish quarter (Juderia) with its whitewashed houses and colorful courtyards and shops. We also visit the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. Time permitting visit the Medina Azahara, a Muslim medieval town located about 3 miles outside Cordoba. Afternoon we take the 45-minute train ride to Seville where we transfer to the hotel for overnight.
 

Day 7 Seville (City tour classic Seville)

Seville is a seductive, sun-drenched city of orange blossoms, the twirl of the flamenco dancer, the strumming of the solo guitar and the delicious smells of Spanish cooking. It is a city where orange trees adorn every street and square. This is home to the Alcazar, a Moorish palace, and the magnificent Giralda Tower, originally a minaret of Seville’s great mosque that dominates the city’s skyline. We tour the city visiting the Plaza de España; continuing to Centro (Centre), the hub of Seville’s culture and activity boasting stunning architecture, monumental buildings, great shopping and more. Next is Santa Cruz, the former Jewish Quarter set in the medieval section of the city, a primary tourist section of Seville bordered by the Jardines de Murillo, the Real Alcázar, Calle Mateos Gago, and Calle Santa María La Blanca/San José and the location of many of Seville's oldest churches including Cathedral of Seville and the converted minaret of the old Moorish mosque Giralda.  Evening is free but we recommend you take a night walking tour to include a Flamenco show.

Day 8 Depart Seville

Departure transfers to the airport for the flight to Madrid and on to your home city.