Discover Moorish Spain
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Discover the history and romance of Andalucia on this eight-day trip to five amazing cities, with plenty of free time to discover them. Explore Madrids famous museums, walk the cobblestoned streets of El Grecos Toledo with a local historian, take a flamenco lesson in Granada, and embrace the regions Moorish spirit in Granada and Crdoba. Some 1,300 years in the making, the fascinating culture of Moorish Spain will be sure to leave you wanting more.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ESMNG.A/201649
  • Starts: Madrid, Spain
  • Finishes: Seville, Spain
You will Visit
  • Madrid
  • Córdoba
  • Granada
  • Ronda
  • Seville



Day 1: Madrid

Arrive at any time.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

If arriving early, head out and explore the city. Madrid has it all; history, architecture, museums, galleries, beautiful parks, and wild nightlife. The capital's most exciting street is the Gran Vía, but be sure to visit the Plaza Mayor – the true heart of Madrid. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza's many cafés and watch the world go by.

After the group meeting, opt to head out for a meal at a local restaurant with the group.


Day 2: Madrid

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Toledo with a local historian exploring the old quarter, which is considered an open-air museum. Return to Madrid and opt to visit museums or just relax at a local café.
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Del Prado Museum or El Retiro park. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.


Day 3: Madrid/Córdoba

Travel by high-speed train to Córdoba and visit the Mezquita (mosque). Afterwards, stroll the historic medieval Jewish quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses.
Córdoba's gastronomy features cuisine steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions. Head out tonight to sample some local food. Try the thick, hearty stew called "caldereta de cordero" or cool off with "ajo blanco," a hearty white gazpacho soup.


Day 4: Córdoba/Granada

Travel to the Andalusian city of Granada and take an orientation walk with the CEO. Learn the art of flamenco from a professional teacher during a private class.
Opt to visit the Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation or the Royal Chapel before your Flamenco class.


Day 5: Granada

Enjoy a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture, and the highlight of the trip for most visitors. After, enjoy free time to explore Granada.

After visiting the Alhambra, opt to wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. This is a great place to go to catch the sunset.

In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.


Day 6: Granada/Ronda

Catch a train and explore the town of Ronda on the El Tajo Gorge. Cross the Puente Nuevo and go down into the gorge itself for incredible views. Free afternoon to go explore the many attractions of the town.


Day 7: Ronda/Seville

Travel to Seville and take an orientation walk with the CEO. Opt to take a walking tour in the Santa Cruz quarter, visit the cathedral Giralda, or Alcázar Palace.
This morning head to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain.

Enjoy the city with the option to explore the Muslim monuments and parks and gardens at leisure, getting a taste of Seville's energetic pulse. Have a chance to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafés.


Day 8: Seville

Depart at any time.

    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Historic City of Toledo visit, Toledo National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Flamenco Dancing Experience, Granada
    • Explore Cordoba including the Mezquita (mosque) and the medieval Jewish quarter
    • Granada orientation walk including a guided visit of the Alhambra
    • El Tajo Gorge excursion and walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts
    • Public bus, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Toledo
  • Explore the Alhambra (one of the greatest achievements in Moorish architecture)
  • Enjoy a private Flamenco lesson