TOUR STARTS IN MADRID
Escape from Madrid and spend a few days touring the surrounding cities of Cordoba and Seville. With air-conditioned transport, comfortable hotels plus pre-arranged sightseeing tours. This 3-day tour is perfect for those who like to travel in style with minimum effort.
At a glance
|Day 1||Leave Madrid and travel to Cordoba. City tour. Continue to Seville|
|Day 2||Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon at leisure|
|Day 3||Board the AVE train back to Madrid. End of tour|
Best time to go
Spain has a perfect climate for anyone between April to May and again from September to October. During these months enjoy a mild climate and lesser crowds. Summer (June to end August) are the peak tourist months, where travelers flock to Spain to soak up the sun. Temperatures dip from November onwards and depending on where you travel, winter gear will be required.
Spain food & drink
Gastronomy in Spain is an adventure and changes from region to region. Each province claims its own unique flavour
A budget way to sample the local food is to order Menus del Dia (Menu of the day). It includes a soup or a salad followed by a main course with a side dish. Dessert ends of your meal
Sangria is Spain’s most known drink: a fruit punch made of red wine with chopped fruit mixed with honey and orange juice
Culture and Language
Life in Spain has experienced swift changes in recent years. However, hospitality, chivalry and courtesy is still the basis of every Spaniard towards visitors and a handshake is a common way of greeting a person. Lunchtime is taken between 14:00 and 15:30 and evening meals between 21:00 and 23:00. So plan your meals well. Spain has harshest anti-smoking laws in Europe.
The official language is Spanish (Castilian). English is widely spoken/understood in all major tourist destinations. Advisable is to learn some Spanish words/phrases, especially when traveling outside the main tourist areas.
Domestic Air Travel in Spain is mostly inexpensive. Spain has an extensive bus and rail network and rates are very affordable. High-speed trains run between most popular cities. Taxis are safe and easy to find in all the main cities. A surcharge will be levied is your journey starts/ends at an airport, bus Terminal or Rail station.
VAT (IVA) of 10% is included in your bill. Restaurants & Bards, an additional 5% is normal. Most people leave small change when settling their bill.
Paella: Spain’s most famous dish made of rice, seafood, green vegetables and lots of seasoning
Tapas: small bites served before dinner. A Popular Tapas dish is Patatas Bravas (Served with a spicy sauce)
Gazpacho: Cold vegetable food with a tomato base
Pollo al Ajillo: chicken sautéed or simmered in white wine or sherry served with potatoes and a salad
Churros con chocolate: deep-fried twisted pastries served with dark chocolate
The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba or the Mezquita. The ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. It is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.
The site was originally a small temple of Christian Visigoth origin, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lérins. When Muslims conquered the Iberian peninsula in 711, the church was first divided into Muslim and Christian halves.
This sharing arrangement of the site lasted until 784 when the Christian half was purchased by the Emir ‘Abd al-Rahman I. He then proceeded to demolish the original structure and build the grand mosque of Córdoba on its ground.
Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church. Culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the 16th century.
Since the early 2000s, Spanish Muslims have lobbied the Roman Catholic Church to allow them to pray in the cathedral. Both the church authorities in Spain and the Vatican have rejected this Muslim campaign on multiple occasions.
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giraldo.
Madrid – Cordoba – Seville (D)
- Departure from our bus Terminal at 08:00 a.m. via La Mancha.
- Arrive in Cordoba.
- Enjoy a city sightseeing tour visiting the great Mosque; once the spiritual center of the Islamic world; with a Gothic Cathedral built inside and the Jewish Quarter.
- After the tour we continue on to Sevilla.
- Arrive in Sevilla and check in to your Hotel.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Sevilla.
- Half board (2 meals included) at the hotel.
- After breakfast we enjoy a morning city tour visiting the typical Barrio de Santa Cruz with its narrow streets; the Park of Maria Luisa and Plaza de Espana.
- The afternoon is at your leisure to explore Sevilla.
- Overnight at your hotel in Sevilla.
Seville – Madrid (By train) (B)
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- After breakfast, free time to continue visiting and discovering this important and monumental city at your own pace.
- In the late afternoon transfer to the train station (own arrangements)
- At the station catch the AVE train back to Madrid.
- Arrive in Madrid and end of services
- Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Spain experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.
- Transportation by de luxe motor-coaches, with air conditioning, panoramic windows, and maximum comfort and safety.
- Experienced multilingual and English speaking tour conductors during the tours help you with your room accommodations and assure you of a pleasant vacation.
- Local sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
- Accommodations in selected hotels in a double room
- Transportation of one baggage per person.
- Meal plan as per itinerary.
- It includes train “flat rate” tourist class.
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Spain Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- DEPARTURES: Monday and Tuesday (Till end October)
- Restricted dates for travel during NOV & DEC 18 as well as JAN & FEB 19
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 18 and 31 MAR 19
Seasonal supplements applicable for travel during OCT 18