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Southern Spain: Journey by Car

9 days4 cities
Spain1 country
Tour rating: 4.86 / 5, Based on 45 Reviews
Journey by car to Spain

Unravel treasures of sun-kissed Spain in a fully customizable private tour. Explore the country's roads on a rented car, admiring the famous historic sights such as the Prado Museum in Madrid and ancient cobblestone streets of Toledo at your own pace. The finest centrally located hotels welcome you to stay the night after your sightseeing experience. 

 

9 days4 cities
Spain1 country
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$2,598
Madrid, Spain
2
nights
Spain

The capital city and largest Spanish municipality located on the Manzanares River in the heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival in Madrid

Bienvenido a Madrid - the glorious Spanish capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Your private driver meets you at the airport and in just about 30 minutes you arrive in your downtown hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent old town on your own, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

2
day
Madrid Old Town Tour

Today prepare to enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Habsburg.

After breakfast, you meet your guide and set off on a journey around the city. You walk towards Plaza de Oriente, admire and then enter the gorgeous Palacio Real (the Royal Palace), see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

Next, you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, pass through the always bustling St. Michel's Market, and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at iconic Plaza Mayor and breathtaking Puerta del Sol.

After the touring is over, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

3
day
Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum

Today you explore the so-called Madrid of the Bourbons - the 19th-century historical area of the Spanish capital. During the tour your guide walks you through a chain of fabulous squares - Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles, and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo, and Neptuno, you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building You will then see the main terminus of the capital - Atocha train station and explore the area of the Golden Triangle of Art made up of three most important art museums of Madrid - the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofia.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. This venue houses a unique collection of fine art displayed in the halls and rooms of this 18th-century Neo-Classical building. You see the most significant gems of the museum's collection, including famous masterpieces by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

We highly recommend visiting the vibrant St. Michel's Market and sort through all the information you've learned today while drinking a glass of excellent cava accompanied by fine local cheese or freshly sliced ham (the famous Spanish Jamon).

Breakfast is included.

Eurostars Casa de la Lirica, Madrid
4

The hotel Eurostars Casa de la Lirica boasts a central location near the main Madrid attractions like Puerta del Sol and Paseo del Prado. Guests stay at elegant rooms, featuring air-conditioning, TV and private bathrooms.

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Madrid
Toledo
1 hr

Enjoy a short drive from Madrid towards ancient Toledo - the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is most certainly something to remember as it takes you along some of the most picturesque landscapes of the country's heart.

Toledo, Spain
1
day
Spain

The picturesque city of Toledo nestled on a hill overlooking the scenic plains of Castilla-La Mancha is a must-visit place for any Spain travel enthusiast as it's home of the world-famous Cathedral of Toledo.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Arrival in Toledo & City Tour

It is time to say goodbye to the glorious Spanish capital and head down towards the south of the country. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel, pick up your rental car, and start a beautiful journey towards ancient Toledo - the UNESCO World Heritage Site, located 75 km (47 mi) from Madrid. 

In about an hour, you arrive in the scenic city,  check in, and have some time for lunch. In the afternoon your local guide meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you on a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of the ancient Toledo. During the tour, you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls, and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances included).

After the tour, you can either return to your hotel or continue exploring the magnificent town on your own.

Breakfast is included.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Toledo
Granada
4 hrs 30 min

Hit the road towards the gem of Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada. Enjoy breathtaking views of Souther Spain that will accompany you in this 3-hour car journey. 

Granada, Spain
1
night
Spain

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Andalucia region in Southern Spain, Granada is a special gem which boasts numerous outstanding examples of medieval architecture.

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5
day
Drive along Autovia del Olivar & Arrival to Granada

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and start a non-guided journey by car. The first stop planned for today is the historic town of Consuegra in the region of La Mancha. 12 white tower Consuegra windmills set on the top of the Cerro Calderico mountain are believed to be the windmills described by Miguel de Cervantes in his legendary 17th-century Consuegra is a place where you can relive and better understand Spanish history, traditions, and culture.

Next, you take a great chance to travel along the new motorway named the Autovia del Olivar (Olive Motorway) from the UNESCO towns of Ubeda and Baeza to Jaen. Province of Jaen is the largest producer of olive oil in the world, so no wonder that along your way you see impressive endless fields of olive trees.

Your route also covers two of Andalucia's fine historic towns - Ubeda and Baeza that display the grand era of the Renaissance times between the 16th and 17th centuries.

In the second part of the day, you arrive in Granada, check in to your centrally-located hotel, and have an evening at leisure to rest after such an eventful day.

  • Recommendation: you can visit the Olive and Olive Oli Visitor Center in Ubeda to get a better understanding of every aspect of olive oil production (closed from 2 pm to Recommendation: you can continue your journey by car through the picturesque Parque Natural Sierra Mágina (this extends your trip by 2 hours).

Breakfast is included.

6
day
Alhambra of Granada Tour

Yes, you are extremely lucky as today you are going to join the club of those who have been to one of Spain's most significant attractions - the mind-blowing Alhambra Fortress, a former residence of the Muslim rulers and their court. In the morning after breakfast, you meet your local guide and head towards scenic Alhambra. Keep in mind that it's impossible not to fall in love with its numerous arabesques, porticos, pools, and Islamic ornamental masterpieces of its hallways (the Alhambra entrance and parking fare are included).

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Journey by car: one way trip from Granada center to Alhambra is 9 km / 6 mi (approximate 30-minute drive).
  • Recommendation: this evening we suggest you visit one of the Michelin-rated restaurants in Granada to enjoy the mouthwatering traditional cuisine.

Breakfast is included.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Granada
Seville
4 hrs

Let yourself enjoy the short ride from Granada to beautiful Seville with a pit-stop in mesmerizing Cordoba. Do not forget to gaze through the window to marvel at the scenic Southern Spain landscapes (approximately 4 hours of pure driving).

Seville, Spain
2
nights
Spain

Marvelous Seville is a historic treasure, homeland of tapas, and simply a joyous town. The biggest town in southern Spain is full of surprises.

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7
day
Visit to Granada & Arrival to Seville

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and start your trip to Cordoba. Upon arrival, you meet your private guide and enjoy a 3-hour guided walking tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city of Roman Spain.

While exploring the city with your guided tour you see the beautiful Roman Bridge, the famous 14th-century Royal Castle - Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the Great Mosque of Cordoba that is the oldest mosque in Europe, a perfect illustration of Spain's unique mixture of cultures, religions, and epochs. No surprise it is officially called the Mosque-Cathedral, as alongside the most significant monument of the western Muslim world it also boasts Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles in its Christian part!

  • Recommendation: your way goes through beautiful Antequera, significantly influenced by Moorish, Roman and Spanish cultures. Spend some time exploring this ancient Andalusian town before you heading to Cordoba.

Then you continue your drive to sunny Seville. Upon arrival at the beautiful city, you check in to your centrally-located hotel and have a good rest after such a busy day. 

Breakfast is included. 

 

8
day
Visit of the Seville Cathedral & Alcazar

Today you get to experience authentic Andalusian spirit in one of its most important cities. After breakfast at your hotel, you meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and have a panoramic city tour of Seville.

Your sightseeing program features top sights starting from the symbol of the city - the Giralda Tower that used to be a minaret back in the days. You then visit the Seville Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral that is the third-largest church in the world. It was built in the 16th century to demonstrate the power and wealth of the city. Next on your list is the beautiful Real Alcazar of Seville - the oldest European royal residence composed of a group of buildings from different time periods. Cathedral and Alcazar along with General Archive of the Indies are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The rest of the day after the tour is at leisure.

  • Optional activity: we recommend you to attend an authentic flamenco show - one of the most characteristic elements of southern Spanish culture accompanied by a traditional Spanish Tapas dinner and a drink.

Breakfast is included.

9
day
Departure from Seville

Today is the last day of your journey around sun-kissed Spain. Your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport. We wish you a safe flight and hope to see you soon again!

Breakfast is included.

Vincci la Rabida Hotel, Seville
4

The Vincci la Rabida is housed in a wonderful mansion built in the 18th century. The hotel’s stylish guest rooms offer ceramic-tiled floors, a satellite TV, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and large bathrooms with hairdryers.

What's Included

  • Accommodation at a remarkable centrally located hotel in Madrid;
  • Accommodations at the great centrally located hotels in Toledo, Granada, Seville with parking for the rental car;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport arrival transfer in Madrid;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours and entrances according to the itinerary;
  • Parking fee near Alhambra Fortress and in Cordoba center;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Rich sightseeing tour of Madrid with visit to the world-famous Prado Museum;
  • Exploration of the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo;
  • Admiring the beauty of the Consuegra windmills;
  • Discovering the magnificent Alhambra Fortress;
  • Memorable Granada tour;
  • Excursion to the Seville Cathedral & Alcazar;

What To Know

  • The currency used in Spain is the Euro. Debit cards are more common in Europe while credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major Spanish sights on foot.

Dates & Rates

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