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Madrid and the Costa Del Sol

MADRID, TOLEDO, CORDOBA, TORREMOLINOS, GRANADA, RONDA, SEVILLE

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9 Days – 7 Nights from EWR

* per person in double occupancy

most US gateways available

3,295

$

Travel Dates: MARCH 24 – APRIL 1, 2023

7 nights, 9 days accommodation, sightseeing, some meals and airfare from EWR. (most US gateways available).

Enjoy the highlights of this authentic experience containing stunning locations, incredible beauty, rich history and superb gastronomy which all coexist harmoniously providing an authenticity that the discerning traveler will revel in. Experience the good life first-hand with a vacation in Spain filled with food, wine and the irresistible Spanish culture. Tour Spain’s most fascinating cities, like Madrid along with Toledo, Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Torremolinos, all featuring traditional customs and hospitality that make Spain feel surprisingly like home.

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MAIN PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Round trip airfare from EWR airport. Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included. (Valid at present time)
• First class hotel accommodations for 7 nights at a centrally located 4* Hotel Mayorazgo in Madrid (2 nights) and at hotel Sol House in Torremolinos (5 nights) or similar including hotel tax and service charges.
• Services of an English-speaking tour director throughout the program.
• Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
• Guided tours as per program: Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda & Seville.
• Entrance fees: as follows:
• Madrid Royal Palace; Cordoba Mosque; Granada Alhambra Palace with Generalife Gardens; Ronda Bullring; Seville Cathedral & Giralda.
• Daily Breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (water for table included, additional drinks are not included and individual expense)
• All VAT city and local Tax,

ITINERARY

Day 1: Saturday March 24, 2023 - Departure from the USA on your overnight flight to Spain

Day 2: Sunday March 25, 2023 – Madrid: Upon arrival, proceed through customs and collect your luggage. A Jet Vacations professional guide will personally greet you. Departure and transfer by deluxe coach to your hotel centrally located in Madrid. Madrid is one of the world’s most vibrant and seductive cites. A city that takes pleasure in its traditions and always proud to display a wealth of cultural treasures and architectural glories, Madrid always manages to exceed expectations. After check in and little time for rest, your tour guide will take you on an orientation tour of Madrid while the rooms are getting ready. Rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a welcome diner with the other group members. Overnight in Madrid. (Dinner)

Day 3 Monday March 26, 2023 – Madrid - Toledo: After breakfast at the hotel, depart for your morning guided Madrid city tour. Visit the old part of the town called the Madrid of the Ausburg (dating from XV to XVIIIth century), where Madrid became the capital of a huge Empire. Visit the charming downtowns of Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa and marvel inside the Royal Palace, rebuilt in XVIIIIth century, where all-important official ceremonies are still celebrated today. Enjoy some time for lunch at leisure and in the afternoon, set out on an excursion to Toledo, a Museum-city of great artistic beauty. It was the capital of the Country under the Visigoth domination and it is considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Today, Toledo keeps examples of architecture from different periods. Return to Madrid. Dinner on your own and overnight (Breakfast)

Day 4 Tuesday March 27, 2023 – Cordoba - Torremolinos: After breakfast at the hotel, we depart to discover region of “La Mancha’, famed by Don Quixote’s scenario. Arrive in Cordoba and enjoy a lunch at local restaurant. Afterwards, set out on a guided city tour of Cordoba. During the Roman age, this city was of great importance, but it is during the Moslem domination that Cordoba reached its maximum splendor, especially in the IX and Xth centuries, when Cordoba became the capital of the Caliphate, and became the most populated town in the world (almost 1 million residents). Enjoy a morning guided city tour and visit the Mosque, considered one the most beautiful in the world. Then, walk around the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow streets and Andalusia "patios", ending with a visit of the Synagogue - Cordoba Mosque. After the visit, continue to Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol. Check into your hotel in Torremolinos, dinner at hotel and overnight (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Wednesday March 28, 2023 – Granada: Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, depart by coach to Granada for the day. Granada was an important Islamic kingdom in middle age but it reached its peak splendor in XIVth century, when the city was the capital of the Nasrid Islamic kingdom, the last Islamic kingdom in the peninsula. The Nasrid were a very sophisticated royal family, promoting the development of literature, art and science. Finally, in 1492, power passes to the Crown of Castile, transforming the whole city of Granada. Visit the Palace of Alhambra and Generalife gardens, the most beautiful medieval building of Arab art in the world. Located on a hill called Assabica (red), it dominates completely the city. The indescribable beauty of its courtyards and palaces represents the splendor of the city back in the middle age. The Gardens of Generalife, with its beautiful fountains, was a resting place for the Nazarid kings. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit of the Royal Chapel featuring the burial of Catholic King considered a masterpiece of the Renaissance art. Return to Torremolinos. Dinner tonight is at leisure and overnight in your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 6 Thursday March 29, 2023 – Ronda: After breakfast, depart for a tour of Ronda. Ronda is one of the most ancient cities in Spain, named after the nearby mountain range. An impressive sheer cliff of over 300 ft. called El Tajo splits the town, dividing the old part from the new one. We will visit the Church of Santa María, formerly the Mosque, featuring Gothic and Renaissance architecture, a Plateresque altarpiece and choir stalls as well as the Hispano-Muslim tower. Then tour the old town, rich in places of interest, palaces and convents. Our tour will end with a visit of the bullring, built in 1784 and made entirely of stone, which is considered to be the oldest in Spain, and where Pedro Romero, the famous bullfighter, set up the rules of bullfighting on foot which to this day, are still in effect. Return to Torremolinos for dinner on your own and overnight. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Friday March 30, 2023 – Seville: Breakfast at Hotel. Today, depart on a full day tour to Seville. Inhabited during more than 25 centuries, settlers from the Tartesso (pre-Roman culture), Romans, Visigoths, followed by the Islamic period, Seville becomes after the XIIth century, a capital of a powerful Islamic kingdom. Christians recovered Seville in 1248 and Fernando III the Saint developed intensively the city. With the discovery of America, it becomes the port and location of all institutions that control all trades with America. The splendor of the city peaked in the XVI and XVIIth century. Today, Sevilla is the beautiful capital of Andalusia, famous for the liveliness of its celebrations, the grandeur of its processions, flower-filled balconies and patios. During the guided city-tour, we will have the chance to visit the gothic Cathedral, the third largest in the world, and site of the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The bell tower, called La Giralda (was once the minaret of the mosque), is now a symbol of the city and offers a spectacular view of the town. Walk in the Quarter of Santa Cruz, which boasts a colorful maze of alleys, small squares and gorgeous gardens. Visit the Maria Luisa Park, location of the monumental Plaza de España (Square of Spain). At the end of the tour, enjoy a tapas dinner in a local restaurant. Return to Torremolinos for evening at leisure and overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8 Saturday March 31, 2023 – Torremolinos- Optional excursion to Gibraltar (minimum 10 people needed to operate): After breakfast, enjoy spending this day at leisure discovering Torremolinos on your own, or join an optional excursion to Gibraltar. Enjoy the scenic sights as you travel towards the island and listen as your guide sets the historical scene. On arrival, head straight to the iconic Rock of Gibraltar, a natural formation that rises resplendently over the curvaceous coastline. Capture the landmark on camera then delve into the darkened depths of St. Michael’s cave in order to admire some of the unearthly rock sculptures that reside within. Revel in the outrageous antics of the island’s resident monkeys as they frolic in an attempt to win your attention and affection. Then, enjoy an afternoon of independent exploration as you soak up the atmosphere of charming cafes and browse the boutiques of Main Street for special souvenirs. Return to Torremolinos for a farewell Paella Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Sunday April 01, 2023– Torremolinos / U.S.: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight back home. Hasta Luego (Breakfast)

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