Nine-Day Tour Highlights Broad Cultural Spectrum of Spain
Moorish poets once described the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, as “a pearl set in emeralds.” Built on a hill near Andalucía’s Sierra Nevadas, the complex dates back to the 14th century, and was home of Moorish kings before King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella conquered the Iberian peninsula in 1492. Its many tenants have contributed reflecting pools, fountains, and lush gardens—Charles V even built his own palace inside the Alhambra’s fortifications. During a nine-day, seven-night guided tour of Spain from Petrabax, you’ll take a morning tour of the Alhambra’s exquisite frescos and intricate architecture to see why the palace was named one of the 14 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World.
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Days 1–3: Upon arrival at Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD), you’ll be transferred to first-class accommodations, either the Hotel Catalonia Goya in the Salamanca district or the elegant TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel, set in the historical heart of the Spanish capital. During the next two days, visit Madrid’s best-known sights via two guided city tours, including an Illuminated Madrid drive through its old-city streets. Take in the Puerta del Sol, a public square considered the center of Spain, and study work of Francisco Goya, El Greco, Diego Velásquez, and the other Spanish master painters at the Museo del Prado.
Days 4–5: The tour stops in Mérida to survey the city’s ancient Roman ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site collectively known as the Emerita Augusta. That evening, you’ll continue on to romantic Seville in southern Spain, staying for two nights at the TRYP Macarena Hotel. The next day, visit the Torre de Oro (“Tower of Gold”), a 13th-century prison and military watchtower, and the gigantic Seville Cathedral, Spain’s largest cathedral and the world’s biggest Gothic church.
Days 6–7: A few hours to the northeast lies Córdoba and its Great Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as an accomplished monument of Islamic architecture. Inside, walk underneath an ornate ceiling supported by 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. Afterward, the trip heads to Granada, a culturally diverse city home to the enchanting Alhambra as well as the Abades Nevada Palace, where you’ll spend the night. The Alhambra tour takes place the following morning.
Days 8–9: The trip concludes with a day and a half in the world-renowned resort region of Costa del Sol, with accommodations at the seafront Meliá Costa del Sol in Torremolinos. After relaxing on the beach, visiting discotheques, and stuffing the lining of your suitcase with tapas, you’ll transfer to Malaga Airport (AGP) in time for your flight home.
For an optional upgrade, guests can purchase a Premium package for an additional $335 per person, which includes meals on various days of the tour, a flamenco show in Seville, and an evening tour of the Albaicin Quarter in Granada. View the itinerary for details.
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