Madrid & the Spectacular South

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Indulge in tapas, enjoy flamenco, and experience the soul of Spain, all while visiting some of the country's most mesmerizing cities on this 8-night getaway! You'll start in the capital city of Madrid, where  bustling squares, picturesque parks, and museums worth getting lost in await. After picking up your rental car, you'll make your way south for the hea...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Fall in love with Picasso's gut-wrenching Guernica, on display in Madrid's Reina Sofia museum.
    • Treat yourself to a Flamenco show in Madrid, where you'll experience firsthand the soul of Spain in the form of dance.
    • Indulge in the flavors of Spain at a tapas bar or two!
    • Get lost in the beauty of Spain's Architecture; you'll be mesmerized by the patterns of Cordoba's Mezquita.
    • Enjoy the leisurely pace of the Spanish lifestyle, perhaps even while being serenaded by the sound of a Spanish guitar!

What's this trip about?

    Indulge in tapas, enjoy flamenco, and experience the soul of Spain, all while visiting some of the country's most mesmerizing cities on this 8-night getaway! You'll start in the capital city of Madrid, where  bustling squares, picturesque parks, and museums worth getting lost in await. After picking up your rental car, you'll make your way south for the heart of your adventure. Explore fairy-tale palaces, historic neighborhoods blended with modern design, and cities with remnants of its Moorish past still intact.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityMadrid
End CitySpain

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Relaxing Retreats


  • Europe
  • Spain


  • Granada
  • Madrid


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Independent

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare into Madrid (MAD), out of Malaga (AGP)
    • Private airport transfer upon arrival
    • Manual car rental for 5 nights – upgrade to automatic available
    • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar: 3 nights in Madrid at the Hotel Tryp Atocha
    • 1 night in Cordoba at the Hotel Macia Alfaros
    • 2 nights in Granada at the Hotel Abades Recogidas
    • 2 nights in Malaga at the Sercotel Malaga Breakfast daily

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Day 1 Welcome to Madrid!

Arrive in Madrid airport and enjoy a transfer to your accommodation. Once you've checked in and settled down, head out for a night on the town!

Start your Spanish adventure off by indulging in the flavors of Spain at a tapas bar. La Latina is a bustling neighborhood known for its overabundance of tapas bars and cocktail lounges.

Day 2 Madrid

Start the day off with a visit to the Royal Palace, the largest royal palace in Western Europe, then continue onto the Madrid Cathedral. Take a break (and do some people watching) at the Plaza Mayor square, then take the perfect photo in front of the old city g...

Day 3 Madrid

Pay a visit to Madrid's famous Museum Triangle today, a crossroads where three important art museums await exploration! Explore the Prado Museum, home to one of the finest collections of European art and home to works from Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Rubens, Hie...

Day 4 Madrid - Cordoba

Pick up your rental car then make your way to historic Cordoba, a 1,000 year old city that blends history with modern design. In Cordoba you should stroll through the historic quarter to discover the great Mosque-Cathedral, a symbol of the city which reflects b...

Day 5 Cordoba - Granada

Make your way southeast to Granada, whose Moorish past can be felt at every street, square, and major landmark; it was the last city to be reconquered by Catholic Monarchs in 1492.

Start your adventure in Granada off by hiking to the Mirador de San Nicolas, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of the city and the best views of the iconic Alhambra.

Day 6 Granada

Start your day off with a visit to the Alhambra, a fairy-tale palace that lives atop a hill.

Then, head back to the center of the city to continue your day of exploring; pay a visit to the breathtaking Granada Cathedral, enjoy a bite at the nearby Bib Rambla plaza, then pick up some souvenirs at the bustling Alcaiceria bazaar!

Day 7 Granada - Malaga

Drive southwest today to Malaga, a port city sprinkled with remnants of its Moorish Past.

Experience true Spanish culture at the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, then end your day with an unforgettable view of Malaga from Castillo de Gibralfaro.

Day 8 Malaga

After breakfast, head to the historic city-center to start your last full day of sightseeing! Ascend upon the Gothic Málaga Cathedral, then experience the breathtaking architecture at Spain's best-preserved Moorish fortress, the Alcazaba.

For your last ni...

Day 9 Depart Spain

Make your way to the airport in accordance with your departure flight; be sure to leave enough time to drop off your rental car at the rental area.

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Last Updated: 7/13/2023

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