WORLD HERITAGE CITIES OF SPAIN (9 Days / 8 Nights) globalwp
WORLD HERITAGE CITIES OF SPAIN (9 Days / 8 Nights)
Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN MADRID
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by the Gamma tours guide; then transfer to the hotel, time to relax and to refresh up. Overnight.
Day 2 – MADRID – City tour
Although perhaps you have already visited Madrid, it is always interesting to discover new places or remember known sites.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the political and financial centre. During the visit, you go through the streets, squares and most important avenues, seeing at the same time from the outside different monuments such as the Recoletos Promenade, Plaza Colon, the Cibeles Square, the Cortes or Parliament, the Paseo del Prado, the Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente where the Royal Palace and its gardens are located. Then you stroll through the “Old Madrid”, the Habsburg Quarter, walking along the Main Street and seeing the City Hall Square, the Main Square and some old back streets.
Please don’t forget to visit some of the important museums like the Prado Museum, Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museum National Centre of Art Queen Sofia, and some of the other places or monuments in Madrid. Overnight.
Day 3 – MADRID – TOLEDO
Depart south by the dual carriage way to Toledo. Arriving there going along the ring road, the magnificent location of this city can be appreciated, full of history where several cultures converged. The most outstanding buildings in the city are the Cathedral, the church of Santo Tome, famous for housing El Greco’s relevant picture entitled The burial of Count Orgaz. Remains of the Jewish community are still preserved in the city in the synagogues of Santa Maria la Blanca and El Transito since medieval times. Some of these monuments were designated World Heritage Sites.
Stay in Toledo is not completed without a visit to the craft shops of the Toledo Gold, a unique way of engraving gold in other metals. Overnight.
Day 4 – TOLEDO – CORDOBA
You head south crossing La Mancha region towards Cordoba. This city highlight is the Mosque – Cathedral, monument designated a World Heritage Site; besides we must remark the Old Jewish Quarter with its Synagogue built during the medieval times. It is worthy to visit the Palacio de Viana and some other places such as Corredera Square and Potro Square. Overnight.
Day 5 – CORDOBA – GRANADA
You leave to Granada. The Palace of the Alhambra and the Gardens of the Generalife are the highlights of Granada that were designated World Heritage Sites.
Your free time can be devoted to stroll in the Old Quarter, is like going back to medieval times, having the chance to admire the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Carthusian Monastery and some other monuments.
We suggest to attend to a Flamenco show in an old gipsy cave at Quarter of Sacromonte. Overnight.
Day 6 – GRANADA – SEVILLE
You leave to Seville. This city is the most emblematic of Andalusia. You visit the Park of Maria Luisa and its Spain Square, then head to the old district of the city and stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter; The Cathedral and the Alcazar or Fortress were designated World Heritage Sites; walk up to the Guadalquivir River to see the Golden Tower and the Maestranza, which probably is the most renamed bullring in Spain. Overnight.
Day 7 – SEVILLE – MERIDA – CACERES
You leave north along the Silver Road you arrive in Merida, town founded by the Romans on 25 B.C. Thus, the Roman legacy is still present in the Roman Theatre and Amphitheatre, both monuments were designated World Heritage Sites, being both the most emblematic constructions. Erected in the first century B.C., the theatre can seat 6,000 people. Next to it, the Amphitheatre is located. Besides you can see the Temple of Diana and the Arch of Trajan – one of the old gates to the city, rising to a height of 15 metres – are now located in the city centre. We have also to mention the National Museum of Roman Art. Continue to Caceres. Overnight
DAY 8 – CACERES
This city was founded by the Romans in 34 B.C. However, it was not until the arrival of the Moors (12th century) that Caceres enjoyed its era of greatest splendour. The walled part of the city, most which is Almohad, still preserves nowadays its medieval defensive towers, all 12th century constructions.
You stroll inside the Medieval Quarter seeing the Santa Maria Square, a couple of relevant Palaces, although we must remark Golfines de Abajo Palace with its magnificent façade, Ovando House and House of the Veletas, the Main Square and the Godoy Palace. Some of these monuments were designated World Heritage Sites.
In the afternoon, you head to Madrid. Overnight.
Day 9 – MADRID DEPARTURE
Time at leisure till transfer to the airport where you do all formalities for boarding the plane to your next destination.
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