(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Madrid, Segovia, Cordoba, Granada, Marbella, Barcelona
This private tour blends Spain's top cultural destinations and best luxury hotels with active options such as hiking and biking in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.
Begin in Madrid, the Spanish capital known for its elegant squares, stately Habsburg architecture, leafy boulevards and superb museums. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the city. See world-renowned museums such as the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia, CaixaForum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Tour the majestic Royal Palace. Stroll through exclusive shopping and residential districts. Also visit historic squares and lively markets, including the gourmet San Miguel Market. Also enjoy a private tasting tour of some of some of Madrid’s most beloved tapas bars. One day, take a private excursion to Segovia to see the ancient Roman aqueduct, atmospheric backstreets, and the fairy-tale Alcazar castle, which perches on a rocky outcrop. En route, enjoy some hiking around La Granja, the summer palace of King Felipe V, in the Guadarrama mountains.
Next, transfer by high-speed train to Cordoba, a capital under the Romans and the Moors. During private touring, explore the highlights of the UNESCO-listed city center, such as the incredible Cathedral-Mosque, the ancient Roman bridge, and the narrow backstreets lined with whitewashed buildings and historic buildings in the old Jewish Quarter.
Continue to Granada, one of the richest and most populated cities in Europe during Moorish rule and still one of Spain's most breathtaking cities. With your expert private guide, tour the extraordinary Alhambra—one of the highlights of Spain—a stunning Moorish castle, palace and garden complex on a hillside overlooking the town. Visit the Generalife, the summer palace and gardens of Moorish royalty. Also tour the labyrinthine streets of the Albaicin—the old Arab Quarter—and discover a world full of winding, hilly streets, Moorish fountains, and teterías (Arabic tearooms).
Next, transfer to Marbella, the jewel of the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Stay at the luxurious Marbella Club Hotel, once the private residence of a prince and now one of Europe's premier beach resorts. During leisure time, enjoy the resort’s lush, sub-tropical gardens, extensive private beach club, swimming pool, thalasso spa, private golf course, riding stables and gourmet restaurant headed by a Michelin-starred chef. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Ronda, the most dramatic of Andalusia's famed whitewashed villages and a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Also visit local villages and wineries. Enjoy another day at leisure at the resort, or opt to book additional private touring. Options include visiting the Pileta Caves to see ancient rock art, a day of guided hiking or biking in beautiful national parks, a private cooking class, or visiting the Picasso Museum and other cultural highlights in Malaga.
End your tour with comprehensive private touring in Barcelona, one of Europe's most dynamic centers of modern design and cutting-edge cuisine. Tour Gaudi’s fantastical structures such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo or the hillside Parc Guell. Explore the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and La Ribera. Also visit the city’s leading food markets, including the Santa Caterina Market and La Boqueria Market. One day, if desired, opt to enjoy hiking at nearby Montserrat, a beautiful mountain studded with interesting religious and historical sights, or enjoy some biking in the Pyrenees or along the Costa Brava. Alternatively, visit some of the city’s excellent museums, such as the Picasso Museum or Miro Museum, or browse the city’s shopping districts, stopping at upscale boutiques along the broad Passeig de Gracia and design shops in the stylish Born and Raval neighborhoods.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Madrid & Segovia
Full-day private excursion to Segovia, with option for hiking. Evening tapas tour
Madrid – Cordoba – Granada
Private transfer to train station for high-speed AVE train to Cordoba. Private city tour on arrival. Private transfer to Granada for 1 night. Evening private tour of the Albaicin
Granada – Marbella
Private tour of Granada and the Alhambra. Afternoon private transfer to Marbella for 3 nights
Marbella & Ronda
Private excursion to Ronda and whitewashed villages, with option for food and wine touring and/or biking
At leisure at resort
Marbella – Barcelona
Private transfer to airport for flight to Barcelona. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Barcelona & environs
Half-day private tour, with option for hiking or biking excursion in the countryside
Private airport transfer
Hotel Ritz Madrid or Villa Magna Madrid
Parador Nacional de San Francisco, AC Palacio de Santa Paula, or Hospes Palacio de los Patos
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona or Hotel Arts Barcelona
Per person (double occupancy)
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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