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Madrid & Andalucia in a Week

8 Days / 7 Nights

Madrid, Granada, Seville

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If you only have a week for your trip to Spain, make the most of it by combining a stay at the country's exciting capital with a journey through one of its most breathtaking regions. Start your trip in Madrid, one of Europe's liveliest capitals, a city with diverse architecture and a unique character that can never go unnoticed. From there, continue to sunny Andalucia, a region that boasts charming cities with a vast history and culture, like Seville and Granada, alongside picture-perfect towns and villages that invite you to experience authentic Spain at its best.

One of our team members in Spain will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best this country has to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon request, we will provide you with an eSIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (whom you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Madrid, Granada, Seville tour

2 Nights in Madrid

2 Nights in Madrid

3 days in Madrid
3 days in Madrid

2 Nights in Madrid

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions mean the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions mean the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Madrid

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Madrid's airport and take you to your centrally located accommodation. Duration of the drive is about 30 minutes.

Get Your Madrid Bearings. And Some Tapas.

Suggestion to explore on your own

Start out by getting your central Madrid bearings by strolling two of the city's most impressive squares, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza Mayor. Then make your way into the adjoining La Latina neighborhood, known for its vibrant nightlife and tapas bars. Explore the narrow streets and hop from one tapas bar to another, savoring a variety of local flavors and specialties.

Get Your Madrid Bearings. And Some Tapas.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Madrid

Madrid Private City Tour

Madrid Private City Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Uncover the city's highlights, secrets, and charm in a compact yet enriching experience. Are you ready?


Explore the city of Madrid in a surprising and exclusive way with this guided tour, lasting 2 hours from your hotel. Clients love the unique insights into Madrid's history and discover hidden gems for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Perfect for families, couples, and friends, this tour is a must-do during your stay in Madrid.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Small portions, grand flavors

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

In Madrid, where the harmonious blend of traditional meals and international flavors has thrived since the 16th century, immerse yourself in the authentic dining experience of a light and varied traditional meal – tapas! For early risers, exploring local markets offering fresh produce on a daily basis is a must. A visit to a Spanish food market promises an unforgettable experience. If you desire to embark on a culinary journey guided by an expert, choose from a food tour with tastings or immersive cooking classes.

Paella and Tapas - Madrid Group Cooking Class with Market Visit

Paella and Tapas - Madrid Group Cooking Class with Market Visit

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Uncover the secrets of the traditional paella and other regional dishes on a journey across the tastes of Spain without ever leaving the country's vibrant capital, Madrid. After a guided visit to a local market, in the company of your small group, you will head to a unique private cooking space reserved just for you at one of the quaintest restaurants in Madrid. During this cooking class, an expert local guide and chef will guide you through the fascinating process of preparing a mouthwatering homemade lunch of Spanish staples, such as paella and tapas.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Tapas & History - Gastronomy Group Experience in the Madrid Old Town

Tapas & History - Gastronomy Group Experience in the Madrid Old Town

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy an introduction to the history of Spain and Madrid with a walking tour in the old district, visiting four emblematic taverns and bars. These visits include a VIP Pass – that is, no queues at the bar!
You will be guided by a local guide specializing in history and food.
You will get to try more than 16 flavors and different Spanish wines, with every taste explained in detail.
Finish your gastronomy experience by enjoying the best churros and chocolate in town!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Granada by Train

You're leaving Madrid behind today and heading to Granada. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and economy class tickets. There are a few train departures to Granada daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on a 3.5-hour journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

Granada by High Speed Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Granada by Private Transfer with a stop in Baeza and Ubeda

Granada by Private Transfer with a stop in Baeza and Ubeda

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Madrid

Avila and Segovia Full Day Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
E-Bike Madrid Essential Premium Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
El Escorial Private Tour
Moderate5 hours
Express Private Tour of Madrid by Electric Tuk-Tuk
Easy1 hour

2 Nights in Granada

2 Nights in Granada

3 days in Granada
3 days in Granada

2 Nights in Granada

Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is one of the most visited cities in Spain. What makes this place so unique is that it was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. Today you will find a fascinating city, rich in multicultural history - a beautiful reflection of its Arab and Christian past. The Alhambra, a spectacular Arab citadel and palace, is certainly one of the main highlights of Granada but besides seeing this signature sight, you'll also enjoy being in the birthplace of tapas. True to its roots there are still places in Granada where the tapas is free with your drinks. Granada is one of the preferred destinations for European students, giving it a fun, vibrant university city feel. It is also a city with an important artistic energy. Strolling along the streets you will surely come across artisans and musicians showcasing their talents.

Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is one of the most visited cities in Spain. What makes this place so unique is that it was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. Today you will find a fascinating city, rich in multicultural history - a beautiful reflection of its Arab and Christian past. The Alhambra, a spectacular Arab citadel and palace, is certainly one of the main highlights of Granada but besides seeing this signature sight, you'll also enjoy being in the birthplace of tapas. True to its roots there are still places in Granada where the tapas is free with your drinks. Granada is one of the preferred destinations for European students, giving it a fun, vibrant university city feel. It is also a city with an important artistic energy. Strolling along the streets you will surely come across artisans and musicians showcasing their talents.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Granada

When you arrive at Granada's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Albayzin and Sacromonte Ebike Group Tour

Go Local in Albaicín

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Want to feel like a local right from the start? Then your first night should be planned to spend in Albaicín neighborhood. It is a totally distinct world from what Granada generally offers. A quarter used to be populated by Muslims bears the characteristics of Arab architecture. The whitewashed houses near the River Darro, bars and terraces which offer great tapas, drink and a view to the Alhambra which is the best to catch at sunset. Flamenco, the traditional Andalusian dance is performed in many local bars in Albaicin, like La Soleá and Jardines de Zoraya. We can even arrange spots on a small group e-Bike tour of the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods so you can explore with a local guide, and get a (little) exercise in.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Granada

Alhambra and Generalife Premium Group Tour

Alhambra and Generalife Premium Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

On this tour, you will discover the Alhambra in its entirety in a super-reduced guided tour with an official guide. With this visit, you will access the entire monument: Nasrid Palaces, La Alcazaba, the Generalife Palace and its gardens, and the Carlos V Palace.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Seville by Train

You're leaving Granada behind today and heading to Seville. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and economy class tickets. There are several train departures to Seville daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. The journey takes around 3 hours.

Seville by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Seville by Private Transfer with a stop in Antequera

Seville by Private Transfer with a stop in Antequera

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Granada

Alhambra Private Tour
Moderate3 Hours
Alhambra and Generalife + Albaicin and Sacromonte Small Group Tour
Moderate5 hours
Alpujarra - Sierra Nevada Full Day Private Tour
Moderate7 hours
Cathedral and Royal Chapel Group Tour
Light2 hours

3 Nights in Seville

3 Nights in Seville

4 days in Seville
4 days in Seville

3 Nights in Seville

Although it may not be the most famous city in Spain, Seville is considered by many to be the most beautiful. You get a sense of its unique charms as you meander through winding streets surrounded by characteristic white and pipeclay yellow walls of the painted buildings. Due to the hustle and bustle of port activity, 16th century Seville was the richest city in Spain. Goods of all splendor brought from the New World arrived at the feet of awestruck locals. Venture further into the city to marvel at the largest Gothic Temple in the world, Seville Cathedral, or try to imagine the sense of pride and awe felt by locals for hundreds of years as they gazed up at The Giralda Tower. This minaret was built in the Almohad period and was, for centuries, the tallest building in Spain and constructed as part of a Grand Mosque.

Although it may not be the most famous city in Spain, Seville is considered by many to be the most beautiful. You get a sense of its unique charms as you meander through winding streets surrounded by characteristic white and pipeclay yellow walls of the painted buildings. Due to the hustle and bustle of port activity, 16th century Seville was the richest city in Spain. Goods of all splendor brought from the New World arrived at the feet of awestruck locals. Venture further into the city to marvel at the largest Gothic Temple in the world, Seville Cathedral, or try to imagine the sense of pride and awe felt by locals for hundreds of years as they gazed up at The Giralda Tower. This minaret was built in the Almohad period and was, for centuries, the tallest building in Spain and constructed as part of a Grand Mosque.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Seville

When you arrive at Seville's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Learn About & Experience Flamenco

Included in your vacation package price.

This evening you will experience a performance deeply rooted in authentic flamenco traditions, featuring a compelling hour of art that will leave you in awe. Renowned artists from the city showcase their talents in various forms, including dance, singing, and flamenco guitar. Immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of pure flamenco while sipping on a glass of wine, savoring delicious tapas, or indulging in a delightful dinner. Our carefully curated menu features traditional Andalusian dishes, creating a perfect fusion of Seville, its gastronomy, and the art of flamenco.

Learn About & Experience Flamenco

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Seville

Alcazar & Cathedral Exclusive Small Group Tour

Alcazar & Cathedral Exclusive Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Are you interested in a highly informative tour that allows you to visit two UNESCO monuments? If so, this is the perfect experience for you!


The experience commences with the grand Cathedral of Seville and its renowned tower, the Giralda, followed by a captivating visit to the Royal Alcazar with its magnificent palaces and enchanting gardens. Uncover the ancient and fascinating history of the city, witnessing its evolution through the ages.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Discover The Foods of Andalusia

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Whether you want to learn some recipes to wow friends and family back home, sample tapas at the best places in town with a local guide, or head further afield to discover just why real Jamon Iberico comes at such a premium, we've got options for you.

Private Cooking Class in a Traditional Andalusian House

Private Cooking Class in a Traditional Andalusian House

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Are you passionate about cooking and interested in delving deeper into the world of Andalusian cuisine? If so, this tour is tailored just for you! Embark on an indelible gastronomic journey in a charming town near Seville, where the vibrant Andalusian tradition and identity come to life. This immersive experience not only provides insight into the deep-rooted traditions and historical lifestyle of Andalusia but also furnishes you with a recipe book and materials, ensuring you can recreate these exquisite flavors and cherish the memories of your culinary exploration.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Iberian Pig Farm Private Day Trip

Iberian Pig Farm Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Are you interested in discovering gastronomic treasures? This tour is for you!

Immerse yourself in a location where the senses are heightened, and where aroma and taste reach sublime levels. This journey is crafted around a distinctive, extraordinary, and unparalleled product.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Taste Seville Group Tour

Taste Seville Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Tapas in Seville is an important part of its gastronomy and a big part of the local social life and customs. From the unique Manzanilla sherry to the traditional carrillada ibérica and even the surprising montaíto de pringá on this tour, you'll share some favorite tapas, local recipes, new fusion dishes, and other hidden gems. A specialized local food sherpa will share the history of tapas with you and show you one of the oldest taverns in the city. The guide will offer insider tips as you pass through some of Seville's most emblematic locations and hidden alleyways. During the entire itinerary, your guide will cover details about Sevillano life and other recommendations for the rest of your stay. This tour perfectly combines food, history, and local customs. After the tour, you’ll be left full and feeling like a true insider in this glorious city!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours and 30 minutes

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Seville

World Heritage Hunt

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

After exploring the magnificent UNESCO sites in Seville, consider a day trip to Córdoba, where time seems to stand still in a medieval setting. This city, like many in Spain, was once a harmonious coexistence of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. A highlight is the 8th-century mosque, a pinnacle of Islamic architecture in the Western world. Don't miss the historical Jewish Quarter, Judeíra. Wander through Moorish castles like Alcazar, discover Andalusian gardens, and savor the experience at local restaurants and bars. Córdoba is truly another jewel in Spain's crown.

World Heritage Hunt
Private Day Trip Through the White Villages of Cadiz and Ronda

Day Trip Through the White Villages of Cadiz and Ronda - Private Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

On this tour, you will have an enchanting adventure through the picturesque white villages of Cádiz. The journey begins in the captivating Zahara de la Sierra, where you'll explore the charming streets of this beautiful town and have the opportunity to visit a family-owned olive oil mill and savor its exquisite oil. Next, you will venture to the hidden gem of Grazalema, nestled amidst rocky landscapes, offering a truly mesmerizing sight. The expedition then leads us to the legendary Ronda, renowned for its magnificent new bridge and iconic bullring. These white villages, adorned with narrow streets and Arab-inspired whitewashed houses, exude an authentic charm that will captivate your senses. As the afternoon draws to a close, you'll return to your hotel, cherishing the memories of this magical journey. This tour is flexible and can include other towns like Olvera or Setenil, adding even more delight to the adventure.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

The driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport for your departing flight. Duration of the drive is about 20 minutes.

We also offer the following excursions in Seville

All Seville Private Tour
Strenuous6 hours
Alone in the Alcazar - Exclusive Early Access Group Tour
Light1 hour 30 minutes
Caminito Del Rey Footpath Private Tour
Strenuous9 hours
Discover The River & The Secrets Of Triana Quarter Group Tour
Light1 hour 30 minutes

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Madrid

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Madrid Airport Arrival Transfer
Madrid Private City Tour
Madrid Railway Station Departure Transfer
Madrid - Granada High Speed Train

Granada

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Granada Railway Station Arrival Transfer
Alhambra and Generalife Premium Small Group Tour
Granada Railway Station Departure Transfer
Granada - Seville Train

Seville

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Seville Railway Station Private Transfer (Nighttime)
Tablao El Arenal Flamenco Show and tapas dinner
Alcazar & Cathedral Exclusive Small Group Tour
Seville Airport Departure Transfer (Daytime)

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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