Choir musical tours: Madrid - Toledo - Andalucía - Madrid - 7 days

Available:  year round except during July/August and Easter Tour begins and ends in Madrid, Spain.

Itinerary

1 ST DAY: MADRID  

Arrival in Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain, and greeting by your Music Contact International Tour Director. Settle down and refresh at the hotel before joining your tour escort for a short walk around the city to gather your first impressions of this magnificent place. Dinner at the hotel in the early evening.

2ND DAY: MADRID - TOLEDO - CÓRDOBA  

Early breakfast and departure from at your hotel. Drive 70 Kms southward towards Toledo. The town, perched on a hill skirted by a sharp bend in the River Tagus, has remained almost unaltered since the end of the Middle Ages, surrounded by curtain walls and formed by a winding maze of alleyways and lanes that meander up and down, crisscrossing and revealing to the visitor its historical sights and secret corners. Toledo is a city to be explored on foot, time and time again, following itineraries that lead to the artistic and cultural high spots. Toledo is a summary of Spanish art, history and spirituality. The city, officially granted Heritage of Mankind status by UNESCO in 1987, is one of the richest historically, culturally and monumentally endowed cities in Spain. The whole town is a National Monument. Lunch at a local restaurant. Departure along the land of Don Quixote, through vast expanses of vineyards and olive groves towards Cordoba. Accommodation at the hotel.

3 RD DAY: CÓRDOBA - SEVILLA  

Breakfast. An Impressive tour of the "Mosque" in Cordoba is waiting for us. The city boomed under the Arabs and on the arrival of the Caliphate, became the most civilised and sophisticated city of 10th-century Europe. During this century Córdoba had nearly 1,000 mosques, 600 public baths and street lighting (700 years before London or Paris). Córdoba´s sophistication attracted numerous intellectuals, scholars, poets, doctors and philosophers. Later the city was conquered by the Christians and this equally important legacy can still be seen today. Recently the old quarter and mosque have been declared, World Heritage City. Other sites to be visited include the Jewish Quarter. Leave southward along the highway via Ecija and Carmona on to Sevilla.

Stroll and get acquainted with this lively city before the evening dinner planned for the choir. After dinner, see a fiery flamenco show in the gypsy quarters of the city to round off the day . Accommodation at the Hotel

4 TH DAY: SEVILLA - GRANADA

After breakfast drive east through the heart of Andalucia and on to Granada. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.

The city of Granada has been shaped by the hills, where the old districts in the Albaicín and the Alhambra were founded, brimming with steep, narrow streets, beautiful nooks and corners, and marvelous landscapes. The new part of the city is situated on the plain, crisscrossed by the large arteries of Gran Vía de Colón and Calle de los Reyes Católicos, and where the busy streets around the Cathedral are found.
The Moors crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in 711 and settled in what was then a small Visigoth town perched atop the Alhambra hill. Here they settled, erected walls, and laid the foundation for the prosperous civilization that would follow. It was in the 9th century when Granada rose to importance after the fall of the Caliphate of Córdoba. Its splendor was reached in 1238, when Mohammed ben Nasar founded the Nazarí dynasty, and the kingdom of Granada stretched from Gibraltar to Murcia. This dynasty bore twenty kings until King Boabdil was forced to surrender Granada to the Catholic monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, in 1492. During three centuries, a magnificent and rich Islamic culture flourished, leaving Granada with architectural marvels of the caliber of the Alhambra.

After the Reconquest, the city continued to thrive, stimulated by the Catholic monarchs who ordered the construction of new civil and religious structures.

On arrival in Granada you will have time to explore freely through the city before your evening dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at your hotel.

5 TH DAY: GRANADA

Breakfast. A city tour of Granada and its amazing monumental environment is waiting for us. The "Alhambra" (Red Palace), the Generalife and many other building fountains, gardens, patios that have inspired several authors with sound and sight, as the "Tales of the Alhambra" by W. Irving. The afternoon is entirely yours to complete and expand you own impression of this city. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Optional choir performance in one of the great city's venues or meet your Spanish host choir for an exchange of songs, experiences and knowledge.

6 TH DAY: GRANADA - MADRID  

After breakfast start driving northwest towards Jaen through the greatest concentration of olive trees in southern Europe. Reach Bailen for lunch and continue on to Madrid. Arrival. For accommodation at your hotel.

7 TH DAY: DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. End of tour.

Planning: We plan each concert tour following the wishes and interests of the choir. According to the choir's profile, we plan venue locations, musical requirements, length and time of travel, accommodation, expert multilingual assistance, budget, and a thousand more details - each is shaped to meet the needs of each choir.

Tour Cost: the tour especified above is a sample of a concert tour that can be made to measure for the choir. This concert tour can be enhanced, for example, by adding 2 nights on Spain's famous Costa del Sol after your stay in Granada. The cost of the tour will be adjusted to the choir's budget according to time of travel and accommodation ranging from tourist class to first class or delux.

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