Great European

This exploration of Europe takes in the best of France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. From the spiritual hubs of the Vatican and Lourdes to the glitz and glamour of Monaco, Cannes and the Isle of Capri, explore Europe’s man-made triumphs and feats of nature. Tune into the Mozart melodies of Austria, admire Gaudi’s Art Nouveau fantasies in Barcelona and sun yourself in Sorrento, with visits to Munich, Vienna and Paris along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: London – Paris

Leaving the bright city lights of London behind us, we cross the English Channel by ferry from Dover to Calais, travelling across the World War I battlefields w here so many brave souls lost their lives. We catch a glimpse of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge before arriving in Paris. Later, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks and an evening drive to embrace the energy of this vibrant city.

Hotel: Renaissance La Defense, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and view the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Perhaps pay a visit to the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, stroll along the Seine admiring the exquisite work of street artists or consider attending one of the city’s famous colourful cabaret shows.

Day 3: Paris – Amboise – Bordeaux

Journey through France’s Loire Valley stopping to see the royal château at Amboise, where King François I hosted Leonard da Vinci. Continue south through one of France’s most renowned wine regions, arriving in Bordeaux, celebrated for its centuries-old trading heritage and extraordinary architecture. Spend the evening exploring its historical centre or amble along the Garonne and watch how the 18th-century Place de la Bourse glitters across the river at night.

Hotel: Novotel Centre

Day 4: Bordeaux – Biarritz – Pamplona

This morning, we delve into the heady days of la Belle Époque in the glitzy seaside resort of Biarritz, an elegant retreat for aristocrats for centuries. Later head to Pamplona, perhaps most famous for its annual Running of the Bulls Festival.

Hotel: Tres Reyes

Day 5: Pamplona – Madrid

Head to the heart of Spain this morning and its lofty capital, Madrid. Upon arrival, enjoy an included visit to the Prado Museum and admire the incredible works of Rubens, Goya and El Greco. Spend the afternoon joining a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the city’s iconic and unexpected landmarks. View the Royal Palace and the Cibeles Fountain.

Hotel: Meliá Castilla, 2 nights

Day 6: Madrid

This morning, perhaps take to the waters of Retiro Park, visit the Mercado de San Miguel to indulge in the delicious flavours of Spain, or join an Optional Experience to the imperial city of Toledo. Enjoy free time this afternoon in the city that King Charles III sought to ‘beautify’ so that it could justifiably claim its place as one of Europe’s most gracious capitals.

Day 7: Madrid – Barcelona

Driving towards Catalonia and the shores of the Mediterranean, we pass Guadalajara and the Gorges of Jalón and Aragón en route to vibrant Barcelona, where we will spend the next two nights delving into the intoxicating charm of this cultural and artistic powerhouse.

Hotel: Tryp Apolo, 2 nights

Day 8: Barcelona

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ today and delight in the whimsical world of Gaudí, whose characteristic Art Nouveau architecture is dotted throughout the city. See his unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, before spending the rest of the day embracing the energy of Barcelona. Pay tribute to Columbus and his brave exploration of the New World, wander down to La Barceloneta for some tasty tapas treats, or ramble up Las Ramblas watching street performers entertain crowds. This evening, you could choose to witness Spanish passion, power and drama unfold at an unforgettable foot-stomping flamenco evening including a delicious Spanish buffet.

Day 9: Barcelona – Perfumery Excursion – Cannes

From the rugged Costa Brava to the stylish shores of the French Riviera, we travel through the South of France, stopping to ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a guided visit to Fragonard Perfumery where we’ll learn how fragrances are crafted. Later, we arrive in the glamorous town of Cannes, home to the famous film festival.

Hotel: Montaigne & Spa, 2 nights

Day 10: Cannes

Tread in the footsteps of showbiz royalty, savouring a full day at leisure in Cannes. Wander along La Croisette against the backdrop of the Mediterranean and Estérel Hills, shop on Rue Meynadier or consider joining an Optional Experience to the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, renowned for its museums and galleries.

Day 11: Cannes – Monaco – Pisa – Florence

Travel along the sophisticated Cote d’Azur to the Principality of Monaco, where you’ll see the Royal Palace and the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried. Cross into Italy and pass Genoa, the birthplace of Columbus, before arriving in Pisa to admire its Leaning Tower and Baptistery, the largest in Italy. This evening we arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence where we will spend the night.

Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

Day 12: Florence – Assisi

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walking tour of one of the cultural capitals of the world. Enjoy views of the marble Duomo, the Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Visit Piazza della Signoria, once the political hub of the city, and enjoy an included visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s statue of David. We depart Florence for the mystical city of Assisi later, and tread in the footsteps of St. Francis who was born and laid to rest in this hilltop town. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a tour and visit the Basilica of St. Francis.

Hotel: Casa Leonori

Day 13: Assisi – Pompeii – Sorrento

Travelling south towards the deep blue waters of the Bay of Naples, we stop in Pompeii and join a ‘Local Specialist’ to explore the tragic history of this ancient Roman settlement that was lost for centuries under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The stylish seaside resort of Sorrento is our stop for the next two nights. Embrace la dolce vita as we ‘Connect With Locals’ over a family ‘Be My Guest’ dinner featuring traditional flavours.

Hotel: La Residenza, 2 nights

Day 14: Excursion to the Isle Of Capri

Cross the waters of the bay to the enchanting Isle of Capri and explore its Piazzetta in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’ who will take you on a guided tour.

Day 15: Sorrento – Rome

The grand boulevards and ancient history of Rome await as we travel north from Sorrento to the ‘Eternal City’, crossing the gold and green countryside of Lazio.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s, 2 nights

Day 16: Rome

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to delve into the centre of Christianity – the Vatican City. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, then cross the Tiber for views of the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus, once home to exhilarating chariot races. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city’s history and culture that span almost two millennia. Sit on the Spanish Steps, shop up a storm on the Via del Corso or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome.

Day 17: Rome – Venice

We journey over the scenic Apennine Mountains, past Bologna and Padua to Venice, the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ where we’ll spend the next two nights at a superb hotel on Lido Island.

Hotel: Viktoria Palace, 2 nights

Day 18: Venice

‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassmaking. Glide through the city’s bustling canals by private launch, arriving at St. Mark’s Square, the gateway to Venice. See St. Mark’s Basilica, the ornate Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs. The rest of today is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of this Byzantine treasure. Cross the Rialto bridge, enjoy a sunset over the Grand Canal with a Campari Spritz or ascend the Campanile for panoramic views.

Day 19: Venice – Vienna

A scenic drive from Italy to Austria takes us through the Carnic Alps to the imperial capital of Vienna where we’ll spend the next two nights exploring a city famous for its musical heritage and elegance.

Hotel: Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn, 2 nights

Day 20: Vienna

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ this morning to explore the sights, including views of the famous Opera House, Stadtpark, Parliament, Imperial Boulevards and Hofburg Palace, once home to the powerful Habsburg Dynasty. Spend the rest of the day delving into Vienna’s cosy coffee culture, perhaps visit the exquisite Schönbrunn Palace or discover the harmonies of the world’s music capital, enjoying one of the city’s many musical performances.

Day 21: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich

Today we explore the tales of the Von Trapp family on a sightseeing tour of Salzburg with a ‘Local Specialist’ before continuing to the Bavarian capital of Munich, where we will spend the night.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Westpark

Day 22: Munich – Liechtenstein – Lucerne

Munich’s Marienplatz and Glockenspiel take centre stage this morning during an orientation tour of the city. We leave Germany for Switzerland, stopping in the Liechtenstein capital of Vaduz. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – the Grand Hotel Europe, featuring a scenic lakeside and alpine backdrop.

Hotel: Grand Europe, 2 nights

Day 23: Lucerne

Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI in the French Revolution and see the famous mournful Lion Monument. Walk along the wooden Chapel Bridge and admire its decorative ceilings. Then spend the rest of the day admiring the colourful façades of the Old Town or join an Optional Experience to one of the surrounding peaks.

Day 24: Lucerne – Heidelberg – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

View the ruins of Heidelberg Castle perched above the Neckar River and board a relaxing cruise down the mighty Rhine from St. Goar to Boppard – fantasy castles and hillside vineyards line your scenic journey. This evening, we stay at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – Bellevue hotel, located close to the Rhine River.

Hotel: Bellevue Rheinhotel

Day 25: Rhineland – Cologne – Amsterdam

Admire the tall twin Gothic spires of the Cologne Cathedral this morning, before crossing into the Netherlands and on to Amsterdam where we spend the next two nights. Sit under the leafy canopy at Leidseplein indulging in Dutch beer and kroketten, hire a bike and hit the city’s tree-lined streets or bask in the warm glow and gezelligheid of one of the city’s renowned bruin cafés.

Hotel: Corendon City, 2 nights

Day 26: Amsterdam

Enjoy an orientation of Amsterdam and spend the rest of the day exploring the city on foot, by bike or tram. Consider delving into the tragic story of Anne Frank, admire the works of Van Gogh or people-watch in Vondelpark. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions on board a glass-top boat. Cruise through the city’s canals looking up at the centuries-old gabled façades for which Amsterdam is so famous.

Day 27: Amsterdam – London

Drive through the peaceful landscapes of Belgium and France to Calais and cross to England by ferry. See the famous White Cliffs of Dover en route to London, where your memorable journey through Europe comes to an end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04$9,095.00$11,865.00
April: 25$9,150.00$11,970.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$9,150.00$11,970.00
June: 06, 13$9,275.00$12,045.00
June: 20$9,095.00$11,865.00
June: 27$8,995.00$11,765.00
July: 04$8,995.00$11,765.00
July: 11, 18, 25 $9,095.00$11,865.00
August: 01$9,095.00$11,865.00
August: 08, 15, 22, 29$9,295.00$12,065.00
September: 05, 12, 19$9,295.00$12,065.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 26 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Crossing from Dover - Bruges - Dover
Accommodation:26 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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All About Europe

What do you want from your All About Europe tour—historic treasures, amazing architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this European vacation offers it to you! You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum where the contests took place. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera—now’s your chance to drive along both the French and Italian Rivieras. You’ve watched the Olympics—now’s your chance to visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are—now’s your time to see them in person. You’ve heard how the former communist countries in Eastern Europe have transformed into wonderful vacation destinations—now’s your time to visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade to see for yourself.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In London, England

Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts and the CosmosGO app are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Novotel London West, 2 nights

Day 2: London

Enjoy free time for independent activities. Take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, we recommend our optional “Taste of London” excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 3: London – Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the Eurostar Train to Paris with your Tour Director. Transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Kyriad Bercy Village, 2 nights

Day 4: Paris

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris starting with an included guided tour to see the sites and monuments.

Day 5: Paris – Chateaux Country – Tours – Bordeaux

Travel south to Blois and along the Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic centre. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to the Grande Champagne wine-growing area. Spend the night in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne.

Hotel: Kyriad Prestige

Day 6: Bordeaux – Carcassonne – Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastward to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Spend some time to admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, cross the Spanish border and travel through Catalonia to Barcelona.

Hotel: Porta Fira, 2 nights

Day 7: Barcelona

Your guided city tour includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces (entrance fees not included).

Day 8: Barcelona – Arles, France – French Riviera

Back in France, head into the vineyard-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. This is where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1888-1889, and produced more than 300 paintings and drawings. Continue skirting the stunning shoreline of the Mediterranean to arrive in the heart of the world-famous French Riviera.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Vieux Port at Nice, 2 nights

Day 9: French Riviera

A full day at leisure allows you to take advantage of everything the splendid Cote d’Azur has to offer. You might like to explore the Old Town, climb up Castle Hill for panoramic views of Nice, or spend some time in the Marc Chagall National Museum. Tonight, consider joining our optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to the nearby Principality of Monaco.

Day 10: French Riviera – Venice Area, Italy

Enjoy a scenic drive along the French and italian Flower Rivieras. Then, cross the fertile Po River plains to the shores of the Adriatic to reach the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 11: Venice Area

Your day begins with a Boat Ride to monumental St. Mark’s Square. Time at leisure here enables you to explore and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unforgettable city built on water. Watch a skilled Glassblower at work. How about a romantic optional gondola trip?

Day 12: Venice Area – Florence

Today, cross the verdant Apennine hills into italy’s most popular region-Tuscany! Arrive in Florence, the renowned “Cradle of the Renaissance.” An included walking tour with a Local Guide features all the most important sites, including Piazza della Signoria and the copy of the “David” by Michelangelo.

Hotel: Italiana Resort

Day 13: Florence – Pisa – Rome

Today, hop on a mini train in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hotel: Oly Hotel, 2 nights

Day 14: Rome

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus.

Day 15: Rome – Ancona (Embarkation) – Overnight Ferry Crossing To Patras, Greece

A day of scenic beauty awaits as you travel through the rugged Apennines past quaint, old-world villages on your way to Ancona on the Adriatic Sea. This afternoon, embark an overnight ferry for your Mediterranean Sea crossing.

Hotel: Overnight Ferry

Day 16: Patras (Disembarkation) – Olympia

Awaken surrounded by fresh sea air this morning as you cross the Mediterranean. This afternoon, disembark in Patras and make your way south for a visit to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC.

Hotel: Olympia Palace

Day 17: Olympia – Tripoli – Athens

This morning, discover the Olympia archaeological site with a Local Guide. Learn about the sacred precinct of Zeus, whose temple once housed a statue that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Later, travel through the mountains of Arcadia into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula. Cross the mighty Corinth Canal, then to Athens, capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities. This evening, bask in the lively atmosphere of the old Plaka district with its welcoming tavernas and festive bouzouki music, or you could choose to join an optional Greek dinner.

Hotel: Ilissos or Acropolis Select, 2 nights

Day 18: Athens

The cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of democracy, Athens offers so much to see and experience. included city sightseeing this morning features the highlights and a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Later, explore the shops and museums or spend the afternoon swimming off the coast.

Day 19: Athens – Delphi – Thermopylae – Thessalonika

On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you all about the area’s fascinating history rooted in Greek mythology. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient sanctuary, dedicated to the god Apollo. Hear about the mystical Oracle and tour the Excavation Site, then visit the Archaeological Museum. Next is Thermopylae, site of the famous battle between the Spartans and Xerxes’ overwhelming Persian forces in 480 BC. See the Leonidas Monument, commemorating the Spartan king. Travel along the coast to Thessalonika for an overnight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palace

Day 20: Thessalonika – Sofia, Bulgaria

Cross the Bulgarian border and head north through the Struma River Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland. in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, join your Local Guide for a city tour that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Theatre, and St. Sophia Church.

Hotel: Rosslyn Central Park

Day 21: Sofia – Nis, Serbia – Belgrade

On to Serbia. in NIS, visit the wellpreserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel M

Day 22: Belgrade – Szeged, Hungary – Budapest

Cross into Hungary. Stop at the border town of Szeged, with fabled ties to Attila the Hun and the ancient home of paprika. Later, arrive in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Ibis Castle Hill, 2 nights

Day 23: Budapest

Included sightseeing with a Local Guide today features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube River. See Heroes’ Square with its iconic monument and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also see the Royal Castle, the aweinspiring Hungarian Parliament, Margaret island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church.

Day 24: Budapest – Gyor – Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria

Head toward the Austrian border today and, along the way, stop in colourful Gyor with its narrow lanes, characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town centre. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where medieval towers, fortifications, St. Michael’s Gate, and gothic St. Martin’s Church await your discovery. Cross into Austria and arrive in its dazzling capital-Vienna.

Hotel: Star inn Schonbrunn, 2 nights

Day 25: Vienna

Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. On the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, admire the fabulous State Opera House and Parliament, and stroll through Heroes’ Square for views of splendid Hofburg Palace. in your free time, be sure to pop into one of the traditional coffee houses for a slice of heavenly Sachertorte, or you can join one of our exciting optional excursions!

Day 26: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich, Germany

Travel along the Danube to Mozart’s splendid hometown, Salzburg. There’s time here to discover the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. On to Germany through green Bavarian landscapes to arrive in Munich.

Hotel: NH Neue Messe or Achat Premium South

Day 27: Munich – Bregenz, Austria – Lucerne, Switzerland

Your day begins with an orientation drive. See Munich’s beautiful main square, Marienplatz, and marvel at the world-famous Glockenspiel. Later, stop in Bregenz before skirting Lake Constance, then cross into Switzerland to head for Lucerne.

Hotel: Royal Hotel or Ibis Styles, 2 nights

Day 28: Lucerne

This morning’s visit introduces you to one of Switzerland’s finest cities. See the impressive city walls; Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge; and the Lion Monument, a masterful stone sculpture honouring Louis XVi’s heroic Swiss Guard. A selection of optional activities is available to perfectly complete your day.

Day 29: Lucerne – Strasbourg, France – Trier, Germany

Cross into France today and spend some time at leisure in magical Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. See the monumental gothic cathedral; taste the unique Franco-German cuisine; or explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Return to Germany and head to ancient Trier for an overnight.

Hotel: Vienna House Easy

Day 30: Trier – Amsterdam Area, Holland

Through the industrial Ruhr region and then into the canal-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On an included Canal Cruise, experience Amsterdam from water level, then stop to watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a Diamond Centre. Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at leisure.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport

Day 31: Amsterdam Area

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 11$7,049.00Price on Application
May: 25$7,559.00Price on Application
June: 08$7,199.00Price on Application
June: 22$6,959.00Price on Application
July: 06, 20$7,059.00Price on Application
August: 03$6,899.00Price on Application
August: 24$7,049.00Price on Application
August: 31$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 07, 14$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 21, 28$7,049.00Price on Application
October: 12$6,839.00Price on Application
November: 02$6,309.00Price on Application
December: 22$5,479.00Price on Application
December: 31$6,199.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 30 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned coach while touring
Rail:Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Paris
Accommodation:29 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide: Professional Travel Director and host service in London
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Madrid & Southern Spain

If you’ve dreamed of exploring colourful Spanish cities like Madrid, Seville, and Granada, this affordable vacation in Spain is the perfect solution. Your 10-day budget-friendly tour of Spain begins in the capital city of Madrid.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Madrid Chamartin, 2 nights

Day 2:  Madrid

Spain’s capital is a city of elegant boulevards and manicured parks. Masterpieces by Goya, Velazquez and other Spanish masters can be found at Madrid Prado Museum. Get a feel of the city this morning during your included guided sightseeing tour. Enjoy a panoramic drive of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. in the afternoon, maybe revisit some of the morning’s attractions, join an optional excursion, or just relax and take in the atmosphere.

Day 3: Madrid – Toledo – Cordoba

Leave the capital and head towards Toledo. Meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour, and visit the St. Tome Church, famous for El Greco’s celebrated painting “The Burial of Count Orgaz”. Continue into the very heart of La Mancha, known for its castles and windmills, as you travel to Cordoba, built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

Hotel: Selu

Day 4: Cordoba – Seville

The highlight of this morning’s visit to Spain’s most Moorish city is the Mezquita, one of islam’s most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. The former mosque was converted to a Catholic cathedral in 1236, following the Reconquista. Stroll through the Jewish quarter along small, white-washed houses, winding streets, and squares. Departing Cordoba, enjoy more Andalusian landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain’s most colourful cities. Perhaps tonight you’d like to join an optional flamenco performance?

Hotel: Don Paco, 2 nights

Day 5: Seville

The wonderful Andalusian city of Seville is the epitome of Spain with its fiery flamenco, Moorish splendour, fragrant gardens, and elegant piazzas. Admire the city’s many highlights this morning during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. The afternoon is dedicated to your independent discoveries.

Day 6: Seville – Ronda – Costa Del Sol

Today, take the scenic inland route to incomparable Ronda, the emblem of all Andalusian white-washed villages, boasting one of the most dramatic cityscapes in the world. Spanning the deep El Tajo gorge, it is known for its fascinating history, charm, and three remarkable bridges that cross the canyon. Continue to your hotel on the Costa del Sol.

Hotel: El Puerto at Fuengirola, 2 nights

Day 7: Costa Del Sol – Excursion To Malaga

Begin the day with an included excursion to the charming port city of Malaga, the southernmost large city in Europe, and birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Founded by the Phoenicians around 770 BC., it’s one of the oldest cities in the world and yet among the liveliest in Spain.

Day 8: Costa Del Sol – Granada

Our Spanish journey continues to history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. On the included tour, your Local Guide will bring to life the world-famous Alambra Complex. Built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, initially to be a hilltop fortress, the building was extended over the centuries and transformed into a magnificent palace featuring lavish gardens, and it still is the epitome of architectural ornate beauty.

Hotel: Corona de Granada

Day 9:   Granada – Aranjuez – Madrid

The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hill, as well the barren landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, unfold before your eyes. Stop at a local Wine Cellar to discover and taste some wines from the area and enjoy the beauty of the countryside. As you approach Madrid, stop in the Castilian Plain to visit Aranjuez, declared UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape for its spectacular gardens and magnificent monuments such as the Royal Palace.

Hotel: Melia Barajas

Day 10: Depart Madrid

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 01$1,979.00$2,641.00
May: 08, 22, 29$2,119.00$2,781.00
June: 12$2,109.00$2,771.00
June: 19, 26$2,119.00$2,781.00
August: 28$2,119.00$2,781.00
September: 04, 18$2,259.00$3,051.00
September: 25$2,209.00$2,871.00
October: 02, 09$2,129.00$2,791.00
October: 16$2,079.00$2,741.00
November: 06$1,829.00$2,491.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Spanish Fiesta

This holiday is perfect for those who wish to experience all the excitement and energy of Spain. Visit Spain’s most popular cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Vitoria, Pamplona, and Seville. Relax on the Costa del Sol, where you can sample traditional Spanish cuisine, walk on the sandy beaches, and browse the trendy boutiques, also visit the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Catalonia Atocha or Melia Madrid Serrano, 2 nights

Day 2: Madrid

The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial Prado Museum, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last eight centuries, with the works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more. In the afternoon, an optional excursion to Toledo can be arranged.

Day 3: Madrid – Segovia – Ribera Del Duero – Burgos – Vitoria

Head into beautiful Castile, the “Province of the Castles.” Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range on the way to Segovia, famous for the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Next, head to Ribera del Duero for a Wine Tasting accompanied by tapas at Bodegas Portia, designed by world-famous architect Norman Foster. In Burgos, see the magnificent limestone Cathedral of Santa Maria, where the legendary El Cid-Castile’s greatest hero-who lived in the 11th century, is buried. Afternoon arrival in Vitoria, capital of the Basque Autonomous Community, and explore the delightful historic centre at your own pace.

Hotel: NH Canciller Ayala

Day 4: Vitoria – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Pamplona

In Bilbao, the great port city of the Basque region, join your Local Guide for a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, an amazing feat of construction created by architect Frank O. Gehry. Next is lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast,” before arriving in Pamplona at the foot of the Pyrenees. Here, a special treat awaits: walk along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, followed by a Rioja Wine Tasting and dinner at Basaburua restaurant.

Hotel: NH Iruña Park

Day 5: Pamplona – Saragossa – Barcelona

In Saragossa, visit Plaza Del Pilar, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, where, according to legends, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James. Arrive in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and the host of the 1992 Olympic Games.

Hotel: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, 2 nights

Day 6: Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gracia. A highlight is a visit to spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbour from Montjuic Hill. Choose from our optional excursions to Montserrat and to a Catalonian restaurant to try out local dishes.

Day 7: Barcelona – Valencia

Continue along the coast to Valencia, once a royal capital. Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive during your guided sightseeing, featuring the Town Hall, La Lonja (the 15th-century Silk Exchange), the bull ring, the massive gateway towers of Serranos and Quart, and the new Arts & Science Complex, designed by the famous Valencian architect Calatrava. End your tour in the centre at La Seo Cathedral and then, visit one of Valencia’s oldest Horchaterias, where you will be served a traditional Horchata drink.

Hotel: NH Center

Day 8: Valencia – Granada

Take a scenic drive toward the mountains past troglodyte cave dwellings, hollowed out of the soft tufa stone, near Guadix and Purullena. Cross Mora Pass and arrive in Granada, where dinner has been prepared at one of Granada’s fine restaurants, the perfect introduction to this magnificent city.

Hotel: Granada Center

Day 9:   Granada – Costa Del Sol

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Granada’s main attraction, the Alhambra Complex, a fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains. Also amble through the exotic Water Gardens Of The Generalife. Then, take a short drive to your hotel at the Costa del Sol. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the charming Pueblo Blanco village of Mijas.

Hotel: Melia Costa del Sol at Torremolinos, 2 nights

Day 10: Costa Del Sol – Excursion to Malaga

The morning is dedicated to beautiful Malaga, birthplace of Picasso. Join your Local Guide on a walking tour through the Old City. Enjoy free time for shopping and maybe a visit to the Picasso Museum.

Day 11: Costa Del Sol – Gibraltar – Seville

Drive to the Rock Of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Hear about its turbulent history from your Local Guide, see the Moorish Castle, and visit St. Michael’s Caves and the colony of Barbary apes. Drive through the sunny sherry wine region on the Costa de la Luz to vibrant, festive Seville, where an exclusive visit has been included to the famous Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, the royal Bull Ring.

Hotel: Melia Sevilla, 2 nights

Day 12: Seville

During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent Casa De Pilatos, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming Santa Cruz Quarter. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.

Day 13: Seville – Cordoba – Madrid

Travel through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba. Guided walking tour of Cordoba includes the medieval Jewish Quarter, the Mosque Of The Caliphs, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper, the Roman Bridge, and the remains of the Alcazar. Return to Madrid and enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Melia Madrid Serrano

Day 14: Madrid

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 09$4,079.00Price on Application
March: 16$4,319.00Price on Application
March: 23$4,419.00Price on Application
March: 30$4,889.00Price on Application
April: 06$4,599.00Price on Application
April: 13$4,639.00Price on Application
April: 20$4,829.00Price on Application
April: 27$4,609.00Price on Application
May: 04, 11, 18$4,649.00Price on Application
May: 25$4,709.00Price on Application
June: 01$4,649.00Price on Application
June: 08$4,709.00Price on Application
June: 15$4,649.00Price on Application
June: 22, 29$4,679.00Price on Application
July: 13, 27$4,609.00Price on Application
August: 10$4,609.00Price on Application
August: 24$4,649.00Price on Application
August: 31$4,729.00Price on Application
September: 07$4,759.00Price on Application
September: 14$4,769.00Price on Application
September: 21$4,799.00Price on Application
September: 28$4,679.00Price on Application
October: 05$4,649.00Price on Application
October: 19$4,729.00Price on Application
November: 02$4,319.00Price on Application
November: 16$4,079.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Lisbon, Seville & Madrid

Your exciting Iberian adventure introduces you to fascinating cities and cultural discoveries on your affordable tour of Spain and Portugal. You’ll stay three nights in Madrid, two nights in both Seville and Lisbon, and one night in Coimbra.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: NH Ribera del Manzanares

Day 2 Madrid – Ávila – Salamanca – Coimbra, Portugal

Visit fortified Avila with its intact medieval city walls, then on to Salamanca. Be sure to spend some time wandering around Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. Journey into the valley of the Serra da Estrela on your way to Coimbra in Portugal.

Hotel: Dom Luis

Day 3: Coimbra – Fátima – Obidos – Lisbon

Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Continue to Fatima to visit the SANCTUARY, a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children-Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia-on May 13, 1917. On to Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills. Overnight in Lisbon.

Hotel: Roma, 2 nights

Day 4: Lisbon

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on your guided city tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or discover the Portuguese Riviera by joining our optional excursion.

Day 5: Lisbon – Seville, Spain

Drive into the Alentejo through the countryside, famous for its cork production. Cross the border at Vila Verde into Spain and journey into Andalusia, enjoying quite different scenery as you skirt the Sierra de Aracena on your way to delightful Seville.

Hotel: Don Paco, 2 nights

Day 6: Seville

Seville is one of Spain’s most colourful and vibrant cities. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour with all the main highlights, including the iconic Plaza de Espana.

Day 7: Seville – Cordoba – Madrid

Travel to Cordoba, Spain’s most Moorish city with its Mezquita, which is rightly known as one of islam’s greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. On through the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills, to Madrid. This evening, why not join the optional Traditional tapas dinner and highlights of Madrid?

Hotel: Praga, 2 nights

Day 8: Madrid

Enjoy free time in Madrid, or join the fascinating optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus River was made famous in El Greco’s painting-even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. As the capital of Spain and situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards call Madrid the nearest thing to Heaven.

Day 9: Depart Madrid

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 28$1,589.00$2,136.00
March: 06$1,729.00$2,276.00
March: 20$1,879.00$2,426.00
March: 27$1,899.00$2,446.00
April: 03, 10, 17$1,989.00$2,536.00
April: 24$2,129.00$2,676.00
May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$2,019.00$2,566.00
June: 05, 19$2,019.00$2,566.00
June: 26$1,979.00$2,526.00
July: 10, 17, 31$1,949.00$2,496.00
August: 07, 21$1,949.00$2,496.00
August: 28$1,979.00$2,526.00
September: 04, 11$2,019.00$2,566.00
September: 18$2,059.00$2,606.00
September: 25$2,019.00$2,566.00
October: 02, 16$1,919.00$2,466.00
October: 30$1,849.00$2,396.00
November: 06$1,589.00$2,136.00
December: 26$1,729.00$2,276.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Barcelona Explorer

From the fanciful façades of Gaudí to the favourite footballer haunts of Maradona and Messi, Barcelona serves up a sultry Spanish experience that will tease your every sense.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Barcelona

Surrender to the seduction of Barcelona – Spain’s sultry second city which boasts a proud Catalan culture and a boundless energy you’ll get to explore over the coming days. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, then spend the rest of the day on your own exploration before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your week-long stay. In Barcelona, the local cava is as sparkling as the city’s nightlife, so resist the urge to retire early and embrace the effervescent energy of its cosmopolitan heart.

Hotel: Barcelona 1882, 7 nights

Day 2: Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

The fanciful façades of Gaudí are among the many highlights on your morning sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. You’ll walk through the intricately carved doors of La Sagrada Família and into the creative genius of Gaudí as you explore his unfinished masterpiece and learn why it has taken generations to complete his life’s work. Ascend to Montjuïc, the lofty origins of Barcelona, before indulging in an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. You could choose to soak up the sights and sounds of Las Ramblas, winding your way from the harbour to the bustling Plaça de Catalunya. Or explore more of the fairy-tale Spanish Art Nouveau architecture that line many of Barcelona’s streets. Tonight, the flurry of skirts and castanet claps provide a mesmerising encounter with Catalan culture on an Optional Experience to a spectacular Flamenco show including dinner. Olé!

Day 3: Montserrat and Sant Sadurní dAnoia Excursion

Leave the sun-kissed shores of the Costa Daurada and head into the mountains for a visit to Montserrat. On the panorama of rocky pillars you will find Catalonia’s most renowned Benedictine Monastery, Santa Maria de Montserrat, founded in the 11th century. Later, visit Sant Sadurní d’Anoia where you’ll delve into the delicate art of Cava production at Freixenet Wineries. With fruity flavours lingering on your palate, you’ll return to Barcelona for a free afternoon to explore on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience to explore the labyrinthine lanes of the historic Gothic Quarter, followed by dinner and drinks in a local restaurant.

Day 4: Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

Gaudí’s magic touch on Barcelona’s skyline takes centre stage today during this morning’s sightseeing your with a ‘Local Specialist’. Delve into the legacy of ‘God’s architect’ as you explore the organic shapes and architectural treasures of Park Güell and admire the ethereal façades of Casa Milà. Indulge in a free afternoon to enjoy a quiet siesta or explore more of the city on your own terms. That could mean a visit to the lively Boqueria market where your every sense will be engaged as you wander past stalls laden with cheeses, charcuterie and seafood. This evening, join your travel companions for a Regional Dinner at El Nacional Barcelona and embark on a culinary adventure showcasing the flavoursome cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula.

Day 5: Tarragona Excursion

Tread in the footsteps of the ancients when you visit Tarragona today to see its UNESCO-listed Roman ruins. Your orientation tour will reveal several of the city’s ancient monuments, including the Les Ferrers Aqueduct, also known as the Devil’s Bridge. Explore the remaining remnants of the Roman Empire and the beautiful religious buildings that date back to the 12th century. You could choose instead to join the sun-worshipping locals on the city’s Blue Flag beaches before returning to Barcelona for a free evening. Tonight, an Optional Experience could see you join a dinner and night-time city panorama tour with your travel companions.

Day 6: Barcelona Free Day or Optional Dalí Museum Experience

Indulge in a full free day to experience life as a local. Set your watch to the laidback pace of your barceloní hosts and enjoy a leisurely morning soaking up the café culture of Barcelona at Passeig del Born or grab your front-row seat and people watch at Plaça del Rei – the choice is yours. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to Figueres and visit the Dalí Museum. Embrace the ‘theatrical dream’ Dalí hoped his museum would create and admire the world’s most diverse collection of his works, as well as curiosities from his imagination. Return to Barcelona where you’re free to enjoy Barcelona’s cosmopolitan nightlife.

Day 7: Barcelona At Leisure and Farewell Dinner

A leisurely start to your day eases you in to the sights and sounds of El Born where you’ll embark on a tapas walking tour to savour local favourites like Jamón Iberico, Croquette and Montaditos. You’ll be pleased to have the afternoon off to get your final fix of Barcelona, including an opportunity to finish some last-minute shopping. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a rousing Farewell Dinner to toast to an epic exploration of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

Day 8: Depart Barcelona

Treasure the memories of an extraordinary encounter with Barcelona as you bid your travel companions farewell.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04, 11$3,525.00$4,695.00
April: 25$3,450.00$4,620.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 26$3,450.00$4,620.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,450.00$4,620.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,275.00$4,445.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22$3,275.00$4,445.00
August: 29$3,395.00$4,565.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,450.00$4,620.00
October: 03, 10, 17, 31$3,395.00$4,565.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Best of Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal — these are two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures, and on this affordable Best of Spain & Portugal tour, you’ll see their fascinating highlights. In Spain, you’ll overnight in Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca. In Portugal, you’ll stay in Lisbon and Oporto.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Praga

Day 2: Madrid – Toledo – Granada

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century Church Of St. Tome, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.

Hotel: Alixares

Day 3: Granada – Montilla – Cordoba

Granada was the Moors’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the Alhambra Complex, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local Wine Cellar and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

Hotel: Selu

Day 4: Cordoba – Seville

With a Local Guide visit the magnificent Mezquita, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.

Hotel: Don Paco, 2 nights

Day 5: Seville

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcazar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the “Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo”, from Star Wars, and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne”, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de Espana and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

Day 6: Seville – Evora, Portugal – Lisbon

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.

Hotel: Roma, 2 nights

Day 7: Lisbon

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera.

Day 8: Lisbon – Fátima – Coimbra – Porto

Stop in Fatima to visit its world-famous Sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?

Hotel: Portus Cale, 2 nights

Day 9: Porto

Discover Porto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a Port Wine Cellar along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimaraes, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Porto – Salamanca, Spain

Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.

Hotel: Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas

Day 11: Salamanca – Ávila – Segovia – Madrid

Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers and visit St. Theresa’s Convent before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.

Hotel: Praga, 2 nights

Day 12: Madrid

The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

Day 13: Depart Madrid

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 24$2,739.00$3,545.00
April: 07$3,169.00$3,975.00
April: 14$2,879.00$3,685.00
April: 21$2,979.00$3,785.00
April: 28$3,129.00$3,935.00
May: 05, 12, 19$2,909.00$3,715.00
May: 26$2,999.00$3,806.00
June: 02$2,939.00$3,745.00
June: 09$2,909.00$3,715.00
June: 16$2,879.00$3,685.00
June: 30$2,809.00$3,615.00
July: 14, 28$2,809.00$3,615.00
August: 11, 18$2,809.00$3,615.00
August: 25$2,839.00$3,645.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$2,909.00$3,715.00
October: 06, 13$2,909.00$3,715.00
October: 20$2,879.00$3,685.00
October: 27$2,809.00$3,615.00
December: 14$2,599.00$3,405.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Spanish Wonder

This all-embracing exploration covers the principal Spanish cities: Madrid, Seville and Barcelona. Set your watch to a fiery Flamenco beat as you dance through the heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia, famed for its Sierra Nevada, Moorish-influenced architecture and the zesty scents of orange blossoms. Visit the ornate Alhambra Palace in Granada, Valencia’s 19th century Bullring and marvel at Gaudi’s Gothic gift to Barcelona, la Sagrada Familia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

Bienvenidos a Madrid. The lively capital of Spain is our launch pad to a memorable encounter with one of Europe’s most soulful destinations. Relax in the lush surrounds of Buen Retiro Park, shop up a storm on Gran Vía or people-watch over coffee and napolitana con chocolate in Puerta del Sol. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an orientation drive to see some of the city’s most iconic sights, followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Ayre Gran Colón or Meliá Castilla, 2 nights

Day 2: Toledo Excursion and Madrid Sightseeing

We head to Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour of this city that dates back to Roman times. We’ll visit a traditional factory and ‘Dive Into Culture’, witnessing the age-old inlaid-steel craft, before seeing one of El Greco’s most famous paintings in the Church of Santo Tomé – ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’. We’ll also visit the synagogue, before returning to Madrid where we’ll admire the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain with our ‘Local Specialist’. Spend the evening on your own, delving into the delicious flavours of Spain’s tapas capital.

Day 3: Madrid – Córdoba – Seville

Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in Córdoba, once a significant Moorish settlement. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about centuries of Moorish rule and its influence on the culture and architecture of the region. We travel to flamboyant Seville, our home for the next two nights. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful twirling skirts of a fiery flamenco show or rub shoulders with the Sevillanos in search of delicious tapeo and wine.

Hotel: Zenit or Hesperia, 2 nights

Day 4: Seville Sightseeing

This morning, we meet our ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus’s ornate tomb in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’, joining the Morillo family for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at their olive oil mill, where you’ll learn how oil is produced from their 6,000 trees and get to sample some of their produce.

Day 5: Seville – Granada

Multicultural Granada takes centre stage today, as we visit the magnificent Alhambra in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’. A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra complex was built towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the other palaces by a covered walkway across the ravine.

Hotel: Occidental or Catalonia

Day 6: Granada – Guadix – Valencia

This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We’ll see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area, then travel to Valencia, where we’ll see the Bullring and admire the city’s medieval architecture. Embrace the city’s spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science. This evening, dine at your hotel, and perhaps take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.

Hotel: Oceanic or Eurostars Rey Don Jaime

Day 7: Valencia – Peñiscola – Barcelona Sightseeing

Head north, along the coast through the Levant region, and stop at Peñíscola, the ‘City in the Sea’. View the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, ‘El Cid’. Then, journey along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudí architecture. Admire this famous architect’s talents as we view his unfinished La Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882. See the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to the great Christopher Columbus, with your ‘Local Specialist’. From the hill of Montjuïc, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of this enchanting city. Enjoy a free evening to spend as you wish. Ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities.

Hotel: U232 or Hesperia Tower, 2 nights

Day 8: Barcelona

Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Visit Gaudí’s fantasy Park Güell, stroll through the enchanting Gothic Quarter or join an Optional Experience to the monastery perched atop the mountain of Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, we celebrate a memorable journey through Spain with our newfound friends and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine.

Day 9: Barcelona – Madrid

For now it’s a fond adiós to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 11$2,795.00$3,465.00
April: 18, 25$2,850.00$3,520.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$2,850.00$3,520.00
June: 06, 13, 20$2,850.00$3,520.00
June: 27$2,825.00$3,495.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$2,825.00$3,495.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$2,850.00$3,520.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,850.00$3,520.00
October: 03, 10, 17$2,850.00$3,520.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Sensational Spain

Your 14 Day Sensational Spain affordable tour begins and ends in marvelous Madrid. In between, you’ll discover Spain’s sensational sites and legendary locales of history, culture, and cuisine. You’ll visit the Basque Country in the cities of Bilbao, San Sebastian, and on to Pamplona—city of the running of the bulls, toreadors, and Hemingway’s famous novel, The Sun Also Rises. Venture through the vistas of wine-growing region on your way to Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. You’ll visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Pillar before arriving in Barcelona. Take two days to explore the beauty and history of Barcelona, including a guided driving tour of its famous sights and panoramic views. See Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces before venturing along the Costa Dorada and Costa del Azahar to vibrant art nouveau and modern style of Valencia—and the home of paella!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Praga

Day 2: Madrid – Segovia – Ribera Del Duero – Burgos

The first visit of the day is Segovia, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its soaring Roman aqueduct and breathtaking fairytale fortress. Travelling through Castille and Leon, we reach the Ribera del Duero area, which follows the course of the Douro River and is noted for producing some of Spain’s best wines. Get a taste at a Wine Cellar, then on to Burgos with its landmark cathedral.

Hotel: Almirante Bonifaz

Day 3: Burgos – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Pamplona

The day is dedicated to discovering the Basque Countries as we visit the city of Bilbao, with its contemporary architecture, and San Sebastian, with its beautiful sandy beach. On to Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls.

Hotel: Maisonnave

Day 4: Pamplona – Saragossa – Barcelona

Vistas of the Rioja wine-growing region greet you this morning as you travel towards Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Here, visit the baroque Sanctuary Of Our Lady Of The Pillar before arriving in Barcelona, Catalonia’s lively capital.

Hotel: Catalonia Sagrada Familia, 2 nights

Day 5: Barcelona

This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and to marvel at the incredible panoramic views of the port and city. On to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces.

Day 6: Barcelona – Valencia

Travel along the Costa Dorada today and on to the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) to arrive in Valencia, birthplace of paella! Combining striking modern architecture with Art-Nouveau-style buildings and the Old Town, Valencia is one of the most innovative Spanish cities enjoying a very high quality of life.

Hotel: Sercotel Acteon Valencia

Day 7: Valencia – Granada

Spectacular scenery unfolds as you travel inland towards Granada, beautifully situated at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada and at the confluence of four rivers. Granada is a compelling city where Moorish influence, old-style tapas bars, and historical sites coexist with a young population of university students, graffiti, and exotic tea houses in the Albazyn quarter.

Hotel: Don Juan, 2 nights

Day 8: Granada

Today, your Local Guide will bring to life the world-famous Alhambra Complex*, which Moorish poets described as a “pearl set in emeralds.” Built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, this magnificent hilltop palace-fortress features lavish gardens, and is the epitome of architectural beauty.

Day 9: Granada – Cordoba – Seville

Visit Cordoba, known for the white-washed houses of the Jewish quarter, but also for its magnificent 8th-century Mezquita, a mosque in which a Cathedral was built following the Reconquista. Admire its splendid giant arches, domed shrine of Byzantine mosaics and 856 jasper, onyx, marble, and granite pillars. Continue your journey through picturesque Andalusia, on to vibrant, festive Seville! Tonight, a chance to join an exciting optional Flamenco show to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Hotel: Don Paco, 2 nights

Day 10: Seville

An included city tour reveals the best of this colourful Andalusian capital today: see the majestic cathedral; beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcazar palace with its extravagant Moorish architecture; and the landmark Plaza de Espana, built for the ibero-American Expo in 1929. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11: Seville – Cáceres – Salamanca

Stop in medieval, walled Caceres, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its blend of Roman, islamic, Northern Gothic, and italian Renaissance styles. Later, cross the Tagus River and the Guadarrama mountains to arrive in Salamanca. Here you will experience the ambiance and unique Spanish Baroque beauty of Plaza Mayor, heart of the city and one of the most extraordinary public squares in the country.

Hotel: Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca

Day 12: Salamanca – Ávila – Madrid

On to Avila, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its imposing city walls, monumental gates, 88 watchtowers, and 2,500-plus turrets. This city is the essence of Castilla and the epitome of old Spain. Upon arrival in Madrid, enjoy a guided tour of the city, discovering its royal elegance and its vibrancy. You’ll enjoy the abundance of museums and cultural livelihood.

Hotel: Praga, 2 nights

Day 13: Madrid

Spend the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace or to join one of our optional excursions or activities.

Day 14: Depart Madrid

Your 14 Day Sensational Spain tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$2,502.00$3,169.00
April: 18$3,059.00$3,822.00
April: 25$3,029.00$3,792.00
May: 02, 09, 16$2,939.00$3,702.00
May: 30$2,999.00$3,762.00
June: 06$2,999.00$3,762.00
June: 13, 20$2,939.00$3,702.00
July: 11$3,139.00$4,089.00
July: 18$2,879.00$3,642.00
August: 08$2,879.00$3,642.00
August: 22$2,939.00$3,702.00
August: 29$2,929.00$3,692.00
September: 05$2,939.00$3,702.00
September: 12$2,999.00$3,762.00
September: 19$2,969.00$3,732.00
October: 03, 17$2,879.00$3,642.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Great Iberian Cities

Allow yourself to be enchanted by Spain and Portugal’s charming cities and sun-drenched seaside towns on a Great Iberian Cities tour. From the sun-kissed Catalan city of Barcelona to the seafaring capital of Lisbon, dance your way through the fiery streets of Spain to the hilly landscapes of Portugal’s spellbinding capital. Enjoy the sweet tastes of sangria in sun-dappled courtyards, Gaudi’s fantasy world and tales of a New World discovered, along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Barcelona

Ramble up Las Ramblas and get ready for an unforgettable discovery of the Iberian Peninsula. The fiery coastal city of Barcelona kicks off your mesmerising encounter with Spain and Portugal. Set your watch to the leisurely Mediterranean way of life, spending the day relaxing or connecting with a city that once inspired Gaudí’s imagination. Later, meet your fellow compañeros and Travel Director for an orientation drive through some of the city’s iconic sights, followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Hesperia Tower, 2 nights

Day 2: Barcelona Sightseeing

We spend the morning exploring a city whose great passions include football, fashion and fairy-tale façades by famed architect Antoni Gaudí. We’ll see his masterpiece La Sagrada Familia during our guided sightseeing tour of the city with a ‘Local Specialist’, then Montjuic and Plaça de Catalunya, in the heart of Barcelona. The rest of the day is yours to delight in Spanish culture and cuisine. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, affectionately known in Catalonia as La Moreneta.

Day 3: Barcelona – Madrid

Today, we drive through the valleys and pastures of Aragón towards Spain’s capital. We arrive this evening in Madrid, renowned for its vibrant nightlife which we will have an opportunity to enjoy on our own terms.

Hotel: Barceló Imagine, 2 nights

Day 4: Madrid Sightseeing

We join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we will see trendy Gran Vía and the Cibeles Fountain, before we ‘Dive Into Culture’ visiting the world-famous Prado Museum. Admire the masterpieces of Velázquez and other Spanish greats in this extraordinary museum, said to house the largest collection of European art in the world. Spend the rest of your day exploring the city at leisure. Visit the Royal Palace or stroll through Buen Retiro Park at the heart of the city – the choice is yours.

Day 5: Madrid – Toledo – Seville

We journey south to the clifftop city of Toledo, where we’ll join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’, and visit the former synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. We arrive in Seville this evening and immerse ourselves in the effervescent spirit of Andalusia.

Hotel: Hesperia, 2 nights

Day 6: Seville Sightseeing

The charisma of Seville is unmistakable. Your ‘Local Specialist’ will take you on a sightseeing tour past the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, Maria Luisa Park and the imposing Plaza de España. Later, we’ll visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where Christopher Columbus is entombed, before strolling through the historic Jewish Quarter. Meet the Albaserrada family and their horses on their farm in the Andalusian countryside near the whitewashed village of Gerida. Here you’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner featuring fresh regional ingredients and the local sangria of course.

Day 7: Seville – Lisbon

We travel west to Portugal, meandering through the province of Huelva, renowned for its Jabugo ham. After crossing into Portugal’s picturesque rural landscapes of the Alentejo – the country’s cork capital – we arrive in colourful Lisbon where we’ll meet our ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour celebrating the grand triumphs of the Portuguese in centuries past. See the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge that spans the Tagus, and Belém Tower, once the ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. Visit the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, built in the 15th century, then spend the rest of the evening on your own exploration of the Portuguese capital.

Hotel: VIP Grand, 2 nights

Day 8: Lisbon Sightseeing

Enjoy the day sauntering through Lisbon’s grand shopping boulevards and the narrow lanes of Bairro Alto or consider joining an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and our Travel Director, toasting to an epic Iberian holiday.

Day 9: Depart Lisbon

Our journey through Spain and Portugal has come to an end. All that’s left is to say a fond adeus at the end of an unforgettable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 19, 26$3,025.00$3,975.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,025.00$3,975.00
June: 07, 14, 21$3,025.00$3,975.00
June: 28$2,950.00$3,870.00
July: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,950.00$3,870.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23$2,950.00$3,870.00
August: 30$2,950.00$3,870.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,025.00$3,975.00
October: 04$3,025.00$3,975.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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