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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Best of Spain

Explore Spain’s best regions on this trip, including Madrid, Santander, Barcelona and Valencia. Vibrant Spanish cities, the running of the bulls in Pamplona and the smell of orange zest in Valencia are yours to discover as you indulge in Spain’s distinct art, architecture and culture.

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

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

Welcome to the fiery Iberian capital that is Madrid. Delve deep into the soul of a city that marches to the tune of the tapas, before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see some of the city’s most iconic sights.

Hotel: Rafael Atocha

Day 2: Madrid – Burgos – Santander

Journey over the pine-clad Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos, the historic capital of Castile, where we will visit the tomb of El Cid, a national hero and the protagonist of the most significant medieval Spanish epic poem – El Cantar de Mio Cid. We cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera Mountains, travelling to the coast and the sophisticated capital of the Cantabrian region, Santander.

Hotel: Santemar

Day 3: Santander – Bilbao – San Sebastián – Pamplona

We depart Santander and travel to Bilbao to view the striking Guggenheim Museum, built from titanium, glass and limestone and designed by renowned Canadian-American architect, Frank Gehry. Continuing to San Sebastián, the gourmet capital of Spain, we see the beautiful Bahia de La Concha beach during our orientation drive. Our overnight stay is in the vibrant city of Pamplona, famous for its Running of the Bulls fiesta. Follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and enjoy a drink at Café Iruña, ramble along the brilliantly lit city ramparts or delight in the local pintxos before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.

Hotel: NH Iruna Park

Day 4: Pamplona – Zaragoza – Barcelona

Our journey continues through the Ebro Valley to Zaragoza where we’ll view the Basilica of El Pilar and Cathedral of La Seo. Arrive in Barcelona, soak up the charm of a city that professes two great loves – Gaudí and football. Enjoy panoramic views of a city, which dates back to Roman times, from atop Montjuïc, then spend the rest of the day at leisure. Amble through the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine lanes, indulge in the aromas and flavours of La Boqueria and discover the best crema Catalana in town.

Hotel: Barceló Sants, 2 nights

Day 5: Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

The whimsical fantasy world of Gaudí is on display this morning as we embark on a sightseeing tour to see the inspiring, but as yet unfinished, La Sagrada Família in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’. We’ll see Las Ramblas and Plaça de Catalunya, which lies at the heart of Barcelona, before paying tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name. This afternoon, consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

Day 6: Barcelona – Peñiscola – Valencia

The sweet scent of oranges accompanies us on our journey along the Costa Dorada south to fortified Peñíscola, where we’ll see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. Continuing through fertile huertas, we arrive in sunny Valencia where we will stay the night. Our orientation of this cultural city includes views of the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the cathedral, which is said to house one of the Holy Chalices of the World. Witness the modern verve of Valencia and view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Silken Puerta

Day 7: Valencia – Granada

Journey via the dramatic Mora Pass to the city of Granada where we meet our ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO-listed Alhambra. Its golden façades and extraordinary Moorish architecture reflect centuries of multi-cultural history, which you will have a rare opportunity to explore as you wander through its palaces and exotic water gardens. Check in to your hotel later, where you dine tonight.

Hotel: Occidental

Day 8: Granada – Costa del Sol

Set your watch to Spanish time and enjoy a leisurely morning on your terms, or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the medieval Moorish Quarter of Granada – Albaicín – with its narrow winding lanes, churches, minarets and palaces. We leave Granada behind for the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol, where we’ll spend the next two nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Stroll along the beachside promenade, relax at one of the nearby beach cafes or visit the picture-perfect whitewashed Andalusian village of Mijas – the choice is yours.

Hotel: Meliá, 2 nights

Day 9: Costa del Sol Free Day

Another day in paradise for you to kick back, worship the Spanish sunshine and taste la buena vida. Enjoy fresh seafood in Torremolinos, relax on the bleached beaches and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere or consider an Optional Experience to the effervescent Andalusian capital of Málaga to explore centuries of history.

Day 10: Costa del Sol – Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights)

A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire’s resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore or consider joining an Optional Experience to St. Michael’s Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez – famous for its sherry production – to Seville. Tonight we ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at the Morillo family olive oil mills.

Hotel: Las Casas De La Juderia, 2 nights

Day 11: Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ this morning for a tour of Seville’s leafy avenues. See the iconic Giralda Bell Tower and visit the Seville Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Stroll through Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions, palms and orange trees, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Explore the Jewish history of Spain in Seville’s former Jewish Quarter, where a wall separated the Jewish community from the rest of the city during medieval times. Tonight, consider soaking up the fiery flamenco atmosphere in the city that made this passionate dance famous.

Day 12: Seville – Córdoba

We journey to Córdoba to meet a ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the astounding Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Then visit the remains of the 14th-century Mudéjar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood, before spending the rest of the day at leisure admiring the city’s extraordinary Moorish architecture and heritage. This evening we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Hesperia

Day 13: Córdoba – Toledo – Madrid

We leave Andalucía and cross Don Quijote’s La Mancha region, famous for its windmills, wines and cheese. Your ‘Local Specialist’ takes you on a walking tour of Toledo where you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ as you explore this ancient hilltop city. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco’s masterpiece – ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’, and the synagogue, the oldest one still standing in Europe. This evening we arrive in feisty Madrid, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Rafael Atocha, 2 nights

Day 14: Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

The grand plazas of Madrid take centre stage today as we join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of Spain’s capital city. See Gran Vía and the Cibeles Fountain before visiting the world-famous Prado Museum, featuring one of the world’s finest collections of European art, including masterpieces by Velazquez. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city. Visit the Royal Palace with its spectacular Goya artworks, relax in the leafy Buen Retiro Park or enjoy the flavours and aromas of jamon in the Market of San Miguel. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner to celebrate an epic adventure through Spain.

Day 15: Depart Madrid

Our journey together has come to an end. For now it’s a fond adiós to Spain and newfound friends.

2020
Dates & Prices
Twin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 27$4,675.00$6,105.00
April: 03, 10, 17. 24$4,695.00$6,125.00
May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$4,695.00$6,125.00
June: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,550.00$5,900.00
July: 03$4,550.00$5,900.00
July: 10, 17, 24, 31 $4,595.00$5,945.00
August: 07, 14$4,595.00$5,945.00
August: 21$4,695.00$6,045.00
August: 28$4,725.00$6,155.00
September: 04, 11, 18$4,725.00$6,155.00
September: 25$4,695.00$6,125.00
October: 02$4,795.00$6,225.00
October: 09$4,675.00$6,105.00

Inclusions
 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned bus
Flight: Flight Ticket: Istanbul - Bodrum - Istanbul - Kars
Rail: Overnight Train: Selcuk - Konya
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: English speaking guide
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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