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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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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The Best of Spain

Discover southern Europe’s diverse Iberian Peninsula and Spain’s rich culture, warm hospitality and festive spirit. This experience is designed over 10 days to experience: the vibrancy of Madrid, Lisbon and Seville; ‘must see’ towns of Toledo, Baeva and Ubeda; tastings in Spain’s prestigious wine and olive oil regions; 5 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites; and of course, flamenco, paella and tapas!

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

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

Beautiful, majestic and relaxed. Welcome to Spain’s capital Madrid and the start of this amazing journey to experience the best of Spain. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to freshen up before enjoying the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Preciados or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Madrid

Enjoy a guided tour of this amazing city with its historic landmarks, beautiful gardens, bustling squares, thriving nightlife and incredible shopping. Visit Plaza de Oriente, Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid Cathedral, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá and the Prado Museum. The afternoon is yours to perhaps enter Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, the exquisite gardens of Retiro Park or just relax.

Day 3: Madrid – Toledo – Madrid

Enjoy a full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage town Toledo that hosted Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Imperial City’s old town located on a mountain with a 150-degree view. Visit the imposing Alcázar fortress, Toledo’s impressive Cathedral, the Bridge of San Martin and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Afterward, enjoy leisure time for an independent lunch, perhaps a visit to a Damascene steel workshop or a tasting at a Marzipan store, before returning to Madrid..

Day 4: Madrid – Córdoba

Journey by train through Castilla–La Mancha, a symbol of Spanish culture with its vineyards, sunflowers, mushrooms and olive plantations. On arrival in Cordoba, you will be whisked away to a winery for wine tasting, before checking into your Córdoba hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Balcón de Córdoba or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Córdoba

Today explore Córdoba, the most populated city in the world during the 10th century when it was the capital of an Islamic Kingdom. Enjoy a guided tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old town including ‘Mezquita’ or the Great Mosque. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Day: 6 Córdoba – Úbeda – Baeza – Granada

Today visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed towns of Úbeda and Baeza, famed for their outstanding early examples of Italian Renaissance architecture introduced to Spain in the 16th Century. Enjoy time to stroll the towns and be treated to a tasting of olive oil, Andalusia’s world famous export. Continue to Granada, where the evening is yours to stroll the streets of this stunning town, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Hotel: Hotel Alhambra Palace or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Granada

Enjoy a guided tour of Palace Alhambra, one of the world’s most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture with its exquisite rooms and gardens. The afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure to perhaps explore El Albayzín, the Medieval Moorish district with narrow winding streets and stunning views to Alhambra. Alhambra and Albayzín are UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites.

Day 8: Granada – Ronda – Seville

Depart for the beautiful ‘white village’ of Ronda, perched atop a deep canyon with its three impressive bridges and Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Ronda, the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. Enjoy time to wander the town before continuing to Seville in Andalusia, Spain’s 4th largest city and the home of Flamenco. You will have time to relax and freshen up before an organized dinner and flamenco performance.

Hotel: Gran Melia Colon or similar, 2 nights
Day 9: Seville

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Seville, an economic centre of the Spanish Empire with Europe’s 3rd largest old town. Visit the 14th century Alcázar Palace, the oldest European royal residence still in use. Continue to Seville Cathedral, the world’s largest. Both Palace and Cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Finish by exploring ‘Barrio de Santa Cruz’, the old Jewish quarter. The quarter’s labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys were designed to protect locals from the summer sun. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 10: Depart Seville

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport or train station.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$5,290.00$7,790.00
May: 30$5,790.00$8,290.00
June: 20$5,790.00$8,290.00
September: 05$5,790.00$8,290.00
October: 09$5,290.00$7,790.00
2021 Dates & Prices
April: 24$6,090.00$9,190.00
May: 29$6,390.00$9,490.00
June: 26$6,390.00$9,490.00
September: 04$6,390.00$9,490.00
October: 09$6,090.00$9,190.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Transport: Airport Transfers, Deluxe VIP transport & premium class train
Accommodation: 9 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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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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Treasures of Spain & Portugal

Live your passions in the intense fiery capitals of Madrid and Lisbon, the sites of religious pilgrimages and cultural icons, spanning the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula. Live your passions in the intense fiery capitals of Madrid and Lisbon, the sites of religious pilgrimages and cultural icons, spanning the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula.

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

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

Kick-start your epic encounter with Spain and Portugal in Europe’s highest capital city, Madrid. Spend your day rambling along tree-lined boulevards and people-watching in the city’s lively squares before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of Madrid’s most iconic sites.

Hotel: Barceló Imagine, 2 nights
Day 2: Toledo and Madrid Sightseeing

We journey south for an excursion to the hilltop city of Toledo, where we’ll join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco’s most famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’, and visit the former synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. This afternoon, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital, which includes views of the Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family and Cibeles Fountain.

Day 3: Madrid – Segovia – Zamora

Journey to Segovia and see the Roman Aqueduct, by far the most impressive Roman structure in Spain – delivering drinking water across its impressive 160 arches to the people of Segovia in ancient times. View the Alcázar of Segovia and the city’s medieval and Moorish architecture. Travel to the city of Zamora in the Castilla y León region. Your orientation tour includes views of the cathedral and the Church of Mary Magdalene. Then, ‘Dive Into Culture’ and savour the fruity flavours of the city’s refreshingly sweet sangria.

Hotel: NH Palacio del Duero
Day 4: Zamora – Santiago de Compostela

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’, who will share insights into the ‘Way of Saint James’ and explain why thousands of people attempt the life-changing pilgrimage annually. Visit the vast Cathedral, reputed to be the final resting place of Saint James the Great, and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four architectural styles.

Hotel: Eurostars Gran
Day 5: Santiago de Compostela – Porto Sightseeing

Embark on a sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ today in Porto. Wander past Baroque churches and along the winding lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. See the remarkable bridges that span the river, the medieval Ribeira Quarter and the city port. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada’s Alhambra, before you ‘Dive Into Culture’ and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto.

Hotel: Neya
Day 6: Porto – Fátima – Lisbon

Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. We arrive in colourful Lisbon later – our home for the next two nights. This evening perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.

Hotel: VIP Grand, 2 nights
Day 7: Lisbon Sightseeing And Free Time

Delve into Lisbon’s centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover a new world. We’ll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, and Belém Tower. Then, follow your ‘Local Specialist’ on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. Join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Day 8: Lisbon – Seville

We travel east through Portugal’s picturesque rural landscapes of the Alentejo – the country’s cork capital and cross into Spain, journeying through the province of Huelva, renowned for its Jabugo ham, before arriving in Seville. The fine art of olive oil production is explored this evening as we ‘Connect with Locals’ over a memorable ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from their 6,000 trees.

Hotel: Meliá Lebreros, 2 nights
Day 9: Seville Sightseeing And Free Time

The charisma of Seville is unmistakable. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour through the city. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Later, we’ll visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, before taking a walk through the historic Jewish Quarter.

Day 10: 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 during the 14th century 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, and admire the intricate design and detail around every turn.

Hotel: Abades Nevada Palace
Day 11: Granada – Guadix – Valencia

This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you will see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged in the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area. We travel to Valencia, where we’ll stay overnight to view the Bullring and admire the architecture of its medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Quart Towers. 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, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Hotel: Silken Puerta
Day 12: Valencia – Peñiscola – Barcelona

Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñíscola, the ‘City in the Sea’, to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, ‘El Cid’. We continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudí architecture. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ and see the unfinished La Sagrada Família then explore the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name.

Hotel: Tryp Apolo, 2 nights
Day 13: Barcelona Sightseeing And Free Time

Embrace the charm of Barcelona, ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna – affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta’ – or spend the rest of the day exploring the city’s enchanting barrios. This evening, we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Depart Barcelona

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

Please Note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 14. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Madrid will be at the Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 6pm, depending on traffic conditions.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$4,425.00$5,795.00
April: 04, 11, 18$4,425.00$5,795.00
April: 25$4,450.00$5,820.00
May: 02$4,450.00$5,820.00
May: 09, 16, 23, 30$4,475.00$5,845.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$4,450.00$5,820.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,450.00$5,820.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22$4,495.00$5,865.00
August: 29$4,525.00$5,895.00
September: 05, 12$4,525.00$5,895.00
September: 19, 26$4,475.00$5,845.00
October: 03, 10, 17$4,450.00$5,820.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 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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Highlights of Spain & Portugal

Kick off your Iberian adventure in Madrid before heading to the hanging houses in Cuenca and devouring delicious paella in Valencia. See the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Visit the 14th century Alhambra Palace and experience the passionate Flamenco in Seville before heading to Portugal’s Algarve. Then on to its hilly capital, Lisbon, and Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles.

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

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the vibrant city atmosphere, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city’s iconic sights.

Hotel: NH Collection Eurobuilding

Day 2: Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca, before your journey continues to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th-century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening, consider indulging in Valencia’s fragrant flavours and aromas of paella.

Hotel: Tryp Oceanic

Day 3: Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Our journey takes us through the sierra of Spain, before arriving in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Catalonia

Day 4: Granada – Córdoba – Seville

Tread in the footsteps of Spain’s last emirs, joining your ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, with its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ to visit the mesmerising Cathedral of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is alluring Seville, our home for the next three nights.

Hotel: Meliá Lebreros, 3 nights

Day 5: Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Seville takes centre stage today as we explore this charismatic city. We’ll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a ‘Local Specialist’, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition. The park was built in a Moorish style and features half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We’ll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance.

Day 6: Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion

We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launch pad to the ‘New World’, and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city, said to have been brought here by him upon his return.

Day 7: Seville – Évora

Leaving the zesty scents of Seville behind, we head to the golden landscapes of the Alentejo, where the Brito Paes family await our arrival for a special ‘Connect With Locals’ experience on their traditional Stud Ranch, which has been rearing Lusitano horses since the 18th century. Enjoy a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ lunch in the home of their ancestor before continuing to Évora for a guided sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ to its cathedral, Roman temple and Chapel of Bones. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: M’Ar de Ar Muralhas

Day 8: Évora – Lisbon Sightseeing

We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon, where we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights including the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery and the Belém Tower.

Hotel: Olissippo Marquês de Sá, 2 nights

Day 9: Lisbon Free Day

Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon’s seven hills. You may choose to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Day 10: Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage, where we will visit its 18th-century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.

Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

Day 11: Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid

See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walk through its streets. We’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ and the former Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Later, ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness local craftsmen at work creating inlaid steel the traditional way. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon, 2 nights

Day 12: Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we’ll see the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the royal family. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your own terms. Admire the world’s finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed City of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13: Depart Madrid

For now it’s time to say a fond adiós to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,850.00$4,820.00
May: 03, 10, 17$3,850.00$4,820.00
May: 24, 31$3,875.00$4,845.00
June: 07, 14, 21$3,875.00$4,845.00
June: 28$3,895.00$4,865.00
July: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,895.00$4,865.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,895.00$4,865.00
September: 06, 13, 20$4,025.00$4,995.00
September: 27$3,975.00$4,945.00
October: 04, 11$3,975.00$4,945.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 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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Grand Spain & Portugal

Enjoy an in-depth portrait of the local people, their cultural heritage and their multifaceted countries; this trip includes adventuring in Santander, San Sebastián and Barcelona.

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

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid

Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of good food and wine. During your time in Madrid you will travel along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive will take you through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city.

Day 2: The old Capital of Toledo and on to Granada

Venture south to meet a master craftsperson in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Continue to the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain’s capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco’s famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.’ Your journey continues to Granada.

Day 3: The Alhambra Palace and Seville, City of Carmen

‘There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada’, cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits – a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert and also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville where a Local Expert will guide you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar to see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, but now the cathedral bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and see his tomb enriched with the spoils of the New World.

Day 4: Free Time in Seville

This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city’s romantic aura and explore as you wish. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Córdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. Visit Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With some free time for dinner, head next door to Triana market and stroll through the many colourful stalls where vendors are selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet?

Day 5: To Lisbon

Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop in Huelva for a demonstration of ham cutting and a tasting of fresh jamón ibérico.

Day 6: Lisbon

During your stay, a guided orientation of the city with your Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter and enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful Portuguese Riviera?

Day 7: Holy Fátima and Salamanca

Travel into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Cross the border, returning to Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings and the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Across the River Tormes, see the Puente Romano with 15 of its 26 arches dating from the time of the ancient Romans.

Day 8: Ávila and on to Madrid

Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Walk within the ancient city that is still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls, a unique occurrence in Europe. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a lively Highlight Dinner.

Day 9: Madrid of the Bourbons

Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. A highlight of your escorted journey will be a visit to the Prado Museum. Discover countless works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others as you are guided by a local art historian. The afternoon is free for you to relax at a cafe or shop in the boutiques.

Day 10: Through Rueda to Santiago

Journey through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castile and continues past the impressive Castillo de la Mota, conquered by Queen Isabella. Some of Spain’s most fashionable white wines are produced in Rueda and this morning we have the opportunity to learn how they are made and sample the delights of the Verdejo grape. Travel on to Santiago de Compostela, where the tomb of the Apostle St. James was miraculously discovered in the Middle Ages.

Day 11: Saintly Santiago de Compostela

Explore Santiago de Compotela with Insight Choice. Choose between joining a city tour with a Local Expert and visit Praza do Obradoiro to admire the cathedral facade festooned with architectural frills. Alternatively, embark on a scenic walk on part of the Way of St James, through parks and gardens that transform with the seasons. Relax during your free time or explore the narrow streets and old squares of this city.

Day 12: The Costa Verde to Oviedo

Pass through the ancient forests of Galicia and cross to the Green Coast of Asturias – one of Spain’s most beautiful, named after the colour of the sea and the pine and eucalyptus trees that line the shore. Meet a true local, Flor, who will invite you to join her for lunch. Hear about daily life as you enjoy a delicious meal, typical of the region, that Flor has freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by delicious local cider. Your route reveals glorious coastal vistas before turning inland to travel through old villages and deep valleys en route to Oviedo. Continue on to Oviedo where a Local Expert will show you the 9th century churches built when the city was the capital of Christian Spain. Visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour in the stately square of Plaza Alfonso II. Admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the finest in Europe.

Day 13: Santander

See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de Onís as you head into the foothills of the Picos de Europa, a national park encompassing spectacular mountain and gorge scenery. Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo, who achieved the first Christian victory over the Moors in 722. Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while travelling to Santillana del Mar, arguably the most beautiful village in Spain. Stroll through the rustic cobblestone streets, admiring stone houses decorated with carved, heraldic symbols and reach the delightful church square. Continue on to the sophisticated beach resort of Santander where you have free time in the evening to enjoy this luxurious hotel. Why not take the time to explore the hotel terrace with stunning views of the bay below or relax with one of the many therapy treatments offered at the hotels spa?

Day 14: Bilbao and San Sebastián

In nearby Bilbao, admire the striking modern architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, one of the world’s most spectacular buildings. Enjoy the views as you are driven along part of the Costa Vasca, dotted with small coastal fishing villages. Pause in Getaria, at the mouth of the Urola, to see El Ratón, the mouse-shaped rock. Continue to San Sebastián, pearl of the Cantabrian coast, set on its shell-shaped bay. Admire its beauty as you walk with your Local Expert through the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. Atop Monte Igueldo there are breathtaking views of the town and La Concha Bay.

Day 15: The Cantabrian Coast

Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián’s boardwalk and with the city harbour filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps you’ll want to explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, also known as Little Paris? Maybe stroll the promenade of the famous La Concha bay or enjoy the boutiques of the Old Town?

Day 16: Pamplona and on to Barcelona

Journey to the famed town of Pamplona, known for its Running of the Bulls festival. With time free for you to explore, perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street or visit Café Iruña, immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in the ‘The Sun Also Rises.’ Your travels continue to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions.

Day 17: Barcelona, City of Gaudí

Wake up ready to embrace the city’s artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, and walk through the Roman Gate to see its narrow lanes and old squares. You are driven along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to behold Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. As you venture inside, look above to see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows. With the afternoon at leisure, you are free to relax or continue your exploration on your own. In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant. Raise your glass and toast your travels during your delightful Celebration Dinner.

Day 18: Depart Barcelona or Madrid

After breakfast depart for Madrid. A stop is made at Madrid airport in the early evening, followed by the Madrid trip hotel.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18, 25$6,850.00Price on Application
May: 02, 16$6,850.00Price on Application
May: 30$6,875.00Price on Application
June: 13$6,925.00Price on Application
June: 27$7,095.00Price on Application
July: 11, 25$7,095.00Price on Application
August: 08, 22$7,095.00Price on Application
September: 05$7,095.00Price on Application
September: 19$6,895.00Price on Application
October: 03$6,895.00Price on Application
October: 17$6,750.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfast 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 17 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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