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