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Roman bridge of Córdoba, SpainPrado MuseumPlaza de la Virgen in Valencia, Spain
Roman bridge of Córdoba, Spain
Prado Museum
Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia, Spain
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This sample of everything Spanish reveals its best, and most debated, sides – from its cosmopolitan city life to its on-going passion for Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. It’s Insider moments like… sipping sangria with the Martin family in the cool and shady courtyard of their hacienda, surrounded by acres of olive groves and orange orchards. Watching the process of olives being turned into oil – an essential of Mediterranean Spanish life. And sampling a selection of this golden elixir before sitting down to dine with your hosts under the Andalusian sky. There’s more Spanish cuisine among the throngs at the Boqueria Market in Barcelona, as you’re guided to the best stalls in this ancient trading place.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid! Relax after check-in, or go for a walk through the bustling streets. This evening, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. Later enjoy an evening orientation drive – the perfect introduction to your holiday!

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Journey over the Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos. Visit El Cid's tomb in the vast Gothic cathedral. Cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains to the coast, arriving later in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region, where you dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Santemar Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    This morning in Bilbao, view the Guggenheim Museum, a striking building by US architect Frank Gehry which houses a vast array of modern art. Continue along the coast to San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach during your orientation walk. In the city of Pamplona, most famous for the Running of the Bulls, walk the ancient streets before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: NH Iruna Park

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Return to the Ebro Valley and view the Cathedral of El Pilar and the Cathedral La Seo at Zaragoza. Rising gently from the sea, Barcelona is Spain's most dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Your home for the next two nights, this fascinating metropolis dates back to Roman times and boasts a rich artistic and architectural heritage.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ayre Gran Via

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    This morning, see Gaudi's architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and take in panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Enjoy your Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine on your guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Consider joining an optional experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as 'La Moreneta'.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Drive past orange and almond orchards to Peñiscola and see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue through the 'huertas' to sunny Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, where your orientation includes the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte, and the cathedral.

    Hotel: Tryp Oceanic

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Travel inland to the 'sierras' to view the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Cave houses are common throughout the province of Granada, but the highest concentration is in Barrio Santiago. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Alhamar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Moorish Alhambra Palace with wonderful views across the town and surrounding hills. Admire extraordinary architecture and the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Arrive on the Costa del Sol where you stay for the next two nights. Perhaps join an optional experience to the white washed village to Mijas.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Melia Costa Del Sol

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Today, relax on the Sunshine Coast. This is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, but was once a series of quiet fishing villages. Shop for souvenirs in the old town of Torremolinos, relax on the sandy beach or maybe consider joining an Optional Experience to the nearby city of Malaga.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    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. 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 sherry production – to Seville. Tonight you might like to experience a fiery Flamenco show!

    *Important note: The visit to Gibraltar is subject to Gibraltarian and Spanish visa requirements. Please speak with your travel agent at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Las Casas De La Juderia

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Travel through Seville's tree-lined streets on a sightseeing tour with your Local Expert. Visit Seville Cathedral and see the Giralda Tower, a former minaret converted to a bell tower. Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the Cathedral. Visit the pools and fountains in Maria Luisa Park as well as the imposing Plaza de España. Your guided tour finishes with a walk through the Jewish quarter. Tonight, join your companions for a delicious Be My Guest dinner at an Olive Oil Mill where you learn how the oil is produced from the 6,000 olive tree's.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 12


    Meet your Local Expert and visit of the Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano- Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine.)

    Hotel: Ayre Cordoba

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    On arrival in Madrid meet your Local Expert for a sightseeing tour of the city. See Plaza España, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before your visit of the world famous Prado Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of European art in the world, including masterpieces by Velazquez.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 15


    Say 'adios!' to your travelling companions at the end of a memorable Spanish holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest At an Olive Oil Mill where you learn how the oil is produced from the 6,000 olive tree's.
  • Local Expert in Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Madrid and Toledo.
  • Unique Insight A walking tour through La Boqueria Market in Barcelona.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodation Las Casas de la Juderia - A collection of traditional houses, Andalusian palaces and flower-filled courtyards have been brought together at Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, an unusual Authentic Accommodation we regularly stay at when exploring Seville.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid.
  • Orientations of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Valencia.
  • Visit The Tomb of El Cid in Burgos, Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, Cathedral in Seville, Prado Museum, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba.
  • View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Castle of Peniscola, Serrano and Cuarte Towers and Opera House of Valencia, and the Cave Houses of Guadix.


  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 4 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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