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Spanish Wonder 2014

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Barcelona, SpainCibiles FountainPlaza de España in Seville, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Cibiles Fountain
Plaza de España in Seville, Spain
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Explore every side of Andalusia, including its Moorish twist, and visit the principal Spanish cities of Madrid, Seville and Barcelona – with local experts on every encounter. It's Insider moments like… moving among locals at the maze-like La Boqueria market, its halls echoing with the booming and gossiping voices of its community of stallholders. Picking at samples of regional Manchego cheese, Jamón Serrano and fat olives, this insight into the shopping style of the Spanish has the potential to leave your stomach full and wallet empty. Entering from Barcelona's Las Ramblas, our Insider guide points you to their favourite traders and the most authentic tapas bars, at a market dating back to the 1200s.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Rafael Atocha

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  • Day 2

    TOLEDO EXCURSION AND MADRID SIGHTSEEING

    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. Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España, and see Puerta del Sol, the city's hub with your Local Expert. Later, why not join your newfound friends for a typical Spanish dinner?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    MADRID – CORDOBA – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel southwards from Madrid, through La Mancha, to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your Local Expert. Tonight, you might like to take an optional experience to watch a fiery flamenco show.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Melia Lebreros

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  • Day 4

    SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Meet your Local Expert for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the cathedral. Finally, take a walk through the fascinating Jewish Quarter. This evening, experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside.


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

  • Day 5

    SEVILLE – GRANADA

    Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a Local Expert. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Carmen

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  • Day 6

    GRANADA – GUADIX – VALENCIA

    Travel from Granada, via the Mora Pass, and arrive in Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings. In Valencia, view the Bull Ring and admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers and see the impressive modern architecture of the Opera House. Dine tonight at your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Primus Valencia

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  • Day 7

    VALENCIA – PEÑISCOLA – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)

    Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola to view the ancient castle of the 'Spanish Pope', used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain's most cosmopolitan city. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: U232

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  • Day 8

    BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 enjoy panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Expert. Enjoy your Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore, or join an optional experience to the monastery at Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna.  This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine.


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

  • Day 9

    DEPART BARCELONA

    Say 'adios' to Spain, your fellow travellers, and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Traditional dinner on a ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida.
  • Local Expert in Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona.
  • Unique Insight A walking tour through La Boqueria Market.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Barcelona.
  • Orientations of  Valencia.
  • Visit Puerto Lapice Inn, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba and the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, Cathedral in Seville, Montjuic hill and Placa Catalunya in Barcelona.
  • View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Cuarte Towers and the Opera House of Valencia.

Dining

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner 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.

Airport Transfers

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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