Best of Spain - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from $2911 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The travel experience was outstanding"
Bernice , Aug 2014

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 their traditional hacienda's cool courtyard, surrounded by olive groves and orange orchards, before discovering how they turn their olives into oil.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
SBES

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE MADRID

    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

  • 2.

    MADRID – BURGOS – SANTANDER

    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. Arrive later in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region, where you dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Santemar

  • 3.

    SANTANDER – BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN – PAMPLONA

    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, 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

  • 4.

    PAMPLONA – ZARAGOZA – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)

    Return to the Ebro Valley and view the Cathedral of El Pilar and the Cathedral La Seo in 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

  • 5.

    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 take in panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Enjoy your Cultural 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

  • 6.

    BARCELONA – PEÑISCOLA – VALENCIA

    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. Here your orientation includes the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte, and the Cathedral.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Primus

  • 7.

    VALENCIA – GUADIX – GRANADA

    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 the Barrio Santiago quarter of Guadix. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Carmen

  • 8.

    GRANADA – COSTA DEL SOL (2 NIGHTS)

    Your Local Specialist 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

  • 9.

    COSTA DEL SOL FREE TIME

    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, spend time relaxing on the beach or maybe consider an optional experience visit to the bustling city of Malaga.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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. 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!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Las Casas De La Juderia Authentic Accommodation

  • 11.

    SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Travel through Seville's tree-lined streets on a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. 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 former 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 trees.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 12.

    SEVILLE – CORDOBA

    In Cordoba meet your Local Specialist 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

  • 13.

    CORDOBA – TOLEDO – MADRID (2 NIGHTS)

    Your Local Specialist 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. Arrive later in Madrid.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ayre Gran Colon

  • 14.

    MADRID SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid. 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. Later, enjoy free time to explore the city at leisure. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 15.

    DEPART MADRID

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    A collection of traditional houses, Andalusian palaces and flower-filled courtyards have been brought together at Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, in Seville.
  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a local meal at an olive oil mill where you learn how the oil is produced from the 6,000 olive tree's.
  • Cultural Insights

    A walking tour through La Boqueria Market in Barcelona.
    Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work.
  • Local Specialists

    in Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid and Toledo.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Barcelona

  • Gothic Quarter and Dinner

    Adult Price: €58.00 Work up an appetite with a walking tour of the old Gothic Quarter, where Barcelona was born. Meander through the beautiful medieval streets and century-old architecture with your Local Specialist. Then we’ll take you to the marina of Port Olympic, where you'll enjoy Mediterranean food in one of our favourite local eateries.
  • Montserrat

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join us for a trip out of Barcelona as we head for the sacred mountain of Catalonia. You’ll ascend this staggering rock formation for a chance to admire its spectacular panoramic views. Arrive at the Basilica Real where newlyweds come to pledge their vows to the mystical Black Virgin.

Granada

  • Gypsy Flamenco Fun in Old Granada

    Adult Price: €33.00 Enjoy an evening in Granada’s old quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies – a fiery, emotive performance unique to this part of Spain. And we've also included a drink, too.

COSTA DEL SOL

  • Discovery and Dinner in Mijas

    Adult Price: €61.00 Visit this charming hill top village perched high up with splendid views of the coastline. While here, you’ll experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, unusual donkey taxi service, square bullring, and shoppers will find some hidden gems. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.
  • Sightseeing and Wine-tasting in Malaga

    Adult Price: €37.00 Come with us to the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga, with its lively harbour and long sandy beaches. We’ll take you to the Moorish castle of Gibralfaro, the house in which Picasso was born, the old Jewish quarter and the 2,000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre. To round off your trip, we’ll take you to a local winery, where you’ll get to enjoy some of its vintages.

Gibraltar

  • A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

    Adult Price: €30.00 Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra, visit St. Michael`s cave and see the famous Barbary apes.

Seville

  • Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

    Adult Price: €52.00 Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste a myriad of flavours and different wines, before taking an atmospheric walk through the old quarter of Seville which has a certain charm, particularly in the evening.
  • Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

    Adult Price: €39.00 Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.
  • The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America

    Adult Price: €36.00 On this trip, you’ll begin with a visit to the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. You'll then journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza America which is a must for any visitor to Seville.

Madrid

  • Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

    Adult Price: €60.00 This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.
  • Explore Segovia UNESCO Heritage Site

    Adult Price: €44.00 Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a Unesco World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. You’ll visit the 13th century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct, which has remained intact for 2,000 years.

Valencia

  • Paella Experience

    Adult Price: €49.00 Spain's famous rice dish "The Paella" originated inValencia. We head to a seafront restaurant where we see how to prepare this dish, and then sample several of its variations. Enjoy great beach views and a drive through the new yachting marina, house of the Americas Cup 2007.
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