Spanish Experience - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

9 days

from US$1148 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
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See Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, before admiring the striking Synagogue in Toledo. Seville, Granada and Valencia reveal a wealth of majestic monuments and you'll fall in love with lively and creative Barcelona, famous for its bustling Las Ramblas and Gaudi's architecture.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
SPAX

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Madrid, Spain's capital city. Check into your hotel then relax and unwind. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, spend free time exploring on your own or join the group for a walking tour of the city and the chance to savour local ‘tapas' at a café on the Plaza Mayor.

    Hotel

    NH Parque Las Avenidas

  • 2.

    MADRID SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, the Paseo de la Castellana and the Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, consider an excursion to the medieval city of Segovia - a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening, you might be tempted by Madrid's nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    MADRID – TOLEDO – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS)

    In the medieval city of Toledo – the ancient capital of Castile – your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour through the quaint streets for views of the Cathedral and Synagogue. Toledo has been a traditional sword making and steel working centre since about 500 BC and was the standard source of weaponry for the Roman Legions; visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of this age-old craft. Your journey continues south to Puerto Lapice where, reputedly, Don Quixote was dubbed ‘a knight' by a local innkeeper. The plains of La Mancha give way to the hills of Andalusia with striking whitewashed villages and churches. Arrive in Seville, a vibrant city and the home of bullfighting and flamenco!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Gran Lar

  • 4.

    SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist. View the pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Marvel at the mighty cathedral and La Giralda. Tonight, you might like to experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.

    SEVILLE – GRANADA

    Start the day with picturesque drive through beautiful villages to the Moorish city of Granada. Maybe consider joining an optional experience to explore the Alhambra Gardens.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Macia Condor

  • 6.

    GRANADA – GUADIX – VALENCIA

    Cross the Mora Pass through the superb scenery of the Sierra Nevada. Admire the cave dwellings in Guadix with time to take pictures. Continue through Murcia and the palm groves of Elche to Valencia, renowned for its orange fruit. See the bull ring, the great cathedral and the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte during your orientation tour. Later, arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight with your fellow travellers.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Abba Acteon

  • 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. Your Local Specialist takes you on a wonderful sightseeing tour, which includes seeing Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and the Plaza Catalunya. See the lively Ramblas and enjoy spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hesperia Sant Just

  • 8.

    BARCELONA FREE TIME

    Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city. As well as having a rich Roman and medieval heritage, Barcelona also has a reputation for fun! Why not visit the monastery in the rocky mountains of Montserrat to see the Black Madonna? This evening, dine with your companions and celebrate a memorable holiday.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 9.

    DEPART BARCELONA

    This morning, say ‘adios' to Spain, your Travel Director, and your fellow travellers at the end of your unforgettable Spanish Experience! Transfers are available to Barcelona Airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Barcelona

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc
  • Granada

    Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Madrid

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
  • Peñiscola

    See the ancient castle overlooking the beach
  • Puerto Lápice

    Visit the inn where Don Quixote is said to have been dubbed a knight
  • Seville

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Toledo

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and cathedral. Visit a steel workshop
  • Valencia

    See the town hall, Cathedral, and Serrano and Cuarte Towers

Dining

  • 8 buffet breakfasts

  • 3 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

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.

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.
  • An Introduction to Madrid

    Adult Price: €29.00 Join us for a walking tour through Old Madrid, taking in its monumental Plaza Mayor, atmospheric alleyways and emblematic squares. Your Local Specialist will accompany you for a drink and snack in one of its famous downtown 'tapas' bars. We’ll finish with a tour of the city.
  • 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.

Seville

  • 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.
  • Gothic Cathedral And Plaza De España

    Adult Price: €35.00 Enjoy a visit to an impressive local gothic cathedral, with its Moorish 'Giralda' tower and where lies the tomb of Christopher Columbus. After this, we’ll take you to the famous exhibition site of Plaza de España, which is a must for any visitor to 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.
  • Discover Local Specialities and Medieval Mansions

    Adult Price: €37.00 Spain is the world's largest producer of olive oil, and on this tour you’ll have a chance to taste and learn all about it in a beautiful countryside setting. You’ll continue to Carmona, an enchanting city on the route of Washington Irving, with its medieval mansions and intriguing architecture.

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.
  • Albaicin And Royal Chapel

    Adult Price: €34.00 Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaiceria quarter.
  • Visit to the Alhambra Gardens

    Adult Price: €35.00 Visit the Alcazaba Fortress and Charles V Palace in the Alhambra historical site. Afterwards, stroll through the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage gardens of the Generalife.

Barcelona

  • Catalonian Feast And The Dancing Fountains

    Adult Price: €57.00 Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.
  • 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.
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