Spanish Wonder

10 Days from $1,598 per person

Set your watch to a fiery Flamenco beat as you dance through the heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia, famed for its Sierra Nevada, Moorish-influenced architecture and the sun-kissed beaches of the Costa del Sol. 

Visit the ornate Alhambra Palace in Granada, Valencia's 19th century Bullring and Gaudi's Gothic gift to Barcelona, la Sagrada Familia.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Madrid. Relax or explore this lively city before meeting up with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights followed by a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Ayre Gran Colon/Melia Castilla
  3. This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Watch craftsmen at work when you visit a traditional steel factory and gain a Cultural Insight into this historical craft. 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 Specialist. Later why not join your newfound friends for a typical Spanish dinner.
  4. 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 Specialist. Tonight you might like to take an Optional Experience to watch a fiery flamenco show.
  5. Meet your Local Specialist 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 former Jewish Quarter. This evening experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from the 6,000 trees.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  6. Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a Local Specialist. A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra 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.
  7. This morning travel 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 Bullring and admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Quart Towers. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie 'Tomorrowland'. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Silken Puerta/Tryp Oceanic
  8. 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. See Gaudi's architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Família. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuïc during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Specialist. Tonight consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialties.
    hotel:U232/Hesperia Tower
  9. This morning 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):BB, FD
  10. Say ‘adios' to Spain, your fellow travelers, and Travel Director at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Meal Summary

8 nights, 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you'll learn how to produce and get to sample after a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard

Cultural Insight

  • The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest-quality steel

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Barcelona
  • Orientation of Valencia
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, Cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Montjuïc hill, Placa Catalunya in Barcelona
  • View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia
Definite Departure
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14 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
21 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
28 Apr 17 7 May 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
5 May 17 14 May 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
12 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
19 May 17 28 May 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
26 May 17 4 Jun 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
2 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
9 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
16 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
23 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
30 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
7 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
14 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 checkmark $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
21 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
28 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 checkmark $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
4 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 checkmark $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
11 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 checkmark $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
18 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 checkmark $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
25 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 checkmark $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
1 Sep 17 10 Sep 17 $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
8 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
15 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
22 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $1,825$1,643pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,825 $1,643 pp
29 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
6 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
13 Oct 17 22 Oct 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
20 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 checkmark $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp

Autumn, Winter, Spring: These departures are subject to change price, discount and hotel.

undefinedFestival Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.

undefinedSpecial Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $380 p.p.

Triple Discount: $30 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $64 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8:00 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain.

  • The currency in Spain is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Spain. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Spain offers a delicious selection of cured hams, chorizo sausage, seafood, cheeses, and more.  Try traditional dishes such as tortilla española (Spanish omelet), paella, and desserts such as flan, churros, and Catalan cream.

    Lunch is the largest meal of the day in Spain, with many restaurants offering multi course menus at a fixed price.  For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café, outdoor market, or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese. 
    Tapas are small bites served in bars and restaurants that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a meal. Try a variety of marinated olives, potatoes, croquettes, grilled octopus, and toasted bread with various toppings.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase.  This will also give you many options for how to dress in Spain’s different climates. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Spain is much less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appreciated, although not required, to leave a few extra euros for your server, and up to 10 percent for particularly good service.  Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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