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Best of Spain

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Spanish Flamenco
Tour Style: First Class
16 Days from $3,015 per person

Ditch your siesta and embrace the spirit of Spain – the vibrant cityscapes of Madrid, Seville and Barcelona, running of the bulls in Pamplona, the smell of orange zest en route to Valencia yours to discover as you indulge in Spain's intense flavors and explore the Roman and Moorish influences that have shaped its distinct art, architecture and culture.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to the fiery Iberian capital that is Madrid. On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Delve deep into the soul of a city that marches to the tune of the tapas tango before meeting your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights.

    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Rafael Atocha
  3. Journey over the pine-clad Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos, the historic capital of Castile, where we will visit the tomb of El Cid. We cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains, traveling to the coast and the sophisticated capital of the Cantabrian region, Santander.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Santemar
  4. We depart Santander and travel to Bilbao to view the striking Guggenheim Museum. Continuing to San Sebastian, the gourmet capital of Spain, we see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach during our orientation drive.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:NH Iruna Park
  5. Meandering through the Ebro Valley en route to beguiling Barcelona, we view the Cathedrals of El Pilar and La Seo in Zaragoza. Enjoy panoramic views of a city, which dates back to Roman times, from Montjuïc, before arriving at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Ayre Gran Via
  6. The whimsical fantasy world of Gaudi is on display this morning as we embark on sightseeing tour and see the inspiring, but as yet unfinished, La Sagrada Família in the company of a Local Specialist. We'll see Las Ramblas and visit Plaça de Catalunya, before paying tribute to Christopher Columbus.
    meal(s):BB
  7. The sweet scent of oranges accompanies us on our journey along the Costa Dorada south to fortified Peñiscola where we'll see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid'. We arrive in sunny Valencia where we will stay the night. Our orientation of this cultural city includes views of the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the cathedral. Witness the modern verve of Valencia and view the City of Arts and Sciences.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Silken Puerta
  8. Journey via the dramatic Mora Pass to the city of Granada where we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Alhambra Palace. Admire extraordinary Moorish architecture and the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal residence. Check into your hotel later, where you dine tonight.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Occidental
  9. Enjoy a leisurely morning on your terms, or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the medieval Moorish Quarter of Granada. We leave Granada behind for the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol where we'll spend the next two nights.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Melia
  10. Another day in paradise for you to kick back, worship the Spanish sunshine and taste la buena vida. Enjoy fresh seafood in Torremolinos, soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere or consider an Optional Experience to the effervescent Andalusian capital of Málaga to explore centuries of fascinating history.
    meal(s):BB
  11. A scenic drive takes us past the millionaire's playground of Marbella and on to La Linea, before crossing 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). Tonight we join the Morillo family for a traditional Be My Guest dinner at their olive oil mill.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Las Casas De La Juderia Authentic Accommodation
  12. Join your Local Specialist this morning for a tour of Seville's leafy avenues. See the iconic Giralda Tower, a former minaret that was converted to a bell tower and visit the Seville Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Meander through Maria Luisa Park with its tiled fountains, pavilions, palms and orange trees and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Tonight, consider soaking up the fiery flamenco atmosphere in the city that made this passionate dance famous.
    meal(s):BB
  13. We journey to Córdoba to meet a Local Specialist for a visit to the astounding Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Then visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighborhood.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Ayre
  14. 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):BB
    hotel:Rafael Atocha
  15. We join our Local Specialist to see Plaza España, Gran Vía, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before visiting the world-famous Prado Museum. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner to celebrate an epic adventure through Spain.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  16. Our journey together has come to an end. For now it's a fond adios to Spain and newfound friends. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):BB

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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 $860 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $70 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $146 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 Madrid Airport at 8:30 am and 11:00 am.

Important Visa Information: The visit to Gibraltar is subject to Gibraltarian and Spanish visa requirements.

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Meal Summary

14 nights, 14 hot buffet breakfasts, 7 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

Authentic Accommodations

  • Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia comprises a collection of elegant 15th century Andalusian townhouses and flower-filled courtyards in the heart of Seville

Local Specialist

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

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Barcelona, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo, Madrid
  • Orientation of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Valencia
  • 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 Córdoba, the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo, the Prado Museum in Madrid
  • View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Castle of Peñiscola, Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia

Reviews

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great tour director... Very interesting cities...
Vacation : Some hotels were better than others...food was just okay
Friday, September 29, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our guide, Krista, and driver, Marciano were wonderful. The couch was clean and comfortable.
Vacation : I think 4 stars is a great rating. 5 stars means the tour was perfect and no one tour is ever perfect
Friday, May 5, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Tours were as advertised, hotels were nice, guides are always terrific, busses are very nice, sites are wonderful.
Vacation : Spain is full of wonderful sites and experiences and the tour does a great job of hitting the best.
  • 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 24 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.

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

Barcelona

Mystical Montserrat

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Gothic Quarter and Dinner

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 favorite local eateries.

Costa Del Sol

Mijas Andalucian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop 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, oval 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

Come with us to the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga, with its lively harbor and long sandy beaches. Your Local Specialist will 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 Amphitheater. To round off your trip, we'll take you for a relaxed drink at one of Malaga's oldest and best known taverns.

Gibraltar

A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

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.

Granada

Albaicin And The Royal Chapel

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendor. 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.

Madrid

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

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.

Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale Castle

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, 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

Discover The Origin Of "Tapas" & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

After a three-course dinner of Andalucian specialties, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco 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

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.

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town with a Drink

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalucian 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.

Valencia

Paella Experience

Spain's famous rice dish "The Paella" originated in Valencia. This evening, we'll travel to a seafront restaurant where we'll sample several of its many variations. We'll also enjoy great beach views and a drive through the new yachting marina, home of the America's Cup 2007.

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