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Spanish Flamenco
Tour Style: First Class
16 Days from $2,606 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 are 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 Spanish capital, Madrid. Relax after check-in or go for a walk through the bustling streets 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.
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    hotel:Rafael Atocha
  3. 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.
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    hotel:Santemar
  4. 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 drive. In the city of Pamplona, famous for the Running of the Bulls, walk the ancient streets before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.
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    hotel:NH Iruna Park
  5. 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. Enjoy panoramic views across the city from Montjüic before arriving at your hotel.
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    hotel:Ayre Gran Via
  6. This morning see Gaudi's architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta'.
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  7. 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 Quart, and the cathedral. 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'.
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    hotel:Silken Puerta
  8. Travel via the jagged Mora Pass to the city of Granada. Here your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Alhambra Palace with wonderful views across the town and surrounding hills. Admire extraordinary Moorish architecture and the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Later check in to your hotel where you dine tonight.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Carmen
  9. This morning enjoy a leisurely start or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the delightful Moorish quarter of the city of Granada called Albaycin and The Royal Chapel. Later travel to the Costa del Sol where you can relax for the next two nights. Spend the balance of the day as you wish; take a stroll along the beachside promenade, relax at one of the nearby beach cafes or perhaps visit the white washed village of Mijas.
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    hotel:Melia
  10. 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.
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  11. 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):BB
    hotel:Las Casas De La Juderia Authentic Accommodations
  12. 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. 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. 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 oil is produced from the 6,000 olive trees.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  13. In Córdoba 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 neighborhood. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    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.
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    hotel:Rafael Atocha
  15. 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 travelers at a Farewell Dinner.
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  16. Say ‘adios' to your traveling companions at the end of a memorable Spanish vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

2018 Preview

Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

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  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

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
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Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 15-100% discount on the 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 $760 p.p.

Triple Discount: $60 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 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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  • 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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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

Mystical Montserrat

Adult Price: € 40

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

Adult Price: € 60

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.

Costa Del Sol

Mijas Andalucian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Adult Price: € 62

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

Adult Price: € 38

Come with us to the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga, with its lively harbour 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 Amphitheatre. 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

Adult Price: € 31

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

Adult Price: € 35

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.

Madrid

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

Adult Price: € 61

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

Adult Price: € 45

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

Adult Price: € 53

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours 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

Adult Price: € 69

After a three-course dinner of Andalucian specialities, 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

Adult Price: € 38

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

Adult Price: € 40

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

Adult Price: € 50

Spain's famous rice dish "The Paella" originated inValencia. 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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