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11 Days from $2,246 per person

Relax and immerse yourself in three of Spain's most contrasting and cultural cities. Vibrant Barcelona, idyllic San Sebastián and historic Madrid

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Airport transfers depart from Barcelona Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:NH Collection Constanza, Barcelona (3 nights).
  3. The lively port of Barcelona boasts an impressive old town, although it's the daring architecture of the Catalan Art Nouveau that really sets it apart. Sightseeing with a Local Expert begins in the medieval maze of the Gothic Quarter - a tangle of streets and squares just behind the old cathedral. Then drive down the gracious Passeig de Gràcia, past the wrought-iron street lamps. Continue on to Gaudi's Sagrada Família, the leviathan of the Eixample, where giant mosaic spires pierce the sky like a jewelled crown. Inside, a stone-tree canopy holds up the roof while sun pours through stained glass on to sea-creature caverns. Then you are free to explore this amazing city at your own pace.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:NH Collection Constanza, Barcelona.
  4. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Spain's most vibrant city. Consider a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas, explore Gaudi's Güell Park or enjoy the ancient Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic).
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:NH Collection Constanza, Barcelona.
  5. Head west today to Zaragoza where the four towers of ‘El Pilar' soar over the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Then drive on to Pamplona in the Province of Navarre, famous for the ‘Running of the Bulls' festival. Perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street before continuing to the aristocratic seaside resort of San Sebastián. Spain's northern Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world, so in the evening, discover the city's rich gastronomic tradition in the heart of Lo Viejo (Old Town). Qué aproveche!
    meal(s):BB, HD
    hotel:Barcelo Costa Vasca, San Sebastián (3 nights).
  6. Join a Local Expert to admire San Sebastián and crescent-shaped La Concha Bay from the heights of Monte Igueldo. After taking in the amazing views, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitucion, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. The afternoon is at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk or maybe explore the nearby French village of Saint- Jean-de-Luz, also known as Little Paris.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Barcelo Costa Vasca, San Sebastián.
  7. Few places have been able to reinvent themselves quite like Bilbao. The former gritty city has changed its industrial ways and is now a pin-up for urban redevelopment. The day's fascinating experience includes a visit to Bilbao's sensuous, rippling, Guggenheim Museum, designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Barcelo Costa Vasca, San Sebastián.
  8. Drive south through the Pyrenees foothills. Stop in Burgos, the land of El Cid, where you can see his burial place in the cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Continue over the Guadaramma Mountains to the plateau of New Castille and Spain's elegant capital of Madrid.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Meliá Madrid Princesa (3 nights).
  9. With a Local Expert, see the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol. Then enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial Prado Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries with works by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, as well as Italian and Dutch masters. In the evening, why not enjoy dinner to the sound of traditional 'tuna' musicians?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Meliá Madrid Princesa.
  10. Set off southwards for a visit to the city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain's capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side in the Middle Ages. Within the city walls, a Local Expert leads you through the narrow cobbled streets to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Back in Madrid, the afternoon is free for last-minute shopping. Make the most of your final night with at your generous celebration finalé dinner with regional wine, beer and soft drinks included.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Meliá Madrid Princesa.
  11. After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.
    meal(s):BB
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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.

  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Barcelona:

  • Enter Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Bilbao:

  • Visit the magnificent Guggenheim Museum.

Madrid:

  • Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.

Toledo:

  • Visit a local Damascene workshop where expert craftsmen inlay steel with gold, silver and copper thread.
  • With a Local Expert, visit the Church of Santo Tomé and see an El Greco's masterpiece.
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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 $930 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

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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.

Reviews

Friday, June 16, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The best thing that GET was to have Insight do the tour with a great tour guide and excellent hotels
Vacation : Great Guide. Knowledgeable, interested in the well being of all, on time.....
Monday, June 5, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : GET along with Insight Vacations teamed to give us a great travel experience. Everything was arranged in advance including first class coach service and excellent hotels. The itinerary was active but allowed for rest as desired. One aspect of the trip that was not good was the time allowed for our flight connection in Paris. I expressed a concern about this when our GET agent was booking the air transportation and I was assured that the time was adequate (less than 2 hours). We missed our connection in part because of a departure delay, however, even without the 45 minute delay, we would likely not have made the connecting flight because of the distance and security screening requirements between our arrival and departure gates. 3 hours should be allowed on international flights.
Vacation : All of the optional tours we purchased were excellent
Response from Grand European Travel:
Glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation! Sorry to hear about the flight troubles. We follow industry-standard guidelines for connection times which can seem a bit tight sometimes. Your feedback is valuable.
Friday, June 9, 2017

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

Barcelona By Night With Dinner

Adult Price: € 58.00

After a delightful dinner in a traditional Catalan restaurant, take a sparkling illuminations drive up the hill of Montjuic for spectacular panoramic views over the city and harbour twinkling below.

Catalan Dinner & Flamenco

Adult Price: € 86.00

The food of the Catalan region is quite different from the rest of Spain. Enjoy a plentiful Catalan buffet dinner including drinks, followed by the throbbing guitars, fire and passion of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco.

Flamenco Evening

Adult Price: € 58.00

Enjoy an evening full of the passionate artistry of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco, comprising strident guitars, fiery dancing and passion.

Gaudi's Park Guell and Port Olympic

Adult Price: € 38.00

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Guell, Spain's most impressive public park! Here Gaudi designed mushroom-like houses, "bird nest" pillars and a stunning mosaic dragon. The huge central terrace is enveloped by a ceramic-encrusted serpentine bench (reputedly the world's longest seat) and offers panoramic views of Barcelona and the bay. We then head to the coast and Port Olympic, built for the athletes of the 1992 Olympics, where we'll have free time to try one the numerous waterfront restaurants.

Montserrat with Light Lunch at CastelRoig Cava Estate

Adult Price: € 69.00

Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views and then a light lunch of tapas at the beautiful CastelRoig Cava Estate, where we'll also sample their amazing sparkling wine.

San Sebastian

Basque Coastal Drive and Fishing Village

Adult Price: € 36.00

Enjoy a drive along the scenic Basque coast to arrive at Getaria. This charming fishing village is the birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano, famous for completing Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe after the explorer’s demise. We’ll wander the narrow streets towards the port and enjoy a complimentary pintxo and glass of txakoli, the region’s refreshing white wine. Afterwards, you’ll have time to explore the town on your own.

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

Adult Price: € 37.00

With your local expert, explore St. Jean the Luz, jewel of the Basque Country and visit the church where Louis XIV "The Sun King" married the Spanish princess Maria Teresa. An extra surprise awaits us next as we drive to the famous Biarritz summer residence of Napoleon III with its sophisticated spa resort.

Madrid

Escorial and Valley of the Fallen

Adult Price: € 49.00

Come with us, along with your Local Specialist, to the royal city of El Escorial, where the great monastery palace was built in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. We’ll also visit the incredible Spanish Civil War memorial, which is cut into the rock face.

Madrid By Night

Adult Price: € 18.00

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squares of old Madrid. Enjoy free time for dinner in one of the many restaurants and return home along the grand Avenida Castellana with its spectacular fountains.

Madrileno Dinner & Fountains

Adult Price: € 61.00

Tonight, we drive to a Traditional "meson" to be tempted by dishes for which the capital is famous. Our dinner includes regional wines, beer or soft drinks or you may like to try Spain's signature "Sangria". During your meal a local "Tuna de Madrid" will be playing your favourite Spanish songs while dressed in 18th-century costumes. Afterwards, we drive the grand avenues and boulevards to see the spectacular fountains that remind us of the glory of Madrid.

Madrid Royal Palace

Adult Price: € 30.00

The Royal Palace of Madrid is Spain's most sumptuous and impressive royal residence, jam packed with the riches and glory of Spanish history. Join a local historian to explore the extensive collection of armoury, porcelain, tapestries, gilt mirrors, works of art and period furniture. Highlights include the gold and scarlet Throne Room and magnificent State Apartments. A rare and enlightening look into the history and lifestyle of the Spanish monarchy.

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