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Easy Pace Spain

Operated by: Insight Vacations

10 Days from $2,633 per person

Countries Visited

Spain ...more Spain

Locations Visited

Barcelona, Zaragoza, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Burgos, Madrid, Toledo ...more Barcelona, Zaragoza, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Burgos, Madrid, Toledo
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Barcelona.

    Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, as you get to know your fellow travellers over delicious food and wine.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel NH Collection Barcelona Constanza.
  2. Day 2 Exploring Catalonia’s Creative Capital.

    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 your Local Expert begins in the medieval maze of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, a tangle of streets and squares just behind the old cathedral. Travel down the gracious Passeig de Gràcia, past the wrought-iron street lamps. Continue on to Gaudí's Sagrada Família, the leviathan of the Eixample, where giant mosaic spires pierce the sky like a jewelled crown. Inside, a tree canopy carved from stone, holds up the roof as sun pours through stained glass on to sea creature caverns. Then you are free to explore this amazing city at your own pace.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Collection Barcelona Constanza.
  3. Day 3 Barcelona at Leisure.

    Enjoy a relaxed start and a full day at leisure to explore Spain’s most vibrant city. Consider a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas or explore Gaudí's fascinating Güell Park. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years, for a tapas lunch and sweeping views?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Collection Barcelona Constanza.
  4. Day 4 Pamplona and San Sebastián.

    Journey west to Zaragoza where the four towers of El Pilar soar over the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Continue to Pamplona in the region of Navarre, famous for the Running of the Bulls festival. With free time to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll to the famous Estafeta Street. Travel to the aristocratic seaside resort of San Sebastián. Northern Spain’s 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, the Old Town.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián.
  5. Day 5 Bilbao and Guggenheim.

    Few places have been able to reinvent themselves quite like Bilbao. The former industrial city has changed its ways and is now a pin-up for urban redevelopment. Your fascinating venture here includes a visit to Bilbao's sensuous, rippling, Guggenheim Museum, designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry. On return, join a Local Expert to admire San Sebastián and the crescent-shaped La Concha Bay from the heights of Monte Igueldo. After taking in the amazing views, enjoy a guided tour of the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. Explore the Old Town during your progressive Highlight Dinner with the locals, as you enjoy the gastronomic Basque tradition of pintxos. Similar to tapas, enjoy a variety of snack-sized treats to make your meal and be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine. Buen provecho!(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián.
  6. Day 6 San Sebastián, Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.

    Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk. The harbour is filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, so you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, known as the Jewel of the Basque Country? During this Optional Experience you will explore this town with a Local Expert and visit the church where The Sun King, Louis XIV, married the Spanish princess Maria Teresa.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián.
  7. Day 7 Burgos and Madrid.

    Journey south through the Pyrenees foothills and the land of 'El Cid' to stop in Burgos where you can see the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue along the Guadarrama Mountains to the plateau of New Castile and Spain's elegant capital of Madrid. In the evening, why not see the city lit up it all its glory, with a drive along the grand avenues and past the spectacular fountains?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Madrid Princesa.
  8. Day 8 The Elegant Spanish Capital of Madrid.

    Your Local Expert will show you 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 with an art historian 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. With the afternoon free for you to continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps travel to Segovia to join a Local Expert and visit the 14th century Alcazar to see paintings, tapestries, weaponry and armoury of the Spanish medieval era and enjoy a panoramic drive for stunning views over the Eresma Valley?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Madrid Princesa.
  9. Day 9 The Cobbled Streets of Toledo.

    Venture south to visit the fascinating 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 through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your a Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. On return to Madrid, the afternoon is free for last-minute shopping. Make the most of your final night as you join your fellow travellers at a local restaurant for a generous Celebration Dinner of delightful produce, typical of the region and of course accompanied with wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Madrid Princesa.
  10. Day 10 Depart Madrid.

    After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • San Sebastián: Dine with the locals, in Basque tradition, with an evening of pintxos. Your progressive dinner enables you to select a variety of snack-sized treats, each with their own flavour and presentation, making each guest's meal unique. Be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B) and 3 Dinners with wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • 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.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Barcelona: Explore the medieval maze of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, with your Local Expert.
  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudí's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture.
  • Zaragoza: See the four towers of El Pilar and the Río Ebro.
  • Pamplona: Spend free time exploring this city, known for its annual Running with the Bulls festival.
  • Bilbao: Visit the magnificent Guggenheim Museum.
  • San Sebastián: Journey up Monte Igueldo with your Local Expert to take in breath-taking views over the town and La Concha Bay. Walk through the Old Quarter to Plaza de la Constitucion.
  • Burgos: See El Cid's burial place in the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco's masterpiece.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the scenery of the Río Ebro River, Basque Country, Sierra de Guadarrama and the Plains of La Mancha.

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Optional Add-Ons

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

Catalan Dinner & Flamenco

The food of the Catalan region is quite different from the rest of Spain. Enjoy a buffet dinner of Spanish and Catalan dishes including drinks, followed by the throbbing guitars, fire and passion of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco.
Adult Price: €86

Flamenco Evening

Enjoy an evening full of the passionate artistry of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco, comprising strident guitars, fiery dancing and passion.
Adult Price: €58

Montserrat with Light Lunch at Castellroig Cava Estate

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 Castellroig Cava Estate, where we'll also sample their amazing sparkling wine.
Adult Price: €69

Barcelona By Night With Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €58

Gaudí's Park Güell and Port Olympic

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park! Here Gaudí 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.
Adult Price: €38

San Sebastian

Donostia by Night with Dinner

View the beach and fishing port as we head to the lively heart of the old town of Spain's gourmet capital for a sumptuous supper in one of the city's boutique restaurants. Wine and soft drinks included.
Adult Price: €58

Basque Coastal Drive and Fishing Village

Enjoy a drive along the scenic Basque coast to arrive at Getaria. This charming fishing village is the birthplace of Juan Sebastián 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.
Adult Price: €36

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Jewel of the Basque Country

With your local expert, explore Saint-Jean-de-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.
Adult Price: €38

Madrid

Madrid by Night

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.
Adult Price: €19

Madrid by Night with Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, accompanied by Spanish wine and great local entertainment. What a wonderful introduction to Madrid
Adult Price: €61

Excursion to Segovia

Drive to the fortified city of Segovia where a local expert leads you through the medieval streets from the ancient aqueduct to the magnificent Alcazar, one of the inspirations for Walt Disney's Cinderella castle. Inside this 14th century palace, experience the paintings, tapestries, weaponry and armoury of the Spanish medieval era. Then take a panoramic drive outside the walls to admire stunning views over the Eresma valley, the Roman aqueduct and picturesque buildings of this medieval jewel.
Adult Price: €45

Madrid Royal Palace

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.
Adult Price: €30

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David Mcmillan
Monday, November 4, 2019
Service
GET did a great job of arranging flights, hotels and a great tour company (Insight Tours). The Tour Director and the Bus Driver were super. The local experts were very knowledgeable. I hope that the “Easy Pace” concept will be expanded to include Tuscany, Sicily, and other areas. Insight Tours is the best group we have traveled with out of many trips!
Response from Grand European Travel:
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Thursday, November 7, 2019
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Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
the travel specialist was knowledgeable and very helpful. We have used GET many times.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Vacation
Tour guide and driver were excellent. Places we went were great.
Ernest Geisler Jr
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
Attentive to detail. Helped with travel options.
Vacation
We did and saw a lot in a relatively brief time. Evening activities were especially enjoyable.
Carolyn Ameli
Monday, June 3, 2019
Service
Making reservation was good however the agent could not arrange our seating arrangements. This resulted in sitting in separate seats and rows between me and my wife. Bad seats in rear of plane.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointing seats on your flights. Unfortunately, GET has no control over airline seating. Many airlines no longer allow advance seat requests unless you pay a fee. We're glad to see you arrived safely and enjoyed the tour.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Vacation
Vacation and arranging the Historical venues were great and educational.
Emil Ramirez
Monday, October 8, 2018
Service
Easy pace. Tour director (Patrick Davis) was outstanding. Great hotels within the cities.
Vacation
Quick, easy, and efficient
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Service
Best guide we have had on any trip! Priced reasonably, good hotels and bus with plenty of legroom. Competent bus driver, good experiences planned.
Vacation
Very reasonable cost of trip. Liked being able to pay for numerous optional experiences.
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 16, 2017
Service
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.....
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 5, 2017
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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.
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
Vacation
All of the optional tours we purchased were excellent
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