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Highlights of Spain (Winter Season)

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Cooking Paella in Valencia
Tour Style: Premium
10 Days from $1,948 per person

True to its name, you'll find so many highlights here in autumn, winter or spring, including: the Alhambra, the modernist architecture of Barcelona, Madrid's Prado Museum, the Andalucian capital of Seville and Cordoba's Mezquita.

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Airport transfers depart from Barcelona Airport for your hotel at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Melia Barcelona Sarria, Barcelona
  3. Join a Local Expert to explore the narrow lanes and old squares behind the cathedral. See lively Las Ramblas as you head along the Passeig de Gracia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting.

    meal(s):BB
  4. Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to stop by Peniscola and admire the sea-lapped castle, as featured in the film El Cid. Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia, the 'City of Arts and Sciences'. Circumnavigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos and Quart to reach your hotel. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes - paella. Learn the authentic recipe in a fun cookery demonstration and savor the flavors of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria.

    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Hotel Barcelo, Valencia
  5. Drive along the Costa Blanca, past the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings hollowed out of the soft rock, near Guadix. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada from the distance as you reach glorious Granada. Overlooking the town stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built – the Alhambra. Explore this exquisite palace; a fantasy of stone-cut lace, arabesque gardens and fountains, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. Also stroll through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Melia Granada
  6. In the morning, there is time if you wish, to explore the labyrinthine Albaicin Quarter, where the Church of St Nicholas offers one of the most superb views of the Alhambra. Then travel to Seville past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. This stunning capital of Andalucia is simply one of Spain's most charming jewels. At night, enjoy the flavors of Andalucia and share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a flamenco show and dinner.

    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Melia Sevilla, Seville
  7. Seville has a distinctive character and presence that is best revealed by a Local Expert. During your stay, visit the Plaza de Espana in Maria Luisa Park. Then stroll through the fashionable Santa Cruz Quarter with its flower bedecked, wrought-iron balconies. Emerge by the Alcazar - a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. The energetic can climb the Giralda Tower -the former minaret of the Great Mosque, and enjoy views over the city. The afternoon is at leisure.

    meal(s):BB
  8. Set off along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. See the famous 2,000-year-old bridge and meet a local historian for a visit to the magnificent Mezquita - an 8th century mosque with a Christian church built inside it. Afterwards, there is free time to stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through the Mancha and on to the capital of Madrid.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay, Madrid
  9. Join a Local Expert for sightseeing along the noble avenues. See the statue of Cervantes' fictional hero, Don Quixote, in the Plaza de Espana. Continue past the Cibeles Fountain and the Parliament to cross the Puerta del Sol. Visit the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Botticelli, Velazquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. Take time out to relax at a cafe or shop in the trendy boutiques, or perhaps enjoy an optional experience to beautiful Toledo? In the evening, join your farewell Celebration Dinner in the heart of town, complete with wine.

    meal(s):BB, CD
  10. Board your onward flight, taking home memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Alternative Hotel: This departure may include alternate hotels in select cities.
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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 $270 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 per person.

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

Included Quality Dining

8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Signature Evenings (SE), 1 Three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

Signature Experiences

BARCELONA:

  • A Local Expert will take you inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica.

GRANADA:

  • Visit the Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert - an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the gardens of the Generalife.

SEVILLE:

  • With a Local Expert, step inside the impressive cathedral, past the altarpiece dripping with gold, to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

CORDOBA:

  • Explore the Mezquita with your Local Expert and see its forest of horseshoe arches. This fascinating building symbolizes many of Cordoba's religious changes over the centuries.

MADRID:

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

Reviews

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Service rating : The entire trip was well planned. the only difficulty arose out of poor directions for meeting the tours guide at the Madrid airport. The instruction to "meet the representative at the Group Meeting Area, located to the right after leaving customs and opposite the Tourist Information Office" is meaningless to a person who has never been to the airport. There are no signs to tell a person where any of the referenced points are. They are outside the baggage area, way past customs. The directions should state that it is necessary to leave the baggage area at the door nearest the applicable numbered baggage carousel to get to the representative.
Vacation : See above description for comments..
Friday, July 28, 2017
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Service rating : Our tour was well organized with an excellent Tour director, Filippo Concollato. Everything was on time. Every effort was made to accomodate requests by the travelers The motor coach was roomy and comfortable. Our coach driver was excellent and we felt safe at all times His name was Alberto.
Vacation : The tour was excellent, however some things could be improved. The Hotel in Barcelona was good but in a poor location, a location near shopping and Las Rambles would be better. The Toledo tour did not do justice to the ancient city, there is much more than the cathedral. It would be nice to have another day in Madrid to enjoy the city on your own
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your suggestions.  We will be sure to pass them along to our planning teams.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
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Service rating : More value than expected. Tour director made the journey fun and informative. Comfortable coach and traveling companions.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your trip to Spain. Thank you for taking the time to write and hope to be able to help you plan another trip very soon.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Vacation : Inclusive and optional experiences, well worth time and money.
Friday, June 16, 2017
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Service rating : too much walking for seniors tours should have active rating
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize if the trip was not what you expected.  All of our guided vacations require a good deal of walking, but some are less active than others. We hope you were able to enjoy Spain despite the excess walking involved.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Vacation : too active for seniors agent should advise
Saturday, June 10, 2017
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Service rating : Accurate efficient service. Very professional travel advisor set up and booked trip by phone, in a short amount of time. Josh Pericas is awesome! He even phoned prior to the trip to give advance notice that an item in the itinerary might not be able to be provided but this would be made right by providing another .
Vacation : Tour director could not be better. Dawn Simonelli is so amazing!!!Many local experts throughout the trip. Loved Insight Vacations! First class coach, first class driver. Coach was pristine. Able to see everything on the trip with great visibility. Liked the seat rotation . All luggage handled without a problem. Quick access to hotel rooms.
Monday, June 5, 2017
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Service rating : Booking the trip was a breeze thanks to the knowledgeable staff!
Vacation : The entire experience was absolutely magical! We were able to just sit back and enjoy the ride, completely worry-free! We enjoyed the beautiful scenery as we traveled in a luxurious coach from city to city stopping to visit all the right places and learning about the people, their history and their culture! Our Tour Director, Lola Fernandez, was extremely knowledgeable, caring, pleasant, helpful, attentive and friendly. She was always on top of every detail and created an ambiance of fun, friendship and camaraderie among all the tourists. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience that we will cherish for the rest of our lives!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to hear that your trip to Spain was a wonderful success.  Looks like you had a nice group to travel with!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Excellent Sights, significant tours. The Service accommodations excellent. Food resturants excellent. Coach driver excellent.
Vacation : Safe travel. The Itenary was well planned and a value.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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Service rating : The guide, Sara and our driver Antonio were great. Sara was absolutely dedicated to making our trip the best experience possible. The bus was very comfortable. The hotels were very nice with friendly english speaking staff. The local guides we had were very good and in Cordoba our guide David was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and passionate about the cathedral.
Vacation : The price to value ratio was excellent. We were very happy with the overall package and were happy to have some options for additional tours if we wanted them.
Monday, May 22, 2017
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Service rating : The tour attractions, guides, events, transportation and accommodations were all first rate. We learned so much through our very informative guide and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our have happy memories and new friends made the trip a joy. We have already booked another tour through GET.
Vacation : The accommocations, experiences and services were better than we hoped for.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
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Service rating : My wife and I really enjoyed the entire trip. Great Director(John) and other tour guides We just wish we could have had a little more time to browse and shop in the little towns..
Vacation : The places we visited , we would have never found on our own. The prices were well worth it. We just wish we had more money to extend our trip.
Friday, May 19, 2017
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Service rating : Great tour guide Lola Torija the best we ever had. Tour bus extra roomy and good choice of hotels in Spain. Travel itinerary was well planned and highly recommend the optional experiences.
Vacation : Pricing was favorable on the trip.
Friday, November 4, 2016
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Service rating : A very nice group and beautiful sights. Too many"Optional" choices that used to be part of the tours and they are expensive.
Vacation : visited many wonderful locations.
Friday, November 4, 2016
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Service rating : They really took care of our needs.
Vacation : We loved our vacation. Everything was coordinated perfectly
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Service rating : The only negative comment that I have on my recent trip is the transfer from the airport to the hotel. Our plane was about 15 minutes later after the 12:30 transfer time and we missed it. But we spent about 75 euros for 2 cabs to get us to the hotel. I think the driver of the transfer should know how many of us was missing and waited a little longer. On our last Viking River cruise, we waited at the airport because there was 2 people missing who should have been in the transfer to the ship. I didn't mind waiting an extra 30 minutes! So I wasted our transfer X 6 for the start of our tour!
Vacation : I thought the director was very knowledgeable of the areas that we traveled to and was very helpful. The group was very friendly and we didn't have any problems with anyone in our group, like on our Costa Rica tour!
  • 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. 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.

  • 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. For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese.  In the evening, try a selection of tapas – small bites served in bars and restaurants that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a meal. 

  • 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 and Portugal’s varying climates. It’s a good idea to bring a lightweight scarf to wear at religious sites and in the evening when temperatures cool off. 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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