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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|3 Nov 17||12 Nov 17||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|17 Nov 17||26 Nov 17||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|24 Nov 17||3 Dec 17||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|19 Dec 17||28 Dec 17||$2,195$2,030pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Dec 17||4 Jan 18||$2,175$2,012pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|5 Jan 18||14 Jan 18||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Jan 18||4 Feb 18||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|16 Feb 18||25 Feb 18||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Mar 18||11 Mar 18||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Mar 18||18 Mar 18||$2,050$1,896pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|16 Mar 18||25 Mar 18||$2,125$1,966pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|23 Mar 18||1 Apr 18||$2,150$1,989pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|30 Mar 18||8 Apr 18||$2,150$1,989pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
There is a 50% reduction to the Single Supplement on departures on November 3rd, January 5th, February 16th & March 9th, subject to availability.
March 30th will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard in Madrid.
December 19th: Includes Christmas Highlight Dinner in Seville.
December 26th: Includes New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner in Seville.
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.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
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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