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Highlights of Spain

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $1,980 per person
Cooking Paella in Valencia

Countries Visited

Spain ...more Spain

Locations Visited

Barcelona, Valencia, Lorca, Purullena, Granada, Seville ...more Barcelona, Valencia, Lorca, Purullena, Granada, Seville
  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 and fellow travellers at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Barcelona Sarrià.
  2. Day 2 Barcelona, the City of Gaudí.

    With your Local Expert, explore the narrow lanes and old squares behind the cathedral in the Barri Gòtic, Gothic Quarter. See the lively Las Ramblas and then head along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Barcelona Sarrià.
  3. Day 3 Along the Orange Blossom Coast to Valencia.

    Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to stop at the seaside resort of Peñíscola and see the hilltop castle, used in the film 'El Cid'. Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass the Old City and see its ancient gates to reach your hotel. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe during a Cooking Demonstration, before savouring the delicious flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Barceló Valencia.
  4. Day 4 Sierra Nevada, Alhambra and on to Granada.

    Travel south toward Andalucía, passing the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings hollowed out of the soft rock near Guadix. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada from a distance as you reach glorious Granada. This historical city was a Moorish Kingdom for almost 781 years and was the last stronghold to fall to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain in 1492. Overlooking Granada stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant exotic gardens of the Generalife, the Royal summer residence.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Granada.
  5. Day 5 A Scenic Drive to Seville.

    The morning is at your leisure to explore as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter with a Local Expert and fall in love with Granada as you learn about its pivotal role in European history. Continue your travels to Seville past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. This stunning capital of Andalucía is one of Spain’s most charming highlights and with the evening at your leisure, you are free to explore this delightful city as you wish.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Sevilla, Seville.
  6. Day 6 Seville, the City of Carmen.

    Seville has a distinctive character and presence that is best revealed by a Local Expert. During your stay, visit the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park. Then stroll through the fashionable Santa Cruz Quarter with its attractive wrought-iron balconies laden with flowers. Emerge by the well-preserved Alcazar, a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. The energetic may wish to walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, to enjoy panoramic views over the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner with wine and be entertained as you share the passion of Spain’s most fiery region during a flamenco show.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Sevilla, Seville.
  7. Day 7 Moorish Cordoba and on to Madrid.

    Set off early along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba and see the famous Roman Bridge built in 1 BC. Meet a local historian and visit to the magnificent Mezquita, a beautiful 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it. Make the most of your time at leisure and stroll the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through La Mancha and on to the capital - Madrid.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sercotel Gran Hotel Conde Duque, Madrid.
  8. Day 8 Madrid of the Bourbons.

    Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. Visit the Prado Museum with an art historian, a magnificent palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax at a cafe, shop in the trendy boutiques or perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to beautiful Toledo? In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant in the heart of the city. Toast to your adventures as you enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner of Spanish delicacies, served with wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Sercotel Gran Hotel Conde Duque, Madrid.
  9. Day 9 Farewell Madrid.

    Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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

  • Valencia: Meet a local chef of a family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe of paella during a Cooking Demonstration before savouring the flavours of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
  • Seville: Get ready for colourful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco as you experience a fiery evening of Spanish dance and cuisine.
  • Madrid: Honest culinary traditions and a fiesta of fresh ingredients are the hallmarks of your Spanish Celebration Dinner. The perfect accompaniment to good conversation and a chilled glass of beer or wine.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Festive Highlight Dinners: 20 Dec Christmas Day in Seville. 27 Dec New Year's Eve in Seville.

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 art historian.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert at the Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Moorish architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens.

Stay in Style

  • Valencia: The Barceló Valencia hotel is situated right in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences, opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city.
  • Madrid: Located on Madrid’s most chic avenue, the Hesperia Madrid is a centrally located, modern hotel offering comfortable and contemporary rooms.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Barcelona: Explore the medieval maze of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, with your Local Expert and travel along Passeig de Gràcia to see the elegant wrought-iron street lamps and flamboyant Modernist buildings.
  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Seville: Explore with your Local Expert visiting the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park, strolling through the Santa Cruz Quarter and see the gates to the Alcazar.
  • Seville: Step inside the impressive cathedral, passing the altarpiece dripping with gold and marvel at the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Afterwards, perhaps walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower for views over the city.
  • Cordoba: See the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and spend some time exploring the town.
  • Cordoba: Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Expert. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Cordoba's religious changes over the centuries.
  • 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.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the views as your travel along Costa Dorada, Ebro Delta, Costa Blanca, through Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, the Guadalquivir Valley and across the Plains of La Mancha.

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Independent Reviews
Daniel M
Friday, October 11, 2019
It was easy to set up our trip from beginning to end. Everyone was very helpful with any questions or concerns.
Our guide Phillipe was excellent. He was very informative and took care of everyone. He made us all laugh and kept us entertained and was always available for questions or any help we needed. There was quite a bit of walking every day and it was pretty intense sometimes. We were okay with it, but some of the older people were having a hard time keeping up. A little more free time to shop and explore would have been nice. Overall our trip was really great and will book with GET again!
Helen Kunz
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Excellent customer service from booking specialists. After we booked our flights, a change had to be made and a better flight alternative was found for us.
Our Tour Director was not present at the time of our arrival at the first hotel in Barcelona. We had to wait until check-in time at 3pm before we were allowed access into our room. We arrived at about 10am and had to hang around the hotel lobby for hours after a long flight from the US without any sleep. There has to be a better way of arranging our accommodations so that we could’ve been automatically checked-in upon arrival to get some much needed rest. It wasn’t a great start. The entire tour was very informative with local experts Alberto, Elena, Lydia, Gemma, and Sergio doing a great job during our walking tours. Their knowledge of their cities were excellent and their pride in their hometowns are evident. It was good to see the sights through their eyes and get the background history of each place. Tour Director Philippe & driver Sergio did a fine job at herding our group of 40 people. Their jobs were challenging to say the least. One comment we had about this tour is that we were so heavily scheduled that there was hardly any down time. The pace was demanding and not as comfortable as was advertised. We felt under pressure most days and the emphasis on being on time was great. We realize the need to be prompt and were always on time as instructed but it really felt like we were ruled instead of guided during our vacation. Perhaps a lesser amount of optional trips would lighten the time constraints. Naturally, we had a choice not to go to every option but couldn’t pass up on what was offered. This was our second GET Insight Vacations tour having also gone to “A Taste of Europe” in 2018 where we visited 4 countries. It’s ironic that “Highlights of Spain” was more strenuous despite touring within one country. In summary, we would still try other Insight Vacations in the future and will recommend GET to friends & family.
Karen Curtis
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The places visited were of such importance to the history of Spain. History you had learned as a child that was almost seen before your eyes when mentioned. The fact that Spain was linked so closely to the United States by its history almost was seen through your minds eye. The architecture was captivating. The tour guide had answers for all the questions. It was amazing to be walking on the same cobblestones that Hannibal or even possibly Cervantes or Columbus! It was almost surreal.
The only drawback was the walking. I was woefully unprepared. A warning this is a rigorous work out should be mentioned. Preparing for this tour should be a priority.As I purchased through AARP I was assuming this would be more user friendly but it is not. It would have been much more enjoyable if my calves weren't on fire! That aside the whole trip was enthralling. The tour guide and the bus driver, bless the bus driver, were professional and well versed. Magical Spain. What a highlight of my life.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, March 25, 2018
everything! impeccable organization, calm in face of calamity (bus breaking down), flexibility etc.
I am assuming the purchase was the package?
John Foster
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Very organized; very specific on planning for the coming day. Very great tour leader (Lola). She took care of all necessary needs. The places we visited were well selected. Saw everything I expected.
We visited all places that were promised and trip was very well organized.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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.
See above description for comments..
Janet Nixon
Friday, July 28, 2017
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.
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
Trusted Customer
Monday, July 10, 2017
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
Inclusive and optional experiences, well worth time and money.
William Mohon
Friday, June 16, 2017
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
too active for seniors agent should advise
Linda Misewicz
Saturday, June 10, 2017
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 .
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.
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