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Spanish Experience

Seville, Flamenco Dresses
10 Days from $1,175 per person

The soulful heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia is yours to explore, from the sun-kissed beaches of the Costa del Sol to the ornate Moorish architecture of Granada and Valencia's 19th Century Bullring. See Gaudi's Barcelona and medieval Toledo.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Madrid, Spain's capital city. Check into your hotel then relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travelers. This evening spend free time exploring on your own or join the group for a walking tour of the city and the chance to savor local ‘tapas' at a café on the Plaza Mayor.
    hotel:Barcelo Castellana Norte/Barcelo Torre Arias
  3. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, the Paseo de la Castellana and the Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards consider an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Segovia - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening you might be tempted by Madrid's nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours.
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  4. In the medieval city of Toledo – the ancient capital of Castile – your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour through the quaint streets for views of the cathedral and synagogue. Toledo has been a traditional sword making and steel working center since about 500 BC and was the standard source of weaponry for the Roman legions. Visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of this age-old craft. Your journey continues south to Puerto Lápice where, reputedly, Don Quixote was dubbed ‘a knight' by a local innkeeper. The plains of La Mancha give way to the hills of Andalusia with striking whitewashed villages and churches. Arrive in Seville, a vibrant city and the home of bullfighting and flamenco.
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    hotel:MA Congresos
  5. Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist. View the pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Marvel at the mighty cathedral and La Giralda. Tonight you might like to experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show.
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  6. Start the day with a picturesque drive through beautiful villages to the Moorish city of Granada. Enjoy free time to explore or participate in an Optional Experience suggested by your Travel Director.
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    hotel:Macia Condor
  7. Cross the Mora Pass through the superb scenery of the Sierra Nevada. Admire the cave dwellings in Guadix with time to take pictures. Continue through Murcia and the palm groves of Elche to Valencia, renowned for its orange fruit. See the Bull Ring, the great cathedral and the Towers of Serrano and Quart during your orientation tour. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie Tomorrowland. Later arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight with your fellow travelers.
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    hotel:Abba Acteon
  8. Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñíscola to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope', used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain's most cosmopolitan city. Your Local Specialist takes you on a wonderful sightseeing tour, which includes seeing Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and the Plaza Catalunya. See the lively Ramblas and enjoy spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialties.
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    hotel:Hesperia Sant Just
  9. Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city. As well as having a rich Roman and medieval heritage, Barcelona also has a reputation for fun. Why not visit the monastery in the rocky mountains of Montserrat to see the Black Madonna? This evening, dine with your companions and celebrate a memorable vacation.
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  10. This morning say ‘adios' to Spain, your Travel Director, and your fellow travelers at the end of your unforgettable Spanish Experience. Transfers are available to Barcelona Airport. Conditions apply.
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Meal Summary

8 buffet breakfasts, 3 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and cathedral. Visit a steel workshop
  • Visit the inn where Don Quixote is said to have been dubbed a knight
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • See the town hall, Cathedral, Towers of Serrano and Quarte and the City of Arts and Sciences
  • See the ancient castle overlooking the beach
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc

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

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Adult Price: € 59

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.

Mystical Montserrat

Adult Price: € 40

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Granada

Albaicin And The Royal Chapel

Adult Price: € 35

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaiceria quarter.

Albaicin Walking Tour and Gourmet Dinner

Adult Price: € 59

We’ll start our evening with a walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage area of Albaicin, a former 10th-century Muslim neighbourhood, where we'll have the best view over the enchanting Alhambra Palace. Then, we’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner in a unique setting with unbeatable views. An evening to remember.

Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Adult Price: € 34

Enjoy an evening in Granada’s old quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies – a fiery, emotive performance unique to this part of Spain. And we've also included a drink, too.

Madrid

An Introduction to Madrid

Adult Price: € 29

Join us for a walking tour through Old Madrid, taking in its monumental Plaza Mayor, atmospheric alleyways and emblematic squares. Your Local Specialist will accompany you for a drink and snack in one of its famous downtown 'tapas' bars. We’ll finish with a tour of the city.

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

Adult Price: € 61

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale Castle

Adult Price: € 45

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.

Seville

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America

Adult Price: € 38

On this trip, you’ll begin with a visit to the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. You'll then journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza America which is a must for any visitor to Seville.

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town with a Drink

Adult Price: € 40

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalucian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

Adult Price: € 69

After a three-course dinner of Andalucian specialities, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

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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 $330.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $64 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. 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'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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