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Spanish Experience

Operated by: CostSaver

9 Days from $1,325 per person
Flamenco dresses hanging from balcony in Seville, Spain

Countries Visited

Spain ...more Spain

Locations Visited

Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, Gaudix, Valencia, Peniscola, Barcelona ...more Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, Gaudix, Valencia, Peniscola, Barcelona
  1. Day 1 Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

    It won't take long for Madrid to get under your skin - this graceful capital was spruced up several centuries ago thanks to King Charles III and it remains an elegant city to this day. Once you've checked in to your hotel, you'll have some time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers who'll be joining you on this adventure. When the sun sets, head out onto the streets to watch this football-mad metropolis come to life. You could join your group for an optional walking tour of the city with a chance to indulge in the tapas at a local restaurant. You'll soon discover why the city's vibrant nightlife keeps its hot-blooded residents up all hours of the night.

    hotel Occidental Castellana Norte
  2. Day 2 Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

    Gear up for a busy morning of sightseeing. Your Local Specialist will share all the secrets behind some of the city's most iconic sights. Head up the Gran Vía, slicing through the heart of Madrid, and see the Cibeles Fountain, Paseo de la Castellana and the Royal Palace. History buffs will adore an optional visit this afternoon to the UNESCO-listed city of Segovia, with its famous Roman aqueduct and fairy-tale Alcázar, reminiscent of Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Returning to Madrid, there's a second chance to discover the city's vibrant nightlife, which spills out into open-air cafés and thronging plazas.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Madrid – Toledo – Puerto Lápice – Seville (2 Nights)

    History comes to life when you visit Toledo this morning. Its hilltop vantage point, ancient city walls and legacy of traditional sword making will leave you in no doubt it was a city worth fighting for. Join your Local Specialist for a guided stroll - every corner revealing yet another spectacular sight with views of the cathedral, synagogue and grand plazas. Visit a steel workshop and learn about the tradition of sword making which dates back to Roman times, then head south to Puerto Lápice where the Cervantes' fictional Don Quixote was dubbed a knight by a local innkeeper. The plains of La Mancha give way to the hills of Andalucía with sleepy white-washed villages that march to their own time. Sizzling Seville awaits and we continue to our base for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel MA Congresos
  4. Day 4 Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

    The southern city of Seville oozes with the Spanish zest for life you'll come to treasure. A place of grand monuments, beautiful weather and the home of the flamenco, it's no wonder it has been the royal family's favourite retreat for centuries. Your Local Specialist will reveal some of the city's most iconic sites, including Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929. Spend some time getting lost in the narrow lanes of the city's Old Quarter or join a tour in the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar. A free evening in Seville would not be complete without a fiery flamenco performance and our Optional Experience will take you to the best show in town.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Seville – Granada (1 Night)

    From kings to emirs, our journey from Seville to Granada takes us back to a time when the Moors ruled the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, their last stronghold before being banished to North Africa. Their Arab influences remain to this day in the Moorish architecture and tetería tea houses you'll encounter as you explore its narrow, cobbled streets on your own. Consider an Optional Experience visit to the Albaicín Quarter, the city's oldest neighbourhood and the Arab Quarter. On the hilltop overlooking the city is the fortified citadel of the Alhambra - its opulent palaces and gardens are the former seat of Granada's Nasrid emirs. Tonight a fiery gypsy performance could be the perfect way to end the day.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Macia Condor
  6. Day 6 Granada – Guadix – Valencia (1 Night)

    Fanciful white chimneys rise up from hills of Guadix under which generations of the city's trogloditas have lived for several centuries. Capture these curious cave dwellings on camera before continuing to the modern metropolis of Valencia or "Bah-len-thee-a" as the locals refer to it. The scent of orange blossoms is never far as you embark on an orientation tour to view the Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and Valencia Cathedral, consecrated in the 13th century. Stop to view Valencia's other-worldly City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic urban recreation centre for culture and science, then join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sercotel Acteón
  7. Day 7 Valencia – Peñíscola – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)

    Our journey continues north through the Levant region to Peñíscola, "The City in the Sea" whose towering Templar castle, used as a palace by the Spanish Pope, was immortalised in the Hollywood classic, El Cid. We wind our way along the glorious Costa Daurada to the sun-kissed shores of Barcelona. Your Local Specialist will reveal some of the city's key highlights this afternoon including Gaudí's ornate La Sagrada Família and the Plaça de Catalunya. See street performers, artists and shoppers and soak up the most inspiring panoramas of the city from the top of Montjuïc. For dinner this evening, consider an Optional Experience to a Catalan-style restaurant to sample some of the local specialities.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hesperia Sant Just
  8. Day 8 Barcelona Free Day

    This is your chance to get fully acquainted with Barcelona. You'll have a free day to see the fanciful façades of Spanish Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí, stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter or join an optional visit to the monastery in the mountains of Montserrat to see the beloved Black Madonna. After a busy day of sightseeing, maybe become a cava connoisseur at one of the bars overlooking the Mediterranean with new friends, before one final dinner together to reminisce about your epic experiencia española.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Depart Barcelona

    So long Spain! Our grand adventure through imperial cities and golden and green landscapes may have come to an end, but we'll keep its fiery passion burning long after our departure. It's time to bid our compañeros a fond farewell and take a transfer to Barcelona airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Spanish Experience
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 3 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Barcelona Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, La Rambla and views from Montjuïc
  • Granada Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Guadix View the cave homes in "Barrio Troglodyte"
  • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Royal Palace, Retiro Park and the Cibeles Fountain
  • Peñiscola See the ancient castle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • Puerto Lápice Visit the inn where Don Quixote is said to have been dubbed a knight
  • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Plaza de Espana and Giralda Tower
  • Toledo Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Synagogue and Cathedral. Visit a steel workshop
  • Valencia See the town hall, Cathedral, Towers of Serrano and Quart and the City of Arts and Sciences

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Reviews
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Rosa Olivarez
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
When I called to make my reservation I spoke to Dave, it was a pleasure talking with him, Dave made sure that everything was explained to me, I highly recommend him, and look forward to speaking to Dave again when I'm ready for another reservation. Thanks!!!
Vacation
It was a great experience, the professionalism, the knowledge, and the fact that we didn't have to worry about anything it was great.
Mary Des Roches
Friday, October 4, 2019
Service
While the itinerary was adequate, many of the most significant sites were either not available to us or available only as an option. For example, we were not able to have a tour of one of the historic locations because the tour guide said we would need tickets. Why could GET not have obtained tickets months ago?
Vacation
I would give our tour guide, Richard Haywood, very poor marks. He was very disinterested, had very limited knowledge and seemed perturbed by even the most simple request. His big focus was on selling tickets to the optional events. His knowledge of Spanish history was lacking and he did not seem at all engaged. I would NOT recommend a GET Cost Savers trip to others- would discourage them from taking one, and I certainly will not take another.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. We know that a the Travel Director can make or break a trip for our guests and it sounds as if Richard missed the mark with your group. We will be sharing this information with the team at Trafalgar/CostSaver for immediate review and appreciate you bringing this to our attention.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Fernando Pangilinan Jr
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
Excellent Service
Vacation
Nice travel & excellent tours
Marisela Pulliam
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Service
The booking was very easy and our travel agent very responsive with our questions and concerns. Travel director was very good too, very responsible and customer care oriented
Vacation
We visited really nice places and nice restaurants
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
GET travel agents are knowledgeable; they will try to get you the best price for the tour you like; travel documents are accurate and mailed on time.
Vacation
The tour director Jake was well organized, he was very detailed about our scheduled and what to expect on the next day, he was funny and has a good sense of humor, the whole group was friendly and interact with each family, driver Antonio was helpful and drove very safely, the tour was hectic, but we covered a lot of places, and learned a lot of history, I will travel again with GET next time.
Herbert Maletz
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Service
excellent experience and would travel again with company
Vacation
Very good trip, but some optionals should be included in price
Arthur Pereira Jr
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Service
advise on details of trip chosen by a non traveller with no experience who doesn't know better
Vacation
the guided tour was too many miles and cities for my liking very tiring another trip option would have suited us much better
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. We do offer several shorter and less active trips that may be more to your liking.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Rolando Valdoz Bautista
Monday, June 17, 2019
Service
Easy, pleasant and efficient.
Vacation
We love the Spanish experience tour. It was well organized. The tour was both educational and fun. Our tour director Alberto was wonderful and always interact with us. Most of the hotels we stayed in were nice except for the one in Granada, The Condor Hotel, it was outdated and the room is a bit dirty. Elevator did not function very well. Also the food was not the best in this hotel. Overall our trip was fantastic. We are now looking to book another trip thru GET and this time it will be in Italy.
Gary Babic
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Service
Excellent service and followup!
Vacation
Exactly as advertised. Alberto was excellent host.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again very soon!
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Bahram Tavakolian
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Service
Although we were signed up for the Portugal, Morocco, Spain trip, it did not receive enough customers and had to be canceled. GET helped with a smooth transition to the Spanish Experience tour.
Vacation
Two of the hotel dinners (in Seville and Madrid) were among the worst meals we have ever had -- anywhere!!! Also, despite two mentions of the problem to the hotel desk in Madrid, our shower flooded and was practically unusable. Also, our luggage was lost, and that affected our enjoyment level, but it was not due to our tour. The Tour Director went out of her way to help us.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with some of the meals and hotels on your trip. We will contact our Quality Control team immediately and ask for a review of these issues. Thank you for bringing them to our attention.
Friday, May 10, 2019
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