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Spanish Experience

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9 Days from $1,450 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Flamenco dresses hanging from balcony in Seville, Spain

Countries Visited

Spain ...more Spain

Locations Visited

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

    It won't take long for you to fall in love with Madrid. This beautiful capital was revived by King Charles III several centuries ago and the city is still as graceful as ever. Arriving today, check in to your hotel and get settled in before meeting up with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a look at what’s to come on your Spain value tour. Venture out into the streets at sunset and watch this football-mad city really come to life. You might like to join us for an optional walking tour around the city sights with the opportunity to get your first taste of tapas at a local restaurant. You'll quickly find out why the city's lively nightlife keeps the locals up until 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 when you visit Madrid. Your Local Specialist will reveal all the secrets behind some of the city's most famous sights, kicking things off by heading up the Gran Vía through the heart of Madrid. See the Cibeles Fountain, the Royal Palace and the Paseo de la Castellana. This afternoon, you'll have some free time to spend as you like. History lovers will likely want to join our optional visit to the UNESCO-listed city of Segovia, with its Roman aqueduct and fairytale Alcázar, like something out of a storybook. Once you return to Madrid, you'll have another chance to discover the buzzing nightlife, which can be found spilling out into open-air cafés and pulsing plazas.

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

    You'll watch history come to life when you take a trip to the hilltop town of Toledo today, with its ancient city walls and long legacy of traditional sword making. Take a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist by your side, with every street showing off yet another stunning sight with views of the synagogue, cathedral and grand plazas. You'll get to visit a steel workshop and discover the tradition of sword making which dates back to Roman times, then we'll continue our journey south to Puerto Lápice where the fictional Don Quixote was made a knight by a local innkeeper. Watch the plains of La Mancha melt into the hills of Andalucía with peaceful white-washed villages that move to their own time. Seville is your final destination today and we'll stay here for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel MA Congresos
  4. Day 4 Seville sightseeing and free time

    The sizzling city of Seville is filled with the Spanish zest for life you'll come to know and love. It's a place of beautiful monuments, fine weather and it's also the home of the flamenco - no wonder it has been the royal family's (and thousands of travellers) favourite holiday retreat for centuries. Join your Local Specialist today to uncover some of the city's most famous sites, including Maria Luisa Park, built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition. Spend some time getting lost on purpose in the maze of lanes in Seville's Old Quarter or opt to join a tour to the grand 14th-century Moorish Alcazar. You'll have the whole evening free to explore your way, but you can't visit Seville and not witness a fiery flamenco show and our Optional Experience will take you to the best flamenco show in town.

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

    We'll begin our journey from kings to emirs as we travel from Seville to Granada this morning. A visit to this city will take you back in time to when the Moors ruled the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, their last fortress before being exiled to North Africa. You can still see their Arab influences in the Moorish architecture and tetería tea houses and we'll show you where to look this afternoon before you head out into the cobbled streets to explore your way. Alternatively, consider joining an Optional Experience tour of the Albaicín Quarter, the city's oldest neighbourhood, known as the Arab Quarter. You'll discover the fortified citadel of the Alhambra on the hilltop overlooking Granada, and its elegant palaces and gardens are the former seat of the Nasrid emirs. If you're looking for the perfect way to end the day, why not head out to a lively gyspy performance?

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

    Head into the hills of Guadix this morning where you'll spot the magical white chimneys that rise from under the ground, where generations of the city's trogloditas have lived for several centuries. You'll have the chance to take some photos of these curious cave dwellings before moving on to the modern city of Valencia or 'Bah-len-thee-a' as the locals call it. Venture out on an orientation tour with your Travel Director, breathing in the scent of orange blossoms as you see the Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and Valencia Cathedral, which was declared sacred in the 13th century. You'll also make a stop to see Valencia's unique City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic recreation centre that celebrates culture and science.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Las Ciencias
  7. Day 7 Valencia – Peñíscola – Barcelona sightseeing (2 Nights)

    Today we continue our scenic trip to the Levant region to Peñíscola, 'The City in the Sea' where the towering Templar castle, once used as a palace by the Spanish Pope, was made famous in the Hollywood film, El Cid. We'll make our way along the beautiful Costa Daurada to the sun-drenched shores of Barcelona. Head out into the city with your Local Specialist to discover some of the city's highlights this afternoon including Gaudí's incredible La Sagrada Família and the Plaça de Catalunya. Stop to watch street performers and artists and take in the most stunning views over the city from the top of Montjuïc. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a Catalan-style restaurant where you'll get to taste some of the local specialties.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hesperia Sant Just
  8. Day 8 Barcelona free day

    This is the last full day of your Spain vacation package and your chance to really get to know Barcelona. You can spend this free day however you like, whether you want to see the famous façades of Spanish Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí, walk through the leafy lanes of the Gothic quarter or join an Optional Experience visit to the monastery in the Montserrat mountains to see the beloved Black Madonna. After sunset, continue the adventures and perhaps sample some cava at one of the bars overlooking the sea with new travel friends, then enjoy one final dinner together to look back on your amazing 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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Spanish Experience End Barcelona
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • City orientation tours
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Barcelona Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Gaudi's La Sagrada Família, La Rambla and views from Montjuïc
  • Granada Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Guadix View the cave homes in 'Barrio Troglodyte'
  • Madrid See the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Retiro Park on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist
  • Peñíscola 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 España and Giralda Tower
  • Toledo Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Synagogue and Cathedral; enjoy a visit to 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
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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
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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
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excellent experience and would travel again with company
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Very good trip, but some optionals should be included in price
Arthur Pereira Jr
Sunday, June 23, 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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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