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9 Day Spain Tour of Madrid, Seville, Granada

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9 Days
1 Country

Spain

9 Cities

Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Seville, Granada, Guadix, Valencia, Peñíscola, Barcelona

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Savor shared moments with locals enjoying sangria in sun-dappled courtyards, zesty paella and the sounds of the Spanish guitar. On this journey, you’ll explore the wonders of Spain, from the ornate walls of the Alhambra to the Gothic Cathedral and Giralda Bell Tower in Seville.

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Day 1

Welcome to Madrid

The lively capital of Spain is our launchpad to a memorable encounter with one of Europe's most soulful destinations. Relax in the lush surrounds of Buen Retiro Park, shop up a storm on Gran Vía or people-watch over coffee and churros with chocolate in the Puerta del Sol. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an orientation drive followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Madrid, Spain
Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Explore Vibrant Toledo

We head to Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of this city that dates back to Roman times. We'll visit a traditional factory and Dive Into Culture, witnessing the age-old inlaid-steel craft, before seeing one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the Church of Santo Tomé – 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. We'll also visit the synagogue, before returning to Madrid where we’ll admire the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain with our Local Specialist. Spend the evening on your own, or delve into the sights and flavors of Spain's capital with an Optional Experience. 

Alcazar Fortress in Toledo, Spain
Accommodation NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit a factory, see craftsmen forging steel in Toledo
Discover the forging of quality steel in Toledo

The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Puerta De Alcala in Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Walking tour in the hill-top city of Toledo
Toledo City Tour

Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Specialist and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco masterpiece.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking tour & dinner in Madrid
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Córdoba and on to Seville

Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in Córdoba, once a significant Moorish capital. Join a Local Specialist to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about centuries of Moorish rule and its influence on the culture and architecture of the region. We travel to flamboyant Seville, our home for the next two nights.

This evening, we Connect With Locals, joining the Morillo family for a Be My Guest experience at their olive oil farm, where you’ll learn how oil is produced from their 6,000 trees and sample some of their produce.

Mezquita, The Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Zenit Seville
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Mosque in Cordoba, Spain
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Specialist. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Córdoba's religious changes over the centuries.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 4

Discover Seville’s Sights

This morning, we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at the ornate tomb of Christopher Columbus in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter.

This evening, consider an Optional Experience to see, hear and feel the mysterious and ineffable charm of a traditional flamenco show.

Plaza De Espana in Seville, Spain
Accommodation Occidental Sevilla Viapol Seville
Included Meals Breakfast
Be My Guest Traditional Andalusian dinner with the Morillo family and learn how they produce olive oil
Enjoy a Traditional Andalusian Dinner with the Morillo Family

Enjoy a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family. A welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled c...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Plaza De Espana in Seville, Spain
Seville City Tour

Guided by your Local Specialist, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow st...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the 14th-century Moorish Alcazar in Seville, Spain
The Moorish Alcázar and Plaza América

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were used as ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening and dinner in Seville, Spain
Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines and dine like a local in...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show Seville, Spain
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show with dinner in Seville, Spain
Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the magic, rhythm and passion of flamenco, while being served a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with dri...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Granada

Multicultural Granada takes center stage today, as we visit the magnificent Alhambra in the company of a Local Specialist. An exquisite example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra complex was built towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the other palaces by a covered walkway across the ravine.

Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Occidental Granada
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the streets of El Albaicin and the Royal Chapel in Granada
Albaicín and the Royal Chapel

With our Local Specialist, we'll enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín UNESCO World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moor...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Admire Iconic Architecture in Guadix and on to Valencia

This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We’ll see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-colored cliffs of the surrounding area, then travel to Valencia, where we’ll see the Bullring and admire the medieval architecture of the Quart and Serranos towers. Embrace the city's spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science. Enjoy organic horchata, the celebrated drink of Valencia, during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

This evening, dine at your hotel, and perhaps take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.

Woman with Sangria in Valencia, Spain
Accommodation Silken Puerta
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The historic cave homes of Guadix, Spain
See Guadix

See the cave homes that embellish the hills around Guadix.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Palace of Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Enjoy a Horchata in Valencia, Spain
Enjoy Organic Horchata, the Celebrated Drink of Valencia

Taste authentic Valencian street food from a local Horchata vendor. This rich and flavourful nut-based drink loved by many is produced here using o...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences The Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour

Valencia has a well-preserved medieval center which our Local Specialist will bring alive as they take us back to the city's heyday, from Roman and...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Off to Coastal Peñíscola and Barcelona

Head north, along the coast through the Levant region, and stop at Peñíscola, the 'City in the Sea'. View the ancient castle of the 'Spanish Pope', built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, 'El Cid'.

We then continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudi architecture. Join a Local Specialist to admire the exterior of the unfinished Sagrada Familia, see the upscale boutiques and Gaudi creations on the Passeig de Gracia and pay tribute to Christopher Colombus at the monument that bears his name.

Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation U232 Hotel Barcelona
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Peñíscola Castle reflected in water in Peñíscola, Spain
See the Peñíscola Castle

See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Barcelona skyline, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Barcelona Evening with Montjuïc & Olympic Drive

We'll enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuïc hill with our Local Specialist to experience an incredible pa...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Barcelona by night with dinner, Spain
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Uncover Gaudí's Barcelona

Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Ramble down the Ramblas, or join an Optional Experience to the monastery perched atop the mountain of Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

This evening, we celebrate a memorable journey through Spain with our newfound friends and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation U232 Hotel Barcelona
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Farewell Spain

Bid a fond adiós to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday.

Street and Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the forging of quality steel in Toledo

The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Toledo City Tour

Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Specialist and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco masterpiece.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Specialist. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Córdoba's religious changes over the centuries.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Traditional Andalusian Dinner with the Morillo Family

Enjoy a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family. A welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled c...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Seville City Tour

Guided by your Local Specialist, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow st...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Guadix

See the cave homes that embellish the hills around Guadix.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Enjoy Organic Horchata, the Celebrated Drink of Valencia

Taste authentic Valencian street food from a local Horchata vendor. This rich and flavourful nut-based drink loved by many is produced here using o...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Peñíscola Castle

See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Toledo, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville and Barcelona
Discover Valencia and Peniscola
Visit an inlaid steel factory, the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo, Córdoba's Mosque of the Caliphs​, the Cathedral in Seville, Granada's Alhambra Palace
View the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia and La Sagrada Família in Barcelona

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Moorish Alcázar and Plaza América

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were used as ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines and dine like a local in...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the magic, rhythm and passion of flamenco, while being served a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with dri...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Albaicín and the Royal Chapel

With our Local Specialist, we'll enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín UNESCO World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moor...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour

Valencia has a well-preserved medieval center which our Local Specialist will bring alive as they take us back to the city's heyday, from Roman and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Barcelona Evening with Montjuïc & Olympic Drive

We'll enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuïc hill with our Local Specialist to experience an incredible pa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Spain: Catalonian Spanish
  • Currency used in Spain: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Spain: Madrid
  • Time Zone(s) in Spain: Central European Time Zone, Central European Summer Time

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Spain for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Spain
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Spain has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical variations. In general, the country experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal regions, such as Barcelona and Valencia, enjoy mild winters and hot summers with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher. Inland areas, like Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters, sometimes dropping below freezing. The northern regions, such as Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, have a maritime climate with cooler summers and mild, rainy winters.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, April 7, 2024
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Vacation
William Prats Palerm
Review date: Sunday, February 25, 2024
Service
Traveling with Grand European Travel to Spain was one of the best overall experiences we ever had. My wife and I enjoyed every minute of the fast and furious pace, with the expert advice of our tour director, Lydia, and the expert driving skills of Armenio. We were so delighted with the attention to detail and service that we are already looking for alternatives through Grand European for next year!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It doesn't get much better than that! We couldn't be more thrilled to hear about your experience and see your lovely photos. We look forward to helping you plan that next trip. Thank you so much.
Monday, February 26, 2024
Vacation
Spain is amazing and through Spanish Wonder we were able to experience a bit of it and learn from where we come from.
John Grayczyk
Review date: Sunday, February 18, 2024
Service
very good!
Vacation
it was good thats all i want to say
Joseph Chow
Review date: Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Service
It was easy and I only had to double back to make one minor correction regarding a spelling error in my home address on the itinerary. So it's actually 4.5 stars.
Vacation
The travel director was wonderful and most of the sites visited were totally worthwhile. I was slightly disappointed with one hotel accommodation. as well as a local expert.
Elaine Bradley
Review date: Sunday, October 29, 2023
Service
I liked the trip guide, he provided info that enriched my trip experience
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. So happy you enjoyed your trip to Spain.
Monday, November 6, 2023
Vacation
I enjoyed the entire experience. The trip guide was amazing and enriched my vacation experience
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 8, 2023
Service
Each Travel Specialist we spoke with was always very helpful. Answered all of our questions and made great suggestions. We ended up added a few extra days at the beginning and end of the tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like a lovely time was had by all. Thank you for sharing your feedback.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Vacation
The local guides were great and they shared tips with us. Our tour guide was friendly. She sometimes shared local treats on the bus. The optional adventures were fun. We did them all. We made some great friends on the tour.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Service
Too many people in group (52), 2-star or worse hotels not near center of town, hurried pace with little free time, poor planning and organization with other groups (including another Trafalgar) trying to register in hotels (and eat) at same time. Tour Director and bus driver were excellent but Trafalgar standards have deteriorated from past experience. Others on trip who had travelled with Trafalgar in the past (some 10 times) also unhappy with trip and general consensus was negative.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that the trip fell short of your expectations. We appreciate your honest feedback and will share it with the CostSaver team for review.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Disappointed in overall experience. Not what was expected. "Active" is one thing, but this was stressful and hurried. One optional experience was supposed to be "leisurely walk" but was entirely up and down cobblestone stairs at a quick pace for several miles. So busy watching where were were walking and keeping up that we couldn't enjoy scenery. Two optional dinners were outstanding: flamenco show and "surprise" wait staff singers. Tour Director did her best to keep large group orderly.
Joe Baxter
Review date: Monday, July 24, 2023
Service
Excellent trip with a great Tour Director.
Vacation
Great trip with a excellent tour director.
Diane Coleman
Review date: Monday, April 17, 2023
Service
Fantastic experince from start to finish!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so love hearing that! Thank you for sharing your experience.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Vacation
Everything was well organized and we saw all the sights and more that were on our list for Spain.
Anthony Giannone
Review date: Monday, November 28, 2022
Service
Eve was really great! Very professional and socially gifted.Ive also made new friends and the places we went were fantastic. The only drawback was we were kind of of rushing around a bit. I would definitely use your services for future travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Spanish Wonder trip! It sounds like a very memorable vacation. Thank you for writing a review. We appreciate your feedback. We look forward to helping you plan and book your next vacation as soon as you are ready to travel again! Take care!
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Vacation
Wonderful, Eve was a great host.The places we'ce visited were spectacular, and the shows/dinners were wonderful.
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