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Spanish Wonder (2019 Preview)

9 Days from $1,886 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Set your watch to a fiery Flamenco beat as you dance through the heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia, famed for its Sierra Nevada, Moorish-influenced architecture and the zesty scents of orange blossoms. Visit the ornate Alhambra Palace in Granada, Valencia's 19th century Bullring and marvel at Gaudi's Gothic gift to Barcelona, la Sagrada Familia.

Spanish Wonder also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Set your watch to a fiery Flamenco beat as you dance through the heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia, famed for its Sierra Nevada, Moorish-influenced architecture and the zesty scents of orange blossoms. Visit the ornate Alhambra Palace in Granada, Valencia's 19th century Bullring and marvel at Gaudi's Gothic gift to Barcelona, la Sagrada Familia.

Spanish Wonder also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Bienvenidos a Madrid. On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. 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 napolitana con chocolate in Puerta del Sol. This evening join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a fiery Welcome Reception, followed by an orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights.

    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Ayre Gran Colon
  2. 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 to gain a Cultural Insight into the age-old steel craft before seeing one of El Greco's most famous paintings – 'The Burial of Count Orgaz' – in the Church of Santo Tomé. We'll also visit the synagogue during our guided walk through Toledo's winding cobblestone lanes. We return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes and Don Quixote at the Plaza de España and see Puerta del Sol, the city's hub with our Local Specialist. Spend your evening at leisure delving into the delicious flavors of Spain's tapas capital, or perhaps join your newfound friends for a traditional Spanish dinner.
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  3. Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in Córdoba, once a significant Moor settlement. 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. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colorful twirling skirts of a fiery flamenco or rub shoulders with the Sevillanos in search of delicious tapeo and wine.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Zenit
  4. This morning we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, we join the Morillo family for a unique Be My Guest dinner at their olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from the 6,000 trees and get to sample some of their produce.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  5. Multicultural Granada takes center stage today as we visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in the company of a Local Specialist. A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra complex was mostly built during the 14th century 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 places by a covered walkway across the ravine, and admire the intricate design and detail around every turn.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Occidental
  6. This morning we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you will see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area. We travel to Valencia, where we will stay overnight to view the Bullring and admire the architecture of its medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Quart 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, designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening dine at your hotel and take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Silken Puerta
  7. Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola, the City in the Sea, to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope', built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, 'El Cid'. We meander along the Costa Dorada to beguiling Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudi architecture which we will have an opportunity to view in the unfinished La Sagrada Família Cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882. Stroll up Las Ramblas, see the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to the great discoverer, Christopher Columbus with your Local Specialist. Take a trip up Montjuïc for panoramic views of this enchanting city. The evening is yours to embrace the charm of Barcelona. Ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialties.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:U232
  8. Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Visit Gaudi's fairy-tale Park Guell, ramble through the enchanting Gothic Quarter or join an Optional Experience to the monastery perched atop 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 special Farewell Dinner with wine.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  9. For now it's a sad adios to Spain at the end of a memorable vacation. A return transfer on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8am. Conditions apply.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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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 $430 p.p.

Triple Discount: $40 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8:00 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

12 meals: 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, all with tea and coffee. 

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you'll learn how to produce and get to sample after a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard

Cultural Insight

  • 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

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Toledo, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Toledo, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville, Barcelona
  • Orientation of Valencia
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, Cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Montjuïc hill, Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona
  • View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia
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    Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2018 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2019 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Monday, June 4, 2018
Cynthia Nolan
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Very responsive booking agent, answered all questions quickly and paid attention to the details.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comment! We're so glad you enjoyed Spain and had a great experience with us.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Vacation : You get what you pay for.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Cynthia Adams
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our tour director David Nadal was the dominant factor in making Spanish Wonder an informative and enjoyable experience. Another winner for GET!
Vacation : All aspects of the trip from start to finish were well coordinated, making maximum use of time to be informed about and enjoy Spain. On this and previous GET tours we have found the optional experiences to be great compliments to the basic tour. We highly recommend them.
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  • Preview 2019

    Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2018 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2019 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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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 in Spain. 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.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  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.

    Lunch is the largest meal of the day in Spain, with many restaurants offering multi course menus at a fixed price.  For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café, outdoor market, or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese. 
    Tapas are small bites served in bars and restaurants that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a meal. Try a variety of marinated olives, potatoes, croquettes, grilled octopus, and toasted bread with various toppings.

  • 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 different climates. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. 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 24 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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  • Preview 2019

    Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2018 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2019 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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.

Madrid

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

Adult Price: €61.00

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.

Seville

Discover The Origin Of "Tapas" & Evening In Old Seville

Adult Price: €53.00

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Adult Price: €40.00

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 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: €69.00

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with drinks included, 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.

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza América

Adult Price: €40.00

We'll begin with a visit to the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. Then, we'll journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América - a must for any visitor to Seville.

Granada

Albaicín And The Royal Chapel

Adult Price: €37.00

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín 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 Alcaicería quarter.

Barcelona

Mystical Montserrat

Adult Price: €40.00

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.

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Adult Price: €59.00

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.

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  • Preview 2019

    Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2018 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2019 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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