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9 Day Spain Tour to Madrid, Seville & Barcelona

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9 Days
1 Country

Spain

8 Cities

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

11 Meals

8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

Costsaver

Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director. 

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Life in Spain is a fiesta and you're always invited. Leisurely afternoons of siesta give way to the spirited rhythms of flamenco, late-night tapas bars and buzzing plazas filled with well-dressed people ready for a night on the town and slow starts to the next day. Your 9 day trip through Spain promises a mesmerizing experience from Madrid to Seville, Granada to Valencia. See Gaudí's masterpieces in Barcelona, the medieval treasures of Toledo and the sweeping Andalusian plains – Spain puts its best foot forward and you won't want to miss a thing.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Madrid

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 travelers 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.

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Occidental Castellana Norte Madrid
Optional Experiences Tour and tapas in Madrid, Spain
Old Madrid with a Taste of Tapas

Discover the charm and character of Old Madrid as we head out on a memorable walking tour with our Local Specialist. Take in the monumental Plaza M...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Cibeles Square in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Occidental Castellana Norte Madrid
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit The Segovia World Heritage Site in Madrid, Spain
Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairytale Castle

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 t...

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Optional Experiences

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

Take your tour of Spain's capital city to the next level as we scratch beneath the surface of Madrid. Enjoy a tour of some lesser-known sights in D...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Madrid – Toledo – Seville

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 swordmaking which dates back to Roman times. Then we'll continue our journey south past 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.

View of Toledo, Spain
Accommodation Hotel M.A. Sevilla Congresos Seville
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

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 travelers) favorite 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 - our Optional Experience will take you to the best flamenco show in town.

Giralda tower and Seville Cathedral, Spain
Accommodation Hotel M.A. Sevilla Congresos Seville
Included Meals Breakfast
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, a royal palace set in its own beautiful gardens. The garden...

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Optional Experiences

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

Traveling through Andalusia is all about immersing yourself in the authentic culture of locals. Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalu...

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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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Day 5

Seville – Granada

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 neighborhood, known as the Arab Quarter. You'll discover its Moorish history and see the fortified citadel of the Alhambra on the hilltop overlooking Granada. If you're looking for the perfect way to end the day, why not head out to a lively gyspy performance?

Street of Granada, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Maciá Condor Granada
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Gypsy night out in old Granada, Spain
Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Take your Spanish holiday to the next level as we enjoy a memorable evening in Granada’s Sacromonte quarter, which offers the finest views over the...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Granada – Guadix – Valencia

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 Art Nouveau, Train Station Estación del Norte, Towers of Serrano and Quart and Mercado de Colon, 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 center that celebrates culture and science. 

City of Arts and Science in Valencia, Spain
Accommodation NH Valencia Las Ciencias
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences The Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour with Horchata Tasting

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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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Paella in Valencia, Spain
Valencia Dinner and Discovery

We'll delve into the country's third-largest city to enjoy its Mediterranean verve. Vibrant and modern, Valencia still retains much of its past, go...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Valencia – Peñíscola – Barcelona sightseeing

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 Dorada to the sun-drenched shores of Barcelona. Head out with your Local Specialist to discover some of the city's highlights this afternoon. See the facade of Gaudí's incredible La Sagrada Família and the Passeig de Gracia. This evening, enjoy dinner together and look back on your amazing experiencia Española.

 

Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Hesperia Barcelona Sant Just
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

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 or enjoy an evening drive with panoramic views from Montjuic.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Hesperia Barcelona Sant Just
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Mystical Montserrat

Joined by our Local Specialist, we’ll take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped insi...

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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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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences View over Barcelona from Park Guell by architect Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enjoy some time at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park! Marvel over the mushroom-like houses, "bird nest" pillars and mosaic dragon. Or...

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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. 

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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
Old Madrid with a Taste of Tapas

Discover the charm and character of Old Madrid as we head out on a memorable walking tour with our Local Specialist. Take in the monumental Plaza M...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairytale Castle

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 t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Take your tour of Spain's capital city to the next level as we scratch beneath the surface of Madrid. Enjoy a tour of some lesser-known sights in D...

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, a royal palace set in its own beautiful gardens. The garden...

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

Traveling through Andalusia is all about immersing yourself in the authentic culture of locals. Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalu...

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
Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Take your Spanish holiday to the next level as we enjoy a memorable evening in Granada’s Sacromonte quarter, which offers the finest views over the...

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

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
Valencia Dinner and Discovery

We'll delve into the country's third-largest city to enjoy its Mediterranean verve. Vibrant and modern, Valencia still retains much of its past, go...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mystical Montserrat

Joined by our Local Specialist, we’ll take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped insi...

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
Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enjoy some time at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park! Marvel over the mushroom-like houses, "bird nest" pillars and mosaic dragon. Or...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Spain

  • 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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Carol Brogan
Review date: Sunday, October 15, 2023
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They made all the necessary arrangements quickly and courteously. Took the worry out of the little odds and ends like tips for the tour director and bus driver.
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We appreciate that very much and look forward to helping you plan that next trip.
Friday, October 20, 2023
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Our tour guide Rachel was attentive while doing a thankless job. You can't make everyone happy but she really tried to help us make the most of our experience in Spain.
Nancy Wintle
Review date: Sunday, October 15, 2023
Service
Did a wonderful job of changing our tour and flights when necessary.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We thank you for your business and so happy that you enjoyed your trip.
Friday, October 20, 2023
Vacation
Very informative and interesting, saw a lot of different places.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 9, 2023
Service
I would use GET Tours again for travel. Trip purchased was with Trafalgar Cost Saver Tours which turned out to be quite good and reasonably priced.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is exactly what the CostSaver brand is designed to do. Help you see the highlights of a destination at an affordable price. We are so happy you enjoyed the trip.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Vacation
Tom Beaton with Trafalgar Cost Saver Tours was an experienced and competent guide who bought small treats for us to try from local producers to get a taste of Spain as well as informed us of Spain's history, produce and current events and issues along the way. He carefully informed us of today's planned events and times as well as what was coming up in the next day or two. He encouraged promptness in a very kind way and that allowed the bus to leave on time and us to see everything scheduled.
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Review date: Monday, October 9, 2023
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Review date: Monday, August 7, 2023
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Booking online was easy and there was no hidden fees or costs.
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We are so pleased that you found our website quick and easy to use. Thank you for your business and we hope to welcome you on another trip in the near future.
Monday, August 14, 2023
Vacation
This was the easiest and best, stress free way of seeing so much of Spain! The guide was very informative about each of the locations. Everyday we were given an itinerary and time frame for the next day. We received a wake up call every morning and breakfast at each of the hotels. From there, we enjoyed a luxurious coach ride to our next destination. When we eventually arrived at each destination, we completed a bus tour of the city which helped you to get to know the location. When we arrived at each of the hotels, our rooms were always ready and there was no wait to get right in. One thing that could have been a little better was if the hotels were a little cleaner. The optional tours were throughly explained early on in the trip. However, not all of the tours in the brochure are offered. The guide seemed to pick which yours would be available to us, which was a little disappointing. I also wish we had more time in the cities or during the tours to do some shopping. Overal, this tour definitely met my expectation and it is something I would consider doing again.
Rosa Olivarez
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
Excellent Service
Vacation
Nice travel & excellent tours
Marisela Pulliam
Review date: 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
Review date: 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.
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