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9 Day Spanish Wonder

This truly is a tour encompassing a broad spectrum of Spain.  You will be shown a vast array of historic landmarks, places of interest and tremendous scenery.  You will experience an array of differing and often contrasting places of interest and have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the local culture.  You will take home with you memories of iconic and famous places which will stay with you forever.




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Tour Highlights

  • City tour in Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona
  • Orientation tour of Valencia
  • View the Cave Homes of Guadix
  • Visit the Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo
  • See the Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba
  • Marvel at the Cathedral in Seville
  • Take in the sights of the Alhambra Palace in Granada
  • Visit Montjuïc hill and Placa Catalunya in Barcelona
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Madrid

Day 2

Toledo Excursion and Madrid Sightseeing

Day 3

Madrid, Cordoba and Seville

Day 4

Seville Sightseeing

Day 5

Seville and Granada

Day 6

Granada, Guadix and Valencia

Day 7

Valencia, Peniscola and Barcelona Sightseeing

Day 8

Barcelona

Day 9

Depart Barcelona

Day 1

Bienvenido to Spain and the capital city of Madrid.  Settle into this vibrant city before being introduced to your travel director and fellow travel companions.

In the evening, sit back and relax while you are driven around the city taking in some of the main attractions.  Evening tour followed by a welcome reception.

Day 2

Your local guide will take you on a walking tour this morning exploring Toledo.

Visit a steel factory and see the specialist craftsman making traditional items and gain knowledge into this skilled craft.

Visit Santo Tomé, a beautiful church containing some of El Greco’s most impressive paintings including ‘The Burial of Count Orgaz’.  As your guide takes you through the narrow streets you will visit the synagogue before returning to the Cervantes at the Plaza de España to see the Puerta del Sol, Madrids heart.

This evening you may like to join your travel companions for some Spanish tapas.

Day 3

Your destination today in Cordoba. You will drive south through La Mancha to the city where you will see the incredible Mosque of the Caliphs.  Here your local, knowledgeable guide will inform you on the heavy influences of the Moors on Spanish culture.

Later on this evening you may like to see a traditional flamenco show.

Day 4

On wards to Seville where your local specialist will give you a tour of the city seeing the sights.

Visit the park of Maria Luisa with its ornately, tiled fountains, its grand pavilions, its beautiful gardens and lush palm trees.

Take a walk through the Plaza de Espana and see the Bell Tower of Giralda. See the splendid tomb in the Cathedral dedicated to Christopher Columbus.

The last part of your walking tour takes you through the Jewish Quarter with its charming cobble stoned lanes.

In the evening, your dinner will be served in the unique surroundings of an olive mill where you will be given the opportunity to learn how oil is extracted from over 6,000 olive trees.

Day 5

Today your local specialist will take you to Granada to see the tremendous Alhambra Palace.  The palace was built during the 14th century, influenced heavily by the Islamic rule of Spain at the time and is a beautiful testament to Moorish architecture.  You will walk through the grand water gardens of the royal Summer Palace of Generalife now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6

Traverse the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains this morning via the Mora Pass.

Arrive in Guadix in the north where you will have the opportunity to take some photographs of the troglodyte dwellings.

Then onto Valencia to view the medieval cathedral, the bullring and the Serrano & Quart Towers.

Before dining at your hotel stop to see the architectural masterpiece of Santiago Calatrava, the City of Arts and Science recreation centre.

Relax and unwind at your hotel for the night.

Day 7

A coastal drive to Peñiscola this morning taking you through the Levant region. See the castle used in the epic historical drama El Cid before continuing long the Costa Dorada towards the city of Barcelona.

Barcelona is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and features a vast amount of architecture designed by Gaudi.  See his work at the Sagrada Família and see the Ramblas, Placa Catalunya and the Christopher Columbus monument.

Your local guide will take you up to the Montjuïc where you will enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Tonight, you may like to consider dining at a Catalan restaurant for some delicious cuisine.

Day 8

For the morning explore the city by yourself, wander at your leisure and do some shopping for souvenirs.

In the afternoon, you may like to join an optional experience to see the Black Madonna at the monastery in Monserrat.

In the evening, sit down to a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and your travel companions to reflect on your memorable tour of the country.

Day 9

This morning bid ‘Adios’ to Spain, your fellow travellers and travel director.

Airport transfers are available.  Conditions apply.

 

 


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Be My Guest. Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family
  • Learn how the Morillo family produce olive oil and you will get to sample after a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard
  • Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest-quality steel

Important Information

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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