About This Trip
Passionate, sophisticated and devoted to living the good life, Spain is both a stereotype come to life and a country more diverse than you ever imagined.
Trip code: W98ESLUX
On-trip Transport via seat in coach (bus/private/train)
Day 1: Barcelona
Meet and greet upon arrival at Barcelona Airport and transfer to your Hotel. Check into Hotel by 1400hrs. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Barcelona
Breakfast at Hotel. Today is a Guided City Tour of Barcelona. Visit the Gothic quarter on a guided tour and see the ancient Cathedral. See the famous Ramblas, with its open-air market and cafes. In contrast to the old part of town, drive along the broad, elegant avenues of the L' Eixample district to admire Gaudi’s extraordinary unfinished creation, the Sagrada Familia. Then visit all of Spain in one park at the ‘Pueblo Espanol. Returning to your hotel you will drive past the Olympic Games site and will enjoy glittering views over the harbor. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Valencia
Breakfast at Hotel. Follow the Costa Dorada South, stopping in Peniscola to view the white-walled cottages clustered around the sea-lapped Castle used in the film El Cid. Continue past the famous orange groves to Valencia, your home for the night. Arrive in Valencia and proceed for an Orientation Tour of Valencia. Your driver will show you the City Gates of Serranos and Cuarte, the Gothic Generalidad Palace, El Miguelete Cathedral with its octagonal bell tower, and the ultra modern Center of Arts and Sciences. Check in hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Granada
Breakfast at Hotel. Leave for the Costa Blanca, passing through the stately waving palm tree forests of Elche and past the lemon groves in Murcia. Drive through the superb scenery of the Sierra Nevada with magnificent mountain views on all sides, and cross the Mora Pass to reach glorious Granada. Here, over looking the town, awaits one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Explore this exquisite Palace; a fantasy of stone cut lace, arabesque gardens and fountains, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th Century. Also visit the exotic Water Gardens of the Generalife and the Royal summer residence. Check into Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: Granada
Breakfast at Hotel. Take a Guided Tour of Granada. In this city the Eurasian, Iberian, Phonetician, Roman, Arab and Christian cultures have left their imprint, making it one of the wonders of the world. It was Spain' s last Islamic Kingdom inhabited jointly by Muslims, Jews and Christians. The Alhambra (Entrance Included) is the main jewel of this beautiful City. Visit the Royal Palace, Alcazaba and the surrounding Palaces, gardens, patios and Towers. An outstanding feature are the Gardens of Generalife (Entrance Included), which was the summer residence for the King. It’s a combination of water springs, gardens and architecture of indescribable beauty. No surprise, it is considered as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. In the afternoon, proceed to Seville. Check in Hotel. In the evening we will enjoy a Flamenco Show. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 6: Seville
Breakfast at Hotel. This morning you will enjoy a Guided Tour of Seville. Seville has a distinctive character and presence which a local guide will unfold. Visit the massive Cathedral. Burial place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. Pass the slender Giralda Tower, once the minaret of the Great Mosque. See the Alcazar and tour the fashionable Santa Cruz Quarter with its flower decked wrought iron balconies. Afternoon we depart to Cordoba. Arrive and check into Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7: Cordoba
Breakfast at Hotel. Take the Morning Guided City Tour of Cordoba starting at the Moorish City of Cordoba. See the famous 2000-year-old bridge before a guided visit to the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th Century Mosque with a Christian Church built inside it. Later proceed for transfer to Madrid. We will cross the Sierra Morena Mountains and the plains of La Mancha, following in the steps of Don Quixote, on your way back to Madrid. Check into Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8: Madrid
Breakfast at Hotel. Today enjoy a Sightseeing Tour of Madrid along the noble Avenues to see the Statue of Cervantes’ fictional hero, Don Quixote, in the Plaza de Espana. Continue past the Cibeles Fountain and the Parliament, and cross the Puerta del Sol. Take time out to relax at a cafe or shop in the boutiques of Serrano. Overnight at Hotel.
- The Alhambra is Granada’s and Europe’s love letter to Moorish culture. Set against a backdrop of brooding Sierra Nevada peaks, this fortified palace complex started life as a walled citadel before going on to be...
- It’s impossible to overemphasise the beauty of Córdoba’s great mosque, with its remarkably serene (despite tourist crowds) and spacious interior. One of the world's greatest works of Islamic architecture
- A magnificent marriage of Christian and Mudéjar architecture, Seville’s Unesco-listed palace complex is a breathtaking spectacle.
- Madrid's grand central square, a rare but expansive opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid, is one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain, a winning combination of imposing architecture, picaresque historical tales and vibrant street life.