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THE BEST OF SPAIN

The Best of Spain

9 Days Tour from Madrid to Barcelona

From its world-class art, historical sights, and magnificent cathedrals to its sunny climate and unique cuisine, this is the best way to see the highlights of Spain in a short time! On this Spain tour, you'll overnight in Madrid, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona. Guided sightseeing or a guided walking tour in each city presents you with Spain's must-see attractions. 

Highlights

MADRID 
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
CORDOBA 

Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs
SEVILLE 
Visit the Plaza de España; guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
GRANADA 
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife
VALENCIA 
Guided walking tour; taste a Horchata drink; paella dinner at a local restaurant
BARCELONA 
Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica; panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill; enjoy a Sangria and special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Madrid, a special paella dinner in Valencia, and a special farewell dinner in Barcelona

Hotels

Madrid

Gran Hotel Conde Duque- Superior First-Class

Agumar- First-Class

Seville

Sevilla Center- Superior First-Class

Granada

Granada Hotel Saray - Superior First-Class

Valencia

NH Center- First-Class

Barcelona

HCC St. Moritz- First-Class

Description

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

Day 2 - Madrid

The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available.

Day 3 - Madrid–Cordoba–Seville

Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Alcazar, the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Tour the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Then, continue to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia.

Day 4 - Seville

Start with a visit to magnificent PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, used in the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. Meet your Local Guide, and hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.

Day 5 - Seville–Granada

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Granada’s main attraction: the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13th-century Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also amble through the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence.

Day 6 - Granada–Valencia

Cross Mora Pass and pass troglodyte cave dwellings, hollowed out of the soft tufa stone, near Purullena and Guadix on your way to Valencia, once a royal capital. During your guided walking tour, Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive. Sample a traditional Horchata drink, and tonight, a special paella dinner at La Marcelina Restaurant.

Day 7 - Valencia–Barcelona

Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992.

Day 8 - Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. Visit the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece, followed by a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening,

Enjoy Sangria and a special dinner farewell dinner with wine at La Fonda del Port Olympic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions.

Day 9 - Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Optional Excursions

MADRID

Excursion to Toledo Admire Castilian landscapes on your way to the beautiful imperial city of Toledo. 

SEVILLE

Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco While savoring a 3-course Andalusian dinner with drinks, enjoy an exciting flamenco show

GRANADA. 

Glimpses of Granada Visit the Cathedral of Granada, the richly decorated Royal Chapel, built between 1505 and 1521, the Carthusian Monastery, home to a community of monks and laymen who lived under a vow of silence. Enjoy a beautiful view over the Alhambra and the city from the famous El Albaicín old Moorish quarter.

BARCELONA

Beautiful Barcelona 

Explore Ciutat Vella district (old city); the Barceloneta, an 18th-century traditional district of sailors and fisherman; the Olympic Village, constructed for the 1992 Olympic Games, with the Olympic Port and beaches and magnificent views of the harbor and the neo-Moorish-style Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy walking to La Rambla to visit the Boqueria Market the oldest food-market in Spain, where the best "chefs" buy for their Michelin Restaurants and where you will enjoy one of the popular fresh fruit juices (included in the tour). 




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