Booking must be made and under deposit between August 17, 2016 and November 28, 2017 for travel in 2018. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2018 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
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. History buffs will be delighted by visits to Cordoba's 8th-century Mosque of the Caliphs, a very well-preserved mosque that was converted into a cathedral in the 13th century, and Seville's magnificent Casa de Pilatos with its splendid collection of Roman sculptures. In Granada, visit the Alhambra Complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife, the oldest decorative garden in the Western World. During your guided walking tour in Valencia, Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive!If you're interested in art and architecture, you'll be thrilled by the visit to Madrid's Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting. In Barcelona, visit the amazing Sagrada Familia Basilica, the masterpiece of architect Gaudi. But that's not all…food must be a part of any Spain tour, and Globus has arranged fun treats for you. A special paella dinner has been prepared for you at a local restaurant in Valencia, and you'll enjoy Sangria, a popular Spanish drink, in Barcelona. These are just a few of the experiences and sights included on this tour. From the historical sights and beautiful art and architecture to the tasty treats and special experiences, this Best of Spain tour is sure to leave you with plenty of memories to share with loved ones back home. So pack your camera and get ready for a marvelous vacation.
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. (D)
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. (B)
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. (B,D)
Day 4: Seville
. Start with [LF] 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 magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. 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. (B)
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. (B)
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, [LF] a special paella dinner with wine has been prepared for you at La Marcelina restaurant. (B,D)
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. (B)
Day 8: Barcelona
. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, 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 [LF] Sangria and a special farewell dinner with wine at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions. (B,D)
Day 9: Barcelona
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Madrid:
in single room $120-$197, in twin $67-$106, in triple $66-$93
Extra nights per person in Barcelona:
in single room $155-$403, in twin $88-$220, in triple $79-$171
2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.
Globus does a fine job of providing the best hotels in the most convenient locations. The Tour Director was exceptional and tried to accommodate all of our needs (31 people). He worked closely with the local guides who were good also. He had a good memory and was an expert on Spanish history, language, culture. Globus excels in getting the tourists in the door of sites early, before the crowds appear. They are also adept at changing the schedule when needed to make sure that we see major sites as described in our booklet. This was the case for the Prado Museum and they incorporated a short high speed train ride to make sure we didn't miss a thing. We highly recommend Globus - they have the expertise to make your travels memorable!
Our trip to Spain was wonderful. We enjoyed excellent hotels, fine food and unforgettable sites.
Hotel Agumar in Madrid was below my expectations... Otherwise the accommodations were excellent...
This tour is at times leisurely and other times a little hectic. The balance is about right if you are less than 80 years old. Spending two nights at some hotels was much appreciated by us. More would be better. We felt that less time on the bus each day would be better even if the trip needed to be expanded one or two days Our overall impression was very favorable to Globus. Really good guides and superb drivers.
Spain is a beautiful country with very clean cities. Globus did a nice job. I will look for better flights next year. They should also include an in-depth tour of each city rather than having to pay additional in some locations. They need to include the Church of La Familia in the tour in Barcelona.
The Highlights of Spain tour was great. The hotels were all centrally located. The hotel in Madrid and the paella dinner in Valencia were a bit disappointing . The other hotels and meals were very good. The farewell dinner was exceptionally enjoyabable. The itinerary was excellent. And there was a good mix of tour time and free time.
Everything exceeded my expectation but one comment about the first hotel in Madrid: The room was very nice and staff courteous but the A/C was not working and the first dinner despite that it was good, it took way too long and one server was serving 39 people.
The guides and tours on the trip were totally unsatisfactory. I travel to learn. The audio devices caused the guides tours to be useless. I could hear nothing. The size of the tour was bigger than previous tours I have taken. I will only use smaller tour groups in the future.
Globus continues to provide a very nice packaged tour. Hotels were good and centrally located, meals provided were in great restaurants with good menus & drinks. Excursions were worth the price, had some problems with transceivers, which almost ruined the Prado Museum tour. Tour guide and drivers were excellent.
Our trip to Spain was with Globus Tours. Of the 36 people on our coach, the overwhelming percent were Globus return customers. We will now find ourselves as frequent Globus customers. The tour guide, the driver and the brand new Mercedes coach led to a unforgettable trip that featured first class hotels, tours, and great food. Globus and Spain are well kept secrets. We'll be sure to spread the word!
This is our third trip thru Affordable and Globus. We are very happy with the services provided by our consultant at Affordable and have no problem recommending Affordable to our friends
It is the second time I have been part of a large escorted group tour. It was organized exceptionally well with enough time for important areas and sufficient free time to explore on ones own. Overall, a great experience and we had a wonderful group.
Another great trip! Would definitely recommend affordable tours/Globus to anyone traveling!
Was a great trip!
Globus was beyond my expectations and I would book another trip in a heartbeat with them.
Only complaint was that sometimes the touring of several places only involved driving by them. If you sat on the side of the bus closest to the monument or whatever, that was great (provided the bus slowed down enough to snap a picture). Would have preferred the opportunity to get off for photo. Otherwise, the tour guide was fantastic and we saw a lot!
I had been in a tour 3 times and our Tour director was the best. Very professional and knowledgeable
We just came back from Spain. It was really great. Globus was awesome. We only have a little issue with the breakfast in the Aguamar hotel in Madrid. I guees they were not ready for us, but next day it was better. Overall great trip, my family and I aare very happy and we wil book again with your company and preferable with Globus.
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