Highlights of Spain (Winter 2019 2020)

Highlights of Spain (Winter 2019 2020)


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Spain

Tour Itinerary

True to its name, this escorted journey showcases the best that Spain has to offer: the Alhambra, the modernist architecture of Barcelona, Madrid's Prado Museum, the Andalucian capital of Seville and Cordoba's Mezquita, to name but a few.

Day 1 - Welcome to Barcelona.
Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Meliá Barcelona Sarrià.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2 - Barcelona, the City of Gaudí.
With your Local Expert, explore the narrow lanes and old squares behind the cathedral in the Barri Gòtic, Gothic Quarter. See the lively Las Ramblas and then head along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Meliá Barcelona Sarrià.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Along the Orange Blossom Coast to Valencia.
Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to stop at the seaside resort of Peñíscola and see the hilltop castle, used in the film 'El Cid'. Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass the Old City and see its ancient gates to reach your hotel. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe during a Cooking Demonstration, before savouring the delicious flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Barceló Valencia.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Sierra Nevada, Alhambra and on to Granada.
Travel south toward Andalucía, passing the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings hollowed out of the soft rock near Guadix. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada from a distance as you reach glorious Granada. This historical city was a Moorish Kingdom for almost 781 years and was the last stronghold to fall to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain in 1492. Overlooking Granada stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant exotic gardens of the Generalife, the Royal summer residence.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Meliá Granada.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - A Scenic Drive to Seville.
The morning is at your leisure to explore as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter with a Local Expert and fall in love with Granada as you learn about its pivotal role in European history. Continue your travels to Seville past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. This stunning capital of Andalucía is one of Spain’s most charming highlights and with the evening at your leisure, you are free to explore this delightful city as you wish.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Meliá Sevilla, Seville.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Seville, the City of Carmen.
Seville has a distinctive character and presence that is best revealed by a Local Expert. During your stay, visit the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park. Then stroll through the fashionable Santa Cruz Quarter with its attractive wrought-iron balconies laden with flowers. Emerge by the well-preserved Alcazar, a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. The energetic may wish to walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, to enjoy panoramic views over the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner with wine and be entertained as you share the passion of Spain’s most fiery region during a flamenco show.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Meliá Sevilla, Seville.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Moorish Cordoba and on to Madrid.
Set off early along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba and see the famous Roman Bridge built in 1 BC. Meet a local historian and visit to the magnificent Mezquita, a beautiful 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it. Make the most of your time at leisure and stroll the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through La Mancha and on to the capital - Madrid.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Sercotel Gran Hotel Conde Duque, Madrid.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Madrid of the Bourbons.
Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. Visit the Prado Museum with an art historian, a magnificent palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax at a cafe, shop in the trendy boutiques or perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to beautiful Toledo? In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant in the heart of the city. Toast to your adventures as you enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner of Spanish delicacies, served with wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Sercotel Gran Hotel Conde Duque, Madrid.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Farewell Madrid.
Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.(Breakfast)
Meals: Breakfast

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Authentic Dining

  • Valencia: Meet a local chef of a family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe of paella during a Cooking Demonstration before savouring the flavours of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
  • Seville: Get ready for colourful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco as you experience a fiery evening of Spanish dance and cuisine.
  • Madrid: Honest culinary traditions and a fiesta of fresh ingredients are the hallmarks of your Spanish Celebration Dinner. The perfect accompaniment to good conversation and a chilled glass of beer or wine.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Festive Highlight Dinners: 20 Dec Christmas Day in Seville. 27 Dec New Year's Eve in Seville.

Insight Experiences

  • Madrid: Witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert at the Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Moorish architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens.

Stay in Style

  • Valencia: The Barceló Valencia hotel is situated right in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences, opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city.
  • Madrid: Located on Madrid’s most chic avenue, the Hesperia Madrid is a centrally located, modern hotel offering comfortable and contemporary rooms.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Barcelona: Explore the medieval maze of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, with your Local Expert and travel along Passeig de Gràcia to see the elegant wrought-iron street lamps and flamboyant Modernist buildings.
  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Seville: Explore with your Local Expert visiting the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park, strolling through the Santa Cruz Quarter and see the gates to the Alcazar.
  • Seville: Step inside the impressive cathedral, passing the altarpiece dripping with gold and marvel at the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Afterwards, perhaps walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower for views over the city.
  • Cordoba: See the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and spend some time exploring the town.
  • Cordoba: Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Expert. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Cordoba's religious changes over the centuries.
  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the views as your travel along Costa Dorada, Ebro Delta, Costa Blanca, through Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, the Guadalquivir Valley and across the Plains of La Mancha.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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By Young N on Sep 14, 2019

The Madrid part of the trip was a little of let down, perhaps because of the weather and so much before. The Prado, Farewell dinner and another little Recon de la Cava restaurant stop in the Old Town certainly were the highlights and made my day. So much to see in the capital and so little time to see it is probably the reason. Certainly a wonderful stop nonetheless.

By Shyamali G on Sep 07, 2019

There were some itinerary changes, but the substitutions were good. Not all the accommodations were great. Some hotels did not even provide tea and coffee in the rooms. However, the itinerary covered all the Highlights (as promised) and the Travel Director, driver and tour guides were excellent (as also our co-travellers. Allin all, it was delightful experience, and I will certainly consider more trips with the same Operators.

By Robert L on Jul 13, 2019

The Hotel Barcelo was dark and temperature HOT. Did not like open concept bathroom, The Melia glass doors were atrocious! in the bathrooms. The Intercontinental in Madrid was the only acceptable bathrooms and room temperatures acceptable for this price and tour!

By Anu D on Sep 08, 2018

Trip to Spain was awesome, Insight tours was very good , the tour director Sara and driver the bus was very good, I look forward to another trip with them, and Cameron with Affordable tours was very helpful, thanks Anu!!

By William N on Dec 27, 2017

An amazing trip that covered all the highlights of Spain. The trip exceeded all expectations. It was our first trip with Insight Vacations and Affordable Tours but will not be our last. The trip was well organized witha good mix of planned activities but also left room for free time or optional excursions. The accommodations were definitely 4 star rooms in a desirable,central location in each city.

By Marcella J on Sep 14, 2017

Our travel consultant was very professional, polite, patient and paid close attention to every detail to help us plan this tour. I traveled with a close girlfriend and we both felt very comfortable having her as our consultant. I appreciated her handling the transfer shuttle services to and from the airports in Barcelona and in Madrid. I'm thankful for her help in purchasing travel insurance. The trip was wonderful. I would have given a score of strongly agree for the accommodations if all accommodations were the level of the Barcelo Torre de Madrid. The staff there was most professional and the hotel was lovely. I was not pleased with the hotel in Valencia. I also did not feel the dinner service at the Granada hotel was the same standard as the meals at the other hotels.

By Christina S on Mar 29, 2014

The Insight guide was marvelous - very personable and knowledgeable. The driver was also excellent. The hotels were centrally located (except for Seville). We were given a good mix of included touring and free time.

By Catherine A on Sep 08, 2012

The tour was wonderful. Two suggestions: No one met me at the airport when I arrived. I finally saw the insight bus leave but had to wait another two hours until the next bus arrived. At the second pick up time STILL no one was at the airport. I had found where the buses were parked and walked over and asked which bus I should get on. I was not the only person with a very bad experience at the airport. I was assigned a roommate when I checked into the hotel. We were well suited to each other and enjoyed each other's company. It would have been much better if we had had each other's names before the tour.


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