The Best Of Spain 2014

The Best Of Spain 2014


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Spain

Tour Itinerary

The best way to see all highlights of Spain in a short time! Stay two nights in Madrid and enjoy a welcome dinner and guided sightseeing including a visit to the palatial Prado Museum. Via Cordoba, where a guided visit to the Mosque of the Caliphs is included, arrive in vibrant, festive Seville, capital of Andalusia. Here visits to the magnificent Plaza de España, used in the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars, the Alcazar, and the Santa Cruz quarter are included. In Granada, enjoy a guided walking tour with visits to the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife. Next is Valencia, once a royal capital, where Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive during your guided walking tour. Also sample the traditional Horchata drink, and enjoy a special paella dinner with wine. End in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, marvel at Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, visit the Gothic quarter, and enjoy a Sangria and a special farewell dinner with wine at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant.

Day 1: Arrive in Madrid, Spain
. Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner 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 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. (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 one of Valencia’s local restaurants. (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. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner at a typical Catalonian restaurant? (B)

Day 8: Barcelona
. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gracia. Admire the spectacular Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Also visit the GOTHIC QUARTER. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, [LF] enjoy 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)

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Inclusions

NOTE:

  • December 20 Departure – Christmas Eve in Granada.

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
MADRID
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum

CORDOBA
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs

SEVILLE
[LF] 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 the Horchata drink; [LF] paella dinner with wine at a local restaurant

BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of the Sagrada Familia Basilica, and visit the gothic quarter; enjoy a [LF] Sangria and special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

MEALS
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 4 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Madrid, a special paella dinner in Valencia, and a special farewell dinner in Barcelona


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Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

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Accommodations

Madrid: Agumar
Hotel Agumar is an excellent choice both as it offers all the facilities and services pertaining to a four star hotel. The hotel is in a privileged location indeed next to the Atocha Station and the city center which when you take into consideration the numerous options of public transport makes Hotel Agumar the right choice.
Address:
Paseo Reina Cristina, 7
Madrid , Spain
Seville: Sevilla Center
Modern multistory Hotel, guest amenities for the business or leisure traveler, panoramic views of the city, centrally located.
Address:
Avda De Buhaira S/N
Seville , Spain
Granada: Granada Hotel Saray
Moorish touches, rooms with Nazari styled decor, restaurant and gardens; set in town center next to the Congress Hall.
Address:
Paseo Tierno Galvan 4
Granada , Spain
Valencia: NH Center
The stylishly decorated NH Center hotel offers 192 spacious, modern rooms, including rooms specially designed with handicapped accessibility.
Address:
Ricardo Mico' 1
Valencia , Spain
Barcelona: HCC St. Moritz
Hotel HCC St Moritz has a total of 91 rooms and offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere for a perfect rest after a busy day in the city.
Address:
Carrer Diputacio 262
Barcelona , Spain
MADRID Agumar (F)
SEVILLE Sevilla Center (SF)
GRANADA Saray (SF)
VALENCIA NH Center (F)
BARCELONA HCC St. Moritz (F)

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$447

Triple room reduction per person:
$29

Extra nights per person in Madrid:
in single room $178, in twin $108, in triple $98

Extra nights per person in Barcelona:
in single room $215, in twin $120, in triple $100

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2015 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2014.

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