The Best Of Spain 2014

The Best Of Spain 2014


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Itinerary

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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


TRANSPORTATION
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

Transfers for sea/ocean cruises may be available from your hotel to the port on the last day of your vacation. For more information and pricing, please contact your Travel Consultant.

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

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Ratings based off 77 reviews . Currently showing 18 reviews with comments only.
By Donna M on Apr 30, 2016

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!

By Sarah M on Apr 02, 2016

Our trip to Spain was wonderful. We enjoyed excellent hotels, fine food and unforgettable sites.

By Bonnie W on Oct 17, 2015

Hotel Agumar in Madrid was below my expectations... Otherwise the accommodations were excellent...

By Roland J on Oct 14, 2015

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.

By Mark G on Oct 10, 2015

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.

By Arlene C on Sep 26, 2015

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.

By Ekram E on Sep 19, 2015

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.

By Elizabeth S on May 16, 2015

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.

By Kenneth M on May 09, 2015

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.

By James M on Apr 24, 2015

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!

By Manoher R on Nov 22, 2014

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

By Kurian T on Aug 30, 2014

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.

By Eileen S on Jun 21, 2014

Another great trip! Would definitely recommend affordable tours/Globus to anyone traveling!

By Kenneth S on Jul 13, 2013

Globus was beyond my expectations and I would book another trip in a heartbeat with them.

By Kathleen F on May 25, 2013

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!

By Ethelreda G on Sep 29, 2012

I had been in a tour 3 times and our Tour director was the best. Very professional and knowledgeable

By Americo E on Aug 04, 2012

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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