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9 Day Art & Wine of Spain

9 Day Art & Wine of Spain


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Spain

Cities Visited

Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Segovia, Zaragoza

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Barcelona, Spain

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Barcelona
Welcome to Barcelona! Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Spain's second most important city with its unending choice of museums, galleries, and cafes. After time to rest and relax, perhaps stroll along Las Ramblas, Barcelona's famous pedestrian walkway with its life size animators, stalls and people watchers. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers followed by an orientation meeting at approximately 7 pm,and a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Discover Barcelona
Begin the day in this artistic city with a drive along the harbor to Plaza Catalunya, the city's bustling main square and Plaza de España, home to the old bullfighting ring. Pass some of Gaudi's famous works including the "skull and bones" Casa Batllo on the way to visit Park Guell, one of the city's largest urban parks, another colorful and playful Gaudi creation. Stand in awe at the iconic symbol of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece; a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic Complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Later, travel to nearby Penedes, one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain that produces many wine styles including traditional (sparkling) white and rosé Cava. Stop at one of the wine cellars for a tasting before returning to Barcelona. Tonight, join the rousing nightlife in this late-night city
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Barcelona
A full day at leisure to explore Barcelona's countless museums and superb galleries, or just savor the magnificent ambience of this gorgeous city. In the morning, join the optional tour to Montserrat that takes you on a drive past picturesque villages to Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica and view the world-famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta.” While in Barcelona, be sure to experience the extraordinary array of tapas bars. Sample specialties at each cafe and continue on a tasting tour throughout the night
Optional: Montserrat Tour (AM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Zaragoza, Wine Tasting, Arrive in Bilbao
Today, you visit the vibrant city of Zaragoza on the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Your introduction to the city includes the Basilica of El Pilar, a jewel of Baroque art, where the faithful believe the Virgin Mary appeared atop a marble pillar. The Basilica, declared a National Monument, is one of the most spiritual destinations in Spain. After a stop at the City Hall housed in a Renaissance palace, and the old currency exchange building, known as the Lonja, depart to the wine region of La Rioja. This area, with endless views of flourishing vineyards, produces internationally renowned Spanish wines. Here, linger at a typical Bodega where you're invited to tour the cellar and savor a tasting of fine Rioja wines. Then continue north to the Basque city of Bilbao, arriving in time for dinner together in this exciting city
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum
Today's sightseeing in culture rich Bilbao begins in the heart of the Old Quarter, with its bustling market and pedestrianized streets that go back to the origins of the city. Continue to visit the gleaming Guggenheim Museum, named the "most influential structure of its time" when it opened in 1997. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the inspirational design utilizes flowing canopies, ship shapes, towers and flying fins. This site, once an industrial wasteland, has re-energized the entire city and its diverse population. The interior of the museum houses an impressive collection of modern art with a cathedral-like atrium lit by enormous expanses of glass. Spend time at the museum or consider the late afternoon optional tour to the historical fishing town and resort of San Sebastian; tour the charming Old Quarter and enjoy a typical Basque tapas dinner
Optional: San Sebastian Tour with Tapas Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Historic Segovia, Arrive in Madrid
Travel to the magnificent historic city of Segovia. View the best preserved 1st century AD Roman aqueduct, a symbol of the city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the fairy-tale Alcazar with its soaring turrets, moats and magical towers. On to view the powerful Gothic Cathedral that took almost 200 years to complete. Time to wander on your own in Segovia before departing for the lively metropolis of Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1562, the birthplace of many of the world's greatest writers, painters, and artists
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Madrid City Tour
Today's tour of Madrid's impressive architecture begins at the Plaza de Cibeles with its striking buildings. Continue via the elegant Plaza de Cibeles and Puerta del Alcala Gate. On to the world renowned Prado Museum; stand before masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and others. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own or, join the afternoon optional tour to the Royal Palace. Built in the 16th century, the palace forms one of the most beautiful palatial complexes of Europe with the Plaza de Oriente, the Sabatini Gardens and the Campo del Moro. In the evening, experience some of the delectable cuisine that has made some of Madrid's chefs world-famous. Savor a lovely Spanish dinner together with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, as you bid farewell to Madrid
Optional: Royal Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Spain
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Barcelona, Madrid-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Barcelona
  • 2 nights Bilbao
  • 2 nights Madrid
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • Visit Gaudi's colorful Park Guell in Barcelona
  • Enjoy a Cava wine tasting in the Penedes Region
  • Explore the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry in Bilbao
  • Attend a wine tasting in the Rioja Region
  • View the Alcazar in Segovia with its soaring turrets, moats and magical towers
  • Visit the Prado Museum with its masterpieces by Goya, El Greco and others in Madrid
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Accommodations

    NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderon
    This deluxe hotel is situated in Barcelona's Eixample district.

    Hotel Melia Bilbao
    This deluxe hotel is centrally located near Bilbao's popular museums and attractions.

    Hotel Hesperia Madrid
    This deluxe hotel is situated nearby the National Museum of Natural Sciences.

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