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Tour Itinerary

Your 14-day affordable tour of Spain begins and ends in elegant Madrid. In between, you’ll discover Spain’s sensational sites and legendary locales of history, culture, and cuisine. You’ll visit the cities of Bilbao, San Sebastian, in the Basque Country and Pamplona—city of the running of the bulls, toreadors, and Hemingway’s famous novel, “The Sun Also Rises”. Venture through countryside vistas of fields and vineyards to Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Pillar before arriving in Barcelona. Take two days to absorb the beauty and history of Barcelona, learning more on the included guided orientation of its famous sights and panoramic views. Drive along the Costa Dorada and Costa del Azahar to the vibrant art nouveau and modern style of Valencia—the home of paella! Travel inland to Granada, situated at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada and the confluence of four rivers. Experience the Moorish influence, old-style tapas bars, exotic tearooms of the Albazyn quarter, and historical sites in this university city. You’ll relish a guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra Complex*, built by Moorish kings in 889 AD. More stunning architecture awaits in Cordoba—including the whitewashed houses of the Jewish quarter and the Moorish and Renaissance architecture of The Mezquita. Your introduction to the Andalusian capital of Seville includes a guided city tour, tol see its majestic cathedral, Alcazar palace, and Plaza de España. Complete the journey traveling through Cáceres and Salamanca to Madrid. This comprehensive, value-minded tour of Spain is a wealth of experiences in beauty, landscapes, arts, and rich cultural traditions to treasure.

Countries Visited

Spain

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN
    Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    MADRID–SEGOVIA–RIBERA DEL DUERO–BURGOS
    The first visit of the day is Segovia, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its soaring Roman aqueduct and breathtaking fairytale fortress. Traveling through Castille and Leon, we reach the Ribera del Duero area, which follows the course of the Douro River and is noted for producing some of Spain’s finest wines. Get a taste at a local wine cellar, then on to Burgos with its landmark cathedral.
    Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    BURGOS–BILBAO–SAN SEBASTIAN–PAMPLONA
    The day is dedicated to discovering the Basque Countries as we visit the city of Bilbao, with its contemporary architecture, and San Sebastian, with its beautiful sandy beach. On to Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls.
    Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    PAMPLONA–SARAGOSSA–BARCELONA
    Vistas of the Rioja wine-growing region greet you this morning as you travel towards Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Here, visit the Baroque-style Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar before arriving in Barcelona, Catalonia’s lively capital.
    Today’s Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    BARCELONA
    This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and to marvel at the incredible panoramic views of the port and city. On to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    BARCELONA–VALENCIA
    Travel along the Costa Dorada today and on to the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) to arrive in Valencia, birthplace of paella! Combining striking modern architecture with Art-Nouveau-style buildings and the Old Town, Valencia is one of the most innovative Spanish cities enjoying a very high quality of life.
    Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    VALENCIA–GRANADA
    Spectacular scenery unfolds as you travel inland towards Granada, beautifully situated at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada and at the confluence of four rivers. Granada is a compelling city where Moorish influence, old-style tapas bars, and historical sites coexist with a young population of university students, graffiti, and exotic tea houses in the Albazyn quarter.
    Today’s Distance: 303 mi/ 487 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    GRANADA
    Today, your Local Guide will bring to life the world-famous Alhambra complex*. Built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, this magnificent hilltop palace-fortress features lavish gardens, and is the epitome of architectural beauty. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    GRANADA–CORDOBA–SEVILLE
    Visit Cordoba, known for the white-washed houses of the Jewish quarter, but also for its magnificent 8th-century Mezquita, a mosque inside which a cathedral was built following the Reconquista. Admire its splendid giant arches, domed shrine of Byzantine mosaics and 856 jasper, onyx, marble, and granite pillars. Continue your journey through picturesque Andalusia, on to vibrant, festive Seville! Tonight, a chance to join an exciting optional Flamenco show to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    Today’s Distance: 199 mi/ 320 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    SEVILLE
    An included city tour reveals the best of this colorful Andalusian capital today: see the majestic cathedral; beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcázar palace with its extravagant Moorish architecture; and the landmark Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Expo in 1929. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    SEVILLE–CÁCERES–SALAMANCA
    Stop in medieval, walled Cáceres, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic, and Italian Renaissance styles. Later, cross the Tagus River and the Guadarrama mountains to arrive in Salamanca. Here you will experience the ambiance and unique Spanish Baroque beauty of Plaza Mayor, heart of the city and one of the most extraordinary public squares in the country.
    Today’s Distance: 289 mi/ 465 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–MADRID
    On to Ávila, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its imposing city walls, monumental gates, 88 watchtowers, and 2,500-plus turrets. This city is the essence of Castilla and the epitome of old Spain. Upon arrival in Madrid, enjoy a guided tour of the city, discovering its royal elegance and its vibrancy. You’ll enjoy the abundance of museums and cultural livelihood.
    Today’s Distance: 134 mi/ 215 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    MADRID
    Spend the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace or to join one of our optional excursions or activities. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    MADRID
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

April 15 Departure – Feria in Seville

*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed
Sightseeing & Activities:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Madrid: Praga
Burgos: Corona de Castilla
Pamplona: Maisonnave
Barcelona: Abba Garden
Valencia: NH Ciudad de Valencia
Granada: Don Juan
Seville: Don Paco
Salamanca: Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca

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Questions & Answers

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.2
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4
Repeat with Operator
2
Value for Money
3

Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

The experience overall was good but too tiring. There were couple of unnecessary stops that could have been avoided like Bilbao and the wine tasting. Bus rides were too much but could have been more entertaining rather than boring. Madrid hotel was too far away from the center.

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