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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Spain

Cities Visited

Barcelona , Cordoba , Granada , Madrid , Seville , Valencia

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Spain

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Madrid
Welcome to Madrid! Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM, followed by a light dinner
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Madrid City Tour
Take a morning sightseeing tour of Madrid. Drive along the Gran Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon, and view the Royal Palace. Pass through Plaza de Cibeles and Puerta de Alcala Gate. The tour will end at the Prado Museum, where you will be able to view works of art by famous artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Ribera. The balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Toledo Sightseeing en route to Cordoba
This morning, travel to nearby Toledo, the former capital city of Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a, visit to the St. Tome Church with its El Greco masterpiece and Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture. Also admire Toledo's famous handcrafted work, the Damasquinado. Continue south to Andalucia via the region of La Mancha, legendary home of Don Quixote, featuring panoramic views of its famous windmills. Arrive in the former Roman city of Cordoba for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Cordoba
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Cordoba City Tour, Travel to Seville
Visit the Mezquita de Cordoba, a mosque that was transformed into a soaring cathedral in the 16th century. A walking tour of the city reveals the ancient Jewish Quarter with its labyrinth of winding narrow streets, courtyards, picturesque squares. View the 14th century Synagogue on Calle de los Judios before traveling to Seville, capital of Andalucia. Following dinner, an opportunity to attend the optional Flamenco Show in this city known as the birthplace of Flamenco
Optional: Evening Flamenco Show (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Seville City Tour
This morning, view Plaza de España and the gardens of Maria Luisa Park by the Guadalquivir River. Visit Barrio Santa Cruz and explore the narrow winding streets and plazas of the Old Quarter. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral of Seville, home to the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Built on the site of the former great mosque, its original minaret, the Giralda Bell Tower, still stands. The afternoon is at leisure, or join the optional Royal Alcazar of Seville tour that also includes a tapas lunch. After a tapas lunch, explore the royal palace complex with its Mudejar architectural style
Optional: Royal Alcazar of Seville Tour with Tapas lunch (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Travel to Granada, Moorish Influenced Alhambra
Morning drive to Granada. Here, your sightseeing of Moorish Granada is highlighted by a visit to the 13th century Alhambra,* perched atop Assabica Hill overlooking the entire city. This imposing hilltop fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fine example of Moorish art and architecture. Walk along the lanes of the serene Generalife Gardens with its courtyards, waterfalls and ponds, and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant*Alhambra visiting times, which may include evening hours, and which areas of the complex are accessible on the day of your visit, are determined solely at the discretion of the Alhambra. Your itinerary will be arranged by your Tour Manager to accommodate the designated time of entry.
Overnight: Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Travel to Valencia, Valencia City Tour
Today, head north to the garden city of Valencia. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Moorish architecture before continuing to the City Gates, City Hall and Gothic Cathedral. Arrive at the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by contemporary artist Santiago Calatrava, with its avant-garde architecture that includes buildings such as the Hemisfèric and Oceanogràfic. Tonight, savor dinner together
Overnight: Valencia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Travel to Barcelona, Barcelona City Tour
This morning drive along the coastline of Catalunya to Barcelona. This afternoon's tour of Barcelona begins with a panoramic tour of the old harbor, Plaza de España and Plaza Catalunya. You will also have a chance to view Gaudi's iconic Sagrada Familia*. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic Complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics*Entrance to La Sagrada Familia is not included. Passengers can visit on their own on day 10 and are advised to book tickets in advance.
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Barcelona
A full day at leisure to explore Barcelona on your own and choose to visit La Sagrada Familia independently. In the morning, join the optional guided 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." Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Optional: Half Day Montserrat Tour (AM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - 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-Madrid, Barcelona-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Madrid
  • 1 night Cordoba
  • 2 nights Seville
  • 1 night Granada
  • 1 night Valencia
  • 2 nights Barcelona
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 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
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    Special Features

  • At the renowned Prado Museum view the astonishing collection of Spanish masterpieces
  • Enter the Church of Santo Tomé with its magnificent masterpiece by El Greco in Toledo
  • Tour the astonishing Mosque of the Caliphs transformed into a soaring cathedral in Cordoba
  • Explore the Gothic Cathedral of Seville, the largest in the world
  • Visit the 13th century Alhambra in Granada
  • Admire the City of Arts & Sciences buildings in Valencia
  • View Gaudi's legendary La Sagrada Familia, iconic symbol of Barcelona
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passport information must be submitted to us Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.

    Saturday departures will feature the Royal Palace optional tour instead of the Half Day Escorial Tour.

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    Accommodations

    Melia Madrid Serrano
    This first class hotel is located in Madrid's Salamanca district, close to many museums.

    Cordoba Center
    This superior first class hotel is located in the trendy Manzana de Oro area of Cordoba.

    Melia Lebreros
    This first class hotel is situated in Seville's Nervion district.

    Catalonia Granada
    This first class hotel is a short five minute walk from the Triunfo Gardens.

    Hotel Valencia Oceanic Affiliated by Melia
    This first class hotel is located in Valencia, within walking distance of the City of the Arts and Sciences.

    Ilunion Barcelona
    This first class hotel is located in Barcelona's Poblenou neighborhood.

    Ilunion Barcelona
    This first class hotel is located in Barcelona's Poblenou neighborhood.

    Catalonia Barcelona Plaza
    This first class hotel overlooks the historic Plaza de Espana.

    Catalonia Barcelona Plaza
    This first class hotel overlooks the historic Plaza de Espana.

    Catalonia Barcelona Plaza
    This first class hotel overlooks the historic Plaza de Espana.

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.1
    Accommodations
    3.7
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.2
    Repeat with Operator
    4.1
    Value for Money
    4

    Ratings based off 35 reviews - currently showing 11 reviews with comments only

    Well-worth trip of the history and culture of Spain. We had very well-knowledgeable local guides in each city. Did a lot of walking and eating. Our tour director, was very friendly, helpful and accommodating to our needs. Our bus driver was amazing getting us around the cities. The only issue we had was many of the bathroom facilities in the hotels didn't have handbars in the tub which tend to get slippery when wet.

    Gate1 was perfect and the guides were excellent very professionals the food was good and the transportation bus was perfect everybody very courteous and nice we're very happy with this journey thank you.

    Our tour guide, Carmen, was incredible. She is REALLY good at her job, and she alone is what the trip so great.

    Breakfast buffet was always included to start our day. Awesome. The sights were what we expected, although Park Guell was not included, & also Sagrada Familis in churh was also not included. Overall, the experience was great! Our tour director Jose was tops. He provided water everyday, on the bus and extra Spanish delicacies to sample. Very knowlegeable & courteous. Included dinners were awesome. Loved the paella in Valencia, tapas in Madrid. Am glad we chose this trip. Met awesome new friends.

    Everything about Affordable Tours and the tour provider, Gate 1, was far beyond expectations. Correspondence with them, questions being answered and dealt with, tour planning and the tour director couldn't be improved upon. It was as if I had done all the work meticulously myself. They produced the best tour possible. The only change I would have made was the choice of airline that was offered as "most economical for the value". It was all economy and little value with 2 of the 4 legs being late including a 4 hour delayed arrival at the tour destination. I was worried about the prearranged transportation to the hotel but Gate 1 was aware of the delay and their representative was right there to pick us up when we finally arrived. It was impressively well done.

    We had a marvelous time and we will definitely book with Affordable Tours in the future. Thank you for the wonderful trip.

    I have been very satisfied with the services and accommodations provided by Gate 1 on both of the tours I have taken with them. The quality of their tour managers, accommodations, and tour busses have been excellent. A great value for the cost.

    Group had 39 people, much larger than Friendly Planet tours Ive been on. The Whispers (listening device) didn't work very well for me and many others -- you had to be within 10 feet of the guide and with a large group and narrow streets that meant most people couldn't hear. I reported this multiple times to the tour guide. I missed maybe 50% of all the tours due to this device being subpar.

    Our tour operator in Spain Alex Paiva was excellent, and continuously went well beyond the call of duty.

    Gate 1 operator tour guide was exceptional and made our vacation a real treat. I see no reason why we could not pay our tour amounts prior to due date as exchange rate movements could make a tour when converting dollars to local currency far more expensive or cheaper.

    We were highly dissatisfied for tour to Granada (a part of the overall tour). Alhambra palace in Granada is an UNESCO heritage site and is one of the most beautiful sites in Spain. Gate1 made an arrangement to tour the palace at night where one can not take good pictures nor enjoy the intricate calligraphy details on the walls and other attributes of this beautiful palace because of poor lighting condition at night. Other tour operators such as Globus do not do this. Gate 1 should realize this and make every efforts to conduct the Granada palace tour during the day time.

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