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TOUR OF SPAIN

BEST OF SPAIN

 

Spain offers some of the richest cultural heritage to be found anywhere in Europe. True to its name, this escorted journey showcases the best that Spain has to offer: the modernist architecture of Barcelona, Madrid's Prado Museum, the Andalucian capital of Seville and Cordoba's Mezquita, to name but a few.

The best time to travel in Spain is spring and fall because that is when good weather occurs. The months of April, May, June, September, and October are very good for travel. Spain only sees about five days of rain during the month, on average.

Saturday 14 March 2020 - Sunday 22 March 2020


Day 1 - Welcome to Barcelona.
Airport transfers. Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

Day 2 - Barcelona, the City of Gaudí.
With your Local Expert, explore the narrow lanes and old squares behind the cathedral in the Barri Gòtic. See the lively Las Ramblas and then head along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Visit the Sagrada Família, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars.(B)

Day 3 - Along the Orange Blossom Coast to Valencia.
Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to stop at the seaside resort of Peñíscola and see the hilltop castle, used in the film 'El Cid'. Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional paella recipe during a Cooking Demonstration.(B / D)

Day 4 - Sierra Nevada, Alhambra and on to Granada.
Travel south toward Andalucía, passing the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings hollowed out of the soft rock near Guadix. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada from a distance as you reach glorious Granada. This historical city was a Moorish Kingdom for almost 781 years and was the last stronghold to fall to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain in 1492. Overlooking Granada stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant exotic gardens of the Generalife, the Royal summer residence.((B / D)

Day 5 - A Scenic Drive to Seville.
The morning is at your leisure to explore as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter with a Local Expert and fall in love with Granada as you learn about its pivotal role in European history. Continue your travels to Seville past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. This stunning capital of Andalucía is one of Spain’s most charming highlights and with the evening at your leisure, you are free to explore this delightful city as you wish.(B)

Day 6 - Seville, the City of Carmen.
Seville -visit the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park, the fashionable Santa Cruz Quarter with its attractive wrought-iron balconies laden with flowers, Alcazar, a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus . The energetic may wish to walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque Fflamenco show.(B / D)

Day 7 - Moorish Cordoba
Set off early along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved city of Cordoba and see the famous 2,000-year-old Roman Bridge. Visit to the magnificent Mezquita, a beautiful 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it. Stroll the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through the Mancha and on to the capital - Madrid.(Breakfast)

Day 8 - Madrid
Enjoy sightseeing of Madrid through the Old Quarter. Visit the Prado Museum with an art historian, a magnificent palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. The afternoon is at your leisur. Farewell dinner (B / D)

Day 9 - Farewell Madrid.
Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey. Departure transfers.(B)

$2250 PER PERSON BASED ON SHARING A TWIN ROOM, PLUS AIRFARE (EXPECTED TO BE $500-$700 FROM JFK) Low single supplement of $400.

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