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Spain: Barcelona and Madrid Tour

8 Nights / 9 Days tour package starting at USD 1769 per person
Destinations Covered: Madrid - Sevilla - Granada - Valencia - Barcelona (ZV) / 2013
 

This is the best way to see the highlights of Spain in a short time! Begin with two nights in Madrid, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and guided sightseeing including a visit to the palatial Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting. Via Cordoba, where a guided visit to the Mosque of the Caliphs is included, arrive in festive Seville, capital of Andalusia. Visit the Alcazar, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress. In Granada, join an included guided walking tour that visits the Alhambra Complex—a palace, citadel, and fortress for the Nasrid sultans and their servants, elite soldiers, and high officials from the 13th to 14th centuries—and the Water Gardens of Generalife, the oldest decorative garden in the Western World. Then enjoy a dinner outing to one of Granada’s local restaurants.
Next up: Valencia, once a royal capital, where Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history come alive during your guided walking tour. Your adventure concludes with two overnights and an included farewell dinner in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city. Guided sightseeing shows off the Columbus Monument, elegant Ramblas, Gaudi’s masterful Sagrada Familia Basilica, and the gothic quarter.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
16-Mar-2013 24-Mar-2013 USD 1839
 
23-Mar-2013 31-Mar-2013 USD 1849
 
30-Mar-2013 07-Apr-2013 USD 1899
06-Apr-2013 14-Apr-2013 USD 1899
13-Apr-2013 21-Apr-2013 USD 1899
20-Apr-2013 28-Apr-2013 USD 1899
 
27-Apr-2013 05-May-2013 USD 1899
04-May-2013 12-May-2013 USD 1899
11-May-2013 19-May-2013 USD 1899
18-May-2013 26-May-2013 USD 1899
25-May-2013 02-Jun-2013 USD 1899
 
01-Jun-2013 09-Jun-2013 USD 1949
08-Jun-2013 16-Jun-2013 USD 1949
15-Jun-2013 23-Jun-2013 USD 1949
22-Jun-2013 30-Jun-2013 USD 1949
29-Jun-2013 07-Jul-2013 USD 1949
06-Jul-2013 14-Jul-2013 USD 1949
13-Jul-2013 21-Jul-2013 USD 1949
 
20-Jul-2013 28-Jul-2013 USD 1899
27-Jul-2013 04-Aug-2013 USD 1899
03-Aug-2013 11-Aug-2013 USD 1899
10-Aug-2013 18-Aug-2013 USD 1899
17-Aug-2013 25-Aug-2013 USD 1899
24-Aug-2013 01-Sep-2013 USD 1899
31-Aug-2013 08-Sep-2013 USD 1899
 
07-Sep-2013 15-Sep-2013 USD 1949
14-Sep-2013 22-Sep-2013 USD 1949
21-Sep-2013 29-Sep-2013 USD 1949
28-Sep-2013 06-Oct-2013 USD 1949
 
05-Oct-2013 13-Oct-2013 USD 1899
12-Oct-2013 20-Oct-2013
 
19-Oct-2013 27-Oct-2013 USD 1899
26-Oct-2013 03-Nov-2013
 
09-Nov-2013 17-Nov-2013 USD 1769
23-Nov-2013 01-Dec-2013
07-Dec-2013 15-Dec-2013
 
21-Dec-2013 29-Dec-2013 USD 1899
   
Hotels:

Madrid: Agumar (F)

Sevilla: Sevilla Center (SF)

Granada: Granada Center (F)

Valencia: NH Center (F)

Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza (F)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Madrid, Spain
Time to rest or to start exploring the Spanish capital. At 6 pm, meet the 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. This afternoon is at leisure. Exciting optional excursions are available. (B)

Day 3: Madrid–Cordoba–Seville
This morning, 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 vibrant, festive Seville, the capital of Andalusia. (B,D)

Day 4: Seville
During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, 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. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. Highlight is a visit to the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. 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 attaction, 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. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

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. (B,D)

Day 7: Valencia–Barcelona
Drive along the coast to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and the 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, elegant tree-lined Ramblas, 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. Afternoon at leisure. An optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 9: Barcelona
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 2 nights in Madrid
Accommodation for 2 nights in Barcelona
Accommodation for 2 nights in Seville
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Granada
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Valencia    
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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