Spanish Wonder End Barcelona

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Savour shared moments with locals enjoying sangria in sun-dappled courtyards, zesty paella and the sounds of the Spanish guitar. On this journey, you’ll explore the wonders of Spain, from the ornate walls of the Alhambra to the Gothic Cathedral and Giralda Bell Tower in Seville.

Departure dates

From 04/05/2024 to 29/09/2024

What's included

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver.
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals.
All porterage and restaurant gratuities.
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).
Optional Experiences and free time.
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
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Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 Welcome to Madrid The lively capital of Spain is our launchpad to a memorable encounter with one of Europe's most soulful destinations. Relax in the lush surrounds of Buen Retiro Park, shop up a storm on Gran V?a or people-watch over coffee and churros with chocolate in the Puerta del Sol. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an orientation drive followed by a Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 2 Explore Vibrant Toledo Dive Into Culture We head to Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of this city that dates back to Roman times. We'll visit a traditional factory and Dive Into Culture, witnessing the age-old inlaid-steel craft, before seeing one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the Church of Santo Tom? - 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. We'll also visit the synagogue, before returning to Madrid where we'll admire the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain with our Local Specialist. Spend the evening on your own, or delve into the sights and flavours of Spain's capital with an Optional Experience.
  • Day 3 Journey to C?rdoba and on to Seville Connect with Locals Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in C?rdoba, once a significant Moorish capital. Join a Local Specialist to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about centuries of Moorish rule and its influence on the culture and architecture of the region. We travel to flamboyant Seville, our home for the next two nights. This evening, we Connect With Locals, joining the Morillo family for a Be My Guest experience at their olive oil farm, where you'll learn how oil is produced from their 6,000 trees and sample some of their produce.
  • Day 4 Discover Seville's Sights This morning, we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de Espa?a. Marvel at the ornate tomb of Christopher Columbus in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, consider an Optional Experience to see, hear and feel the mysterious and ineffable charm of a traditional flamenco show.
  • Day 5 Onwards to Granada Multicultural Granada takes centre stage today, as we visit the magnificent Alhambra in the company of a Local Specialist. An exquisite example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra complex was built towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the other palaces by a covered walkway across the ravine.
  • Day 6 Admire Iconic Architecture in Guadix and on to Valencia This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area, then travel to Valencia, where we'll see the Bullring and admire the medieval architecture of the Quart and Serranos towers. Embrace the city's spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science. Enjoy organic horchata, the celebrated drink of Valencia, during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience. This evening, dine at your hotel, and perhaps take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.
  • Day 7 Off to Coastal Pe??scola and Barcelona Head north, along the coast through the Levant region, and stop at Pe??scola, the 'City in the Sea'. View the ancient castle of the 'Spanish Pope', built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, 'El Cid'. We then continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudi architecture. Join a Local Specialist to admire the exterior of the unfinished Sagrada Familia, see the upscale boutiques and Gaudi creations on the Passeig de Gracia and pay tribute to Christopher Colombus at the monument that bears his name.
  • Day 8 Uncover Gaud?'s Barcelona Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Ramble down the Ramblas, or join an Optional Experience to the monastery perched atop the mountain of Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, we celebrate a memorable journey through Spain with our newfound friends and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
  • Day 9 Farewell Spain Bid a fond adi?s to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday. Dining Summary
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  • 8 - Breakfast Be My Guest Seville: Enjoy a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family. A welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard before learning how they produce olive oil. Dive Into Culture Toledo: The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel. Iconic Experience Madrid: Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director. Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace. Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Specialist and visit the Church of Santo Tom? to see an El Greco masterpiece. C?rdoba: Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Specialist. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of C?rdoba's religious changes over the centuries. Seville: Guided by your Local Specialist, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter and emerge by the great walls of the Alcazar. Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark. Guadix: See the cave homes that embellish the hills around Guadix. Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director. Pe??scola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'. Barcelona: With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gr?cia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey past the beautiful fa?ades of the Eixample district to see Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerising Sagrada Fam?lia. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Valencia: Taste authentic Valencian street food from a local Horchata vendor. This rich and flavourful nut-based drink loved by many is produced here using only locally sourced and natural ingredients, and respecting traditional methods of production. This experience advances UN Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Alongside the local and organic production, they have been bringing the vibrant tradition of Horchata back to its glory days, giving employment opportunities to people at risk of social exclusion. They have also built over 10 street carts from recycling materials, all working on solar energy and ice. Must-see Highlights : Explore Toledo, Madrid, C?rdoba, Seville and Barcelona with a Local Specialist : Discover Valencia and Peniscola : Visit an inlaid steel factory, the Synagogue and Santo Tom? in Toledo, Mosque of the Caliphs in C?rdoba, the Cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra Palace in Granada : View the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia and La Sagrada Fam?lia in Barcelona Whats Included : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals : All porterage and restaurant gratuities : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) : Optional Experiences and free time : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
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