Departure Date: 18/10/2020
Take in the best of Spain on this trip, visiting Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. The soulful heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia is yours to explore, from the tastes of tapas to the ornate Moorish architecture of Granada and Valencia's 19th-century Bullring. See Gaudi's Barcelona and medieval Toledo.
Day 1. Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)
Welcome to Madrid, Spain's capital city. Check into your hotel then relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, spend free time exploring on your own or join the group for an Optional Experience walking tour of the city and the chance to savour local 'tapas' at a café on the Plaza Mayor. Or perhaps dine in a local restaurant offering the traditional flavours of Spain. Hotel Occidental Castellana Norte/Occidental Este
Day 2. Madrid sightseing and free time
Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, the Paseo de la Castellana and the Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, consider an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Segovia - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening you might be tempted by Madrid's nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours. Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Day 3. Madrid – Toledo – Puerto Lapice – Seville (2 nights)
In the medieval city of Toledo - the ancient capital of Castile - your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour through the quaint streets for views of the cathedral and synagogue. Toledo has been a traditional sword making and steel working centre for over 2000 years and was the standard source of weaponry for the Roman legions. Visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of this age-old craft. Your journey continues south to Puerto Lápice where, reputedly, Don Quixote was dubbed 'a knight' by a local innkeeper. The plains of La Mancha give way to the hills of Andalucía with striking whitewashed villages and churches. Arrive in Seville, a vibrant city and the home of bullfighting and flamenco.
Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. Hotel MA Congresos.
Day 4. Seville sightseeing and free time
Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist. View the pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Marvel at the mighty cathedral and La Giralda Bell Tower. Tonight you might like to experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show. Buffet Breakfast.
Day 5. Seville – Granada
Start the day with a picturesque drive through beautiful villages to the Moorish city of Granada. Enjoy free time to explore or participate in an Optional Experience suggested by your Travel Director.
Buffet Breakfast. Hotel Macia Condor.
Day 6. Granada – Guadix – Valencia
Cross the Mora Pass through the superb scenery of the Sierra Nevada. Admire the cave dwellings in Guadix with time to take pictures. Continue through Murcia and the palm groves of Elche to Valencia, renowned for its orange fruit. See the Bullring, the great Cathedral and the Towers of Serrano and Quart during your orientation tour. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Later arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight with your fellow travellers. Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
Hotel Sercotel Acteon.
Day 7. Valencia – Peniscola – Barcelona sightseeing (2 nights)
Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñíscola to view the ancient castle of the 'Spanish Pope', used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain's most cosmopolitan city. Your Local Specialist takes you on a wonderful sightseeing tour, which includes views of Gaudí's Sagrada Familia and the Plaça de Catalunya. See the lively Ramblas and enjoy spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities. Buffet Breakfast. Hotel NH Sant Just.
Day 8. Barcelona free time
Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city. As well as having a rich Roman and medieval heritage, Barcelona also has a reputation for fun. Why not visit the monastery in the rocky mountains of Montserrat to see the Black Madonna? This evening, dine with your companions and celebrate a memorable holiday.
Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 9. Depart Barcelona
This morning say 'adiós' to Spain, your Travel Director, and your fellow travellers at the end of your unforgettable Spanish Experience. Transfers are available to Barcelona Airport. Conditions apply.
Return airport transfers on first and last day of the trip*, 8 nights’ hotel accommodation, 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 Three-course dinners, sightseeing tour included in each major city including the main sites and icons, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, services of a professional Travel Director, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes, choice of Optional Experiences and Free time included.
8 Nights from R18,000 pps
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