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Spectacular Spain

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1669 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1779 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your 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. In the afternoon, an optional excursion to El Escorial is available. (B)


Day 3 Madrid–Toledo–Granada

Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital of Toledo attracts more sightseers from all over the world than any other Spanish town. A Local Guide takes you to the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Also visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP and [LF] taste the local marzipan, for which the city is famous, before arriving in history-steeped Granada. This evening, a special dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant. (B,D)


Day 4 Granada–Costa del Sol

See the sights of Granada with a Local Guide and visit its main attraction, 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. Then, turn towards the sea, away from the mountains, to lively Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol. (B)


Day 5 At Leisure on the Costa del Sol

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, and sample the many fancy restaurants. (B)


Day 6 Costa del Sol–Ronda–Jerez–Seville

Visit picturesque, historic Ronda, perched on a platform of the Sierra de Ronda and cut in two by a deep ravine, before reaching Jerez, famous for its sherry wines and magnificent horses of mixed Spanish, Arab, and English blood. Visit a [LF] SHERRY BODEGA and taste the sherry wine, accompanied by local tapas. Then, on to Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalusia. (B,D)


Day 7 Seville

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 during your guided sightseeing tour. 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. Of course, you will visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. On top of that, a [LF] visit has been arranged to the impressive ARCHIVE DES INDIAS, that houses the documents, illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. 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 8 Seville–Cordoba–Madrid

During your guided walking tour of Cordoba see 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. Next, drive north from the fertile valley of the Guadalquivir River through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha back to Madrid. A farewell dinner has been prepared at your hotel to celebrate the success of your Spanish vacation. (B,D)


Day 9 Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


Vacation Highlights

MADRID
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum

TOLEDO
Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop; [LF] enjoy a marzipan surprise

GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; dinner with wine at a local restaurant

RONDA
Walking tour

JEREZ
[LF] Sherry wine tasting with Spanish tapas

SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, walk through the Santa Cruz quarter, visit the Alcazar and enjoy a [LF] visit to the Archive des Indias

CORDOBA
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

•If you intend to join the optional excursion to Gibraltar, please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.



Hotels

MADRID NH Principe de Vergara (F)
GRANADA Saray (SF)
COSTA DEL SOL Melia Costa del Sol (SF) at Torremolinos
SEVILLE Sevilla Center (SF)
MADRID NH Principe de Vergara (F)

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and a special dinner with wine in Granada

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates

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