This pain vacation begins: 6:15 pm at Le Méridien Barcelona, Spain. A transfer from Barcelona Airport is included to your hotel, Le Méridien Barcelona, conveniently located on Las Ramblas in the heart of this exciting city. Meet the traveling companions who will experience this one-week Spain vacation with you at a welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight.
Lodging Méridien Barcelona
Day 2 Las Ramblas, la Sagrada Família & more in Barcelona
Barcelona is an exceptional city overflowing with history, art and culture. Walk with your local guide along famous Las Ramblas to the Boquería and Plaça del Pi; explore the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) to get a good look at the 13th-to-15th-century architecture; see the city's spectacular cathedral. Drive to seaside Montjuic, site of the 1992 Olympics, and visit la Sagrada Família, the fanciful, unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí I Cornet. Discover Barcelona as you please for the remainder of the day and evening, enjoy lunching and dinner on your own.
Lodging Le Méridien Barcelona
Day 3 Fly to Granada and tour The Alhambra
Meals B, L, D
From Barcelona, this Spain vacation continues with an included morning flight to Granada in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. In Granada, visit the famous Alhambra – a splendid example of the Moorish influence that has shaped so much of Spain. Within the opulent complex, the Royal Palace and the Generalife – the former summer palace of sultans – provide fascinating exploration. Overnight at the Hotel Alhambra Palace, just steps from the world-renowned site.
Lodging Hotel Alhambra Palace
Day 4 The sunny south of Spain – cliff-top Ronda and Andalucía
Meals B, L, D
Travel our scenic Yellow Roads to cliff-top Ronda. One of the last Moorish cities to fall to the Crusaders, Ronda provides further insights into Spain's Moorish past as you explore the city with a local guide; see the historic bullring and spectacular Tajo Gorge. After lunch it's on to Andalucía, a melting pot of different cultures sometimes referred to as the bridge between two continents. Journey into Andalucía's rolling hills and view charming villages with whitewashed houses clinging to the hillsides. Continue on to romantic Seville, where your Spain vacation continues this evening with a private performance of flamenco dancing and dinner. Spend the next two nights at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in the heart of Seville, which enjoys a reputation as one of the world's finest hotels.
Lodging Hotel Alfonso XIII
Day 5 Spend the day in Seville
No Spain vacation would be complete without a visit to charming Seville; get your bearings on an orientation tour of this spectacular city dating back nearly 2,000 years. A horse and carriage ride transports you to Seville Cathedral, the third-largest Roman Catholic church in the world; tour the Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, with its famous Giralda Bell Tower. Discover Barrio Santa Cruz, and explore the maze of old streets in the former Jewish Quarter. The remainder of the day is free for you to pursue what interests you most in Seville.
Lodging Hotel Alfonso XIII
Day 6 La Mezquita & Córdoba's cultural mix, then on to Madrid by rail
Meals B, L
A panoramic tour of the charming Moorish-influenced city of Córdoba with your local guide leads to a walking tour through the historic Jewish Quarter and a visit to the ornate 8th-century La Mezquita, once one of the world's largest mosques, and now a Roman Catholic cathedral. Board the high-speed AVE train and have lunch as you travel in Preferente class to Madrid, where your Spain vacation continues for the next two nights in the country's marvelous capital city.
Lodging The Westin Palace, Madrid
Day 7 The Prado, grand palaces & parks in old Madrid
Meals B, D
Your day in magnificent Madrid kicks off with a guided tour of the famous Museo del Prado, one of the finest art museums in the world. Later, a city sightseeing tour takes you to highlights including Palacio de Oriente, the ornate Royal Palace built in the 18th-century; grand avenues such as Gran Via and Castellana, and El Parque del Buen Retiro. The afternoon is free to explore as you please and have lunch on your own. Enjoy typical Castilian entertainment at our farewell cocktail reception and dinner this evening, a fitting finale to your one-week Spain vacation.
Lodging The Westin Palace, Madrid
Day 8 Journey home
We wish you a safe and pleasant journey homeward as you bid adios to Spain. Your Spain vacation ends in Madrid. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Westin Palace, Madrid to Madrid's Barajas Airport or the Madrid Atocha railway station; allow 3 hours for flight check-in.
Nights 1 - 2 : Le Méridien Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
Located in the very center of Barcelona on world-famous Las Ramblas, Le Méridien Barcelona is convenient to many of the city’s most intriguing sights. Long a favorite of celebrities, its guests have included the likes of Pavarotti, Rostropovich, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and the Rolling Stones. A newly redone and fully equipped fitness center and an Internet center are available for guests’ use. Haute cuisine made accessible is the hallmark of the hotel's new Cent Onze restaurant, representing an innovative gastronomic option that masterfully combines the very best of French tradition, the fresh flavors of the Boquería market, and Catalan creativity in an open, cosmopolitan space with direct access to the Ramblas.
Night 3 : Hotel Alhambra Palace - Granada, Spain
Granada’s most famous hotel, the gracious Hotel Alhambra Palace enjoys a prime location adjacent to the grounds of the Alhambra itself. Built high on a hill overlooking the city in 1912, the hotel resembles a Moorish castle in its architectural design. Its public terraces offer panoramic views of the city and the mountains beyond. Great care has been taken to maintain the unique ambiance and aristocratic atmosphere of this historic hotel, inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1910.
Nights 4 - 5 : Hotel Alfonso XIII - Seville, Spain
The elegant Hotel Alfonso XIII enjoys an enviable location in the heart of Seville near many notable attractions. Seville’s most majestic hotel, the Hotel Alfonso XIII was built in 1929 for the Expo that took place in Seville during that year. Since then, it has proudly hosted royalty, heads of state and countless celebrities with considerable grace and charm. Dining options include a fine restaurant offering Spanish cuisine with an Andalucían flair and international cuisine. Both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler include the Hotel Alfonso XIII on their prestigious lists of the world’s best hotels.
Nights 6 - 7 : The Westin Palace, Madrid - Madrid, Spain
This lovely Belle Époque landmark lies in the most elegant part of Madrid and close to many of the city’s must-see sights, such as the famous Museo del Prado. Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912, The Westin Palace, Madrid has been surrounding travelers with opulent luxury for a century. Today, the exquisitely decorated guest rooms feature the Westin Heavenly Bed® and offer luxury amenities. Indulge in the WestinWORKOUT® in the beautiful new fitness center located on the roof overlooking the splendors of Madrid. Two delightful restaurants, the Asia Gallery and La Rotunda, named for the hotel’s famed stained glass dome, await your pleasure.
Extend Your Trip:
Many travelers prefer arriving at their destination a day before their journey begins, or often extend a stay at the end of their trip. As a service, we will make hotel reservations before and after your journey.
THEIR YELLOW ROADS! Journey off-the-beaten path, from Granada in the Sierra Nevada foothills to Ronda's dramatic gorges to the whitewashed villages of Andalucía
On-tour flight from Barcelona to Granada
A private flamenco performance during your two-night stay in a royal palace hotel in Seville
Horse-drawn carriage ride to the magnificent cathedral in Seville – one of the largest Roman Catholic churches in the world, and the final resting place of Christopher Columbus
A guided tour of Madrid's Museo del Prado, featuring many masterworks of Spanish art, with a local expert
First Class rail travel aboard a high-speed AVE train from Córdoba to Madrid
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
14 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates. Also available August - October
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