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Ditch your siesta and embrace the spirit of Spain – the vibrant cityscapes of Madrid, Seville and Barcelona, running of the bulls in Pamplona, the smell of orange zest en route to Valencia yours to discover as you indulge in Spain’s intense flavours and explore the Roman and Moorish influences that have shaped its distinct art, architecture and culture.

DINING

  • 14 HOT BUFFET BREAKFASTS
  • 7 DINNERS

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour in Barcelona, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid
  • Orientation of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Valencia
  • View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Castle of Peñiscola, Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia
  • Visit The Tomb of El Cid in Burgos, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar, Cathedral in Seville, the Mosque of the Caliphs in Córdoba, the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo and the Prado Museum in Madrid
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION
Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia comprises a collection of elegant 15th century Andalusian townhouses and flower-filled courtyards in the heart of Seville

BE MY GUEST
Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you’ll learn how to produce and get to sample after a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard

HIDDEN TREASURES
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

LOCAL SPECIALISTS
For included sightseeing in Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid

Day 1
Arrive Madrid

Day 2
Madrid – Burgos – Santander

Day 3
Santander – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Pamplona

Day 4
Pamplona – Zaragoza – Barcelona (2 Nights)

Day 5
Barcelona Sightseeing

Day 6
Barcelona – Peñiscola – Valencia

Day 7
Valencia – Granada

Day 8
Granada – Costa del Sol (2 Nights)

Day 9
Costa del Sol

Day 10
Costa del Sol – †Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights)

Day 11
Seville Sightseeing

Day 12
Seville – Córdoba

Day 13
Córdoba – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)

Day 14
Madrid Sightseeing

Day 15
Depart Madrid

Day 1
Arrive Madrid Day 1 – Arrive Madrid
Welcome to the fiery Iberian capital that is Madrid – a fitting introduction to an epic journey tracing the very best that Spain has to offer. Delve deep into the soul of a city that marches to the tune of the tapas tango and explore the bustling streets before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see some of the city’s most iconic sights.

Hotel
Rafael Atocha

Meals
Welcome Reception

 

 

Day 2
Madrid – Burgos – Santander Day 2 – Madrid – Burgos – Santander
Journey over the pine-clad Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos, the historic capital of Castile, where we will visit the tomb of El Cid, a national hero and the protagonist of the most significant medieval Spanish epic poem – El Cantar de Mio Cide. We cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains, travelling to the coast and the sophisticated capital of the Cantabrian region, Santander. After dining in your hotel, take to the bustling streets of this university town.

Hotel
Santemar

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

 

 

Day 3
Santander – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Pamplona Day 3 – Santander – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Pamplona
We depart Santander and travel to Bilbao to view the striking Guggenheim Museum, built from titanium, glass and limestone and designed by renowned US architect Frank Gehry. Continuing to San Sebastian, the gourmet capital of Spain, we see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach during our orientation drive. Our overnight stay is in the vibrant city of Pamplona, famous for its Running of the Bulls fiesta. Follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and enjoy a drink at Café Iruña, ramble along the brilliantly lit city ramparts or delight in the local pintxos before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.

Hotel
NH Iruna Park

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

 

 

Day 4
Pamplona – Zaragoza – Barcelona (2 Nights) Day 4 – Pamplona – Zaragoza – Barcelona (2 Nights)
Meandering through the Ebro Valley en route to beguiling Barcelona, we view the Basilica of El Pilar and Cathedral of La Seo of Zaragoza. Soak up the charm of a city that professes two great loves – Gaudi and football. Enjoy panoramic views of a city, which dates back to Roman times, from Montjuïc, then spend the rest of the day at leisure. Amble through the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine lanes, indulge in the aromas and flavours of La Boqueria and discover the best crèma Catalana in town.

Hotel
Ayre Gran Via

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Gothic Quarter and Dinner
Work up an appetite with a walking tour of the old Gothic Quarter, where Barcelona was born. Meander through the beautiful medieval streets and century-old architecture with your Local Specialist. Then we’ll take you to the marina of Port Olympic, where you’ll enjoy Mediterranean food in one of our favourite local eateries.
Adult Price: €60.00

 

 

Day 5
Barcelona Sightseeing Day 5 – Barcelona Sightseeing
The whimsical fantasy world of Gaudi is on display this morning as we embark on a sightseeing tour to see the inspiring, but as yet unfinished, La Sagrada Família in the company of a Local Specialist. We’ll see Las Ramblas and Plaça de Catalunya, which lies at the heart of Barcelona, before paying tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name. This afternoon, consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Mystical Montserrat
Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.
Adult Price: €40.00

 

Day 6
Barcelona – Peñiscola – Valencia Day 6 – Barcelona – Peñiscola – Valencia
The sweet scent of oranges accompanies us on our journey along the Costa Dorada south to fortified Peñiscola where we’ll see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. Continuing through fertile huertas, we arrive in sunny Valencia where we will stay the night. Our orientation of this cultural city includes views of the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the cathedral, which is said to home one of the Holy Chalices of the World. Witness the modern verve of Valencia and view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

Hotel
Silken Puerta

Meals

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Paella Experience
Spain’s famous rice dish “The Paella” originated in Valencia. This evening, we’ll travel to a seafront restaurant where we’ll enjoy this iconic Spanish fare. We’ll also enjoy great beach views and a drive through the yachting marina, home of the America’s Cup 2007.
Adult Price: €52.00

 

 

Day 7
Valencia – Granada Day 7 – Valencia – Granada
Journey via the dramatic Mora Pass to the city of Granada where we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Alhambra Palace – its golden façades and extraordinary Moorish architecture reflect centuries of multicultural history which you will have a rare opportunity to explore as you wander through its palaces and exotic water gardens. Check into your hotel later, where you dine tonight.

Hotel
Occidental

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Albaicín And The Royal Chapel
Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You’ll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs’ tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaicería quarter.
Adult Price: €37.00

 

 

Day 8
Granada – Costa del Sol (2 Nights) Day 8 – Granada – Costa del Sol (2 Nights)
Set your watch to Spanish time and enjoy a leisurely morning on your terms, or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the medieval Moorish Quarter of Granada – Albayzín – with its narrow winding lanes, churches, minarets and palaces. We leave Granada behind for the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol where we’ll spend the next two nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own terms. Stroll along the beachside promenade, relax at one of the nearby beach cafes or perhaps visit the picture-perfect white-washed Andalusian village of Mijas – the choice is yours.

Hotel
Melia

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Melia

Optional Experiences

Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner
Visit this charming hilltop village, perched high up with splendid views of the coastline. While here, you’ll experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, unusual donkey taxi service, oval bullring, and shoppers will find some hidden gems. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.
Adult Price: €62.00

Albaicín And The Royal Chapel
Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You’ll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs’ tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaicería quarter.
Adult Price: €37.00

 

Day 9
Costa del Sol Day 9 – Costa del Sol
Another day in paradise for you to kick back, worship the Spanish sunshine and taste la buena vida. Enjoy fresh seafood in Torremolinos, relax on the bleached beaches and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere or consider an Optional Experience to the effervescent Andalusian capital of Málaga to explore centuries of fascinating history.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Sightseeing and Wine-tasting in Málaga
Come with us to the capital of the Costa del Sol, Málaga, with its lively harbour and long sandy beaches. Your Local Specialist will take you to the Moorish castle of Gibralfaro, the house in which Picasso was born, the old Jewish quarter and the 2,000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre. To round off your trip, we’ll take you for a relaxed drink at one of Málaga’s oldest and best known taverns.
Adult Price: €40.00

 

Day 10
Costa del Sol – †Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights) Day 10 – Costa del Sol – †Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights)
A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire’s resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore. Consider joining an Optional Experience to St. Michael’s Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon continue through the Andalucian countryside past Jerez – famous for sherry production – to Seville. Tonight join your companions for a delicious Be My Guest dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from the 6,000 olive trees.

Hotel
Las Casas De La Juderia Authentic Accommodation

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar
Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra, visit St. Michael`s cave and see the famous Barbary apes.
Adult Price: €36.00

 

Day 11
Seville Sightseeing Day 11 – Seville Sightseeing
Join your Local Specialist this morning for a tour of Seville’s leafy avenues. See the iconic Giralda Tower, a former minaret that was converted to a bell tower and visit the Seville Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Meander through Maria Luisa Park with its tiled fountains, pavilions, palms and orange trees and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Explore the Jewish history of Spain in Seville’s former Jewish Quarter where a wall separated the Jewish community from the rest of the city during medieval times. Tonight, consider soaking up the fiery flamenco atmosphere in the city that made this passionate dance famous.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Discover The Origin Of “Tapas” & Evening In Old Seville
Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.
Adult Price: €53.00

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town
Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We’ve organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.
Adult Price: €40.00

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza América
We’ll begin with a visit to the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. Then, we’ll journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América – a must for any visitor to Seville.
Adult Price: €40.00

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner
After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with drinks included, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We’ve organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment.
Adult Price: €69.00

 

Day 12
Seville – Córdoba Day 12 – Seville – Córdoba
We journey to Córdoba to meet a Local Specialist for a visit to the astounding Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Then visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood before spending the rest of the day at leisure admiring the city’s extraordinary Moorish architecture and heritage. This evening we dine at our hotel.

Hotel
Ayre

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

 

 

Day 13
Córdoba – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights) Day 13 – Córdoba – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)
The ancient imperial city of Toledo is our first stop today where we join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of the city’s narrow streets. We’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz, and the synagogue, the oldest one still standing in Europe. This evening we arrive in the feisty Madrid, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel
Rafael Atocha

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid
This evening you’ll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid’s new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Adult Price: €61.00

 

 

Day 14
Madrid Sightseeing Day 14 – Madrid Sightseeing
The lavish palaces and grand plazas of Madrid take centre stage today as we join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Spain’s capital city. See Plaza España, Gran Vía, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before visiting the world-famous Prado Museum, featuring one of the world’s finest collections of European art, including masterpieces by Velazquez. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city. Visit the Royal Palace with its spectacular Goya artworks, relax in the leafy Buen Retiro Park or enjoy the flavours and aromas of jamon in the Market of San Miguel. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner to celebrate an epic adventure through Spain.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Segovia World Heritage Site – Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale Castle
Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.
Adult Price: €45.00

 

Day 15
Depart Madrid Day 15 – Depart Madrid
Our journey together has come to an end. For now it’s a fond adios to Spain and newfound friends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Additional Info

  • Duration :
    15 Days
  • Countries :
    2 Countries
  • Cities :
    15 Cities
  • Price From :
    R45 200 per person
  • Location :
    Spain
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