Arrive in Madrid
Arrive in the lively metropolis of Madrid, capital of Spain since 1561. Transfer to your hotel with time to rest and relax or, get acquainted with this beautiful city. Tonight, a Welcome Cocktail and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the fascinating discovery of Spain that awaits you,
Madrid City Tour
Today’s tour of Madrid’s impressive architecture begins at the Plaza de Cibeles with its striking buildings. Continue via the elegant Plaza Mayor to the magnificent Royal Palace, Europe’s second largest, and to the Plaza de España dominated by the monument to Cervantes, famed author of Don Quixote. Then, on to the renowned Prado Museum; stand before an astonishing collection of masterpieces by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and more. The rest of the day is yours to explore this city of great monuments and museums on your own, or join the optional afternoon tour to Toledo. Enjoy a walking tour among the most famous monuments, visiting the St. Tome Church with its El Greco masterpiece and Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. Tonight, opt to explore Madrid’s fabulous restaurants and non-stop nightlife
Optional: Half Day Toledo (PM)
Travel to Seville
This morning, travel to Sevilla and the tour of Seville begins at beautiful Plaza de España and the fragrant gardens of Maria Luisa Park by the Guadalquivir River before visiting the quaint Barrio Santa Cruz with its narrow, winding streets. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral of Seville, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world and burial site of Christoper Columbus. Built on the site of the former great Mosque, its original minaret, the Giralda Bell Tower, still stands. Remainder of the day is at leisure in the bustling downtown area to discover this vibrant city on your own. Tonight, enjoy an optional Flamenco Show performed by some of Seville’s leading Flamenco artists
Optional: Evening Flamenco Show (PM)
Drive to Granada, Alhambra Palace
After breakfast, travel to Granada. Today’s sightseeing of Moorish Granada is highlighted by a visit to the 13th century Alhambra Palace,* one of Spain’s most celebrated monuments, dramatically perched atop Assabica Hill and overlooking the entire city. This imposing hilltop fortress, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s finest examples of Moorish art and architecture. During the reign of the Moors, the Alhambra served as the residence of the royal family. See spectacular views of the town and the Sierra Nevada Mountains
*Alhambra Palace visiting times, which may include evening hours, as well as which areas of the complex are accessible on the day of your visit, are determined solely at the discretion of the Alhambra Palace. Your itinerary will be arranged by your Tour Manager to accommodate the designated time of entry.
Optional: Alhambra Entrance (PM)
Travel to Valencia
Today head north through the groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges to the garden city of Valencia. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Arabic archietecture before continuing to the City Gates, City Hall and Gothic Cathedral. Arrive at the huge Arts and Science City designed by contemporary artist Santiago Calatrava, with its extraordinary avant-garde architecture that includes impressive buildings such as the Hemisfèric and Oceanogràfic. The rest of the day is yours to discover independently.
Drive to Barcelona, Barcelona City Tour
Depart Valencia and drive along the coast of Catalunya to sensational Barcelona. Upon arrival, drive along the Old Harbor to the Plaza Catalunya, the city’s bustling main square. Pass the famous works of Gaudi, the master architect, including the Casa Batllo, seemingly constructed from skulls and bones. Then, continue on to view the iconic symbol of Barcelona, Gaudi’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics with the Olympic Stadium at its center. The rest of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Barcelona’s rousing nightlife and fabulous cuisine
Full Day in Barcelona
Today, spend a full day at leisure in Barcelona, or join the optional tour to Montserrat. Visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of “Virgen Moreneta”.
Optional: Half Day Montserrat Tour (AM)
Bid “adios” to Spain. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
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