6850-GRAND-TOUR-OF-SPAIN

Tour Code - 6850
Tour Map

15 days Madrid to MadridMadrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Pamplona, Burgos, Salamanca, Seville, Granada, Cordoba
All inclusive prices starting at: $1799

Meals

  • Breakfast - 14
  • Lunch - 0
  • Dinner - 8

Day by Day
DayDescription
1

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
2

MADRID-ARANJUEZ-CUENCA-VALENCIA

Start the day by driving to nearby Aranjuez in the Castilian Plain, where you stop to visit the Royal Palace, originally built in the 14th century. Although burned down both in 1727 and 1728, it was splendidly rebuilt and became a favourite residence of Spanish royalty. Continue travelling southeast to the magnificently located old town of Cuenca, which stands high above the precipices of the Rivers Jucar and Huecar. It is famous for its "hanging houses" that are suspended over the Huecar ravine. Journey on to Valencia for two overnights. (B,D)
3

VALENCIA

Valencia is known mainly for its wonderful climate and the quality of its light. Enjoy a drive along wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees and along the old quarter's narrow streets with its fine gothic houses and typical patios. Time to do some shopping or more personal sightseeing and, of course, the option of joining an excursion. (B)
4

VALENCIA-PENISCOLA-BARCELONA

An interesting day starts with a drive north to the nearby Castellon for a visit of its Peniscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century. The promontory on which the castle and town are located is a fine reminder of medieval times. Continue your journey through orange groves and seaside resorts past Tarragona to Catalonia's lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (B)
5

BARCELONA

This morning's sightseeing with a Local Guide will include a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B,D)
6

BARCELONA-SARAGOSSA-PAMPLONA

See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest to Saragossa on the banks of the River Ebro. During your stop you'll have time to see the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Pillar. Continue north through fertile valleys and the Rioja winegrowing region to Basque Country and on to the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, Pamplona, for an overnight stay. (B)
7

PAMPLONA-SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO-BURGOS

Start the morning by driving further into Basque Country for a visit to San Sebastian (called "Donostia" in Basque), the seaside resort on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. Journey northwest to the port town of Bilbao. Time for an optional visit to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum. Apart from its amazing collection of modern paintings, the building itself, by Frank Gehry, is considered one of the 20th century's great architectural masterpieces. In the afternoon, travel south to Burgos. (B,D)
8

BURGOS-SEGOVIA-AVILA-SALAMANCA.

Today, head southwest into Castile. Enjoy some grand scenery as you travel to the edge of the Sierra de Guadarrama, a green oasis in the Castilian desert. Stop in Segovia, magnificently perched on a rock formation at an altitude of 1000 metres (3,280 feet). The cathedral, the alcazar, and the Roman aqueduct are some of its more famous sights. Next, drive west to Avila for a short visit before continuing to Salamanca in time to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of its Plaza Mayor. (B,D)
9

SALAMANCA-CACERES-SEVILLE

Leave early this morning and cross the mighty Tagus River and the Guadarrama. Stop in Caceres, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its blend of Roman, Islamic, northern gothic, and Italian Renaissance styles. Enjoy more Spanish landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain's most colourful cities. (B)
10

SEVILLE

A full day at leisure. Perhaps you'd like to spend this morning enjoying an optional sightseeing tour including the main highlights of the vibrant city. (B,D)
11

SEVILLE-JEREZ-RONDA-GRANADA.

A day to see the best of Andalusia. Head first into the Jerez region for a sherry-tasting stop. Next, journey by way of the typically white-painted villages to the town of Ronda, famous for the ravine that literally cuts it in two and, of course, its bullfighting connections. Overnight in Granada in the shadow of the mighty Sierra Nevada. (B,D)
12

GRANADA-CORDOBA.

Granada was the Arabs' most treasured city; they still mourn its loss in their prayers. Learn more about it on the included visit with a Local Guide. More grand scenery this afternoon as you travel to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B,D)
13

CORDOBA-MADRID.

This is perhaps Spain's most Moorish city with its great mosque, the Mezquita, one of Islam's most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. You'll enjoy the small, whitewashed houses, the winding streets, and the colourful squares. Later, journey into the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills. Reach Madrid in time to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)
14

MADRID.

This morning the optional trip to Toledo is most rewarding. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco's painting, and even now it's like a great open air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it's the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 664 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, the Spaniards say it's the nearest thing to heaven. (B)
15

MADRID.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

6820-THE-BEST-OF-SPAIN-AND-PORTUGAL

Tour Code - 6820
Tour Map

13 days Madrid to MadridMadrid, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Lisbon, Oporto, Salamanca
All inclusive prices starting at: $1399

Meals

  • Breakfast - 12
  • Lunch - 0
  • Dinner - 5

Day by Day
DayDescription
1

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
2

MADRID-TOLEDO-GRANADA

A short morning drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more sightseers from all over the world than any other Spanish town. Time to visit the old walled city, which was made famous in El Greco's paintings. Even now it's like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. (B,D)
3

GRANADA-MALAGA-COSTA DEL SOL

Take advantage of the included visit with a Local Guide of the Alhambra, a summer complex built by the Moorish kings. You'll treasure the memory of its architectural beauty, and magnificent gardens. This afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive along the Costa del Sol via Malaga to your overnight hotel. (B)
4

COSTA DEL SOL.

A day at leisure to enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, or sample the many fancy restaurants. Don't miss out on the optional excursion to Mijas, a typical Andalusian market town with some enchanting views of the coast from its upper terraces. (B,D)
5

COSTA DEL SOL-GIBRALTAR-SEVILLE

First today, a visit to the strategic rock fortress of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Then, on through the sunny sherry wine region on the Costa de la Luz to vibrant, festive Seville. (B)
6

SEVILLE.

One of Spain's most colourful cities. Perhaps you'd like to spend this morning enjoying an optional sightseeing tour including the main highlights of the vibrant city. (B,D)
7

SEVILLE-EVORA, PORTUGAL-LISBON.

This morning, enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop in Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, and brilliant white houses. Take the motorway for the drive into Lisbon for two overnights. (B)
8

LISBON.

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century "Mistress of the Seas". You'll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing excursion. Spend the afternoon in the Alfama's tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra. (B)
9

LISBON-FATIMA-OPORTO

North this morning by way of Santarem, using the motorway to reach Fatima for a visit of its world-famous sanctuary. Later, Oporto on the northern bank of the River Douro. Optional sightseeing with a Local Guide takes in many of the city's highlights. (B)
10

OPORTO-SALAMANCA, SPAIN

A profusion of woodlands and mountains on your way to Spain by way of Fuentes de Onoro and Ciudad Rodrigo, located high above the Rio Agueda. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening. (B,D)
11

SALAMANCA-AVILA-SEGOVIA-MADRID

Leave Salamanca this morning, still visualising its charming Plaza Mayor. Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers for an orientation tour. Visit St. Theresa's convent before continuing to Segovia for a visit of this medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Cross the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. (B)
12

MADRID

Not only is it the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 644 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, the Spaniards rightly say Madrid is the nearest thing to heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included guided sightseeing excursion. (B)
13

MADRID

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

6810-SPANISH-FIESTA

Tour Code - 6810
Tour Map

9 days Madrid to MadridMadrid, Cordoba, Seville, Costa Del Sol, Granada
All inclusive prices starting at: $1129

Meals

  • Breakfast - 8
  • Lunch - 0
  • Dinner - 3

Day by Day
DayDescription
1

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
2

MADRID.

Not only is it the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 665 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, the Spaniards rightly say Madrid is the nearest thing to heaven. Guided sightseeing today includes a full panoramic drive by way of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. Afternoon at leisure. Maybe join one of the optional excursions available. (B)
3

MADRID-TOLEDO-CORDOBA.

Leave the capital and head towards Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco's painting, and even now it's like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, continue into the very heart of La Mancha, known for its castle and windmills, as you travel to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B,D)
4

CORDOBA-SEVILLE.

This morning, included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to Spain's most Moorish city with the Mezquita, one of Islam's most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world that was converted to a Catholic cathedral. See small, white-washed houses, winding streets, and colourful squares. Enjoy more Andalusian landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain's most colourful cities.Perhaps tonight you'd like to join an optional flamenco show? (B)
5

SEVILLE.

The wonderful Andalusian city of Seville is the epitome of Spain with its fiery flamenco, Moorish splendor, fragrant gardens, and elegant plazas. Admire the city's many highlights this morning during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Afternoon at leisure. Perhaps tonight you'd like to join an optional flamenco show? (B,D)
6

SEVILLE-RONDA-MARBELLA-COSTA DEL SOL.

Today, take the scenic inland route to Ronda, the emblem of all Andalusian white-washed villages. Once you reach the mediterranean shores, stop for a stroll in the traditional quarters of celebrated Marbella. Continue to your hotel and later, enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, or sample the many seafood restaurants for which the resort is famous. Don't miss out on the optional excursion to Mijas, a typical Andalusian market town with enchanting views of the coast from its upper terraces. (B)
7

COSTA DEL SOL-GRANADA.

In the morning, drive to history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Don't miss out on the optional sightseeing of Granada. (B)
8

GRANADA-MADRID.

Enjoy included sightseeing with a Local Guide that features the Alhambra, a summer complex built by Moorish kings. You'll marvel at its architectural beauty and magnificent gardens.

The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills as well as the barren landscapes of Don Quixote's La Mancha unfold before your eyes as you head north to Madrid. Time for some shopping, exploring on your own, or the chance to join an excursion. (B)
9

MADRID.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)