Spain Explorer, 8 Days

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Spain Explorer, 8 Days

Spain has long attracted travelers from allover the world for its diverse culture, delicious food, and amazing architecture. Enjoy walking tours of Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Malaga, Barcelona, tapas sampling in Seville, flamenco show in Malaga, endless breadth taking sightseeing, and lounge in Malaga’s beach and soak in the Andalusian sun.

A thorough description of all activities will be supplied in the trip’s brochure. All activities included are optional, should you choose to not participate in any of them, the team will make recommendations on other activities to do if needed.

Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from Madrid airport and transport to hotel to check in.

Overnight in Madrid.

Day 2: After Breakfast, experience the city on a guided tour, which showcases the city’s vibrant center, the beautiful Plaza Mayor (Main Square), its broad and magnificent avenues and its many fountains. Our tour includes a visit to see inside the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, a fine-looking building. Here we learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. Also the day includes a walking tour of the beautiful Retiro Park, enhanced by the lake and Crystal Palace. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon. At sunset we provide transfer to the Plaza de Oriente in the historic centre of Madrid, opposite the Royal Palace. Culinary choices in this area include restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, Inter­national).

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid city tour. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring.

Overnight in Madrid.

Day 3: Breakfast then leave Madrid by Bus to Granada.

Leaving Madrid by bus in the early morning, we travel to the south across La Mancha, stopping in PUERTO LÁPICE, a ‘manchego’ village evoking the figure of Don Quixote. We will enter Andalusia via Despeñaperros. GRANADA, arrival. In the afternoon we will visit the immense Alhambra Palace, with entrance and local guide included, and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times. Later, enjoy an evening transfer to the Plaza de Gracia in Granada’s city centre, where restaurants mix with local cultural flavour to create an unforgettable night. Choose between Spanish, international, Chinese, Latin cuisines, etc. Tonight you have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighbourhood of Sac¬ramonte. Note: in the Alhambra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. In the highly improbable case of not being able to visit this area of the Alhambra, a visit to the Alcázares will be included in Seville (which have similar architecture and features).

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Entrance and local guide in the Alhambra.

Overnight in Granada.

Day 4:  After breakfast, we leave Granada and travel towards the Costa del Sol. MALAGA, arrival and time for a stroll in the historic center with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. After this we will continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. PUERTO BANUS, in Marbella, a pretty high level recreational port. Time for lunch. In the afternoon we will continue through the hills and their stories of bandoleers until we come to RONDA, a very beautiful white town with its large gorge that divides it in two. Continuation to SEVILLE. Arrival at the end of the afternoon.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful Andalusian village of Ronda.

Overnight in Seville

Day 5: After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda, the banks of the Guadalquivir river, popular neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station. We travel for 2 ½ h on a high-speed train to Madrid. The train is quite comfortable and it is an enjoyable trip through Andalusian and Castilian landscapes. Possibility for the train to reach speeds of around 300 km/h (186 m/h). Arrival to Madrid and transfer to the hotel.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Guided visit with local expert in Seville. High Speed train from Seville to Madrid.

Overnight in Madrid.

Day 6: We depart early in the morning from Madrid. Heading towards Aragón, we pause our journey in ZARAGOZA. Our guide will join the group to Basílica del Pi­lar. Directly afterwards, the group will have free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and enjoy free time in the city centre. Later, we make our way to Cataluña to the Monastery of Poblet, surrounded by walls in a beautiful setting, this is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world (entrance and guided tour included). We then go on to the Monastery of Montserrat where we include a ride on the rack train for the fantastic views this gives. Continuation to BARCELONA, arrival in the late afternoon.

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Basílica del Pilar, visit to medieval monastery. Ride on a rack train.

Overnight in Barcelona.

Day 7: Today we will get to know Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Medi¬terranean Sea. Our visit includes an informative city tour with a local expert We also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighborhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Fa¬milia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to “Poble Espanyol” (meaning “Spanish Village”). This open air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Be delighted by the best Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain. Free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening we provide transfer to Las Ramblas and Plaza Cata¬lunya area, where you can select from a great variety of restaurants (including Indian, Chinese, Halal, International and regional Spanish cuisine). Return to hotel.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona city tour. “Spanish Village” visit and evening transfer to Las Ramblas district.

Overnight in Barcelona

Day 8: End of Tour,  transportation to Barcelona airport.

What’s Included

  • Round Trip Flight from the States
  • Hotel accommodations in a 3 star hotel or better.
  • All activities and tours indicated in the itinerary.
  • ​All transfers and ground transportation.
  • A chance to travel with like-minded individuals, network, and build life lasting friendships.
  • Local professional guides with the supervision of your trip host.
  • Tour brochure that includes trip’s itinerary and literature of all places visited.

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