Spanish Wonder Summer 2019 - Leisure Holidays

Spanish Wonder Summer 2019Spain

From RM6,758 / per person for 8 nights
This all-embracing exploration covers the principal Spanish cities: Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

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Summary

Set your watch to a fiery Flamenco beat as you dance through the heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia, famed for its Sierra Nevada, Moorish-influenced architecture and the zesty scents of orange blossoms. Visit the ornate Alhambra Palace in Granada, Valencia's 19th century Bullring and marvel at Gaudi's Gothic gift to Barcelona, la Sagrada Familia.

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Itinerary

Transfer

On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1pm, and 3.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own arrangement to the hotel.

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8am. 

Accommodation

Day 1-2: Hotel Ayre Gran Colon

Day 3-4: Hotel Zenit

Day 5: Hotel Allegro

Day 6: Hotel Tryp Oceanic

Day 7-8: Hotel U232

Day 9: Depart Barcelona

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)
Bienvenidos a Madrid. The lively capital of Spain is our launch pad to a memorable encounter with one of Europe's most soulful destinations. Relax in the lush surrounds of Buen Retiro Park, shop up a storm on Gran Vía or people-watch over coffee and napolitana con chocolate in Puerta del Sol. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a fiery Welcome Reception, followed by an orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights.


Day 2: Toledo Excursion and Madrid Sightseeing
We head to Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of this city that dates back to Roman times. We'll visit a traditional factory and 'Dive Into Culture', witnessing the age-old inlaid-steel craft, before seeing one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the Church of Santo Tomé - 'The Burial of Count Orgaz'. We'll also visit the synagogue, then return to Madrid where we'll admire the monument to Cervantes and Don Quixote at the Plaza de España. See Puerta del Sol, the city's hub with our Local Specialist, before spending the evening on your own, delving into the delicious flavours of Spain's tapas capital.


Day 3: Madrid - Cordoba - Seville (2 Nights)
Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in Córdoba, once a significant Moorish settlement. Join a Local Specialist to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about centuries of Moorish rule and its influence on the culture and architecture of the region. We travel to flamboyant Seville, our home for the next two nights. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful twirling skirts of a fiery flamenco or rub shoulders with the sevillanos in search of delicious tapeo and wine.


Day 4: Seville Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, we join the Morillo family for a unique Be My Guest dinner at their olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from the 6,000 trees and get to sample some of their produce.


Day 5: Seville - Granda 
Multi-cultural Granada takes centre stage today, as we visit the magnificent Alhambra in the company of a Local Specialist. A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain as a palace, citadel and the home of the Nasrid sultans. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine.


Day 6: Granda - Guadix - Valencia
This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you will see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area. We travel to Valencia, where we will stay overnight to view the Bullring and admire the architecture of its medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Quart Towers. Embrace the city's spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening dine at your hotel and take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.


Day 7: Valencia - Peniscola - Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Head north, along the coast through the Levant region, and stop at Peñiscola, the City in the Sea, to view the ancient castle of the 'Spanish Pope', built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, 'El Cid'. We meander along the Costa Dorada to beguiling Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudí architecture which we will have an opportunity to view in the unfinished La Sagrada Família Cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882. Stroll up Las Ramblas, see the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to the great discoverer, Christopher Columbus with your Local Specialist. Take a trip up Montjuïc for panoramic views of this enchanting city. The evening is yours to embrace the charm of Barcelona. Ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities.


Day 8: Barcelona Free Day
Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Visit Gaudí's fairy-tale Park Güell, ramble through the enchanting Gothic Quarter or join an Optional Experience to the monastery perched atop Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, we celebrate a memorable journey through Spain with our newfound friends and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner with wine.


Day 9: Depart Barcelona
For now it's a sad adios to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Please Note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 9. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Madrid will be at the Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 6pm, depending on traffic conditions.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation

Meals

12 meals as per itinerary - 8 hot buffet breakfast & 4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local

Local Specialist

Local Specialist to bring locations alive

Tour Director

An expert Tour Director & a separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Dive Into Culture

The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest-quality steel.

Connect with Locals

Enjoy a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family. Start with a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard before learning how they produce olive oil.

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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