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GRAND TOUR OF SPAIN - 2017

Tour Code - 6850 15 days - MADRID to MADRID $2651 AUD
Get to know multi-faceted Spain on this exciting vacation. Start your journey in the capital city of Madrid. Visit the Aranjuez Royal Palace, marvel at the Cuenca “hanging houses,” and explore the ancient winding streets of Valencia. Drive along the Mediterranean Coast and stop at Peniscola Castle on the way to beautiful Barcelona. Travel through Catalonia, stop in Saragossa, and continue to Pamplona, known for its running of the bulls. On to Basque Country and visit San Sebastian, the port city of Bilbao, and Burgos. The heart of Spain reveals even more stunning cities, such as Segovia, Avila, and Salamanca, known for their unique historical centers and wine production. Next, head south into sunny Andalusia  and discover spectacular Seville. Sample sherry wine in Montilla. Stop in the white-washed village of Ronda; visit the exotic Alhambra complex, residence of Moorish kings, in Granada; enjoy the labyrinth of Cordoba’s old Moorish quarter surrounding the exquisite Mezquita; and retrace Don Quixote’s footsteps as you travel among the windmills and castles of La Mancha. Back in Madrid, enjoy  the highlights of this elegant city.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Royal Palace in Aranjuez, Cuenca, Peniscola Castle, Saragossa sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca Plaza Mayor, Caceres, Seville, Ronda, Montilla wine tasting, Cordoba Mezquita.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Basque Country, La Mancha, Rioja Region.
  • GUIDES
    Local Guides for city sightseeing in Valencia, Barcelona, Granada-Alhambra complex, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
14
0
7

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
7 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Valencia.

Day by Day

  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.
    Drive to nearby Aranjuez in the Castilian Plain and discover 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 to magnificent Cuenca, perched high above the canyons of the Jucar and Huecar Rivers. It is famous for its "hanging houses" that are suspended over the Huecar ravine. On to Valencia to enjoy a typical dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  3. VALENCIA.
    Valencia is known mainly for its wonderful climate and the quality of its light. See the wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees and get to know the Old Town with its fine gothic houses and typical patios on the included guided tour. Time to do some shopping or more personal sightseeing to discover further. (B)

  4. VALENCIA-PENISCOLA- BARCELONA.
    Travel to nearby Castellon for a visit of 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 includes 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. (B,D)

  6. BARCELONA-SARAGOSSA- PAMPLONA.
    See more of Catalonia as you drive to Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Here, you'll have time to see the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR. Continue through fertile valleys and the Rioja wine-growing region to Basque Country and on to the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, Pamplona. (B)

  7. PAMPLONA-SAN SEBASTIAN- BILBAO-BURGOS.
    Drive farther into Basque Country and visit San Sebastian (called Donostia in Basque), the seaside resort on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. Journey to the port town of Bilbao, where you'll enjoy free time for leisure activities-maybe an independent visit to the Guggenheim Museum. The building, by Frank Gehry, is considered one of the 20th century's great architectural masterpieces. Continue to Burgos. (B,D)

  8. BURGOS-SEGOVIA-AVILA- SALAMANCA.
    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 1,000 metres (3,280 feet). The cathedral, the Alcazar, and the Roman aqueduct are some of its highlights you'll get to see. Next stop is Avila for a short visit before continuing to Salamanca to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of its Plaza Mayor. (B)

  9. SALAMANCA-CACERES- SEVILLE.
    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 of the city's main highlights. (B,D)

  11. SEVILLE-RONDA-GRANADA.
    A day to see the best of Andalusia. Head south by way of the typical white-painted villages to the town of Ronda, famous for the ravine that literally cuts it in two, and its bullfighting connections. Overnight in Granada in the shadow of the mighty Sierra Nevada. (B,D)

  12. GRANADA-MONTILLA- CORDOBA.
    Granada was the Arabs' most treasured city and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. Visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you travel to Montilla for a visit to a local WINE CELLAR for a tasting. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B,D)

  13. CORDOBA-MADRID.
    Cordoba 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 also enjoy the small, white-washed houses, the winding streets, and the colourful squares. Later, journey into the very heart of Don Quixote's La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills. Reach Madrid in time to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)

  14. MADRID.
    This morning, enjoy some free time in Madrid or join the rewarding optional trip to 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, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it's the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 665 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)

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Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
14 Oct 2017 28 Oct 2017 $2651 AUD $3603 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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PRE MADRID 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $150 AUD $80 AUD $76 AUD
PRE MADRID 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $151 AUD $88 AUD $84 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $150 AUD $80 AUD $76 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $151 AUD $88 AUD $84 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $184 AUD

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