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Europe - Spanish Wonder Tour 2021 - 9 Days - Set dep Jan to Mar.21

Europe - Spanish Wonder Tour 2021 - 9 Days - Set dep Jan to Mar.21

Madrid, Spain

From: R 25,650.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 25,650.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #7624
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    9 days
  • Valid From

    30th of January 2021 (Saturday)
  • Valid To

    10th of April 2021 (Saturday)
  • Expires

    31st of July 2020 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Embrace and explore the principal spanish cities: madrid, seville and barcelona. This zesty fiesta through spain includes the ornate alhambra palace in granada, el greco's masterpiece in toledo and the vibrant seaside city of barcelona.

Sightseeing highlights

  • Orientation of Valencia
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tome in Toledo, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, Cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Montjuiic Hill and Placa Catalunya in Barcelona
  • VIEW the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia and La Sagrada Família in Barcelona

Set departure dates on 30 Jan / 6 ,13, 20, 27 Feb & 06 Mar 2021.

About the Holiday

Itinerary :

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 an orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights, followed by a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception

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 the Count of Orgaz'. We'll also visit the synagogue, before returning to Madrid where we'll admire the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain with our 'Local Specialist'. Spend the evening on your own, delving into the delicious flavours of Spain's tapas capital.

Breakfast

Day 3 Madrid – Córdoba – 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 show or rub shoulders with the Sevillanos in search of delicious tapeo and wine.

Breakfast

Day 4 Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we meet our 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, 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's ornate tomb in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals', joining the Morillo family for a 'Be My Guest' dinner at their olive oil mill, where you'll learn how oil is produced from their 6,000 trees and get to sample some of their produce.

Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 5 Seville – Granada

Multicultural 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 complex was built towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the other palaces by a covered walkway across the ravine.

Breakfast

Day 6 Granada – Guadix – Valencia

This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area, then travel to Valencia, where we'll see the Bullring and admire the city's medieval architecture. 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. This evening, dine at your hotel, and perhaps take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Valencia – Peñiscola – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Head north, along the coast through the Levant region, and stop at Peñíscola, the 'City in the Sea'. View the ancient castle of the 'Spanish Pope', built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, 'El Cid'. Then, journey along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudí architecture. Admire this famous architect's talents as we view his unfinished La Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882. See the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to the great Christopher Columbus, with your 'Local Specialist'. From the hill of Montjuïc, we'll enjoy panoramic views of this enchanting city. Enjoy a free evening to spend as you wish. Ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities.

Breakfast

Day 8 Barcelona Free Day

Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Visit Gaudí's fantasy Park Güell, stroll through the enchanting Gothic Quarter or join an Optional Experience to the monastery perched atop the mountain of 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 Farewell Dinner with wine.

Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9 Depart Barcelona

For now it's a fond adiós to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday. A transfer to Barcelona Airport is available. Conditions apply.

Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily & 4 dinners
  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • The assistance of a Travel Director
  • All hotel service charges & tips, baggage handling fees & local taxes
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences, must-see sightseeing
  • VIP entry & Optional Experiences & free time
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

Set departure dates on 30 Jan / 6 ,13, 20, 27 Feb & 06 Mar 2021.

Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visa costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Package Conditions:

Set departure dates on 30 Jan / 6 ,13, 20, 27 Feb & 06 Mar 2021.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel ie visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passport. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Madrid

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The city is located on the river Manzanares in the center of the country. As the capital of Spain, Madrid is a city of great cultural and political importance.

Although the site of modern-day Madrid has been occupied since pre-historic times, in the Roman age this territory belonged to the diocese of Complutum (present-day Alcal de Henares). But the first historical data on the city comes from the 9th century, when Muhammad I ordered the construction of a small palace in the same place that is today occupied by the Palacio Real.

Madrid is home to mountain peaks rising above 2,000m, holm oak dehesas and low lying plains. The slopes of Guadarrama are cloaked in dense forests of Scots Pine and Pyrenean oak.


Madrid hosts the largest Plaza de Toros (bullring) in Spain, Las Ventas, established in 1929. Las Ventas is considered by many to be the world center of bullfighting and has a seating capacity of almost 25,000. Madrid's bullfighting season begins in March and ends in October. Bullfights are held every day during the festivities of San Isidro (Madrid's patron saint) from the middle of March to the middle of June, and every Sunday, and public holiday, the rest of the season.

Madrileos tend to make not one plan for the evening but three or four. While the busiest nights are Friday and Saturday (with Thursday a close runner-up), the locals go out every night and miraculously manage to work or study during the day. Perhaps the secret lies in the tradition of consuming tapas - snacks of olives, anchovies, chorizo (sausage), gambas (deep-fried shrimp) and local specialties like orejas (pig's ears), callos (tripe), mollejas (sweetbreads), snails in hot sauce and bulls testicles. Nightlife centers on three major districts - Chueca (Madrid's gay village, which specializes in trendy restaurants), Calle Huertas (traditional Spanish music, jazz clubs and bars) and Malasaa (mainly bars and clubs frequented by a young crowd). All bars and clubs are licensed but hours are flexible. It can be hard to tell bars and clubs apart, since bars often have a dancefloor and not all clubs charge for entry.

Terms and Conditions

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Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 29 May 2020.

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