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Spanish Experience - 9 Day Tour

Spanish Experience - 9 Day Tour

Madrid, Spain

From: R 14,670.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 14,670.00
  • Trip Reference

    #8805
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    9 days
  • Valid From

    7th of July 2018 (Saturday)
  • Valid To

    15th of July 2018 (Sunday)
  • Need Visa's

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

Admire the beauty of Spain as you cross this spectacular country.
Cultural Madrid, passionate Seville, Moorish Granada, cosmopolitan Barcelona - you'll quickly uncover the hidden secrets of each unique region to see what makes this country tick! See Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, before admiring the striking Synagogue in Toledo. Seville, Granada and Valencia reveal a wealth of majestic monuments and you'll fall in love with lively and creative Barcelona, famous for its bustling Las Ramblas and Gaudi's architecture.

About the Holiday


Day 1: Arrive Madrid (2 nights)
Welcome to Madrid, Spain's capital city. Check into your hotel then relax and unwind. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, spend free time exploring on your own or join the group for a walking tour of the city and the chance to savour local tapas at a cafe on the Plaza Mayor.


Day 2: Madrid Sightseeing and Free time
Your Local Guide shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, the Paseo de la Castellana and the Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de Espana, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, consider an excursion to the medieval city of Segovia - a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening, you might be tempted by Madrid's nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafes and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours!
Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 3: Madrid - Toledo - Seville(2 nights)
In the medieval city of Toledo - the ancient capital of Castile - your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour through the quaint streets for views of the cathedral and synagogue. Toledo has been a traditional sword-making, steel-working centre since about 500 BC and was the standard source of weaponry for the Roman Legions; visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of this age-old craft. Your journey continues south to Puerto Lapice where, reputedly, Don Quixote was dubbed "a knight" by a local innkeeper. The plains of La Mancha give way to the hills of Andalusia with striking whitewashed villages and churches. Arrive in Seville, a vibrant city and the home of bullfighting and flamenco!
Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)


Day 4: Seville Sightseeing and Free time
Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Guide. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 World's Fair. Marvel at the mighty cathedral and La Giralda. Tonight, you might like to experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show!

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 5: Seville Granada
A picturesque drive through beautiful villages. Enjoy an orientation of Granda and there is also a chance to join an optional excursion to explore the Alhambra Palace and gardens, subject to ticket availability.
Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)


Day 6: Granada - Guadix - Valencia
Cross the Mora Pass through the superb scenery of the Sierra Nevada. Admire the cave dwellings in Guadix with time to take pictures. Continue through Murcia and the forests of Elche to Valencia, renowned for its orange groves. See the bull ring, the great cathedral and the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte during your orientation tour. Later, arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight with your fellow travellers.
Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)


Day 7: Valencia - Peniscolar - Barcelona (2 nights)
Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peniscola to view the ancient castle of the Spanish Pope', used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain's most cosmopolitan city. Your Local Guide takes you on a wonderful sightseeing tour, which includes Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and the Plaza Catalunya. See the lively Ramblas and enjoy spectacular views of the city from Montjuic. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities!
Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)


Day 8: Bareclona free time
Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city. As well as having a rich Roman and medieval heritage, Barcelona also has a reputation for fun! Why not visit the monastery in the rocky mountains of Montserrat to see the Black Madonna? This evening, dine with your companions and celebrate a memorable holiday
Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

Day 9: Depart Barcelona
This morning, say 'adios' to Spain, your Travel Director, and your fellow travellers at the end of your unforgettable Spanish Experience! Transfers are available to Barcelona Airport. Conditions apply.
Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 course dinners
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • -City tour in Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona
  • -Orientation of Valencia
  • -View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Quart -Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia
  • -Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tome in Toledo, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, Cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Montjuic hill and Placa Catalunya in Barcelona

Tour rate is based on a set departure 07 July 2018.

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

Tour rate is based on a set departure 07 July 2018.

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, innoculation 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

Prices are based on per person sharing.
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 11 December  2017.

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