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Classic Discover Spain

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,915

Travel independently through Spain and see the best of three of its most popular cities. Start in Madrid for two days packed with art and culture, before diving into the history and uniqueness of Seville. Your tour ends in Barcelona, where the unique culture, food, architecture, and attitude of Catalonia creates a very different city. This trip can also be taken in the reverse order.


This 10-day trip offers an ideal introduction to Spain, taking you to three of its largest and most popular cities, each of which offers a very different look at one of Europe’s most colourful and diverse countries.

Start in Madrid, Spain’s capital and beating cultural heart. Take a day to settle into your accommodation, conveniently located on the Gran Via just steps from the Metro, and explore this great city at your own pace. Take it easy on your first day (nobody rushes in Spain!), then climb aboard one of two sightseeing bus routes with your hop-on, hop-off pass. You might want to visit the famous Plaza Mayor, the art museums Reina Sofia or Thyssen, the Egyptian Templo de Debod, the Royal Palace, the Archaeological Museum… Madrid’s options are endless, and your bus ticket will move you quickly and efficiently between sites. Just be sure to skip the Prado Museum – your ticket (with skip the line access) is included for the following day! Spain’s greatest art museum, the Prado contains works by Goya, El Greco, Bosch, and many more.

Take the train south to Seville, where you’ll enjoy a day seeing some of the more unusual and off-beat sights of this historic city. Visit Seville’s icons first – the university, the old tobacco factory (think Bizet’s Carmen), San Telmo Palace, Macarena Basilica, and more. Then dive into the lesser known stories of Seville, including the old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz. Take a boat ride along the Guadalquivir River, see the city’s oldest bridge – designed by no less an architect than Gustav Eiffel, the site of the 1992 World Exposition, and the former monastery home of Christopher Columbus. There is so much to see and do in Seville, you’ll have the following day entirely at leisure to visit any sights that interest you.

Finally, fly to Barcelona, seemingly a world away from the rest of Spain, embodying the unique culture, architecture, food, and spirit of Catalonia. As you did in Madrid, you’ll have the benefit of a one-day hop-on, hop-off bus ticket to get around the major sights. Don’t miss La Sagrada Familia (though you’ll need to buy tickets online or in person very early in the day to go inside) or La Rambla. These are Barcelona must-sees! You might also like to consider Gaudi’s wildly imaginative Parc Guell, his equally eye-popping apartment buildings La Padrera and Casa Batllo, the art museums and open views at Montjuic, or the enchanting streets of the Gothic Quarter. There’s a lot to see in Barcelona, so plan ahead and try not to over-fill your day.

The following day, you’ll visit Montserrat, Sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Catalonia. Your trip includes visiting the Royal Basilica, home to the Black Virgin, and an important pilgrimage site in Catalonia. Try some unique Montserrat liqueurs before returning to Barcelona. You’ll have a little more time for sightseeing before your final night – or book an extra couple of nights to give the city the attention it really deserves.


 

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Accommodation in Madrid

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    Vincci Via 66



    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia ...

    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Vincci Via 66 offers a contemporary design that will surprise even the most demanding eye, with its unique twist of theatrical splendor entwined with distinctive design features ensuring that you enjoy Madrid and all its delights from the moment you step inside. The Vincci Via is located a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Santo Domingo Metro Station is 150 metres away and is just a few stops from Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Room Service

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Accommodation in Barcelona

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    Vincci Gala



    Enjoy a modernist hotel in Barcelona by booking a room at the Vincci Gala, our hotel in the centre of Barcelona, constructed in an old stately building from 1900 located next to Las Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluña. It is a unique hotel in Barcelona, ...

    Enjoy a modernist hotel in Barcelona by booking a room at the Vincci Gala, our hotel in the centre of Barcelona, constructed in an old stately building from 1900 located next to Las Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluña. It is a unique hotel in Barcelona, designed especially for travellers who are looking for something truly special, inspiring, full of character and beauty.

    Rest in a hotel with a patio terrace in Barcelona and no more than 78 exclusive rooms, all of them decorated in a contemporary style and featuring exclusive four-star services. Book your hotel in the heart of Barcelona at the best price available, only here, on the official web page for the Vincci Gala.

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    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Snack Bar

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,915

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Day 1

Madrid Airport to Madrid City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci Capitol

Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each has a pillow menu, a minibar and a hairdryer. A daily breakfast is served, including products for celiacs. The popular Puerta del Sol District with its many bars and restaurants is just 500 metres from the hotel. Plaza Mayor can be reached in 10 minutes, by foot.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Vincci Capitol

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    Vincci Capitol



    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious ...

    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each has a pillow menu, a minibar and a hairdryer. A daily breakfast is served, including products for celiacs. The popular Puerta del Sol District with its many bars and restaurants is just 500 metres from the hotel. Plaza Mayor can be reached in 10 minutes, by foot.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage

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Day 2

Madrid City Tour Hop On-Off Pass 1 Day

The easiest way to see the city is on double-decker buses. With one ticket you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid, with the commentaries offered through a headphone audio system in fourteen different languages. You will be given a map of the city and discount checks for different shops and restaurants in the city. The operational frequency, depending on the season of the year, ranges approximately between 7 and 15 minutes. Route 1 takes about 80 minutes and Route 2 lasts about 65 minutes.

Route 1 (Blue):
Museo del Prado, Puerta de Alcala, Barrio de Salamanca, Plaza de Colon, Plaza de Cibeles, Gran Via, Plaza de Espana, Templo de Debod, Teatro Real, Palacio Real, Puerta de Toledo, San Francisco El Grande, Catedral Almudena, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Circulo Bellas Artes, Museo Thyssen, Museo Reina Sofia, Jardin Botanico and Museo del Prado.

Route 2 (Green):
Plaza Neptuno, Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de Colon, Museo Esculturas, Museo de Ciencias Naturales, Nuevos Ministerios, Santiago Bernaeu, C.S.I. Cientificas, Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Serrano, Museo Arqueologico, Puerta de Alcala, Alcala, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de las Cortes and Plaza de Neptuno.

Day 3

Prado Museum with Skip the Line Access

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. The Museo Nacional del Prado, opened to the public for the first time in November 1819. The Museum's first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum's collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs. It is down to them than nowadays we can contemplate in the Museum as greatest masterpieces as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Velazquez and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.

Duration1 Hour
Day 4

Madrid City Hotels to Madrid Rail Station

Duration30 Minutes

Seville Rail Station to Seville Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci La Rabida

With Seville Cathedral and the historic and tourist zones just a short walk away, the Vincci la Rabida is the perfect location from which to discover the sights and unique culture of this vibrant southern city. The Hotel Vincci La Rabida is perfectly situated in the centre of the historic city of Seville In center of city, walking distance to the Cathedral and ranks 36 on trip advisor in 2017. Close to the Guadaquivil River and nearby to famous attractions such as the Bellas Artes (Fine Arts) museum, it is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city.It is 18km from the San Pablo Airport and the Plaza de Armas bus station is within 500m. Santa Justa railway station is just three km away. Rooms are reflecting the style as the architecture of the building, in a typical Seville style.<br/><i>*Images from VFM Leonardo, Inc.</i>

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration3 Nights
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Vincci La Rabida

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    Vincci La Rabida



    With Seville Cathedral and the historic and tourist zones just a short walk away, the Vincci la Rabida is the perfect location from which to discover the sights and unique culture of this vibrant southern city. The Hotel Vincci La Rabida is perfectly situated in ...

    With Seville Cathedral and the historic and tourist zones just a short walk away, the Vincci la Rabida is the perfect location from which to discover the sights and unique culture of this vibrant southern city. The Hotel Vincci La Rabida is perfectly situated in the centre of the historic city of Seville In center of city, walking distance to the Cathedral and ranks 36 on trip advisor in 2017. Close to the Guadaquivil River and nearby to famous attractions such as the Bellas Artes (Fine Arts) museum, it is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city.It is 18km from the San Pablo Airport and the Plaza de Armas bus station is within 500m. Santa Justa railway station is just three km away. Rooms are reflecting the style as the architecture of the building, in a typical Seville style.

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Unusual Seville

Start with a Sightseeing tour and discover the most emblematic monuments of Seville, the University, the Old Tobacco Factory scene of the story of Carmen, Bizet's famous character, San Telmo Palace, The Golden Tower, Isabel II Bridge and the Macarena Basilica. Visit the Plaza de Espana, the jewel of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition.

Then discover Santa Cruz, the famous Jewish quarter: a labyrinth of narrow streets, which lead to the gorgeous Plaza de los Venerables. Later, continue with a lovely river boat trip along the Guadalquivir where you will enjoy with the beauty of the views of the city. On board you can see first-hand the untouched sides of the Golden Tower, the famous Betis street, the Bullring, Triana bridge - the oldest in the city, designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel himself and the more modern bridges and the Pavilions, built during the 1992 Exposition. Close by you will also see the famous Isla de la Cartuja and its Monastery where Christopher Columbus lived for some years.

Duration2 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Seville Hotels to Seville Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Vincci Bit

The Hotel Vincci Bit is located in the Diagonal Mar, near the CCIB convention center next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre, and just minutes walking distances from the Mar Bella beach. This is a great hotel where the modern art also has its place, since the hallways of each floor have been decorated with graffiti murals by nationally and internationally recognized illustrators and designers. The hotel also has a beautiful rooftop pool and terrace, a relaxing spa and sauna.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Vincci Bit

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    Hotel Vincci Bit



    The Hotel Vincci Bit is located in the Diagonal Mar, near the CCIB convention center next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre, and just minutes walking distances from the Mar Bella beach. This is a great hotel where the modern art also has its place, since ...

    The Hotel Vincci Bit is located in the Diagonal Mar, near the CCIB convention center next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre, and just minutes walking distances from the Mar Bella beach. This is a great hotel where the modern art also has its place, since the hallways of each floor have been decorated with graffiti murals by nationally and internationally recognized illustrators and designers. The hotel also has a beautiful rooftop pool and terrace, a relaxing spa and sauna.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gymnasium
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Smoke Free Hotel
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Day 8

Barcelona City Tour (Hop On And Hop Off) 1 Day

Discover Barcelona by yourself in our tourist bus. Select your hop on-hop off ticket and you'll have access to two routes with stops at the most important places and hidden corners of Barcelona. The ticket includes an audio guide with 15 different languages to listen the explanations while travelling through the city. We give you a map with all the stops of the route, and discounts for different establishments in the city.

There are 2 routes: East and West. Frequency of buses at each stop varies depending on the season (between 5 and 25 minutes) and each route takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Duration2 Hours
Day 9

Montserrat - Half Day Tour with Cog-Wheel Train

Montserrat is a rocky mountain located 50 km to the southwest of Barcelona. It is considered the most significant and important mountain of Catalonia. The etymology of Montserrat comes from Catalan Mont (mountain) and serrat (serrated). The mountain receives its name for its peculiar morphology. In 1987 Montserrat was declared a Natural Park to ensure its conservation. The highest peak is called Sant Jeroni (Saint Jerome) and stands at 1,236 meters above sea level.
The importance of this mountain is due to the legend of the miraculous appearance of the Madonna and Child in one of the caves. This cave received the name Santa Cova (The Saint Cave). To this day the wood carving of the Madonna and Child are kept in the Church of the monastery and it is possible to visit it. This image of the Madonna is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) for its dark color. The color is the result of a reaction caused by varnish. La Moreneta´s holiday is on April 27th.
Due to the legend of the Madonna, the mountain has been linked with spirituality. Besides the main monastery of Santa María de Montserrat, there is a great number of small churches and chapels, some of them abandoned. The main monastery stands at 720 meters above sea level. Nowadays there is a community of 80 monks that live there and follow the rule of Saint Benedict.
During the first part of the tour you will enjoy an introduction to the history of the monastery. Once the guided tour has ended, you will have free time to enjoy de fabulous land scape by yourself, to visit the local food market, to visit de audiovisual exhibition and to taste some typical liqueurs.
What to visit in Montserrat?
-La Moreneta: the most popular option, both for the locals and the foreigners. Depending on the time of the year there can be a long queue.
-Escolanía: one of the oldest Boys Choir in Europe. They usually have concerts on weekdays at 13:00. It is recommended to consult the timetable.
-Museum: wide variety of archaeological and an art gallery with works from medieval times to avant-garde. The entrance fee to the museum is not included in the tour. Time to visit approximately two hours.
-Funicular of Sant Joan and funicular of the Santa Cova: The funiculars offer the possibility of get to different points of the mountain. The price of the tickets are not included in the tour and it is recommended to consult the timetable.
-Hiking routes: The Mountain has many hiking routes. The routes are long and it can take hours to finish them. A good option is to walk to the cross of Sant Miguel (approximately 15 minutes away from the monastery), it offers one of the best panoramic views of the mountain and the monastery.

Duration4 Hours
Day 10

Barcelona City Hotels to Barcelona Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • 5 Day Tours
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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