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Essentials of Spain from Madrid to Barcelona

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 2,100

Visit five iconic Spanish cities, Madrid the capital, Cordoba, Seville and Granada in Andalusia and Barcelona in Catalonia, each with its own character, culture and history. Enjoy magnificent architecture, old and new and be awed by all that Spain has to offer the visitor.


Start your tour of some of the most important cities in Spain in Madrid where you will spend your first 2 nights. The first full day brings a sightseeing tour of the city which includes some of Madrid’s majestic and attractive avenues such as the Gran Via, a showcase of early 20th Century architecture and the extensive and impressive Paseo de Castellana. Also visit the Plaza de Toro de las Venta, Madrid’s famous bullfighting arena. After the tour, have lunch at one of Madrid’s well known restaurants then travel to Toledo outside of Madrid. It is situated on the top of a small mountain and is surrounded by amazing city walls. Inside it is architecturally beautiful with much ambience.

The following day, take the high speed train to Andalusia and the city of Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site in itself with diverse historical influences. You will spend overnight here. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Your sightseeing the next morning includes the Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos , an 8th Century fortress, the Great Mezquito Mosque, now turned into a cathedral and full of history and beauty, the colourful Jewish quarter and the Synagogue of Cordoba dating back to the 14th Century and one of only three remaining in Spain. After some free time, catch a late afternoon train to Seville where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

The next morning have a tour of Seville which includes the University which was formerly a tobacco factory and was a feature in Bizet’s Carmen, the imposing Golden Tower, once a prison, the baroque style San Telmo Palace, the Jewish Quarter with its maze of narrow streets and the awe-inspiring Seville Cathedral, the third largest cathedral in the world and the burial site of Christopher Columbus. After your sightseeing, enjoy a cruise on the Guadalquivir River which dissects the city and from which you will have a different perspective of Seville.

Then the following day, take another train to Granada for an overnight stay. This evening, enjoy dinner and a flamenco dance performance. Your sightseeing in Granada will include a visit to the Alhambra. An undisputed jewel in Spain’s history crown, this magnificent fortress dates back to 889. It was rebuilt by the Moors and expanded into a royal palace between the 11th and 14th centuries. Also tour the adjacent Generalife Gardens. Later, in the evening, fly to Barcelona where you will spend the next 2 nights.

The next morning, enjoy a full day discovering Barcelona starting with visits to the heart of the city , the Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter with its old narrow streets and the Montjuic area reached by cable car on top of which sits the Spanish Village, an open air museum of old historical buildings. In the afternoon, get to know all about the renowned Spanish architect Gaudi and his unusual and bizarre but unique designs reflected in apartment buildings, the Parc Guell and the amazing unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,100

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Day 1

Arrive Madrid

Upon arrival to Madrid you will be met by a Goway representative and transferred to your hotel. You will get a welcome pack with the information about the cities and sights. You have the rest of the day/evening at leisure, with the option of wine and "tapas" in a typical bar.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Eurostars Plaza Mayor

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    Eurostars Plaza Mayor



    Right in the heart of Madrid, where the capital shows it's most traditional side, a new hotel in daring design shows up, opened in July of 2013. This was the first Eurostars Hotels establishment in downtown Madrid, in the vicinity of which there are already ...

    Right in the heart of Madrid, where the capital shows it's most traditional side, a new hotel in daring design shows up, opened in July of 2013. This was the first Eurostars Hotels establishment in downtown Madrid, in the vicinity of which there are already four more hotels. The Eurostars Plaza Mayor is located in the buildings that formerly housed the famous Fronton Madrid (sports arena); two buildings of seven floors each which contain 92 excellent, design rooms fitted with the latest technology and decorated with fine materials such as genuine stonework and ceramic mosaic tiles. One of the biggest surprise is the breakfast room, located on the seventh floor, from where a delightful panoramic view of Madrid rooftops can be enjoyed. There is also a romantic, outdoor terrace.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand

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Day 2

Madrid City Tour and Toledo

Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel, then departure for a panoramic tour to discover the most interesting parts of the city: Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza de Toros de las Ventas (bullfighting). There will be a stop at Hard Rock Cafe with refreshments included. Lunch is also included today, and will be at "La Capilla de la Bolsa" restaurant. In the afternoon you will go to Toledo to visit this beautiful city, one with the most monumental heritages in Europe. Enjoy panoramic views and visit the important monuments such as the "Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue" and the Damasquinado workshop.

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Day 3

Madrid to Cordoba

This morning you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel then some free time to explore the local area. Around noon you will be transferred to the train station for the AVE (high speed train) to Cordoba (approximately a 2 hour train ride). You will arrive in Cordoba in the mid-afternoon, and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Macia Alfaros Hotel

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    Macia Alfaros Hotel



    Macia Alfaros is located in the historical, commercial and administrative centre of the city of Cordoba, next to the Barbican of the Roman wall that delimits the primitive Villa Axerquia, and just ten minutes from the world famous Mosque and Jewish Quarter. Hotel Macia Alfaros; ...

    Macia Alfaros is located in the historical, commercial and administrative centre of the city of Cordoba, next to the Barbican of the Roman wall that delimits the primitive Villa Axerquia, and just ten minutes from the world famous Mosque and Jewish Quarter. Hotel Macia Alfaros; where you can find many details reminiscent of artistic manifestations of Al-Andalus: interlacing, tiles, columns and arches among other elements recalling the origins in this city, located in the centre of Andalusia and not far from Sevilla, Malaga, Granada and Jaen. A traditional Andalusian-style building that offers stylish and modern rooms of unique charm. You can enjoy the typical gastronomy of Cordoba in our very own Alarifes Restaurant, which also has its own garage.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Service
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Day 4

Cordoba to Sevilla

You have breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit to the city. The tour begins by visiting the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and continues to the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba Umayyad, an Andalusian treasure with its impressive "forest of columns". You will visit the famous Jewish quarter, walk through its picturesque streets and squares full of local color, ending in the Synagogue of Cordoba, the only surviving one in Andalusia. You will then have some free time for lunch and be transferred to the train station for the AVE train bound for Sevilla. Train departs around 5pm and takes approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival in Sevilla you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Rivera de Triana

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    Hotel Rivera de Triana



    The Hotel Ribera de Triana is located in the heart of the Triana district of Seville, Spain. It is a lively and dynamic neighborhood with many nice little bars and restaurants. From the hotel you can enjoy beautiful views of the Guadalquivir River and the ...

    The Hotel Ribera de Triana is located in the heart of the Triana district of Seville, Spain. It is a lively and dynamic neighborhood with many nice little bars and restaurants. From the hotel you can enjoy beautiful views of the Guadalquivir River and the historic Triana Bridge. You can also overlook the city of Seville and catch a glimpse of the Giralda, which sticks out above its rooftops. The hotel offers a modern decor, with references to the Moorish heritage of Andalusia. The perfect choice for both business and leisure travel. One of the best hotels in Seville.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Concierge
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Laundry
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Newsstand
    • Parking

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Day 5

Sevilla

After breakfast you will take a minibus city tour, visiting the most important sights of this beautiful historic place: the University, the Old Snuff Factory, Plaza of Spain - the most symbolic work of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, the Palace of San Telmo, the Golden Tower and the Bridge Isabela II. Discover Santa Cruz - the ancient Jewish Quarter: a maze of narrow streets leading to the famous Plaza de los Venerables. You will tour the Royal Palace - the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and the Seville Cathedral - the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Tours ends at the Cathedral. In the afternoon there will be a cruise on the Guadalquivir - the only navigable river in Spain to admire the sights from a completely different perspective.

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Day 6

Sevilla to Granada

This morning you will have breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to the train station. Your train departs around noon and travels from Seville to Granada (approximately 3 hours). Upon arrival in Granada you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening you are invited to dinner and a Flamenco Show at The Temple of Flamenco - the best show in town.

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Duration1 Night
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Gran Hotel Luna De Granada

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    Gran Hotel Luna De Granada



    The Gran Hotel Sercotel Luna de Granada, is located only within ten-minute distance from the historical centre. All guest rooms are fully equipped, modern and comfortable. Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a seasonal outdoor pool. Make yourself at home in one ...

    The Gran Hotel Sercotel Luna de Granada, is located only within ten-minute distance from the historical centre. All guest rooms are fully equipped, modern and comfortable. Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a seasonal outdoor pool. Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Childrens Playground
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Gymnasium
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • TV lounge

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Day 7

Granada to Barcelona

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a chance to visit the impressive Alhambra - the most remarkable fortress ever constructed and Generalife Gardens built in the 13th century to overlook the Alhambra and set on 30 lush hectares (74 acres). You will then have time at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Barcelona at around 9:00pm (maximum 1 checked bag at 23kg). Upon arrival in Barcelona you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Dante

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    Hotel Dante



    The Best Western Premier Hotel Dante has a privileged location in the heart of the city only three blocks from the emblematic Paseo de Gracia, walking distance to the Gaudi architecture, the modernist area and 10 minute walk from Catalunya Square. For shopping, you are ...

    The Best Western Premier Hotel Dante has a privileged location in the heart of the city only three blocks from the emblematic Paseo de Gracia, walking distance to the Gaudi architecture, the modernist area and 10 minute walk from Catalunya Square. For shopping, you are in the right place. You will find the most elegant and fashionable shops at the Paseo de Gracia and all kinds of restaurants within a radius of 100 meters.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 8

Barcelona

Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel followed by a full day tour of Barcelona. This tour will take you through the heart of the city and includes Plaza Catalunya, Gothic Quarter and the Montjuic area where you enjoy a cable car ride to the top, "Spanish Village" displaying the building styles which are typical of the various provinces of Spain. The afternoon portion of the tour is dedicated to the artist Gaudi. You will pass outside the Batlo and Pedrera houses, following by a stop at the fabulous Guell Park and visit the impressive unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Dinner this evening is in a typical restaurant (rice and fish) with the views of the sea in Barcelona Beach.

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Day 9

Departure

Today is departure day. After breakfast you will be transferred to the Barcelona airport for your onward journey.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation; 2 nights Madrid, 1 night Cordoba, 2 nights Sevilla,1 night Granada and 2 nights in Barcelona
  • Private transfers in all cities
  • AVE train from Madrid to Cordoba and Cordoba to Sevilla
  • National train from Sevilla to Granada
  • Airfare Granada to Barcelona (maximum 1 suitcase of 23kg/50lbs allowed)
  • Half day city tour of Madrid with drinks at Hard Rock Cafe
  • Half day city tours with entrance fees of Toledo, Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada
  • Cruise on Guadalquivir
  • Lunch at La Capilla de la Bolsa restaurant on day 2
  • Dinner with Flamenco show in Granada Flamenco Temple on day 6
  • Dinner at Xup-Xup (rice and fish) in Barcelona Beach on day 8.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated in the itinerary
  • Nightly city tax paid directly to the hotel of approximately 1-5 Euros per person per night
  • Gratuities
  • Optional entrance fees
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS & 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 enquire.

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