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Spanish Holiday: Madrid, Andalusia & the Mediterranean Coast

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,562

FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Start in Madrid and end in Barcelona, enjoy cities of contrast and culture.. Explore two must-see regions in Spain: Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast! In Andalusia, discover medieval cities, flamenco and Moorish roots, then head to the Mediterranean coast to Valencia, the modern City of Arts and Sciences.


This 9 day first-class escorted coach tour explores the highlights of fascinating Spain.  Visit sophisticated Madrid and Barcelona while also embracing historics sites such as the Alhambra as well as the sunny Mediterranean and Andalusian coasts.

You will start your journey in Madrid, Spain’s sunny capital. Spend your first morning learning about the cultural influences and history of the city before taking the afternoon to explore on your own. The next day you will head south to Seville and stop at the famous mosque in Cordoba on the way. Southern Spain has been heavily influenced by Moorish history and this will be evident in the groves of olives trees and unique architecture. 

Seville is famous as the home of Flamenco but is also home to some unexpected and historic sites, including the largest Catholic cathedral after St Peter’s in the Vatican. After a morning tour of the city you will have the opportunity explore the sites on your own. 

Day five brings you to Granada and the Alhambra, once a castle of a Moorish kingdom before being a home to the kings and queens of Spain..The castle and it’s gardens have been a literary inspiration for many. 

You will then make your way to Valencia on the Medeterranen coast and enjoy a city tour that takes in the six major museums. Valencia is also a fantastic stop for foodies as it is the best place in the world to enjoy some paella.

Your final two days take you north to Barcelona, most famous for its uniquely designed buildings by Gaudi, including Sagarada Familia. You get to spend your final day being guided around the most famous sites of the city before heading off on your onward travels the next morning.

 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,562

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Day 1

Arrive Madrid

Meet and assistance at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Riu Plaza Espana

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    Riu Plaza Espana



    The Hotel Riu Plaza Espana, located in the emblematic Edificio Espana on Madrid's Gran Via, has 26 floors with a wide range of facilities to make your stay a memorable experience. This hotel on the Gran Via offers free WiFi throughout the hotel, a Sky …

    The Hotel Riu Plaza Espana, located in the emblematic Edificio Espana on Madrid's Gran Via, has 26 floors with a wide range of facilities to make your stay a memorable experience. This hotel on the Gran Via offers free WiFi throughout the hotel, a Sky Bar with breathtaking views of the city, an outdoor swimming pool located on the 20th floor, 24-hour gym and conference rooms for holding your best events.

    The Hotel Riu Plaza Espana offers you more than 550 rooms, each with a mini-fridge, air conditioning and heating, an electronic safe, and a complimentary welcome kit, among many other amenities, to make your stay as pleasant as possible. And, if you like, you can cool off in the outdoor swimming pool located on the 20th floor, or do your daily workout in the 24-hour gym.

    The gastronomic offer of this hotel on the Gran Via is sure to delight you. In the restaurant, you have buffet breakfasts with show-cooking stations that will help you start the day full of energy; in the Gastro Bar, you can have lunch and dinner and try delicious snacks; and in the Sky Bar and lobby bar, we'll serve you the best drinks and appetisers.

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Day 2

Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer.
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Day 3

Madrid - Cordoba - Seville

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Julia Travel bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente. Departure at 08:30 a.m. Drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote's land. Brief stop at typical site in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of "Despeñaperros" and get into Andalusia, a region for itself that shows and enormous heritage from a splendorous past. Reach Cordoba. Impressive tour of its Mosque (entrance included) and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride reach Seville.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Melia Lebreros Seville

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    Melia Lebreros Seville



    The stylish Melia Lebreros is in Seville's commercial district, a quarter mile from Santa Justa AVE Train Station. The Melia Lebreros is across from 2 shopping and recreation centers, and Sevilla FC's Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium is just 961 feet away. The historic center of the …

    The stylish Melia Lebreros is in Seville's commercial district, a quarter mile from Santa Justa AVE Train Station. The Melia Lebreros is across from 2 shopping and recreation centers, and Sevilla FC's Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium is just 961 feet away. The historic center of the city is within walking distance of the hotel. It has a seasonal outdoor pool, a gym and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel's restaurant serves Andalusian and Mediterranean food. There is also a bar with an attractive outdoor terrace, as well as a New York-themed nightclub. The hotel's chic rooms provide air conditioning, a minibar and a private bathroom with free toiletries. All rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV. The property provides convenient road access to the center of the city and the Fibes Congress Centre.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Alarm clock
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Car Hire
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Garage
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • In-Room Safe
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Seville

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of "Carmen" as well as a precisely where the myth of "Don Juan" developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavors of this active full of light city. Optional Tours, including a Flamenco Tour.

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Day 5

Seville - Granada

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world-famous Alhambra complex (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the "Tales of the Alhambra" by W. Irving. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Melia Granada

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    Melia Granada



    This is an excellent property in the center of Granada. The hotel also offers a cocktail bar, a fitness centre with sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel provides parking facilities for its guests.06.08 DU situated in the centre of historic Granada, just a short walk from …

    This is an excellent property in the center of Granada. The hotel also offers a cocktail bar, a fitness centre with sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel provides parking facilities for its guests.06.08 DU situated in the centre of historic Granada, just a short walk from the Royal Chapel and the commercial centre of the city. All are large and tastefully decorated. They all include mini bar, air conditioning/heating, satellite television, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box and all come with fully equipped bathroom and hairdryer.

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Day 6

Granada - Valencia

After breakfast at the hotel start driving looking for the Mediterranean coast. Via Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river, continue north via Alicante, the second largest city within the region of Valencia. Reach Valencia one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean coast with its modern Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex integrated by six elements: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and delicious "Paella".

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Duration1 Night
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NH Valencia Las Artes

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    NH Valencia Las Artes



    The NH Valencia Las Artes is only a couple of minutes' walk from a science museum, aquarium and IMAX cinema. Buses outside the hotel take you into the old town, and you can be on the beach in 15 minutes. The hotel has 174 rooms, …

    The NH Valencia Las Artes is only a couple of minutes' walk from a science museum, aquarium and IMAX cinema. Buses outside the hotel take you into the old town, and you can be on the beach in 15 minutes. The hotel has 174 rooms, a restaurant, gym, swimming pool and sauna.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Gym
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna

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Day 7

Valencia - Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of this bright city including a drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex "Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias" to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Early afternoon departure northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Reach Barcelona principal Mediterranean city homeland of the famous architect Gaudí symbol of the Catalonian modernism.

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Duration2 Nights
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Catalonia Barcelona Plaza

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    Catalonia Barcelona Plaza



    Situated opposite Arenas Shopping Centre in Barcelona's Plaza Espa_a, Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza has a seasonal rooftop pool and terrace with 360 views of the city. It offers a fitness room and free Wi-Fi. Espanya Metro Station is outside the hotel. There are also many …

    Situated opposite Arenas Shopping Centre in Barcelona's Plaza Espa_a, Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza has a seasonal rooftop pool and terrace with 360 views of the city. It offers a fitness room and free Wi-Fi. Espanya Metro Station is outside the hotel. There are also many bus stops on the square providing guests with easy access to the city, the Fira and Barcelona Airport. All rooms feature air conditioning, free WiFi and satellite TV. The marble bathroom comes complete with a hairdryer. The Filigrana Restaurant at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza serves Catalan cuisine with local produce. The Gourmet Corner offers food until late and there is also a Japanese restaurant, Kurai. Catalonia Barcelona Plaza also has a large business centre and meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology. The Catalonia Barcelona Hotel has views over the square, fountains and Montjuic Palace. It is also very cloose to the Olympic Stadium and Palau Sant Jordi.

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Day 8

Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Barcelona well known worldwide for the Olympic Games in 1992, drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudí such as La Pedrera, Casa Milá, etc. - declared World Heritage buildings. The Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city and harbour, Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. Afternoon is for you to keep on discovering this city.

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Day 9

Depart Barcelona

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2021: Apr 10; May 8; Jun 12; Jul 3, 31; Sep 4; Oct 2

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Transportation in deluxe coach with an English-speaking Tour Manager (max 35 guests)
  • 2 nights first class accommodations in Madrid
  • 2 nights first class accommodation in Seville
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Granada
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Valencia
  • 2 nights first class accommodation in Barcelona
  • Guided excursions in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona
  • Entrance fee to the Cordoba Mosque, Alhambra and Generalife Garden
  • Optional Flamenco show in Seville and Granada
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 3 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Local City Taxes are not included, to be paid directly to the hotel
  • Visa fees if applicable

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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