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Description

Travel to Spain and see a land of diversity in culture, religion, and terrain, and this seven day escorted tour introduces travelers to five cities in the central and southern interior: Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, and Toledo. The Spain vacation begins at the center of the Iberian Peninsula in the capital city-Madrid. Madrid is renowned for its grand monuments, royal heritage, world-famous arts museums, and cosmopolitan shopping. On the voyage south, the plains of La Mancha excite the imagination, as this is the land where Cervantes' famous Don Quixote jousted windmills and dreamed the impossible dream. Beyond the plains sits Cordoba, an ancient city of diverse heritage that boasts Aljama, an 8th century mosque with architectural features that reflect the culture of the conquering peoples who once made this city home. In Andalucia, the most romantic city in Spain beckons-Seville. Seville's Gothic cathedral and epic La Giralda bell tower glow golden at night and winding, cobblestone streets burst on to broad plazas. Due east from Seville is Granada, the last strong hold of Muslim rule in Spain. Rising from the mountain is the UNESCO World Heritage-restored Alhambra, a fortress-turned-palace that is over 600 years old. The final destination is Toledo, one of Europe's oldest cities and home to famous painter El Greco.


Itinerary

Day 1 - SUN I MADRID

Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 - MON I MADRID

After breakfast, enjoy your tour of Madrid. Highlights include the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the Alcala Gate, the Plaza de Espana and the Royal Palace. This afternoon you will visit Toledo, a medieval town considered one of the oldest in Europe. Your tour’s highlights will be a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé, for a view of the masterpiece by El Greco. Overnight in Madrid. (B)

Day 3 - TUE I MADRID I ARANJUEZ I LA MANCHA I GRANADA

After breakfast we depart for Granada. Stop en route in Aranjuez, the royal city of Aranjuez, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the imperial magnificence of Palacio Real, Aranjuez’s most significant structure and the beautiful gardens that surround the palace, before resuming your journey through La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote. Enjoy here a wine tasting accompanied by tapas before continuing to Granada. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 4 - WED I GRANADA I SEVILLE

Travel to SpainYour day starts with a step back into the rich history of Granada as you visit its main attraction, the fabulous Alhambra Palace, widely regarded as being one of the ten architectural wonders of the world. Both graceful and mighty, this citadel is laced in stone and is surrounded by gardens and fountains. Continue to Seville. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 - THU I SEVILLE

Today enjoy a guided tour of Seville, the most romantic city in Spain. Highlights include a visit to the Cathedral, considered the world’s largest Gothic edifice. Afterwards, stop for some photos of La Giralda tower before strolling through the narrow lanes of Seville’s delightful Santa Cruz district, a former Jewish Quarter. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight you will be introduced to the art of Flamenco, and experience first-hand a lesson with a professional dancer. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 6 - FRI I SEVILLE I CORDOBA I MADRID

 escorted tourAfter breakfast depart for Cordoba. The Andalusia region is the breeding grounds for the Andalusian horse, a strong and powerful race favored by Moorish kings and thought to have evolved from the Portuguese breed. After a visit of a horse farm we will continue to Cordoba. Your visit will start with a guided tour of the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Aljama, the 8th century Mosque combining Islamic, Baroque and Gothic design and internationally recognized as an architectural treasure. Continue to Madrid. (B)

Day 7 - SAT I MADRID TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 6 nights
  • 9 included meals consisting of:
    - 6 buffet breakfasts
    - 3 dinners at hotel
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional Tour Director from day 3 to day 6
  • Assistance of a local representative in Madrid
  • Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows:
    - Tour of Madrid, including entrance fee for the Royal Palace
    - Tour of Toledo, including entrance fee for the Church of Santo Tomé
    - Tour of Granada, including entrance fees for Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
    - Tour of Seville, including entrance fee for the Cathedral
    - Tour of Cordoba, including entrance fee for the Mosque
    - Visit of wine cellar, including wine tasting and tapas (NEW)
    - Introductory Flamenco lesson (NEW)
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Notes

    Single supplement $465
    Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: Not available
    Price is per person based on double occupancy. Rates for additional nights at first and last city are available.

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