Savor shared moments with locals enjoying sangria in sun-dappled courtyards, zesty paella and the sounds of the Spanish guitar. On this journey, you'll explore the wonders of Spain, from the ornate walls of the Alhambra to the Gothic Cathedral and Giralda Tower in Seville.
Our prices start from1,850 LAND ONLY
9 Days • GUIDED • 12MealsOperated Tour
- 8 nights accommodation
- Services of a well-being director
- Services of a travel director
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Airport transfers at specified times on arrival and departure days
- 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Day 1 - Welcome to Madrid
The lively capital of Spain is our launch pad to a memorable encounter with one of Europe's most soulful destinations. Relax in the lush surrounds of Buen Retiro Park, shop up a storm on Gran Vía or people-watch over coffee and churros con chocolate in the Puerta del Sol. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights, followed by a Welcome Reception.
Day 2 - Explore Vibrant Toledo
We head to Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of this city that dates back to Roman times. We'll visit a traditional factory and Dive Into Culture, witnessing the age-old inlaid-steel craft, before seeing one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the Church of Santo Tomé - 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. We'll also visit the synagogue, before returning to Madrid where we'll admire the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain with our Local Specialist. Spend the evening on your own, delving into the delicious flavors of Spain's tapas capital.
Day 3 - Journey to Cordoba and on to Seville
Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in Córdoba, once a significant Moorish settlement. Join a Local Specialist to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about centuries of Moorish rule and its influence on the culture and architecture of the region. We travel to flamboyant Seville, our home for the next two nights. Consider an optional experience to see the colorful twirling skirts of a fiery flamenco show or rub shoulders with the Sevillanos in search of delicious tapeo and wine.
Day 4 - Discover Seville’s Sights
This morning, we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus's ornate tomb in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, we Connect With Locals, joining the Morillo family for a Be My Guest experience at their olive oil mill.
Day 5 - Onwards to Granada
Multicultural Granada takes center stage today, as we visit the magnificent Alhambra. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the other palaces by a covered walkway across the ravine.
Day 6 - Admire Iconic Architecture in Guadix and on to Valencia
This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-colored cliffs of the surrounding area, then travel to Valencia, where we'll see the Bullring and admire the city's medieval architecture. Embrace the city's spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science. This evening, dine at your hotel, and perhaps take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.
Day 7 - Off to Coastal Peñíscola and Barcelona
Head north, along the coast through the Levant region, and stop at Peñíscola, the 'City in the Sea'. View the ancient castle of the 'Spanish Pope', built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, 'El Cid'. Then, journey along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudí architecture. Admire this famous architect's talents as we view his unfinished La Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882. See the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to the great Christopher Columbus, with your Local Specialist. From the hill of Montjuïc, we'll enjoy panoramic views of this enchanting city. Enjoy a free evening to spend as you wish. Ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialties.
Day 8 - Uncover Gaudí's Barcelona
Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Visit Gaudí's fantasy Park Güell, stroll through the enchanting Gothic Quarter or join an optional experience to the monastery perched atop the mountain of Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, we celebrate a memorable journey through Spain with our newfound friends and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine.
Day 9 - Farewell Spain
For now it's a fond adiós to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday. A transfer to Barcelona Airport is available.
Please Note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 9. Drop-off in Madrid will be in Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 6 pm, depending on traffic conditions.
2022 Tour Dates
Pricing is subject to change without notice. It is inevitable prices or details may have changed since initially provided, see your AAA Travel Agent for current pricing. Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on November 12, 2022 travel date. International airfare is additional.
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