Depart your home city on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight.
Arrival at Madrid airport. After clearing simple immigration and customs formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. We suggest you take advantage of your free time to get to know one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive Plaza Mayor. This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve delicious “tapas”. VALUE PACKAGE includes a Tapas Dinner tonight. Return to your hotel at your own convenience. Accommodations.
Buffet breakfast. This morning’s escorted sightseeing tour will allow you to get a glimpse of some of Madrid’s most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate, the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente. Time for lunch on your own. VALUE PACKAGE includes Lunch today.
Highly recommended this afternoon, is an optional tour to the Imperial former capital city of Toledo, where you will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere. Touring will include the interior of the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to St. Tome Church, where El Greco’s masterpiece painting is displayed. There will also be some time for shopping for the unique typical local artisanry. VALUE PACKAGE includes the Tour to Toledo. Return to Madrid for accommodations.
Buffet breakfast. Departure through the once-remote region of Extremadura, home to many of the “Conquistadores”. Arrival in ancient Merida. Free time for lunch. Lunch is included in the VALUE PACKAGE. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Roman amphitheater archeological site before continuing to Seville. Accommodations.
Buffet breakfast. This morning’s tour of the “Pearl of Andalucia” will explore this gracious city, Spain’s third largest. See the Tower of Gold, the tranquil and extensive Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally the massive cathedral (one of the world’s largest) with its Giralda Tower (a former minaret). Time for lunch on your own. Lunch is Included in the VALUE PACKAGE. This afternoon we suggest an optional cruise in the Guadalquivir river. VALUE PACKAGE includes the Guadalquivir river cruise. This evening an optional Flamenco Show is recommended, with the enjoyment of local wine. VALUE PACKAGE includes Flamenco Show and drink. Accommodations.
Buffet breakfast. Depart to Cordoba. Visit one of the world’s marvels, the former Great Mosque (now a cathedral). Time for lunch on your own. Continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. VALUE PACKAGE includes dinner tonight. Accommodations.
Buffet breakfast. This morning, enjoy an escorted tour of the amazing Moorish palace and fortress complex of the Alhambra and the verdant Gardens of the Generalife. At mid-day departure to the east coast of Spain arriving in Valencia for accommodation.
Buffet breakfast and panoramic morning city tour of Valencia and the new area of Museums. In the early afternoon continue along the Mediterranean coast north to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. In the evening, it is suggested to dine at the Pueblo Español, featuring architectural replicas from all of Spain’s regions. VALUE PACKAGE includes entrance and dinner tonight at Pueblo Español. Accommodations.
Buffet breakfast. This morning enjoy an escorted tour of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. See the old Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. Stop to admire the exterior of Gaudi’s masterwork, the Basilica of the Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia). Continue to Montjuich Hill (site of the Olympic Stadium), to enjoy a spectacular view of Barcelona and its port area. Free time for lunch, perhaps in the Olympic Port area. Lunch is included today in the VALUE PACKAGE. Afternoon free. Accommodations.
Buffet breakfast. Pre-arranged transfer to Barcelona airport to check-in for your return flight home.