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SPECTACULAR SPAIN
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Portugal Morocco & SpainYou’ll experience the best of Spain on this vacation that includes an overnight in Granada and 2-night stays in Madrid, Costa del Sol, and Seville. Spain is a country steeped in history, and on this Spain tour, you’ll have an opportunity to see some of its historical sights as well as its well-known museums and churches. One tour highlight is the Prado Museum in Madrid. One of the most prestigious art museums in the world, the Prado houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting!

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Toledo, a city that has been influenced by three cultures—Arabic, Jewish, and Christian—and see the architectural styles left behind by each. While in Toledo, visit the Church of Santo Tomé with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Also visit Granada, a city with more than 1,000 years of recorded history, and see the Alhambra Complex. The Alhambra was a palace, citadel, and fortress for the Nasrid sultans and their servants, elite soldiers, and high officials from the 13th to 14th centuries. In Seville, visit the Alcazar, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress. Time on the Costa del Sol gives you a chance to relax, enjoy the sandy beaches, and browse the trendy boutiques.

On this Spain tour, they have also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. For example, Jerez is famous for its sherry wines, and you'll visit a sherry bodega for a tasting, along with tapas. Throughout your tour, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring each city to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the cities' histories, sights, cultures, and secrets. They may even teach you a few words of Spanish! Between the sights, museums, scenery, and experts, it's a Spectacular Spain vacation.
Portugal Morocco & Spain

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Spectacular Spain:
Historic Centre of Cordoba
Historic Centre of Toledo


Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain
Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2 Madrid
The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. (B)

Day 3 Madrid–Toledo–Granada
Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital of Toledo attracts more sightseers from all over the world than any other Spanish town. A Local Guide takes you to the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Also visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP and [LF] taste traditional Santo Tomé, the local marzipan produced in Toledo since 1856, before arriving in history-steeped Granada. This evening, a special dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4 Granada–Costa Del Sol
See the sights of Granada with a Local Guide and visit its main attraction, the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13th-century Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also amble through the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. Then, turn towards the sea, away from the mountains, to lively Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol. (B)

Day 5 At Leisure on the Costa Del Sol
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, and sample the many fancy restaurants. (B)

Day 6 Costa Del Sol–Ronda–Jerez–Seville
Visit picturesque, historic Ronda, perched on a platform of the Sierra de Ronda and cut in two by a deep ravine, and [LF] visit the impressive Plaza de Toros. Next is Jerez, famous for its sherry wines and magnificent horses of mixed Spanish, Arab, and English blood. [LF] Visit a SHERRY BODEGA and taste the sherry wine, accompanied by local tapas. Then, on to Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalusia. (B,D)

Day 7 Seville
Hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World during your guided sightseeing tour. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show. (B)

Day 8 Seville–Cordoba–Madrid
During your guided walking tour of Cordoba, see the Alcazar, the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Tour the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Next, drive north from the fertile valley of the Guadalquivir River through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha back to Madrid. A farewell dinner with wine awaits you at your hotel, the perfect moment to say, “Adios” to your traveling companions. (B,D)

Day 9 Madrid
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

VACATION HIGHLIGHTS

MADRID
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
TOLEDO
Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop; taste the local marzipan
GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; a special dinner at a local restaurant
RONDA
Walking tour, visit Plaza de Toros
JEREZ
Sherry wine tasting with Spanish tapas
SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
CORDOBA
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs
Headsets throughout the tour


NOTE:
If you intend to join the optional excursion to Gibraltar, please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.

Transportation:
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

HOTELS: (SF) Superior First Class (F) First Class
MADRID - Melia Galgos (SF) & NH Principe De Vergara (F)
GRANADA - Hotel Saray (SF)
COSTA DEL SOL - Melia Costa Del Sol (SF)
SEVILLE - Sevilla Center (SF)


Meals
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and a special dinner in Granada


Departures:
April – October

Prices 

From $1,823 US approx per person double occupancy

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