Highlights of Spain - Small Group, Summer

Highlights of Spain - Small Group, Summer

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Highlights of Spain - Small Group, Summer

9 Days Starting in Barcelona, Spain and ending in Madrid, Spain

Visiting: Barcelona, Peniscola, Valencia, Lorca, Purullena, Granada, Seville, Córdoba, Madrid

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE936ZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

See the beautiful world of Spain during this 9-day guided tour. Begin in Barcelona, where a Local Expert will lead you along the city’s narrow lanes to the lively Las Ramblas and the Sagrada Família, a basilica built by the architect Antoni Gaudí. Paella was created in Valencia. Later, enjoy a private cooking demonstration at a family-run restaurant while sampling the local flavors. See glorious views of the Sierra Nevada before reaching Granada, where a Local Expert will guide you through one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built: the Alhambra. In Seville, learn the art of flamenco dancing during a private lesson, then be treated to a passionate performance by professionals. Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid with an art historian, who can share the stories behind Spanish masterpieces by artists such as Francisco Goya.

Highlights

  • Seville: Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.

  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows.

  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.

  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.Seville: Guided by your Local Expert, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter and emerge by the great walls of the Alcazar.

  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Barcelona
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: NH Collection Barcelona Constanza. Hilton Barcelona.
Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner at local restaurant La Pau. This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® supports teenagers and young people to transition to their adult life.

Day 2 : Barcelona, The City Of Gaudí Relaxed Start
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: NH Collection Barcelona Constanza. Hilton Barcelona
Meals Included: Dinner, Breakfast, with Wine

With your Local Expert, drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore or perhaps join an optional experience to Montserrat & The Black Madonna.

Day 3 : Along The Coast To Valencia Relaxed Start
Location: Barcelona, Peniscola, Valencia
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Barceló Valencia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta. Stop at the seaside resort of Peñíscola and see the hilltop castle used in the film 'El Cid'.Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia and see the City of Arts and Sciences. Later see the Old City and take in its medieval charm.Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn how to make this local specialty during a Cooking Demonstration. Later, indulge in the delicious flavours of this classic dish with a glass of sangria at your Highlight Dinner.

Day 4 : Exquisite Granada And Alhambra
Location: Valencia, Lorca, Purullena, Granada
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Gran Luna de Granada
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Travel south toward Andalucía, passing the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings hollowed out of the soft rock near Guadix. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada mountains from a distance as you reach glorious Granada. This historic city was a Moorish kingdom for almost eight centuries and was the last stronghold to fall to the Catholic monarchs of Spain in 1492. Overlooking Granada stands the Alhambra, one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. A fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Later, stroll through the elegant exotic gardens of the Generalife, the Royal summer residence.

Day 5 : A Scenic Drive To Seville
Location: Granada, Seville
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Meliá Sevilla Seville
Meals Included: Breakfast

The morning is at your leisure to explore as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and visit the Albaicin Quarter with a Local Expert. Here, in addition to falling in love with Granada, you will also uncover its pivotal role in European history. Continue your travels to Seville, past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Day 6 : Seville, The City Of Carmen Relaxed Start
Location: Seville
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Meliá Sevilla Seville
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus.Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and enjoy panoramic views.This evening, visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance.

Day 7 : Moorish Córdoba And On To Madrid
Location: Seville, Córdoba, Madrid
Accommodation: Hotel, .
Accommodation Name: Meliá Madrid Serrano, Meliá Madrid Princesa Madrid
Meals Included: Breakfast

Set off early along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Córdoba and see the famous Roman bridge, built in the 1st century BC. Meet a local historian and visit the magnificent Mezquita, a beautiful 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it. Make the most of your time at leisure and stroll the narrow streets of the city. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through La Mancha and on to the capital, Madrid.

Day 8 : Madrid Of The Bourbons Relaxed Start
Location: Madrid
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel, .
Accommodation Name: Meliá Madrid Serrano, Meliá Madrid Princesa Madrid
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert, as they guide you through the most historic neighbourhoods in the Spanish capital. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter to discover the origins of the city. Visit the renowned Prado Museum with an art historian who will guide you through the collective works of Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and more. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax at a cafe, shop in the trendy boutiques or perhaps travel to beautiful Toledo with an Optional Experience.In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant in the heart of the city. Toast your adventures as you enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner of regional favourites, served with wine.

Day 9 : Depart Madrid
Location: Madrid
Accommodation: Hotel, .
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 24 guests.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an Itinerary.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level Low - These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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