Classical Spain

Classical Spain

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Classical Spain

16 Days Starting and ending in Paris, France

Visiting: Paris, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Seville, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Burgos, Bordeaux

Tour operator:

Shearings

Tour code:

cs

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

8-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Uncover historic sites and incredible cultural delights on this tour of the Classic Cities of Spain. See some the country’s finest cities including Seville, famous for oranges and flamenco; the capital city, Madrid and the unique lifestyle of Barcelona.

Highlights

  • Uncover historic sites and incredible cultural delights on this tour of the Classic Cities of Spain

  • See some the country’s finest cities including Seville, famous for oranges and flamenco; the capital city, Madrid and the unique lifestyle of Barcelona

  • Visit Toledo, the City of Three Cultures’ famous for its medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Travel To Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City-style hotels

Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to our overnight hotel in the Paris area.

Day 2 : Travel To Barcelona

Location: Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Continuing south, we travel towards into Spain and to Barcelona, for two nights.

Day 3 : Barcelona

Location: Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Today we include a sightseeing tour of Barcelona with a visit to the Gothic Quarter and an insight into the architectural modernism of Antonio Gaudi. Truly one of the great tourist cities in the world, Barcelona has a huge number of attractions and could keep anyone entertained for a week let alone a day. You will have free time to enjoy in this magnificent city and to try and take in as many highlights as possible. Walk the streets of the Barri Gotic, the old town and shop on Las Ramblas, enjoy Antoni Gaudi's fantastic modernist artwork at the Parc Guell and the as yet unfinished but already iconic Sagrada Familia. Alternatively take a more leisurely approach and ride the harbour cable car for fantastic views across the city and the Mediterranean sea.

Day 4 : Zaragoza

Location: Zaragoza

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Barcelona and head towards Madrid via a stop in Zaragoza, home to the Church of our Lady of the Pillar which is amazingly decorated with paintings by Goya on the ceiling. Continue to Madrid for three nights.

Day 5 : Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy our optional sightseeing tour of Madrid before you have free time to explore the capital city of Spain. It is famous for stunning architecture and its world-renowned museums including the Prado which houses pieces by Goya, Rubens, Botticelli and Caravaggio among many others. Enjoy taking in the atmosphere at one of the city’s vibrant squares such as the Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor or the Plaza de la Villa.

Madrid Sightseeing can be pre-booked to secure your place.

Day 6 : Segovia

Location: Segovia

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a day at leisure in Madrid, or alternatively join us as we travel to Segovia, famous for the magnificent Aqueduct. You will struggle to find as good an example of Roman grandeur anywhere else in Spain. You will have free time to explore the quaint squares and terracotta buildings all set against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

Day 7 : Toledo

Location: Toledo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart after breakfast for a visit to Toledo, the City of Three Cultures’ famous for its medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments. We continue south to Seville, where we stay for three nights.

Day 8 : Seville

Location: Seville

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Uncover Seville’s fascinating history and ancient sights. See the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Alcazar, the Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies. Be amazed by the expansive Plaza de Espana, and soak up the bustling atmosphere this city is so well-known for.  Join our optional guided city tour, including a visit to the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz which is known for its winding streets and as the prettiest area of the city. See the incredible Cathedral, the third largest church in the world and over 500 years old. Please note that the Seville Sightseeing tour does involve a degree of walking and is not suitable for any clients with walking difficulties.

The Seville Guided Sightseeing Tour is highly recommended and includes entrance to the Alcazar Royal Palace, so must be booked in advance. The cost is from £60 and includes a fully guided tour. Please ask for details when booking this holiday.

Day 9 : Cadiz

Location: Cádiz

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join our optional excursion to Cadiz. Located on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Cadiz, the city is surrounded almost entirely by water and thanks to its historical trade links, it has many foreign influences that are still visible today. Narrow cobbled streets, small squares and weather-beaten buildings dating back to the Moors make the old city a charming place to explore with look-out towers used by merchants to spot returning trade ships scattered along the skyline.

Day 10 : Cordoba

Location: Córdoba

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Seville and head to Granada. En route we make a stop in Cordoba, famous for the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Mezquita, and the symbol of the city. Wander the narrow alleys and streets of the old town discovering squares and whitewashed courtyards. We continue to Granada for two nights.

Day 11 : Granada

Location: Granada

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join our included excursion to Granada, with an optional visit to the world-famous Alhambra Palace. The medieval complex which was the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe is made up of a fortress, a palace and pretty gardens. See beautiful ornamental architecture, lush gardens and amazing views across the city. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains Granada itself is a beautiful city and after our visit to the Alhambra we will explore the rest of the sights and attractions on offer.

A visit to the Alhambra Palace and its beautiful gardens is highly recommended and extremely popular, and must be booked in advance. The cost is from £55 and includes a fully guided tour. Please ask for details when booking this holiday.

Day 12 : Travel To Burgos

Location: Burgos

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We head north through the heart of Spain to Burgos, where we stay for two nights.

Day 13 : Burgos

Location: Burgos

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day in Burgos. The cathedral and old quarter are masterpieces of Spanish Gothic architecture. See the statue of El Cid, Burgos’ most famous son, can be seen on the north side of the San Pablo bridge, and his tomb is located in the centre of Burgos cathedral.

Day 14 : Cross The Border Into France

Location: Bordeaux

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City-style hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

It is time to leave Spain behind and start our journey back towards the UK. We will cross the border into France and overnight in the Bordeaux area.

Day 15 : Travel Back To Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City-style hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast

We continue our journey through France to the Paris area for our last overnight.

Day 16 : Return Home

Location: Paris

Meals Included: Breakfast

Return home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

  • Porterage at Hotels

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

Accommodation

Throughout your tour, will stay in minimum 3-star hotels in Spain. Overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels.

Check out our Q&As

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

    As detailed in the itinerary

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

    Low

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    You can be assured of a high level of service and reliability from our expert-trained coach crews, who will be on hand to assist and escort you along the way

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 8 years or above

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Shearings requires a minimum deposit of 75 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of shearings charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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