October 18 - 29, 2021
3,580 per person (based on double occupancy) Includes all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners Accomodations in 3* hotels & charming country Inns All guided excursions, entrance fees, all ground transport and transfers, Meet and greet at the airport in Barcelona and porterage in and out of the hotels.
Depart USA for Barcelona, Spain
Tour Begins at 6:00 pm at your hotel in Barcelona. A transfer from the airport is included to your hotel conveniently located in the heart of this exciting city.
This evening, meet your traveling companions and your tour manager for a welcome cocktail. Meals B (on plane)
Barcelona is an exceptional city overflowing with history, art and culture. This morning, walk with your local guide along famous Las Ramblas to the Plaça del Pi; explore the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) to get a good look at the 13th-to-15th-century architecture, and visit la Sagrada Família, the fanciful, unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí and sample local tapas on an included tasting tour through several of Barcelona's iconic tapas restaurants; discover more of the city as you please for the remainder of the day and evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)
A full day for you to be free and enjoy at your own pace.
From Barcelona, take an included morning flight to the seaside city of Málaga on the Costa del Sol, hometown of the artist Pablo Picasso. Upon arrival, begin your discoveries with a panoramic and walking tour of this historic Andalusian city, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth, chronicling some 3,000 years of civilization. After time for lunch as you please, visit the Museo Picasso Málaga – a modern museum opened in 2003, displaying nearly 300 works by native son Picasso, converted from a former 16th-century palace just a few hundred meters from the artist’s actual birthplace. Continue overland to Granada, a jewel of the Sierra Nevada foothills in southern Spain, where you'll enjoy dinner with wine at your local hotel tonight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
The focus of our sightseeing today is Granada’s main attraction, The Alhambra, a mighty fortress that houses an extraordinary delicate and beautiful Moorish Palace. This was the palace of the Nasrid Sultans, rulers of the last Spanish Moorish Kingdom. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter. Explore the massive Renaissance palace of Charles V and the lush fountain-filled gardens of the Generalife.
We continue our tour (by road) to Ronda (2hr), a historic town located on a towering plateau in the mountains of Malaga. En route we visit Reserva Tauro a 500 acre bull and horse breeding farm where we have the opportunity to get close to bulls and gain an understanding of the culture without attending a bull fight. In Ronda we will walk around the Old Town where you will learn the origins of this ancient town where Romans, Arabs and Christians left their traces. We visit the Mondragon Palace, built in a Mudejar style and finally to the bullring, the oldest in the country. Ronda is famous for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo Gorge that carries the Rio Guadalevin through its center. We suggest a walk to the 18thcentury “New Bridge” which straddles the 328ft chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serrania de Ronda mountains. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Ronda
Today we travel to Seville via a stop at the well preserved rock paintings at the Pileta Caves. The 2500 year old Neolithic and Paleolithic drawings of black, ochre and red are mostly lines and patterns, but there are also horses, goats and a rare giant fish, made from a mixtufre of clay and fat.
We then follow by road the route known as “The route of the White Villages” for the singularity of the scenery. You will have some free time for lunch and to explore the small town of Grazalema, a white hill town nestled in the National Park. Prior to arrival in Seville, we will stop at a viewpoint for a panorama photo opportunity and some sketching time.
No Spain vacation would be complete without a visit to charming Seville; get your bearings on an orientation tour of this spectacular city dating back nearly 2,000 years. Enjoy a walking tour of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and through the maze of old streets in the former Jewish Quarter. Visit the Seville Cathedral, the third-largest Roman Catholic church in the world and the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and home to the famed Giralda Bell Tower. The remainder of the day is free for you to pursue what interests you most in Seville. This evening join us for a lovely walk along the Guadalquivir riverbank to view historic monuments like the Maestranza Bullring, the Torre Del Oro and the Monument to the Tolerance by Eduardo Chillida.
Join us for a performance of flamenco dancing followed by dinner (Breakfast - Dinner)
This morning leave Seville early for Cordoba, (a World Heritage City). A panoramic tour of the charming Moorish-influenced city of Córdoba with your local guide leads to a walking tour through the historic former Jewish Quarter and a visit to the ornate 8th-century La Mezquita, once one of the world's largest mosques, and now a Roman Catholic cathedral. In the afternoon, board the high-speed AVE train and travel to Madrid for a two-night stay in Spain's marvelous capital city, which you'll enjoy as you please this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch) Overnight Madrid
Your day in magnificent Madrid kicks off with a city sightseeing tour that will take you to highlights including Palacio de Oriente, the ornate Royal Palace built in the 18th century; grand avenues such as Gran Via and Castellana, and El Parque del Buen Retiro. Tour will end at the famed Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the finest art museums in the world. Later, The afternoon is free to explore and have lunch as you please in Madrid. Enjoy a surprise dinner tonight... a fitting finale to your travels through Spain. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Tour ends: Madrid. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from your hotel to Madrid's Barajas Airport or the Madrid Atocha railway station; allow 3 hours for flight check-in. (Breakfast)