This vacation is perfect for those who wish to experience all the excitement and energy of Spain. Start with a welcome dinner in Madrid, and guided sightseeing including the famous Prado Museum. Then, travel north into beautiful Castile via Segovia and Burgos to Vitoria for your overnight stay. A special stop has been included for a wine tasting accompanied by tapas at Bodega Portia, designed by the world-famous architect Norman Foster. In Bilbao, Basque country, visit the famous Guggenheim Museum. Continue via San Sebastian to Pamplona, the “City of Bulls”, at the foot of the Pyrenees. Here, a special treat is a walk through the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, followed by a Rioja wine tasting, and dinner with local specialties. Also stop in Saragossa, and visit Plaza del Pilar, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Guided sightseeing is included in Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar, Seville, and Toledo. On top of all this, you will also taste the traditional Horchata drink in Valencia, enjoy an excursion to beautiful Malaga from Torremolinos, and an exclusive visit to the Mirador de las Setas in Seville. Plus a farewell dinner is included in Madrid.
MADRID Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado MuseumSEGOVIA Take pictures of the Roman Aqueduct RIBERA DEL DUERO [LF] Wine tasting at Bodega PortiaBURGOS Take pictures of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, El Cid’sburial placeBILBAOGuided visit of the Guggenheim MuseumSAN SEBASTIAN Visit the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast”PAMPLONA [LF] Walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by a Rioja wine tasting and dinner at a local restaurantSARAGOSSA Visit Plaza del PilarBARCELONA Guided sightseeing, visit the gothic quarter, and take pictures of the Sagrada Familia BasilicaVALENCIA Guided sightseeing; [LF] enjoy a traditional Horchata drinkGRANADA Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the GeneralifeCOSTA DEL SOL Excursion to MalagaROCK OF GIBRALTAR Guided sightseeing, visit St. Michael’s CavesSEVILLE [LF] Exclusive visit to the Mirador de las Setas: guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarterTOLEDO Guided sightseeing, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshopHeadsets throughout the tour
MADRID Catalonia Atocha (F)VITORIA NH Canciller Ayala (F)PAMPLONA NH Iruna Park (F)BARCELONA Catalonia Barcelona Plaza (F)VALENCIA NH Center (F)GRANADA M.A. Nazaries (F)COSTA DEL SOL Melia Costa del Sol (SF) at TorremolinosSEVILLE Ayre Sevilla (SF)MADRID Agumar (F)
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 8 three-course dinners (D), including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid, and special dinners in Pamplona and Granada
NOTES: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 entranceJuly 7 Departure – San Fermin Feria in Pamplona.December 22 Departure – Christmas Eve in Vitoria and New Year’s Eve in Costa del Sol.
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi