July 11-22, 2018
- Prado & Reina Sofia Museum
- Royal Palace
- Plaza Mayor
- Puerta del Sol
- El Escorial
- Torre de Oro
- Plaza de Expaña
- Capilla Real
- Church of Santo Tomé
- Santa Maria de la Blanca
- Roman Bridge
Boutique Hotels TBD
$3795.00 per person ($100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place)
Your Tour Includes
- All Ground transportation in Spain –
- A friendly, small group – maximum 16 guests – one-quarter of most tour group sizes
- A full-time Spanish speaking tour director to take care of all your needs and answer all your questions
- 11 nights accommodations in centrally located, boutique hotels
- All breakfasts and five dinners
- City Tours and entrances/guides for all attractions
- Round trip airfare not included
- you are responsible for your alcoholic beverages and free time tours and driver’s gratuity
- maximum 16 guests
Day 1- Wednesday, July 11
Travel to Madrid
Day 2 – Thursday, July 12
Arrive early at Barrajas Airport, near Madrid and travel to your hotel. After a rest, you will enjoy a city tour of Madrid with a guide. You will get to know the Barrio de las Letras, the neighborhood around your hotel and enjoy sampling “tapas” in the evening.
Day 3 – Friday, July 13
In the morning, tour the magnificent Royal Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles. Across the plaza, you will visit the Cathedral de la Almudena, Madrid’s modern Cathedral. Returning to the hotel, you can explore the Plaza Mayor. Following anafternoon visit to the Reina Sofia Museum, the rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy siesta, or to explore the city. In the evening, you will learn to make and enjoy “tapas”
Day 4 – Saturday, July 14
Travel by coach bus to visit El Escorial the Palace/Monastery/Basilica of King Philip II. Following a tour, enjoy lunch in one of the many lovely cafes in the town. After lunch, you will continue on to Segovia to see one of the finest examples of roman architecture, the 2000-year-old aqueduct. You will also have the chance to see the magnificent Alcázar, which was one of the palaces of Ferdinand and Isabella, with its moat, turrets, and ramparts. If you are feeling brave, climb to the top for amazing views of the countryside or descend into the dungeons. There will also be time for shopping in the many charming shops.
Day 5, Sunday, July 15
Today you will say “hasta la vista” to Madrid and travel south to visit the medieval walled city of Toledo, the former capital city of Spain. The narrow, shaded streets, the natural fortress of the Tajo river surrounding the city and the imposing Gothic cathedral combine to make Toledo one of the most visited sites in Spain. Toledo was the home of the famous painter El Greco and you will visit one of his greatest masterpieces, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Shopping is also a highlight here; sample the marzipan – the almond paste that is a specialty of the area. From Toledo you will continue on to Granada in the evening.
Day 6, Monday, July 16
Today you will enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular “red palace”, the Alhambra. Before the city sprung up at its feet, this fortress was the home to the Moorish Caliphs. Wander the gardens of the Generalife enjoying the sound of falling water from the many fountains that were such a part of the Moorish culture in Spain. Later, visit the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel to see the burial site of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella. Finally, wrap up your day browsing the old market.
Day 7, Tuesday, July 17
A visit to Ronda awaits you today. Important since Roman times, you will visit the “New Bridge” famous for it’s spectacular views. The bullring is one of the most well-known in all of Spain and you will have time for lunch and shopping before continuing on to Sevilla. Situated on the river Guadalquivir, Sevilla has a ritmo – a rythm all it’s own. The gorgeous parks, outdoor cafes, stunning flowers and friendly people make this city a favourite with tourists. Here, they take their siesta seriously, but at night, the city comes alive as the beautiful architecture is illuminated making it all the more beautiful. A night-time walking tour lets you soak in the splendour of it all.
Day 8, Wednesday, July 18
Today you will explore the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world and, if you wish, climb the ramps of the minaret called La Giralda to catch unparalleled views of both the city and the exterior of the Cathedral. You’ll see the flying buttresses below you and marvel at the number of rooftop swimming pools throughout the city! Choose an outdoor cafe for a glass of wine and tapas before dinner. For dinner, you’ll cross the Guadalquivir River to the Triana neighborhood and enjoy a typical Andalusian meal. Later, you’ll tour the Alcazar and its magnificent gardens before spending time in the charming boutiques of the Juderia.
Day 9, Thursday, July 19
After a guided tour of the Alcazar, you’ll visit the unique Plaza de España. It was constructed for the World Expo in the 1920’s and more recently featured prominently in Star Wars Episode 2, The Attack of the Clones. Stroll through Parque Maria Louisa or take a carriage ride around the city. The rest of the day is free to shop, or you might cross the Guadalquivir once again to visit the Triana neighborhood with is famous food markets and tile shops. In the evening, you will enjoy a typical flamenco show. city of Córdoba.
Day 10, Friday, July 20
On your way back north towards Madrid, today you will stop in Córdoba, the quintessential southern Spanish city. The highlight is the Mezquita, once the largest mosque in the world, beautifully preserved and open to the public. Learn how one civilization after another has left its mark on the ancient structure. Later, explore the charming, narrow streets – you might find the tiniest street in the world! Have lunch and shop in the numerous boutiques and finally return to the bus to continue on to Madrid.
Day 11, Saturday, July 21
This morning you will visit the Museo del Prado. One of the finest museums in the world, it features not only the work of the Spanish masters but those of Flemish, French, Dutch and Italian painters as well. The remainder of your day is free to shop, explore or visit the parks. A farewell dinner will highlight your final night in España.
Day 12, Sunday, July 22
Fly back to the US from Barajas.
Yes!!! I want to visit Spain. Please reserve my place today!