Essence of Spain

 

7 Nights 8 Days

  • Wellcome to Spain: Our programme starts with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. We then visit to Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. A visit to Las Ventas Bullring is next, this is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. At sunset we provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different cuisines such as local Spanish food and international. Enjoy a pleasant dinner of your choice, then return to hotel together.

  • 2.DAY ;MADRID We head to Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of this city that dates back to Roman times. We'll visit a traditional factory and 'Dive Into Culture', witnessing the age-old inlaid-steel craft, before seeing one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the Church of Santo Tomé - 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. We'll also visit the synagogue, then return to Madrid where we'll admire Gran Via and center of Madrid with our Local Specialist. Spend the evening on your own, delving into the delicious flavours of Spain's tapas capital.

  • 3.DAY;SEVILLE Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in Córdoba, once a significant Moorish settlement. Join a Local Specialist to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about centuries of Moorish rule and its influence on the culture and architecture of the region. We travel to flamboyant Seville. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful twirling skirts in a fiery flamenco or rub shoulders with the Sevillanos in search of delicious tapeo and wine.

  • 4.DAY ;GRANADA This morning, we will discover Seville. View the symbolic Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus's ornate tomb in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals',Then we ride to our next stop , beatiful and elegant Granada .

  • 5.DAY; VALENCIA After breakfast we will visit the immense Alhambra Palace, with entrance and local guide included, and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times. Afterwards we travel to VALENCIA, and time to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, with a local guide, we will include a visit to the third largest Spanish city that mixes the modern with the historical. We will learn about its historic centre, the fish market, the cathedral and the avant-garde City of Arts and Sciences. In the evening we transfer you to the Plaza de Toros (bullring area). In this area you will have time to take dinner. Return to hotel.

  • 6.DAY ;BARCELONA Today we will explore Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Medi­terranean Sea. We also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neigh­bourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. We will get the chance to see La Sagrada Fa­milia Basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Take some free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening we provide transfer to hotel.

  • 7.DAY ;BARCELONA After breakfast we head to visit two of the major towns in northern Catalunya: Figueres, with its landmark Theatre Museum Dalí, and Girona, a monumental city which is home to one of Europe’s best preserved Jewish quarters. First stop is Figueres for to visit the Dalí Museum with the exposition of “Dali Jewels” (This gallery shows the collection of thirty-seven jewels in gold and precious stones and twenty-seven drawings and paintings on paper that Salvador Dalí made in designing the jewels between 1941 and 1970). The Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, occupies the building of the former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum. Departure to Girona. After check-in walking tour of the city. Located midway between the sea and the mountains, Girona boasts a privileged position. The Old Town is one of the most evocative historical centres in Catalunya, with certain elements that are unique in Europe: the Carolingian wall, an exceptionally well conserved Jewish quarter, and the grandeur of the Cathedral’s Gothic nave, the widest in the world. Girona also has six museums which possess a patrimonial collection of great interest. Girona has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds; a very “human-sized” city that will leave you walking around awestruck with your eyes wide open and your mouth agape at all it has to offer: its streets, festivals, cultural activities, restaurants, tourist services and events.After our visit we return to Barcelona

  • 8.DAY;ADIOS ..Our journey finish today. After breakfast around 10 am, we shuttle you directly to Barcelona airport to make your connecting flight home,ADIOS

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