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Explore the best of Spain your way
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Spain is the UK holidaymaker's favourite summer destination, and
has been since we started flocking to the Costa del Sol in the
1970s, which is why the news that British holidaymakers will be
able to return in July will be so welcomed. But there is much more
to the country than sangria and golden beaches, and on this
nine-day trip from Madrid to Barcelona, you'll enjoy stunning
Spanish scenery as you tour around the country.
Your transport and accommodation are all taken care of, allowing you the freedom to explore the way you want to and simply relax, enjoy delicious food and drink, and enjoy your holiday.
Travelling by luxury air-conditioned coach with expert travel directors, you will discover the best that Spain has to offer. Starting with a two-night stay in Madrid, the Spanish capital, you'll tour the country, stopping first in the hilltop city of Toledo, famous for its sword-making as well as its cathedral and synagogue. After a visit to Puerto Lápice, the plains of La Mancha will give way to the hills and whitewashed villages of Andalucia. Sizzling Seville and its fiery flamenco clubs is next on the itinerary, then the scent of orange blossom will hit you as you arrive in Valencia, as will the mix of modern and historic buildings. Finally, in Barcelona, you will enjoy its sunkissed beaches, Gaudí architecture and world-class eating and drinking scene.
Stay in four-star hotels throughout
Experience Spain's greatest cities
Free case of wine with every booking
- See the best of Spain by luxury air-conditioned coach.
- Spend eight nights' accommodation in hand-picked hotels.
- Enjoy eight breakfasts and three three-course dinners.
- Take orientation tours of Madrid, Seville, Valencia and Barcelona.
- Join a variety of optional experiences for a unique trip.
- Audio headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply
Days1-2Explore MadridMadrid, Spain
It won't take long for Madrid to get under your skin - this graceful capital was spruced up several centuries ago thanks to King Charles III and it remains an elegant city to this day. Once you've checked in to your hotel, you'll have some time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers. When the sun sets, head out onto the streets to watch this football-mad metropolis come to life. You could join your group for an optional walking tour of the city with a chance to indulge in the tapas at a local restaurant or head off under your own steam to discover why the city's vibrant nightlife keeps its hot-blooded residents up all hours of the night.
The next day, your local specialist will share insider tips on what to do and see. Head up the Gran Vía, slicing through the heart of Madrid, and see the Cibeles Fountain, Paseo de la Castellana and the Royal Palace. History buffs might choose an optional visit this afternoon to the UNESCO-listed city of Segovia, with its famous Roman aqueduct and fairy-tale Alcázar, reminiscent of Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Returning to Madrid, there's a second chance to discover the city's vibrant nightlife, which spills out into open-air cafés and thronging plazas.
Day3Toledo, Puerto Lápice & SevilleSeville, Spain
History comes to life when you visit Toledo this morning. Its hilltop vantage point, ancient city walls and legacy of traditional sword making will leave you in no doubt it was a city worth fighting for. Join your local specialist for a guided stroll - every corner revealing yet another spectacular sight with views of the cathedral, synagogue and grand plazas. Visit a steel workshop and learn about the tradition of sword making which dates back to Roman times, then head south to Puerto Lápice where the Cervantes' fictional Don Quixote was dubbed a knight by a local innkeeper. The plains of La Mancha give way to the hills of Andalucía with sleepy white-washed villages that march to their own time. This evening arrive in Seville and check in to MA Congresos hote, our base for the next two nights.
The southern city of Seville oozes with the Spanish zest for life you'll come to treasure. A place of grand monuments, beautiful weather and the home of the flamenco, it's no wonder it has been the royal family's favourite retreat for centuries. Your local specialist will reveal some of the city's most iconic sites, including Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929. Spend some time getting lost in the narrow lanes of the city's Old Quarter or join a tour in the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar. A free evening in Seville would not be complete without a fiery flamenco performance and our Optional Experience will take you to the best show in town.
From kings to emirs, your journey from Seville to Granada takes you back to a time when the Moors ruled the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, their last stronghold before being banished to North Africa. Their Arab influences remain to this day in the Moorish architecture and tetería tea houses you'll encounter as you explore its narrow, cobbled streets on your own. Consider an Optional Experience at the Albaicín Quarter, the city's oldest neighbourhood and the Arab Quarter. On the hilltop overlooking the city is the fortified citadel of the Alhambra - its opulent palaces and gardens are the former seat of Granada's Nasrid emirs.
Day5Guadix & ValenciaValencia, Spain
Fanciful white chimneys rise up from hills of Guadix under which generations of the city's trogloditas have lived for several centuries. Capture these curious cave dwellings on camera before continuing to the modern city of Valencia. The scent of orange blossoms is never far as you embark on an orientation tour to view the Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and Valencia Cathedral, consecrated in the 13th century. Stop to view Valencia's other-worldly City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic urban recreation centre for culture and science, then join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.
Days6-8Peñíscola & BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain
Your journey continues north through the Levant region to Peñíscola, "The City in the Sea" whose towering Templar castle, used as a palace by the Spanish Pope, was immortalised in the Hollywood classic, El Cid. We wind our way along the glorious Costa Daurada to the sun-kissed shores of Barcelona. Your Local Specialist will reveal some of the city's key highlights this afternoon including Gaudí's ornate La Sagrada Família and the Plaça de Catalunya. See street performers, artists and shoppers and soak up the most inspiring panoramas of the city from the top of Montjuïc. For dinner this evening, consider an Optional Experience to a Catalan-style restaurant to sample some of the local specialities.
The next day gives you a chance to get fully acquainted with Barcelona. You'll have a free day to see the fanciful façades of Spanish Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí, stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter or join an optional visit to the monastery in the mountains of Montserrat to see the beloved Black Madonna. After a busy day of sightseeing, maybe become a cava connoisseur at one of the bars overlooking the Mediterranean with new friends, before one final dinner together to reminisce about your epic experiencia española.
Your grand adventure through imperial cities and golden and green landscapes has come to an end. Bid your group a fond farewell and take a transfer to Barcelona airport. Conditions apply.
Occidental Castellana Norte
This contemporary four-star hotel is found in the business district and offers simple, modern and comfortable rooms and great facilities
This four-star hotel is located in the business district of Seville and offers spacious, modern rooms with an a la carte restaurant and buffet, cafe and lounge, business centre, pool and solarium.
Located in the historical and administrative centre of Granada, the contemporary four-star Macia Condor offers comfortable rooms, air conditioning, free wifi and a gym
This four-star hotels offers modern, comfortable, air-conditioned rooms and is located close to Puerto de Valencia.
Hesperia Sant Just
Completely refurbished in 2019, four-star Hesperia Sant Just hotel is located in peaceful financial district in the north of the city and offers fresh, modern and very comfortable rooms with amenities including rain showers and hypo-allergenic mattresses and duvets,