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Grand Tour of Spain (6850) - 2015 / 2014

15 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


Grand Tour of Spain
The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens
The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
Enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace in Aranjuez
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
Alhambra at Sunset
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
Valencia
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Blue Lagoon & Dinner The most acclaimed natural space in Valencia is the Albufera Nature Park. The marvellous lake begins on the city's outskirts and is one of the most important ecological and environmental natural spaces in Europe. This singularly beautiful reserve is a paradise full of numerous species of birdlife. The visit conducted by an English speaking guide lasts approx. 3 hours and includes a walk through the fishing village of El Palmar, a visit of the Ethnographical Museum to see pictures of the lagoon then a boat ride to see the native fauna, nesting and migrating birds. After this rejoin the coach and move to the woods of La Devesa to learn more about the flora and to enjoy a walk on the wild beach. At the end of the visit in the Albufera Nature Park you will be taken to a restaurant in the village of El Palmar for dinner to sit down and sample typical local specialities including the famous "paella valenciana". There is unlimited drinks (wine, soft drinks or water) plus coffee.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person


Montserrat The history of Montserrat is fascinating and started in 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descending from the sky in the Montserrat mountains and heard angels singing. The children told their parents, who in turn informed a local vicar who was brought to the scene and witnessed the same experiences. On exploring the region an image of the Virgin Mary was found in one of the caves and from that moment on the cave became a holy sanctuary for religious pilgrims. The trip to Montserrat from Barcelona is accompanied by a local guide and lasts about 4 hours. After driving through picturesque villages up to the 1,235 mt. Massif of Montserrat, you will have time to visit the Chapel of our Lady to see the visage of the 14th century Black Virgin (La Moreneta) keeping watch high over the altar. Return back to Barcelona at the end of the visit.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person


The Basque Culture The fortified city of Pamplona is the former capital of the Kingdom of Navarra. The 16th century town walls, which enclose wide areas of the urbanisation still today, are very impressing. They are, in a way, the backbone of the town and serve to the visitor as orientation for his walks through Pamplona. Alongside them one finds nice parks, wide avenues and the oldest monuments. This is the town of the "Running of the Bulls", one of the most famous events in all the country. Great American writer Ernest Hemingway loved Pamplona for this spectacle. On the guided walking tour, you will see the outside of the Bull Ring, Running of the Bulls Streets, Cathedral, Town Hall and road to Santiago. There will be a stop in one of the beautiful cafeterias in the heart of the town for a glass of wine - perhaps one of the cafes where Hemingway liked to sit when he was in Pamplona. Then proceed to a traditional local restaurant for a tapas dinner including 3 cold tapas, 4 hot tapas, dessert, Navarra wine and coffee.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person


City Sightseeing Andalusia's capital, Seville, is internationally renowned and has been completely renovated in recent years. It has an impressive monumental heritage, a rich and varied festive calender and a disarming and unforgettable character, the result of a long history which has frequently marked Spain's destinies. The guided sightseeing tour lasts approx. 3 hours and includes first a drive to see Torre del Oro, riverside, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de Espana and the old Tobacco factory. Continue the sightseeing on foot through the Santa Cruz Quarter (the old Jewish section) to the Cathedral, which is one of the most complete Christian temples in existence, for an inside visit. Then its back to the coach to return to the hotel via the Bullring, EXPO '92 site and Macarena City Walls. It could happen that the Cathedral is closed to the public and in this case a visit will be made to Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House) which is an Andalusian palace in Seville and serves as the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person


Classic Flamenco Show One cannot leave Spain without having heard the clicking of castanets!! You will be taken to a flamenco venue founded in 1952 which hosts many famous flamenco performers and is known for performances which feature a variety of flamenco styles as well as classical Spanish dance and music. The evening lasts about 1 and a half hours and during the evening one drink is included at your choice.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person


Sevillian Evening Out The place we have chosen for dinner is an authentic Andalusian palace built in the 1920's, where on warm evenings one can dine in the lovely walled courtyard with scented climbing plants, candles and water features. For dinner the chef will delight you first with an aperitif of sherry wine with Andalusian olives, followed by a regional menu with a choice of first and second course plus dessert. Drinks included with the dinner are 1 bottle of wine for every 2 persons or soft drinks plus mineral water and coffee or tea.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Madrid By Night & Tapas An authentic Spanish food experience in a local restaurant tucked away in the centre of old Madrid. The venue with its warm ambiance is home to solid Castillian cuisine and the tapas dinner we are offering you gives a sample of a variety of dishes i.e. "tortilla espanola", "jamon serrano". Included is the well-known Spanish drink "sangria" or soft drink or mineral water. After dinner, see some of the main sights of Madrid on a short orientation drive before returning to the hotel.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person


The Majestic City of Toledo Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the "city of three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries. Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led it to being declared a World Heritage site. The excursion will be accompanied by a local guide from Madrid and lasts approx. 5 hours. Upon arrival in Toledo there will first be a drive around the city with a stop for a panoramic view. Then a walk in the city visiting one of the most outstanding buildings in the city - the Cathedral - considered one of the high points of Gothic art. Continue with a visit of the church of Santo Tome, which is famous for housing El Greco's famous picture entitled "The burial of Count Orgaz". At the end of the sightseeing a stop will be made in a Damascene workshop to see the Toledo craftsmen at work before driving back to Madrid.

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person


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