Sensational Spain (6870)

14 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

2019 Tour Details

Your 14-day affordable tour of Spain begins and ends in marvelous Madrid. In between, you’ll discover Spain’s sensational sites and legendary locales of history, culture, and cuisine. You’ll visit the Basque Country in the cities of Bilbao, San Sebastian, and on to Pamplona—city of the running of the bulls, toreadors, and Hemingway’s famous novel, The Sun Also Rises. Venture through the vistas of wine-growing region on your way to Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. You’ll visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Pillar before arriving in Barcelona. Take two days to explore the beauty and history of Barcelona, including a guided driving tour of its famous sights and panoramic views. See Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces before venturing along the Costa Dorada and Costa del Azahar to vibrant art nouveau and modern style of Valencia—and the home of paella!

You’ll travel inland to Granada, situated at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada and the confluence of four rivers. Experience the Moorish influence, old-style tapas bars, exotic tea rooms of the Albazyn quarter, and historical sites in this university city. You’ll relish a guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra Complex, built by Moorish kings in 889 AD. More stunning architecture awaits in Cordoba—including the white-washed houses of the Jewish quarter and the Moorish and Christian architecture of The Mosque of Córdoba. Your introduction to the Andalusian capital of Seville includes guided sightseeing. See its majestic cathedral, palace, and Plaza de España before you travel through Cáceres and Salamanca to Madrid. Your value-minded tour of Spain is a wealth of experiences in beauty, architecture, and rich cultural traditions to treasure.

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 Tour Highlights

SEGOVIA
Visit
RIBERA DEL DUERO
Visit a wine cellar
BURGOS, BILBAO & SAN SEBASTIAN
Visit
PAMPLONA & SARAGOSSA
Visit
BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing
VALENCIA
Orientation
GRANADA
Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*
CORDOBA
Visit the Mezquita
SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing
CÁCERES and ÁVILA
Visit
MADRID
Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

April 27 Departure – Feria in Seville
*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 MADRID–SEGOVIA–RIBERA DEL DUERO–BURGOS

The first visit of the day is Segovia, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its soaring, Roman-era aqueduct and breathtaking fairytale fortress. Traveling through Castille and Leon, we reach the Ribera del Duero area, which follows the course of the Douro River and is noted for producing some of Spain’s best wines. Get a taste at a WINE CELLAR then on to Burgos with its landmark cathedral.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 BURGOS–BILBAO–SAN SEBASTIAN–PAMPLONA

The day is dedicated to discovering the Basque Countries as we visit the city of Bilbao with its contemporary architecture, and San Sebastian, with its beautful sandy beach. On to Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 PAMPLONA–SARAGOSSA–BARCELONA

Vistas of the Rioja wine-growing region greet you this morning as you travel towards Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Here, visit the baroque SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR before arriving in Barcelona, Catalonia’s lively capital.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 BARCELONA

This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and to marvel at the incredible panoramic views of the port and city. On to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces.

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Day 6 BARCELONA–VALENCIA

Travel along the Costa Dorada today and on to the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) to arrive in Valencia, birthplace of paella! Combining striking modern architecture with art nouveau style buildings and the Old town, Valencia is one of the most innovative Spanish cities boasting a very high quality of life.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 VALENCIA–GRANADA

Spectacular scenery unfolds as you travel inland towards Granada, beautifully situated at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada and at the confluence of four rivers. Granada is a compelling city where Moorish influence, old style tapas bars, and historical sites coexist with a young population of university students, graffiti, and exotic tea houses in the Albazyn quarter.

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Day 8 GRANADA

Today, your Local Guide will bring to life the world-famous ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, which Moorish poets described as a “pearl set in emeralds.” Built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, this magnificent hilltop palace-fortress features lavish gardens, and is the epitome of architectural beauty.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 GRANADA–CORDOBA–SEVILLE

Visit Cordoba, known for the white-washed houses of the Jewish quarter, but also for its magnificent 8th-century GREAT MOSQUE, in which a Cathedral was built following the Reconquista. Admire its splendid giant arches, domed shrine of Byzantine mosaics and forest of 856 jasper, onyx, marble, and granite pillars. Continue your journey through picturesque Andalusia, on to vibrant, festive Seville! Tonight, a chance to join an exciting optional Flamenco show to immerse yourself in the local culture.

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Day 10 SEVILLE

An included city tour reveals the best of this colorful Andalusian capital today: the majestic cathedral; beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcázar palace with its extravagant Moorish architecture and opulent gardens; and the landmark Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Expo in 1929. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 SEVILLE–CÁCERES–SALAMANCA

Stop in medieval, walled Cáceres, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic, and Italian Renaissance styles. Later, cross the Tagus River and the Guadarrama mountains to arrive in Salamanca. Here you will experience the ambiance and incredible Spanish Baroque beauty of Plaza Mayor, heart of the city and one of the most extraordinary public squares in the country.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–MADRID

On to Ávila, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its imposing city walls, monumental gates, 88 watchtowers, and 2,500-plus turrets. This city is the essence of Castilla and the epitome of old Spain. Upon arrival in Madrid, enjoy a guided tour of the city, discovering its royal elegance and its vibrancy. You’ll enjoy the abundance of museums and cultural livelihood.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 MADRID

Spend the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace or to join one of our optional excursions or activities.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 MADRID

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Madrid
Burgos
Pamplona
Barcelona
Valencia
Granada
Seville
Salamanca

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Pamplona
Valencia
Seville
Madrid

Pamplona

The Basque Culture

The Basque Culture

See some of the most interesting sights of this fortified city , former capital of the Kingdom of Navarra., then proceed to a restaurant for a sit-down tapas dinner of hot and cold tapas.

Price Range: $$

Valencia

Sangria-Making and Paella Dinner

Sangria-Making and Paella Dinner

Learn how to make Sangria, Spain's most popular drink, then create your own during a healthy competition, followed by dinner featuring authentic Paella Valenciana.

Price Range: $

Seville

Classic Flamenco Show

Classic Flamenco Show

You will be taken to a select location to enjoy a good flamenco show, the guitars, castanets and whirling skirts.

Price Range: $

Madrid

Discover Toledo

Discover Toledo

Discover majestic Toledo, an incredible melting pot of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian influence over the centuries, making it one of Europe's most interesting and unique walled medieval cities!

Price Range: $$

Madrid by Night and Tapas

Madrid by Night and Tapas

An authentic Spanish food experience in a tapas restaurant situated in the centre of the capital. After dinner, an orientation drive of Madrid.

Price Range: $

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