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Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial Prado Museum with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, an optional excursion to Toledo is available.
A scenic drive through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha brings you to Cordoba, for an orientation walk through the winding, stone-paved streets of the medieval city. Then, continue to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia.
Today’s Distance: 354 mi / 570 km
Meet your Local Guide, and hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also, visit the magnificent CASA Case De Pilatos, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming Santa Cruz Quarter. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Granada’s main attraction: the Alhambra Complex. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13th-century Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also, amble through the magnificent Water Gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km
Cross the Mora Pass to see troglodyte cave dwellings hollowed out of the soft tufa stone, near Purullena and Guadix, on your way to Valencia—a former royal capital. During your orientation drive, Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history come alive. Admire the magnificent La Seo Cathedral and enjoy time on your own to discover the Old Town.
Today’s Distance: 360 mi / 580 km
Follow the coast to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Visit Gaudì’s masterpiece, the spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, followed by a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, enjoy a flavorful LF farewell dinner with Sangria at a local restaurant to bid adios to your traveling companions.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid's elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas.
The hotel enjoys a central location and is within walking distance to the historical Old Town and cathedral. Warmly decorated air-conditioned guest rooms include a minibar and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a refined restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a hot tub and a seasonal outdoor pool with loungers. There's also a fitness room.
Moorish touches, rooms with Nazari styled decor, restaurant and gardens; set in town center next to the Congress Hall.
The stylishly decorated NH Center hotel offers 192 spacious, modern rooms, including rooms specially designed with handicapped accessibility.
Hotel HCC St Moritz has a total of 91 rooms and offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere for a perfect rest after a busy day in the city.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.