Spanish Panorama


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There’s more to Spain than its charming flamenco and tapas veneer. Experience the grandeur of the Mezquita Mosque, the romance of Barcelona’s old town and the magic of the Alhambra complex and gardens on this comprehensive tour.

Highlights

  • Aranjuez: Stroll around the Royal Palace grounds.
  • Valencia: Wander the narrow streets of the old quarter and admire its Gothic houses.
  • Barcelona: Visit Antoni Gaudi's spectacular Casa Batlló and Casa Milà buildings.
  • Granada: Enjoy superb views of the Old Quarter on your guided tour of the Alhambra complex and gardens.
  • Montilla: Sample locally produced wine at a family-run wine cellar.
Spanish Panorama

Single Share available

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Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Madrid

Day
1

Fly to Madrid where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Madrid - Aranjuez - Cuenca - Valencia

Day
2

Your day starts by driving to nearby Aranjuez in the Castilian Plain, where you stop for a visit of the Royal Palace, the origin of which goes back to the 14th century. Although burnt down twice in 1727 and 1728 it was splendidly rebuilt and became a favourite residence of Spanish royalty. Then continue to the magnificently located old town of Cuenca, standing high above the Rivers Júcar and Huecar and famous for its 'hanging houses', suspended over the Huecar ravine. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Valencia

Day
3

Enjoy a sight seeing tour of the third largest city in Spain, Valencia, . filled with wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees. Take in the beauty of the old quarter with the narrow streets, fine Gothic houses and modern port.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Valencia - Peñíscola - Barcelona

Day
4

Drive to the nearby Castellon area, where you'll visit Peñíscola Castle, first built by the Templars in the 14th century and conjuring up scenes of medieval times. You continue through orange groves along the coastal road to the region's lively and elegant capital, Barcelona.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Barcelona

Day
5

Called the 'Great Enchantress' by poet Maragall, this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is the pride of Catalonia, full of charm and steeped in history. Your sightseeing tour with local guide will include a drive around Montjuic Hill to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. It continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces of the houses 'Batllo' and 'Mila' and the Sagrada Familia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Barcelona - Saragossa - Pamplona

Day
6

Travel through the glorious countryside of Catalonia to Saragossa on the banks of the River Ebro, where you'll have time to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar. Then continue through fertile valleys and the Rioja wine-growing region to the Basque Country, and the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, Pamplona, for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Pamplona - San Sebastian - Bilbao - Burgos

Day
7

Today the focus is on the Basque Countries visit the city of San Sebastian, perched above the sea. It is a daily dance between its 186,000 inhabitants and the ever-changing Cantabrian waters. Continue to visit Bilbao, the main city of the autonomous Basque region and home to the famous Guggenheim museum, designed by Frank Gehry.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Burgos - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca

Day
8

Head deeper into the Castilla - Leon region, enjoying some grand vistas as you travel to the edge of the Sierra de Guadarrama, a green oasis in the Castillian plain. Stop in Segovia, a magnificently sited city perched on a rock formation at an altitude of 3,280 feet, famous for its splendid cathedral, the medieval Alcazar palace and an impressive Roman aqueduct. Continue to Avila and Salamanca, two of Spain's greatest artistic and historical cities. Why not relax with an evening drink in Salamanca’s elegant Plaza Mayor?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Salamanca - Caceres - Seville

Day
9

Enjoy more Spanish landscapes as you travel south, stopping in Caceres, listed as UNESCO Wold Heritage Site. The city's history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Cross over the mighty Tagus River and the Guadiana, to reach the Andalucian capital, Seville, for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Seville

Day
10

Experience the city renowned for firey flamenco, Moorish splendour, fragrant gardens, elegant plazas at leisure or prehaps join our optional city sightseeing tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Seville - Ronda - Granada

Day
11

Today, travel through the 'sherry country' passing sleepy, quaint white-washed Andalucian villages to the town of Ronda, famous for the ravine which literally cuts it in two. Arrive in the city of Granada, set at the feet of the Sierra Nevada.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Granada - Montilla - Cordoba

Day
12

Granada was the Arabs most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. Included is a visit with a local guide to the glorious Alhambra complex, surrounded by magnificent gardens and fountains, affording superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte (please note that entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed). Leaving Granada, there's more stunning scenery on the agenda as you travel to Cordoba, the 'Athens of the West'. On the way to Cordoba, stop to learn about local wines at a family-run wine cellar in Montilla with a chance to sample the local wine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cordoba - Madrid

Day
13

Cordoba is perhaps Spain's most Moorish city, with its grand 8th century Mezquita mosque, one of Islam's greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world, converted into a Catholic cathedral after the Reconquista. Included is a visit to this amazing landmark featuring some remarkable works of art, such as its columns, some of which were already in the Gothic structure; others were sent from various regions of Iberia as presents from the governors of provinces. Ivory, jasper, porphyry, gold, silver, copper, and brass were used in the decorations. Marvellous mosaics and azulejos were designed. Panels of scented woods were fastened with nails of pure gold, and the red marble columns were said to be the work of God. Leaving Cordoba, head into the heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills and the setting for Cervantes' famous novel, 'Don Quixote'. Arrive in Madrid in time to enjoy a relaxed evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
14

This morning, there's an optional trip to the old walled city of Toledo, made famous in El Greco's paintings. Later enjoy guided sightseeing in Madrid; Spain's regal capital and the highest in Europe which offers a wonderful mix of ancient and modern attractions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid - UK

Day
15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Day 5: Entrance fee's to the houses of 'batlo' and 'mila' and sagrada familia are not included.

Day12: Entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

Madrid

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Madrid - Aranjuez - Cuenca - Valencia

Day
2

Drive to nearby Aranjuez in the Castilian Plain and discover the Royal Palace, originally built in the 14th century. Although burned down both in 1727 and 1728, it was splendidly rebuilt and became a favourite residence of Spanish royalty. Continue traveling to magnificent Cuenca, perched high above the canyons of the Jucar and Huecar Rivers. It is famous for its “hanging houses” that are suspended over the Huecar ravine. On to Valencia to enjoy a typical dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Valencia

Day
3

Valencia is known mainly for its wonderful climate and the quality of its light. See the wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees and get to know the Old Town with its fine Gothic houses and typical patios on the included guided tour. Time to do some shopping or more personal sightseeing to discover further.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Valencia - Peñíscola - Barcelona

Day
4

Travel to nearby Castellon for a visit of Peniscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century. The promontory on which the castle and town are located is a fine reminder of medieval times. Continue your journey through orange groves and seaside resorts past Tarragona to Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Barcelona

Day
5

This morning’s sightseeing with a local guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Barcelona - Saragossa - Pamplona

Day
6

See more of Catalonia as you drive to Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Here, you’ll have time to see the sanctuary of our lady of the pillar. Continue through fertile valleys and the Rioja wine-growing region to Basque Country and on to the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, Pamplona.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Pamplona - San Sebastian - Bilbao - Burgos

Day
7

Drive farther into Basque Country and visit San Sebastian (called Donostia in Basque), the seaside resort on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. Journey to the port town of Bilbao, where you’ll enjoy free time for leisure activities—maybe an independent visit to the Guggenheim Museum. The building, by Frank Gehry, is considered one of the 20th century’s great architectural masterpieces. Continue to Burgos.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Burgos - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca

Day
8

Head southwest into Castile. Enjoy some grand scenery as you travel to the edge of the Sierra de Guadarrama, a green oasis in the Castilian desert. Stop in Segovia, magnificently perched on a rock formation at an altitude of 3,280 feet. The cathedral, the Alcazar, and the Roman aqueduct are some of its highlights you’ll get to see. Next stop is Ávila for a short visit before continuing to Salamanca to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of its Plaza Mayor.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Salamanca - Caceres - Seville

Day
9

Cross the mighty Tagus River and the Guadarrama. Stop in Caceres, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic, and Italian Renaissance styles. Enjoy more Spanish landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain’s most colourful cities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Seville

Day
10

Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city’s main highlights, such as the cathedral, Alcàzar, and the Plaza d’España. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, why not join an optional flamenco show to round out your evening?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Seville - Ronda - Granada

Day
11

A day to see the best of Andalucia. Head south by way of the typical white-painted villages to the town of Ronda, famous for the ravine that cuts it in two, and its bullfighting connections. Overnight in Granada in the shadow of the mighty Sierra Nevada.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Granada - Montilla - Córdoba

Day
12

Granada was the Arabs’ most treasured city and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. Visit the Alhambra Complex, built by Moorish kings, (please note that entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed). More grand scenery as you travel to Montilla for a visit to a local wine cellar for a tasting. Then, continue to Córdoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Córdoba - Madrid

Day
13

Córdoba is perhaps Spain’s most Moorish city with its great mosque, the Mezquita, one of Islam’s most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. You’ll also enjoy the small, white-washed houses, the winding streets, and the colourful squares. Later, journey into the very heart of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills. Reach Madrid in time to enjoy a relaxed evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
14

Enjoy some free time in Madrid or join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting, and even now it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it’s the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say it’s the nearest thing to Heaven.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
15

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Day 5: Entrance fee's to the houses of 'batlo' and 'mila' and sagrada familia are not included.

Day12: Entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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