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Duration: 9 days Visiting: Spain
Welcome to Barcelona
Airport transfers depart from Barcelona Airport for your tour hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the chance to mingle with your fellow travelers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.
Barcelona, the City of Gaudi
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to explore the narrow lanes and old squares behind the cathedral. See lively Las Ramblas as you head along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.
The Orange Blossom Coast to Valencia
(Relaxed Start) Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to stop by Peñíscola and admire the sea-lapped castle, as featured in the film 'El Cid'. Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia, the 'City of Arts and Sciences'. Circumnavigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos and Quart to reach your hotel. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes - paella. Learn the authentic recipe in a fun cookery demonstration and savour the flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria.
Granada and the Alhambra
Drive along the Costa Blanca, past the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings hollowed out of the soft rock, near Guadix. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada from the distance as you reach glorious Granada. Overlooking the town stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built – the Alhambra. Explore this exquisite palace; a fantasy of stone-cut lace, arabesque gardens and fountains, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. Also stroll through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence.
Scenic drive to Seville
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, there is time if you wish, to explore the labyrinthine Albaicin Quarter, where the Church of St. Nicholas offers one of the most superb views of the Alhambra. Then travel to Seville past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. This stunning capital of Andalucía is simply one of Spain's most charming jewels. At night, enjoy the flavours of Andalucía and share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a flamenco show and dinner.
Seville, the City of Carmen
(Relaxed Start) Seville has a distinctive character and presence that is best revealed by a Local Expert. During your stay, visit the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park. Then stroll through the fashionable Santa Cruz Quarter with its flower bedecked, wrought-iron balconies. Emerge by the Alcazar - a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. The energetic can climb the Giralda Tower - the former minaret of the Great Mosque, and enjoy views over the city. The afternoon is at leisure.
Moorish Cordoba and Madrid
Set off along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. See the famous 2,000-year-old bridge and meet a local historian for a visit to the magnificent Mezquita - an 8th century mosque with a Christian church built inside it. Afterwards, there is free time to stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through the Mancha and on to the capital of Madrid.
Madrid of the Bourbons
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for sightseeing along the noble avenues. See the statue of Cervantes' fictional hero, Don Quixote, in the Plaza de España. Continue past the Cibeles Fountain and the Parliament to cross the Puerta del Sol. Visit the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Botticelli, Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. Take time out to relax at a cafe or shop in the trendy boutiques, or perhaps enjoy an optional experience to beautiful Toledo? In the evening, join your farewell Celebration Dinner in the heart of town, complete with wine.
Board your onward flight, taking home memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Valencia (Central) - Spain
The Barcelo Valencia hotel is situated right in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences, opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building which was designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, and is situated in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city of Valencia.
Granada (Central) - Spain
The stylish Melia Granada is located in the vibrant heart of the city centre, walking distance from the cathedral and near the trendy shops.
Seville (Central) - Spain
The spacious Melia Sevilla guarantees an unforgettable stay, with first-rate service and comfort, right in the heart of the city.
Madrid (Traditional) - Spain
An upscale hotel resting in one of the most elegant residential areas in the city, close to many key attractions.
25 January, 2018
Trip: Please read the above, a most amazing tour.
Service: The recent Insight Vacations was an amazing experience for me. The tour leader and the coach driver were absolutely fist class leaders for what they did for the group. Apart from their exceptional knowledge of Spain, they were gracious human beings, helpful and attractive individuals. If I had the opportunity to take this tour again I would spend more time in each of the beautiful hotels and not to rush from one city to the other. Thank you!
17 January, 2018
Trip: Everything on time & ready! Very well organized!!
Service: Just great! We had an Awesome time! The Customer Service was excellent!! We have started recommending our Friends & Family to take this trip
11 January, 2018
Trip: I think could have stayed for 2 nights in Velencia instead of 1 night. It might be worth considering using the high speed train from Seville to Madrid to allow more time in Madrid for free time and sightseeing
Service: They where well organised and prepared. This made our holiday very smooth and no fuss.
11 January, 2018
Trip: everyone were sick, lot of people got sick during tour..not good start or end, may be will have to go different time of the year, too cold
Service: Hotels were avarage, was expecting better service, Also wanted more vegeterian choices, almost no choices for me to eat.
11 January, 2018
Trip: Lot of ground to cover , little bit rushed.
Service: Best tour director and coach driver. Good mix of people with family.
04 January, 2018
Trip: WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS ON OUR OWN SO THE ORGANISATION WAS GOOD. THE HOTELS WERE NOT 5 STAR AND COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. EVEN THE MEALS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER QUALITY, IMAGINE A CHRISTMAS WITH NO CHRISTMAS PUDDING
Service: THE GENERAL ORGANISATION WAS GOOD. BUT I DID NOT LIKE THOSE OPTIONAL TOURS. SINCE WE PAY SUCH A LOT FOR THE TOUR AND INSIGHT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE OF THE TOURS I THINK THE OPTIONALS SHOULD BE PART OF THE ITENERARY. I CERTAINLY WONT BE GOING ON THESE OPTIONALS AND EVEN IF I DID I WILL NOT BE TIPPING THE SO CALLED LOCAL EXPERTS. WE DONT NEED THESE LOCAL EXPERTS SINCE WE DONT NEED SUCH DETAILS AND I AM SURE THE TOUR GUIDE CAN DO THIS JOB EASILY. I REMEMBER THE TOUR OF TURKEY, THERE WERE NO OPTIONALS AND EVERYTHING WAS INCLUDED. I THINK ITS VERY UNFAIR TO ASK US TO PAY SOME MORE FOR THESE OPTIONALS WHICH COULD EASILY BE PART OF THE NORMAL TOUR
04 January, 2018
Trip: The hotels selected could have been better. This was our 4th Insight tour (the 1st 3 being to Turkey, Scandinavia and Croatia respectively) and the hotels in those countries, specially Turkey and Croatia, were excellent, for e.g. the Dubrovnik Palace hotel in the latter trip. There were no hotels of equivalent standard on this trip. THe hotel in Barcelona came close but the other venues did not even come close because they didn't even have tea and coffee making facilities. Also, the included dinners were MUCH better on the 1st 3 tours. For e.g. in the islands of Hvar and Korcula, the meals were buffets and in Turkey and NOrway also, e.g. Geiranger, the included meals were buffets for the most part (maybe 2 sit downs). Here, in Spain, we were disappointed there were no buffets at all. Just one buffet on Christmas day or eve would have been nice!
Service: The tour director and driver were very good. The itinerary was also good for the most part but the optional tour in Barcelona could have been done a little earlier, 5 pm instead of 6 pm, so that there was light to get photos. Could have included a visit to Guell park to see more of Gaudi's work.
04 December, 2017
Trip: The tour was well paced and relevant
Service: Both driver and Tour director were excellent
03 December, 2017
Trip: Very well managed by tour director. Coach driver also top class.
Service: Yes we would travel with insight again. We would also recommend them to others. Highlights of Spain was excellent.
03 December, 2017
Trip: Everything was just perfect . Though would add that they need to have more options for the food for international people coming from Different relgious background .
Service: I would definely recommend to others for sure. The sights chosen for the trip was excellent . Tour guide was great with great knowledge and experience . Customer service was on spot . Loved everything -
03 December, 2017
Trip: I liked the actual tour with the options. That gave us choices.
Service: It was well organized and the service was prompt. Good choice of eating experiences, except the meal during the Flamico Dancers....too rushed and too crowded. I would recommend Insight to my friends
03 December, 2017
Trip: I enjoyed learning about the history of Spain and the competing cultures that blended together. Accommodation was excellent, and I enjoyed the variety of evening meals. Our tour guide was excellent, and very helpful for problems that individuals had.
Service: Very well organized, Consistent quality experience.