Easy Pace Spain - Insight Vacations

Easy Pace Spain (Summer 2017)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: Spain

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Relax and immerse yourself in three of Spain's most contrasting and cultural cities. Vibrant Barcelona, idyllic San Sebastián and historic Madrid

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Barcelona

    Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Airport transfers depart from Barcelona Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring Catalonia’s Creative Capital.

    (Relaxed Start) The lively port of Barcelona boasts an impressive old town, although it's the daring architecture of the Catalan Art Nouveau that really sets it apart. Sightseeing with a Local Expert begins in the medieval maze of the Gothic Quarter - a tangle of streets and squares just behind the old cathedral. Then drive down the gracious Passeig de Gràcia, past the wrought-iron street lamps. Continue on to Gaudi's Sagrada Família, the leviathan of the Eixample, where giant mosaic spires pierce the sky like a jewelled crown. Inside, a stone-tree canopy holds up the roof while sun pours through stained glass on to sea creature caverns. Then you are free to explore this amazing city at your own pace.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Barcelona at Leisure

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Spain's most vibrant city. Consider a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas, explore Gaudi's Güell Park or enjoy the ancient Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic).

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Pamplona and San Sebastián.

    (Relaxed Start) Head west today to Zaragoza where the four towers of ‘El Pilar' soar over the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Then drive on to Pamplona in the Province of Navarre, famous for the ‘Running of the Bulls' festival. Perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street before continuing to the aristocratic seaside resort of San Sebastián. Northern Spain's Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world, so in the evening, discover the city's rich gastronomic tradition in the heart of Lo Viejo (Old Town). Qué aproveche!

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    San Sebastián, Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk or maybe explore the nearby French village of Saint- Jean-de-Luz, also known as Little Paris. The city harbour is filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, so you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps discover the city's rich gastronomic tradition by exploring more of the Old Quarter with its famed ‘Pixtos’ (tapas) bars? Be sure to try them with the local Txakoli wine.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Bilbao and Guggenheim.

    (Relaxed Start) Few places have been able to reinvent themselves quite like Bilbao. The former gritty city has changed its industrial ways and is now a pin-up for urban redevelopment. The day's fascinating experience includes a visit to Bilbao's sensuous, rippling, Guggenheim Museum, designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Burgos and Madrid.

    (Relaxed Start) Drive south through the Pyrenees foothills. Stop in Burgos, the land of El Cid, where you can see his burial place in the cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Continue along the Guadarrama Mountains to the plateau of New Castile and Spain's elegant capital of Madrid. In the evening why not see the city lit up it all its glory, with a drive along the grand avenues and past the spectacular fountains?

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Elegant Spanish Capital of Madrid.

    (Relaxed Start) With a Local Expert, see the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol. Then enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial Prado Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries with works by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, as well as Italian and Dutch masters. In the evening, why not enjoy dinner to the sound of traditional 'tuna' musicians?

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    The Cobbled Streets of Toledo

    (Relaxed Start) Set off southwards for a visit to the city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain's capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side in the Middle Ages. Within the city walls, a Local Expert leads you through the narrow cobbled streets to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Back in Madrid, the afternoon is free for last-minute shopping. Make the most of your final night with at your generous Celebration Dinner with regional wine, beer and soft drinks included.

  10. Day 10

    Depart Madrid.

    After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Barcelona: Enter Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica.
  • Bilbao: Visit the magnificent Guggenheim Museum.
  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.
  • Toledo: Visit a local Damascene workshop where expert craftsmen inlay steel with gold, silver and copper thread.
  • Toledo: With a Local Expert, visit the Church of Santo Tomé and see an El Greco's masterpiece.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Barcelona: Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture.
  • Pamplona: spend free time exploring.
  • San Sebastián: Join a Local Expert to admire San Sebastián and crescent-shaped La Concha Bay from the heights of Monte Igueldo. After taking in the amazing views, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitucion, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square.
  • Burgos: See El Cid's burial place in the Cathedral (A UNESCO World Heritage site).
  • Madrid: Your guided tour shows you the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.Toledo: Walk the cobbled streets.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • San Sebastián: Discover the city's rich gastronomic tradition with a Highlight Dinner.
  • Madrid: Savour a generous Celebration Dinner with regional wine, beer and soft drinks included.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • San Sebastian: The Barceló Costa Vasca hotel is located close to La Concha bay and offers modern, comfortable rooms with excellent facilities.
  • Madrid: The Meliá Madrid Princesa is a luxury hotel, located in the heart of the city, showcasing elegant interior design with a contemporary and cutting edge flair, located in the heart of the city.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from Barcelona Airport and to Madrid Airport are available at scheduled times only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours 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 Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. 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.

Barcelona By Night With Dinner

After a delightful dinner in a traditional Catalan restaurant, take a sparkling illuminations drive up the hill of Montjuic for spectacular panoramic views over the city and harbour twinkling below.

Adult Price: EUR 58.00

Code: BAR0006

Catalan Dinner & Flamenco

The food of the Catalan region is quite different from the rest of Spain. Enjoy a plentiful Catalan buffet dinner including drinks, followed by the throbbing guitars, fire and passion of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco.

Adult Price: EUR 86.00

Code: BAR0001

Flamenco Evening

Enjoy an evening full of the passionate artistry of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco, comprising strident guitars, fiery dancing and passion.

Adult Price: EUR 58.00

Code: BAR0011

Montserrat with Light Lunch at CastelRoig Cava Estate

Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views and then a light lunch of tapas at the beautiful CastelRoig Cava Estate, where we'll also sample their amazing sparkling wine.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00

Code: BAR0010

Gaudi's Park Guell and Port Olympic

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Guell, Spain's most impressive public park! Here Gaudi designed mushroom-like houses, "bird nest" pillars and a stunning mosaic dragon. The huge central terrace is enveloped by a ceramic-encrusted serpentine bench (reputedly the world's longest seat) and offers panoramic views of Barcelona and the bay. We then head to the coast and Port Olympic, built for the athletes of the 1992 Olympics, where we'll have free time to try one the numerous waterfront restaurants.

Adult Price: EUR 38.00

Code: BAR0002

Basque Coastal Drive and Fishing Village

Enjoy a drive along the scenic Basque coast to arrive at Getaria. This charming fishing village is the birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano, famous for completing Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe after the explorer’s demise. We’ll wander the narrow streets towards the port and enjoy a complimentary pintxo and glass of txakoli, the region’s refreshing white wine. Afterwards, you’ll have time to explore the town on your own.

Adult Price: EUR 36.00

Code: SAN0022

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

With your local expert, explore St. Jean the Luz, jewel of the Basque Country and visit the church where Louis XIV "The Sun King" married the Spanish princess Maria Teresa. An extra surprise awaits us next as we drive to the famous Biarritz summer residence of Napoleon III with its sophisticated spa resort.

Adult Price: EUR 37.00

Code: SAN0007

Escorial and Valley of the Fallen

Come with us, along with your Local Expert, to the royal city of El Escorial, where the great monastery palace was built in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. We’ll also visit the incredible Spanish Civil War memorial, which is cut into the rock face.

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: MAD0009

Madrileno Dinner & Fountains

Tonight, we drive to a Traditional "meson" to be tempted by dishes for which the capital is famous. Our dinner includes regional wines, beer or soft drinks, and during your meal a local "Tuna de Madrid" will be playing your favourite Spanish songs while dressed in 18th-century costumes. Afterwards, we drive the grand avenues and boulevards to see the spectacular fountains that remind us of the glory of Madrid.

Adult Price: EUR 61.00

Code: MAD0002

Madrid By Night

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squares of old Madrid. Enjoy free time for dinner in one of the many restaurants and return home along the grand Avenida Castellana with its spectacular fountains.

Adult Price: EUR 18.00

Code: MAD0006

Madrid Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid is Spain's most sumptuous and impressive royal residence, jam packed with the riches and glory of Spanish history. Join a local historian to explore the extensive collection of armoury, porcelain, tapestries, gilt mirrors, works of art and period furniture. Highlights include the gold and scarlet Throne Room and magnificent State Apartments. A rare and enlightening look into the history and lifestyle of the Spanish monarchy.

Adult Price: EUR 30.00

Code: MAD0007

Accommodation

 

NH Collection Constanza Barcelona

Barcelona (Central) - Spain

Complimentary Wifi

NH Collection Constanza, Barcelona

Barcelo Costa Vasca San Sebastin

San Sebastin (Scenic) - Spain

Complimentary Wifi

Barcelo Costa Vasca, San Sebastián

Melia Madrid Princesa

Madrid (Central) - Spain

Complimentary Wifi

Meliá Madrid Princesa

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