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Spain, Portugal & MoroccoRegional Journey
Duration: 9 days Visiting: Spain
Welcome to Barcelona.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.
Barcelona, the City of Gaudi.
(Relaxed Start) With your Local Expert, explore the narrow lanes and old squares behind the cathedral in the Barri Gotic, Gothic Quarter. See the 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, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.
Along the Orange Blossom Coast to Valencia
Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to stop by Peñíscola and see the sea-lapped castle, used in the film 'El Cid'. Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass the Old City and see the city's ancient gates, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart to reach your hotel. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe during a Cooking Demonstration, before savouring the delicious flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
Follow the Sierra Nevada to Granada.
Travel along the Costa Blanca, passing 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. This historical city was a Moorish Kingdom for almost 781 years and was the last stronghold to fall to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain in 1492.
Explore the Alhambra and a scenic drive to Seville.
Overlooking Granada stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the Royal summer residence. Continue your travels to Seville past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. This stunning capital of Andalucía is one of Spain’s most charming highlights and with the afternoon at your leisure, you are free to explore this delightful city as you wish.
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 attractive wrought-iron balconies laden with flowers. Emerge by the well-preserved Alcazar, a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. The energetic may wish to climb the Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, to enjoy panoramic views over the city. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine and be entertained as you share the passion of Spain’s most fiery region during a flamenco show.
Moorish Cordoba and on to Madrid.
Set off early along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba and see the famous 2,000-year-old Roman Bridge. Meet a local historian and visit to the magnificent Mezquita, a beautiful 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it. Make the most of your time at leisure and stroll 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 - Madrid.
Madrid of the Bourbons.
(Relaxed Start) Join your Local Expert for sightseeing along the noble avenues. See the monument to Cervantes 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. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax at a cafe, shop in the trendy boutiques or perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to beautiful Toledo? In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant in the heart of the city. Toast to your adventures as you enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner of regional favourites, served with wine.
Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey across Spain. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
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.
Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views before entering the dark, ornate “Basilica Real” and reaching the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.
Adult Price: EUR 40.00
We enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuic hill to enjoy an incredible panorama over the city and its impressive harbor. Also, enjoy free time for dinner in a Catalan restaurant with your new-found friends.
Adult Price: EUR 26.00
Take a leisurely walk with your local expert through the Albaicin neighbourhood, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. Explore the intriguing maze of narrow streets with whitewashed houses and patio gardens of bygone Moorish splendour. After a photo stop at one of the most famous views of the Alhambra Palace, visit the Royal Chapel housing the tombs of the ‘Catholic Monarchs’, Ferdinand and Isabella.
Adult Price: EUR 35.00
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
A specialist guide takes you to the unique city of Toledo, Spain's capital during the golden era, and where El Greco lived and worked. Walk through the narrow cobbled streets to visit the fine Gothic cathedral and admire the old city views along the Tagus gorge. Afterwards, visit a specialist workshop where artisans create authentic Damascene ware, an ancient art perfected by the Moors and passed down over the centuries.
Adult Price: EUR 44.00
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
Spain is known for its incredible music and tonight this music is brought to life whilst we dine to a wonderful three-course menu with included wine. An amazingly talented group of singers, trained at a local academy, take you on a musical journey around Spain without leaving the comfort of your seat. A truly memorable experience.
Adult Price: EUR 61.00
Tapas is more than a way of eating, it's a way of life and while regional divisions remain strong in Spain, the nation is wholly united in its love of the bite-sized bar tapa! Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful array of traditional Andalusian tapas specialities, served in a local restaurant with wine, beer & soft drinks included. After a wonderful meal we'll then finish with a magnificent horse & carriage ride through the old town of Seville which is especially magical in the evening.
Adult Price: EUR 66.00
Visit the fabulous Real Alcazar - a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly scented gardens. Wander through the Arabesque domed halls, horseshoe arches and jewel box courtyards of this royal residence, while the garden fountains and terraces provide an oasis of tranquillity. Afterwards, see the fanciful pavilions built for the Ibero-American Fair of 1929 on the way to the romantic Plaza de America in Maria Luisa Park.
Adult Price: EUR 38.00
Barcelona (Contemporary) - Spain
Valencia (Contemporary) - Spain
The Barceló 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 (Traditional) - Spain
Hotel Saray: Located only a short walk from Granada's historic centre, Hotel Saray features elegant Andalusian design, of mosaics, archways and fountains.
Seville (Contemporary) - Spain
Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Executive Rooms): A dominant hotel which is fantastically-located in the centre of Seville.
Madrid (Contemporary) - Spain
Hesperia Madrid: Located on Madrid’s most chic avenue, the Hesperia Madrid is a centrally located, modern hotel offering comfortable and contemporary rooms.
13 November, 2017
Trip: One place more beautiful than the other.
Service: This is my third time with insight and this tour was as good as the previous ones, Jorge the tour director was very nice and helpful all the time and our driver Miguel was excellent as well, I️ travelled solo and did pay single supplement to have my own room, some rooms were very nice but some others were supper small and not so nice but I️ didn’t let that ruin my vacation at all.
12 November, 2017
Trip: Very comprehensive and great coverage of Must-see in Spain .
Service: 4+ star : Tour Director gave timely and clear guidance in itinerary. Good sense of humour in rallying groups of strangers from different parts of the world, travelling together for the first time . Very thoughtful in getting small treats for the Group - much appreciated . Kudos to driver Miguel for great driving skills . It was a long but very smooth & safe drive throughout the trip. 5 star for the local guides. They were especially knowledgeable and passionate about the tours they conducted. Special mention for a young female guide (Christina) in Granada covering the the Alhambra & Albaicine walking tours . It was challenging walking 3 hours for some of us but Christina's lively, witty, sometimes cheeky remarks, helped us complete the 'gruelling' walk . Very impressive young lady . 3 star for hotel in Seville. Room was dim and sparse . Other than one exception, the rest of the hotels were great . 4 star for dining. One or two misses in Valencia & Seville but both dinners in Madrid were indeed the highlights .
12 November, 2017
Trip: It was good, nothing to complain about
Service: The organisation of tour was good, the bus, driver, tour guide were all good.
09 November, 2017
Trip: Achieved the purpose of seeing the highlights of Spain. However the hotels were generally too far out from city centres, and we would prefer lesser but more authentic accommodation than 5 star. The expectation of tips for guides and drivers is disappointing and a bit presumptuous when we pay highly for the tour. That should be built in to tour cost.
Service: Well organised
05 November, 2017
Trip: I would rate higher if I could!
Service: 1. The planing of the tour and the chosen hotels and all related events were of great excellence, 2. The tour director Anita showed her superior personality in everything she dId, Her people skills are superior, her social skills unbeatable and her great sense of humour made this trip enjoyable; an experience I will always remember as something very special.
03 November, 2017
Trip: I would have liked to spend more time in Granada and possible have a night tour of the Alhambra on a night of full moon.
Service: first classhotels fine btreakfast food driver appear very knoledgeable of roads and trffic. wish our tour director hadn't been feeling a little under the weather and had spoken a little slower, some of us senior citizens have trouble hearing some words.
31 October, 2017
Trip: In our short time frame, the itinerary provide the top spots to visit to give us a taste of Spain ensuring a return visit, whereby more time would be devoted to truly experiencing the highlights, ie museum visits.
Service: First, I would strsongly recommend them. Five stars for their professionalism and organizational skills. Our tour guide, Anita Baker, went out of her way to ensure that everyone had a good time and that all issues, if any, were quickly resolved. Ms. Baker took the time to do little extra personal touches that made our Spanish experience a most memorable one.
29 October, 2017
Trip: Friendly and well organised.
Service: Very friendly, organised and timely.
26 October, 2017
Trip: Doing all of the excursions made the trip exhausting. Too many morning bookings.
Service: We had no issues with our trip.
25 October, 2017
Trip: Not enthralled with churches see one you've seen a bunch
Service: Wonderfull the sites were nice but two much on churches. Hotels very nice. Bus stops not as appetizing as we are used to. Breakfasts great Dinners wonderful Driver excellent And Anita was great nice, warm, caring and attentive.
22 October, 2017
Trip: Would have Liked a longer stay in some of the locations. We literally were only hours in two of the locations. Also two out of the four in our party did not like the food. One member in our trip had dietary needs that were very rarely met
Service: Great guide in Anita.
22 October, 2017
Trip: EVERY STOP HAD SOMETHING OF INTEREST
Service: Our bus was extremely roomy and comfortable, the hotels were very well situated in each stop, the driver and guides were excellent, and the planning /coordination of everyone involved was top notch. I can't say anything negative!
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