Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Regional Journey

Highlights of Spain (Summer 2018)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: Spain

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True to its name, this escorted journey showcases the best that Spain has to offer: the Alhambra, the modernist architecture of Barcelona, Madrid's Prado Museum, the Andalucian capital of Seville and Cordoba's Mezquita, to name but a few.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Barcelona.

    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.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  10. Day 10

    Farewell Madrid.

    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.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Granada: Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Alhambra Palace, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the beautiful gardens of the Generalife.
  • Cordoba: Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Expert. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Cordoba's religious changes over the centuries.
  • Madrid: Study the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you visit the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Barcelona: A Local Expert will show you the narrow lanes and old squares of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter. View the lively Las Ramblas, see the wrought-iron street lamps and Modernist buildings as you travel along Passeig de Gràcia.
  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture.
  • Seville: Explore with your Local Expert visiting the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park, strolling through the Santa Cruz Quarter and see the gates to the Alcazar.
  • Seville: Step inside the impressive cathedral, passing the altarpiece dripping with gold and marvel at the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and the Puerta del Sol.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Valencia: Meet a local chef of a family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe of paella during a Cooking Demonstration before savouring the flavours of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
  • Seville: During your Highlight Dinner with wine, the stage erupts with the unmistakable singing, clapping and throbbing guitars of flamenco.
  • Madrid: Honest culinary traditions and a fiesta of fresh ingredients are the hallmarks of your Spanish Celebration Dinner. The perfect accompaniment to good conversation and a chilled glass of beer or wine.
  • Dining Summary:: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • 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 We also 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 Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

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 trips. 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.

Montserrat & The Black Madonna

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

Code: BAR0004

Barcelona Evening with Montjuic & Olympic Drive

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

Code: BAR0007

Albaicin & Royal Chapel

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

Code: GRA0001

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

Toledo Excursion

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

Code: MAD0004

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

Dinner With The Tenors

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

Code: MAD0010

Tapas Dinner in Seville With a Horse and Carriage Ride

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

Code: SEV0003

Seville Alcazar & Plaza America

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

Code: SEV0005

Accommodation

 

Barcelo Diagonal 414 Barcelona

Barcelona (Contemporary) - Spain

Barcelo Valencia

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.

Melia Granada or Hotel Saray

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.

Ayre Hotel Sevilla or Melia Sevilla

Seville (Contemporary) - Spain

Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Executive Rooms): A dominant hotel which is fantastically-located in the centre of Seville.

Hesperia Madrid or Barcelo Torre De Madrid

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.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7369 reviews received during the past year.

  • 13 November, 2017

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Trip: Friendly and well organised.

    Service: Very friendly, organised and timely.

  • 26 October, 2017

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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