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Duration: 10 days Visiting: Spain
Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
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.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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 “Basílica Real” and reaching the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.
Adult Price: EUR 40.00
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 60.00
Take a leisurely walk with your local expert through the Albaicín 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 37.00
Seville is Spain's most majestic city and an evening out is a must! Tonight we'll enjoy a lovely array of traditional Andalusian specialities, served in a local restaurant with wine, beer & soft drinks included. As well as a wonderful meal, we'll experience 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 Alcázar - 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 tranquility. Afterwards, see the fanciful pavilions built for the Ibero-American Fair of 1929 on the way to the romantic Plaza de América in Maria Luisa Park.
Adult Price: EUR 41.00
Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, accompanied by Spanish wine and great local entertainment. What a wonderful introduction to 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. We'll also 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 46.00
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
Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay is centrally located within Madrid's central neighbourhood of Salamanca. Unwind from the hustle and bustle in the hotel's garden or book a treatment at the wellness centre.
Our guests rate us
11504 independent user reviews received during the past year.
18 January, 2019
Trip: Would have preferred more free time. Too much packed into too few days. While I've thoroughly enjoyed the trip a few extra days would have been more enjoyable. Nearing the end of the holiday found it too tiring to enjoy the best part of the tour
Service: Courtesious & knowledgeable tour leader. Made the utmost effort to engage with the group throughout the tour. His ability to bring the group together resulted in an awesome trip & making lots of new friends
12 January, 2019
Trip: We thoroughly enjoyed our tour as well as the pace. It was not too hectic or stressful, it was just right!
Service: Our tour director, Elena Lopez, was excellent. She was very friendly and accommodating, always attending to our needs, with a wealth of knowledge about Spain and history. Our driver Luis was very good as well. Yes, I will definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
11 January, 2019
Trip: Itinerary was great, but holiday closures affected what we could see, and worthy alternatives were not provided
Service: Wonderful tour and sights. The director was a little distracted at times. Alternative activities for those scheduled, but unavailable due to holiday closures should have been provided. Overall, very positive
11 January, 2019
Trip: We learned so much from the tour. Elena was a very good guide. We appreciated her kindness and her knowledge on Spains history
Service: The tour was very informative and the places we went to were the best. I would suggest though that guests should be back at the hotel by 6 p.m. to give them time to rest for the next day tour. Instead of free dinners perhaps you can just have free lunches. Our tour guide Elena Lopez was really superb. She was so accomodating and we learned so much history from her. Almost all local guides were good too.
03 December, 2018
Trip: One of best trips we ever had, on every level
Service: Would recommend often. Everything went off without a hitch. Great selections on optionals
02 December, 2018
Trip: Cities were nice. Needed more time in all of them. Optional experiences were good. Would have longer in Toledo.
Service: Definitely recommend. Tour guide was great so was the bus driver.
27 November, 2018
Trip: The tour director was very friendly and accommodating, the local guides at each location very knowledgeable. Just felt that some of the tours wasn't quite appropriate. The first night tour to tour the city wasn't really very good as you can barely see/take photos of them from the bus. There should also be an optional price for those who don't drink alcohol (funny I know but there are those that prefer not to).
Service: The person that helped with the booking was very patient and friendly, clarifying our doubts.
21 November, 2018
Trip: well covered. not tiring, orderly . enjoyable. if possible, the optional paid dinners can have 2 tiers-- meal with wine OR without wine for those who do not drink.
Service: I like the comfortable seats of the coach. The daily program schedules were relaxing. the tour guides especially the day excursions guides are so professional and efficient. however, the dinners provided can be improved.
18 November, 2018
Trip: I would like the itinerary include more local sight seeing instead of an excursion, not charging us for it, especially day 3, Barcelona evening with Montjuic & Olympic Drive, we were charged EUR 26, it was a big disappointment, it was too dark to see anything, I did not benefit on this outing. I paid to get taken out to eat at a restaurant at my own expense, I could have just ordered a taxi to serve this purpose. The restaurant that we were taken to the restaurant on day 2-welcome dinner, the tapas were not good, the food were all fried, it turned me off to”tapas”, we should be served some salad or vegetables to ease off the greasiness. A lot of people got sick on the bus in the middle and towards the end of the tour, maybe the bus needed to be disinfected in case there are germs on the bus. My daughter got sick at the end of the tour, flu like symptoms, coughing and fever. I was just coughing, and nose blowing.
Service: The tour director was very organized, a pleasure to travel with. The driver was very careful, a save driver. Most of the local guide was very knowledgeable , you can tell they were very enthusiastic about their job. I will join another tour with insight.
18 November, 2018
Trip: Due to the long travel times between cities, I think the tour should have been longer to allow more time in the cities we visited. The places we saw were very interesting, and we all wished there had been more time to see the places in depth.
Service: Customer service handled our reservations very well. All flights were set up with ample time between planes to allow us to relax before the next flight.
18 November, 2018
Trip: Need more free time to see different things other than churches and museums. We all would have liked some time to shop outside of “siesta” when everything is closed. Too much travel time. I would have rated this a 5 if we just went to Barcelona, Seville and Madrid and had more time in each city.
Service: Our guide Phillipe was great the bus very comfortable. The only problem was we spent too much time on the bus and not enough in the cities.should have researched the itinerary in more detail. Too many churches and museums and not enough free time to see what I wanted to see. This is a very safe, fun and convenient way to travel when you don’t want to do the research or the driving yourself. Muchas gracias.
18 November, 2018
Trip: Good choices given the limited time.
Service: Tour delivered what it promised.