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Regional Journey

Highlights of Spain (Winter 2018-19)

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.

    See the lively Las Ramblas and then head along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. 

  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 at the seaside resort of Peñíscola and see the hilltop castle, used in the film 'El Cid'.

  5. Day 5

    Follow the Sierra Nevada to Granada.

    Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada from a distance as you reach glorious Granada.

  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.

    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 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. 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.

    Continue past the Cibeles Fountain and see the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España. Cross the Puerta del Sol towards the Parliament and Paseo Del Prado.

  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.
  • 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.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • 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. Afterwards, perhaps walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower for views over the city.
  • Cordoba Cordoba: See the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and spend some time exploring the town.
  • 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: 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.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the views as your travel along Costa Dorada, Ebro Delta, Costa Blanca, through Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, the Guadalquivir Valley and across the Plains of La Mancha.

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 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. Departures travelling over Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve will enjoy a Festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

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 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.

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 “Basílica Real” and reaching the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.

Adult Price: EUR 40.00

Code: BAR0004

Barcelona Evening with Montjuïc & Olympic Drive

We enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuïc 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

Albaicín & Royal Chapel

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

Code: GRA0001

Seville Alcázar & Plaza América

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 40.00

Code: SEV0005

Dinner in Seville With a Horse and Carriage Ride

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. 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

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 19.00

Code: MAD0006

Madrid by Night with Dinner

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

Code: MAD0008

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

Accommodation

 

Barceló Sants, Barcelona.

Barcelona (Contemporary) - Spain

The avant-garde Barceló Sants hotel provides a futuristic feel with the subtle outer-space theme featured throughout the hotel. Your comfortable, minimalist room features designer furniture and free WiFi to keep you connected. It's the perfect hotel to begin or end your travels with direct and easy airport access via the train station below the hotel.

Barceló 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.

Meliá Granada/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.

Meliá Sevilla or Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Executive Rooms)

Seville (Contemporary) - Spain

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

Hesperia Madrid/Barceló 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
11508 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 18 January, 2019

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Trip: Good choices given the limited time.

    Service: Tour delivered what it promised.

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