Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Set your watch to a fiery Flamenco beat as you dance through the heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia, famed for its Sierra Nevada, Moorish-influenced architecture and the sun-kissed beaches of the Costa del Sol. Visit the ornate Alhambra Palace in Granada, Valencia's 19th -century Bullring and marvel at Gaudi's Gothic gift to Barcelona, la Sagrada Familia.

When travelling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Insider Experiences, Sightseeing, First Class Highlights:

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest: Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you'll learn how to produce and get to sample after a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard
  • Cultural Insight: The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest-quality steel
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Toledo, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Toledo, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville and Barcelona
  • Orientation of Valencia
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, Cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Montjuïc hill and Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona
  • View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia

First Class Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

Location:

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain, Seville, Andalusia, Spain, Granada, Andalusia, Spain, Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

10  Days | 8  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Flight to Madrid; Return flight from Barcelona (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 12 meals (8 full breakfasts and 4 dinners, including a Be My Guest dining experience)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Audio headsets for flexible sight-seeing
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Madrid.

Accommodation:
(1 night)
Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Welcome to Madrid

Bienvenidos a Madrid. The lively capital of Spain is our launchpad to a memorable encounter with one of Europe's most soulful destinations. Relax in the lush surrounds of Buen Retiro Park, shop up a storm on Gran Vía or people-watch over coffee and napolitana with chocolate in Puerta del Sol. This evening join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a fiery Welcome Reception, followed by an orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights.

Meal(s) : Welcome Reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Toledo Excursion and Madrid Sightseeing

We head to Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of this city that dates back to Roman times. We'll visit a traditional factory to gain a Cultural Insight into the age-old steel craft before seeing one of El Greco's most famous paintings – 'The Burial of Count Orgaz' – in the Church of Santo Tomé. We'll also visit the synagogue during our guided walk through Toledo's winding cobblestone lanes. We return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes and Don Quixote at the Plaza de Espana and see Puerta del Sol, the city's hub with our Local Specialist. Spend your evening at leisure delving into the delicious flavors of Spain's tapas capital, or perhaps join your newfound friends for a traditional Spanish dinner.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid (61 EUR): This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

Madrid - Córdoba - Seville

Journeying south through La Mancha, we arrive in Cordoba, once a significant Moor settlement. Join a Local Specialist to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about centuries of Moorish rule and its influence on the culture and architecture of the region. We travel to flamboyant Seville, our home for the next two nights. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful twirling skirts of a fiery flamenco or rub shoulders with the Sevillanos in search of delicious tapeo and wine.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Discover The Origin Of "Tapas" & Evening In Old Seville (53 EUR): Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You'll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.
  • Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town with a Drink (40 EUR): Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalucian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you'll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.
  • Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner (69 EUR): After a three-course dinner of Andalucian specialities, you'll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you'll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.
  • Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 5

    Seville Sightseeing

    This morning we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the symbolic Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the Moorish-inspired Maria Luisa Park with its tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds, and walk through the imposing Plaza de Espana. Marvel at Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the cathedral, then take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, we join the Morillo family for a unique Be My Guest dinner at their olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from the 6,000 trees and get to sample some of their produce.

    Optional Activities ($):
    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America (38 EUR): On this trip, you'll begin with a visit to the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. You'll then journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza America, which is a must for any visitor to Seville.
    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Be My Guest dinner experience
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 6

    Seville - Granada

    Multicultural Granada takes center stage today as we visit the magnificent pink-hued Alhambra Palace in the company of a Local Specialist. A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra was built during the 14th-century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain as a palace, citadel and the home of the Nasrid sultans. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine, and admire the intricate design and detail around every turn.

    Optional Activities ($):
    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

    Albaicin And The Royal Chapel (35 EUR): Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site - a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaiceria quarter.

    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 7

    Granada - Guadix - Valencia

    This morning we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where you will see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged into the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area. We travel to Valencia, where we will stay overnight to view the Bullring and admire the architecture of its medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Quart Towers. Embrace the city's spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening dine at your hotel and take to the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter.

    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner with wine
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 8

    Valencia - Peñiscola - Barcelona Sightseeing

    Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peniscola, the City in the Sea, to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope', built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, 'El Cid'. We meander along the Costa Dorada to beguiling Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudi architecture, which we will have an opportunity to view in the unfinished La Sagrada Família Cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882. Stroll up Las Ramblas, see the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to the great discoverer, Christopher Columbus with your Local Specialist. Take a trip up Montjuic for panoramic views of this enchanting city. The evening is yours to embrace the charm of Barcelona. Ramble through El Born for delicious tapas, attend a flamenco show at Barri Gotic or consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialties.

    Optional Activities ($):
    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Catalonian Dinner and the Dancing Fountains (59 EUR): Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we'll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World's Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.
    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 9

    Barcelona

    Explore centuries of history, contemporary culture and exquisite art and architecture on your day at leisure. Visit Gaudi's fairy-tale Park Guell, ramble through the enchanting Gothic Quarter or join an Optional Experience to the monastery perched atop Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, we celebrate a memorable journey through Spain with our newfound friends and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner with wine.

    Optional Activities ($):
    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Mystical Montserrat (40 EUR): Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.
    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Farewell dinner
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 10

    Barcelona - Return to Canada

    For now it's a sad adios to Spain at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    WHERE YOU'LL STAY

    The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

    LOCATION
    HOTEL
    Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
    Ayre Gran Colon(or similar)
    Seville, Andalusia, Spain
    Zenit Hotel(or similar)
    Granada, Andalusia, Spain
    Hotel Occidental(or similar)
    Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain
    Hotel Silken Puerta(or similar)
    Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
    Hotel U232(or similar)
    Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
    Ayre Gran Colon(or similar)
    Seville, Andalusia, Spain
    Zenit Hotel(or similar)
    Granada, Andalusia, Spain
    Hotel Occidental(or similar)
    Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain
    Hotel Silken Puerta(or similar)
    Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
    Hotel U232(or similar)

    Room Specifications

    Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
    Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together
    Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

    IMPORTANT INFO

    DEPARTURE DATES

    October 5 & 19, 2019           

    2020 departure dates:

    April 4, 11*, 18* & 25*                                      
    May 2*, 9*, 16*, 23* & 30*                                           
    June 6*, 13*, 20* & 27*                                             
    July 4*, 11*, 18* & 25*                                              
    August 1*, 8*, 15*, 22* & 29*                                 
    September 5*, 12*, 19* & 26*                                    
    October 3*, 10* & 17*

                                                     

    *Non-definite departure dates

    Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

    CITY TAXES

    On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8am.

    TRANSPORTATION

    For an additional $109 CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

    Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of August 21, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

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