A Week in Spain
Spain offers an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions dating back centuries.
Spain offers an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions dating back centuries. This week-long Spain vacation reveals the strong impact of Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences on the history of Spain. Experience the contrasts between Spain's regions and cities, as well as the country's scenic diversity. Discover the country's rich cultural heritage in Barcelona, Granada, Ronda, Seville and Andaluc'a, Córdoba, and Madrid. Highlights of your travels include a private flamenco performance, a horse-drawn carriage ride in Seville, and a guided tour of Madrid's Museo del Prado. If you have just one week for a Spain vacation, this should be it!
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 14 meals
- One-way rail transportation aboard the high-speed AVE train between Cordoba and Madrid
- Motorcoach transportation
- One-way inter-Europe flight between Barcelona and Granada
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees) as specified in itinerary
- Luggage handling
- Airport transfers
- Services of a professional tour manager, local guides and drivers
- All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff and local guides
Day 1 - International Flight to Barcelona
Embark on your international flight to Spain from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2 - Welcome to Spain
A transfer from Barcelona Airport or the Barcelona Franca train station is included to your hotel, Le Méridien Barcelona, conveniently located on Las Ramblas in the heart of this exciting city. Meet your traveling companions who will experience a one-week Spain vacation with you at a welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight at 6pm. Overnight Le Méridien Barcelona. (D)
Day 3 - Las Ramblas, la Sagrada Familia
Barcelona is an exceptional city overflowing with history, art and culture. Walk with your local guide to the Boqueria and Plaça del Pi; explore the Gothic Quarter to get a good look at the 13th- to 15th-century architecture; see Barcelona's spectacular cathedral. Drive to seaside Montjuic, site of the 1992 Olympics, and visit the fanciful, unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaud' I Cornet. Explore the city on your own for the remainder of the day. Overnight Le Méridien Barcelona. (B)
Day 4 - Fly to Malaga, explore Ronda and arrive in Granada
From Barcelona, your Spain vacation continues with an included morning flight to Málaga; take a drive along mountain roads to clifftop Ronda, home to one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. A local guide shares insights about the town's historic architecture and double-layered arched viewing stands of the bullring on a walking tour. Following lunch at Parador de Ronda, continue to Granada, a jewel of the Sierra Nevada foothills in southern Spain, where you'll enjoy an à la carte dinner with wine at your palace hotel tonight. Overnight Hotel Alhambra Palace. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Southern Spain, from the Alhambra through Andalucía and on to Seville
Join us for an insider tour of the 14th-century palaces and gardens at the Alhambra this morning. Explore the massive Renaissance palace of Charles V and the lush fountain-filled gardens of the Generalife. After lunch it's on to Seville via Andalucía, a melting pot of different cultures sometimes referred to as the bridge between two continents. Journey into Andalucía's rolling hills and view charming villages with whitewashed houses clinging to the hillsides. Continue on to romantic Seville, where your Spain vacation continues this evening with a private performance of flamenco dancing and dinner. Spend the next two nights at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in the heart of Seville, which enjoys a reputation as one of the world's finest hotels.Overnight Hotel Alfonso XIII. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Seville
No Spain vacation would be complete without a visit to charming Seville; get your bearings on an orientation tour of this spectacular city dating back nearly 2,000 years. A horse and carriage ride transports you through Maria Luisa Park, before a walking tour of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and the maze of old streets in the former Jewish Quarter. Enjoy a guided tour of Seville Cathedral, the third-largest Roman Catholic church in the world; tour the Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and home to the famed Giralda Bell Tower. The remainder of the day is free for you to pursue what interests you most in Seville.. Overnight Hotel Alfonso XIII. (B)
Day 7 - La Mezquita & Cordoba's cultural mix, then travel to Madrid by rail
A panoramic tour of the charming Moorish-influenced city of Córdoba with your local guide leads to a walking tour through the historic former Jewish Quarter and a visit to the ornate 8th-century La Mezquita, once one of the world's largest mosques, and now a Roman Catholic cathedral. Board the high-speed AVE train and have lunch as you travel in Preferente class to Madrid, where your Spain vacation continues for the next two nights in the country's marvelous capital city. . Overnight The Westin Palace. (B, L)
Day 8 - The Prado, grand palaces and parks in Old Madrid
Your day in magnificent Madrid kicks off with a guided tour of the famed Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the finest art museums in the world. Later, a city sightseeing tour takes you to highlights including Palacio de Oriente, the ornate Royal Palace built in the 18th century; grand avenues such as Gran Via and Castellana, and El Parque del Buen Retiro. The afternoon is free to explore as you please and have lunch on your own. Enjoy typical Castilian entertainment at our farewell cocktail reception and dinner this evening, a fitting finale to your one-week Spain vacation. Overnight The Westin Palace. (B, D)
Day 9 - Journey Home
Your Spain vacation ends in Madrid. A transfer is included from The Westin Palace to Madrid's Barajas Airport; allow 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)
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Note: Please note that dinner in Spain is usually after 10:00 PM. We have arranged for special availability as early as 8:30 PM in most restaurants.
All prices are per person in U.S. dollars.