North and South
From Andalusia to the Basque Land
MADRID MERIDA SEVILLE CORDOBA GRANADA
VALENCIA BARCELONA- SAN SEBASTIAN BILBAO SANTANDER
OVIEDO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SALAMANCA AVILA SEGOVIA
14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS
Sunday Departures Apr - Oct 2018
Tour does not operate in the winter
5% early bird discount on 2018
bookings made by Feb 28, 2018
Departure Dates in 2018: Apr
1,8,22, May 6,13,20,27, June 10, 24, July
1,15,29, Aug 12, 26, Sep2,
9,23, Oct 7,21,2018
Day 1, Sunday: MADRID
Individual arrival at Madrid airport, transfer to the hotel. Free time to
discover the city on your own or relax at the hotel to recover form Jet lag.
Join in the early evening, an “Illuminated Madrid” tour driving
through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and
impressive Plaza Mayor square dating back to the 16th century. This area is home to some of the most typical
restaurants and taverns, which serve the delicious "tapas". (selection
of small finger food). PREMIUM PACKAGE
includes a Tapas Dinner tonight. Return to your hotel at your own convenience.
Accommodation in Madrid.
Day 2, Monday: MADRID
After a buffet breakfast we embark on a Madrid sightseeing tour to view some of Madrid's most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del
Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate,
the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente. Free time for
lunch on on your own. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes Lunch today. Afternoon at leisure
to visit museums or you will have a
chance to take an excursion to the Medieval city of Toledo, once capital of
Spain formerly famous for its religious tolerance. Walk through its narrow cobblestone streets,
soaking up the medieval atmosphere. The tour will include the interior of the
magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to St. Tome Church, where El Greco's
masterpiece painting is displayed. There will also be some to spend on your own
or time for shopping or strolling around. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes tour to Toledo.
Return to Madrid for overnight.
Day 3, Tuesday: MADRID-MERIDA-SEVILLE
After a buffet breakfast departure through the once-remote region of Extremadura, home
to many of the “conquistadors”, among them Pesaro, the conqueror of Peru. Arrival in ancient Merida. Free time for lunch.
(lunch included in PREMIUM PACKAGE.) In the afternoon, visit the impressive
Roman amphitheater of former Lusitania, an ancient Roman province. Continue on to Seville.
Accommodation in Seville..
Day 4, Wednesday: SEVILLE
After the buffet breakfast we will explore Andalucía's largest city, home of
Carmen. See the Tower of Gold, the tranquil and
extensive Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally the
cathedral, the third largest church in the world with its Giralda Tower (a former
minaret). It is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus and a UNESCO World
Heritage site. Free time for lunch on on your own. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch
today. The afternoon is free to continue to explore on your own or for shopping. Our suggestion is
to visit the Alcazar Royal Palace (on your own) to marvel its gardens and
rooms that look like lace carved in stone. This palace is the oldest palace
in Europe still in use. This evening an
optional Flamenco Show is suggested, with the enjoyment of local wine. PREMIUM
PACKAGE include Flamenco Show and drink. Overnight in Seville.
Day 5, Thursday: SEVILLE-CORDOBA-GRANADA
Today we depart to Cordoba to visit one of the world’s marvels, the
former Great Mosque (now a cathedral). Free time for lunch on your own to walk
around of the white-washed old quarter with its many little patios adorned
by flowers. Continue
to Granada, driving through thousands of acres of olive groves. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes
dinner tonight. This evening, our suggestion would be to visit
(optional) the quaint and typical Albaicin Gipsy quarter, where deeply seated Andalucían customs and atmospheres are still alive. Visit a typical gypsy show. (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes this
visit and the show).
Day 6, Friday: GRANADA-VALENCIA
Buffet breakfast. This morning, enjoy an escorted tour of the magnificent
Moorish Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the idyllic Gardens of the Generalife
with stunning views, sunken gardens and lovely refreshing fountains. In the early afternoon drive towards to the
east coast to Valencia, an important seaport and a lively cultural city where
traditions and avant-garde blend. Accommodation in Valencia.
Day 7, Saturday: VALENCIA - BARCELONA
Buffet breakfast and morning city tour of the city and the new area of Museums.
In the early afternoon continue north to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most
cosmopolitan cities, capital of Catalunya. In the evening, we suggest to dine at the Pueblo Español, the popular open-air museum featuring typical buildings from all
regions of Spain. PREMIUM
PACKAGE includes dinner tonight. Accommodations.
Day 8, Sunday: BARCELONA
Buffet breakfast. This morning enjoy an escorted tour of one of Europe’s most
beautiful and vibrant cities. See the ancient Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral.
Stop to admire the exterior of Gaudi’s masterwork, the Basilica of the Sacred
Family (Sagrada Familia). Continue to Montjuich Hill (site of the Olympic
Stadium), to enjoy a spectacular view of Barcelona and its port area. Free time
for lunch, perhaps in the Olympic Port area. Luncheon included today in PREMIUM
PACKAGE. Afternoon free. Accommodations.
Day 9, Monday: BARCELONA-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO
Buffet breakfast. Departure to the province of Aragon and its capital, Zaragoza.
We will stop at the downtown main plaza where you will have free time to visit the
impressive Basilica of El Pilar and have lunch on your own. Continue on to the
north coast and the beautiful Basque country, arriving to San Sebastian called
“the pearl of the Cantabria sea”. Free time and continuation to Bilbao.
Overnight in Bilbao. (Premium package includes dinner tonight)
Day 10, Tuesday: BILBAO-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO
Buffet Breakfast. Short panoramic tour of the city and free time to visit the
Guggenheim Museum (on your own) PREMIUM PACKAGE INCLUDES THE ENTRANCE AT THE
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM. Departure to Cantabria and the small town of Santillana del Mar, very well preserved with an unique medieval
time in Santillana, (PREMIUN PACKAGE INCLUDES LUNCH IN SANTILLANA) before
leaving to los Picos de Europa, one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes of Spain,
to visit the shrine of Covadonga. This evening we will overnight in Oviedo,
the capital of Asturias.
Day 11 Wednesday: OVIEDO / RIBADEO / A CORUÑA / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Buffet Breakfast. Departure along the pristine green north coast from
Asturias into Galicia and the town of Ribadeo where we’ll stop for a unique
visit of “Playa de Catedrales”, a beach famous for its amazing rock
formations visible only during low tide. Afterwards we continue our route
via Vilalba and Betanzos, where you will have free time to have lunch on
your own. Continue and stop at the city of La Coruña. Today we arrive at the
famous pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela where we spend the night.
Evening is free to enjoy this medieval city. Accommodation.
Day 12 Thursday. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After our buffet breakfast at the
hotel our guide takes us through the old university city of Santiago, a
UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring the majestic Cathedral on Obradoiro
Square and the impressive “Mercado de abastos” (main market). Tonight there
is an optional traditional dinner at your hotel. (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes
Day 13, Friday: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / SALAMANCA /MADRID
Breakfast and departure to Salamanca, famous for its university, one among
the oldest ones in Europe dating back to the 13th century. Free time for lunch around the main square (on
your own) and stroll around the impressive Plaza Mayor, one of the nicest
main squares in Spain. (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch in Salamanca). In the
afternoon continue to Madrid for overnight.
Day 14 Saturday MADRID
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Madrid airport in time for your outbound flight.
End of services.
|Prices in Euros ($ rate varies depending the
exchange) per person based on double occupancy
||14 nights/15days tour
Madrid to Madrid
|3/4 star hotels
|Apr 1 - June 14, 2018 and Aug 26 - Oct
|Jul 1 - Aug 12, 2018
Single room supplement in 2018
Supplement for 2017
* $ price varies depending on the exchange rate of the payment date
Senior discount 5% (ages 65 and over)
Discount for 3rd person in a room: 10% - no senior discount
Discount for one child 3-11 years sharing room with 2 adults:
Discount for one child 0-2 years (if sharing seat on the bus with parents) and
sharing room with 2adults: 90%
In case a family is traveling together - 2 adult and 2 children
(less than 12 years old) each of the two child will have 10% discount (two
separate double room) - discount on request and it is subject to availability at
the time of booking
Tour is bilingual conducted in English
Accommodations in first class or standard hotels
Buffet breakfast daily
Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
Professional tour escort throughout (bilingual English/Spanish)
Additional local bilingual guides in Madrid, Seville,
Cordoba, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, and Santiago de Compostela
Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
Optional PREMIUM PACKAGE includes:
“Tapas” dinner in Madrid
Lunch in Madrid or Toledo
Tour to Toledo
Lunch in Merida
Lunch in Seville
Flamenco show in Seville
Dinner in Granada
Tour Show of the Albaicin in Granada
Dinner in Barcelona’s Pueblo Español
Typical Lunch in Barcelona
Dinner in Bilbao
Entrance to the Guggenheim Museum
Lunch in Santillana del Mar
Dinner in Santiago
Lunch in Salamanca
Hotels Used or similar:
Category Standard Hotels
Sevilla: Seville Congressos or Hilton Garden Inn ****
Granada: Abades Nevada Palace ****
Valencia: Melia Valenica ****
Barcelona: Ciotypark or Catalonia Verdi Sabedel***+
Bilbao Melia Bilbao ****
Oviedo Exe Ovideo ****
Santiago Los Abetos****
Category Plus Hotels
Madrid: AC Cusco****
Sevilla: Melia Lebreros****
Granada: GH Luna **** or Saray ****
Valencia: Melia Valencia****
Barcelona AC Som or Alimara****
Bilbao Melia Bilbao **** or Barcelo Nervion****
Oviedo Exe Oviedo****
Santiago NH Collection Santiago **** or Hesperia Vigo****
The Night of May 30 & 31, June 27 & 28, and
10, 11, 24 & 25, 2018 will be in
Vigo and not in Santiago