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14 Days
Availability : Apr - Nov
Madrid

The North and South of Spain – From Andalusia to the Basque Land. This comprehensive tour circumnavigates Spain and takes in all the most popular cities and provinces of Spain. An excellent tour to cover most of Spain.

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Includes:
Madrid, Merida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Santillana, Covadonga, A Coruna, Santiago De Compostela, Salamanca, Segovia and Madrid

14 days/ 13 nights – Sunday Departures Apr – Nov

Departure & Return Location

MADRID

Departure

Sunday Departures Apr – Nov

Standard Package Included:

  • Professional tour escort throughout
  • Additional local bilingual guides in Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, and Santiago de Compostela
  • Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport
  • Accommodations in first class or standard hotels
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Tour is conducted in Spanish and English

Premium Package Includes:

  • The above plus:
  • Tapas dinner in Madrid
  • Lunch in Madrid or Toledo
  • Tour to Toledo
  • Lunch in Merida
  • Lunch in Seville
  • Flamenco show in Seville
  • Typical Lunch in Barcelona
  • Dinner in Granada
  • Tour Show of the Albaicin in Granada
  • Dinner in Barcelona’s Pueblo Español
  • Dinner in Bilbao
  • Entrance to the Guggenheim Museum
  • Lunch in Santillana del Mar
  • Dinner in Santiago
  • Lunch in Salamanca
Prices - North and South of Spain - From Andalusia to the Basque Land
  • $ price varies depending on the exchange rate of the payment date
  • A small city tax (not included) is payable at the hotel

 

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Itinerary - North and South of Spain - From Andalusia to the Basque Land

Day 1MADRID

Our representative will meet you at Madrid airport and transfer you to to the hotel. Take advantage of the free time to discover the city on your own or relax at the hotel to recover from Jet lag. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive Plaza Mayor. This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve Tapas. The PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a delicious Tapas dinner. Return to your hotel at your own convenience.

Day 2MADRID

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. Next enjoy some free time for lunch. The PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch. The afternoon is at your leisure to visit museums or take an optional excursion to the Medieval city of Toledo. Once the capital of Spain and 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 time on your own for shopping or strolling around. The PREMIUM PACKAGE includes the tour to Toledo. Return to Madrid for overnight.

Day 3MADRID-MERIDA-SEVILLE

After breakfast depart through the once-remote region of Extremadura, home to many of the “conquistadors”. Among them is Pesaro, the conqueror of Peru. Upon arrival in ancient Merida take time lunch (included in PREMIUM PACKAGE). In the afternoon, we visit the impressive Roman amphitheater of Lusitania, an ancient Roman province. Then we continue on to Seville to our overnight accommodation.

Day 4SEVILLE

This morning we explore Andalucía’s largest city, the home of Carmen, Seville. See the Tower of Gold, Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally we visit Seville 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. Lunch is on your own and is included in the PREMIUM PACKAGE. The afternoon is free for continued exploration or shopping. We suggest a visit to the Alcazar Royal Palace to marvel its gardens and rooms that look like lace carved in stone. It is the oldest European palace in still in use. This evening there is an optional Flamenco Show with some local wine (included in the PREMIUM PACKAGE). Finally, we overnight in Seville.

Day 5SEVILLE-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 with summer flowers. Next we continue to Granada, driving through thousands of acres of olive groves. This evening, we 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 6GRANADA-VALENCIA

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 refreshing fountains. In the early afternoon, we drive towards to the east coast to Valencia, an important sea port and a lively city where traditions and avant-garde blend. Accommodation in Valencia.

Day 7VALENCIA - BARCELONA

Buffet breakfast and morning city tour of the city and the new area of Museums. In the early afternoon we continue north to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, capital of Catalunya. In the evening, we suggest dining at the Pueblo Español, the popular open-air museum featuring typical buildings from all regions of Spain. The PREMIUM PACKAGE includes dinner tonight. Overnight in Barcelona.

Day 8BARCELONA

This morning we take an escorted tour of Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant cities. See the ancient Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. Admire the exterior of Gaudi’s masterwork, the Basilica of the Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia). Continue to Montjuic Hill to enjoy a spectacular view of Barcelona and its port area. Take some free time for lunch, perhaps in the Olympic Port area (included in the PREMIUM PACKAGE). The afternoon is free. Overnight in Barcelona.

Day 9BARCELONA-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO

A morning 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. Then we continue on to the north coast and the beautiful Basque country, arriving for some free time in San Sebastian known as “the pearl of the Cantabria sea”. Finally, we continue for our overnight stay in Bilbao. The Premium Package includes dinner.

Day 10BILBAO-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO

Firstly a short panoramic tour of the city and free time to visit the Guggenheim Museum on your own (entrance includes in the PREMIUM PACKAGE). After, we depart to Cantabria and the small town of Santillana del Mar, which is very well preserved in a unique medieval ambiance. There is free time in Santillana (lunch is included with the PREMIUM PACKAGE), before leaving for los Picos de Europa. This is known as one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes of Spain. We visit the shrine of Covadonga, before travelling to our accommodations in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias.

Day 11OVIEDO / RIBADEO / A CORUÑA / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

A morning departure along the pristine green north coast. From Asturias, we journey into Galicia and the town of Ribadeo where we’ll stop for a unique visit of “Playa de Catedrales”. This beach is famous for its amazing rock formations visible only during low tide. Afterwards we continue our journey via Vilalba and Betanzos, where you will have free time to have lunch on your own. The next stop is at the city of La Coruña and finally we arrive at the famous pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela where we will spend the night.

Day 12SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After our buffet breakfast at the hotel, our guide will take 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 (included in the PREMIUM PACKAGE). Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 13SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / SALAMANCA /MADRID

Enjoy a buffet breakfast before we depart to Salamanca, famous for its university. Among the the oldest universities in Europe, it dates back to the 13th century. Free time for lunch around the main square (on your own) and stroll the impressive Plaza Mayor, one of the nicest main squares in Spain. The PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch in Salamanca. In the afternoon continue to Madrid for overnight.

Day 14MADRID

After a final buffet breakfast, we transfer you to Madrid airport and bid you farewell.

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