Grand Tour of Spain with Barbara

with Lisbon extension
May 2-15, 2019 / 14 DAYS

Culture, history, and cuisine, all with Spanish flavor.

Spain's charismatic locals and cosmopolitan cities shine on this tour, which take you from the museums of Madrid to the sands of the Costa del Sol. Ba…

Your package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Alhambra, Costa del Sol, Ronda, Cave district of Guadix, Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

May 02: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Madrid today.

Madrid / 3 NIGHTS

May 03: Arrival in Madrid

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

May 04: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Get an insider’s view of Madrid with a local guide.  • See the Royal Palace, Spain’s largest royal residence  • Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt  • View the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor, and the bustling Puerta del Sol  • Explore the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy and is home to the works of Goya, Velásquez, and more  Enjoy a free evening in Madrid or add an excursion.

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Traditional Spanish Evening
3 hours
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On your way to dinner, walk through the illuminated streets of Madrid, taking in the local neighborhood ambiance in the evening light. Then, enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and live music at one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Between traditional Castilian courses, you’ll be entertained by tuna music, an artistic tradition with its roots in Spain’s universities.3 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 05: Free day in Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Madrid or add an excursion.

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Toledo
8 hours
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Discover Toledo, the cliff-top city often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (“The Imperial City”). Upon arrival, you’ll have some free time to explore. Later in the afternoon, your guided tour begins at Toledo Cathedral, a massive, Gothic structure that houses 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Gaze upon the cathedral’s sacristy, containing masterpieces by the likes of van Dyck, El Greco, Rubens, and Titian. After exploring the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, you’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa María la Blanca. Please note: This tour involves some walking over uneven terrain. Also, depending on the day of the week, the sites visited are subject to change. If the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca is closed, you’ll visit the Synagogue of El Tránsito instead.8 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Seville / 2 NIGHTS

May 06: Seville via Córdoba

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Ride the high-speed train to the town of Córdoba and explore the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected cathedral, on a guided tour. Then, continue to Seville, stopping en route at an olive oil farm for a tasting.

May 07: Sightseeing tour of Seville

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of Seville.  • View the intricately tiled pavilion in Plaza de España  • Discover the Gothic Seville Cathedral where Columbus is buried  • Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz  Enjoy a free evening in Seville or add an excursion

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Traditional Seville Flamenco Show
3 hours
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Tonight, get a taste of old Seville during a live flamenco show. Flamenco is a unique and colorful Andalusian art form that combines guitar playing, singing, clapping, and dancing, and this excursion is sure to be one of the highlights of your Spanish journey. Sip an included drink as you watch the authentic performance, which allows expressive lyrics, moving instrumentals, and passionate dancing. After discovering why UNESCO has declared flamenco to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, enjoy free time to explore the vibrant Santa Cruz neighborhood.3 hours and departs in the eveningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Costa del Sol / 2 NIGHTS

May 08: Costa del Sol via Ronda

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to the beaches of the Costa del Sol, stop for a guided tour of Ronda, a famous cliffside town in Andalusia.  • View the staggering Puente Nuevo, an 18th-century bridge that spans a deep gorge  • Admire the town’s picturesque white buildings and enter the Plaza de Toros, which was constructed in the late 1700’s  • Walk by the Mondragón Palace and visit the terraced Cuenca Gardens Then, continue on to the Costa del Sol. Then, continue on to the Costa del Sol.

May 09: Free time on the Costa del Sol

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a day on the beaches of the Costa del Sol or add an excursion.

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A Day in Gibraltar
8 hours
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Make your way along the Costa del Sol to Gibraltar, a pocket of British culture in the Mediterranean. This overseas territory of Great Britain is most famously home to the iconic Rock of Gibraltar. Today, you’ll get a close-up look during a visit to the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, established in 1993 to protect native wildlife. Here, get to know the resident population of semi-wild Barbary macaques while keeping an eye out for the many species of migratory birds that use the rock as a resting place. Then, take in sweeping views of the ocean (and Africa on a clear day) as you journey to sites such as St. Michael’s Cave, Spur Battery, and Europa Point Lighthouse. End with an included lunch and pint at a local pub and some free time in town before transferring back to Costa del Sol. Please note: As Gibraltar is a territory of the United Kingdom, you must show your passport to enter. Make sure you have yours with you before this excursion departs.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Granada / 1 NIGHT

May 10: Transfer to Granada & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel farther into Andalusia for a guided tour of Granada.  • Explore the Alhambra, the Moorish sultans’ last stronghold in Spain  • Admire the blend of Western art and Islamic design  • Stroll through ornamented courtyards

Valencia / 2 NIGHTS

May 11: Valencia via Guadix

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Valencia, explore the cave district of Guadix, where nearly half of the residents live underground.

May 12: Sightseeing tour of Valencia

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Valencia on a guided sightseeing tour.  • Pass the City of Arts and Sciences, a symbol of Spain’s modernist architecture  • View Valencia Cathedral during a walk through the Old Town and stop for a tasting of the decadent beverage known as horchata

Barcelona / 2 NIGHTS

May 13: Barcelona via Peñíscola

Included meals: Breakfast

Stop in Peñíscola, a seaside fortress, on your way to Barcelona.

May 14: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Follow a local on a guided tour of the Catalonian capital.  • Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress  • Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “house of bones”  • Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll through Mirador de l’Alcalde Park  • Pass Plaça d’Espanya and view the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus  Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion. Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

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Park Güell & La Pedrera
4 hours
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On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as “La Pedrera,” which was built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th-century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework, and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.4 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

May 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Lisbon / 4 NIGHTS

Whitewashed buildings, red-clay roofs, and winding yellow trams are all part of the colorful cityscape of Portugal’s capital. Take two nights in Lisbon to explore this historic city’s monuments, cafes, and winding streets. Walk through the Alfama District, seek out the best bachalau and caldo verde, or pack a picnic lunch and watch the world go by on the banks of the Tagus. In Lisbon, there's discovery around every corner.

Apr 29: Travel Day

Board your overnight flight to Lisbon today.

Apr 30: Arrival in Lisbon

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Portugal! Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

May 01: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Portuguese capital on a tour with a local guide.  • Admire views of the city from Eduardo VII Park, then pass the Plaza del Marqués de Pombal and the Mouraria District  • Discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belém  • Pass by the Jerónimos Monastery, built to honor voyagers, and enter Ajuda National Palace, the former residence of Portuguese royals  • Walk from Bairro Alto through Chiado square to the Baixa district in the heart of the city  Spend a free evening in Lisbon or add an excursion.

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Fado Dinner & Show
3 hours
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Spend your evening at a Lisbon tavern listening to fado. Derived from the Latin word fatum—meaning “prophecy” or “fate”—fado is Portugal’s national musical treasure. Fado’s traditional theme is saudade, a word that doesn’t quite translate to English but conveys a sense of both nostalgia and longing. Dinner is included during this memorable musical evening.3 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 02: Free day in Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

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Sintra & the Portuguese Riviera
8 hours
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Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra and learn why the poet Lord Byron once called it a “glorious Eden.” Get a glimpse into royal life during a guided tour of the 19th-century, romanticist Pena Palace. This mountaintop site boasts picturesque gardens and sweeping views of the Portuguese countryside. After your tour, you’ll have free time to stroll through Sintra, viewing its colorful villas, small shops, and impeccably manicured gardens. On your way back to Lisbon, take in the coastal scenery of the Portuguese Riviera. You'll also stop in the old fishing village of Cascais to eat lunch and discover the town’s winding, narrow streets, pastel-colored buildings, and bustling fish market.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

May 03: Flight to Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board your flight to Madrid, Spain, to meet up with the rest of your group (day 2 of the regular itinerary).

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Grand Tour of Spain

Grand Tour of Spain

May 2-15, 2019 / 14 DAYS

Culture, history, and cuisine, all with Spanish flavor.

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