Spanish Panorama

Price per person
from £1,490

Price based on
London Gatwick
10th Mar 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 15 days

  • Spain

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

There’s more to Spain than its charming flamenco and tapas veneer. Experience the grandeur of the Mezquita Mosque, the romance of Barcelona’s old town and the magic of the Alhambra on this comprehensive tour.

At a glance


  • Aranjuez: Stroll around the Royal Palace grounds.
  • Valencia: Wander the narrow streets of the old quarter and admire its Gothic houses.
  • Barcelona: Visit Antoni Gaudi's spectacular Casa Batlló and Casa Milà buildings.
  • Seville: See the city's highlights on a sightseeing tour. 
  • Granada: Enjoy superb views of the Old Quarter on your guided tour of the Alhambra complex and gardens.
  • Montilla: Sample locally produced wine at a family-run wine cellar.
Spanish Panorama

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

Obviously a cost cutting exercise, as the Tour Manager gave...

20th June 2017
Mrs Audrey Bendon

Obviously a cost cutting exercise, as the Tour Manager gave details of the approaching cities/towns prior to arriving when a local guide would have been an asset.

Overview

There’s more to Spain than its charming flamenco and tapas veneer. Experience the grandeur of the Mezquita Mosque, the romance of Barcelona’s old town and the magic of the Alhambra complex and gardens on this comprehensive tour.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Madrid

Day
1

Fly to Madrid where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid - Aranjuez - Cuenca - Valencia

Day
2

Your day starts by driving to nearby Aranjuez in the Castilian Plain, where you stop for a visit of the Royal Palace, the origin of which goes back to the 14th century. Although burnt down twice in 1727 and 1728 it was splendidly rebuilt and became a favourite residence of Spanish royalty. Then continue to the magnificently located old town of Cuenca, standing high above the Rivers Júcar and Huecar and famous for its 'hanging houses', suspended over the Huecar ravine. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Valencia

Day
3

Enjoy a sight seeing tour of the third largest city in Spain, Valencia, . filled with wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees. Take in the beauty of the old quarter with the narrow streets, fine Gothic houses and modern port.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Valencia - Peñíscola - Barcelona

Day
4

drDive to the nearby Castellon area, where you'll visit Peñíscola Castle, first built by the Templars in the 14th century and conjuring up scenes of medieval times. You continue through orange groves along the coastal road to the region's lively and elegant capital, Barcelona.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona

Day
5

Called the 'Great Enchantress' by poet Maragall, this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is the pride of Catalonia, full of charm and steeped in history. Your sightseeing tour with local guide will include a drive around Montjuic Hill to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. It continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces of the houses 'Batllo' and 'Mila' and the Sagrada Familia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona - Saragossa - Pamplona

Day
6

Travel through the glorious countryside of Catalonia to Saragossa on the banks of the River Ebro, where you'll have time to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar. Then continue through fertile valleys and the Rioja wine-growing region to the Basque Country, and the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, Pamplona, for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pamplona - San Sebastian - Bilbao - Burgos

Day
7

Today the focus is on the Basque Countries visit the city of San Sebastian, perched above the sea. It is a daily dance between its 186,000 inhabitants and the ever-changing Cantabrian waters. Continue to visit Bilbao, the main city of the autonomous Basque region and home to the famous Guggenheim museum, designed by Frank Gehry.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Burgos - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca

Day
8

Head deeper into the Castilla - Leon region, enjoying some grand vistas as you travel to the edge of the Sierra de Guadarrama, a green oasis in the Castillian plain. Stop in Segovia, a magnificently sited city perched on a rock formation at an altitude of 3,280 feet, famous for its splendid cathedral, the medieval Alcazar palace and an impressive Roman aqueduct. Continue to Avila and Salamanca, two of Spain's greatest artistic and historical cities. Why not relax with an evening drink in Salamanca’s elegant Plaza Mayor?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Salamanca - Caceres - Seville

Day
9

Enjoy more Spanish landscapes as you travel south, stopping in Caceres, listed as UNESCO Wold Heritage Site. The city's history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Cross over the mighty Tagus River and the Guadiana, to reach the Andalucian capital, Seville, for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Seville

Day
10

On the included guided tour of Seville learn about the Moorish rule and its architectural heritage, which can still be admired in many areas of the old city. This is the colourful set of Bizet’s opera “Carmen”, and was host city of the universal expo in 1929 and 1992.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Seville - Ronda - Granada

Day
11

Today, travel through the 'sherry country' passing sleepy, quaint white-washed Andalucian villages to the town of Ronda, famous for the ravine which literally cuts it in two. Arrive in the city of Granada, set at the feet of the Sierra Nevada.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Granada - Montilla - Cordoba

Day
12

Granada was the Arabs' most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. Included is a visit with a local guide to the glorious Alhambra complex, surrounded by magnificent gardens and fountains, affording superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte (please note that entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed). Leaving Granada, there's more stunning scenery on the agenda as you travel to Cordoba, the 'Athens of the West'. On the way to Cordoba, stop to learn about local wines at a family-run wine cellar in Montilla with a chance to sample the local wine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cordoba - Madrid

Day
13

Cordoba is perhaps Spain's most Moorish city, with its grand 8th century Mezquita mosque, one of Islam's greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world, converted into a Catholic cathedral after the Reconquista. Included is a visit to this amazing landmark featuring some remarkable works of art, such as its columns, some of which were already in the Gothic structure; others were sent from various regions of Iberia as presents from the governors of provinces. Ivory, jasper, porphyry, gold, silver, copper, and brass were used in the decorations. Marvellous mosaics and azulejos were designed. Panels of scented woods were fastened with nails of pure gold, and the red marble columns were said to be the work of God. Leaving Cordoba, head into the heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills and the setting for Cervantes' famous novel, 'Don Quixote'. Arrive in Madrid in time to enjoy a relaxed evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid

Day
14

This morning, there's an optional trip to the old walled city of Toledo, made famous in El Greco's paintings. Later enjoy guided sightseeing in Madrid; Spain's regal capital and the highest in Europe which offers a wonderful mix of ancient and modern attractions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid - UK

Day
15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or similar.

Day 5: Entrance fee's to the houses of 'batlo' and 'mila' and sagrada familia are not included.

Day12: Entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Madrid: Praga
  • Valencia: NH Las Artes
  • Barcelona: Porta Fira
  • Pamplona: Maisonnave
  • Burgos: Corona de Castilla
  • Salamanca: Catalonia Plaza
  • Seville: Don Paco
  • Granada: Don Juan
  • Cordoba: Selu

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