Spanish Panorama

  • 15 Days

  • Spain

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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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

of 15 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 10th March 2018

Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

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.

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.

Day 1

UK - Madrid

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Madrid - Aranjuez - Cuenca - Valencia

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

Day 3

Valencia

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

Day 4

Valencia - Peñíscola - Barcelona

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

Day 5

Barcelona

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

Day 6

Barcelona - Saragossa - Pamplona

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

Day 7

Pamplona - San Sebastian - Bilbao - Burgos

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

Day 8

Burgos - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca

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

Day 9

Salamanca - Caceres - Seville

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

Day 10

Seville

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

Day 11

Seville - Ronda - Granada

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

Day 12

Granada - Montilla - Cordoba

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

Day 13

Cordoba - Madrid

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

Day 14

Madrid

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

Day 15

Madrid - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • 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

Notes

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

Latest customer reviews

20th June 2017

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.

13th September 2016

Tour overall good, but last week the fill in visits including wine tasting seemed to be a time wasting effort. More time could of been spent in interesting places.

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