Best of Spain Summer 2020

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain 2020

Vibrant Spanish cities, the running of the bulls in Pamplona and the smell of orange zest in Valencia are yours to discover as you indulge in Spain's distinct art, architecture and culture.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • ORIENTATION of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Valencia
  • VISIT The Tomb of El Cid in Burgos, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar, the Cathedral in Seville, the Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, the Synagogue and Santo Tome in Toledo and the Prado Museum in Madrid
  • VIEW the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Castle of Peniscola, Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia
Dining Highlights
  • 14 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2020
Duration
15 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1MadridArrive Madrid: Welcome to the fiery Iberian capital that is Madrid. Delve deep into the soul of a city that marches to the tune of the tapas, before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights.
Rafael Atocha
Day 2SantanderMadrid - Burgos - Santander: Journey over the pine-clad Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos, the historic capital of Castile, where we will visit the tomb of El Cid, a national hero and the protagonist of the most significant medieval Spanish epic poem - El Cantar de Mio Cid. We cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains, travelling to the coast and the sophisticated capital of the Cantabrian region, Santander.
Santemar
Day 3PamplonaSantander - Bilbao - San Sebastian - Pamplona: We depart Santander and travel to Bilbao to view the striking Guggenheim Museum, built from titanium, glass and limestone and designed by renowned Canadian-American architect, Frank Gehry. Continuing to San Sebastian, the gourmet capital of Spain, we see the beautiful Bahia de La Concha beach during our orientation drive. Our overnight stay is in the vibrant city of Pamplona, famous for its Running of the Bulls fiesta. Follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and enjoy a drink at Cafe Iruna, ramble along the brilliantly lit city ramparts or delight in the local pintxos before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.
NH Iruna Park
Day 4BarcelonaPamplona - Zaragoza - Barcelona (2 Nights): Our journey continues through the Ebro Valley to Zaragoza where we'll view the Basilica of El Pilar and Cathedral of La Seo. Arrive in Barcelona, soak up the charm of a city that professes two great loves - Gaudi and football. Enjoy panoramic views of a city, which dates back to Roman times, from atop Montjuic, then spend the rest of the day at leisure. Amble through the Gothic Quarter's labyrinthine lanes, indulge in the aromas and flavours of La Boqueria and discover the best crema Catalana in town.
Barcelo Sants
Day 5BarcelonaBarcelona Sightseeing and Free Time: The whimsical fantasy world of Gaudi is on display this morning as we embark on a sightseeing tour to see the inspiring, but as yet unfinished, La Sagrada Familia in the company of a 'Local Specialist'. We'll see Las Ramblas and Placa de Catalunya, which lies at the heart of Barcelona, before paying tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name. This afternoon, consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.
Day 6ValenciaBarcelona - Peniscola - Valencia: The sweet scent of oranges accompanies us on our journey along the Costa Dorada south to fortified Peniscola, where we'll see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continuing through fertile huertas, we arrive in sunny Valencia where we will stay the night. Our orientation of this cultural city includes views of the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the cathedral, which is said to home one of the Holy Chalices of the World. Witness the modern verve of Valencia and view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.
Silken Puerta
Day 7GranadaValencia - Granada: Journey via the dramatic Mora Pass to the city of Granada where we meet our 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO-listed Alhambra. Its golden facades and extraordinary Moorish architecture reflect centuries of multi-cultural history, which you will have a rare opportunity to explore as you wander through its palaces and exotic water gardens. Check in to your hotel later, where you dine tonight.
Occidental
Day 8Costa del SolGranada - Costa del Sol (2 Nights): Set your watch to Spanish time and enjoy a leisurely morning on your terms, or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the medieval Moorish Quarter of Granada - Albaicin - with its narrow winding lanes, churches, minarets and palaces. We leave Granada behind for the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol, where we'll spend the next two nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Stroll along the beachside promenade, relax at one of the nearby beach cafes or visit the picture-perfect whitewashed Andalusian village of Mijas - the choice is yours.
Melia
Day 9Costa del SolCosta del Sol Free Day: Another day in paradise for you to kick back, worship the Spanish sunshine and taste la buena vida. Enjoy fresh seafood in Torremolinos, relax on the bleached beaches and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere or consider an Optional Experience to the effervescent Andalusian capital of Malaga to explore centuries of history.
Day 10SevilleCosta del Sol - Gibraltar** - Seville (2 Nights): A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire's resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore or consider joining an Optional Experience to St. Michael's Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez - famous for its sherry production - to Seville. Tonight we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner at the Morillo family olive oil mill. ** See Trip Notes
Las Casas de La Juderia
Day 11SevilleSeville Sightseeing and Free Time: Join your 'Local Specialist' this morning for a tour of Seville's leafy avenues. See the iconic Giralda Bell Tower and visit the Seville Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Stroll through Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions, palms and orange trees, and walk through the imposing Plaza de Espana. Explore the Jewish history of Spain in Seville's former Jewish Quarter, where a wall separated the Jewish community from the rest of the city during medieval times. Tonight, consider soaking up the fiery flamenco atmosphere in the city that made this passionate dance famous.
Day 12CordobaSeville - Cordoba: We journey to Cordoba to meet a 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the astounding Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Then visit the remains of the 14th-century Mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood, before spending the rest of the day at leisure admiring the city's extraordinary Moorish architecture and heritage. This evening we dine at our hotel.
Hesperia
Day 13MadridCordoba - Toledo - Madrid (2 Nights): We leave Andalucia and cross Don Quijote's la Mancha region, famous for its windmills, wines and cheese. Your 'Local Specialist' takes you on a walking tour of Toledo where you'll 'Dive Into Culture' as you explore this ancient hilltop city. Visit the Church of Santo Tome, home to El Greco's masterpiece - 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', and the synagogue, the oldest one still standing in Europe. This evening we arrive in feisty Madrid, where we'll spend the next two nights.
Rafael Atocha
Day 14MadridMadrid Sightseeing and Free Time: The grand plazas of Madrid take centre stage today as we join our 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of Spain's capital city. See Gran Via and the Cibeles Fountain before visiting the world-famous Prado Museum, featuring one of the world's finest collections of European art, including masterpieces by Velazquez. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city. Visit the Royal Palace with its spectacular Goya artworks, relax in the leafy Buen Retiro Park or enjoy the flavours and aromas of jamon in the Market of San Miguel. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner to celebrate an epic adventure through Spain.
Day 15MadridDepart Madrid: Our journey together has come to an end. For now it's a fond adios to Spain and newfound friends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
07/03/2020$3,275.00* (USD) / Land Price 
07/10/2020$3,295.00* (USD) / Land Price 
07/17/2020$3,295.00* (USD) / Land Price 
07/24/2020$3,295.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure 
08/07/2020$3,450.00* (USD) / Land Price 
08/21/2020$3,525.00* (USD) / Land Price 
08/28/2020$3,550.00* (USD) / Land Price 
09/04/2020$3,550.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure 
09/11/2020$3,550.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure 
09/18/2020$3,550.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure 
09/25/2020$3,525.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure 
10/02/2020$3,525.00* (USD) / Land Price - Full 
10/09/2020$3,495.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure 
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