Tour: ZYE - 2012 (ZYE) - 2012 / 2014

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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Excursion to Alcalá de Henares Travel to Alcala de Henares where you will visit a traditional Cervantes house and the prestigious University of Alcala. Considered one of the best and oldest university of the country, with a beautiful facade and "the Paraninfo" the main room where Spanish Kings give the Cervantes Awards every year. Later you will also visit the University Chapel.

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Panoramic Drive & Dinner Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains. Later, dine Spanish style! Tonight is your chance to try many of the dishes that Madrid is renowned for, at one of Madrid's favorite restaurants. Drinks and coffee are included. During this evening, don't miss the opportunity to sip a glass of Sangria, the most traditional and famous Spanish drink prepared with wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.

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Full-Day Excursion to Gibraltar Visit the strategic rock fortress of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. See the Upper Galleries, part of the Great Seige Tunnels (outside), and visit St. Michael's Caves, consisting of an Upper Hall with five connecting passages to a smaller hall. Also view the ruins of the Moorish Castle, providing excellent examples of Islamic architecture of the period, and admire the colony of Barbary Apes, a species of tailless monkeys called Barbary Macaques.

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Mijas & Dinner on the Carihuela Drive to the enchanting village of Mijas, nestled in the mountainside at 1,404 feet (428 meters) above sea level. Enjoy a walking tour, then free time for shopping or admiring its cobblestoned, narrow winding streets, dazzling whitewashed walls, and breathtaking views. Later, enjoy a 4-course dinner, with drinks, at one of the celebrated restaurants in La Carihuela, the original fisherman's district in Torremolinos, famous for the best seafood in the region.

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Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco While savoring a 3-course Andalusian dinner with drinks, enjoy an exciting flamenco show. The flamenco dance, with its roots in Indian, Arabic, and Spanish cultures, is a highly-expressive, passionate dance form that no visitor to Spain should miss.

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Cathedral and Columbus Tomb Standing on the site of a grand mosque, Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's power and wealth after the Reconquista, when the city was captured from the Moors. It is the third-largest church in Europe and boasts 80 chapels, the largest altarpiece in the world, and the breathtaking La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world (the others are in Marrakesh and Rabat, Morocco). This beautiful structure became the bell tower of the cathedral, and dominates the city's skyline. The cathedral also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus. Although originally buried in Havana's cathedral in Cuba, his first discovery in 1492, his remains were moved to Seville during the upheavals surrounding the Cuban Revolution in 1902.

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4-Course Seafood Dinner in Barcelona In the heart of Barcelona, enjoy a 4-course meal in a typical Spanish restaurant. Your menu includes: Assorted starters "Pica-Pica": Oysters of Arcade; Acorn Iberian Ham extra from Guijuelo; Octopus Galician style; Vieira au Gratin, with Parmesan cheese and acorn ham shavings; 2nd Course: Shellfish tasting (Crayfish, Prawns, Shrimps, Clams, Mussels and 1/2 Lobster + Lemon sorbet); 3rd Course (choose one): Wild Sea bass a la espalda Or Suckling kid from Burgos (Baked in its own juices with potatoes and vegetables; Desserts: Cream Puff Pa de pages amb tomaquet (Typical Catalan Bread breaded in tomatoes) or Cake from Santiago. Drinks: White Wine Blanc de Blancs from Penedes or Red Wine Crianza (d. o. Rioja) Coffee. Apple and Peach Liquors. White, Coffee and Herb Schnapps.

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Barcelona Aquarium (Ticket Only) Today you will have the chance to visit "L'Aquarium de Barcelona". The spectacular Oceanarium, which is unique in Europe, is one of the largest aquariums and home to the greatest number of species. With a diameter of 36 metres and depth of 5 metres, it contains almost 4 million litres of water. It houses species as diverse as giltheads, moray eels, ocean sunfish, rays and two types of shark: the sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) and the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) - the real stars of L'Aquarium de Barcelona. A transparent tunnel in excess of 80 metres in length enables you to enjoy a spectacular walk underwater. You can explore the Oceanarium from below and experience the exhilarating feeling of discovering the Mediterranean as if you were walking along the sea floor, just inches away from sharks and other curious species.

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Barcelona Full Day Private Guided Tour Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Barcelona. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by subway, bus, or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe - the choice is yours!

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Barcelona Half Day Private Guided Tour (Afternoon Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Barcelona. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by subway, bus, or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe-the choice is yours!

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Barcelona Half Day Private Guided Tour (Morning Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Barcelona. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by subway, bus, or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe-the choice is yours!

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Barcelona Zoo (Ticket Only) There are thousands of different species in the world that have adapted to their habitats according to the continent in which they live. Start your journey, exploring each one of the continents and learn much more about the flora and fauna that makes them unique. In Barcelona zoo, each animal has its own area, created in such a way as to make the animal feel at home. These are some of the most notable facilities that you can enjoy on your visit to the park.

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Boqueria Market And Tapas Tasting (Private Excursion - From 4 to 7 People) Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour with your private guide to Boqueria Market, where farmers started selling fruits and vegetables in the 12th century. Today, it is Barcelona's most popular and exotic market, where you can find fresh products from around the world. Continue to the Gothic Quarter - the cultural hub of the city that is full of history and quaint, narrow streets, where you will attend a tapas tasting at two local restaurants.

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Boqueria Market And Tapas Tasting (Private Excursion - Up To 3 People) Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour with your private guide to Boqueria Market, where farmers started selling fruits and vegetables in the 12th century. Today, it is Barcelona's most popular and exotic market, where you can find fresh products from around the world. Continue to the Gothic Quarter - the cultural hub of the city that is full of history and quaint, narrow streets, where you will attend a tapas tasting at two local restaurants.

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Guided Tour of the "Palau de la Musica" - Fast Track Entrance Visit the Palau de la Musica Catalana that was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 and is known as the masterpiece of Modernisme. It is one of the most emblematic buildings of Barcelona and an essential part of any visit to the city. Experience the Palau with excellent guides and discover its wonders. The itinerary foreseen the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeo Catala, Lluis Millet Hall, the Concert Hall (outstanding skylight), a short demonstration of the Palau's organ (when available). Enjoy a whole world of surprises and refined architectural details.

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Montserrat See the Montserrat mountain and unique natural park with extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views. During the drive, your guide will entertain you with tales, history, and legends of Montserrat. Visit the thousand-year-old Benedictine monastery perched halfway up the mountain. The Monastery holds a library of nearly 300,000 volumes, it has the oldest boys' choir in Europe, and the basilica is decorated with paintings and gold lamps. Its museum has paintings by El Greco, Picasso, Dali, and treasures from ancient Egypt. Your guide will explain the main points of interest, and you will have time to dedicate to whatever aspects of this beautiful and spiritual place most attract you.

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Montserrat and Codorniu Wine Cellars Make the most of your time and visit the Penedes Wine region on the way to Montserrat Sanctuary. The two most popular sites near Barcelona are combined in this tour. Discover the Cathedral of cava, Codorniu. The visit includes a tour in a small electric train around the largest underground cellars in the world and a taste of cava (method champenoise wine).

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Spanish Dinner in Barcelona In the heart of Barcelona, enjoy a 3-course meal in a typical Spanish restaurant. Your menu includes: Assorted Starters "Pica-Pica": Acorn Iberian Ham extra from Guijuelo, Iberian Loin extra, Herradura de Chorizo (cold sausage) from Guijuelo, Manchego Cheese, Squid rings a la Romana, Spicy Peppers; 2nd course (choose one): Grilled Long-line hake and Monkfish cut with potatoes + Lemon Sorbet + 1/2 Galician Veal Entrecote to taste or 1/2 Roast Suckling Lamb or 1/2 homemade Piglet from Salamanca (Roasted in the oven with potato slices and vegetables) Desserts: Cream Puff Pa de pages amb tomaquet (Typical Catalan Bread breaded in tomatoes) or Cake from Santiago. Drinks: White Wine Blanc de Blancs from Penedes or Red Wine Crianza (d. o. Rioja) Coffee. Apple and Peach Liquors. White, Coffee and Herb Schnapps.

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The Montjuïc & Panoramic Tour Visit the Waterfront with the Olympic Port and Village-a shining example of urban renewal that was undertaken for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The result was an attractively landscaped residential area with beaches, parks, and a marina. See the spectacular copper fish sculpture by world-famous architect Frank O. Gehry. Also view the 2,000-year-old Old Port and the Columbus Monument, built in the explorer's honor in 1888. From the Mirador de l'Alcalde (Mayor's Lookout), enjoy spectacular views over Barcelona, the harbor, and the Mediterranean. See the Olympic Ring central sports facility from the 1992 Summer Games. Visit the charming Spanish Village with its replicas of buildings and monuments from around the country and see the craftsmen at work. Time here for lunch, with a 10% discount voucher to use at the restaurant of your choice.

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Walking Tour "La Rambla and Gothic Quarter" Come to the heart of the city, to where it all started 2000 years ago. Discover the elegant and inspiring Catalan Gothic architecture and enjoy its charming corners and squares hidden away down ancient narrow streets. From the Romans to the present day, the inhabitants have left their imprint on these stones and the story is there for the reading.

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