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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.

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

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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Glimpses of Granada With your Local Guide, discover the cathedral of Granada, considered to be one of Spain's most important renaissance buildings. Visit the richly decorated Royal Chapel, built between 1505 and 1521 and which houses the mortal remains of the couple who unified Spain under one monarchy-Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon. Then, visit the Carthusian Monastery, an outstanding example of baroque architecture with its intricate white stucco works. Construction began in 1516 and continued for the next 300 years, but the project was never completed. The monastery was home to a community of monks and laymen who lived under a vow of silence. Finally, enjoy a beautiful view over the Alhambra and the city from the famous El Albaicin old Moorish quarter.


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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Visit El Escorial, a renaissance-style quadrangular complex of white-grey stone, which houses the Mausoleum of the Spanish Monarchs and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built under the order of King Phillip II, it is considered the eighth Wonder of the World. Later continue through the Valley of the Fallen to the Basilica and the 492-foot cross commemorating the victims of the civil war.


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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!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. This guided tour is priced for up to 7 people. Meet your local guide at the hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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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!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. This guided tour is priced for up to 7 people. Meet your local guide at the hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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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!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. This guided tour is priced for up to 7 people. Meet your local guide at the hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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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.

Walking involved, comfortable shoes are advised.
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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.

Walking involved, comfortable shoes are advised.
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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.

Some walking involved. Montserrat Monastery is at an altitude of approximately 725m (2378 feet). Free time for shopping near the Montserrat Monastery.Pick up location is Pl. Catalunya opposite the Tourist Office in front of Hotel Olivia and Deutsche Bank. Look for the guide with orange umbrella. Please be there 10 min prior to departure.
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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.

Some walking involved. Free time for shopping in the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). Pick up location is Pl. Catalunya opposite the Tourist Office in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza and Deutsche Bank. Please be there 10 min prior to departure.
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Moroccan Dinner & Folklore Evening Drive through illuminated Fez, then savor a typical 4-course Moroccan dinner at one of the most popular venues in the city. Entertainment includes Oriental, Arabian, and Bedouin dancing.


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Excursion to Sintra & Queluz Enjoy a panoramic drive through Lisbon and along the scenic Estoril coast to the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with free time for lunch (not included). Later, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, with guided sightseeing and time at leisure for shopping. On the way back to Lisbon, stop in Queluz to visit the 17th-century, Versailles-like royal palace and gardens, the country's finest example of rococo architecture.


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Fado Music & Dinner Treat yourself to an evening of Fado music and dinner at a local restaurant. Fado combines elements of Portuguese country folk music with Moorish and African influences. It originated in the port city of Lisbon, where many cultures met and merged over centuries-it is the music that reveals the Portuguese soul.


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1001 Nights Tonight enjoy a pleasant caleche ride in this mysterious city. Later taste the dishes that made Moroccan cuisine world famous. An authentic 4-course delicious dinner, with wine will be served amid flickering candles during a lively Moroccan floorshow at the casino. Belly dancers, snake charmers, folklore troops and much more awaits you. Why miss the chance to experience this magical dinner show?


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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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