The Best of Spain (ZV) - 2014 / 2015

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9 days from Madrid to Barcelona


The Best of Spain
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era
Alhambra at Sunset
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid

Vacation Overview

The best way to see all highlights of Spain in a short time! Stay two nights in Madrid and enjoy a welcome dinner and guided sightseeing including a visit to the palatial Prado Museum. Via Cordoba, where a guided visit to the Mosque of the Caliphs is included, arrive in vibrant, festive Seville, capital of Andalusia. Here visits to the magnificent Plaza de España, used in the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars, the Alcazar, and the Santa Cruz quarter are included. In Granada, enjoy a guided walking tour with visits to the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife. Next is Valencia, once a royal capital, where Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive during your guided walking tour. Also sample the traditional Horchata drink, and enjoy a special paella dinner with wine. End in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, marvel at Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, visit the Gothic quarter, and enjoy a Sangria and a special farewell dinner with wine at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant.


MADRID
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum

CORDOBA
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs

SEVILLE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the Plaza de España; guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter

GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife

VALENCIA
Guided walking tour; taste the Horchata drink; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite paella dinner with wine at a local restaurant

BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of the Sagrada Familia Basilica, and visit the gothic quarter; enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Sangria and special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • December 20 Departure – Christmas Eve in Granada.


DAY 1Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Madrid at dusk Madrid 
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DAY 2Madrid

The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available. (Breakfast)

Madrid at dusk The Plaza de Toros in Madrid The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era View the stunning Cibeles Fountain in Madrid 
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DAY 3Madrid–Cordoba–Seville

Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Alcazar, the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Tour the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Then, continue to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia, (Breakfast, Dinner)

Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain 
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DAY 4Seville

Start with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a visit to magnificent Plaza de España, used in the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. Meet your Local Guide, and hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Seville–Granada

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Granada’s main attraction, the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13th-century Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also amble through the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Granada–Valencia

Cross Mora Pass and pass troglodyte cave dwellings, hollowed out of the soft tufa stone, near Purullena and Guadix on your way to Valencia, once a royal capital. During your guided walking tour, Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive. Sample a traditional Horchata drink, and tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special paella dinner with wine has been prepared for you at one of Valencia’s local restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Valencia 
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DAY 7Valencia–Barcelona

Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner at a typical Catalonian restaurant? (Breakfast)

The gorgeous shores of Barcelona 
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DAY 8Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gracia. Admire the spectacular Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Also visit the GOTHIC QUARTER. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy Sangria and a special farewell dinner with wine at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say, “Adios” to your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Columbus Monument 
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DAY 9Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi



Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Madrid, a special paella dinner in Valencia, and a special farewell dinner in Barcelona


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RITA MARTINS

Years of Experience: 17 years

I love to explain the culture, history, and traditions of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. My goal is that by the end of a tour, the tour members have unique memories and experiences. For me, being a Tour Director is not just about the traveling, but mainly about spending time with each person. I enjoy sharing experiences, contributing toward happy memories, making dreams come true, and creating new bonds.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the The Best of Spain:

  • Alhambra, Generalife Granada
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Cordoba
  • Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • La Lonja de la seda de Valencia