Spanish Fiesta (ZX) - 2014 / 2015

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14 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


Spanish Fiesta
Madrid at dusk
Madrid at dusk
Valencia
The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens
Madrid
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Plaza Del Pilar in Zaragoza

Vacation Overview

This vacation is perfect for those who wish to experience all the excitement and energy of Spain. Start with a welcome dinner in Madrid, and guided sightseeing including the famous Prado Museum. Then, travel north into beautiful Castile via Segovia and Burgos to Vitoria for your overnight stay. A special stop has been included for a wine tasting accompanied by tapas at Bodega Portia, designed by the world-famous architect Norman Foster. In Bilbao, Basque country, visit the famous Guggenheim Museum. Continue via San Sebastian to Pamplona, the “City of Bulls”, at the foot of the Pyrenees. Here, a special treat is a walk through the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, followed by a Rioja wine tasting, and dinner with local specialties. Also stop in Saragossa, and visit Plaza del Pilar, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Guided sightseeing is included in Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar, Seville, and Toledo. On top of all this, you will also taste the traditional Horchata drink in Valencia, enjoy an excursion to beautiful Malaga from Torremolinos, and an exclusive visit to the Mirador de las Setas in Seville. Plus a farewell dinner is included in Madrid.

     

MADRID
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum

SEGOVIA
Take pictures of the Roman Aqueduct

RIBERA DEL DUERO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting at Bodega Portia

BURGOS
Take pictures of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, El Cid’sburial place

BILBAO
Guided visit of the Guggenheim Museum

SAN SEBASTIAN
Visit the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast”

PAMPLONA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by a Rioja wine tasting and dinner at a local restaurant

SARAGOSSA
Visit Plaza del Pilar

BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing, visit the gothic quarter, and take pictures of the Sagrada Familia Basilica

VALENCIA
Guided sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a traditional Horchata drink

GRANADA
Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife

COSTA DEL SOL
Excursion to Malaga

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Michael’s Caves

SEVILLE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Exclusive visit to the Mirador de las Setas: guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter

TOLEDO
Guided sightseeing, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required, a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance
  • July 7 Departure – San Fermin Feria in Pamplona.
  • December 22 Departure – Christmas Eve in Vitoria and New Year’s Eve in Costa del Sol.


DAY 1Arriva in Madrid, Spain

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

Madrid The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid Madrid at dusk 
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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. Morning sightseeing with a 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. In the afternoon, an exciting optional excursion is available. (Breakfast)

View the stunning Cibeles Fountain in Madrid The Plaza de Toros in Madrid The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era 
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DAY 3Madrid–Segovia–Ribera Del Duero–Burgos–Vitoria

Head into beautiful Castile, the “Province of the Castles.” Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama on the way to Segovia, famous for the 2,000-year-old Roman Aqueduct. Next, head to Ribera del Duero for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wine tasting accompanied by tapas at Bodega Portia, designed by the world-famous architect Norman Foster. In Burgos, see the magnificent limestone Cathedral of Santa Maria, where the legendary El Cid is buried. Afternoon arrival in Vitoria with time for a stroll through this ancient Basque city’s delightful historic center. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Vitoria–Bilbao–San Sebastian–Pamplona

In Bilbao, the great port city of the Basque region, enjoy a special highlight: a guided visit to the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, an amazing feat of construction created by North American architect Frank O. Gehry. Next is lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast,” before arriving in Pamplona at the foot of the Pyrenees. Here, a special treat awaits you: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a walk through the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, followed by a Rioja WINE TASTING, and dinner with local specialties. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Pamplona–Saragossa–Barcelona

In Saragossa, visit PLAZA DEL PILAR, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, where, according to legends, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James. Arrive in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and the host of the Olympic Games in 1992. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Plaza Del Pilar in Zaragoza The gorgeous shores of Barcelona 
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DAY 6Barcelona

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. To enhance your stay, choose from our optional excursions to Montserrat and to a Catalonian restaurant to try out local dishes. (Breakfast)

Columbus Monument 
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DAY 7Barcelona–Valencia

Along the coast to Valencia, once a royal capital. Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive during your guided orientation drive including the Town Hall, La Lonja, the bull ring, the massive gateway towers of Serranos and Quart, and the new Arts and Science Complex designed by the famous Valencian architect Calatrava. End your tour in the center at La Seo Cathedral and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a traditional Horchata drink. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Valencia 
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DAY 8Valencia–Granada

A scenic drive towards the mountains past troglodyte cave dwellings, hollowed out of the soft tufa stone, near Guadix and Purullena. Cross Mora Pass and arrive in Granada, where a special dinner with wine awaits you at one of Granada’s fine restaurants, the perfect introduction to this magnificent city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Granada–Costa Del Sol

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Granada’s main attraction, the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, a fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains. Also amble through the exotic WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE. Then, a short drive down to your hotel at the Costa del Sol. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the charming Pueblo Blanco village of Mijas. (Breakfast)

Alhambra at Sunset The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens 
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DAY 10Costa Del Sol. Excursion to Malaga

Morning excursion to beautiful Malaga. Join your Local Guide on a walking tour through the OLD CITY. Enjoy free time for shopping and maybe a visit to the Picasso Museum. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Costa Del Sol–Gibraltar–Seville

Drive to the ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, in British hands since 1704. Hear about its turbulent history from your Local Guide, see the Moorish Castle, and visit ST. MICHAEL’S CAVES and the colony of Barbary apes. Then, on through the sunny sherry wine region on the Costa de la Luz to vibrant, festive Seville, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite an exclusive visit has been included to the MIRADOR DE LAS SETAS. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain Rock of Gibraltar Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain 
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DAY 12Seville

During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, 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 13Seville–Toledo–Madrid

Through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. A Local Guide takes you to the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Time to visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visit the old walled city of Toledo, Spain, made famous in El Grecos painting 
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DAY 14Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi



Full buffet breakfast daily; 8 three-course dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid, and special dinners in Pamplona and Granada


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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Spanish Fiesta:

  • Alhambra, Generalife Granada
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Toledo
  • Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct
  • Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • La Lonja de la seda de Valencia