Spectacular Spain (ZY) - 2014 / 2015

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9 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


Spectacular Spain
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
Alhambra at Sunset
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era
Rock of Gibraltar
Madrid at dusk

Vacation Overview

Two-night stays in Madrid, Costa del Sol, and Seville allow time to truly experience Spain. Included sightseeing features important highlights like Madrid’s Prado Museum and Toledo’s Church of Santo Tomé with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Of course you will taste the local marzipan, for which the city is famous. In Granada, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife, plus enjoy a special dinner outing. Stay two nights on the Costa del Sol with the chance to enjoy the beaches and to join an optional excursion to visit the Rock of Gibraltar. Via Ronda, where you will visit the impressive Plaza de Toros, and Jerez, where a sherry wine tasting awaits you, accompanied by local tapas. Then arrive in Seville, where guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Alcazar and the charming Santa Cruz quarter. On the way back to Madrid, stop in Cordoba to visit the Mosque of the Caliphs, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Of course welcome and farewell dinners are included.

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

TOLEDO
Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a marzipan surprise

GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; dinner with wine at a local restaurant

RONDA
Walking tour, [LF} visit Plaza de Toros

JEREZ
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SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter

CORDOBA
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • If you intend to join the optional excursion to Gibraltar, 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.


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)

Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid Madrid at dusk Madrid The Plaza de Toros in 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. 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 Madrid Madrid at dusk The Plaza de Toros in Madrid 
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DAY 3Madrid–Toledo–Granada

Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital of Toledo attracts more sightseers from all over the world than any other Spanish town. 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. Also visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste the local marzipan, for which the city is famous, before arriving in history-steeped Granada. This evening, a special dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visit the old walled city of Toledo, Spain, made famous in El Grecos painting 
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DAY 4Granada–Costa Del Sol

See the sights of Granada with a Local Guide and visit its 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. Then, turn towards the sea, away from the mountains, to lively Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol. (Breakfast)

The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens Alhambra at Sunset 
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DAY 5At Leisure on the Costa Del Sol

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, and sample the many fancy restaurants. (Breakfast)

Rock of Gibraltar 
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DAY 6Costa Del Sol–Ronda–Jerez–Seville

Visit picturesque, historic Ronda, perched on a platform of the Sierra de Ronda and cut in two by a deep ravine, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the impressive Plaza de Toros. Next is Jerez, famous for its sherry wines and magnificent horses of mixed Spanish, Arab, and English blood. Visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SHERRY BODEGA and taste the sherry wine, accompanied by local tapas. Then, on to Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalusia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain 
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DAY 7Seville

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 during your guided sightseeing tour. 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 8Seville–Cordoba–Madrid

During your guided walking tour of Cordoba, see 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. Next, drive north from the fertile valley of the Guadalquivir River through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha back to Madrid. A special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at your hotel, the perfect moment to say “Adios” to your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid Madrid Madrid at dusk 
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DAY 9Madrid

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 welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and a special dinner in Granada


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.

RUI VEIGA

Years of Experience: 21 years

I am passionate about the Iberian Peninsula, and I am privileged to have a life where I get to escort people through this wonderful region. Come and let me share this passion with you!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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

  • Alhambra, Generalife Granada
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Cordoba
  • Historic Centre of Toledo