Spanish Fiesta (ZX) - 2016 / 2017

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14 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


Spanish Fiesta
Plaza Del Pilar in Zaragoza
Plaza Del Pilar in Zaragoza
The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens
Alhambra at Sunset
Madrid
Rock of Gibraltar
The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Vacation Overview

This vacation is perfect for those who wish to experience all the excitement and energy of Spain. You’ll visit Spain’s most popular cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Vitoria, Pamplona, and Seville. You’ll have time to relax on the Costa del Sol, where you can sample traditional Spanish cuisine, walk on the sandy beaches, and browse the trendy boutiques. You’ll also visit the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704.

On this Spain tour, history fans will enjoy visiting the Alcazar in Seville, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress; the 8th-century Mosque of Caliphs in Cordoba, a very well-preserved mosque that was converted into a cathedral in the 13th century; and the Alhambra Complex in Granada. The Alhambra was a palace, citadel, and fortress for the Nasrid sultans and their servants, elite soldiers, and high officials from the 13th to 14th centuries. Fans of art and architecture will delight in seeing the Prado Museum in Madrid, one of the world’s finest art museums; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, an amazing feat of construction without any flat surfaces; and the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona.

Globus has also arranged special experiences for you on this Spain tour. For example, enjoy wine tasting accompanied by tapas in Ribera del Duero. A special treat is a walk along the street where the famous "running of the bulls" takes place, followed by a Rioja wine tasting and dinner at a local restaurant in Pamplona.

History, art, architecture, beaches, Spanish food, and more—what more could you ask for in a vacation to Spain?

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Save 10% per person on 2017 Globus Europe, South and North America early booking vacations.*

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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 with tapas at Bodega Portia

BURGOS
Take pictures of the Cathedral of Santa Maria

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 Basaburua restaurant

SARAGOSSA
Visit Plaza del Pilar

BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing, visit Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill

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

GRANADA
Special dinner 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 Visit Real Maestranza bull ring; 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

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 4 & July 11 Departures – San Fermin Feria in Pamplona.


DAY 1Arriva in Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine 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 optional excursion to Toledo can be arranged. (Breakfast)

View the stunning Cibeles Fountain in Madrid The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Visit the old walled city of Toledo, Spain, made famous in El Grecos painting 
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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 mountain range 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 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 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 along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, followed by a Rioja WINE TASTING and dinner at Basaburua restaurant. (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)

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 Gràcia. Highlight is a visit to spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. 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 15-century Silk Exchange), the bull ring, the massive gateway towers of Serranos and Quart, and the new Arts & Science Complex, designed by the famous Valencian architect Calatrava. End your tour in the center at La Seo Cathedral and then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enter one of Valencia’s oldest Horchaterias, where you will be served 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 famous Real Meastranza de Caballería de Sevilla, the royal BULL RING. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Rock of Gibraltar 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 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–Cordoba–Madrid

Through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba.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. Return to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 14Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid, and special dinners in Pamplona and 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: 23 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 Spanish Fiesta:

  • Alhambra and 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