Spectacular Spain with Barcelona (ZYE)

12 Day Tour from Madrid to Barcelona

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You’ll experience the best of Spain on this vacation that includes an overnight in Granada and 2-night stays in Madrid, Costa del Sol, and Seville. Spain is a country steeped in history, and on this Spain tour, you’ll have an opportunity to see some of its historical sights as well as its well-known museums and churches.

Tour highlights include a visit to Madrid’s Prado Museum, one of the world’s most prestigious art museums. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Toledo, a city that has been influenced by three cultures—Arabic, Jewish, and Christian—and see the architectural styles left behind by each. While in Toledo, visit the Church of Santo Tomé with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Also visit Granada, a city with more than 1,000 years of recorded history, and visit the Alhambra Complex. In Seville, visit the Alcazar, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress. Time on the Costa del Sol gives you a chance to relax and enjoy the sandy beaches.

On this Spain tour, Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. For example, Jerez is famous for its sherry wines, and you'll visit a sherry bodega for a tasting, along with tapas. Throughout your tour, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring each city to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the cities' histories, sights, cultures, and secrets. They may even teach you a few words of Spanish!

At the end of your tour, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including a visit to Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. All services in Barcelona, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. Between the sights, museums, scenery, and experts, it's a Spectacular Spain vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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; taste the local marzipan
GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; a special dinner at a local restaurant
RONDA
Walking tour, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit Plaza de Toros
JEREZ
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Sherry wine tasting with Spanish tapas
SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
CORDOBA
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs
MADRID-BARCELONA
by high-speed AVE Train
BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing including visits to Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia Basili
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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Alhambra and Generalife Granada
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Cordoba
  • Historic Centre of Toledo
  • Sagrada Familia of Antoni Gaudi

Transportation:

Motorcoach; high-speed first-class AVE train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and a special dinner in Granada

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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

Day 2 Madrid

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.

Breakfast

Day 3 Madrid–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 taste traditional Santo Tomé, the local marzipan produced in Toledo since 1856, before arriving in history-steeped Granada. This evening, a special dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 4 Granada–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

Day 5 At 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

Day 6 Costa 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. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit a SHERRY BODEGA for a tasting, accompanied by local tapas. Then, on to Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalusia.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 7 Seville

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

Day 8 Seville–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 farewell dinner with wine awaits you at your hotel, the perfect moment to say adios to your traveling companions.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 9 Madrid–Barcelona

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Barcelona. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.

Breakfast

Day 10 Barcelona

Morning guided sightseeing includes visits to CASA BATLLÓ and the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA.

Breakfast

Day 11 Barcelona

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Breakfast

Day 12 Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 Tour Director

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

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!

 Accommodations

Madrid
Granada
Costa del Sol
Seville
Barcelona

Madrid

Innside Madrid Suecia

First-Class

Marques De Casa Riera, 4
Madrid, Spain

Free Wifi

Located in central Madrid this 127 room hotel is housed in the former Hotel Casa de Suecia, where Ernest Hemingway resided in the 1950's. Facilities include Free Wi-Fi internet access, a fitness room, an outdoor rooftop plunge pool and bar with views of the city skyline, a Deli-style restaurant serving healthy Mediterranean food and a relaxing lounge bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television

Granada

Granada Hotel Saray

Superior First-Class

Paseo Tierno Galvan 4
Granada, Spain

Free Wifi

Moorish touches, rooms with Nazari styled decor, restaurant and gardens; set in town center next to the Congress Hall.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone

Costa del Sol

Melia Costa Del Sol

Superior First-Class

Playa De Bajondillo
Torremolinos-Malaga, Spain

Free Wifi

Contemporary Hotel comprising twin 9-story buildings set on El Bajondillo Beach.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Television

Seville

Sevilla Center

Superior First-Class

Avda De Buhaira S/N
Seville, Spain

Free Wifi

Modern multistory Hotel, guest amenities for the business or leisure traveler, panoramic views of the city, centrally located.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Television

Madrid

NH Principe De Vergara

First-Class

Principe De Vergara, 92
Madrid, Spain

Free Wifi

Smart Business-oriented Hotel of modern construction, near American Embassy in Barrio de Salamanca.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Barcelona

Catalonia Ramblas

Calle Pelayo 28
Barcelona, Spain

Free Wifi

This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access

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