The Best of Spain (ZV)

9 Day Tour from Madrid to Barcelona

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From its world-class art, historical sights, and magnificent cathedrals to its sunny climate and unique cuisine, this is the best way to see the highlights of Spain in a short time! On this Spain tour, you'll overnight in Madrid, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona. Guided sightseeing or a guided walking tour in each city presents you with Spain's must-see attractions.

History buffs will be delighted by visits to Cordoba’s 8th-century Mosque of the Caliphs, a very well-preserved mosque that was converted into a cathedral in the 13th century, and Seville’s Alcazar, a royal palace founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress. In Granada, visit the Alhambra Complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife, the oldest decorative garden in the Western World. During your guided walking tour in Valencia, Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive!

If you’re interested in art and architecture, you’ll be thrilled by the visit to Madrid’s Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting. In Barcelona, visit the amazing Sagrada Familia Basilica, the masterpiece of architect Gaudi. But that’s not all…food must be a part of any Spain tour, and Globus has arranged fun treats for you. A special paella dinner has been prepared for you at a local restaurant in Valencia, and you’ll enjoy Sangria, a popular Spanish drink, in Barcelona. These are just a few of the experiences and sights included on this tour.

From the historical sights and beautiful art and architecture to the tasty treats and special experiences, this Best of Spain tour is sure to leave you with plenty of memories to share with loved ones back home. So pack your camera and get ready for a marvelous vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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 a Horchata drink; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite paella dinner at a local restaurant
BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica; panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a Sangria and special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • December 17 Departure – Christmas Eve in Barcelona.

Transportation:

Motorcoach. 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 a welcome dinner in Madrid, a special paella dinner in Valencia, and a special farewell dinner in Barcelona

 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.

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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. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Madrid–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 Breakfast
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Day 4 Seville

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 Breakfast

Day 5 Seville–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 Breakfast

Day 6 Granada–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 La Marcelina restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Valencia–Barcelona

Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Visit the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece, followed by a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. 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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast 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.

RITA MARTINS

Escorting Tours for more than 19 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.

Tour Director - RITA MARTINS

 Accommodations

Madrid
Seville
Granada
Valencia
Barcelona

Madrid

Agumar

First-Class

Agumar Paseo Reina Cristina, 7, Madrid,   Spain

Paseo Reina Cristina, 7
Madrid, Spain

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hotel Agumar is an excellent choice both as it offers all the facilities and services pertaining to a four star hotel. The hotel is in a privileged location indeed next to the Atocha Station and the city center which when you take into consideration the numerous options of public transport makes Hotel Agumar the right choice.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

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

Gran Hotel Conde Duque

Superior First-Class

Gran Hotel Conde Duque P.Conde Val. De Suchil 5, Madrid,  Spain

P.Conde Val. De Suchil 5
Madrid, Spain

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Since 1953, the hotel stands up in the peaceful and landscaped square of Plaza Conde Valle de Suchil, near museum & Royal Palace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning

Seville

Sevilla Center

Superior First-Class

Sevilla Center Avda De Buhaira S/N, Seville,   Spain

Avda De Buhaira S/N
Seville, Spain

Free Wifi

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

Granada

Hotel Saray

Superior First-Class

Hotel Saray Paseo Tierno Galvan 4, Granada,   Spain

Paseo Tierno Galvan 4
Granada, Spain

Free Wifi

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

Valencia

NH Center

First-Class

NH Center Ricardo Mico

Ricardo Mico' 1
Valencia, Spain

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The stylishly decorated NH Center hotel offers 192 spacious, modern rooms, including rooms specially designed with handicapped accessibility.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

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

Barcelona

HCC St. Moritz

First-Class

HCC St. Moritz  Carrer Diputacio 262, Barcelona,  Spain

Carrer Diputacio 262
Barcelona, Spain

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hotel HCC St Moritz has a total of 91 rooms and offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere for a perfect rest after a busy day in the city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Madrid
Seville
Granada
Barcelona

Madrid

Excursion to Toledo

Excursion to Toledo

Admire Castilian landscapes on your way to the beautiful imperial city of Toledo. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and its genuine Spanish buildings are a showcase of almost all periods of history (Arab, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance, and Baroque styles). Visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral, Church of Santo Tomé with its masterpiece by El Greco, the synagogue, and a Damascene steel workshop, a technique that inlays precious metals into steel.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains. Later, dine Spanish style! Tonight is your chance to try many of the dishes that Madrid is renowned for, at one of Madrid's favorite restaurants. Drinks and coffee are included. During this evening, don't miss the opportunity to sip a glass of Sangria, the most traditional and famous Spanish drink prepared with wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person

Seville

Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco

Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco

While savoring a 3-course Andalusian dinner with drinks, enjoy an exciting flamenco show. The flamenco dance, with its roots in Indian, Arabic, and Spanish cultures, is a highly-expressive, passionate dance form that no visitor to Spain should miss.

Approximate value: €64 EUR per person

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Standing on the site of a grand mosque, Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's power and wealth after the Reconquista, when the city was captured from the Moors. It is the third-largest church in Europe and boasts 80 chapels, the largest altarpiece in the world, and the breathtaking La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world (the others are in Marrakesh and Rabat, Morocco). This beautiful structure became the bell tower of the cathedral, and dominates the city's skyline. The cathedral also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus. Although originally buried in Havana's cathedral in Cuba, his first discovery in 1492, his remains were moved to Seville during the upheavals surrounding the Cuban Revolution in 1902.

Approximate value: €18 EUR per person

Granada

Glimpses of Granada

Glimpses of Granada

With your Local Guide, discover the cathedral of Granada, considered to be one of Spain's most important renaissance buildings. Visit the richly decorated Royal Chapel, built between 1505 and 1521 and which houses the mortal remains of the couple who unified Spain under one monarchy Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon. Then, visit the Carthusian Monastery, an outstanding example of baroque architecture with its intricate white stucco works. Construction began in 1516 and continued for the next 300 years, but the project was never completed. The monastery was home to a community of monks and laymen who lived under a vow of silence. Finally, enjoy a beautiful view over the Alhambra and the city from the famous El Albaicín old Moorish quarter.

Approximate value: €43 EUR per person

Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona

Together with your local expert explore the Ciutat Vella district (old city); the Barceloneta, an 18th-century traditional district of sailors and fisherman; the Olympic Village, constructed for the 1992 Olympic Games, with the Olympic Port and beaches and magnificent views of the harbor and the neo-Moorish-style Arc de Triomphe. Don't miss out the experience of walking down the famous La Rambla to visit the Boqueria Market the oldest food-market in Spain, where the best "chefs" buy for their Michelin Restaurants and where you will enjoy one of the popular fresh fruit juices (included in the tour).

Approximate value: €32 EUR per person

Excursion to Montserrat

Excursion to Montserrat

Drive through picturesque villages to 4,320-foot Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery perched halfway up the mountain. Visit the Royal Basilica, one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years due to its famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgin Morenita (Black Virgin).

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

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