The Best of Spain (ZV) - 2016 / 2015

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9 Day Tour from Madrid to Barcelona


The Best of 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
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
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
Valencia
Alhambra at Sunset
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid

Vacation Overview

2016 Vacations Now Available - Book Early & Save!
2016 is the year to visit Europe. A favorable US currency has allowed us to pass along better pricing for 2016 when compared to 2015. Book this vacation and lock in a price for a 2016 European vacation. You can save 10% when you book and deposit by September 15, 2015. When booking air-inclusive, you can remove airfare uncertainty with our Early Airfare Price Guarantee. And yes, if the price goes down, we'll honor the new lower price. You can't lose! Please note that 2016 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification, but by booking and depositing today, you will lock in your price.

The best way to see all highlights of Spain in a short time! Stay two nights in Madrid, and enjoy a welcome dinner and guided sightseeing featuring a visit to the palatial Prado Museum. Via Cordoba and an included guided visit to the Mosque of the Caliphs, arrive in vibrant, festive Seville, capital of Andalusia. Here, visits to the magnificent Plaza de España, used in the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars, the Alcazar, and the Santa Cruz quarter are included. In Granada, enjoy a guided walking tour with visits to the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife. Next is Valencia, once a royal capital, where Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive during your guided walking tour. Here, sample a traditional Horchata drink, and enjoy a special paella dinner with wine at a local restaurant. End in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, marvel at Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, visit the gothic quarter, and enjoy a Sangria and a special farewell dinner with wine at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant.

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Save 10% per person on 2016 Globus Europe South and North America early booking vacations.*

Save 10% per person on 2016 Globus Europe South and North America early booking vacations.*

*Book and deposit a 2016 Globus Europe, South or North America (excluding Cuba) vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between June 24 and September 15, 2015 for travel in 2016. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and LATAM air credit. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2016 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. XXX16


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, take pictures of the Sagrada Familia Basilica, and visit the gothic quarter; enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Sangria and special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • December 19 Departure – Christmas Eve in Valencia.


DAY 1Arrive 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 at dusk Madrid The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain Enjoy the beautiful architecture 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. 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)

The Plaza de Toros in Madrid The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era View the stunning Cibeles Fountain in Madrid 
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DAY 3Madrid–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, Dinner)

Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain 
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DAY 4Seville

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)

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DAY 5Seville–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)

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DAY 6Granada–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 one of Valencia’s local restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Valencia 
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DAY 7Valencia–Barcelona

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

The gorgeous shores of Barcelona 
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DAY 8Barcelona

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. 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, Dinner)

Columbus Monument 
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DAY 9Barcelona

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; 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


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

Years of Experience: 18 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.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Learn how Globus is reducing transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

View Offers

Save 10% per person on 2016 Globus Europe South and North America early booking vacations.*

Save 10% per person on 2016 Globus Europe South and North America early booking vacations.*

*Book and deposit a 2016 Globus Europe, South or North America (excluding Cuba) vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between June 24 and September 15, 2015 for travel in 2016. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and LATAM air credit. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2016 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. XXX16




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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

  • Alhambra, Generalife Granada
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Cordoba
  • Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • La Lonja de la seda de Valencia