The Best of Spain (ZV) - 2016 / 2017

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9 Day Tour from Madrid to Barcelona


The Best of Spain
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
Valencia
Madrid at dusk
Alhambra at Sunset
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Vacation Overview

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

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

*Book and deposit a 2017 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 September 16, 2015 and November 29, 2016 for travel in 2017. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and 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 2017 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. EBD


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.


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)

Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain The Plaza de Toros in Madrid 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)

Madrid at dusk 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)

Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain Plaza de Espana in 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 La Marcelina restaurant. (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 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, 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: 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.

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 2017 Globus Europe, South and North America early booking vacations.*

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

*Book and deposit a 2017 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 September 16, 2015 and November 29, 2016 for travel in 2017. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and 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 2017 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. EBD




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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

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