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Elegance, Culture & Reconquista In Spain 2022

Madrid - Toledo - Madrid - Santiago de Compostela - Oviedo - Bilbao - Pamplona - Barcelona

Tour Highlights
▪ Madrid, grand open squares, late dinners
▪ Toledo, crafts, marzipan, captivating monuments
▪ Sandstone architecture, prolific university, and the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca
▪  Santiago de Compostela, a major pilgrim destination
▪ Altamira caves, prehistoric art
▪ Bilbao, Frank Gehry’s designed Guggenheim Museum
▪ Pamplona, legendary “Running of the Bulls” festival, gothic style churches
▪ Barcelona, fantastical Sagrada Familia, modernist landmarks by Gaudi

Code: K3

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Madrid

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure to begin exploring. Later, join your fellow travellers and your Tour Director for a welcome reception.

Day 2
Madrid

We begin with a guided half-day city tour of Madrid. Our drive takes us through the Gran Via and the Passeo de Castellana, past the Plaza de Espana, Plaza de Oriente, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha Station, the Fountain of Neptune, Cibeles Fountain, the Bullring, the Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium, and many more. The afternoon is at leisure or join an optional tour to Prado Museum. (B)

Day 3
Madrid - Toledo - Madrid

We visit Toledo, a city with a wealth of monuments. It is known as the “City of the Three Cultures” because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived there together for centuries. During our guided tour we visit the Santo Tome Church and the Synagogue of Santa Maria. From Toledo, we return to Madrid where the afternoon is at leisure or join an optional tour ‘Flamenco Show with Dinner’. (B)

Day 4
Madrid - Salamanca - Santiago de Compostela

We depart for Santiago de Compostela. On the way, we stop in Salamanca, an ancient city famous for its university founded by Alfonso IX in the early 1200’s. There is time for lunch on your own and thereafter, we continue to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino. Many pilgrims follow this ancient route also known as the Way of St James. In Santiago de Compostela, the evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 5
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela’s centre is called “Casco Histórico” (old town), an area once surrounded by walls in the 11th century. We visit the Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum and view the tomb of St James the Great. In the afternoon we visit Cap Finisterre where pilgrims ceremoniously burn their boots. The day finishes with an early seafood dinner accompanied by Albarino wine. (B, D)

Day 6
Santiago de Compostela - Oviedo

After breakfast, we head to North Galicia. Our scenic drive takes us past the Cabo Ortegal and the Asturian coast to Oviedo. (B)

Day 7
Oviedo

A half-day guided city tour of Oviedo takes us to the Cathedral, the Palacio de Valdecarzana, the ruins of the San Tirso Church, and the Porlier Plaza which is flanked by the El Conde de Toreno and Camposagrado palaces. The afternoon is at leisure or join an optional visit of the cider house with dinner. (B)

Day 8
Oviedo - Santillana del Mar - Santander - Bilbao

After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Bilbao. On the way, we stop in Santillana del Mar, one of the North Coast’s most picturesque villages. Its architecture dates to the Middle Ages. In its vicinity, we visit the famous Altamira Caves where prehistoric art is well preserved. After our visit, we proceed to Santander where we have free time for lunch on your own. From there, we continue to Bilbao where we have a tasting of local tapas called pintxo. (B)

Day 9
Bilbao

On our visit to Bilbao, we see the vibrant old town with many shops, squares, and typical Basque tavernas. We enter the Guggenheim Museum, an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry. The collection includes large scale and site specific art by such contemporary artists as Jeff Koons and Willem de Kooning. The remainder of the day is free or join an optional tour to visit the Basque coast. (B)

Day 10
Bilbao - Getaria - San Sebastian - Pamplona

After breakfast, we depart for San Sebastian. Enroute, we visit Getaria, a charming Basque coastal village. Upon arrival in San Sebastian, we see the Maria Cristina Hotel. It is here, at the Kursaal, that the film festival takes place. We also see La Concha beach, a crescent shaped urban seaboard. In the afternoon we arrive in Pamplona. Dinner is served later that night. (B, D)

Day 11
Pamplona - Zaragoza - Barcelona

After breakfast, we have a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Pamplona featuring the Ciudadela, the City Walls, parks, and gardens. We will hear about the ‘Running of the Bulls’ race, part of the San Fermin festival. From Pamplona, we continue to Zaragoza for lunch on your own. Later that afternoon, we arrive in Barcelona and the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 12
Barcelona

Our guided half-day sightseeing tour includes Barcelona’s most important artistic sights - Gaudi’s Batllo, Casa Mila, the Cathedral La Sagrada Familia, and Guell Park, declared an artistic monument and mankind’s heritage by UNESCO. In the afternoon you are free to explore more on your own or join an optional tour visit of Montserrat. In the evening join your fellow travellers and your Tour Director for the farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 13
Barcelona

Transfer to Barcelona Airport after breakfast. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 13
  • 12 Nights in 4* hotels
  • Welcome Reception with Appetisers & 1 Drink
  • 12 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners with coffee/tea included (B, D)
  • Seafood Dinner with Albarino Wine (D)
  • Pintxo Local Tapas Tasting (T)
  • Tour Director
  • A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Headsets
  • Porterage

Sightseeing

  • Madrid
  • Toledo
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Oviedo
  • Bilbao
  • Pamplona
  • Barcelona

Entrance

  • Madrid - Prado Museum
  • Toledo - Santo Tome Church, Synagogue of Santa Maria
  • Santiago de Compostela - Catedral, Cathedral Museum
  • Oviedo - Cathedral
  • Santillana del Mar - Altamira Caves
  • Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum
  • Barcelona - Cathedral La Sagrada Familia, Guell Park

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sat 09 Apr 22Thu 21 Apr 22
$5,420$6,910
Sat 07 May 22Thu 19 May 22
$5,420$6,910
Sat 09 Jul 22Thu 21 Jul 22
$5,475$6,965
Sat 24 Sep 22Thu 06 Oct 22
$5,550$7,040
Sat 29 Oct 22Thu 10 Nov 22
$5,325$6,815
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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Madrid - Hotel Agumar

Santiago de Compostela - Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago

Pamplona - Hotel Maisonnave

Barcelona - Exe Cristal Palace

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Important Notes

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