TOUR STARTS IN MADRID on Monday
Kick off this colorful 14 day All of Spain tour in Madrid and let your imagination unfold on a journey through the beautiful Andalucian region. Visit the cities that reflect Spain’s diverse history and culture. This Spanish adventure is as colorful and diverse as the land itself.
Spain is a country of many different peoples, each with its own culture, attitudes and cuisine. From the magnificent Gaudi buildings of Barcelona to the whitewashed villages of Andalusia, it’s as colorful as it is beautiful.
The country’s historic legacy makes for an endlessly interesting visit. With its splendid monuments, beautiful beaches, stately mountains, and sophisticated social life, Spain captivates millions of visitors each year.
Many travelers can’t get enough and keep coming back.
At a glance
|Day 1||Early morning departure for Cordoba. Arrive Seville|
|Day 2||Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon at leisure|
|Day 3||Leave for Granada. Visit the Alhambra & Generalife|
|Day 4||Onwards to Valencia on the Mediterranean coast|
|Day 5||Morning free. Afternoon journey to Barcelona|
|Day 6||Barcelona city tour. Afternoon free to explore the city|
|Day 7||Leave Barcelona for Bilbao with a stop in Zaragoza|
|Day 8||Panoramic tour of Bilbao. Travel via Santillana to Santander|
|Day 9||Continue through the Picos de Europa mountains to Oviedo|
|Day 10||Travel to Gijon (short tour) before arriving in Lugo|
|Day 11||Leave for La Coruna (short panoramic tour) and overnight|
|Day 12||Arrive at the Pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela|
|Day 13||Visit the Spanish Fjords before arriving in Vigo|
|Day 14||Return to Madrid through the Galician Mountains|
> See the Moorish remnants in Cordoba, Seville and Granada
> Spend two nights in Barcelona, a city is best known for its architecture and the "La Rambla"
> Visit Northern Spain with its well-preserved medieval villages
> See the Bay of Biscay and Bilbao, set amidst the rolling green hills of Basque country
> Spend the morning touring Santiago de Compostela, a world-renown Pilgrimage Center
Madrid – Cordoba – Seville (D)
- Departure from our bus Terminal at 8:00 a.m. through La Mancha on our way to Cordoba.
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour; visiting its famous Mosque-Cathedral and Jewish Quarter.
- After the visit continue on to Sevilla.
- Arrive in Sevilla and check into your hotel.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Sevilla.
- Optional tour to attend a gypsy flamenco show.
- Half board (2 meals included) at the hotel.
- We embark on a morning tour of the city visiting the Barrio de Santa Cruz with its narrow streets; the Park of Maria Luisa and the Plaza de Espana; with a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city.
- Optional Artistic tour including the Royal Alcazar Palace.
- The afternoon is at your leisure to continue discovering the city.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Seville.
Seville – Granada (B/D)
- Breakfast at your hotel in Seville.
- We then depart for Granada.
- We enjoy a sightseeing tour visiting the Alhambra with its beautiful Palaces and the Generalife Palace.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Granada.
- Optional visit to the gypsy caves of Sacromonte and attend a typical show of gypsy flamenco.
- Transportation in deluxe AC vehicle with panoramic windows and maximum comfort and safety.
- Experienced multilingual and English speaking tour conductors during the tours help you with your room accommodations and assure you of a pleasant vacation.
- Local sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
- Accommodation in selected hotels.
- The professional support of all our team at your service.
- Transportation of one baggage per person.
- Meal plan: as per itinerary.
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Spain Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- DEPARTURES: Mondays
- Rate valid for travel between 01 APR and 21 OCT 2019
Seasonal supplements applicable for travel in MAY, JUL, AUG, SEP & OCT 2019
Best time to go
Spain has a perfect climate for anyone between April to May and again from September to October. During these months enjoy a mild climate and lesser crowds. Summer (June to end August) are the peak tourist months, where travelers flock to Spain to soak up the sun. Temperatures dip from November onwards and depending on where you travel, winter gear will be required.
Spain food & drink
Gastronomy in Spain is an adventure and changes from region to region. Each province claims its own unique flavor
A budget way to sample the local food is to order Menus del Dia (Menu of the day). It includes a soup or a salad followed by a main course with a side dish. Dessert ends of your meal
Sangria is Spain’s most known drink: a fruit punch made of red wine with chopped fruit mixed with honey and orange juice
Culture and Language
Life in Spain has experienced swift changes in recent years. However, hospitality, chivalry and courtesy is still the basis of every Spaniard towards visitors and a handshake is a common way of greeting a person. Lunchtime is taken between 14:00 and 15:30 and evening meals between 21:00 and 23:00. So plan your meals well. Spain has harshest anti-smoking laws in Europe.
The official language is Spanish (Castilian). English is widely spoken/understood in all major tourist destinations. Advisable is to learn some Spanish words/phrases, especially when traveling outside the main tourist areas.
Domestic Air Travel in Spain is mostly inexpensive. Spain has an extensive bus and rail network and rates are very affordable. High-speed trains run between most popular cities. Taxis are safe and easy to find in all the main cities. A surcharge will be levied is your journey starts/ends at an airport, bus Terminal or Rail station.
VAT (IVA) of 10% is included in your bill. Restaurants & Bards, an additional 5% is normal. Most people leave small change when settling their bill.
Although debit and credit cards are generally accepted throughout Spain, it’s always best to have some spare euros with you for emergencies. Cashpoint (ATM) machines take Visa, MasterCard, but a fee of between 1.5 and 2% is charged on every withdrawal. Cash can be exchanged at various places in the city, such as banks or bureaux de change (called “Cambio”). The latter operate longer opening hours, but their rates are not as good. And in shops, you can always pay with your Visa, MasterCard or American Express (Amex) card (the most widely accepted ones).
Paella: Spain’s most famous dish made of rice, seafood, green vegetables and lots of seasoning
Tapas: small bites served before dinner. A Popular Tapas dish is Patatas Bravas (Served with a spicy sauce)
Gazpacho: Cold vegetable food with a tomato base
Pollo al Ajillo: chicken sautéed or simmered in white wine or sherry served with potatoes and a salad
Churros con chocolate: deep-fried twisted pastries served with dark chocolate
From exotic tapas and rich red wines, to lively food festivals, the culinary culture is as rich as it is regionally varied. Enjoy long lunches, and – of course – afternoon siestas. To truly experience Spain, you must adapt to its rhythm and way of life. Adjust to the later meal times and take advantage of the nightlife. Learn about the religious festivals and join the locals at the piazzas. Sunbathe at the beaches and save time for museum visits. Be adventurous and sample the local cuisine.