DEPARTURE FROM BARCELONA
On this tour of Spain travel to the Andalucian region and Valencia. Visit the Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral, the spectacular Plaza de Espana and the impressive Alhambra as you travel down the Mediterranean coast to Valencia and Sevilla.
Enjoy 6 days of travel in a luxury coach with panoramic windows, selected meals and be inspired by your qualified English-speaking guide as he brings this region to life.
At a glance
|SUN||Depart Barcelona to Madrid with a stop in Zaragoza|
|MON||Travel to Cordoba (City tour). Onwards to Seville|
|TUE||Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon at leisure|
|WED||Travel to Granada. Visit the Alhambra & Generalife|
|THU||Continue to the Mediterranean city of Valencia|
|FRI||Morning free. Return to Barcelona. End of tour|
> Weekly departure from Barcelona on Sunday
> Accommodation in First class hotels during the tour
> Travel to the historical towns of Cordoba, Seville and Granada
> Continue your journey to the seaside resort of Valencia back to Barcelona
Seville – Granada (B-D)
- Depart for Granada after breakfast
- Upon arrival; go on a sightseeing tour of the extraordinary Alhambra; with its beautiful Nazari Palaces and dreamy gardens
- See the summer palace of the Generalife.
- Have dinner and spend the night in Granada.
- Optional visit to the caves of Sacromonte and attend a typical show of gypsy flamenco.
Granada – Valencia (B)
- After breakfast; depart via Guadix; Baza and Puerto Lumbreras
- Head towards the Mediterranean coast and the city of Valencia
- Overnight at your hotel in Valencia.
Valencia – Barcelona (B)
- After breakfast; free time to explore Valencia
- Depart for Barcelona mid-morning; where the tour will end.
- Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Spain experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future
- Transportation in deluxe AC vehicle with panoramic windows and maximum comfort and safety.
- Experienced multilingual and English-speaking tour conductors during the tour helping you with your accommodations and assuring you of a pleasant vacation.
- Sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double room sharing
- 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: Sunday
- Rate valid for travel between 01 APR 19 and 31 MAR 2020
Seasonal supplements applicable for travel in APR, 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 travellers 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 flavour
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.
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
The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA includes several Roman archaeological sites.
Enjoy a panoramic walking tour of the old Jewish Quarter, and visit the magnificent Mosque/Cathedral, one of the most important in the Islamic World, built during the time of the Caliphs, with its magnificent forest of marble columns is whose center is a Christian Cathedral.
Wide panoramic sightseeing tour: where you will visit the Plaza de España, Park of Maria Luisa… Walking tour of the old Barrio de Santa Cruz through its narrow streets and alleys.
Visit the spectacular group of monuments at the Alhambra and Generalife, former residence of the Moorish kings, with its magnificent Nazari Palaces and its fantasy of patios, arches, gardens and fountains.
An excellent city to explore on your own. You will have free time to walk around and discover the most important squares, monuments and museums at your own leisure.