Spain by Train

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Wanting to visit three important Spanish cities, then our Spain by Train is just the right tour. Start your holiday in Madrid. Spend time exploring its magnificent historical building and world-renown Musea. Take a comfortable train ride to Valencia, home to Pella and its Art complex. Onwards to Barcelona, a city founded by the Romans and today the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Coast. And let's not forget Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona 

At a glance

Madrid 3 Nights at the Liabeny Hotel or similar
Valencia 2 Nights at the Zenit Valencia Hotel or similar    
Barcelona 3 Nights at the Espana Hotel or similar    
Accommodation  Standard double room 
Other 2nd Class Rail travel
  Airport and train transfers as per program     

Highlights

Madrid:
So much to do and to be seen during your stay in Madrid. Don’t miss out on the Royal Palace with its Plaza Oriente. Spend time at the Puerta del Sol (best-known square) and Gran Via (the cities most famous central street
Go on a Tapas tour of Madrid after sunset
Stroll through the famous Rastro Flea market on Sundays (Open between 9 am and 3 pm)
Interested in art? Step into the Prado Museum for an experience of a lifetime

Valencia:
Talk a walk to the Plaza Redonda with its beautiful fountains and smalls shops
Make your way to Beach to sample the best Paella
Spend time at the Cathedral of Valencia, originally a Muslim Mosque and see its most famous item “the Chalice”

Barcelona:
Buy (online) a Barcelona Pass ( 2 or 3 days) giving you free entry to the city’s top 20 attractions
See the Magic Fountains (Friday and Saturday) during winter
Spend a least a half-day at Las Ramblas and feel the city’s heartbeat
Go up to Montjuic Hill for some fantastic views of the city

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Madrid

  • Welcome to Spain
  • On arrival, clear customs and collect your luggage
  • Transfer is booked to take you to your hotel
  • The remainder of the day will be at leisure
     
Day 2

Madrid (B)

  • After breakfast, plan your day activities in Madrid
Day 3

Madrid (B)

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Enjoy your day exploring more of Madrid

Inclusions

  • Return Flights from Jo'burg on Emirates Airlines (Specific & Limited Seats)
  • Accommodation at hotels mentioned or similar 
  • Meals as mentioned   
  • Airport & Rail transfers

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary
  • Increases in airfares, departure & Fuel taxes
  • Seasonal and/or event/weekend supplements may be applicable

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 October and 30 November 2019

    Contact us for alternative travel dates

Country information

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 are 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.

Getting around
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.

Tipping
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.

Money
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).

Traditional dishes
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