Tapas Gitana Treasures Spain

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DAY 1 USA / GRANADA: Fly transatlantic overnight from the USA to Granada, Spain. Dinner is served, and in-flight entertainment is provided.

DAY 2 ARRIVE GRANADA, SPAIN: On arrival in Granada, your Tour Director will meet you in the arrivals area and escort you to your awaiting coach. Shortly afterwards, make your way towards your centrally located hotel. Later this morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Granada. The city has, along its historical streets, a great variety of shops where time seems to have stopped, conserving the centennial trades of ceramics, leather works, textiles and the construction of guitars. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

DAY 3 GRANADA: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Your day starts with a visit to Alhambra Palace & Generalife with your private local guide. The palace complexes of the Alhambra and Generalife, beside the Albaicin, have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Alhambra’s reddish hill houses the old Alcazaba and the Nazarite Royal Palaces. This artistic gem of Arab Granada, built between the 13th and the 15th centuries, is composed of many rooms linked by courtyards, gardens and fountains. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Granada. Later this evening make your way to Cuevas los Tarantos for a Flamenco Show and Tapas Dinner. (B/D)

DAY 4 GRANADA / TOLEDO / MADRID: This morning after breakfast, depart from Granada and start your journey towards Madrid. Pause in Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge, a visit to an early Synagogue, and the 13th-century gothic Cathedral. Toledo is known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived here together for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. Afterwards, continue to Madrid for overnight. (B)

DAY 5 MADRID: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Madrid 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, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial Prado Museum with its priceless art treasures. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon in Madrid. This evening meet back in your hotel and depart on a special guided walking Tapas Tour in Madrid. (B/D)

DAY 6 MADRID / BARCELONA: Breakfast in your hotel followed by a private transfer to Madrid train station where you board a high-speed train towards Barcelona. Thanks to the extensive network of high-speed trains (AVE) in Spain, which connects unique places in less than 100 minutes, you’ll experience the high technology of one of the more popular travel systems in the world. On arrival in Barcelona, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are at leisure in Barcelona. Stroll the pedestrian streets in the old quarter, shop and peoplewatch in the busy Las Ramblas neighborhood, take a walk along the beautiful seafront, and most importantly, take full advantage of Barcelona’s fabulous cuisine and Spanish wines! Overnight in Barcelona. (B)

DAY 7 BARCELONA: After breakfast, depart on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona. Visit the Museu Picasso which houses one of the most extensive collections of works by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Afterwards, visit Park Guell, another of Gaudí’s creations which has been declared an artistic monument and world heritage site by UNESCO. Later this afternoon, enjoy a Spanish Cooking Class in Barcelona. (B/D)

DAY 8 EXCURSION TO MONTSERRAT & WINE TASTING: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards, depart for Montserrat. Montserrat is a mountain, a sanctuary and a monastery. The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in the 11th century, is in a Natural Park 60 km to the west of Barcelona. You will arrive to the top of the mountain by a mountain train. Afterwards, visit Bodegas Masia Ca N’Estella for a tour and wine tasting. Later, return to Barcelona where your evening is free. (B)

DAY 9 BARCELONA / USA: Enjoy breakfast before departing for Barcelona airport and your return flight back to the USA. (B)

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 Inclusions

  •  Roundtrip air on Iberia Airlines
  • Granada – 2 nights, 4-Star Hotel Catalonia Granada
  • Madrid – 2 nights, 4-Star Hotel Santo Domingo
  • Barcelona – 3 nights, 4-Star Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Luxury motorcoach with services of a professional driver for transfers and sightseeing as outlined in itinerary
  • High speed train from Madrid to Barcelona
  • Breakfast each morning, except day of arrival
  • Flamenco Show and Tapas Dinner with wine in Granada
  • Walking Tapas Tour in Madrid
  • Spanish Cooking Class in Barcelona
  • Granada city tour with local English-speaking guide (3 hours)
  • Entrance to Alhambra & Generalife in Granada
  • Toledo city tour with local English-speaking guide (3 hours)
  • Entrance to Toledo Cathedral
  • Madrid city tour with local English-speaking guide (4 hours)
  • Entrance to Prado Museum
  • Barcelona city tour with local English-speaking guide (4-hours)
  • Entrance to Picasso Museum
  • Entrance to Park Guell
  • Excursion to Montserrat
  • Visit Bodegas Masia Ca N’Estella Wine Cellar and tasting
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Hotel porterage of one suitcase per person
  • 24-hour emergency customer service while in Spain

IMPORTANT: This tour includes walking tours. To enjoy this tour, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surface.

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This is a Private Group Journey based on a minimum of 20 participants to operate, and a maximum of 28 participants. Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Departure taxes and fuel surcharges are included. Single supplement is additional $750.00. Air inclusive rates are subject to availability and are based on departure from Chicago on Iberia Airlines. Rate includes round-trip economy class airfare, including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees, and the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees. Child/infant discounts are not available, and stopovers are not permitted. Baggage fees may apply; please check with carrier for specific policies. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Above mentioned hotels are subject to change. Cancellations/Changes: Rates are non-refundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change, and depend upon the package type. Trip protection is recommended. The applicable Travel Protection Plan will be applied to your purchase. Additional details will be provided on your Itinerary and Travel Protection Plan Voucher travel documents upon purchase. For travelers on offered Escorted Vacations, Golf, or Cruise Vacations, travel protection is provided by Trip Mate Inc. This coverage is designed to protect your travel investment with a full cash refund less the cost of the insurance and cancellation fees for the following covered reasons such as death, sickness, injury or certain other covered reasons. Full description of coverage can be found by visiting http://tripmate.com/wpF421S. The cost of this protection is 9% of the total cost of your trip and must be purchased at time of booking. All claims are to be made to Trip Mate Inc.