15 Day Kaleidoscope of Spain

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Tour Length: 15 Days
Countries Visited: Spain
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Tour Category: Classic
Tour Operator: Gate 1
Tour Code: ES-15DKALES-PKG-18
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  • Round trip flights New York-Barcelona, Barcelona-New York
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  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Barcelona
  • 2 nights Bilbao
  • 2 nights Madrid
  • 1 night Cordoba
  • 2 nights Seville
  • 1 night Granada
  • 1 night Valencia
  • 1 night Barcelona
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Barcelona city taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 20 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Visit Gaudi's colorful Park Guell in Barcelona
  • Stand in awe at the iconic symbol of Barcelona -- Gaudi’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia
  • Wine Tastings in Penedes and La Rioja, internationally renowned for their fine wines
  • Visit Bilbao's gleaming Guggenheim Museum, named the “most influential structure of its time”
  • View Segovia's best preserved Roman Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • At the renowned Prado Museum view the astonishing collection of Spanish masterpieces
  • Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo, once capital of Spain
  • In Cordoba, tour the impressive Mezquita de Cordoba, transformed into a soaring cathedral
  • Visit to the magnificent 13th century Alhambra Palace in Granada
  • Drive to Valencia with its groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges
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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Barcelona, Spain

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Barcelona
Welcome to Barcelona! Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Spain’s second most important city with its unending choice of museums, galleries, and cafes. After time to rest and relax, perhaps stroll along Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous pedestrian walkway with its life-size animators, stalls and people watchers. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and briefing on the sensational journey that awaits you in Spain
Overnight: Barcelona

DAY 3, Monday - Discover Barcelona
Begin the day in this artistic city with a drive along the harbor to Plaza Catalunya, the city's bustling main square and Plaza de España home to the old bullfighting ring. Pass some of Gaudi's famous works, including the "skull and bones" Casa Batllo, on the way to visit Park Guell, one of the city's largest urban parks, another colorful and playful Gaudi creation. Continue on to view the iconic symbol of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece; a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished after over a hundred years. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic Stadium built for the 1992 Olympics. Later, travel to nearby Penedes, one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain that produces many wine styles including traditional (sparkling) white and rosé Cava. Stop at one of the wine cellars for a tasting before returning to Barcelona. Tonight, join the rousing nightlife in this late night city.
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Barcelona
A full day at leisure to explore Barcelona's countless museums and superb galleries or, just savor the magnificent ambience of this gorgeous city. In the morning, join the optional tour to Montserrat that takes you on a drive past picturesque villages to Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica and view the world-famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of Virgen Moreneta. In Barcelona, be sure to experience the extraordinary array of tapas bars. Sample specialties at each cafe and continue on a tasting tour throughout the night
Optional: Montserrat Tour (AM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Zaragoza, Wine Tasting, Arrive in Bilbao
Today, travel to the vibrant city of Zaragoza on the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Your introduction to the city includes the Basilica of El Pilar, a jewel of Baroque art, where the faithful believe the Virgin Mary appeared atop a marble pillar. The Basilica, declared a National Monument, is one of the most spiritual destinations in Spain. Stop to view the City Hall housed in a Renaissance palace, and the old currency exchange building, known as the Lonja, before departing to the wine region of La Rioja. This area, with endless views of flourishing vineyards, produces internationally renowned Spanish wines. Here, linger at a typical Bodega where you’re invited to tour the cellar and savor a tasting of fine Rioja wines. Then continue north to the Basque city of Bilbao, arriving in time for dinner together in this exciting city
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum
Today's sightseeing in culture rich Bilbao begins in the heart of the Old Quarter, with its bustling market and pedestrianized streets that go back to the origins of the city. Continue to the gleaming Guggenheim Museum, named the “most influential structure of its time" when it opened in 1997. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the inspirational design utilizes flowing canopies, ship shapes, towers and flying fins. This site, once an industrial wasteland, has re-energized the entire city and its diverse population. The interior of the museum houses an impressive collection of modern art with a cathedral-like atrium lit by enormous expanses of glass. Spend time at the museum or consider the late afternoon optional tour to the historical fishing town and resort of San Sebastian. Tour the charming Old Quarter and enjoy a typical Basque Tapas Dinner
Optional: San Sebastian Tour with Tapas dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Historic Segovia, Arrive in Madrid
Travel to the magnificent historic city of Segovia. View the best preserved 1st century AD Roman Aqueduct, symbol of the city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other important monuments include the fairy-tale Alcazar with its soaring turrets, moats and magical towers and the powerful Gothic Cathedral that took almost 200 years to complete. Walk through the Jewish Quarter, with remains of a synagogue, palaces, museums and old residential buildings. Time to wander on your own in Segovia before departing for the lively metropolis of Madrid, capital of Spain since 1562, birthplace of many of the world’s greatest writers, painters and artists. A lovely Spanish dinner welcomes you to Madrid
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Lively Madrid
Today’s tour of Madrid’s impressive architecture begins at the Plaza de Cibeles with its striking buildings. Continue via the elegant Plaza Mayor to the magnificent Royal Palace, Europe’s second largest, and to the Plaza de España dominated by the monument to Cervantes, famed author of Don Quixote. On to the world renowned Prado Museum; stand before masterpieces by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and others. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own or, join the afternoon optional tour to El Escorial, the combination monastery-palace-mausoleum erected by King Phillip II as a memorial to his father. It has since become an enduring legacy to Spain and burial place of Kings and Queens. In the evening, experience the delectable cuisine that has made some of Madrid’s chefs world-famous
Optional: Half Day Escorial Tour (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Toledo Sightseeing En Route to Cordoba
Due to its strategic location, Cordoba was once an important port city. Visit the astonishing Mezquita de Cordoba, the largest mosque in the world, transformed into a soaring cathedral in the 16th century. A walking tour of the city reveals the ancient Jewish Quarter with its labyrinth of winding narrow streets, shady flower filled courtyards and picturesque squares. Afterwards, you proceed to Seville, capital of Andalucia. After dinner, opportunity to attend an optional Flamenco Show in this city known as the birthplace of Flamenco
Optional: Evening Flamenco Show
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Mezquita de Cordoba, Seville in Andalucia
The morning tour of Seville begins at beautiful Plaza de España and the fragrant gardens of Maria Luisa Park by the Guadalquivir River before visiting the quaint Barrio Santa Cruz with its narrow, winding streets. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and home to the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Built on the site of the former great Mosque, its original minaret, the Giralda Bell Tower, still stands
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Seville City Tour
Depart Seville to Granada. Here, your sightseeing of Moorish Granada is highlighted by a visit to the magnificent 13th century Alhambra Palace, one of Spain’s most celebrated monuments, dramatically perched atop Assabica Hill overlooking the entire city. This imposing hilltop fortress, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s finest examples of Moorish art and architecture. During the reign of the Moors, the Alhambra served as the summer residence of the royal family. Walk along the lanes of the serene Generalife Gardens with its beautifully designed courtyards, waterfalls and ponds and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.* Dinner together
Overnight: Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Travel to Granada, Visit to Alhambra
Today you head towards the Mediterranean coast and through the blossoming groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges to the “garden city" of Valencia, Spain’s major port. This unique city is shaped by the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains. Hear the story of “El Cid," Spain’s national hero who fought here against the Moors. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture before continuing to the City Gates, City Hall and Gothic Cathedral. Arrive at the huge Arts and Science City designed by contemporary artist Santiago Calatrava, with its extraordinary avant-garde architecture that includes impressive buildings such as the Hemisfèric and Oceanogràfic. The rest of the day is yours to discover the city independently. Tonight, dinner together
Overnight: Valencia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - The “Garden City" of Valencia
Return to Barcelona for an afternoon on your own. Revisit some of the city’s extraordinary sights or, spend time at the shops or galleries. Bid a fond farewell and share wonderful memories tonight with your newfound friends and Tour Manager over dinner at a popular restaurant
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Barcelona Farewell
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Saturday - Depart Spain

 
         
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Hotel Balmoral
This first class hotel is located steps away from Avenida Diagonal, in the heart of the business and commercial area.

Hotel Melia Bilbao
This deluxe hotel is centrally located near Bilbao's popular museums and attractions.

Melia Madrid Serrano Galgos
This first class hotel is located close to many museums and other tourist attractions.

Cordoba Center
This superior first class hotel is located in the trendy Manzana de Oro area of Cordoba and is near to many attractions.

Melia Lebreros
This first class hotel is situated in Seville's Nervion district.

Abba Granada Hotel
This first class hotel is close to the city center, El Triunfo gardens and the Barrio de Albayzin.

Barcelo Valencia
This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the City of Arts and Sciences.

Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal
This tourist class hotel is located in Barcelona's Innovation District.

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
This first class hotel is just a few stops from the city center via Tram or metro.

Hotel Porta Fira
This superior first class hotel is about a twenty minute drive away from the city center of Barcelona.

 

 
 

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