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SPAIN: Splendours of Southern Spain. 4th -17th September 2016

SPAIN: Splendours of Southern Spain Tour - 14 days
Available: Enquiries Welcome

Destinations: SPAIN: Madrid, (Toledo) Cordoba, Seville, (Ronda) Granada, (Penedès) Barcelona

Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Madrid

Number of Days: 14 days / 13 nights

Accommodation: 4 & 3+ Modern & Boutique Hotels

Leaders: Professional expert local guides

Tour Concludes In: Barcelona

Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfasts; 14: Lunches; 2: Dinners; 3:

Transportation: Luxury / Deluxe private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Summary

Immerse yourself in the splendours of Spain. It is one of the most diverse and visually stunning nations of Europe. It will dazzle you with it’s architectural feats, it’s rich historic treasures of medieval villages and world-famous Museums. Its vibrant, cosmopolitan cities that contrast with sleepy villages lost in time and each with their own culture.

We tour the golden metropolis Madrid, the Spanish capital known for its elegant squares, stately Habsburg architecture, leafy boulevards and superb museums.

We visit Toledo, it’s a must. Known as the city of three cultures, Toledo once flourished as a unique center where Jews, Muslims and Christians lived in harmony. We explore the city’s splendid medieval center, including the elaborate cathedral and the old Jewish quarter. 

We visit the World heritage sites in Cordoba, a capital under the Romans and the Moors. We explore the highlights of this UNESCO-listed city center, such as the incredible Cathedral-Mosque, the ancient Roman bridge, and the narrow backstreets lined with whitewashed buildings and historic buildings in the old Jewish Quarter.

Seville, the capital of Andalusia and a city flavoured as much by the sounds of flamenco and the smell of orange blossoms as by its 500-year domination by the Moors.

Granada, one of the richest and most populated cities in Europe during Moorish rule and still one of Spain's most breathtaking cities.

And wow, fabulous Barcelona were the artistic treats continue. Barcelona, one of Europe's most dynamic centers of modern design and cutting-edge cuisine. We tour Gaudi’s fantastical structures and visit some of the city’s excellent museums. At your leisure take a guided stroll along Las Ramblas—Barcelona’s most famous boulevard—and explore the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and La Ribera. Perhaps if time permits, explore the city’s shopping districts, stopping at upscale boutiques along the broad Passeig de Gracia and design shops in the stylish Born and Raval neighborhoods. Also visit the city’s leading food markets, including the Santa Caterina Market and La Boqueria Market. Alternatively, opt to visit nearby Montserrat, a beautiful mountain studded with interesting religious and historical sights.

Along the way there’s the hip Tapa’s and sherry tasting and of course, Paella.

Join us as a group couple or single and be prepare to be enraptured with this beautiful enchanting country.

Tour Highlights

  • Tour the incredible Royal Palaces in Madrid
  • Enjoy delicious Tapas on our tapas tour
  • View the remarkable Cathedral & Synagogues in Toledo
  • Explore the Mosque & Alcazar in Cordoba
  • Discover the Cathedral & Alcazar in Seville
  • Be inspired to get your dancing shoes on when we visit our Flamengo Show
  • Visit a special olive oil mill
  • Venture to the Bull Ring & Arab Baths in Ronda
  • Be in awe of the amazing Alhambra in Granada
  • Tour the Picasso Museum & Cathedral & Parc Guell & Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Participate in our Paella cooking class
  • Visit the beautiful wine region of Penedès

Tour Inclusions

  • Exclusive and private airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
  • Domestic Economy Class Flight – Granada / Barcelona
  • 4/3 star Modern & Boutique hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = B’fast: L = Lunch: D = Dinner:
  • Private services of a professional bilingual tour guides
  • Luxury private air-conditioned vehicles for all our transportation
  • Admission fees to all sightseeing & shows as per Itinerary
  • An exclusive BT&T travel information Booklet
  • 1 Litre bottled water whilst touring in vehicle (Day 4, 6, 8 & 13 )

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Sunday 4th September 2016: Arrive Madrid:
  • Day 2: Monday 5th September 2016: Tour Madrid:
  • Day 3: Tuesday 6th September 2016: Madrid:
  • Day 4: Wednesday 7th September 2016: Madrid – Toledo – Madrid:
  • Day 5: Thursday 8th September 2016: Madrid – Cordoba:
  • Day 6: Friday 9th September 2016: Cordaba – Seville:
  • Day 7: Saturday 10th September 2016: Seville:
  • Day 8: Sunday 11th September 2016: Seville – Granada via Rhonda:
  • Day 9: Monday 12th September 2016: Granada:
  • Day 10: Tuesday 13th September 2016: Fly Granada – Barcelona:
  • Day 11: Wednesday 14th September 2016: Barcelona:
  • Day 12: Thursday 15th September 2016: Barcelona:
  • Day 13: Friday 16th September 2016: Barcelona – Penedes - Barcelona:
  • Day 14: Saturday 17th September 2016: Depart Barcelona:

Country Information

Accommodation:

All our hotels are excellent four and three star modern and boutique hotels, all centrally located. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or twin beds.

 

Climate & Clothing:

In summer the weather in Spain is warm to hot, the temperature average between September is about 78°F – 84°F  /  26°C – 30°C. Summers are relatively dry, with minimal rain. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.

 

Currency & Money Matters:

The official currency in Spain is EURO (€). On January 1, 2002, the Euro became the official currency for 300 million Europeans, in use in 12 countries of the European Union. Traveller’s Cheques can be exchanged at some banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash or credit cards. ATMs are available in major cities and tourist areas.

 

Electricity:

The electrical current in Spain is 230 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard. Type F.

 

Insurance:

You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.

 

Language:

Spanish is the official language, but English is spoken in the main tourist areas.

 

Meals:

Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.

 

Medical Services & Facilities:

Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in Spain are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.

 

Passports & Visas:

To enter Spain you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. No visa is required for tourists.

 

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:

Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed.

Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at this hotel for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.

 

Solo Traveller:

We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.

 

Special Requests:

Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.

 

Time Zone:

Spain Standard time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 during Summer Daylight Saving Time)

 

Tour Group:

Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.

 

Transport:

We generally use modern deluxe minibuses for tours. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.

 

Water & Beverages:

Our hotels offer bottled water and bottled water is provided throughout travelling days in vehicle. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ‘welcome cocktails’ on the first evening.

SPAIN

Full Itinerary

 

Day 1:    Sunday 4th September 2016:    Arrive Madrid:

Hola! Welcome to Spain.  Today you arrive into Madrid airport (Barajas) where you will be meet by our VIP manager and transferred to our hotel in the centre of Madrid,  just off the famed Gran Via. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and prepare yourself to be immersed in this wonderful culture of Spain.

 

Day 2:    Monday 5th September 2016:  Tour Madrid:  (B/D)

This morning we participate in a self guided walking tour around the centre of the city that is sometimes referred to as the "aristocratic centre"  and it includes Plaza España, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Cibeles and are some of the most important landmarks of Madrid.
This afternoon we visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Museum and The Reina Sofia Museum and Art Gallery
Later this evening our guide will meet us in the lobby of our hotel to begin a tantalizing Tapas Tour of this buzzing city.

 

Day 3:    Tuesday 6th September 2016:    Madrid:    (B)

Later this morning our local expert guide will meet us in the lobby of our hotel to take us on our 4 hour walk (Approximately) around the centre of the Spain’s capital that will also include a visit to the massive Royal Palace. Later we continue with our guide for our tour of the fabulous Prado Museum that makes Madrid a centre of the art world.

 

Day 4:    Wednesday 7th September 2016:    Madrid – Toledo – Madrid:    (B)

Today we journey to visit one of Spain’s most impressive and beautiful cities, Toledo, also known as the ‘Imperial City’. It was once the ancient capital of Spain. On our arrival, our private guide will meet us for our guided tour of the city where Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities once lived in harmony(Approximately 3 hours) Later we will have time to wonder before meeting up again for our transfer back to Madrid. The rest of this evening is at your leisure.

 

Day 5:    Thursday 8th September 2016:    Madrid – Cordoba:   (B)

This morning we will transfer to Atocha, Madrid’s avant garde train station, to board the high speed train (AVE) to Cordoba.
Upon arrival in Cordoba, we will be transferred to our hotel. Later in the afternoon our guide will meet us in the lobby to spend time exploring the city of Cordoba, capital to the Moors’ Al-andalus.

 

Day 6:    Friday 9th September 2016:    Cordoba – Seville:   (B)

After breakfast we depart Cordoba and drive to Seville. On arrival, we will have time to settle into our hotel. Later our guide will meet us to begin our private walking tour of Seville. We will visit the Cathedral, the Alcazares Reales, the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz. Later that evening, we will enjoy a fabulous flamenco show in one of Seville’s most famous tablaos (flamenco dance hall).

 

Day 7:    Saturday 10th September 2016:    Seville:    (B)

Seville is a city which is meant to be explored on foot. Today is a free day in Seville to loose yourself in the winding streets, watch the shoppers on Calle Sierpes, or just enjoy a drink and a tapa in a local bar. There is the option of a private talk and sherry tasting in a local bar where the intricacies of sherry will be revealed, always accompanied by good food. (At own cost)

 

Day 8:    Sunday 11th September 2016:    Seville – Granada via Rhonda:    (B/L)

Today we drive with our specialised local guide to one of Spain’s most beautiful pueblos blancos (Zahara de la Sierra) to visit an olive oil mill and the town. We continue our drive to the charming ‘white village’ of Ronda to discover a stunning town known for its gorge that cuts the town in half and its bullfighting history. Following our excursion of Ronda, we continue our drive to our hotel in Granada and check in at our hotel. This evening is at your leisure.

 

Day 9:    Monday 12th September 2016:    Granada:    (B/D)

Endowed with relics from various periods of history, there’s lots to do and plenty to admire in Granada. Today we have the pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful monuments in Spain: the 13th century palaces of the Alhambra. Our guide will take us to the entrance to then enjoy a private tour of the Palaces, the Gardens, and the Fortress that make up the complex. We will have free time in the afternoon before we begin  our tasting of various Andalusian products in a restaurant in the heart of the original Moorish Quarter.

 

Day 10:    Tuesday 13th September 2016:    Fly Granada – Barcelona:    (B)

A travel day today. We will be transferred to the airport in Granada for our flight to Barcelona, and then with a private transfer to your hotel in Barcelona.

 

Day 11 –  Wednesday 14th September 2016:    Barcelona:    (B/D)

The best way to begin seeing this beautiful city is with a guided stroll around the Gothic Neighbourhood with your local guide. We visit the Ramblas (Barcelona’s famous pedestrian street), the Boqueria (the gigantic market in the centre of town), the Roman town, and some of the best shopping in Europe. The best way to end such a day is cooking up a feast in a local cooking school where the secret intricacies of paella are taught. 

 

Day 12:    Thursday 15th September 2016:    Barcelona – Penedès – Barcelona:     (B/L/D)

After breakfast, our private driver will transfer us  to the Penedes region of Catalunya to enjoy a visit to one of the most famous wineries in the area. Here we will visit one of the most beautiful wineries in Spain and enjoy a fabulous lunch of typical Catalan products. We later return to Barcelona. The rest of the afternoon is free for last minute shopping or relaxing. 

 

Day 13:    Friday 16th September 2016:     Barcelona:    (B)

One of Barcelona most famous sons is Antonio Gaudi, master architect and father of the modernist movement in Barcelona. Your guide and driver will pick us up after breakfast and take us on a 4 hour tour of Gaudi’s Barcelona that will include visits of his Sagrada Familia and the delightful Park Guell. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore a little more or maybe enjoy a glass of cava (Catalunya’s version of sparkling wine) and watch the world go by. Later we enjoy our farewell dinner at a special Restaurant.

 

Day 14:    Saturday 17th September 2016:    Depart Barcelona:    (B)

Our small group tour concludes after breakfast this morning. It is time to say farewell.

We take with us wonderful memories of amazing historical sites, the fabulous cultural, lovely and warm friendly people, delicious food and an occasional wine! Together with new found friendships sharing great times together filled with much fun and laughter.

 

OPTIONAL POST TOUR  - Barcelona - San Sebastian - Bilbao - La Rioja - Logroño - Madrid 

Day 1:    Saturday 17th September 2016:  Barcelona – San Sebastian:    (B)
Private transfer to the train station in Barcelona, then train to San Sebastian, and private transfer again from the train station in San Sebastian to your hotel.

Day 2:    Sunday 18th September 2016:   Bilbao:    (B)
Full day in Bilbao, private guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum, transfer back to San Sebastian.

Day 3:    Monday 19th September 2016:  San Sebastian:    (B/L)
Private full day tour of San Sebastian then followed by a Pintxo Tour.

Day 4:    Tuesday 20th September 2016:    San Sebastian:    (B)
Free day in San Sebastian

Day 5:    Wednesday 21st September 2016:   San Sebastian – La Rioja – Logroño:    (B)
Private full day tour of La Rioja wine area including visit to Marques de Riscal for a tour of the winery, tour ending in Logroño.

Day 6:     Thursday 22nd September 2016:     Logroño – Madrid:    (B)
Train from Logroño to Madrid, private transfer to your hotel in Madrid, free afternoon in Madrid

Day 7:    Friday 23rd September 2016:    Depart Madrid:    (B)
Transfer to airport in Madrid.

Tour Hotels

CITY DELUXE
Madrid:  Hotel Sterling
Cordoba: Posada de Vallina
Seville:  Hotel Murillo
Granada: Hotel Dauro ll
Barcelona: Hotel Arenea

 

Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.

Start Date End Date Luxury Deluxe Boutique Availability
4 Sep 2016 17 Sep 2016 $6,280.00 Space Available Book Now
Single Supplement $940.00

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