The soulful heart of Spain from Madrid to Andalusia is yours to explore, from the tastes of tapas to the ornate Moorish architecture of Granada and Valencia’s 19th-century Bullring. See Gaudi’s Barcelona and medieval Toledo.
- Airfare to Madrid and return from Barcelona
- 1 night pre-tour hotel in Madrid
- 8 night Spanish Experience CostSaver coach tour
Highlights: Madrid, Toledo, Puerto Lápice, Seville, Granada, Guadix, Valencia, Peñiscola, Barcelona
- 7 night cruise aboard Brilliance of the Seas
Ports: Barcelona, Nice, Portofino, Florence /Pisa, Rome, Naples, Barcelona
- 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners during tour and all meals onboard cruise
- *Transfers included from airport to hotel in Madrid and pier to airport in Barcelona
*Transfers are not included from NH Sants Barcelona Hotel or U232 Hotel Barcelona to cruise ship pier on October 20. Taxis are available, estimated travel time 15-20 minutes via car. Approximate cost less than 30€.
Exclusive: Book by May 17 & receive a $50 optional experience voucher plus a portable power bank.
|October 10, 2019||Vancouver|
|Taxes & Fees||$898|
|Victoria, Kelowna, Comox add from $300 more|
|Calgary, Edmonton add from $400 more|
Please call to inquire about flights from other departure cities.
|Oct 10: Depart Canada
Board your flight to Madrid
|Oct 11: Arrive Madrid (3 nights)
Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s capital city. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free to explore
Hotel: Occidental Castellana Norte/Occidental Este or similar
|Oct 12: Madrid
Meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, spend free time exploring on your own or join the group for an Optional Experience walking tour of the city and the chance to savour local ‘tapas’ at a café on the Plaza Mayor. Or perhaps dine in a local restaurant offering the traditional flavours of Spain
|Oct 13: Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time (B)
Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, the Paseo de la Castellana and the Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, consider an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Segovia – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening you might be tempted by Madrid’s nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours.
|Oct 14: Madrid – Toledo – Puerto Lápice – Seville (B/D) (2 nights)
In the medieval city of Toledo you take a walking tour through the quaint streets for views of the cathedral and synagogue. Visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of this age-old craft. Your journey continues south to Puerto Lápice where, reputedly, Don Quixote was dubbed ‘a knight’ by a local innkeeper. The plains of La Mancha give way to the hills of Andalucía with striking whitewashed villages and churches. Arrive in Seville, a vibrant city and the home of bullfighting and flamenco.
Hotel: MA Congresos or similar
|Oct 15: Seville Sightseeing and Free Time (B)
Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist. View the pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Marvel at the mighty cathedral and La Giralda Bell Tower. Tonight you might like to experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show.
|Oct 16: Seville – Granada (B)
Start the day with a picturesque drive through beautiful villages to the Moorish city of Granada. Enjoy free time to explore or participate in an Optional Experience ($)
Hotel: Macia Condor or similar
|Oct 17: Granada – Guadix – Valencia (B/D)
Cross the Mora Pass through the superb scenery of the Sierra Nevada. Admire the cave dwellings in Guadix with time to take pictures. Continue through Murcia and the palm groves of Elche to Valencia, renowned for its orange fruit. See the Bullring, the great Cathedral and the Towers of Serrano and Quart during your orientation tour. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Later arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight with your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Sercotel Acteón or similar
|Oct 18: Valencia – Peñíscola – Barcelona Sightseeing (B) (2 nights)
Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñíscola to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Your Local Specialist takes you on a wonderful sightseeing tour, which includes views of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and the Plaça de Catalunya. See the lively Ramblas and enjoy spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities.
Hotel: NH Sant Just or similar
|Oct 19: Barcelona Free Time (B/D)
Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city. As well as having a rich Roman and medieval heritage, Barcelona also has a reputation for fun. Why not visit the monastery in the rocky mountains of Montserrat to see the Black Madonna? This evening, dine with your companions and celebrate a memorable holiday.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
|Oct 20: Barcelona – Brilliance of the Seas (B)
This morning say ‘adiós’ to Spain. Make your way from your Barcelona hotel to the cruise ship pier. Taxis are available, estimated travel time 15-20 minutes via car. Approximate cost less than 30€
|Board Cruise||Port of Call||Arrival||Departure||Activity|
|Oct 20||Barcelona, Spain||–||5:00 PM||Boarding|
|Oct 21||Nice (Villefranche), France||9:00 AM||7:00 PM||Tendered|
|Oct 22||Portifino, Italy||8:00 AM||6:00 PM||Tendered|
|Oct 23||Florence /Pisa (Livorno), Italy||7:00 AM||7:00 PM||Docked|
|Oct 24||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||7:00 AM||7:00 PM||Docked|
|Oct 25||Naples (Salerno), Italy||8:00 AM||6:30 PM||Docked|
|Oct 27||Barcelona, Spain||6:00 AM||–||Departure|
|Oct 27: Barcelona – Canada
Make your way from the cruise port to the airport for your flight back to Canada