Charming Spain 9-Day Tour - from Madrid to Barcelona

  • Tour code: 478-778
  • Available: Sun
  • Depart from: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
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Highlights:

8 nights First Class accommodations. Buffet breakfast daily. Round trip airport transfers. Special Features: Escorted sightseeing tours with bilingual guide in Madrid, Merida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona . Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid.

Special Remarks:

  • Madrid-In/Barcelona-Out
  • 2 nights in Madrid, 2 nights in Seville, 1 night in Granada, 1 night in Valencia, 2 nights in Barcelona

Pricing Details

Single: $1500
Double (/Person): $1040
Third Person Adult: $935
Child (Age w/2 Adults & under 12): $779
Fourth Person Adult: N/A
Child (Age w/2 Adults & under 12): N/A

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Madrid Arrival
  • Day 2 Madrid w/ Toledo Option(163 km)
  • Day 3 Madrid - Merida - Seville(534 km)
  • Day 4 Seville City Tour
  • Day 5 Seville - Cordoba - Granada(346 km)
  • Day 6 Granada - Valencia(486 km)
  • Day 7 Valencia - Barcelona(367 km)
  • Day 8 Barcelona
  • Day 9 Barcelona Departure
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Day 1 Madrid Arrival

Guests will arrive at the Madrid airport and be subsequently transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to spend at our own leisure. Take a walk to get to know the city! In the evening, we will enjoy an "Illuminated Madrid" drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending in the historical Plaza Mayor. This area has some of the city’s best restaurants and taverns, so be sure to stop for a bite to eat. We will return to the hotel on our own.
Standard Hotel: Tryp Gran Via/Aparto Suites Muralto or similar

Day 2 Madrid w/ Toledo Option(163 km)

In the morning, we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before embarking on an escorted sightseeing tour, allowing us to see some of the city’s most notable attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent Fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, stately Alcala Gate, bustling Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana, and the Plaza de Oriente. We will spend the afternoon exploring some of Madrid’s famous art museums. In the afternoon, we can embark on an optional tour to the former Imperial capital city of Toledo, where we will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere while we visit St. Tome Church, where one of El Greco’s masterpieces hangs, and the city's beautiful Gothic cathedral.

Madrid is both the capital of Spain and its largest city. A modern city with a historic architecture where you can visit the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Bernabeu Stadium, Fountain of Cibeles and more.

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    The centerpiece of the plaza that bears the same name, the Fountain of Cibeles features a statue of an ancient Phrygian goddess sitting atop a lion-drawn chariot, who has been adopted as a symbol of the city of Madrid.
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    The Gran Via, oftentimes referred to as "The Spanish Broadway," is a central avenue in Madrid with some of the finest shops in the city, not to mention one of the most active nightlife scenes of any European city.
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    This monument is designed in the neo-Classical style, and stands near Madrid's city center, reminiscent of the old medieval gates to the city, although this gate stands alone.
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    The Puerta del Sol is the central point of Spain's radial network of streets, with a plaque marking it as "Kilometer Zero", and one of the busiest parts of the city.

Toledo is known as the "Imperial City" for having been the main venue of the court of Charles I, and as the "City of the Three Cultures", having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

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    This church in Toledo was built during the period of the Spanish Reconquest over an old mosque, and visitors can still see the arabesque designs on the exterior of the church's tower, which was the mosques old minaret.
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    One of the prime examples of Spanish-Gothic architecture, Toledo's Cathedral was built as part of a highly concentrated effort to cover up all non-Christian religious buildings and symbols, as Toledo has a large historical population of Jews and Muslims.
Standard Hotel: Tryp Gran Via/Aparto Suites Muralto or similar

Day 3 Madrid - Merida - Seville(534 km)

We will depart from Madrid after breakfast, traveling through the once-remote region of Extremadura. We will then arrive in the ancient city of Merida, where we will have some free time for lunch before exploring the Roman ruins and well-preserved Amphitheater. Then, we will continue to Sevilla for the evening.

Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.

Standard Hotel: Catalonia Giralda / Confortel Puerta de Triana or similar

Day 4 Seville City Tour

Today, we will tour the city of Sevilla, the "Pearl of Andalusia," seeing the Torre del Oro, tranquil Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally, the massive Cathedral with its Giralda tower. The afternoon is free to continue exploring the city or shop. In the evening, there is an option to see a performance of live Flamenco music while enjoying local wine.

Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.

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    La Giralda was once a minaret for the Muslim population in medieval Sevilla, but was converted to a church bell tower after Christian forces had regained power in Iberia. Its design has influenced many other towers around the world.
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    On the riverbanks of Sevilla, Maria Luisa Park is a large public area that features lovely foliage, fountains, and walkways in the middle of this beautiful city. Within the park are many statues of famous Spanish figures.
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    The barrio of Santa Cruz in Sevilla was once the city's Jewish Quarter, and is now the most popular tourist are in the city. The narrow, winding streets and alleyways of this neighborhood remind visitors of a labyrinth.
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    The third-largest church in the world (and the largest cathedral), the Seville is a massive Gothic building. Each of its facades has multiple entrances that are all exquisitely and ornately adorned. It was built over an old mosque.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Giralda / Confortel Puerta de Triana or similar

Day 5 Seville - Cordoba - Granada(346 km)

After breakfast, we will depart Sevilla for Cordoba, visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most marvelous religious buildings in the world. Then, we will continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. It is suggested that we spend our evening visiting the quaint Albaicin Quarter, where we will see the city illuminated beautifully.

Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.

Standard Hotel: Macia Gran Via / Alixares or similar

Day 6 Granada - Valencia(486 km)

Before we leave Granada, we will go on a guided tour of the amazing Moorish palacae and fortress complex, the Alhambra, seeing the verdant gardens of the Generalife. At midday, we will depart Granada, traveling along the east coast of Spain until we reach Valencia.

Granada is a mid-sized provincial capital in the Andalucia region of Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. Spring and autumn are also both excellent times to visit.

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    The Alhambra is a massive complex consisting of multiple palaces and fortresses. It originated as a Spanish-Muslim fortress in the 9th century, but subsequent rulers, both Muslim and Christian, continually added additions and renovations.
Standard Hotel: NH Las Artes or similar

Day 7 Valencia - Barcelona(367 km)

After breakfast, we will take a tour of the city and the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia’s museum complex. In the early afternoon, we will drive north to Barcelona. In the evening, we have the option to dine at the Poble Espanyol, an architectural museum which features architectural replicas from all of Spain?s regions.

This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Suite Hotel/NH Les Corts or similar

Day 8 Barcelona

This morning, we will enjoy an escorted tour of this beautiful city, passing through the Gothic Quarter, admiring the Sagrada Familia, wandering through the public parks on Montjuic Hill, site of the Anella Olimpica, where we will get the best view of the city and its port area. We will then have lunchtime and the rest of the day free to explore Barcelona.

This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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    Barcelona's Anella Olimpica, the series of athletic facilities in the park atop Montjuic hill, was the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The complex was designed in a contemporary minimalist style, and the individual facilities are connected by a plaza.
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    Barcelona's Gothic Quarter was once the city's center in medieval times, and many of the buildings date to this period, some even earlier to when the city was merely a Roman settlement.
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    Rising above the Barcelona's harbor is Montjuic Hill. Parks and gardens rest on this hill, converging with each other via winding paths carved into the hillside, along with a Greek amphitheater, various museums and the Olympic Park.
  • Always Visit
    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
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    Designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's most famous architect, construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and continues to this day, a perfect synthesis of the 19th-century Gothic and 20th-century Modernist styles, a blend of religion and fantasy.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Suite Hotel/NH Les Corts or similar

Day 9 Barcelona Departure

After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the Barcelona airport for their return flights.

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