|Style||Escorted or Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||September – November 2015|
|Departs||New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|Highlights||Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Toledo. Royal Palace of Madrid, Mosque of Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, Granada Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, St Tome Church of Toledo. Optional extension to Barcelona.|
|Themes||History & Culture|
|What to Expect||This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour operates with a maximum of 27 passengers. Barcelona optional extension is independent.|
Spain has long ranked among the hottest travel destinations in the world—and with good reason. From the cosmopolitan capital cities, sun-drenched beaches, and medieval hilltop towns, to the fascinating cultural legacies and architectural treasures galore, Spain offers endless travel possibilities for every type of visitor.
If you've dreamed of visiting this fascinating country, join us on our 8-day escorted tour of Spain, a fantastic celebration of cultural splendors and natural beauty of the Iberian Peninsula. You'll discover the richness and complexity of Spain when you visit Madrid, its chic capital city, travel to the colorful Andalucian town of Seville, as well as visit the captivating historical cities of Cordoba and Granada, and the many stops in between.
Everything you need to explore Spain—from convenient flights, transfers, luxury hotels in fabulous locations in the heart of each city, buffet breakfast daily and 1 Tapas dinner, and a comprehensive sightseeing tour program—are part of this deal.
Want to see even more of Spain? Extend your stay with an optional tour of Barcelona, Spain's cultural and arts center. But don't wait too long. At these prices, our Discover Spain tour package is sure to sell out quickly.
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Fri||Jun 26||2015||Fri||Jul 3||2015||$2599||Departed|
|Fri||Aug 7||2015||Fri||Aug 14||2015||$2899||$2599||Closed|
|Fri||Sep 4||2015||Fri||Sep 11||2015||$2749||$2449||Available|
|Fri||Sep 18||2015||Fri||Sep 25||2015||$2749||$2449||Available|
|Fri||Oct 9||2015||Fri||Oct 16||2015||$2749||$2449||Available|
|Fri||Oct 23||2015||Fri||Oct 30||2015||$2699||$2399||Available|
|Fri||Nov 6||2015||Fri||Nov 13||2015||$2499||$2199||Available|
|Fri||Nov 20||2015||Fri||Nov 27||2015||$2499||$2199||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.
|Single room supplement|
|Nov 6, Nov 20||+$399|
|All other departures||+$499|
|Barcelona Optional Extension|
|Tourist Tax1 (paid separately)||+$5|
|Single room supplement||+$199|
1. Barcelona Tourist Tax was implemented Nov 1, 2012. The tax is 1.25 Euro per person, per night and payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. USD amount listed is an approximation of the total cost per person: 3.75 Euro. Tax is paid in Euro.
|New York City (NYC)||included|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your reservation.
Note: NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.
Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey begins as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight bound for Madrid, the capital city of Spain.
Day 2: Madrid, Spain. Upon arrival and after clearing customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to rest or explore your new surroundings. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your guide and traveling companions. Accommodations: Hotel Intur Palacio de San Martin on March 20, 2015 departure; Hotel Innside Madrid Luchana 22 or similar on all others.
Day 3: Madrid. After breakfast, depart for your tour of Madrid. Drive through the main avenues of Alcala Street, Puerta del Sol and pass by Plaza de España, Teatro Real and Parliament. See the elegant monumental fountains of Cibeles and Neptuno on Castellana Avenue. Then, visit the Royal Palace, or Palacio Real as it’s known in Spanish. The Royal Palace is used by the King of Spain for state ceremonial activities. You will also see the Royal Armoury, the Royal Pharmacy, lavish halls and throne room. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to stroll through the many squares of Madrid or spend some time shopping. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Madrid, Toledo & Granada. After breakfast, travel south to Toledo. During the 8th century, Toledo was the capital of Spain and the royal residence. During this period, Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities lived together peacefully, turning Toledo into a great cultural center. This afternoon, walk along the city's narrow streets where history can be felt in the air. View the cathedral and later visit the St Tome Church, where you will see some examples of the master painter, El Greco, on display. Arrive later today in Granada, located in the heart of Andalusia. Accommodations: Hotel La Casa de la Trinidad or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Granada & Seville. Granada remained under Muslim rule for more than seven centuries until 1492, when it became the last Spanish city to be conquered by the Christians. Today, the city retains much of its Islamic heritage, as evidenced in particular by the various examples of Moorish architecture throughout the city. Enjoy a half-day tour of the city and a visit to one of the most awe-inspiring architectural splendors in the world—the Alhambra. Constructed over hundreds of years and completed in the 15th century, the Alhambra is an impressive complex of fortresses, palaces, and gardens. Also, learn about the sophisticated royal life in the Nazari Islamic kingdom. Then, visit the famous and beautiful Generalife Gardens with its many fountains. In the afternoon, depart for Seville. Accommodations: Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Seville. Today's morning tour of Seville highlights the city's must-see sites, including the famous Giralda Cathedral, one of the world's largest Gothic-style cathedrals. Inside you'll find four statues supporting a casket that is said to hold the remains of Christopher Columbus. You can also walk up the cathedral's tower, a striking minaret of the former mosque. Across from the cathedral is the magnificent Alcazar, a royal residence and stunning example of Mudejar architecture, characterized by arched doorways, intricate designs, colorful tiles, and a beautiful garden labyrinth of lush green shrubs. Later, walk by Santa Cruz center, a maze of peaceful and attractive small alleys and squares. The afternoon is yours to explore the city independently. In the evening you will enjoy a tapas dinner, typical of the local culinary traditions. Breakfast and dinner provided.
Day 7: Seville, Cordoba & Madrid. After breakfast, travel north to Cordoba. Cordoba, one of the most important and largest cities in the medieval world, was the capital of the Caliphate in the 9th and 10th centuries. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the city, including a visit to the Mezquita, a 10th century mosque with dazzling rows of red-and-white-striped, horseshoe-shaped arches. In the 16th century, after the Spanish Reconquista, a Catholic cathedral was inserted inside the mosque, making the Mezquita a unique testament to Spain's diverse history. Later, walk through the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter.
Later today, arrive in Madrid. Accommodations: Hotel Innside Madrid Luchana 22 or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Depart Madrid/Arrive USA. Your Spanish adventure comes to an end today as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA, or extend your stay in Spain with an independent trip to Barcelona. Breakfast provided.
Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and spend three more exciting days in Barcelona, Spain. You will return to the USA 3 days later than the dates listed on the Dates & Prices tab.
Day 8: Madrid/Barcelona. Transfer to the Madrid train station for your journey to Barcelona on the high-speed AVE train. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Accommodations: Barcelo Sants on May 22, 2015; Barcelona Center or similar on all others. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Barcelona. This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the oldest part of downtown Barcelona, the Gothic quarter. Visit the Boqueria Market, a modernist structure, that explodes with the colors of the produce sold. Later, visit the cathedral, and then walk through the maze of little street where you will see splendid palaces and institutions such as the Generalitat (regional government). Also, visit the St. Maria del Mar, a splendid example of Gothic Art. The balance of the day will be at leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Barcelona. Take advantage of your last day to discover more of the city. Alternatively, join an optional full day excursion to Monteserrate, a monastery located in rocky mountains, offering spectacular views. The excursion will be available locally. Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Depart Barcelona/Arrive USA. Your Spanish sojourn comes to an end today as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA, arriving later today.
Just got back from our trip to Spain. We had an amazing time. This was our second time traveling with Friendly Planet and they never disappoint. I can't wait for my third tour with them next year.
Roy, Los Angeles, CA