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Discover Spain

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Book this package
  • from$1299Tour Only
  • from$1799Tour + Flights
  • 8days
per person, double occupancy* based on Nov. 24, 2018 departure from NYC
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Dec. 14, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring The energetic capital of Madrid, then to Andalusia for Moorish Cordoba, historic Seville, Granada & the Alhambra; optional extension to Barcelona
Style Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
27 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 9 open departures, April – December 2018
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from JFK or Newark including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations in First Class hotels
  • Breakfast daily and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Wine tasting with tapas, Flamenco dance lesson, and visit an Andalusian horse farm
  • Advanced audio headsets enhanced tour system
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director/guide
Optional
  • Included flights may have a connection in LIS, ZRH, DUB, or similar. Non-stop flights may be available for an additional cost.
Highlights
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Madrid with a visit to the Royal Palace
  • Walk through Toledo and see the Cathedral and St. Tome Church
  • Stroll through the gardens of Aranjuez
  • Learn about wine-making in La Mancha and enjoy a tasting with tapas
  • Discover the wonders of Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens
  • Tour Seville's highlights, including the famous Giralda Cathedral
  • Take an introductory Flamenco lesson
  • Visit an Andalusian horse farm
  • View the Mezquita followed by a walking tour of Cordoba
Departs New York City (NYC), Land Only (no flights); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
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.

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Discover Spain itinerary

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 3 dinners, and a comprehensive sightseeing tour program—are part of this deal.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Dec. 14, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Sat, Apr. 7, 2018
Returns: Sat, Apr. 14, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 7 – Apr 14 $2299 –$300 Dec 14 $1999 Select
Departs: Sat, May 19, 2018
Returns: Sat, May 26, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 19 – May 26 $2499 –$300 Dec 14 $2199 Select
Departs: Sat, Jun. 23, 2018
Returns: Sat, Jun. 30, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 23 – Jun 30 $2699 –$300 Dec 14 $2399 Select
Departs: Sat, Aug. 11, 2018
Returns: Sat, Aug. 18, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 11 – Aug 18 $2699 –$300 Dec 14 $2399 Select
Departs: Sat, Sep. 1, 2018
Returns: Sat, Sep. 8, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 1 – Sep 8 $2549 –$300 Dec 14 $2249 Select
Departs: Sat, Sep. 22, 2018
Returns: Sat, Sep. 29, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 22 – Sep 29 $2299 –$300 Dec 14 $1999 Select
Departs: Sat, Oct. 13, 2018
Returns: Sat, Oct. 20, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 13 – Oct 20 $2249 –$300 Dec 14 $1949 Select
Departs: Sat, Nov. 3, 2018
Returns: Sat, Nov. 10, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 3 – Nov 10 $2199 –$300 Dec 14 $1899 Select
Departs: Sat, Nov. 24, 2018
Returns: Sat, Dec. 1, 2018
Book by Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 24 – Dec 1 $2099 –$300 Dec 14 $1799 Select

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability. (details)

Options & Fees

Discover Spain
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement +$399
Barcelona Optional Extension
Barcelona Extension
Aug 11, 2018 +$799
Apr 7, 2018;  Jun 23, 2018 unavailable
All other departures +$699
Tourist Tax1 (paid separately)
Apr 7, 2018;  Jun 23, 2018 n/a
All other departures +$5
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy
Apr 7, 2018;  Jun 23, 2018 unavailable
All other departures included
Single room supplement
Apr 7, 2018;  Jun 23, 2018 unavailable
All other departures +$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.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC) included
Land Only (no flights)1 –$500

1. If selecting Land Only, arrival and departure transfers are included provided your flight details are provided in advance, or make your own arrangements to join the tour in Madrid on Day 2 and to depart from Madrid on or after Day 8, and the Barcelona extension depart on or after Day 11

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. 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 (details). Additional charges for flights from other cities may be due within 24 hours of your reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Before You Book 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.

Deposit
Deposit $1000

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight for Madrid

Day 2: Madrid

Accommodations: 2 nights NH Collection Madrid Abascal or similar.

  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Balance of the day at leisure
  • Meet your guide and traveling companions during a welcome orientation at 7:00 pm

Full Day Itinerary: Upon arrival and after clearing customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check in. Most flights arrive early in the morning, but your hotel will allow you to safely store your luggage while you explore the city on your own. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to rest or explore your new surroundings. At 7:00 pm this evening, enjoy a welcome soft drink and orientation with your guide and traveling companions.

Day 3: Madrid & Toledo

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Madrid
  • Visit the Royal Palace
  • Travel to Toledo for a walking tour and view the Holy Church Cathedral and St. Tome Church

Alcala Gate, MadridFull Day Itinerary: 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.

Toldeo skylineThis afternoon, 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 Holy Church Cathedral and later visit the St Tome Church, where you will see some examples of the master painter, El Greco, on display. Return to Madrid for overnight.

Day 4: Madrid, La Mancha & Granada

Accommodations: 1 night Barcelo Granada Congress or similar, Granada. Included meals: Breakfast and dinner.

  • View the gardens of Aranjuez
  • Visit a traditional wine producer
  • Enjoy a wine tasting with tapas

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart Madrid and travel to Granada. En route, enjoy a view of the magnificent gardens of Aranjuez, full of centenary trees. Continue south to discover the large flat region of "La Mancha", Spain's largest wine producing area. Visit a traditional wine producer to learn about the wine-making process as well as some secrets of the trade. Your visit concludes with a tasting of three different wines with tapas of ham, local cheese, and bread, the best way to experience Spanish wines.

Arrive later today in Granada, located in the heart of Andalusia.

Day 5: Granada, La Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, & Seville

Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel Sevilla Center or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy a half-day tour of Alhambra
  • Visit the Generalife Gardens

alhambra reflecting pool, GranadaFull Day Itinerary: 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 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. Conclude your visit the famous and beautiful Generalife Gardens with its many fountains. In the afternoon, depart for Seville and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 6: Seville

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a morning walking tour of Seville
  • Experience an introductory Flamenco lesson

Tomb of Christopher Columbus, SevilleFull Day Itinerary: 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. Later, walk by Santa Cruz center, a maze of peaceful and attractive small alleys and squares. After the tour concludes, you may choose an optional independent visit to 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. This afternoon, you will enjoy an introductory Flamenco lesson with a professional dancer. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Optional Excursion: Evening Flamenco Show (purchased locally). Later this evening, enjoy a professional Flamenco show.

Day 7: Seville, Cordoba, & Madrid

Accommodations: 1 night NH Collection Madrid Abascal or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Visit an Andalusian horse farm
  • Travel to Cordoba for a walking tour
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner

Bell tower of Mezquita, CordobaFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, visit an Andalusian horse farm (yeguada) to see an authentic day of training and learn about the breeding and taming of these amazing horses. Afterwards,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 and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 8: Madrid/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

Barcelona Optional Extension

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

Accommodations: 3 nights Barcelona Center or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Board the high-speed AVE train for Barcelona
  • Upon arrival, have an introductory meeting with a local host

Flamenco dancers, BarcelonaFull Day Itinerary: 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. You will have an introductory meeting with a local host to help you plan your visit.

Day 9: Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Barcelona
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the oldest part of downtown Barcelona, the Gothic quarter. Explore the Boqueria Market, with its vibrant stalls selling fruit, meat, cheese, and more. Visit the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona, then walk through the maze of little streets where you will see splendid palaces and institutions such as the Generalitat (regional government) and city hall. Also, visit the St. Maria del Mar, a splendid example of Gothic Art. The walking tour will end in Las Ramblas. The balance of the day will be at leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own.

Day 10: Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure or join an optional tour

Optional Excursion: Traditional Spanish Cooking Class, approx. €80 per person (paid locally) Learn to cook some of Spain's most famous dishes, such as paella or Spanish omelet! Today you will join a hands-on cooking lesson with a professional local cook. After the lesson, enjoy the meal you have prepared with your fellow travelers! (Wine and water included. Subject to availability)

Day 11: Barcelona/USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

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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

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