Enchanting Spain

Experience the colors & flavors of Spain through the cities that reflect its rich history, passionate people, and culture: Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, Seville & Barcelona

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from$4099Tour + Flights from$3599Tour Only 11days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on Oct 19, 2020 departure from NYC
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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures May – November 2020 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureBucket List
Activity Level Recreational
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 also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.
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Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from New York including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Flights, ground transportation and transfers within Spain
  • 9 nights' accommodation in deluxe hotels
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners including welcome and farewell dinners with wine
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Comprehensive touring program and entrance fees
  • Advanced audio headset guided tour system

Why you'll love it

  • Set out to explore the highlights and monuments of Madrid including the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and pay a visit to the famous Prado Museum and marvel at the extensive collections of European art from world-renowned artists.
  • Witness a sword-making workshop in Toledo and learn about the production and methods of creating steel swords, helmets and other handicrafts.
  • Visit the homeland of Don Quixote, La Mancha, and marvel at the 12 famous windmills that still stand today, 4 of them which are in working condition - and have dinner in one of them.
  • Stop in Baena for a tour of a 17th-century olive oil mill that is still active today.
  • Meander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alhambra palace and its impressive gardens along the banks of the Darro River.
  • Discover the history of Flamenco and learn the basics of this popular Spanish dance in a private beginners' dance workshop.
  • Create a piece of ceramic art, learn the secrets of marzipan, and visit a family-owned winery for a special tasting
  • Marvel at the eye-catching Royal Alcazar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its surrounding garden complex.
  • Stroll through the Gothic Quarter and discover historic landmarks including the Plaça del Rei, La Rambla, and the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Barcelona.
  • Learn about the fascinating architectural style of Antoni Gaudí, and enjoy visiting one of his greatest masterpieces: The Basílica de la Sagrada Familia.
Enchanting Spain itinerary

From its quaint, colorful villages and towering historical monuments to the friendly people and their passion for every flavor life has to offer, get ready to experience the thrill of Spain. Begin your journey in Madrid, the country's frenetic capital city where you will discover layers of history from the Habsburgs and the Bourbons to today. Dive deep into the Spanish Empire's medieval past in Toledo (with a marzipan stop for those with a sweet tooth!). Shout down a windmill in La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote, before you arrive in Cordoba where you'll witness some of the world's most significant examples of Moorish architecture.  Learn about flamenco and visit the famous Alhambra complex in Granada and round out your trip with two full days in Barcelona. From the glittering works of Gaudi to sipping sweet local wines at sidewalk cafes, this comprehensive itinerary will take you on an unforgettable journey through this enchanting country. 

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

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Enchanting Spain
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Double Room included
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So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Madrid

Day 2 Madrid

  • Arrive in Madrid, transfer to your hotel
  • This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome drink and orientation, followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Accommodations:Barceló Torre de Madrid or similar Included meals:Dinner

Day 3 Madrid

  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Madrid
  • Visit the famous Prado Museum

Accommodations:Barceló Torre de Madrid or similar Included meals:Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid

Set out to discover the most important landmarks of Madrid, and learn about the different historical periods, from the times of the Habsburgs and the Bourbons to today. Take a stroll through the historic center of Madrid, and see the Royal Palace, former residence of the King and Queen of Spain. Take in the scene at the Plaza Mayor, the main square of Madrid that dates back to the rule of the Habsburgs in the 16th Century. Drive by the Puerta del Sol, and the adjacent Royal Post Office, which is now the Madrid government's headquarters. Drive along the Gran Vía and admire the many original buildings along this emblematic avenue. See the fountain of the Plaza de Cibeles, and stop at the Puerta de Alcalá, the great neoclassical gate inaugurated in 1778. This gate stands by the entrance to Retiro Park, originally a recreational area for the royal family, and now a popular park for the people of Madrid. 

Visit the world-famous Prado Museum, which boasts one of the finest collections of European art, including the works of Goya and other masterpieces of the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools of art.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the Spanish capital.

Day 4 Madrid, Toledo & Castilla-La Mancha

  • Explore Toledo, the first capital of the Spanish Empire
  • Discover the impressive Cathedral, the old Palace of Justice, and the Town Hall
  • Stroll through the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter
  • Learn about sword-making at a traditional steel workshop
  • See the windmills made famous by Cervantes' Don Quixote
  • Savor Manchego cheese and wine at one of the original windmills

Accommodations:Hotel La Caminera Club de Campo Included meals:Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Toldeo

Today, head to Toledo, the first capital of the Spanish Empire. Admire the rich history of this city through remnants of the Roman Empire, the Visigoths, the Moors, and medieval Spain. Visit the Church of St. Tome, where El Greco's masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is displayed. Take a stroll through the narrow streets of the old Jewish Quarter, a reflection of the peaceful coexistence of 3 religions in medieval Toledo. During the Middle Ages, the city of Toledo had a reputation in Europe for crafting high-quality swords. Today, you can witness the traditional methods of local craftsmen by visiting one of their workshops to see how they transform steel into impressive swords, helmets, and other artifacts. End your visit to Toledo with a sweet touch, as you join a hands-on workshop with a local bakery chef and create your own piece of the most famous Toledo product: Marzipan!

Continue to La Mancha, the homeland of Don Quixote. Visualize the scene of one of the most famous episodes of Don Quixote's adventures as you see the 12 ancient windmills that still stand by the 10th century castle in Consuegra. Four of these windmills are still in working condition. Learn about how the power of the wind was used to grind wheat into flour. Enjoy dinner at one of the windmills, where you will taste a local specialty, Manchego cheese and wine.

Day 5 Castilla-La Mancha, Cordoba, Baena & Granada

  • See the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
  • Taste the wines of the Montilla-Moriles Region
  • Visit an olive oil mill
  • Continue to Granada

Accommodations:Barcelo Granada Congress or similar Included meals:Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Courtyard, Mezquita, Cordoba

After breakfast, depart for Cordoba. The strategic location of Cordoba on the Guadalquivir River led it to become the capital of the Emirate and later Caliphate of Cordoba, which dominated most of the Iberian Peninsula during the 10th Century. Visit the Great Mosque, one of the greatest examples of Moorish architecture, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on the site of an ancient Visigoth church, it was transformed into a monumental mosque worthy of the capital of the Caliphate. After Cordoba was conquered by the Kingdom of Castille in 1236, the Mosque was transformed into the Cathedral, and continues to be the cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Cordoba.

Continue to the wine region of Montilla-Moriles to visit a family-run winery. After touring the winery, you will have the opportunity to taste two types of wine. One of them is the Amontillado, depicted in Edgar Allan Poe's story The Cask of Amontillado.

After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, stop in Baena to visit an original 17th century olive oil mill, still in operation today, to learn about the traditional tools and techniques as well as the modern methods of obtaining the best quality olive oil. Then, proceed to Granada and check in to your hotel.

Day 6 Granada

  • Visit the famous Alhambra complex
  • Admire the Generalife Gardens
  • Learn about Flamenco gypsy culture in Sacromonte, and their cave houses
  • Go bar hopping and taste delicious tapas at traditional bars

Accommodations:Barcelo Granada Congress or similar Included meals:Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Reflecting pool, Alhambra

In the morning, set out on a walking tour of the Alhambra palace and gardens. This impressive fortification is located on a rocky hill on the banks of the Darro River and stands out above the city. Built on the remains of ancient Roman fortifications, the Alhambra became the royal palace of the Sultanate of Granada in 1333. In 1492, it became the royal court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. This impressive complex was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

In the afternoon, explore life in the unique Sacromonte district of Granada. Become familiar with the history and legends of the 17th century pilgrimage site, Sacromonte Abbey. Learn about the presence of gypsies, who have been carving their homes out of the hillside for centuries, building the famous cave houses of Sacromonte. This area is also known for the Zambra, a unique style of flamenco dance. Visit the folklore museum, located in a hillside cave house with splendid views of the Alhambra and learn how life was, and still is, in this unique district.

This evening, go bar hopping down the streets of Granada to savor the delicious tapas served at traditional bars, and soak in the special atmosphere at these venues where locals gather and socialize.

Day 7 Granada, Ronda & Seville

  • Admire the impressive gorge that separates Ronda's medieval and modern quarters
  • Try your hand at traditional Triana ceramic art at a workshop in Seville

Accommodations:Hotel Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento or similar Included meals:Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Ronda panorama

In the morning, depart for the impressive city of Ronda, located southeast of Seville. The medieval city was protected in part by a deep gorge that made it virtually impenetrable. An 18th century bridge connects the medieval city and the new city, which developed on the other side of the gorge. Admire the unforgettable view from the bottom of the gorge. Then, cross into the medieval city, one of the White Towns of Andalusia, known for their whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled roofs.

Continue toward Seville, and enjoy a unique experience. The Triana Quarter in Seville is known for skilled ceramic art; tile painting and terracotta works are considered very much a part of Seville's heritage. Visit a ceramic workshop to learn about the traditional techniques of Triana ceramic art. Paint your own tiles, or try your hand at the lathe to create your own handcrafted piece of ceramic to take home with you.

Day 8 Seville

  • Visit the Royal Alcázar and the Gothic Cathedral
  • Learn the basics of flamenco at a private workshop
  • Enjoy a professional flamenco show over dinner

Accommodations:Hotel Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento or similar Included meals:Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Plaza de España, Seville

After breakfast, discover the landmarks of Seville, including the Plaza de España, San Telmo Palace and the Golden Tower. Visit the Royal Alcázar, an impressive palace and garden complex that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the Seville Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic Cathedral. Built on the site of the Great Mosque that dates back to the 12th century under the Almohad Caliphate, its minaret, known as the Giralda, still stands and was converted into a bell tower. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is displayed prominently inside the cathedral.

Later this afternoon, learn the basics of flamenco in a private beginners' dance workshop. Discover the history of this dance, and why it has been so popular for generations of Spaniards. To complement this experience, enjoy a professional flamenco show over dinner.

Day 9 Seville & Barcelona

  • Flight from Seville to Barcelona
  • Enjoy amazing views of Barcelona from Montjuïc Hill
  • Stroll through the Jewish Quarter and the Gothic Quarter

Accommodations:Ohla Eixample or similar Included meals:Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Placa d'Espanya, Barcelona

In the morning, transfer to Seville Airport for your flight to Barcelona. Upon arrival in Barcelona, meet your guide and begin your tour of the city. Visit Montjuïc Hill, full of parks, art galleries, museums, and the 1992 Olympic sports complex. From this vantage point, you have an amazing view of the city. Continue to the historic city center, and visit the Plaça de Sant Jaume, seat of the local and regional government. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter and the Gothic Quarter to discover historic landmarks like the Plaça del Rei, the Roman Walls, and the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Barcelona.

Day 10 Barcelona

  • Discover the works of Gaudí
  • Visit the famous Basílica de la Sagrada Familia
  • Bid farewell to Spain over a final dinner with your fellow travelers

Accommodations:Ohla Eixample or similar Included meals:Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

After breakfast, discover the fascinating world of Catalan modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí. Learn about the iconic architectural style of Gaudí, whose works have transformed the landscape of Barcelona. Seven of his works have been inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO, including Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Finish your exploration with a visit to Gaudí's greatest masterpiece, the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Barcelona at your own pace, before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 11 Depart Barcelona/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to Barcelona Airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Included meals:Breakfast

Hotels

Barcelo Granada Congress

Barcelo Granada Congress

Deluxe

The Barcelo Granada Congress hotel is conveniently located just minutes from the historic center.

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Barceló Torre de Madrid

Barceló Torre de Madrid

Deluxe

Located in the heart of Madrid, adjacent to the famous Plaza de España and just a short walk from the Royal Palace, the Royal Theater and Opera, and other cultural attractions, as well as many restaurants, cafés and bars.

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Hotel Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento

Hotel Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento

Deluxe

Located on Cartuja Island on the Guadalquivir River, the Hotel Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento is surrounded by parks and cultural sites and boasts a modern architectural style reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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Hotel La Caminera Club de Campo

Hotel La Caminera Club de Campo

Deluxe

Located on the outskirts of the peaceful Torrenueva in La Mancha, surrounded by vast open spaces, Hotel La Caminera Club de Campo is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Ohla Eixample

Ohla Eixample

Deluxe

Located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, which is rich in dining options and close to some of the most emblematic works of Gaudí, such as Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, the Hotel Ohla Eixample blends elements of the past with modern furnishings and fine finishing touches.

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