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Value Vacation Discover Spain
The energetic capital of Madrid, then to Andalusia for Moorish Cordoba, historic Seville, Granada & the Alhambra; optional extension to Barcelona
from $1999 w/ Flights from $1499 Tour Only 8 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Value Vacation Portugal's Douro River Valley Cruise
Sail Portugal's River of Gold through its port-wine region: Porto, Regua, Ferradoas & Pinhao; also explore the golden city of Salamanca, Spain; optional independent extension in Lisbon
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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Spain? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Madrid
Population:  46.56 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Spanish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: GMT +1 & GMT +2

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Spain for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Immunizations are currently not required for travel to Spain.  However, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities regarding other recommendations.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

The months of April through June and September and October are ideal months to travel to Spain. July and August tend to be very hot and crowded. Take a sweater for nights and if you are traveling to higher elevations. Winter, though generally mild, can be rainy, foggy and windy. 

What to wear

Since weather can be unpredictable and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we suggest that you carry a small folding umbrella.  If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs.  Packing to dress in layers is another way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions.  Finally, remember that comfort and convenience should dictate your wardrobe for the tour, and casual clothes are in order for most every occasion as you travel. 

Money

The currency in Spain is the Euro. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. Credit cards are the most convenient way to pay for items you purchase as you travel. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection. Some hotels will be able to exchange your cash for local currency. You may also use the ATM machines to get cash in local currency. Traveler’s checks are no longer widely accepted. If you intend to use traveler’s checks, please verify that they are accepted in the countries visited on this tour.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

You can find a plethora of exquisite items varying in price throughout Spain. Shop for local liqueurs and wines, guitars, rugs, handmade shawls, pottery, ornamental combs and fans, copper and steel items, leather goods, embroidery, contemporary and antique paintings and sculpture, and handmade furniture.

Please keep in mind that most stores will not allow you to return or exchange purchased items.  Be sure to inspect the merchandise before you leave the store, and exercise the “buyer-beware” rule.

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are allowed almost everywhere, and in fact, you will want to take plenty of pictures of the magnificent panoramas you’ll encounter as you travel. Photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will also be readily available, especially in major cities.

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