Day 1 : ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights.(Welcome Reception)
Accommodation : Ayre Grand Hotel Colon (First Class)
Day 2 : TOLEDO EXCURSION AND MADRID SIGHTSEEING
Your expert Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings. Visit the Synagogue on your guided walk through the narrow streets. Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España. Walk across the Puerta del Sol, the city's hub, and see the magnificent Plaza Mayor.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 3 : MADRID - CORDOBA - SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS)
Travelling south from Madrid via Puerto Lapice - the town where Don Quixote was dubbed a knight - you arrive in Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your expert Local Guide. Tonight, you might like to take an excursion to watch a fiery flamenco show.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation : Tryp Macarena (First Class)
Day 4 : SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
View the Bell Tower of the Giralda during your sightseeing tour of Seville with an expert Local Guide. See tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design. Marvel at Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the cathedral. Take a walk through the fascinating Jewish Quarter. This evening, experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic local ranch.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)
Day 5 : SEVILLE - GRANADA
Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with an expert Local Guide. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. See the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine. The views over the town and surrounding hills are spectacular.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation : Alhamar (First Class)
Day 6 : GRANADA - GUADIX - VALENCIA
Travel from Granada via the Mora Pass and arrive in Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings. See the Bull Ring in Valencia. Admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers, which once formed part of the city walls.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Accommodation : Abba Acteon (First Class)
Day 7 : VALENCIA - PENISCOLA - BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)
Discover the beautiful coastline as you drive north stopping in Peñiscola – a fortified medieval town built on a rocky peninsula. In Barcelona, see Gaudi's architecture and the Olympic Stadium on Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with an expert Local Guide. Wander along the Ramblas to the Plaza Cataluñya. See the magnificent cathedral in the Gothic Quarter, and the labyrinth of streets with buildings dating from the Roman and medieval periods.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation : U232 Hotel (First Class)
Day 8 : BARCELONA EXCURSION TO FC BARCELONA'S CAMP NOU
This morning join your Travel Director for a Unique Insight included visit to Camp Nou - FC Barcelona's football stadium and the largest in Europe. Here you will visit the museum and stadium of the multiple winners of the Spanish Championship and UEFA Champions League. Then enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Day 9 : DEPART BARCELONA
Say 'adios' to Spain, your fellow travellers and Travel Director atthe end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.(Buffet Breakfast)
On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance you experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.
Optional Excursions for trips to Europe in 2013, will be confirmed early in the New Year. Those currently listed are available as a guide of what could
be available, and are subject to change and availability.
+ DINNER OF ANDALUSIAN SPECIALTIES TAPAS AND THE ATMOSPHERE OF OLD SEVILLEFirst we dine on a selection of mouth-watering Andalusian specialties, so popular in this region of Spain. You will be able to enjoy a myriad of different tastes and wines before taking an atmospheric walk through the old quarter of Seville, which has a special magic in the evening.
+ EXCURSION TO CARMONASpain is the world's largest producer of Olive Oil. This is your chance to experience, feel, smell, taste and learn how to appreciate good olive oil. At a location set in the middle of beautiful countryside, surprise yourself finding the fruity taste, or tomato flavour of locally produced oil and the many other nuances you cannot even imagine. We continue to Carmona, an enchanting city on the route of Washington Irving, with its medieval mansions and appealing architecture.
+ FLAMENCO EVENINGNo visit to Andalucia would be complete without feeling the passion, rhythm and magic of a flamenco show. Let us take you to the best in town, and offer you 90 minutes of pure entertainment. Drink included.
+ THE MOORISH ALCAZAR AND PLAZA DE ESPANAWe begin with the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. Then, a must for any visitor to Seville, we visit the famous exhibition site of Plaza de Espana
+ FOUNTAINS AND PLAZAS OF MADRID WITH DINNERThis evening tour offers us the chance to admire the elegance of the new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before we experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a little idle chat and "people-watching" as they sip an aperitif before dinner. Drinks included.
+ ALBAICIN AND ROYAL CHAPELFirst a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site - maze of narrow streets with whitewashed houses and patio gardens of bygone Moorish splendour. Our tour shows us the Catholic Monarchs' tombs, as well as some of their personal treasures, inside the Royal Chapel. We will end at the very picturesque Alcaiceria quarter, right at the heart of town.
+ GYPSY NIGHT OUTThis evening we are taken to the old quarter of Granada, which affords the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. Here we will enjoy the passionate 'Zambra' dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies - a fiery emotive performance unique to the gypsies who live in these caves around. One drink is included.
+ DINNER AND DANCING FOUNTAINSFirst we enjoy a typical dinner in this cosmopolitan city, with drinks included, followed by the opportunity to see the famous 'Dancing Fountains', built for the Worlds Fair of 1929 and one of the wonders of the modern world.
+ MONTSERRATLeaving Barcelona, we head for the sacred mountain of Catalonia. Ascending this staggering rock formation we admire its spectacular panoramic views before arriving at the 'Basilica Real'. Here, newly-weds pledge their vows to the mystical Black Virgin.