ARRIVE IN MADRID I|Welcome to the start of your Spanish adventure! Your tour leader will meet you at the hotel in Madrid this morning and give the group a brief overview of the upcoming itinerary. Then, head out on an orientation tour of Spain's
MADRID - SEGOVIA - SAN SEBASTIAN | This morning, depart Madrid and travel to San Sebastian on Spain's northern coast. Along the way, enjoy a comfort stop in Segovia, a picturesque UNESCO World Fleritage Site city which offers the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in Europe, as well as an incredibly well- preserved Roman aqueduct that runs into the heart of the city. Later this afternoon, arrive in San Sebastian, a charming city with a beautiful beach and vibrant nightlife. Join your tour leader on an orientation tour of the city's enchanting old town. A foodie's paradise, San Sebastian is known for its Basque gastronomy, so this evening is best spent exploring the beachfront bars and indulging in pintxo, northern Spain's version of tapas!
SAN SEBASTIAN - PAMPLONA - ZARAGOZA | The first stop today is Pamplona, the historic city made famous by "the running of the bulls" during the San Fer- min festival. Packed with history, enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful medieval city centre and see the city walls and citadel. Then, heaa to Zaragoza and enjoy a wine tasting, before taking a walking tour of the city. Zaragoza has experienced a long and varied history, with Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian communities leaving their marks over the centuries, as seen in the Basilica del Pilar cathedral, Aljaferia Islamic palace and the Roman theatre.
ANDORRA - BARCELONA | En route to Barcelona, make a comfort stop in Andorra. This tiny independent principality has a population of just 85,000 and is located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. Enjoy some free time to explore Andorra la Vella, the highest capital city in Europe and a popular ski resort. This afternoon, arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, Barcelona! Your tour leader will acquaint you with the city's vibrant energy during a driving tour, so keep your eyes open for the famous Sagrada Famflia cathedral, and some of the spectacular examples of Antoni Gaudi's eclectic art and architecture. After checking into the hotel, head out to a local restaurant for a true Catalonian dinner.
BARCELONA: FREE DAY | Today is yours to do with as you please! The best way to experience the city is on the Highlights of Barcelona optional excursion which includes a visit to the magnificent Sagrada Famflia plus visits to Palau Guell, La Boqueria market and the Gothic Quarter. Alternatively, explore solo! See the panoramic views from Park Guell, another design courtesy of Anton Gaudi. Barcelona is home to many of Gaudi's architectural works and you could spend the whole day simply locating each one! Harbour tours, Las Ramblas. the 'Old Town', museums, art galleries and some of Europe's best shopping. Join the optional excursion to see a traditional Flamenco show - an experience not to be missed!
PENISCOLA - VALENCIA | Leave Barcelona behind and travel south down the coast towards Valencia, stopping off along the way in Peniscola. With a historic old town, beautiful promenade and sandy beach overlooked by an imposing castle built by the Knights Templar, there are few more picturesque places in Europe to enjoy a stop! After arriving in Valencia, enjoy an orientation tour of this thriving port city, which retains plenty of historic charm despite the decades of development that have given it a distinct space-age feel. As this is the last night on the tour, round off the day with a fare-well paella dinner this evening.
VALENCIA - MADRID | The journey continues through the historic La Mancha region, made famous by the legend of Don Quixote. Later, explore Castillo de Belmonte, with entrance to this medieval castle included in your tour package. The interiors are dominated by spectacular stucco works in the Gothic and Moorish styles and a beautiful Neo-Gothic courtyard. Later this afternoon, arrive back in Madrid for the end of the tour. Be sure to swap contact details with your newly made travel friends!