DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
DAY 2 MADRID
MADRID Guided sightseeing includes the Prado Museum and sights of the Cibeles Fountain and Calle Alcala.
ART & ARCHITECTURE The Prado Museum houses one of the world’s largest art collections, including its amazing assortment of masterpieces by historic artists like Velasquez, Goya, and El Greco. The famous museum also displays the works of renowned European masters, including Rubens and Rembrandt, along with a stunning collection of Greco-Roman statues. B
DAY 3 MADRID-CORDOBA-SEVILLE
CORDOBA Guided walking tour includes the Mosque of the Caliphs. Enjoy free time to browse before departing for Seville. 354 mi / 570 km
ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE The Mosque of Córdoba (Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba in Spanish) today is a Catholic cathedral but was originally a mosque built for Muslim prayer by Abd ar-Rahman I in the 8th century. The mosque’s architecture is rich in dazzling detail, with over 800 granite and marble pillars supporting its beautiful brick and stone arches - a major focal point in the mosque along with the soaring bell tower – the tallest structure in the city. B,D
DAY 4 SEVILLE
SEVILLE Visit Plaza de España. Guided sightseeing includes Casa de Pilatos, and a walk through the Santa Cruz quarter.
HISTORIC SPOT Walk through Seville’s picturesque Plaza de España, originally built for Seville's Ibero-American Expo at the 1929 World's Fair. The 540,000-square-foot plaza features a sprawling mosaic patio. Explore the historic Santa Cruz quarter and its magical maze of tapas, flamenco, and cafés. B
DAY 5 SEVILLE-GRANADA
GRANADA Guided walking tour includes the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife.
155 mi / 250 km
ARCHITECTURAL GEMS Granada’s Alhambra Complex stands as one of the largest ancient aristocratic sites of Western Muslim culture. Its leafy lanes and streams enhance the grand water gardens of Generalife, at the once summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid rulers. B
DAY 6 GRANADA-VALENCIA
VALENCIA Guided walking tour includes a photo stop at the science complex and a traditional Horchata (rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon drink) tasting. Enjoy a traditional Paella dinner at a local restaurant.
311 mi / 500 km
LOCAL TASTES Enjoy an authentic Spanish paella dinner in Valencia. Traditional Paella Valenciana is made with chicken and sweet paprika and golden saffron in a slow simmered broth for a sumptuous, heart-warming hallmark of traditional Spanish cuisine. B, D
DAY 7 VALENCIA-BARCELONA
Scenic drive along the coast en route to Barcelona.
BARCELONA Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening.
211 mi / 340 km. B
DAY 8 BARCELONA
BARCELONA Guided sightseeing includes the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica. Enjoy Sangria and a farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant.
LOCAL TASTES Say farewell to Spain with a toast of Sangria and culinary specialties at Barcelona’s La Fonda del Port Olìmpic restaurant. Dine in the heart of the Olympic Port where excellence in Mediterranean food is always on the menu. This landmark eatery in Barcelona serves carefully selected vegetables, fish, seafood, and sausages – making it the go-to place for the perfect paella. B, D
DAY 9 BARCELONA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning