Day 3: San Sebastian - Pamplona - Zaragoza
Our first stop today is Pamplona, the historic city made famous by “the running of the bulls” during the San Fermin festival. Packed with history, you’ll have some free time to explore the beautiful medieval city centre and see the city walls and citadel. We then head to Zaragoza, enjoying a wine tasting along the way, before taking a walking tour of the city. The city has experienced a long and varied history, with Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian communities leaving their marks over the centuries, as seen in the Basílica del Pilar cathedral, Aljafería Islamic palace and the Roman theatre.
Day 4: Andorra - Barcelona
On our way to Barcelona, we take a comfort stop in Andorra, a tiny independent principality with a population of just 85,000, 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. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region, Barcelona. Your tour leader will acquaint you with the city’s vibrant energy with a driving tour, so keep your eyes open for the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral and some of the spectacular examples of Antoni Gaudi’s eclectic art and architecture.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Barcelona (Free day)
Today is all yours to do with as you please! The best views of the city can be found at Park Guell and you can take in the panoramic splendour and skyline of Barcelona. The park itself offers a very interesting design which is a product of Anton Gaudi’s challenging architectural visualisations. Barcelona is home to many of Gaudi’s building designs and you could spend the whole day simply locating each one. One of his most famous works is that of the unfinished Sagrada Familia, an interpretation of a Gothic cathedral which is unlike any building you will have ever seen. You can’t miss it from Park Guell or most other vantage points in the city. Harbour tours, La Ramblas, the ‘Old Town’, museums, art galleries and some of Europe’s best shopping, there is much to do in this incredible city. If you wish to participate in our optional excursion, we can organise tickets for you to see a traditional Flamenco show! The dance of passion is performed with style, flair and energy and is a real experience not to be missed.
Day 6: Peniscola - Valencia
Leaving Barcelona behind we’ll make our way 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 lunch stop. Once we’ve arrived in Valencia we’ll 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 our last night on tour, we’ll round off the day with a farewell paella dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Valencia - Madrid
Our journey continues through the historic La Mancha region, made famous by the legend of Don Quixote. Later, we’ll 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 we’ll arrive back in Madrid for the end of the tour.
Escorted Tour Package Includes:
- 6 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities
- 6 Breakfasts (Vegetarian options available for all meals on request)
- 3 Dinners (Vegetarian options available for all meals on request)
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (except on free days)
- Tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip
- All taxes and fees
- Free tour souvenir
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Tips and extras in general
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Everything which is not clearly specified under "package includes"
Hotels (or similar):
- Madrid: Hotel Elba Madrid / Sercotel Madrid Aeropuerto
- San Sebastian: Ibis Irun
- Zaragoza: Ibis Zaragoza Centro
- Barcelona: Sant Cugat Hotel
- Valencia: Silken Puerta Valencia
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (ex)