The Best of Spain

MADRID, BARCELONA, SEVILLE, TOLEDO, GRANADA, CORDOBA & VALENCIA

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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: from $2,799

Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this unforgettable journey to Spain. Reserve by September 4, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Madrid
  • 1 night in Cordoba
  • 2 nights in Seville
  • 1 night in Granada
  • 1 night in Valencia
  • 3 nights in Barcelona
  • Gran Via (Madrid)
  • Royal Palace (Madrid)
  • Santo Tome Church (Toledo)
  • Giralda Tower (Seville)
  • Alhambra Palace (Granada)
  • Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)
  • Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • La Rambla (Barcelona)
  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 16 meals: 10 buffet breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

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(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

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Sep 6

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$ 2999

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Oct 1

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Oct 25

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$ 2899

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exciting journey to enchanting Spain begins as you depart on your non-stop, overnight flight to Madrid.
Day 2
Arrive Madrid (Spain).
Morning arrival in Madrid, the grand capital of Spain and its cultural heart. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your centrally located upscale hotel. Join your tour director for an orientation walk to familiarize yourself with the hotel’s surroundings. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome cocktail and orientation, followed by a welcome dinner. Catalonia Atocha Hotel (D)
Day 3
Madrid.
The splendid city of Madrid became Spain’s capital in 1561 when Phillip II moved his court here from Toledo. Strategically located at the center of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid quickly became Spain’s political, cultural and artistic center. On this morning’s included guided tour marvel at Madrid’s brilliant architecture as you travel along the impressive Gran Via and view the Opera district, Plaza de Colon and the monumental 18th century Royal Palace, inspired by France’s Versailles. You’ll also admire Puerto del Sol Plaza and Plaza de España, Madrid’s main square, with its imposing monument to Cervantes. The tour concludes at the renowned Prado Museum, where you will be dazzled by treasures of Spanish masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. The balance of the day is at leisure to soak up the splendors of Madrid at your own pace. Perhaps stroll through the delightful Retiro Park and savor the delicious cuisine of one of Madrid’s many excellent restaurants and tapas bars. (B)
Day 4
Toledo/Cordoba.
This morning depart Madrid and travel to Toledo, the capital of medieval Spain. Toledo enjoys a picturesque hilltop location overlooking the Castillian Plains and is surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River. It was the setting of many of the paintings of the 16th-century master El Greco. Enjoy a guided walk through Toledo’s atmospheric cobbled streets and view some of its major monuments. First, visit the Santo Tome Church where you’ll admire El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. You’ll also visit Santa Maria la Blanca, originally known as the Iben Shushan Synagogue dating back to the 12th-century. It is widely considered the oldest synagogue structure in Europe still standing and a symbol of the harmonious coexistence of the three cultures that populated the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. This afternoon journey south to Andalusia via the region of La Mancha, legendary home of Don Quixote, with panoramic windmills views. Arrive in Cordoba, a former capital of Roman Spain and later Moorish Spain. AC Cordoba Hotel (B,D)
Day 5
Cordoba/Seville.
Cordoba is a true cultural gem and features some of Spain’s most impressive monuments. It was also the birthplace of the philosopher Moshe Ben Maimon. On an included guided tour marvel at the amazing Mezquita (Great Mosque) built in the 10th century when Cordoba was in its glory as the capital of the Moorish Spain. The mosque was later converted to a cathedral but the fine original architectural details are stunning. You’ll also view the reconstructed Roman Bridge as well as the beautifully restored 14th-century synagogue that survived the expulsion of Spain’s Jews. Later proceed to Seville, the splendid and romantic Moorish capital of Spain’s Andalusia Region. After an included dinner we suggest an optional Flamenco performance ($55), the vibrant dance that originated in Seville. Seville Center Hotel (B,D)
Day 6
Seville.
Seville’s long and rich history is evident in the wealth of its spectacular monuments. Discover the charms of the city that inspired Carmen and Don Giovanni on an included guided tour. View the Moorish architecture of the Giralda Tower overlooking the Guadalquivir River and visit the impressive Cathedral, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, housing the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Explore the narrow streets and many plazas of the well preserved Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter, filled with whitewashed buildings, quaint shops and colorful flowers. Later, drive to the Plaza de España, passing the elegant Maria Luisa Park. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Stroll the lovely boulevards lined with palm trees and fragrant orange trees or relax at an outdoor cafe. (B)
Day 7
Seville/Granada.
This morning travel to Granada, a former stronghold of Moorish Spain. The Moors chose Granada as the site for their impressive citadel: theAlhambra. Even from a distance, the Alhambra is an awe-inspiring sight, sprawling over a hilltop overlooking the city. Visit the splendid Alhambra Palace and its famous Lion Courtyard on a guided afternoon tour and savor the breathtaking views of the city below and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains in the distance. You’ll also visit the palace’s acclaimed gardens, the Generalife, beautifully designed with courtyards, waterfalls and secret smaller gardens. Granada Center Hotel (B,D)
Day 8
Granada/Valencia.
Today journey through Spain’s captivating landscape of rolling hills dotted with groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges en route to the Mediterranean coast arriving at the garden city of Valencia. On an included guided afternoon tour discover the treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture that is evident in Valencia. View the City Gates, City Hall and the Gothic cathedral as well as other highlights of the incredible Arts and Science City designed by contemporary artist Santiago Calatrava. Abba Aceton Hotel (B,D)
Day 9
Valencia/Barcelona.
Depart Valencia traveling along the coastline of Catalonia (or Catalunya). En route visit the fascinating Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, a Cistercian Monastery established in 1150. Located in a scenic spot at the feet of the Prades Mountains the monastery was founded by Cistercian monks from France on lands conquered from the Moors. Plobet was the first of three sister monasteries, known as the Cistercian triangle, that helped consolidate power in Catalonia in the 12th century. Later, continue your journey and arrive in Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. Settle into your centrally located hotel. Barcelona Center Hotel (B)
Day 10
Barcelona.
The capital of the Region of Catalonia, Barcelona offers a unique mix of medieval charm and avant-garde grandeur evident its abundant historical and cultural gems. This morning a local expert leads you on a tour to explore this amazing city. Start at the old Harbor and then drive along the grand La Rambla Boulevard and view the impressive plazas including spectacular Plaza de España and Plaza Catalunya. Next you’ll explore on foot the winding streets of the charming Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s old city. Proceed with a visit to the famedSagrada Familia, a large, unfinished Catholic Basilica designed by the celebrated Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi. Your tour ends with a drive up Montjuic Hill where you can see some of the structures of the 1992 Olympic Games and admire the city and harbor views. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore independently. Perhaps visit one of the intriguing museums or relax at an outdoor café. Try one of Barcelona’s inviting restaurants for dinner. Your tour director will be glad to provide recommendations. (B)
Day 11
Barcelona/Farewell Dinner.
Enjoy a full day to explore vibrant Barcelona at your own pace. Perhaps return to the enchanting old Gothic Quarter and view up close some the lovely buildings, dating back to the first Roman settlement of Barcelona. Here you’ll also find quaint shops, cafes, restaurants and strolling musicians that add to the magical atmosphere. You may also explore some of Gaudi’s masterpieces, scattered around the city center. Stroll along the lively La Rambla and stop at the colorful Boqueria Market to savor its bountiful culinary delights. This evening join your fellow travelers for an included farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 12
Barcelona/USA.
This morning bid Spain “Adios” and transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive back in the U.S. later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to Spain more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. The optional tours must be paid in cash.  Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Madrid
Royal Palace (euro 37 per person)
Visit the monumental 18th century Royal Palace, inspired by France’s Versailles.
Seville
Flamenco Performance (euro 43 per person)
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture by enjoying a Flamenco performance.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Spain and back to JFK are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. 

Departure Date

Airline

Depart

Return

Sep. 6, Sep. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 11

Iberia Airlines

8:30PM

3:00PM

Oct. 25

Iberia Airlines

9:00PM

3:00PM

Apr. 11 ’15

Iberia Airlines

5:00PM

3:00PM

May 2 ’15

American Airlines

7:00PM

1:00PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight times are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Iberia Airlines do not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

You may expect day time high temperatures in the 60’s to 70’s in April & October, 70’s to 80’s May & September, and 80’s to 90’s June.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) and one carry-on piece. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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