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The Best of Spain

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

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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: from $2,499

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this unforgettable tour of Spain. Reserve by October 6, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

We all know that Spain is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world; now let us show you why! Our tour package provides a comprehensive, authentic Spanish experience filled with culture, food, music, architecture and more! Book your dream getaway today and enjoy first class accommodations when you visit Spain on this amazing journey!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour of Spain 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)
  • Prado Museum (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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2016

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Oct 1

Oct 12

$ 2799

$ 2899

$ 3199

Oct 22

Nov 2

$ 2599

$ 2699

$ 2999

2017

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Apr 8

Apr 19

$ 2499

$ 2599

$ 2899

Apr 22

May 3

$ 2499

$ 2599

$ 2899

May 6

May 17

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

May 20

May 31

$ 2799

$ 2899

$ 3199

Jun 3

Jun 14

$ 2849

$ 2949

$ 3249

Aug 5

Aug 16

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549 in 2016 and $629 in 2017.
For more information on this Spain tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for tours in Spain 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 the best cities in 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. Intercontinental Madrid (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. Hotel Eurostars Palace (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. NH Valencia Las Artes (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. Catalonia Barcelona Plaza (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 tour of Spain 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 ($45 per person)
Visit the monumental 18th century Royal Palace, inspired by France’s Versailles.
Seville
Flamenco Performance ($55 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

2016: Sep. 3, Sep. 10, Sep. 17, Oct. 22

2017: May 6, May 20, Jun. 3, Aug. 5

Iberia Airlines 8:30PM

3:00PM

2016: Oct. 1

Iberia Airlines 5:00PM 3:00PM

2017:  Apr. 8, Apr. 22 

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

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) maximum 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Your carry-on must not exceed 18″x10″x8″. 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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 9 reviews
by Aba Heiman on smarTours
6/4-6/15/16

Very much enjoyed this escorted vacation with my wife. *Nice hotels, *good meals, *great bus, *very well organized, *excellent, knowledgable, interesting tour guide (Roberto Barrantes),and *the price was a bargain. While I'm sure others in our group were happy to get some time on their own, we would've preferred additional escorted touring, or more escorted excursion options. We'd recommend this company for the Best of Spain trip and heard from our travel companions that this was their second or third trip with SmarTours.

by Glen Werner on smarTours

Had a wonderful trip with great participants, amazing weather and an awesome guide Derek.

by mary donovan on smarTours

everything was lovely and fun with the people on the tour

by carol sheriff on smarTours
The Best of Spain

This was my first trip as a smart traveler the perks were great.The tour was wonderful. I really don't expect anything but the best from SmarTours and you did not disappoint.Thank you for another great travel experience.

by Keith Harrow on smarTours
Best of Spain lived up to its name

We recently returned from a Best of Spain tour (which started October 4 in Madrid), and we loved it. Let me start with the best part - the guide Carmen was truly outstanding. She was tireless in making sure no one got lost, no one fell too far behind, everyone's needs were met, and so on. On the tour bus, Carmen was incredibly entertaining, with an excellent sense of humor. Next, the hotels. Only one (in Cordoba) was five star, but most of the rest were still very good. In particular, the hotels in Madrid and Barcelona, where we spend most of our time, had fabulous locations, within walking distance of many important tourist attractions. The other hotels, in smaller cities, also had good locations and were fine - with one exception - the Abba Aceton Hotel in Valencia which was not well maintained. Included dinners were a bit disappointing (a little too bland), except for the last night in Barcelona which was excellent. Most of the places the tour bus stopped were quite interesting, although just about everyone would have been happy to skip the Ciscerian Monastery on the road to Barcelona. The city guides in Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, and so on were all quite knowledgable, and each shared a tremendous amount of local pride and enthusiasm with the tour group. All in all, an excellent tour, and we will be sure to tell our friends about Smartours. Thank you.

by constance smith on smarTours
great vacation,awesome tour guide LUIS CARULLA

THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF MY BEST VACATION SO FAR.WE HAD A GREAT TOUR GUIDE LUIS WHO IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE OF SPAIN AND WAS THERE TO MAKE US FEEL SO SAFE AND AT HOME AT ALL TIMES.MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE WHEN NEEDED.

by Dr. Angelito J. Fernandez on smarTours
Best of Spain trip

The trip was amazing,our trip coordinator(Mr. Curulla) was super so as our local guides.The hotels (except for one)were more than you can ask for.

So glad it was a "5-star" experience and that you thought your Tour Director was "super"! Which hotel did not exceed your expectations?

by Clive Whilby on smarTours
Great Tour

The trip was great with the exception of two of the hotels

Hi Clive - glad you thought it was a "5-star" experience! Which hotels did not meet your expectations?

by Joyce Simpson on smarTours
Fabulous Art and Architecture

Spain is amazing. Roberto was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. We are very active people, so the 2-3 hours of walking and standing was fine for us. Some tour members complained, so perhaps it should be noted that if you have mobility issues this might not be the best choice. This is our fifth SmarTours and we have recommended your company to many people. We flew on American Airlines. The flight from NY was in a smaller jet so not great. The flight back to NY was a wide body so much more comfortable and better food.

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