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8 Day Art Cities of Spain 2021

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Spain.

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Madrid
Arrive in the lively metropolis of Madrid, capital of Spain since 1562, birthplace of many of the world's greatest writers, painters and artists. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Wednesday - Tour Madrid's Treasures
Today's tour of Madrid's impressive architecture begins at the Plaza de Cibeles with its striking buildings. Continue via the elegant Plaza Mayor to the magnificent Royal Palace, Europe's second largest, and to the Plaza de España dominated by the monument to Cervantes, famed author of Don Quixote. Then, on to the renowned Prado Museum; stand before an astonishing collection of masterpieces by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and more. The rest of the day is yours to explore this city of great monuments and museums on your own or, join the optional tour to Escorial. Enjoy a visit to what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world". El Escorial is, perhaps, Philip II´s most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Escorial Tour (PM)

DAY 4, Thursday - Medieval Toledo, The "Garden City" of Valencia
Travel to nearby Toledo, the former capital city of Spain that still retains its medieval atmosphere and charm. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, Toledo is known for its extensive monumental heritage and historical coexistence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Walk through the ancient Jewish Quarter and Plaza de Zocodover. Continue to the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing, and the St. Tome Church, with its brilliant El Greco masterpiece. Then, travel east towards the Mediterranean coast to the "garden city" of Valencia for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Friday - Valencia City Tour
Valencia is Spain's major Mediterranean port - this unique city is shaped by the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains. On the morning tour, hear about "El Cid", Spain's national hero who fought here against the Moors. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture before continuing to the City Gates and City Hall. Arrive at the fantastic City of Arts and Sciences designed by contemporary artist Santiago Calatrava. This huge scientific and cultural complex is made up of impressive buildings and stands out because of its extraordinary avant-garde architecture. During a tour of the Palau de les Arts, gain insight into the design and history of the building and marvel at its shimmering trencadis exterior. The rest of the day is yours to linger at this site or wander on your own. Perhaps participate in the optional Paella Cooking Class with Dinner. Learn how to prepare Paella Valenciana in the city where this delicious dish was created. This freestyle combination of rice, meat, and vegetables is a very popular regional dish and a staple in most Valencian diets. (Breakfast)

*For Aug 3, 10, 17, 24 departures, the Palau de les Arts will be closed. Therefore, a guided tour of the Silk Market will be provided instead .

Optional: Paella Cooking Class with Dinner (PM)

DAY 6, Saturday - Fairytale Peniscola, Wine Tasting in Penedes, Arrive in Barcelona
Head along the intense blue of the Mediterranean coast to the fortified fairytale city of Peniscola crowned by a Templar castle featured in the movie "El Cid". View the lighthouse, built on a rocky headland, and the lighthouse keeper's cottage with its precipitous winding steps leading down to the sea. Then, continue through Costa Dorada to the wine country of Penedes, one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain. A wide range of wine styles are produced here including the traditional (sparkling) white and rosé Cava. Winemaking in the region dates back millennia; the ancient Romans have left here many vestiges of their wine production. Stop at one of the wine cellars for a tasting of the local wines before traveling to sensational Barcelona. Upon arrival, ascend Montjuic Hill home to the Olympic complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Barcelona's rousing nightlife and fabulous cuisine. (Breakfast)

DAY 7, Sunday - Barcelona City Tour
Start the day in this artistic city with a drive along the Old Harbor to the Plaza Catalunya, the city's bustling main square. Pass the famous works of Gaudi, the master architect, including the Casa Batllo, seemingly constructed from skulls and bones. Then, continue on to view the iconic symbol of Barcelona, Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished. Conclude the tour with a visit to Park Guell, Barcelona's most famous park, a playful creation by Gaudi. Learn intriguing facts about its creator and admire the park's colorful design and intricate tile work. The rest of the day is on your own for exploring the many galleries, or just savoring the magnificent surroundings. Attend the optional tour to Montserrat. Take a relaxing drive along the picturesque villages of the province to reach Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta". Tonight, a Farewell Dinner together at a local restaurant is a perfect way to end your tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Half Day Montserrat Tour (PM)

DAY 8, Monday - Depart Spain
Bid "adios" to Spain and your fellow travelers. Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Barcelona city taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Visit the renowned Prado Museum with its astonishing collection of Goya and El Greco masterpieces
  • Travel to Toledo, a city that still retains its medieval atmosphere, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View Valencia’s extraordinary Arts and Science City with its breathtaking avant-garde architecture
  • Take a tour of the Palau de les Arts, a shimmering ultramodern arts complex
  • Tour Penedes, one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain for a wine tasting at a local cellar
  • View Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, the iconic symbol of Barcelona
  • Explore the colorful Park Guell, Barcelona's most famous park

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Madrid: Hotel Riu Plaza Espana
Valencia: Primus Hotel Valencia
Barcelona: Hesperia Presidente
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Triples at the Barcelo Torre de Madrid will be accommodated in a twin and a single room.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Classic program.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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