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Insight Vacations Easy Pace Spain (Summer 2018) (E303)

11 Days from Barcelona to Madrid Print
Tour Style: Easy Pace
Europe 2018
Visits: Spain

Relax and immerse yourself in three of Spain's most contrasting and cultural cities. Vibrant Barcelona, idyllic San Sebastián and historic Madrid

Additional Included Highlights

  • Barcelona: Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Enjoy time to explore this cultural city as you wish.
  • Zaragoza: See the four towers of El Pilar and the Río Ebro.
  • Pamplona: Spend free time exploring this city, klnown for ita annual Running with the Bulls festival.
  • San Sebastián: With time at your leisure, perhaps explore Lo Viejo or laze by the beach.
  • Burgos: See El Cid's burial place in the cathedra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Scenic Drives: Río Ebro River, Basque Country, Sierra de Guadarrama, La Mancha

Authentic Dining

  • San Sebastián: Dine with the locals, in Basque tradition, with an evening of Pinxtos. Your progressive dinner enables you to select a variety of snack-sized treats, each with their own flavour and presentation, making each guest's meal unique. Be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine.
  • Madrid: Savour a generous Celebration Dinner with regional cuisine and local wines.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 3 Dinners with wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • San Sebastián: Journey up Monte Igueldo with your Local Expert to take in breath-taking views over the town and La Concha Bay. Walk through the Old Quarter to Plaza de la Constitucion.
  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco's masterpiece.

Stay at the Best Addresses

  • San Sebastian: The Barceló Costa Vasca hotel is located close to La Concha bay and offers modern, comfortable rooms with excellent facilities.
  • Madrid: The Meliá Madrid Princesa is a luxury hotel, located in the heart of the city, showcasing elegant interior design with a contemporary and cutting edge flair, located in the heart of the city.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Barcelona: Explore the medieval maze of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, with your Local Expert.
  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture.
  • Bilbao: Visit the magnificent Guggenheim Museum.
  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.

Additional five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Barcelona.
Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, as you get to know your fellow travellers over good food and wine.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 Exploring Catalonia’s Creative Capital.
(Relaxed Start) The lively port of Barcelona boasts an impressive Old Town, although it’s the daring architecture of the Catalan Art Nouveau that really sets it apart. Sightseeing with your Local Expert begins in the medieval maze of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, a tangle of streets and squares just behind the old cathedral. Travel down the gracious Passeig de Gràcia, past the wrought-iron street lamps. Continue on to Gaudi's Sagrada Família, the leviathan of the Eixample, where giant mosaic spires pierce the sky like a jewelled crown. Inside, a tree canopy carved from stone, holds up the roof while sun pours through stained glass on to sea creature caverns. Then you are free to explore this amazing city at your own pace.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 4 Barcelona at Leisure.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed start and a full day at leisure to explore Spain's most vibrant city. Consider a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas or explore Gaudi's fascinating Güell Park. Perhaps you would like to ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years? On this Optional Excursion enjoy spectacular panoramic views and a light tapas lunch.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 5 Pamplona and San Sebastián.
Journey west to Zaragoza where the four towers of El Pilar soar over the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Continue to Pamplona in the Province of Navarre, famous for the Running of the Bulls festival. With free time to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll to the famous Estafeta Street. Travel to the aristocratic seaside resort of San Sebastián. Northern Spain's Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world, so in the evening, discover the city's rich gastronomic tradition in the heart of Lo Viejo, the Old Town. Here you will have a chance to explore the Old Town in small groups during your progressive Highlight Dinner with the locals, as you enjoy the gastronomic Basque tradition of pintxos. Similar to tapas, enjoy a variety of snack-sized treats to make your meal and be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine. Que aproveche!(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 6 Bilbao and Guggenheim.
(Relaxed Start) Few places have been able to reinvent themselves quite like Bilbao. The former industrial city has changed its ways and is now a pin-up for urban redevelopment. Your fascinating venture here includes a visit to Bilbao's sensuous, rippling, Guggenheim Museum, designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry. On return, join a Local Expert to admire San Sebastián and the crescent-shaped La Concha Bay from the heights of Monte Igueldo. After taking in the amazing views, enjoy a guided tour of the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitucion, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 7 San Sebastián, Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk. The harbour is filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, so you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, known as the Jewel of the Basque Country? During this Optional Experience you will explore this town with a Local Expert and visit the church where The Sun King, Louis XIV, married the Spanish princess Maria Teresa.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 8 Burgos and Madrid.
(Relaxed Start) Journey south through the Pyrenees foothills and the land of 'El Cid' to stop in Burgos where you can see his burial place in the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue along the Guadarrama Mountains to the plateau of New Castile and Spain's elegant capital of Madrid. In the evening, why not see the city lit up it all its glory, with a drive along the grand avenues and past the spectacular fountains?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 9 The Elegant Spanish Capital of Madrid.
Your Local Expert will show you the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol. Then enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial Prado Museum, one of the world’s greatest art galleries with works by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, as well as Italian and Dutch masters. With the afternoon free for you to continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps join a Local Expert to visit the 14th century Alcazar and see painting, tapestries, weaponry and armoury of the Spanish medieval era and enjoy a panoramic drive for stunning views over the Eresma Valley?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 10 The Cobbled Streets of Toledo.
(Relaxed Start) Venture south to visit the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain's capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your a Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. On return to Madrid, the afternoon is free for last-minute shopping. Make the most of your final night as you join your fellow travellers at a local restaurant for a generous Celebration Dinner of delightful produce, typical of the region and of course accompanied with wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 11 Depart Madrid.
After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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