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The Best of Spain

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
12 days
From: $ 2,999 $ 250 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Explore Madrid
  • Visit Prado Museum 
  • Admire El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in Santo Tome Church
  • View the Moorish architecture of the Giralda Tower overlooking the Guadalquivir River
  • Visit the splendid Alhambra Palace
  • Visit the famed Sagrada Familia, a large, unfinished Catholic Basilica
  • Visit Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • Enjoy the scenic views of plazas when you drive along the La Rambla  Boulevard

Short Description

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!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Madrid
End City Barcelona

Itinerary

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).

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Madrid Center

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.

Day 3: Madrid.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Day 4: Toledo/Cordoba.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Eurostars Palace

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.

Day 5: Cordoba/Seville.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Melia Libreros Hotel

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.

Day 6: Seville.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Day 7: Seville/Granada

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Macia Real de La Alhambra Hotel

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.

Day 8: Granada/Valencia

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Sorolla Palace Hotel

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.

Day 9: Valencia/Barcelona

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Fira Hotel

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.

Day 10: Barcelona.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Day 11: Barcelona/Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast and 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.

Day 12: Barcelona/USA

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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  • Single Supplement: $ 749

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ur first smarTours and it did not disappoint

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This was our first smarTours and it did not disappoint. From the individualized attention from our tour guide, to the great accomodations, the interesting and engaging local guides and the well selected sights, we enjoyed every minute of our trip. I will and have recommended smarTours to family and friends. We've already booked our next adventure!
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The Spain tour was the ultimate of experiences. Our guide David was so gentle, knowledgeable and caring and each day was better than the day before. We had a fantastic cohesive group and shared the best Spain has to offer. The tour is of great value and it made the most use of our time in the best way. I have already recommended this tour to our friends.
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The best tour ever! Our Tour Director Agurtzane Telleria knew so much about Spain and all 10 cities we visited! My partner Maria Lourdes Calderon Jasso fell in Barcelona and broke her wrist and the care she provided was excellent. It was a bump for us, yet the trip was still amazing. Lourdes is doing great and in a cast that was done beautifully in Barcelona. We wish Agur did other trips! We will be taking more smarTours! Gracias!!
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I've enjoyed various travel experiences with SmarTours since 2009, being able to visit Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, and now Spain with them. For travelers looking for a cost effective experience that is both exciting, removes all of the headaches of travel logistics, and gives you the chance to feel the true essence of other countries, SmarTours has to be one of the leaders in their field. The lodging has always been exceptional, and especially on this Spain trip we were very impressed with the quality of the culinary choices that were available to us. We were able to venture out on our own as we liked and got to see major sites in all of the country's major cities.
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the rest of us had a great time.

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Tour director worked hard to please everyone. There was one couple that could never get enough, be considered first, or benefit the most We all called them the divas. Outside of those knuckleheads, the rest of us had a great time. Would say that Spain was less enthralling than South Africa or Italy.
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My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, and especially our tour director, Charles. He was delightful and very knowledgeable. The towels in a few of the hotels could have been softer, but other than, very nice tour.
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Optional Activities

The Best of Spain Provides Optional tours below are the details:

Madrid: Walking tapas tour from approx. 65 euro per person

Seville: Flamenco performance from approx. 55 euro per person

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK)

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

  • Barcelona: Crowne Plaza Barcelona – Fira Center
  • Valencia: Hotel Sorolla Palace
  • Granada: Hotel Macia Real de La Alhambra
  • Seville: Hotel Melia Libreros
  • Cordoba: Hotel Eurostars Palace
  • Madrid: Novotel Madrid Center

Cancellation policy

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

 

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

 

Cancellation charges per person are:

  • Up to 75 days before departure: $300
  • 74-45 days before departure: $600
  • 44-30 days before departure: $1000
  • 29-10 days before departure: $1500
  • 9 days or less before departure: No refund.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

 

We recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance. Insurance premium is non-refundable and cannot be transferred from one departure to another in the event of a reservation change.

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Meals Included

10 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners

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