package

Classical Spain with Paris

Location

Spain, France

Duration

10 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 1286.76
Brief

From Madrid to Paris, enjoy this 10-day odyssey across Europe. On this journey you will be able to see such historical and cultural monuments as the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring, the Cathedral of Seville and the Eiffel Tower!

Day 1

Madrid
Welcome to Madrid! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your guide will be ready to welcome you and will provide the necessary information. Towards the end of the day, you can get transferred to the Egyptian Debod temple, Plaza de España and Gran Via, a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant.
Overnight in Madrid.

Day 2

Madrid
Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring. Stroll through the Retiro Park.  This morning, experience the city on a guided tour, which showcases the city’s vibrant center, the beautiful Plaza May, with its broad and magnificent avenues and its many fountains. Your tour includes a visit to see inside the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, a fine-looking building. Here you will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. The day includes a walking tour of the beautiful Retiro Park, enhanced by the lake and Crystal Palace. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon. At sunset you will be transferred to the Plaza de Oriente in the historic center of Madrid, opposite the Royal Palace.
Overnight in Madrid (Breakfast).

Day 3

Madrid - Granada
You will leave Madrid by bus in the early morning (if the group of English-speaking travelers is small, sometimes they will share the trip to Granada with Spanish-speaking passengers). You will travel to the south across La Mancha, stopping in Puerto Lapice, a ‘manchego’ village evoking the figure of Don Quixote. You will enter Andalusia via Despeñaperros. You will arrive at Granada. In the afternoon you will visit the immense Alhambra Palace (entrance and local guide included) and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times. Later, enjoy an evening transfer to Granada’s city center, where restaurants mix with local cultural flavor to create an unforgettable night. You will also have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighborhood of Sacramonte.
Note: In the Alhambra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. In the highly improbable case of not being able to visit this area of the Alhambra, a visit to the Alcázares will be included in Seville (which have similar architecture and features).
Overnight in Granada (Breakfast).

Day 4

Granada - Seville
You will leave Granada and travel towards the Costa del Sol. You will reach Malaga and have some time for a stroll in the historic center with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. Afterwards you will continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. You will arrive in Puerto Banus, a pretty high level recreational port in Marbella. Time for lunch. In the afternoon you will continue through the hills and their stories of bandoliers until you come to Ronda, a very beautiful white town with a large gorge that divides it in two. Continue to Seville at the end of the afternoon.
Overnight in Seville (Breakfast).

Day 5

Seville - Madrid

After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda, the banks of the Guadalquivir river, popular neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station. You will travel for 2 ½ h on a high-speed train to Madrid. The train is quite comfortable and it is an enjoyable trip through Andalusian and Castilian landscapes. Possibility for the train to reach speeds of around 300 km/h (186 m/h). Arrival to Madrid and transfer to the hotel.

Note: If the group has fewer than fifteen travelers, the morning tour can be arranged in both Spanish and English

Overnight in Madrid (Breakfast).

Day 6

Madrid - Barcelona

You will depart early in the morning from Madrid. As you head towards Aragón, you will pause your journey in Zaragoza. Your guide will join the group to Basílica del Pilar. Directly afterwards, the group will have free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and enjoy the city center. Later, you will make your way to Cataluña and the Monastery of Poblet, which is surrounded by walls in a beautiful setting; this is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world (entrance and guided tour included). You will then go on to the Monastery of Montserrat where we include a ride on the rack train for the fantastic views it gives. Continue to  Barcelona, where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

Note: In the winter months, from November to March (included), due to the shorter days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited so that you will be able to reach Montserrat in the daylight

Overnight in Barcelona (Breakfast).

Day 7

Barcelona

Today you will get to know Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Mediterranean Sea. Your visit will include an informative  city tour with a local expert. You will also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighborhood dating back to the Middle Ages. You will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; this masterpiece was designed by the architect Gaudí. Subsequently, we include entry tickets to “Poble Espanyol” (meaning “Spanish Village”). This open air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Be delighted by the best Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain. Free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening we provide  transfer to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya area, where you can select from a great variety of restaurants.

Note: If the group  on the Barcelona tour has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by your guide

Overnight in Barcelona (Breakfast).

Day 8

Barcelona - Paris

After breakfast we arrange a transfer (included) to the train station. You will travel on a high-speed train. The train is quite comfortable and it is an enjoyable trip through wonderful landscapes. On several occasions, your train will reach speeds of around 300 km/h (186 m/h). The train journey takes 6½ hours. Arrival in Paris and transfer to the hotel. At the end of the evening, we provide transfer to the Montmartre district. This neighbourhood is known for its painters, artists and cabaret. Sit down to dinner and enjoy a magical night! You will ascend by funicular to the hill and admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top. 

Note: A guide will only travel on the train ride if the group has over 15 passengers

Overnight in Paris (Breakfast).

Day 9

Paris

Come on a scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and breathtaking monuments of Paris. You will end the visit at the Eiffel Tower area. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument (ticket admission included). End your visit with a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose. At sunset transfer to the “Quartier Latin”, a very picturesque area of the historic center were you can enjoy dinner with a wide variety of international cuisines.

Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. For organizational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different moment of the day or on Monday

Overnight in Paris (Breakfast).

Day 10

Paris

After breakfast, end of our services.

Note: If you start or end your trip in Paris, we advise you to book an extra day or two in this city. This way, you will be able to get to see Eurodisney, Versailles Palace and other places of interest

(Breakfast).

package code: ES476668
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