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Spain Discovery

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From $5,191 AUD
  • 13 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao, Getaria, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona

    Group Size:
    1 to 25
    Age Range:
    8 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Guided Small Group Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Delve into the Spanish landscape that is ancient ruins, modern cities, museums and culinary cuisine

  • English speaking guide throughout
  • Guided City Tour of Madrid with Iconic sights such as Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
  • Explore Toledo, the City of three cultures
  • Follow the Pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela
  • Cross over to North Galicia with a scenic drive down to the Asturian Coast to Oviedo
  • Discover the town of Bilbao with Basque tavernas & explore the Guggenheim Museum
  • Marvel at the artistic sights on a guided city tour of Barcelona
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure to begin exploring. Later, join your fellow travellers and your tour director for a welcome reception. Overnight in Madrid.

We begin with a guided half-day city tour of Madrid. Our drive takes us through the Gran Via and the Passeo de Castellana, past the Plaza de España, Plaza de Oriente, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha Station, the fountain of Neptune, Cibeles fountain, the Bullring, the Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium, and many more. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Madrid.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We visit Toledo, a city with a wealth of monuments. It is known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived here together for centuries. During our guided tour we visit the Santo Tome Church and the Synagogue of Santa María. From Toledo we return to Madrid where the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Madrid.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We depart for Santiago de Compostela. On the way, we stop in Salamanca, an ancient city famous for its university founded by Alfonso IX in the early 1200’s. There is time for lunch on your own and thereafter, we continue to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino. Many pilgrims follow this ancient route also known as the Way of St. James. In Santiago de Compostela, the evening is at leisure. Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Santiago de Compostela’s centre is called “Casco Histórico” (old town), an area once surrounded by walls in the 11th-century. We visit the Cathedral and the Cathedral museum, and view the tomb of St James the Great. In the afternoon we visit Cap Finisterre where pilgrims ceremoniously burn their boots. The day finishes with an early seafood dinner accompanied by Albariño wine. Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we head to North Galicia. Our scenic drive takes us past the Cabo Ortegal and the Asturian coast to Oviedo. Overnight in Oviedo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

A half-day guided city tour of Oviedo takes us to the Cathedral, the Palacio de Valdecarzana, the ruins of the San Tirso Church, and the Porlier Plaza which is flanked by the El Conde de Toreno and Camposagrado Palaces. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Oviedo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast we continue our journey towards Bilbao. On the way, we stop in Santillana del Mar, one of the North Coast’s most picturesque villages. Its architecture dates to the Middle Ages. In its vicinity we visit the famous Altamira Caves where prehistoric art is well preserved. After our visit, we proceed to Santander where we have free time for lunch on your own. From there, we continue to Bilbao where we have a tasting of local tapas called pintxos. Overnight in Bilbao.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

On our visit of Bilbao, we see the vibrant old town with many shops, squares and typical Basque tavernas. We enter the Guggenheim Museum, an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry. The collection includes large-scale and site-specific art by such contemporary artist as Jeff Koons and Willem de Kooning. The remainder of the day is free. Overnight in Bilbao

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, we depart for San Sebastian. En route, we visit Getaria, a charming Basque coastal village. Upon arrival in San Sebastian we see the Maria Cristina Hotel. It is at here, at the Kursaal, that the film festival takes place. We also see La Concha beach, a crescent shaped urban seaboard. In the afternoon we arrive in Pamplona. Dinner is served later that night. Overnight in Pamplona.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we have a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Pamplona featuring the Ciudadela, the City Walls, parks and gardens. We will hear about the ‘Running of the Bulls’ race, part of the San Fermin festival. From Pamplona we continue to Zaragoza for lunch on your own. Later that afternoon, we arrive in Barcelona and the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Barcelona.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Our guided half-day sightseeing tour includes Barcelona’s most important artistic sights: Gaudi’s Batlló, Casa Milá, the Cathedral Sagrada Familia, and Guell Park, declared an artistic monument and mankind’s heritage by the UNESCO. In the afternoon you are free to explore more on your own. Join your fellow travellers and your tour director for the farewell dinner. Overnight in Barcelona.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Barcelona airport after breakfast. End of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

Touring with professional English speaking tour director

Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides

Tours as per itinerary

12 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

Optional Prado Museum tour on day 2

Optional Flamenco show with dinner on day 3

Optional visit to the cider house with dinner in Oviedo on day 7

Optional visit of the Basque coast on day 9

Optional visit of Montserrat on day 12

Hotel taxes and service charges

Luggage handling at hotels

Whisper technology enhanced touring

Entrance fees to:

  • Santo Tome Church
  • Synagogue of Santa Maria
  • Cathedral and Cathedral museum in Santiago de Compostela
  • Oviedo Cathedral
  • Altamira Caves
  • Pintxos tasting in Bilbao
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Cathedral Sagrada Familia and Guell Park

Tips and gratuities

Passport or Visa Fees

Baggage and personal insurance

Any beverages or food not listed in itineraries

All other entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions

Any other items of personal nature

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Hotel List (or similar)

Hotel Agumar Madrid
Paseo de la R. Cristina, 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 915 52 69 00
Rating
3.5
Hotel Agumar Madrid
Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago
Avenida do Mestre Mateo, 27, 15706 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Tel: +34 981 53 42 22
Rating
4
Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago
Gran Hotel Espana
C. Jovellanos, 2, 33003 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Tel: +34 984 11 40 00
Rating
3.5
Gran Hotel Espana
Ercilla Hotel
Ercilla Kalea, 37, 39, 48011 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Tel: +34 944 70 57 00
Rating
3.5
Ercilla Hotel
Maisonnaven Hotel
C/ Nueva, 20, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Tel: +34 948 22 26 00
Rating
4
Maisonnaven Hotel
Hotel Exe Cristal Palace
Carrer de la Diputació, 257, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 933 93 09 70
Rating
3.5
Hotel Exe Cristal Palace

Important things to note

Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes, but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 3:00 p.m.

Tour can be a combination of regular tours; therefore coach changes may be required.

Order of itinerary is subject to change at any time. For operational reasons, the order of excursions may be changed.

The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

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Reviews for Spain Discovery

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Samantha
NEW STAR

Review for: New Star Cruise Split - Dubrovnik

7 day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik on the NEW STAR. A beautifully designed yacht with an delicious captain and family and all crewmembers were a joy. The food was excellent, the cabin beautiful and soundproof, everything perfect down to the quality of the toilet paper. Everything was beautifully organised and the the tour manager was very efficient and knowledgeable and a wonderful person and always staying calm even with some very difficult passengers. We enjoyed every minute.
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Elizabeth
We embarked on a Cruise & Stay Package throughout Croatia.

Review for: Croatia & Adriatic Cruise & Stay - M/S Premier

We embarked on a Cruise & Stay Package throughout Croatia. We travelled in October which meant it was the last tour of the season. This came with both positives and negatives. First the positives: 1. Great Tour Managers: Gabby on land and Zoran on the MS Premier. The entire crew were extremely friendly and helpful! 2. Great itinerary with magnificent scenery! 3. Good food and lots of it! 4. Lots of plugs in your room. 5. Adequate storage space. 6. The ship was attractive and clean, and the small numbers allowed the passengers and crew to get to know each other well. 7. During the 2nd week of October, there were no crowds at all in ports which was great, and it was not hot on the walking tours, but at times it was nippy. Negatives: 1. It was too cold to swim except on the last day, and we got some strong winds. We could not enjoy sitting on the ship decks for most of the trip, but everyone went on deck to take photos. 2. The heating and air conditioning on the Premier is controlled by the Captain. The entire ship must be set on either air conditioning or heat. This was a problem for passengers on the lower deck. It was way too hot and stuffy when the heat was turned on at night. If you were upstairs, you could open your balcony door if it got too hot, but downstairs we had to turn the ventilation off completely. This would not be a problem during the summer when the AC would be on the entire time. 3. If you take the last cruise of the year, the bar begins to run out of certain items towards the end of the cruise. 4. The bath products were minimal. You got individual packets of body wash/shampoo, but no conditioner. or lotions, and there was only one tiny waste basket in the bathroom. They needed a waste basket in the room. Overall a great experience and we would defiantly book again.
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Mia
Do not recommend

Review for: Adriatic Cruise Zadar - Dubrovnik M/S Premier

For the amount you pay for a week trip we had musty rooms, plastic packets of body soap, and no towel changing. The food was what you would expect from Motel 6, every meal was horrid, along with the rude staff. I had searched 100's of ships and chose a premium vessel. With less than a week before we left, we got changed us to another ship, NOT the vessel we had purchased 4 months in advance. The response was they can change us as they please, take it or leave it. I have been on 10 cruises, both big and small ships, this was absolutely the worst and not even close to the 'premium' experience they market. The Cruise Manager was wonderful. I hope she can get a job with a better cruise line.

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Spain Discovery

4
(4 Reviews)
From $5,191 AUD
  • 13 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao, Getaria, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona

    Group Size:
    1 to 25
    Age Range:
    8 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Small Group Tours

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