9 Day Art & Wine of Spain

$1999
Land Only
$2519*
Air & Land
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9 Day Art & Wine of Spain
Catalonia Ramblas Barcelona
Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I Barcelona
NH Collection Ria de Bilbao Bilbao
Hotel Hesperia Madrid Madrid

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2019 Dates & Prices
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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Sep 30 departure will be accommodated at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel in Barcelona.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

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, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Barcelona, Spain

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Barcelona
Welcome to Barcelona! Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Spain's second most important city with its unending choice of museums, galleries, and cafes. After time to rest and relax, perhaps stroll along Las Ramblas, Barcelona's famous pedestrian walkway with its life size animators, stalls and people watchers. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the sensational journey that awaits you in Spain , followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Discover Barcelona
Begin the day in this artistic city with a drive along the harbor to Plaza Catalunya, the city's bustling main square and Plaza de España, home to the old bullfighting ring. Pass some of Gaudi's famous works including the "skull and bones" Casa Batllo on the way to visit Park Guell, one of the city's largest urban parks, another colorful and playful Gaudi creation. Stand in awe at the iconic symbol of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece; a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic Stadium built for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Later, travel to nearby Penedes, one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain that produces many wine styles including traditional (sparkling) white and rosé Cava. Stop at one of the wine cellars for a tasting before returning to Barcelona. Tonight, join the rousing nightlife in this late-night city.
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Barcelona
A full day at leisure to explore Barcelona's countless museums and superb galleries or just savor the magnificent ambience of this gorgeous city. In the morning, join the optional tour to Montserrat that takes you on a drive past picturesque villages to Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica and view the world-famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta." In Barcelona, be sure to experience the extraordinary array of tapas bars. Sample specialties at each cafe and continue on a tasting tour throughout the night
Optional: Montserrat Tour (AM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Zaragoza, Wine Tasting, Arrive in Bilbao
Today, you visit the vibrant city of Zaragoza on the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Your introduction to the city includes the Basilica of El Pilar, a jewel of Baroque art, where the faithful believe the Virgin Mary appeared atop a marble pillar. The Basilica, declared a National Monument, is one of the most spiritual destinations in Spain. After a stop at the City Hall housed in a Renaissance palace, and the old currency exchange building, known as the Lonja, depart to the wine region of La Rioja. This area, with endless views of flourishing vineyards, produces internationally renowned Spanish wines. Here, linger at a typical Bodega where you're invited to tour the cellar and savor a tasting of fine Rioja wines. Then continue north to the Basque city of Bilbao, arriving in time for dinner together in this exciting city
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum
Today's sightseeing in culture rich Bilbao begins in the heart of the Old Quarter, with its bustling market and pedestrianized streets that go back to the origins of the city. Continue to the gleaming Guggenheim Museum, named the "most influential structure of its time" when it opened in 1997. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the inspirational design utilizes flowing canopies, ship shapes, towers and flying fins. This site, once an industrial wasteland, has re-energized the entire city and its diverse population. The interior of the museum houses an impressive collection of modern art with a cathedral-like atrium lit by enormous expanses of glass. Spend time at the museum or consider the late afternoon optional tour to the historical fishing town and resort of San Sebastian; tour the charming Old Quarter and enjoy a typical Basque tapas dinner
Optional: San Sebastian Tour with Tapas Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Historic Segovia, Arrive in Madrid
Travel to the magnificent historic city of Segovia. View the best preserved 1st century AD Roman aqueduct, a symbol of the city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the fairy-tale Alcazar with its soaring turrets, moats and magical towers. On to view the powerful Gothic Cathedral that took almost 200 years to complete. Time to wander on your own in Segovia before departing for the lively metropolis of Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1562, the birthplace of many of the world's greatest writers, painters, and artists
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Madrid City Tour
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. On to the world renowned Prado Museum; stand before masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and others. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own or, join the afternoon optional tour to the Royal Palace. Built in the 16th century, the palace forms one of the most beautiful palatial complexes of Europe with the Plaza de Oriente, the Sabatini Gardens and the Campo del Moro. In the evening, experience some of the delectable cuisine that has made some of Madrid's chefs world-famous. Savor a lovely Spanish dinner as you bid farewell to Madrid
Optional: Royal Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Spain
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Enjoy 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."

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #4 11 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $70.00
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This afternoon join an optional excursion to the Bay of Biscay and the historical fishing town & resort of San Sebastian. A summer resort of Spain, it is here where the Belle Epoque lives on. Ideally situated, it is surrounded by verdant mountains and beaches looking out onto a sparkling bay. Tour the charming old quarter near the harbor bursting with cafés and later, join us for a typical basque tapas dinner.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $85.00
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Today visit the former residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Built in the 16th century, the palace forms one of the most beautiful palatial complexes of Europe with the Plaza de Oriente, the Sabatini Gardens and the Campo del Moro. Inside admire its beautiful porcelains, tapestries, furniture's, armoires and paintings.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 02 Jan 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $50.00
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