Depart Atlanta September 08, 2019 and arrive in Barcelona on the 9th
Spend 4 nights in Barcelona at the 5* Hotel DO Placa Reial
In the heart of Barcelona, in one of the most historic squares in the city, the Hotel DO: Plaça Reial is a unique gastronomic boutique hotel. Located in a historic building that dates from 1856 and was completely renovated in 2011, this 5-star hotel has a total of 18 luxury rooms, most of them with views over the Plaza Real.
Superior rooms offer views over the Plaza Real or Calle Colón. Bathrooms include a shower and bathtub. Breakfast buffet, welcome drink, courtesy sweets and fruit every day included. Accommodations include free WIFI and a non-alcoholic minibar (additional charges may apply).
Your 4 night stay in Barcelona includes private transportation from the Barcelona airport, breakfast daily, Barcelona evening tapas tour on September 9th at 7:00 pm, and early access to Sagrada Familia with optional tower access on September 10th.
Barcelona Evening Tapas Tour September 9th
This 3-hour tour offers an enjoyable way to visit some of the best tapas places in Barcelona with local guides and try various authentic tapas! Your guide will share their passion for Spanish food and the secrets of Spanish gastronomy. You will visit one of the most emblematic quarters in Barcelona, El Born, and try beloved classic tapas dishes. This 3-hour tapas tour finishes near La Barceloneta metro station. A free beer, wine or soft drink & various tapas included, and you will learn how to drink wine from a traditional Spanish Porrón .
Early Access to Sagrada Familia with Optional Tower Access on September 10th
Admire the incredible exterior with its soaring spires, and head straight inside for a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Roman Catholic church, considered the master work of Antoni Gaudí. As one of the first visitors of the day, experience the full force of Gaudí's artistic genius and listen as your guide recounts the architect's vision for the church. Gaze upward and soak up sights of the towering columns, stained glass windows and rich ornamentation. View the five aisles — designed like a Latin cross — and learn how Gaudí drew inspiration from nature, eschewing straight lines in favor of curves and jagged edges. Hear, too, how construction of the church began in 1882 and was only a quarter complete when Gaudí died in a road accident in 1926. Check out the vaults that reach some 230 feet (70 meters) high, and, as you walk around, learn about the rich Christian symbolism of the decoration, facades and planned spires. Having explored the church, enjoy some time to roam the area at your own leisure. Your experience includes a 30-minute visit (self-guided) to the top of church's tower, where you can look out on sweeping views over Barcelona. Please note that the trip to the top includes a climb of roughly 400 steps.
Depart Barcelona on 09/13/19 by train for a 3 hour train ride to Madrid for 3 nights
Claridge Hotel 4*
The Claridge Hotel is a friendly 4-star boutique property offering elegant accommodations near the heart of Madrid. Highlights include onsite dining, free Wi-Fi and a good location southeast of Parque del Retiro, just steps from a metro station. With a team of professionals that takes care of every little detail, renovated facilities and passion, Hotel Claridge invites you to enjoy a stay with complete amenities in a strategic area in Madrid, next to the tourist and cultural centre of the city and its main business areas.
Your stay in Madrid includes 3 nights with breakfast daily, and a Full Day (9 hour) tour of Toledo on September 15th that includes 7 monuments and the cathedral in Toledo.
Full Day Toledo Tour on September 15th
Enjoy a comprehensive visit to the magical city of Toledo – the UNESCO-world heritage site where famous for narrow medieval streets, beautiful architecture and rich history – mixing diverse Christian, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds. Known as the Imperial City for having been the seat of the court of King Charles I and associated with the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes, Toledo is a city with history and surprises behind every corner, that your professional tour guide will unearth for you. Embarking in comfort from central Madrid, your expert guide will ensure you visit every essential monument, building and district in Toledo, with guided visits to 3 emblematic sites such as the church of Santo Tomé, the Jewish District and the Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca. In total you will visit the city’s 7 most important historic districts and monuments with fast track entry (3 with guide, and 4 on your own). Also you will be able to visit the Toledo Cathedral with your guide. The tour will also include free time (3hrs more or less) for you to explore the rest of the city on your own – with the possibility to return to places already visited or enter freely into further locations with tickets provided; including the Church of the Saviour and the Colegio de las Doncellas Nobles. Alternately, if you just want to sit back and enjoy a beer or some lunch on a beautiful terrace, you will also have time to do so and your guide will recommend to you some great places, touristic or local. At the end of your Toledo Tour (the experience in total lasts around 9 hours), you will return to central Madrid on a comfortable bus where your guide will be able to recommend things to do in the evening or for the rest of your stay.
Depart Madrid via Train September 16, 2019 on a 3 hour ride for 3 nights in Seville
Melia Sevilla 3.5*
The Melia Sevilla is in a privileged location next to the historic city centre, and recently refurbished.
Your 3 night stay includes breakfast daily, Seville evening tour with flamenco show & a-la-carte dinner on 9/16, and a 10 hour day tour to Cordoba on 9/18.
Seville Evening Tour with Dinner & Flamenco Show on September 16th
Once you're picked-up you can get ready for a special evening tour. Your guide will walk you through the illuminated main streets, squares, and fountains of Seville. Listen to historical facts and interesting information about the city from your guide. Afterward, your guide will take you to the La Macarena district, where you will wait for your Flamenco show.
Cordoba Day Trip from Seville on September 18th
Begin your journey with a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Cordoba, where you’ll discover the city’s cultural, historical and religious legacy on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with your guide. Learn how this is considered one of the most important monuments in Islam, and see its shimmering golden mosaics and an endless row of striped arches. With your skip-the-line ticket, continue to the Christian Kings Alcazar in the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow streets lined with flowers and white-washed houses. Visit Cordoba Synagogue; see the Alcazar fortress of King Don Pedro, built by the Moors in the 14th century; and walk along the lovely Calle de las Flores which still upholds Cordoba’s traditional way of life from long ago. Then your guide will bring you to the city center, where you’ll have free time to shop and enjoy a Spanish meal (own expense). On the way back to Seville you will stop at a nice break area to enjoy some coffee and other refreshments (own expense). This tour includes a walking tour of the beautiful city of Carmona, located strategically on a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views. Follow your guide through charming streets to several important monuments, like the convent of La Madre de Dios and Las Descalzas. End your tour by catching gorgeous views of the city.
Depart Seville via train to Madrid on September 19th
Spend your last night Spain at the Claridge in Madrid and say adios to this amazing country. Your one night stay is in a double room with breakfast and private transportation to the airport is included.
Depart Madrid on September 20, 2019 for your return flight home
Itinerary Price $5,892.40
Includes roundtrip air from Atlanta on Delta (checked bag fees apply), covered reasons travel protection insurance, 11 nights accommodations, optional tours as noted, breakfast daily, and airport transportation in Barcelona & Madrid.
Not Included: Spanish government tourist tax of 2.48 EURO per person per night & the Hotel DO Placa Reial fee of $22.49 per room is not included and payable directly to the hotel DO Placa Reial. Tourist tax is controlled by the Spanish government; the amounts provided are what has been supplied to me by the travel supplier and are subject to change at any time and may not be inclusive of all fees required.
The cost of your rail tickets is not included and will not be available to purchase until 3 months before your travel dates. The approximate cost is $478 for 2 adults. The one way private transfer from Hotel DO Placa Reial to the Sants Rail Station is $110.39 for 2 adults and cannot be reserved until we have confirmed your train reservations.
The Deposit Required to Book & Confirm Your Roundtrip Air from Atlanta, All Hotel Accommodations, Included Tours Noted, and Airport Transfers in Barcelona & Madrid is $1,468.11
Travel protection insurance is included in your itinerary. If you wish to remove this protection from the travel package, please advise us prior to booking. We advise that you include travel protection insurance to cover you in case of travel delays, trip interruption, medical emergencies, or if you have to cancel due to covered reasons. Please note that many U.S. based health insurance plans do not cover medical emergencies outside of the U.S. or it's territories.