Spain from North to South Trip
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As you can imagine, I really find it difficult to choose the best places to visit in Spain. Spain an area of great contrasts, with the Mediterranean Sea in the east and the Atlantic coast to the west. In the center, you will find huge mountain ranges such as the Pyrenees, the Cantabrian mountains and further south La Meseta, with a high altitude that constitutes the heart of Spain. The nature and landscapes of northern Spain are beautiful, wild and lush. The landscapes alternate sea and mountains, and offer excellent opportunities for a holiday. While much of the tourism is concentrated in the south, northern Spain enjoys a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
|Duration||15 Days/14 Nights Tour|
Trip Price Includes
- Miami - Madrid - Miami air ticket
- 14 hotel nights with buffet breakfast
- General Services: Coach tour with guide in Spanish and Portuguese, basic travel insurance, buffet breakfast and luggage, (1 bag per person) in hotels with this service.
- Includes arrival and departure transfer
- Panoramic visit in: Madrid, Oviedo, Santander, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Poblet, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Cordoba
- Excursion: Toledo in Madrid
- Boat: along the Guadalquivir river in Seville
- Night transfer: Plaza Mayor in Madrid and the Magic Fountain of Montjuicla in Barcelona
- Tickets: Altamira Caves Museum in Santillana in Santillana, Wine Culture Museum with tasting in La Rioja, Poblet Monastery, Visit to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens (entrance not included), Cathedral-Mosque and former synagogue of Córdoba, Molino Rucio in Consuegra
- Train ride: Montserrat Monastery, Tourist Train in Caravaca de la Cruz
- 3 Dinners Included in: Zaragoza, Granada, Seville
MIAMI - MADRID
International flight Miami - Madrid
Arrival in Europe Welcome to Spain. MADRID. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a panoramic visit during which we will know the most attractive monumental points. At night we include a transfer ride to the Plaza Mayor, where we can take the opportunity to have some wines at an inn.
We include an excursion to the historic city of TOLEDO, protected by the Tagus River. Its medieval streets tell us stories of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Afternoon free in MADRID. Tonight, if you wish, we can optionally offer you a flamenco show.
MADRID - LEON - OVIEDO
We will leave at the beginning of the morning. We cross Castilla y León. Stop in TORDESILLAS. You will know the history of this small town and you can have a coffee in its Plaza Mayor. Continue to LEÓN, time for lunch and get to know the fantastic Gothic cathedral of this historic city of the Camino de Santiago. Subsequently we cross the mountains of the Cantabrian Mountains traveling to Asturias. Arrival in OVIEDO in the middle of the afternoon. We include (sometimes in the morning of the next day) a visit of an hour and a half with a local city guide. We will know the 9th century cathedral, the Calatrava Palace, the Campoamor theater, the Rua street. Note: If the number of travelers from Madrid to León is very limited, the trip can be made by train or regular transport by eliminating the stop at Tordesillas.
OVIEDO - COVADONGA - SANTILLANA - SANTANDER
We travel to the Picos de Europa. Among beautiful landscapes we know the Basilica of Covadonga. We continue the route following the sea to SANTILLANA, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain with its intact medieval town. In its vicinity we know the Museum of LAS CUEVAS DE ALTAMIRA, (entrance included). Later we travel to SANTANDER, the regional capital, maritime city with stunning views between mountains and beaches. We include a panoramic tour with a local guide where we can discover this elegant coastal city and its beautiful bay. Note: From May to mid-October, due to high occupancy some groups will be accommodated in Bilbao.
SANTANDER - BILBAO - FORONDA SERVICE AREA (TECHNICAL STOP) - LA RIOJA - ZARAGOZA
We follow the highway along the Cantabrian coast. Some of the landscapes between the mountain and the sea are of great beauty. BILBAO, arrival in the largest city of the Basque Country. We include on arrival a funicular ride to the Artxanda viewpoint, from where we have a great view over the city. After that, with a local guide, we make a short visit to the city: Guggenheim area, old town, cathedral ... then you will have free time to take some "pintxos" in the "Old Town". We subsequently traveled to the region of LA RIOJA, land producing excellent wines. We visit the Wine Culture Museum in Briones and we will know the importance of viticulture since time immemorial. A stop later in SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA, historic city on the Camino de Santiago, in its cathedral lives a rooster. ZARAGOZA, arrival at the end of the afternoon. Dinner included
ZARAGOZA - POBLET - MONTSERRAT - BARCELONA
In the morning we include in ZARAGOZA panoramic tour with local guide; During the visit we know the Basilica del Pilar, the Cathedral; We will talk about the painter Goya knowing some of his works, we will also see a Roman theater, a Renaissance palace and we will pass in front of the Arab palace of the Aljafería. After lunch time we continue to the Monastery of Poblet, surrounded by its walls, in a beautiful place is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world (entrance included and guided tour). We travel later to the Monastery of Montserrat where we include the climb on the rack railway to appreciate the fantastic landscapes. Continue to BARCELONA, arrival at the end of the afternoon. Important note: During the winter months, from November to March (included), due to the shorter duration of the days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited (in order to reach Montserrat with sunlight)
In the morning we include a visit of the city, its boulevards, the works of Gaudí, the memories of the Olympics. Free afternoon. At night we include a transfer and we will attend the show of LA FUENTE MÁGICA de Montjuich, with its rhythms of light, colors, water and music, you will also have time to dine in the area. Note: If your stay in Barcelona coincides with Tuesdays or during the months of January and February, due to the closure for maintenance of the Fountain, the night transfer will be to the Olympic Port, an area with numerous restaurants, life and night entertainment.
BARCELONA - PEÑISCOLA - VALENCIA
We travel south following the Mediterranean. A stop in PEÑISCOLA, a small walled medieval town surrounded by the sea. Time for a walk. We follow VALENCIA. We will stop for lunch and walk. In the afternoon we make a visit with a local guide of the third city that mixes the modern with the historical, we will know its historical center, the fish market, the cathedral and also the modern neighborhoods where the avant-garde City of Arts and Sciences is located.
VALENCIA - ALICANTE - CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ - GRANADA
We continue through the Valencian Community. ALICANTE Time to walk through this active and very pleasant maritime city. After lunch time we continue to the region of MURCIA where we will know CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ, a population considered by the Catholic Church as one of the five holy cities, its church keeps a relic of the Cross of Christ. We include the ascent to the historic area by tourist train. After that we continue along an attractive landscape road to ANDALUCÍA. Arrival at the end of the day in GRANADA, dinner included.
Full day to enjoy in GRANADA, historic city with beautiful corners dominated by the Alhambra. We recommend visiting the Cathedral that houses the burial of the Catholic Monarchs or strolling through the Albaicín neighborhood and enjoying the beautiful views of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás. Note: We remind you that the trip you have purchased does not include the entrance to the Alhambra in Granada. The Board of the Alhambra authorizes tourism companies a limited number of tickets. If you are interested in acquiring a ticket, we suggest that you request it through the website of the board of trustees or through companies that organize visits to the city.
GRANADA - MALAGA - MARBELLA - RONDA - SEVILLA
Departure from Granada. We travel to the Costa del Sol. MÁLAGA, arrival and time for a walk through its historic center, where the cathedral and the Picasso museum stand out. After that we continue along the coastal highway, with beautiful landscapes over the Mediterranean. PUERTO BANUS, located in Marbella, a beautiful high-level recreational port. In the afternoon we follow the route through the mountains, stories of bandits before arriving at RONDA, a beautiful white town with its large cut that cuts the city in half. Continue to SEVILLA. Arrival at the end of the afternoon. Dinner included in the hotel.
In the morning we include a panoramic tour of the city. You can visit the cathedral and its famous Giralda, the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the popular neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana. After the visit we will include a boat trip on the Guadalquivir River. Enjoy the panoramas that exist from the boat. At night we offer you the possibility of attending a popular flamenco tablao.
SEVILLA - CORDOBA - CONSUEGRA - MADRID
We leave Seville, following the Guadalquivir valley we travel to CÓRDOBA. With a local guide we include the visit of its great Mosque-Cathedral (entrance included), walk through the old quarter with its famous courtyards full of flowers and entrance in the Old Synagogue (entrance included). After lunch time we leave for Castilian lands. We will make a stop in CONSUEGRA, where 12 giant windmills contemplate the Manchego plain next to the castle. We visited the Rucio Mill. We return to our hotel in Madrid for a restful night.
MADRID - MIAMI
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.