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Spain in Depth

Experience the many sides of passionate Spain on this in-depth adventure through grand historical cities, small Spanish villages and stunning natural scenery. Tour Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid, bask in the sunshine of Valencia and Bilbao and experience the Moorish and Islamic influences on architecture and food.The Sensational Southeast CoastlineStarting in Spain's beautiful city of Barcelona, we'll enjoy Gaudi's incredible architectural gems, including the unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. From Barcelona, our tour of Spain heads south as we travel along the stunning Mediterranean coastline, stopping to visit Valencia, Granada, and the Andalusian 'white' village of Ronda.Cordoba, Carmona & C dizFrom our base in Carmona, we'll discover the grand city of Seville and travel the 'Route of the white villages' to coastal Cadiz, stopping for a sherry tasting in Jerez de la Frontera. In Cordoba we'll explore the incredible Mezquita Mosque, then take the train to majestic Madrid. We'll explore its grand squares, palaces and museums, take a traditional cooking class to discover the delights of Spanish cuisine, and enjoy an excursion to the historic hilltop town of Toledo.Northern HighlightsOur northern discovery begins in the ancient city of Salamanca, built from golden Villamayor stone. In the diverse city of Bilbao we'll discover Frank Gehry's celebrated Guggenheim Museum and explore the seaside town of San Sebastian, famous for its txakoli and pintxos. To finish, we'll venture inland to the renowned wine region of La Rioja and visit some of the 500 wineries that make up this unique area, before taking the high speed train back to Barcelona.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Spain. Taxes included
  • High-speed AVE train between Cordoba and Madrid
  • High-speed AVE train between Zaragoza and Barcelona
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $340pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Passionate Spain

  • Tour Plaza Catalu a, the magnificent Barcelona Cathedral and its cloister, as well as the Gothic Quarter which was formerly an ancient Roman village.
  • Ascend Montjuic Mountain for a panoramic view of Barcelona's city and harbour.
  • Visit Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and see his famous buildings - Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, in Barcelona.
  • See the truly unique works of art by Antonia Gaudi in Barcelona's Park G ell.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Valencia, one of the most lively and friendly Mediterranean cities.
  • Taste traditional Spanish Tapas in Granada.
  • Admire the intricate detail of Granada's famous Alhambra Palace, a Moorish citadel and one of Spain's most famous attractions.
  • Stroll through Generalife Gardens, the tranquil 14th century summer gardens of the Kings of Granada.
  • Walk through Granada's old town and visit the Royal Chapel, where King Ferdinand and Queen Elizabeth are buried.
  • Visit the small 'white village' of Ronda, one of the most historical towns in Andalusia, set spectacularly above a deep mountain gorge.
  • Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the biggest in Spain and the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
  • Visit Royal Alc zar, a string of royal palaces built by the Catholic Kings during the 14th century and home today to the Spanish Royal Family.
  • Explore the picturesque towns along the 'route of the white villages' in Andalusia and stop for a sherry tasting in Jerez de la Frontera.
  • Tour the incredible Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba.
  • Travel on the AVE High Speed Train from Cordoba to Madrid.
  • Tour the well-known avenues of Gran Via and Castellana and famous squares such as Plaza de Espa a, Oriente, Mayor, Puerta Del Sol, Atocha, Neptuno, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala, Colon and Plaza de Castilla on a sightseeing tour of Madrid.
  • Learn to cook specialties from different spanish regions at a cooking class in Madrid.
  • Discover the magical city of Toledo, including a visit to the Cathedral and Santo Tome Church.
  • See the medieval walls and rich architecture of Segovia, in the region of Castile and Le n.
  • Tour the beautiful town of Salamanca, visiting Casa de las Conchas, the Roman Bridge, Plaza Mayor, the Old and New Cathedrals and the University Quarter - home to famous Salamanca University.
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum, one of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpieces that hosts a large collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • See Bilbao's oldest building, the Santiago Cathedral.
  • Enjoy the best views over Bilbao from Mount Artxanda.
  • Ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for incredible panoramic views of Santa Clara Island, Mount Ulia and La Concha Bay.
  • Taste Txakoli, the region's famous dry wine which matches perfectly together with pintxos.
  • Discover some of the 500 wineries that make up Spain's famous La Rioja wine region in the Ebro Valley, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Cantabrian Mountains.
  • Spend some time in majestic Zaragoza, characterised by its stunning baroque Nuestra Senora del Pilar basilica on the banks of the Ebro River.
  • Travel on the AVE High Speed Train Zaragoza to Barcelona.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
24
Price From
AUD $11,795
Start Location
Spain
End Location
Spain
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
09 May 201901 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $11,235
15 Aug 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,935
12 Sep 201905 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $11,535
ItineraryExpand
Spain in Depth

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Barcelona

Welcome to Spain and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Barcelona

Today we explore Barcelona, visiting its most famous sights. Our sightseeing includes La Sagrada Familia, Plaza Catalunya, the Plaza San Jaume and Montjuic Mountain. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Barcelona

This morning we get acquainted with Antoni Gaudi's Barcelona. See the incredible Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and visit Park G ell. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 5. Barcelona - Valencia

We head south to the friendly coastal town of Valencia, the birthplace of paella. [B]

Day 6. Valencia

This morning we'll take a tour of the old city to see the historic bell tower, cathedral and the lively streets of Barrio de Carmen. [B]

Day 7. Valencia - Granada

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we travel across the Spanish countryside to the historic city of Granada, rich with Moorish influences and set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Nevada ranges. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we'll experience a traditional Spanish tapas dinner, where we enjoy a range of delicious bite-sized savory dishes.

Day 8. Granada

Today we visit the famous Alhambra Palace and the beautifully manicured Generalife Gardens, former place of leisure for the kings of Granada. [B]

Please note: The type of entrance into Alhambra Palace varies and full access is not guaranteed.

Day 9. Granada - Ronda - Carmona

Today we travel west to Carmona. Along the way we'll stop in Ronda, one of Andalusia's famous 'white' villages. [B]

Day 10. Seville Excursion

We discover grand Seville on a morning sightseeing tour, including the famous Royal Alcazar, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the historic Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz. The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover the delights of Seville. [B]

Day 11. 'Route of the white villages' Excursion

Today we'll travel the 'Route of the white villages'. Our first stop is Arcos de la Frontera, characterised by brilliant white houses and narrow streets.

Special Experience: Sherry is the most well-known Spanish wine in the world and we'll stop for a tasting at a cellar in the village of Jerez de la Frontera.

Our final stop is coastal C diz, a beautiful town with an old-world charm, known for its Moorish architectural influences and ancient streets dating back to medieval times. [B]

Day 12. Carmona - Cordoba - Madrid

After breakfast we depart for Cordoba. Here we'll visit the incredible Mezquita mosque. The most important monument in the Western Islamic world, it evokes the 'Omeya' style, as well as elements of gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture. Later this afternoon we'll take the high-speed train north to the grand city of Madrid. [B]

Day 13. Madrid

Overflowing with palaces, museums and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. Today we'll see the highlights on a city tour. [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll take a cooking class. Learn traditional methods and discover the delights of typical Spanish cuisine, leaving with a new repertoire of delicious recipes to take home.

Day 14. Toledo Excursion

We take a day trip to the historic town of Toledo, which lies dramatically atop a hill overlooking the Rio Tajo. Our guided tour includes the breathtaking interior of the cathedral and the beautiful Santo Tome Church. [B]

Day 15. Madrid - Salamanca

Today we depart for Salamanca, an ancient city built from golden Villamayor stone. [B]

Day 16. Salamanca

On our sightseeing tour today we'll see Casa de las Conchas, the Roman Bridge and the Plaza Mayor, as well as the Old and New Cathedral and the University Quarter. [B]

Day 17. Salamanca - Bilbao

This morning we travel north to Bilbao, the Basque Country's largest city and a delightful mix of tradition and modernity. On our way we will stop at Burgos and take in some of the city sights. [B]

Day 18. Bilbao

Our city tour today includes the Santiago Cathedral, Plaza Nueva and Mercado de la Ribera. We'll explore Frank Gehry's celebrated Guggenheim Museum. The building's undulating organic exterior isn't the only thing to see - the museum is also home to one of the world's largest art collections. We'll also make our way to the top of Mt Artxanda for spectacular city views. [B]

Day 19. San Sebastian Excursion

Stunning San Sebastian is famous for its pintxos and golden beaches and today we'll get to experience both. We begin the day with a city tour and ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for beautiful panoramic views.

Special Experience: Taste txakoli, the region's famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos. Tasty individual servings of bread layered with delicious toppings and pierced with a toothpick.

There'll be some free time for you to enjoy the beach location and soak up the sun. [B]

Day 20. Bilbao - La Rioja

Today we venture inland to one of Spain's most renowned wine regions, La Rioja. A backdrop of the Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards blanketing the Ebro Valley makes for some truly beautiful scenery. We'll stop in the town of Vitoria and enjoy some free time to explore. [B][B,L]

Day 21. La Rioja

Special Experience: Spend the day in this wine region exploring some of the 500 wineries that make up this unique area, characterised by its ochre earth and abundance of sunshine. [B,L]

Day 22. La Rioja - Zaragoza - Barcelona

This morning we depart for Zaragoza, where we'll have some time to explore before we board the high-speed train to Barcelona. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Barcelona

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. Arrive Australia