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Madrid. Spain
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 49.5 53.6 60.3 63.5 70.5 80.4 88.5 87.3 78.8 66.2 56.1 50.2
Average Low 36.7 38.7 42.1 45 51.3 59.2 65.1 64.8 59 50.4 42.8 38.8
Average Rainfall 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.8 1.6 1 0.4 0.4 1.2 1.8 2.5 1.9
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
GMT + 1
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Euro
$1.00 USD = €0.92 EUR
Visa requirement
No
Granada. Spain
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 54 57.4 62.6 65.8 73.6 83.8 92.3 91.8 83.3 71.4 61.2 55.6
Average Low 34.3 36.7 39.7 43.5 49.6 57 62.8 62.8 57.2 49.1 41.2 37
Average Rainfall 1.3 1.7 2.4 2 1.7 0.8 0.2 0.1 1.1 1.9 2.3 1.9
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
GMT + 1
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Euro
$1.00 USD = €0.92 EUR
Visa requirement
No
Seville. Spain
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 60.6 64.2 70.2 72.9 79.5 87.8 95.5 95 88.9 78.1 68.2 61.9
Average Low 41.4 44.1 46.8 50.2 55.6 62.1 66.9 67.1 63.5 56.3 48.7 44.4
Average Rainfall 2.6 2.1 1.5 2.2 1.3 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.9 2.4 3.3 3.7
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
GMT + 1
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Euro
$1.00 USD = €0.92 EUR
Visa requirement
No
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Splendors of Spain

8 days/7 nights - from $1,510 per person Land Only without Air
Spend 8 days/7 nights on an escorted coach tour through the must see destinations of Spain. Begin your trip with two nights in the capital city of Madrid. Then travel to Seville, the capital of southern Spain's Andalusia region and famous for flamenco dancing, where you stay 2 nights. Continue on to the Moorish town of Granada for two nights, including a guided tour of La Alhambra. Return to Madrid for one more night before returning to the US. Starting at $1,510 per person based on double occupancy. Guaranteed departures on selected Fridays.

Day 1, Friday - Arrive Madrid
Arrive in Madrid, where you are transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day on your own in one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. You might walk along the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historic and impressive Plaza Mayor, followed by Madrid’s Town Hall in Plaza de la Villa and the old quarter and its cozy streets, which form the well-known area of “The Madrid of the Austrias & Borbones.” This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve the delicious tapas. Overnight at your hotel. (Claridge)

Day 2, Saturday - Madrid
Buffet breakfast at your hotel, followed by morning guided city tour, which offers a glimpse of some of Madrid’s most outstanding attractions. The oldest quarter, with its densely built streets, constitutes the city’s 17th-century “Austrian” quarter, where the austere exteriors of its palaces contrast sharply with their luxurious interiors. The 18th-century neoclassical architecture is splendidly represented in the Royal Palace, the Sabatini Gardens and “Campo del Moro,” the Alcalá Gate, Paseo del Prado and the famous Cibeles and Neptuno fountains. Madrid’s most modern and avant-garde tendencies are to be found in its newer quarters, with orderly street layouts such as the “Gran Via” built early in the 20th century. The “Paseo de la Castellana,” which cuts across the city from north to south, is lined by boldly designed avant-garde buildings and crowned by twin towers known as the Gate to Europe. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 3, Sunday - Madrid/Seville (335 miles)
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for Seville, capital of Andalucía. Arrive early afternoon and check in at your hotel. This afternoon, visit the Flamenco Museum and see an amazing Flamenco Show, The museum is perhaps one of the most technologically advanced museums in Spain. Interactive exhibits show the origins and evolution of flamenco, covering the various styles of music and dance. Music, video and costume displays are some of the best in any museum. The museum also offers a wide variety of exhibits and workshops that include flamenco-focused exhibits paintings, drawings and photography. Under the direction of Cristina Hoyos, the museum shows attract some of the best talent in Seville and all of Spain. The museum has become a place of reference for good flamenco in Seville. After a brief introduction, the one-hour show demonstrates the museum's dedication to bringing visitors an authentic and unique flamenco show. The performance is held in the patio of the historic building with a cast of artists that change daily. After this spectacular show move on to a typical restaurant/tavern in the old quarter and sample mouthwatering Andalusina tapas and drinks. Return to your hotel. (Hotel Hesperia Sevilla) (B/D)

Day 4, Monday - Seville
After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of Seville to admire the beautiful Plaza de España & Plaza de América, with its buildings left from the 1929 Latin-American Expo, the María Luisa Park and Torre del Oro by the Guadalquivir. Visit the Cathedral, Spain’s largest place of worship, which was built on the site of the former great Mosque. The Cathedral incorporates the original minaret, La Giralda Tower, forming a perfect whole with the late Gothic architectural style. Afternoon free to discover other interesting highlights of the Andalusian capital, such as the Alcázar with its medieval entrance, The Puerta de Leon. The Alcázar is a magnificent Moorish construction to which Mudéjar additions were made in 1326. Perhaps take a walking tour through the old Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz, with its characteristic patios, artistically decorated with plants, flowers, tiles and wrought iron balconies. (B)

Day 5, Tuesday - Seville/Ronda/Granada (190 miles)
After breakfast, departure for Granada, via Ronda. Upon arrival at Ronda, start a walking through the old city to see many 15th- and 16th-century palaces, such as Palacio de Mondragón, an old Arab palace formerly used by the Catholic Kings; La Casa del Rey Moro; and Arco del Príncipe Felipe II, the ruins of the Arab baths and the Old Bridge, which make a large arc with a horseshoe shape. Then proceed up to the Puente Nuevo (new bridge), from the 17th century, which crosses the sheer cliff calle Tajo, carved in the rock by the river Guadalevín and splitting the town into two parts, the Old and New. In the new part, visit the Bullring, a Barrocan style building and considered as the oldest bullring in Spain. After a lunch break, continue to Granada, the ancient capital of the Arab-Nazari Kingdom. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic city tour that includes a visit to the Albaycin, the most typical quarter of Granada and Human World Heritage. A bohemian and picturesque Moorish quarter built on a hill overlooking the Alhambra, the quarter is home to painters, artists and students. In its very narrow streets, one can easily become lost in the endless crisscrossing streets, cozy plazas, gardens and miradors. Also, visit the historical center with the magnificent Cathedral. Built in the 16th century and considered as Spain’s first Renaissance cathedral, it was attached to the Royal Chapel, burial place of Isabella and Ferdinand. Stroll through the Alcaiceria quarter, formerly the Moorish silk market. After a fire in 1843, it was rebuilt according to original architecture. Presently, it is a charming commercial area of narrow streets for Granada & Spanish handicraft. (Hotel Luna de Granada) (B)

Day 6, Wednesday - Granada
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy a visit to Spain's foremost monument, La Alhambra, built on the assabic (red) hill on top of the old Roman and Visigothic ruins overlooking Granada. During the Muslim reign, this majestic fortress was the summer residence of Arab royalty. Continue to the Alcazaba, with its magnificent Torres de la Vela as its main fortress, and the Carlos V Palace, which houses fine arts and archaeological museums. (If tickets are available, visit the Nazari Palaces). Visit the summer residence of the Generalife Palace and experience the tranquility of the Generalife gardens as they once were, with charming ponds and water channels, all in the middle of a gorgeous and perfectly kept garden with a large and wide sort of plants, flowers, and trees. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 7, Thursday - Granada/Cordoba/Madrid (260 miles)
Morning departure to Madrid. En route, stop for a visit to the monumental city of Córdoba, located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. After lunch on your own, visit the magnificent Mosque, typifying the strength and importance of the Muslim influence in its past. After the capture of Cordoba by the Catholics, the Mosque was converted into a cathedral. Later, extensive modifications were made, a carefully planned process which took almost two-and-a-half centuries, resulting in an amazing blend of architectural styles and retaining the majority of the original construction. In contrast, take in the charm of the Jewish Quarter, with its colorful patios tastefully decorated with plants, flower pots, bird cages and the inevitable whitewashed walls, fountains and wrought iron. Then visit the Synagogue, considered one of the most relevant in Spain together with El Tránsito and Santa María la Blanca in Toledo. After the visit, continue the trip to Madrid. Arrive and check in at your hotel. (Claridge) (B)

Day 8, Friday - Depart Madrid
Breakfast at your hotel. You are transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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Departure DatesLand & Air *
Land Only *Single Supplement
March 8, 22
April 5, 19
May 3, 17
June 7, 21
$
$1595
$680
July 5, 19
August 2, 16
$
$1510
$680
September 6, 20
October 4, 18
$
$1650
$680

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Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation at superior first-class hotels.
  • Daily buffet-style breakfast; one tapas dinner in Seville
  • Transportation: Modern & Comfortable Vehicle with Air-conditioning and uniformed Driver. (Occasionally. High Speed Train or Plane might be used for some of the journeys.)
  • Assistance (English speaking): Included during the circuit from Departure from Madrid until arrival to Madrid. If any journey is done by train/plane, our assistant will meet you at the train station or airport upon arrival. 
  • Guided Tours (English speaking): Included in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda and Granada. 
  • Monuments and places of interest (ticket entry), included at: Madrid (Royal Palace); Seville (Cathedral, Giralda & The Flamenco Museum with a live Flamenco Show); Ronda (Bullring, Bullfight Museum); Granada (The Alhambra Palaces & Generalife Gardens); Cordoba (the Mosque & Synagogue). Due to capacity restrictions at the Nazari Palaces at the Alhambra, the visit of this Palace for some bookings can only be confirmed 1 week prior to the visit. In case this Palace cannot be visited, the visit of the Cathedral & Royal Chapel will be included instead.  

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Porterage: Not included (neither airport nor hotels). 
  • Tips, Extras, anything not listed
  • Drinks are not included with meals
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, laundry, table drinks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Optional Travel Insurance
  • Any item not mentioned above


Remarks

  • If listed hotels are not available at the time of reservation, alternative hotels of the same category could be used. Prices may differ.
  • Major credit cards accepted; credit card authorization required
  • Change and cancellation penalties ($250-$600 per person) apply once ticketed; Pacific Holidays’ general cancellation policy applies
  • Hotel upgrades, additional hotel nights, and extensions to all other destinations are available

 

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Valencia & Barcelona Extension
Escorted Coach, 4 days/3 nights

Guaranteed Departures
Mar-Jun, $615 land only; $210 single supplement
Jul-Oct, $625 land only; $210 single supplement

Itinerary

Day 7, Thursday - Granada/Cordoba/Valencia (435 miles)
Morning departure to Valencia. En route, stop at the monumental city of Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. After a lunch break, visit the Great Mosque, representing the strength and importance of the Muslim influence in Cordoba’s past. The mosque was converted into a Cathedral after the capture of Cordoba by the Catholics. Later modifications resulted in an amazing blend of architectural styles. In contrast, take in the charm of the Jewish Quarter, with its colorful patios, and visit its historic Synagogue. Afterward, continue to Valencia. Arrive and check in at your hotel. (NH Valencia Las Artes) (B)

Day 8, Friday – Valencia
Morning visit of Valencia, considered to be Spain’s third most important city. The panoramic city tour is an opportunity to admire the striking buildings at the City of Arts & Sciences. This cultural and scientific leisure complex is an impressive example of avant-garde architecture. Also, visit the historical center with its Gothic Carmen Quarter and important monuments. (B)
Note: Occasionally, the itinerary might overnight 1 night in Cordoba and 1 night in Valencia, instead of 2 nights in Valencia.

Day 9, Saturday - Valencia/Barcelona (220 miles)
After breakfast, depart for Barcelona. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Perhaps take a walk in the Gothic Quarter and visit Montjuic, which offers a panoramic view of Barcelona’s skyline and coastline. (HCC Regente) (B)

Day 10, Sunday - Barcelona
After breakfast, morning at leisure. A panoramic afternoon tour begins with a drive along Paseo de Gracia to see houses designed by architect Antoni Gaudi: Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, which are World Heritage sites. The tour includes a visit to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished temple and Barcelona’s single most important site. (B)

Day 11, Monday – Depart Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

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