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Highlights of Spain

Days : 8 | Nights : 7

Madrid
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Tour Overview

This amazing 8-day tour of Spain allows you to experience the best that the country has to offer. Visit Madrid to get a complete dose of the great heritage and culture that the nation boasts of. Home to some of the most notable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Spain is fast emerging as one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Europe.  The Madrid City tour is incomplete without a visit to the breathtaking Royal Palace of Madrid where you can get insight into the erstwhile royals that ruled the country.

Whether you are looking to go backpacking with your friends or you are looking for a fun filled relaxed holiday along with your entire family, Spain is the ideal destination for you this summer. Take a relaxed bicycle ride along the coast in Santillana and witness the tranquil seas of the beautiful city. Visit the picturesque towns of Southern Spain that are known for their unmatched beauty and grandeur.

The trip also takes you to Leon, a beautiful city in the northwest part of the country where you can embark upon the Leon city tour to visit some of the great medieval cathedrals and churches.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival Madrid – Lerma Burgos

Arrival to Madrid airport and direct departure to  Lerma Burgos If time available, we suggest a shortstop for a walk in exceptional main square from XVIIth century (here we connect with St  James’ Pathway). Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: In Burgos

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning guided city tour We will visit a medieval village, which still maintains its original structure and in particular its cathedral, perhaps the best of Gothic Spain. Even a visit to the Cartuja (Charterhouse). Afternoon excursion to the nice village, with middle age atmosphere in its streets. After we will visit Monastery…(very important in middle age as the center of wisdom and culture). Presently it is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy Gregorian Chants, a ‘must’ for classical music lovers (timetable depends on season and day of the week). Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Burgos – San Sebastian - Bilbao

Breakfast at hotel and departure to San Sebastian. This city is located in a privileged position, along a white sandy bay between two hills. The old town is situated near the picturesque harbor. (It is possible and we suggest a guided tour). Continuation to Bilbao.

A suggestion: in the way to Bilbao if you leave the highway exit to Zarautz’, and take direction to Guetaria, 3 km before Guetaria the road is like a balcony over and spectacular wild sea panorama. Magnificent 30 minutes walk, Guetaria is one of the few real fisher ports still in use. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Bilbao – Santander - Santillana

Breakfast at hotel. The old town is full of very narrow features streets. The Guggenheim Museum of modern art has become the symbol of the city thanks to its cutting-edge architecture (It is possible, and we suggest it, a guided tour). For centuries was the port of Castilla products (wool, wheat,..). It was the summer royal residence at the beginning of the XXth century, some superb palaces as Palacio Magdalena have remained as a summer university. The whole village is considered National monument, and we will enjoy walking Its cobblestone streets lined with stone houses, decorated with half-timbered supports, balconies, balustrades and heraldic shields. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Santillana Comillas - s. Vicente Barquera – Oviedo - Leon

Breakfast at hotel. We will drive along the nice panoramic coast road. Fisher port, old stone houses and a sensational Gaudi Modernist palace (end XIXth century) Nice panoramic view over the fisher port and village. Afternoon guided city tour, we will visit its splendid cathedral and pre-Romanic churches, Santa Maria del Naranco e San Miguel de Lillo. In the middle years of the Christian kingdom, this city became the capital. It is full of historical remains. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Leon - Avila

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, guided tour, with its splendid Gothic cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass windows and superb chapel of St. Isidoro. Departure to Avila. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Avila – Segovia - Madrid

Breakfast at hotel. Morning guided city tour to visit the Cathedral and its impressive wall perfectly preserved around the middle age downtown.  Then we will travel to the near 67 km, 50 minutes) Segovia, guided city tour to visit the Alcazar, Cathedral and to remain amazed with the best preserved Roman aqueduct in the world.  Continue to Madrid. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Depart Madrid

After breakfast check out from the hotel. Then transfer to the airport to catch a fight for the onward journey.

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

Days : 8 | Nights : 7


Inclusions


  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Transportation
  • Guides / Assistance
  • Dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Exclusions


  •     Airfare & airport taxes    
  •     Visa charges    
  •     Insurance    

Attractions

  • Pardo Museum
  • Royal Palace
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Buen Retiro Park
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Temple of Debod
  • Park Güell
  • Montserrat
  • Alcázar of Seville
  • Maria Luisa Park
  • Royal Chapel of Granada
  • El Bañuelo
  • Sacromonte Abbey
  • Alhambra
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99 Jon Ellen   17/08/2015 1.8 / 10
Negatives: bathroom is old, no towel racks, no electrical outlets - kitchen counters felt sticky (we stayed in January) and plates and pans were very used and mismatched, lack of counter space - hard to regulate heat, sometimes it was freezother times like a sauna - biggest issue was we left the unit cleaner than we found it and still didn't get deposit fully refunded.
98 Flip   17/08/2015 2.2 / 10
My group and I stayed here in February of this year and this being our first time booking an apartment online, we were a little nervous. But when you arrived, and say this lovely home we were glad we made the choice. The location is excellent because you are so close to Central Park and some famous shopping stores. As far as eating, we had an excellent choice. The owner was helpful and the booking process were smooth. Only one complaint that there was some trash left in the bin, but happy to recommend
97 happycamper   17/08/2015 8 / 10
Property was in a great location. The size was exactly what we needed for a group of 7 girls. The place could have been a bit cleaner but it still did not ruin our trip! No tea towels in kitchen, no lights could be turned on in kitchen area, no dishwasher, however we were told they were installing new one. Again we worked around it! Wifi was off and on, but we all had use of it a one time or another. The mouse was a little worrisome but apparently they fumigate once a month. Great things were size and 3 full size bathrooms + 1 powder room. Awesome that bedrooms and washrooms were on top 2 floors and living space with powder room were on main floor. Lots of stairs, but hey, you're in New York! If we could have had early check in or late check out we would have been very happy. We were told that they are not doing late check out anymore, however they let you leave your luggage in their office. Overall we would stay here again!
96 Maria   17/08/2015 8 / 10
We were two families of 4 and 5, with young adults. The apartment met our expectations. Two bedrooms are of a very good size, and the other 3 are very small., but for one week it was not too uncomfortable. The kitchen has a dishwasher (we used it all the time), the dining room, and the living room are nice and spacious. There is washer and dryer but we never used them. The bathrooms are ok. The only problem is the noise. In the middle of the night, every night, there is loading and unloading activity at the "Freight" company across the street! If it wasn't for that, I would say that is a perfect apartment to spend a week in NYC.
95 Bong_Traveller2012   17/08/2015 5 / 10
Adobehome accommodation looks exactly like the picture posted. The house is clean and tidy, at the same time, it is spacious as well. Surender gave detailed instructions on how to get to her accommodation with pictures included (and I must say it's really easy to get to their place). It is a short walking distance from the Mall Manali. Upon reaching the accommodation, we saw, drinking water, cups, umbrella and even adapters on the table of our room.. It was really thoughtful of Surender. It was cold when we reached there, he immediately severed us the hot tea, it was so soothing and I am really touched by his hospitality. Surender was always quick to respond to any requests/queries. The only negative point about the apartment is located on backside, one house after the main road and views are not good from rooms. However the terrace is open and it has 360 degree view. But it does not matter we hardly live in room and come back only in evening to sleep. I felt very comfortable and safe.…
94 NewtonKakadia   17/08/2015 10 / 10
Hello folks! I made a 2 day 3 nights stay here in my manali trip. I would like to share my stay experience with you all. So we arrived manali on evening and Mr Birender came to pick us up at bus station. We were 3 college friends on this trip. We shared a room. The pictures of rooms showed here in this page exactly matches. This night we had a discussion with the house owner Mr Birender regarding our trip - what we would like to do in manali, safety, precautions and everything. He arranged a taxi for us to solang valley for the very next day. Next morning, we woke up a bit late (it was too cool..hahahhh) and house owner had switched on water heater (geyser) for us an hour before we woke up. It was very nice of him to do so. As we 3 had preferred to stay in single room, we had only 1 bathroom to use. But, the house owner offered us to use extra bathroom in the next room as the room was vacant. He didn't even take any charge for that though. Cool, they are nice people. :) The house owner…
93 SangamGarg   17/08/2015 6 / 10
Perfect budget stay in Manali. Rooms were cozy, neat and clean. Also Adobe home is better then what we see in the images. Host was always there to guide me with everything around. We were 14 people and it was perfect home away from home. Definitely come back if I visit Manali. Also recommended for family