The Iberian Adventure from Barcelona to Madrid & World Pride
From $3,600.00 CAD per person (Ground Only), based on Double Occupancy
About Barcelona, Spain
An art, culture and food-filled journey throughout Spain, culminating in World Pride Madrid!
Fall in love (perhaps again) with glitzy and creative Barcelona, famous for its bustling Las Ramblas and Gaudi's architecture. Then a stop at Europe's gay Mecca Sitges. If you make it past there, we go to explore Seville, Granada and Valencia, which reveal a wealth of majestic monuments. Admire the striking Synagogue in Toledo before taking in the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Complete your voyage with a fantastic weekend at World Pride 2017!
June 22 - July 3, 2017
- 10 nights accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities, in First Class hotels (European Standards)
- 10 Buffet Breakfasts (Cold and/or Hot) and 4 Dinners, including a Welcome Reception in Barcelona and a Farewell Dinner in Madrid, as per the below itinerary (Beverages other than coffee are not included with hotel dinners)
- All hotel service charges, local taxes, baggage handling (One (1) bag per person) & hotel tips
- Services of a professional, English-speaking Travel Director throughout and local specialists in Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid.
- Entrance to attractions: Monastery's Basilica, featuring the Black Madonna in Montserrat, Alhambra Palace & Generalife in Granada, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, Santo Tome Church & Synagogue in Toledo.
- Group Photo Memento.
- Hidden Treasure – Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
- Personal travel wallets
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- AIRFARES, air departure & security taxes and any airport fees
- Tips to the Travel Director, Driver and Local Specialists. (Suggested guideline, 4.00 Euro per person, per day for the Travel Director, 2.50 Euro per person, per day for the Driver and 1.00 Euro per person for Local Specialist).
- Meals other than stated per itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- Any optional experience not specifically stated
Day 0 – Travel to Spain
Tonight, we depart our trans-Atlantic overnight flight to Barcelona from Canada or the United States.
Day 1 – Arrival Barcelona (A)
Welcome to Spain! You will be met by your fabulous and glamorous travel director at the airport in Barcelona. You are then whisked away to your stunning hotel for a 3-night stay. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome reception with our travelling companions and new friends.
Day 2 – Barcelona Sightseeing & Montserrat Excursion
This morning, we enjoy sightseeing with a local specialist of Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Visit Gaudi's architecture at the breathtaking Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuïc. In the afternoon, we travel to the monastery at Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna.
Day 3 – Barcelona – Sitges Excursion
Today, we will experience one of the most memorable days of our entire tour, with a full day to wild and exciting Sitges. Imagine rows of beautiful bodies, soaking up the Catalonian sun by the warm sea. This seaside resort town also boasts large avenues, four museums and charming, Baroque-style architecture. We're going to have to pull you away at the end of the day!
Day 4 – Barcelona – Peniscola (B) – Valencia (C)
Our journey continues as we make our way to Peniscola, to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope', used in the film El Cid. Later in Valencia, we will view the Bull Ring and admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, which is a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie Tomorrowland. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Day 5 – Valencia – Gaudix (D) – Granada (E)
This morning, we travel via the Mora Pass and arrive in Guadix, in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings before arriving in Granada for our overnight stay.
Day 6 – Granada Sightseeing – Seville (F)
This morning, we visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a Local Specialist. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century, towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine. Later, we arrive in Seville for our two-night stay.
Day 7 – Seville Sightseeing & Free Time
Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the Bell Tower of the Giralda. See the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the cathedral. Finally, take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, enjoy dinner in a local Andalusian restaurant.
Day 8 – Seville – Cordoba (G) – Madrid (H)
Our journey continues as we make our way to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your Local Specialist. Later, we arrive in the Spanish Capital, Madrid for our three-night stay, just in time to celebrate the World Pride weekend!! Check into your hotel and head to the Chueca District.
Day 9 – Madrid – Toledo Excursion OR Prado Museum & Sightseeing
This morning, you have two optional excursions to choose from: Visit Toledo - your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour. Watch craftsmen at work when you visit a traditional steel factory and gain a Cultural Insight into this historical craft. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings – "The Burial of Count Orgaz". Visit the synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. You can also visit the world-famous Museo Nacional Del Prado, the Spanish National Art Museum. In the afternoon, Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España and see Puerta del Sol, the city's hub with your Local Specialist. After a recharging siesta, enjoy the World Pride Parade! Later, why not join your newfound friends for a typical late Spanish dinner?
Day 10 – Madrid – Free Time
Today, we have a full day free to enjoy the city while the pulse of World Pride is pumping through the heart of Madrid. In the evening, we enjoy a Farewell dinner to celebrate our Spanish odyssey.
Day 11 – Depart Madrid
This morning after breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Canada.
Itinerary subject to change
A professional, knowledgeable, English-speaking LGBT travel director accompanies you throughout your tour.
First-class accommodations will be booked at all destinations.
Contact Total Advantage Travel for specific hotels.
Total Advantage Travel will have a return flight option available for purchase.
- Group pick-up from the Barcelona Airport on June 23, 2017 and return group transfer to the Madrid Airport on July 3, 2017. (One transfer per direction. If individual transfers are required, supplements per person would apply.)
- Travel by a 48 seat luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats on board facilities and Wi-Fi throughout.
This group trip is designed for shared accommodation. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. A single supplement IS available for single travellers who do not wish to share (limited availability).
- Passport (with photocopies) - passport must be valid for at least three months after your return home
- If your passport is not Canadian or American, please contact us for Visa information
- Vouchers, pre-departure information and Trip Document
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies)
Travel insurance is highly recommended whenever you travel, and may be compulsory in order to participate on some trips. We will offer the most appropriate policy for your trip, taking into consideration coverage for minimum medical coverage, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Total Advantage Travel & Tours: 25-2011 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario M9N 3V3
Local: 416-240-7700, Toll Free: 1-800-419-1635
While it is our intention to adhere to the product description and itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the trip and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Travel can be unpredictable. Your Trip Document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations, activities or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited, undertaken or encountered.
Product code: TATT_SP17
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You will visit the following 3 places:
Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and of the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, with an average elevation of 7 metres (23 ft) above sea level. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses, following the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. The tapas scene is one of the main cultural attractions of the city: people go from one bar to another, enjoying small dishes called tapas (literally "lids" or "covers" in Spanish, referring to their probable origin as snacks served on small plates used to cover drinks). Local specialities include fried and grilled seafood (including squid, choco (cuttlefish), swordfish, marinated dogfish, and ortiguillas), grilled and stewed meat, spinach with chickpeas, Jamón ibérico, lamb kidneys in sherry sauce, snails, caldo de puchero, and gazpacho. A sandwich known as a serranito is the typical and popular version of fast food.
Madrid, Spain's elegant capital, is beautifully located on the Manzanares River. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. Due to its economic output, high standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula; it hosts the head offices of the vast majority of major Spanish companies, such as Telefónica, Iberia and Repsol. Madrid is considered the 17th most livable city in the world and as one of the world's major global cities.
Valencia is the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain, with a population of 809,267 in 2010. It is the 15th-most populous municipality in the European Union. It is integrated into an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 hectares; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations!