Day 1 – London to Biarritz
We meet at our dedicated departure Office at St Pancras and take
the Eurostar and travel to Paris in Standard Premier Class, with a
light meal and drinks served on board. After crossing Paris by
coach, we join the onward high-speed service to beautiful Biarritz,
for an overnight stay.
Day 2 – Continue to Madrid
Today we leave Biarritz and transfer by coach to San Sebastion,
where we join the rail service direct to Madrid, spending two
nights in the lively Spanish capital.
Day 3 – Sightseeing in Madrid
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, admiring the many
architectural styles, and attractive green spaces. Following the
tour, which takes place on foot and by coach, we have lunch in a
typical restaurant on Madrid’s Plaza Mayor. The rest of your day is
Days 4-5 – To Seville and a guided sightseeing tour
This morning we depart by high-speed AVE train for the journey
south into Andaluca, to the fascinating city of Seville, an old
port city set on the Guadalquivir River.
The city played a key role in establishing and continuing trade
with South America and remains one of Spain’s most active river
ports. Credited with inventing tapas, Seville boasts as many as
1,000 tapas bars serving almost every conceivable type of tapas.
Sevillians are known to move from bar to bar, enjoying a different
small dish in each establishment they visit. On arrival in Seville
we transfer to the Hotel Becquer, located in the heart of the city.
This afternoon we enjoy a tour, including the beautiful and
historic Santa Cruz area and the Gothic cathedral dominated by the
Giralda tower. Day 5 is spent at leisure
discovering this quintessentially Spanish city.
Day 6 – Granada and the Albayzin
Today we travel by rail to Granada (Standard Class), an
enchanting city scattered over 7 small hills at the confluence of 2
rivers. Charming and romantic, Granada is dominated by the
exquisite Alhambra, one of the most recognisable palaces in the
world, and bathed throughout the afternoon in a glorious warm
pink-gold glow. We begin our explorations with a sightseeing tour,
visiting the Albayzin area which boasts fantastic views of the
Alhambra and retains the narrow winding streets of its medieval
past, Carrera Del Darro. Here we will see the Church of San
Salvador, Arab baths and Plaza Larga. This evening we dine at a
restaurant in the Albayzin Quarter, enjoying views of the
beautifully illuminated Alhambra.
Day 7 – The Alhambra
We continue our sightseeing today with a visit to Spain’s most
spectacular and iconic monument, the Alhambra, which was once the
residence of the Muslim Kings of Granada. The Alhambra sits proudly
on a plateau overlooking Granada, with the high Sierra Nevada as
its backdrop. Dating back to the 9th century, the palace complex
now boasts UNESCO World Heritage status and is one of Spain’s most
iconic monuments. Originally a small fortress, the Sultan of
Granada converted the building in the early 14th century. After a
guided tour, we visit a traditional restaurant this evening.
Day 8 – Cordoba
Our journey today takes us by coach to Cordoba, a beautiful city
with a relaxed atmosphere. On the way, we pay an informative visit
to an olive oil mill in Montilla, where we see how this traditional
foodstuff is made by impressively engineered machinery. This
afternoon you are free to explore at leisure. We dine together at a
local Taberna this evening.
Day 9 – Guided sightseeing tour of Cordoba
This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Cordoba, which
in the 10th century was the largest city in Western Europe and is
now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The labyrinth of narrow, winding
alleys and pretty squares make Cordoba a delightful city to explore
on foot. After crossing the Roman Bridge and passing the
14th-century Calahorra Tower, we continue to the famous Mezquita
(mosque). We then tour the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow
Day 10 – Barcelona
This morning we join the high-speed AVE service direct to
Barcelona. We travel in Standard Plus class for this journey. Upon
arrival you are free to explore this exciting city at your own
pace. Barcelona has long been Spain’s economic heart, and this
wealth is reflect in the grand, opulent buildings which encircle
the various public squares dotted throughout the city. We stay at
the 4-Star Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera, our base for two nights.
Take your time after settling into your hotel to explore a
little of this superb continental city. You may wish to sample food
in a local restaurant or cafs, which serve varieties of Spanish
tapas along with food unique to Catalonia and this part of Spain.
As the day winds down, perhaps take a stroll along the beach and
the waterfront, and enjoy the sight of the blue waters of the
Balearic Sea as the sun melts in the waves.
Day 11 – A sightseeing tour of Barcelona
This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, including
a visit to the beautiful Old Town, the Barri Gotic, and the
tree-lined boulevard of Las Ramblas. The rest of your day is free
to enjoy the city. The inimitable Gaud architecture and medieval
churches offer contrasts on every corner, with countless street
performers, cafs and shops in between. We enjoy a final farewell
dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Day 12 – To Paris and London
We depart by high-speed TGV to Paris, where we join the
Eurostar, continuing on to London St Pancras International.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown