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Best of Spain: Journey by Car

Private tour
13 days
6 cities
3nights

Barcelona, Spain

Living, breathing and radiating the energetic Spanish temperament's positive vibe, unparalleled Barcelona is surely a place not to be missed in Europe! It is the best location on the planet to view Antoni Gaudi's architectural genius, including his precious unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, as well as the splash of colors of Park Guell and the uniqueness of his Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. In fact, Barcelona is such a popular European destination that it's often mistakenly considered as Spain's capital! All doubts aside, there's much to see in this heart-stealing Catalan seaside gem as it finds a way to harmoniously blend the old and the new, the natural with the man-made. Get tangled in the narrow labyrinths of the Gothic Quarter, see the 13th-century Barcelona Cathedral, explore the former royal palace now housing Catalonia's finest art museum and Magic Fountain, enjoy the indescribable young atmosphere of La Rambla, stop by the bustling home of FC Barcelona, Camp Nou, and rise up to Mount Tibidabo to capture the best views over Barcelona to remember a lifetime!...
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to the lively capital of Catalonia - Barcelona! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

    The rest of the day is free so you can either explore the fantastic center of Barcelona on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

    Day 2: Tour of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter
    After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a wonderful half-day walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Barcelona.

    Barcelona obtains one of the biggest and architecturally diverse Medieval districts in Europe. During the city tour you get to see Barcelona's Old Town called "Casc Antic" and its medieval landmarks.

    You walk through the maze of old narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter that was formed around the Roman forum. Then you see the Barcelona Cathedral both from the outside and the inside, pass the former Jewish District "Call", the Sant Jaume Square, see the Generalitat Palace and City Hall from the outside, pass the Square of the King and the former Royal Palace.

    You then proceed to the Ribera shore district where you see the Santa Maria del Mar church - the former residence of sailors, traders and craftsmen who lived and worked there in the Middle Ages.

    The tour finishes on the most vivid street in Barcelona La Rambla, where you can take a rest at one of the open air terraces.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 3: Half Day Gaudi Tour
    Today you pick up your rental car, meet your private guide and enjoy a fantastic sightseeing tour dedicated to the world-renowned architectural works of Antonio Gaudi!

    You start with a visit to the colourful Park Guell, where you spend some time strolling through its mosaic paths and enjoying the great city views.

    The day is crowned with a visit to the astonishing Sagrada Familia Basilica - the most brilliant masterpiece of Gaudi that is rightfully considered the most recognisable symbol of Barcelona.

    Note: this tour is made as journey by car, that means that rented car is required. Guide and entrances are included.

    Day 4: Journey to Valencia
    Following breakfast, you check out and start driving along the coastal route to Valencia.

    The first on your way is Sitges backed by the mountainous Garraf Natural Park. Explore the seafront promenade lined with grand mansions, visit a compact old town or take a break on one of the Mediterranean beaches in the area.

    The next stop is Tarragona, a lovely seaside town filled with ancient Roman ruins. Take a chance to explore the most impressive one - the Roman amphitheatre. What else, Tarragona has a beautiful Cathedral and the Archaeological Museum that is one of the best in Spain.

    Continue to Peniscola, a touristic town in the province of Castellon located along the Mediterranean coast. Take a nice walk around the old streets and along the city walls with the gates. 

    Recommendation: pay an inside visit to the impressive Peniscola castle that was used for Meereen exterior scenes in Game of Thrones series.

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    Hotel Condes de Barcelona
    4-star hotel
    ES, Passeig de Gràcia, 73, Barcelona, 08008
    Hotel Condes de Barcelona
    Standard Double (Urban) Breakfast & Parking Included
    Hotel Condes Barcelona occupies a 19th-century building on Passeig de Gracia. It offers a sauna and rooftop terrace bar, overlooking La Pedrera and the Sagrada Familia.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
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    • Half Day Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
    • Guide Services for Gaudi Tour (Journey by Car)
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    • Arrival Private Airport Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Barcelona - Valencia
Journey by car. The distance from Barcelona to Valencia hotel is 350 km or 217 miles (approximately 3 hours 40 min pure driving). Driving time via Sitges, Tarragona and Peniscola is 4.5 hours.
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Madrid hotel
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Valencia, Spain

You will find plenty to discover when you travel to Valencia, whether you are looking for a modern urban cityscape, a charming old town or just a great Paella. The large city is located on the east coast, and the beach here is irresistible. Make sure to spend at least two days in Spain's third largest city. We recommend you to have a guided tour of Valencia's major landmarks, including UNESCO Heritage site Lonja de Seda (the Silk Exchange) and famous City of Arts and Science designed by Santiago Calatrava. Interested in local cultural experience? Take a relaxing walk at Jardines del Turia and stop by Mercado Central, the beautiful central Market, packed with all sorts of delicacies....
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    Arrival & Exploring Valencia Old Town
    Upon arrival, you check in to your downtown hotel. After some rest you meet your guide and go on a walking tour of Valencia old town.

    During the tour you visit Valencia Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century, Valencia's ancient City Gates and UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lonja de Seda (the Silk Exchange) built in late Valencian Gothic-style. You also pay a visit to the old university of Valencia to admire the valuable sculptures inside. One of the highlights of your tour is a visit to the Central Market where you have a chance to taste local delicacies.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

    Day 5: Departure
    Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and start your journey by car to Madrid.

    Optional tour: you can extend your stay in Valencia and explore the famous City of Arts and Science included on the list of 12 Treasures of Spain.

    Your way goes through the wine region of Utiel-Requena located west of Valencia city. The region has been producing wines for over 2,500 years, and nowadays it has transformed into a community of a well established wine tourism. You visit one of the wineries to learn the secrets of local wine industry. Tasting is naturally in the program!

    You continue driving west until you see the hanging houses built into the cliff. Now you have reached Cuenca, one of the best lesser know cities to visit in Spain. The city is famous especially for its hanging houses and its 12 - 14 centuries Romanesque cathedral. The historic walled town of Cuenca is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Recommendation: stay for lunch in one of the local restaurants and try local dishes ajoarriero and morteruelo.


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    Vincci Mercat
    4-star hotel
    , CARRER DE LA LLANTERNA, 31, VALENCIA, 46001
    Vincci Mercat
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast & Parking Included
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    2 days / 1 night
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    • Half Day Private Walking Tour
    • Wine Tasting in Utiel-Requena Region (Journey by Car)
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Connection | Valencia - Madrid
Journey by car. The distance from Valencia to Madrid via Cuenca is 370 km or 227 miles (approximately 4 hour pure driving).
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Madrid, Spain

The pulsing heart of Spain, artistic Madrid is the most vivid embodiment of the fiery Spanish spirit and the national love for freedom. Imbued with a royal touch, the Madrid city center deeply impresses visitors by the scale of the architectural ensemble, starting from the biggest Royal Palace in Europe to monumental buildings, lavish parks, and spacious squares like the majestic Plaza Mayor Square and the famous Puerta del Sol Square housing the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, the symbol of Madrid. Speaking of exceptional artistic experiences, the Madrid museums are a pleasure to explore as well. The so-called Golden Triangle of Art includes the three most remarkable venues: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum full of masterpieces of such outstanding geniuses like Picasso and Dali, will make a real splash in your view on art! Are there any other reasons needed for setting off on a Madrid tour?...
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    Arrival
    Bienvenido a Madrid - the glorious Spanish capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Upon arrival, you check in to your downtown hotel.

    The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent old town on your own, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

    Day 6: Madrid Old Town Tour
    Today prepare to enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Habsburg.

    After breakfast you meet your private guide and set off on a journey around the city. You walk towards Plaza de Oriente, admire and then enter the gorgeous Palacio Real (the Royal Palace), see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

    Next you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, pass through the always bustling St. Michel's Market and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at iconic Plaza Mayor and breathtaking
    Puerta del Sol.

    After the touring is over you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Optional activity: for this evening you can consider joining tapas or paella cooking class or to have a guided vermouth tasting.


    Day 7: Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum
    Today you explore the so-called Madrid of the Bourbons - the 19th-century historical area of the Spanish capital.

    During the tour your guide walks you through a chain of fabulous squares - Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo and Neptuno, you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building You will then see the main terminus of the capital - Atocha train station and explore the area of the Golden Triangle of Art made up of three most important art museums of Madrid - the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia.

    The highlight of the tour is the visit to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. This venue houses a unique collection of fine art displayed in the halls and rooms of this 18th-century Neo-Classical building. You see the most significant gems of the museum's collection, including the famous masterpieces of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Recommendation: you can visit the residence of the King of Spain - El Escorial located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (driving time 1 hour from Madrid).

    Day 8: Journey to Toledo
    It is time to say goodbye to the glorious Spanish capital and head down towards the south of the country.

    After breakfast you check out from the hotel, pick up your rental car and start a beautiful journey by car towards Toledo - the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Eurostars Casa de la Lirica
    4-star hotel
    ES, Calle Aduana, 19, 28013, Madrid
    Eurostars Casa de la Lirica
    Deluxe Double Breakfast Included
    Eurostars Casa de la Lirica is only a 4-minute walk from the symbolic Puerta del Sol and combines a charming classical style with the most modern facilities.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
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    • Half Day Madrid Old Town Walking Tour
    • Half Day Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum Walking Tour
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Connection | Madrid - Toledo
Journey by car. The distance from Madrid to Toledo hotel is 75 km or 47 miles (approximately 1 hour driving).
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Toledo hotel
Toledo
1night

Toledo, Spain

Traveling to Toledo? Make sure to spend at least two days in one of the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Spain. We recommend you to have a guided tour of Toledo's major landmarks, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue. Stay in Toledo overnight to really appreciate its dark medieval beauty. Interested in local cultural experience? Toledo is a place where El Greco spent most of his life. Visit Museo del Greco to admire the painter's masterpieces. ...
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    Arrival in Toledo & City Tour
    Welcome to the historical capital of Spain - the medieval town of Toledo.

    Upon arrival, you check in and have some time for lunch. In the afternoon your local guide meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you on a city tour around the mesmerising landmarks of the ancient Toledo.

    During the tour you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances included).

    After the tour you either return to your hotel or continue exploring the magnificent town on your own.

    Day 9: Journey to Granada
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and start a non-guided journey by car. 

    The first stop planned for today is the historic town of Consuegra in the region of La Mancha. 12 white tower Consuegra windmills set on the top of the Cerro Calderico mountain are beleived to be the windmills described by Miguel de Cervantes in his legendary 17th-century novel Don Quixote. Consuegra is a place where you can relive and better understand Spanish history, traditions and culture.

    Next you take a great chance to travel along the new motorway named the Autovia del Olivar (Olive Motorway) from the UNESCO towns of Ubeda and Baeza to Jaen. Province of Jaen is the largest producer of olive oil in the world, so no wonder that along your way you see impressive endless fields of olive trees. Your route also covers two of Andalucia´s fine historic towns - Ubeda and Baeza that display the grand era of the Renaissance times between the 16th and 17th centuries.

    Recommendation: you can visit the Olive and Olive Oli Visitor Center in Ubeda to get better understanding of every aspect of olive oil production (closed from 2 pm to 5 pm, closed on Mondays).

    Recommendation: you can continue your journey by car through the picturesque Parque Natural Sierra Mágina (this extends your trip by 2 hours).

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    Sercotel Pintor El Greco
    4-star hotel
    ES, Calle de los Alamillos del Tránsito, 13, Toledo, 45002
    Sercotel Pintor El Greco
    Standard Double Room Breakfast and Parking Included
    Visit Toledo, Spain and stay at the authentic 4-star hotel Sercotel Pintor El Greco. The hotel, built in a 17th-century Toledan house, is located within walking distance from El Greco Museum, Toledo Cathedral, and Fuensalida Palace. The authentic interior in the hotel, with wooden beams and exposed brickwork, is intertwined with the modern design. The rooms are fitted with all the necessary amenities for your comfortable stay, including an air-conditioning system, a private bathroom, a TV and more. ... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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Connection | Toledo - Granada
Journey by car. The distance from Toledo to Granada via Consuegra, Ubeda and Baeza is 412 km or 256 miles (approximately 4.5 hours pure driving).
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Toledo
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Granada hotel
Granada
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Granada, Spain

Discover another must-see of Spain - the ancient city of Granada. The picturesque corner of Spain is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia. The city is famous for its history which is reflected in the numerous example of medieval architecture. Besides the medieval feel of the city, Granada is usually recognized by the landmark of Alhambra. After visiting the hilltop fortress complex, make sure to see the Granada Cathedral and the Sacromonte gypsy district for a well-rounded Granada’s exploration....
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    Arrival
    Welcome to Granada, known as the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe full of numerous historical sights and medieval architecture.

    Upon arrival, you check in to your centrally-located hotel and have the evening at leisure.

    Day 10: Alhambra of Granada Tour
    You are right, today you join the club of those lucky ones who have visited one of Spain's... no - the world's most significant attractions - the mind-boggling Alhambra Fortress that used to be the residence of the Muslim rulers and their court.

    In the morning after breakfast you meet your local guide and head towards Alhambra. Get awe-inspired by its numerous arabesques, porticos, pools and Islamic ornamental masterpieces of its hallways. Alhambra entrance and parking fare are included.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Journey by car: one way trip from Granada center to Alhambra is 9 km or 6 mi (approximate 0.5 hour).

    Recommendation:or this evening we recommend you to visit one of the Michelin-rated restaurant in Granada.

    Day 11: Exploring Cordoba Highlights
    After breakfast you check out from your hotel and start your trip to Cordoba.

    Recommendation: your way goes through Antequera that combines the significant influence of Moorish, Roman and Spanish cultures. Spend some time exploring this ancient Andalusian town before you arrive to Cordoba.

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    Vincci Albayzin
    4-star hotel
    ES, Carrera de la Virgen, 48, Granada, 18005
    Vincci Albayzin
    Standard Double Room Breakfast and Parking Included
    Enjoy a comfortable stay at the beautiful 4-star Vincci Albayzin Hotel in Granada, Spain! Situated within a short walk away from several popular attractions in the city, the hotel features a picturesque Andalusian-style courtyard, as well as an on-site fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar. The hotel itself features an authentic decor and rooms equipped with all the necessary amenities.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Half Day Tour of Alhambra Tour with Private Guide
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Connection | Granada - Seville
Journey by car. The distance from Granada to Seville via Cordoba is 350 km or 217 mi (4 hours pure driving).
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Stop in Cordoba
Seville
Cordoba
Cordoba, Spain
Upon arrival, you meet your private guide and enjoy a 3-hour guided walking tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city of Roman Spain. While exploring the city you see how amazingly different it looks during the day as compared to your previous evening impressions. During the tour, you see the ancient Roman Bridge, the famous 14th-century Royal Castle - Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and of course the gem of the city - the renowned Great Mosque of Cordoba. Not only is it the oldest mosque in Europe, this sacred place is the ideal reflection of Spain's unique mixture of cultures, religions and epochs. No surprise it is officially called a Mosque-Cathedral, as alongside with the most significant monument of the western Muslim world it also houses Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles in its, you won't believe it, Christian part!
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Seville, Spain

The capital of sun-kissed Andalusia, royal Seville is a city that blasts you away from the very first minutes. Having experienced the influence of the Arabic reign and Moorish traditions, all spiced up with passionate Spanish temper, Seville brightly recalls its saturated past, making any city tour a journey back in time. No wonder that the directors of the famed series “Game of Thrones” chose the iconic Royal Alcazar of Seville as a film location! Speaking of more places to appreciate the indisputable grandeur of the Seville architecture, head to the gorgeous Plaza de Espana Square, and the impressive Seville Cathedral with the imposing bell tower Giralda, offering superb views over the city. In fact, sevillanos gladly keep their traditions alive, turning Seville into one of the best places to experience authentic Spain. You just need to pop into a bustling tapas bar, hear the magic sounds of fiery flamenco or experience the heartfelt Seville hospitality to instantly take in a special atmosphere embracing the city....
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    Arrival
    Upon arrival, you check in to your centrally-located hotel and have a good rest after busy though exciting day.

    Day 12: Visit of the Seville Cathedral & Alcazar
    After breakfast you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and have a panoramic city tour of Seville.

    Today you get to experience authentic Andalusian spirit in one of its most important cities. Your sightseeing program features top sights starting from the symbol of the city - the Giralda Tower that used to be a minaret back in the days. You then visit the Seville Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral that is the third-largest church in the world. It was built in the 16th century to demonstrate power and wealth of the city. Next on your list is the beautiful Real Alcazar of Seville - the oldest European royal residence composed of a group of buildings from different time periods. Cathedral and Alcazar along with General Archive of the Indies are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

    The rest of the day after the tour is at leisure.

    Optional activity: we suggest you attend an authentic flamenco show - one of the most characteristic elements of southern Spanish culture accompanied with a traditional Spanish Tapas dinner and a drink.

    Day 13: Departure from Seville
    This is the last day of your amazing tour in Spain! After breakfast, you check out from the hotel, drop off your rental car and catch your return flight. We hope to see you soon again!

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    Vincci La Rabida
    4-star hotel
    ES, Calle Castelar, 24, Seville, 41001
    Vincci La Rabida
    Standard Double Room Breakfast and Parking Included
    Vincci la Rabida Hotel is set in an 18-century mansion in Seville's old town. The interior of the hotel boasts original features: stone archways, colorful tiles, French balconies and beamed ceilings.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation with parking for the rental car included at remarkable centrally located hotels in Barcelona, Valencia, Toledo, Granada, Seville;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport arrival transfer in Barcelona;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours and entrances according to the itinerary;
  • Wine Tasting in Utiel-Requena Region;
  • Parking fee near Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Alhambra Fortress and in Cordoba center;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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