9 Day Art & Wine of Spain

3 Barcelona, 2 Bilbao & 2 Madrid
Round trip airfare from JFK, 7 nights first class hotel accommodation, all transfers, most meals, service of English Speaking tour manager throughout the trip
Price Includes
  • Flights NYC-Barcelona, Barcelona-Madrid, Madrid-NYC
  • Other departure cities available
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights at the [Abba Sants Hotel ], Barcelona
  • 2 nights at the [Hotel Melia Bilbao ], Bilbao
  • 2 nights at the [Melia Galgos Hotel ], Madrid
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Special Features
  • Gaudis Guell Park & Sagrada Familia Church, Barcelona
  • Cava Wine Tasting in Penedes Region
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
  • Wine tasting in Rioja Region
  • Alcazar, Segovia
  • Prado Museum, Madrid
  • Wine & mineral water with all dinners
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Spain. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment
DAY 2: Sunday - Arrive in Barcelona
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation.
DAY 3: Monday - Barcelona City Tour
This morning, your tour of Barcelona includes a panoramic tour of the Harbor area, Montjuic, Plaza de España and Plaza de Catalunya. Stop at Park Guell, one of Barcelonas largest urban parks designed by Gaudi, the famous Catalan architect. Originally planned to be an exclusive area for the richest families of Barcelonas bourgeoisie, it later became a public park. Though the park was never fully completed, it is considered one of Gaudis most colorful and playful works. Continue with a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter, view the cathedral and the Gaudis Sagrada Familia, a large, unfinished Roman Catholic Basilica. Then drive up Montjuic Hill to the site of the 1992 Olympic Stadium. This afternoon, explore the nearby Penedes wine region, and sample some of the local "Cava" sparkling wine. ( B )
DAY 4: Tuesday - Optional Tour, Barcelona
Enjoy a full day at leisure exploring the colorful markets of Las Ramblas, or one of Barcelonas countless museums.

You can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Half Day Montserrat Tour) Enjoy a relaxing drive along the picturesque villages of the province to reach Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta." Pick-up details to be advised locally. ( B )

DAY 5: Wednesday - Zaragoza - Wine Tasting in Rioja Region - Bilbao
Today, depart Barcelona and drive to Zaragoza. Enjoy orientation of the monuments of the city including the Basilica of El Pilar, the City Hall and the old Currency Exchange. Later, drive to the wine region of Rioja. Stop at a typical bodega, a Spanish winery, for a tour of the cellar and wine tasting. Then continue north the Basque city of Bilbao. ( B, D )
DAY 6: Thursday - Optional Tour, Bilbao
Todays sightseeing of Bilbao visits the Old Quarter and the Guggenheim Museum, designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry. Considered one of the 20th centurys most influential architectural masterpieces, the museum houses an impressive collection of modern art by Spanish masters including Picasso, Dali and Miro.

You can choose our OPTIONAL tour (San Sebastian Tour with Tapas Dinner) This afternoon join an optional excursion to the Bay of Biscay and the historical fishing town & resort of San Sebastian. A summer resort of Spain, it is here where the Belle Epoque lives on. Ideally situated, it is surrounded by verdant mountains and beaches looking out onto a sparkling bay. Tour the charming old quarter near the harbor bursting with cafés and later, join us for dinner at on old basque "caserio" farmhouse including the locally brewed cider. Pick-up details to be advised locally. ( B )

DAY 7: Friday - Segovia Sightseeing En Route to Madrid
This morning, depart Bilbao and continue to Segovia, a distinguished medieval town and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour of the city views the Cathedral, the Alcazar, Jewish Quarter and the Roman Aqueduct. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Segovia on your own before departing for Madrid in the late afternoon. ( B, D )
DAY 8: Saturday - Optional Tour, Madrid
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid. Drive along the Grand Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon, and view the Royal Palace. Pass through Puerto del Sol Plaza and Plaza España with its monument to the author Cervantes. The tour will end at the Prado Museum, where you will be able to admire works of art by famous artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Ribera.

You can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Half Day Escorial Tour) Enjoy a visit to what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world."El Escorial" is, perhaps, Philip II´s most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. This austere monastery, erected by King Philip II in 1584, was intended to be a memorial to his father, King Charles V, and to commemorate Spain´s victory at Saint Quentin in 1557. It has since become the burial place of subsequent Spanish kings and queens. ( B )

DAY 9: Sunday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. ( B )

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
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Not Included
  • Optional tours and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.