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Spain: Seven Cities (2016)

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Limited to 24 guests
Days: 10  |  From: $6,695


Itinerary

Spain: Seven Cities

Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona

Upon arrival, you are met by your A&K representative and escorted to your hotel. Get to know your fellow guests at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Le Meridien Barcelona   |   Meals: D

Day 2: Barcelona / Heart of Catalonia

Discover vibrant Barcelona as you explore the Boquería, one of Europe’s finest food markets. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Gothic Quarter and tour the fantastic Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall. Then, sample olive oils at a tasting. Enjoy more of this captivating city with an afternoon at leisure.

Le Meridien Barcelona   |   Meals: B

Day 3: Granada / The Edge of Andalusia

Embark on a panoramic tour of culture-driven Barcelona. See hilltop Montjuïc with its sculptural gardens and castle before stopping at Antoni Gaudí’s most notable creations, including the wild Sagrada Familia Basilica. Later, fly to Granada, Andalusia’s hippest city, where you are welcomed with dinner on arrival.

AC Palacio de Santa Paula   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Marbella / Historic Málaga

Visit the Alhambra, one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture in the world. In the afternoon, depart for Marbella, the finest resort on the southern coast of Spain. Stop en route in Málaga to visit the beautifully restored historic center and the Picasso Museum.

Hotel Fuerte Marbella   |   Meals: B

Day 5: Gibraltar, United Kingdom / Last Outpost

Travel west to the Rock of Gibraltar, visiting St. Michael’s Cave and observing Gibraltar’s Barbary macaques, the only wild monkeys in Europe. Return to Marbella and explore its shops and restaurants at your leisure.

Hotel Fuerte Marbella   |   Meals: B

Day 6: Seville / Ronda and Jerez

Journey into the heart of Andalusia, first up the winding hills to Ronda, one the most beautiful “white villages” in all of Spain. Travel through the mountains to Jerez, home of golden sherry, where you visit a bodega to learn about sherry and taste its different varieties. Continue to Seville, where you and your fellow guests embark on an evening tapas tour through some of the city’s finest taverns as part of an A&K Culinary Connection.

Gran Meliá Colón   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Seville / Sunny Santa Cruz

Explore the sites in this uniquely lovely city: the Royal Palace of the Alcázar, the enormous Gothic cathedral and, of course, the flower-filled Santa Cruz district. The afternoon is at leisure to venture out on your own. Tonight, celebrate a Musical Connection when you ride a horse-drawn carriage to a palace, where the owners host your private dinner. Then, enjoy a performance of flamenco dancing and singing on the patio of this historic home.

Gran Meliá Colón   |   Meals: B D

Day 8: Córdoba / Streets of Flowers

Set out for Córdoba to visit the extraordinary Mezquita, the cathedral and former great mosque of Córdoba, and walk the city’s flower-lined streets. Later in the afternoon, board your high-speed AVE train to Madrid.

The Westin Palace, Madrid   |   Meals: B L

Day 9: Madrid / Masterful Art & Architecture

View works by the great Spanish masters El Greco, Velázquez and Goya in the Prado Museum. Then, visit the Royal Palace, followed by a short walk to the Plaza Mayor, and the marvelous iron-and-glass San Miguel market, where locals have been hawking and buying since the early 19th century. Later, join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

The Westin Palace, Madrid   |   Meals: B D

Day 10: Depart Madrid

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B





Expert's Eye: Barcelona | A&K Resident Tour Director®, Jeremy Kerrison, shares his top tips for visiting Spain's hottest destination. Read more on A&K's blog.

Family Departure | This itinerary is also available as a family adventure, with child pricing and child-friendly programming and activities.



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