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Classic: Classic Spain (ESMM)
Countries Visited: Spain Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12.
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Explore Moorish palaces, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, taste a traditional paella, witness GaudI's Barcelona with your own eyes, live like a local in a casa rural in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life.
In Spain, a country that's filled with flavour, artistry, and passion, there's no such thing as going halfway. Start in the south, where the Andalucian capital of Seville will introduce you to the most firey of dances - the flamenco. Head north and get a taste of Spain's Basque and Catalan provinces: vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San SebastiAn, Logronos famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid, and the mighty Pyrenees. Each region of Spain has their own distinct character, style, and language to offer. Get it all here.
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|Day 1||Madrid||Day 1 Madrid|
Arrive any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Granada||Day 2 Madrid/Granada (1B)|
Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival in Granada. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with its narrow lanes and fantastic views, its a great place to watch the sunset. Included Activities: Orientation Walk AlbaicIn (El AlbayzIn) Visit Transport: Local train (4.50-5.00 hours, 420km)
|Day 3||Granada||Day 3 Granada (1B)|
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the historic town. In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene. Included Activities: Alhambra Guided Tour
|Day 4||Seville||Day 4 Granada/Seville (1B)|
Head towards Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalucia. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Flamenco Show Transport: Local bus (2.75 hour(s), 250km)
|Day 5||Seville||Day 5 Seville (1B)|
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the AlcAzar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter- a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares. Seville is home to the world's largest gothic cathedral - climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo ArqueolOgico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de MarIa Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the AlcAzar of Seville.
|Day 6||Valencia||Day 6 Seville/Valencia (1B)|
Visit Cordobas famous Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century into a Christian cathedral. After, stroll through Cordobas historic medieval Jewish Quarter. Continue onwards to Valencia and opt for a traditional paella dinner. Included Activities: Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit Mezquita de Cordoba (Mosque) Visit Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 140km) Local train (3.00 hour(s), 521km)
|Day 7||Barcelona||Day 7 Valencia/Barcelona (1B)|
Enjoy the morning in Valencia before travelling to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant youth followed by a group dinner to round out the day. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park GUell, Casa BatllO, and Casa MilA. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 350km)
|Day 8||Barcelona||Day 8 Barcelona|
Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer, or choose to journey further afield to the surrounding beaches and countryside to get a true taste of Catalan life. Additional Notes: Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
|Day 9||Pyrenees||Day 9 Barcelona/Pyrenees (1B, 1D)|
Explore a bit of Barcelona before an afternoon departure north. Travel to the Pyrenees by local bus and van to reach a casa rural, or converted farmhouse, near the town of Ainsa. Indulge in delicious local meals and time to explore the beautiful landscape. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 10||Pyrenees||Day 10 Pyrenees (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the casa rural.
|Day 11||Bilbao||Day 11 Pyrenees/Bilbao (1B)|
Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.75 hour(s))
|Day 12||San Sebastian||Day 12 San Sebastian (1B)|
The real treat in this part of the country is the eating. Basque cuisine is famous in Spain and around the world, with many believing this is the best food in the country. While San SebastiAn didnt invent tapas, they are well-acknowledged to have perfected them. Wander through the streets before lunchtime or in the evening and check out what each bar has on offer. Stop in each place for some wine or beer and sample their tapas (pintxos in Basque) selection. Move on to the next bar and repeat! Delicious seafood abounds here as well. Looking for more than just pintxoss Head to the harbour and hole up in a traditional simple tavern. Dont leave San SebastiAn without trying the famous jamon iberico. The specialty drink in this area is called the Kalimotxo - half wine (usually red table wine) and half Coca Cola.Take some time to wander through the plazas, marvel at the buildings, and spot the art sprinkled throughout the city. And, as always, try the pintxos. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Logrono||Day 13 Bilbao/Logrono (1B)|
With tons of churches, roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, theres no shortage of sights to be seen when wandering around this city. Included Activities: Rioja Region Wine Tasting Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 14||Madrid||Day 14 Logrono/Madrid|
Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city. Transport: Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)
|Day 15||Madrid||Day 15 Madrid (1B)|
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.
Local Flights: N/A
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.