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SPAIN

Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.



Day 01: Madrid

Madrid is a modern city set within the guidelines of its past. The heart of the city continues to overflow with the spirit of Spain, filled with pockets of medieval buildings and narrow alleyways that create a passionate ambiance, spotted with old restaurants and oddity shops. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to your fabulous accommodations. The hotel is situated within a baroque palace central to the vibrant culture of the city. The rooms are as lavish and comfortable as the lobby. Your private guide meets you at the hotel. Your experience in Spain has already been incredible, from the opulent comforts of the hotel to the customized service between the airport and your tour.

Follow your guide through the streets of the city and arrive at the Prado Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in the world, especially in reference to Spanish art. The building was constructed in the 18th century and was once used for the cavalry by Napoleonic troops. Your guide is knowledgeable not just about Madrid’s historic architecture but also about the art contained within the celebrated museum. The halls are glossy and polished. The lofty ceilings bring a harmonious echo to people’s footsteps. The art hangs on the walls in quiet reflection and you listen to your guide’s informative and mesmerizing conclusions about the colors, brushstrokes, and history of certain pieces, including The Three Graces by Rubens. Overnight in Madrid.

Day 02: Madrid

The morning brings a colorful energy to the city streets. The day begins a bit later and you feel like the entire city sleeps in. The city is filled with modern luxury and historic romance, especially in the Old Quarter. After breakfast your guide meets you at your hotel and takes you back in time on a private tour of the oldest neighborhood of Madrid. Barrio de la Letras spreads down the slight hillside in a collection of historic buildings and cobblestone streets. Wrought-iron balconies protrude from the upper-stories of the buildings and gaslights decorate the pathways.

This was once home to some of the most prominent Spanish writers in history, including the author of Don Quixote, Cervantes, in the 16th century. The 19th century building that overtook the home where the writer spent much of his adult life is adorned with a plaque above the door on Calle de Cervantes 2. Plaza de la Villa is a quiet and charming square that contains the former town hall dating back to the 17th century. The Casa de Cisneros has a rose coloration that blushes in the sunlight. The quiet ambiance in the middle of the historic plaza feels like this slice of the city has been carved out just for you. Overnight in Madrid .

Day 03: Toledo

Toledo is a city in the hills that has captivated artists and collected cultures for centuries. The medieval buildings rise out of the surrounding trees and decorate the hillside. From the distance the city looks like a rocky outcrop; however, the streets are made up of gorgeous and reticent churches, mosques, and temples. There is an endless romance that comes with strolling along cobblestone streets; the echo of your footsteps and the scent of the surrounding greenery combine to create the perfect ambiance. The Tagus River flows alongside the cityscape and has created a natural moat. The sound of rushing water filters through the air.

The Cathedral is one of the top Gothic structures in Europe and took over 200 years to build, from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The main façade faces west and immediately offers an impressive and imposing view. The tower is over 300 feet tall and has five separate levels. Enter the main chapel and find the polished checkered floor beneath the collection of vaulted ceilings. Arched stain glass windows are iridescent high above you. The ceiling of the Sacristy is decorated with a painting by Luca Giordano. Angels lounge among the clouds as a beam of light shines down from heaven. The colors are fluid and the single stretch of light is peaceful. Overnight in Madrid.

Day 04: Madrid

Flamenco is a dance that is well known throughout the world as a quintessential Spanish movement. Today you will meet a Flamenco historian and teacher who will guide you through the evolution and steps of the dance. Each song, each step, each movement, is meant to account for a different emotion. The dance expresses passion or longing, grace and power, trust and romance. It is a dance steeped in legend and one which began with the voice. The chant or cry was accompanied by rhythm, which soon led to the tap-dancing style of footwork.

Your instructor explains that you must shroud yourself in duende, which is loosely translated to spirit. The songs begin. People quickly clap to create the rhythm. The vocals call out, quick and passionate cries. The instructor moves to the beat. Her dress swirls like a bird. Her arms move and tell a specific story of passionate embrace. Each step lingers in the air, a mixture of ballet and tango. She steps slowly so you can watch, learn, and truly appreciate the art. Soon you will dance to the music in a private lesson. Overnight in Madrid

Day 5: Indulge in a Day of Amazing Shopping

The day is yours to enjoy the city as you please. Madrid boasts of amazing shopping OR The After breakfast you could take a day trip to the charming city of Segovia or visit the monastery of El Escorial. The artistry of Madrid is always compelling and soon you find yourself in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina, also known as The Sofia. It is part of the Golden Triangle of Art, which consists of the Prado and the Museo ThyssenBornemisza. The building was the first general hospital in the city and was constructed in the 19th century.

The exterior resembles a baroque palace, but the interior looks like it has been dipped in modernity. Walking around the high ceilings and industrial style interior you will find contemporary paintings that questioned the very idea of art, along with what beauty entails. One of the biggest draws of the museum is Picasso’s Guernica, a mural-sized oil painting completed in the late 1930s. The collection of faces and bodies fills a single room. A bull stands to the far left and each face is draped with concerned emotion. The day is yours to explore and experience. You will find delight and charm in and around Madrid.

Day 06: Arrive in Costa Brava Visit Pals & Begur A Medieval village, set on a small hill overlooking what were once marshlands but now replaced with fields of rice.

Wander through its winding narrow streets up to the small gothic church of Sant Pere, to soak up the 360-degree panoramic view of the distant Pyrenees at one end of the valley and the sea with its jagged peaks of the Medes Islands at the other.

Begur is a colorful and exuberant town, with narrow streets of Moorish and Spanish architecture topped with a crumbling medieval castle that has views along miles of coastline. The town's most stunning neoclassical mansions were built by local merchants returning from Cuba in the late 19th century, and they sit alongside fishermen's huts.

Day 07: Costa Brava EmpuriaBrava + Cruise

Empuriabrava, the Venice of Spain located on the coast of the Bay of Roses. It was built in the natural park of the Aiguamolls of l'Empordà. It has 23kilometers of navigable salt water channels surrounded by beautiful mansions and villas opening into the canals. Time for activities like Skydiving, Win door, wave club, Canal Tour etc.

Afternoon Cruise - Roses- Cap Norfeu - Cadaqués - Cap de Crues From Roses we sail along the spectacular coast to Cap Norfeu - we stop at Racó de l'Home - it's time to bathe, sunbathe and enjoy the Exclusive environment - we sail to the magical bay of Cadaquès, Cap de Crues & return to Roses.

We raise the anchor and continue sailing along the coast to the famous town of Cadaqués. We enter the Bay of Cadaqués, passing between the anchored boats, until we reach the first line in front of the town. We will visit Dali house.

Situated in the former home and workshop of surrealist painter Salvador Dali, the Salvador Dali House showcases the artist’s quirky work and offers a look into his eccentric life.

Later we enjoy the spectacular rocky coast of Cap de Creus. It contains a collection of beauty spots that will leave a lasting imprint on your memory. You won’t forget the views of the wild coastline with its vertiginous cliffs and hidden coves, and with islets scattered all along it. We follow the coast so that you can enjoy the exclusive views from the sea of the town. We sail back to Roses. During sailing, you will discover a new and very pleasant sensation while the catamaran glides silently on the water. Overnight in Costa Brava .

Day 08: Costa Brava

Visit Girona, Figueres - Wine tasting at Mas Gelama

Get transported to the land of Braavos and King´s Landing from Game of thrones in the city that dates back more than 2000 years. The Fortified enclosures, the ForçaVella and the Medieval quarters house beautiful museums, villas and shops that resonate of an era gone by. Take a leisurely stroll down its streets, eat at some of the best restaurants in the world and immerse yourself in the medieval enchantment of the city.

Figueres like most traditional Spanish towns, is made up of a central Old Town, where the majority of the town’s cultural attractions can be found. It is best known for being the home of Salvador Dalí and houses his museum. Here we shall visit the museum of Salvador Dalí where many his original works are housed.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August, 1931, and is one of the most recognizable Surrealist paintings. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, at times in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Though the artist's fame brought him to more glamorous parts of Spain, Dalí eventually returned to his hometown of Figueres to build his greatest masterpiece, the Dalí Theatre Museum (Teatro-Museo Dalí). Located in the town's former Municipal Theatre, the site is a work of art in itself. Since this quirky museum was designed by Dalí to showcase his paintings, it offers insight into his imagination with a maze of his works displayed according to his own strange tastes. Overnight in Costa Brava .

Later Wine tasting at Mas Gelama. Gelamà Winery, founded in 1892, is the oldest running wineries in the Empordà region. The descendants of the family have recovered the family tradition by making new wines. Without losing the essence of the winery, it focuses on products that make a difference. Nowadays, the Gelamà Winery is producing organic wine fermented in amphoras with the native grape varieties grown in unique climate of Empordà.

Gelama is the only Cellar in the region with underground caves which gives it natural temperature control for storage of wines which is a substantial saving in cost and helping to contribute to save the planet from Global warming.

Day 09: Costa Brava to Barcelona.

Visit La Roca - La Roca Village is one of the 11 Villages within The Bicester Village Shopping Collection in Europe and China, created and operated by Value Retail. The Bicester Village Shopping Collection has become synonymous with leading brands, world’s leading brands offer savings of up to 60%, and more, on the recommended retail price, all year round.

Transfer to Barcelona. Barcelona is an eclectic mixture of people from around the world; however, the city has always stayed near and dear to its roots as the capital of Catalonia. Las Rambles is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. The boulevard is lined with trees and filled with effervescent crowds. The restaurants set up tables and umbrellas outside their doors and the music is always flowing. Your guide shows you around the celebrated street en route to La Boqueria, Europe’s largest food market. Local fruit, from oranges to tomatoes, glows with fresh brightness. Bars are filled with people dining on small sandwiches and pastries. Bellota ham dangles from butcher shops.

Soon you find yourself in the kitchen yearning to create traditional Catalan dishes. Follow the chef through each step of the preparation. The kitchen begins to fill with the aromas of fresh tomato and garlic. You taste the subtle sweet acid of tomato juice soaking into the bread in a dish of pan con tamate, topped with the luscious salty taste of jamón, a cured ham. When the dish is complete you indulge in the fideuas, a noodle dish filled with saffron, garlic, and a large assortment of fresh seafood. Overnight in Barcelona.

Day 10: Barcelona

The Penedes is a region outside of Barcelona that is wedged between the mountains and the sea. The flatland absorbs the diverse minerals that sweep through the soil, from both the sweet and salty Mediterranean air and the rugged mountain terrain, making the region a popular spot for vineyards.

Your private transfer brings you to the winemaking region and you can make your way through the boutique wineries on the seat of a bicycle. The breeze is cool and comforting. The mountains drape across the sky and create a unique shadow in the distance. Mills decorate the countryside and you pass over small stone bridges. Rivers trickle and the earthen aromas of the landscape mix with the creamy scent of artisan cheeses and olive oils. Sip on a crisp glass of cava, a refreshing sparkling wine that often contains hints of citrus. Enjoy the depth of flavors throughout the day, from the wine to the scenery, and know that you’re sharing it with someone special. Overnight in Barcelona .

Day 11: Barcelona

The day is yours to enjoy the splendor of Barcelona at your leisure. Spend time on the powdery golden sands of the Barceloneta Beach or stroll through the Museum of Catalonian art, celebrated for its collection of Romanesque work. Gaudi Guell Park was built in the early 20th century and is a reflection of the famous architects’ personal style. The entrance to the park is edged by two buildings that resemble gingerbread houses from an old fairy-tale. The sounds of the park are jovial, filled with happy families and strolling lovers. The main terrace displays colorful mosaic work and a large multi-colored mosaic salamander clings to the center of the double-sided staircase. The park is lush and peaceful and a singular bench winds like a ceramic serpent around terrace. Stroll under the colonnaded footpath or delight in the variety of Gaudi’s assorted artwork, from floor to ceiling. The artistry of the city enhances the already endless character that you have fallen in love with. Overnight in Barcelona .

Day 12: Home

The morning is filled with the captivating sun once again beaming over the Mediterranean Sea. The morning remains quiet. The beaches are still, a treasured collection of gold sand and sapphire water. The aromas of breakfast begin to rise through the air, a traditional Catalan cuisine of pastries with café con leche, coffee with creamy milk. After breakfast your private transfer will escort you to the airport. Your time in Spain may have come to an end but the magnificent romance you shared and flavors you tasted will always feel tangible and close at hand.

INCLUDES

6 Nights hotel Madrid with Breakfast
03 Nights in Costa brava
03 Nights in Barcelona
Return Airport Transfers
Land Transport
Sightseeing as per Itinerary

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