Day 1 ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN
. Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 BARCELONA.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. Visit the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece, followed by a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion? (B)
Day 3 BARCELONA–MADRID.
Board the high-speed AVE-TRAIN and arrive in strikingly modern Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561. (B)
Day 4 MADRID.
Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to Toledo. (B)
Day 5 MADRID–GRANADA.
Arrive in history-steeped Granada. See the sights of Granada with a Local Guide and visit its main attraction, the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13th-century Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also amble through the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. This evening, [LF] a special dinner has been prepared for you at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 6 GRANADA–MÁLAGA–COSTA DEL SOL.
Turn towards the sea, away from the mountains, and stop in beautiful Málaga. After your orientation, [LF] a traditional tapas TASTING at one of Málaga's lively restaurants awaits you before arriving at your comfortable hotel on the Costa del Sol. (B)
Day 7 COSTA DEL SOL.
A full day at leisure allows you to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, and browse through the trendy boutiques. This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared at your hotel, the proper way to say adios! (B,D)
Day 8 COSTA DEL SOL.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Málaga). (B)