Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Le Méridien Barcelona. A transfer is included from Barcelona Airport or the Barcelona Franca train station to Le Méridien Barcelona. Join us tonight for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at your hotel, ideally situated on one of Europe's most celebrated streets - Las Ramblas, Barcelona's iconic, tree-lined pedestrian thoroughfare that serves as the Catalonian capital's leisure and entertainment hub and bustles with daily life.
Las Ramblas, la Sagrada Família & more in Barcelona
Discover Barcelona on a guided walking tour that takes you along the passageways of Las Ramblas, where cafés, restaurants and shops attract street performers and flower vendors. Continuing on to Barri Gòtic, the city's old Gothic quarter, you'll find narrow streets and squares dating back to the Middle Ages. Here at the city's 13th-century cathedral, sightseeing continues by coach for a drive through seaside Montjuic and past the 1992 Olympic Stadium, before your visit to Gaudí's whimsical Sagrada Família - referred to as "Art Nouveau run wild." The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own, with much to see and do, from a stroll in Gaudí's flight of fancy in the mosaic-encrusted Parc Güell to sampling small plates of tapas in a cozy bar.
To Granada via Málaga & Ronda
Fly to Málaga for a drive along mountain roads to clifftop Ronda, home to one of the oldest bullrings in Spain; a local guide shares insights about the town's historic architecture and double-layered arched viewing stands of the bullring on a walking tour. Following lunch at Parador de Ronda, continue to Granada, a jewel of the Sierra Nevada foothills in southern Spain. Enjoy dinner with wine at your palace hotel tonight.
Southern Spain, from the Alhambra through Andalucía and on to Seville
Join us for an insider tour of the 14th-century palaces and gardens at the Alhambra this morning. Explore the massive Renaissance palace of Charles V and the lush fountain-filled gardens of the Generalife. After lunch it's on Seville via Andalucía, a melting pot of different cultures sometimes referred to as the bridge between two continents. Journey into Andalucía's rolling hills and view charming villages with whitewashed houses clinging to the hillsides. Continue on to romantic Seville, where your Spain vacation continues this evening with a private performance of flamenco dancing and dinner. Spend the next two nights at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in the heart of Seville, which enjoys a reputation as one of the world's finest hotels.
Unforgettable sights of Seville
No Spain vacation would be complete without a visit to charming Seville; get your bearings on an orientation tour of this spectacular city dating back nearly 2,000 years. A horse and carriage ride transports you through Maria Luisa Park, before a walking tour of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and the maze of old streets in the former Jewish Quarter. Enjoy a guided tour of Seville Cathedral, the third-largest Roman Catholic church in the world; tour the Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and home to the famed Giralda Bell Tower. The remainder of the day is free for you to pursue what interests you most in Seville.
Córdoba & on to Madrid by rail
Head out to Córdoba for a guided walking tour through centuries of history; visit the historic former Jewish Quarter and the ornate 8th-century mosque turned cathedral, La Mezquita. It's all aboard the high-speed AVE train - in Preferente class - to Madrid for a two-night stay in the heart of the city.
The Prado, grand palaces & parks in old Madrid
A short walk from your hotel brings you to the Museo Nacional del Prado this morning for a guided visit; the museum features one of the world's finest collections of European art including numerous works by Goya, Velázquez, Rubens and Bosch. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Madrid on your own. Please join us tonight for a reception and farewell dinner featuring entertainment Castellano style.
Tour ends: Madrid. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Westin Palace, Madrid to Madrid's Barajas Airport or the Madrid Atocha railway station; allow 3 hours for flight check-in.