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Immerse yourself & dive into the culture of unforgettable Spain. The Spanish Spree trip is the perfect blend of culture & partying. See the Royal Palace in Madrid, the Alhambra in Granada & the Rock of Gibraltar, then cap off a fantastic holiday by watching the sun set over the Mediterranean on the beaches of Ibiza.
DETAILS
Starting fromR20 040
Package ValiditySet departure date: 20 NOV 2017.  *** Book & pay by 14 JUN 2017 & SAVE 7.5%, discount already included in the price ***
Duration14 days
DestinationSpain
Starts inMadrid
Ends inMadrid
Age Group
18 - 35 years

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- 13 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & selected dinners
- Assistance of a Trip Manager & Driver team
- Touring by coach
- Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary


** Tour operates from 17 OCT 2017 - 19 MAR 2018. Please enquire with your Travel Agent for dates & prices.

 

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Arrive Madrid

Check-in to the hotel & head straight out into Madrid to get a feel for the city’s high energy life style. Moving to a whole lot of different beats, Madrid is packed with diverse barrios (neighbourhoods), lively plazas & a healthy nightlife. Later, meet up with the other Contiki travellers & your Trip Manager over dinner.

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Madrid

This morning, get inspired as your Local Guide opens up Madrid’s monumental heart with a look at its bustling centre, complete with the Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana & Puerta del Sol. Then, step into the largest palace in Europe with our Local Guide & experience a slice of the royal lifestyle as our expert shows you through the Royal Palace’s lavish rooms. If there’s a state function happening, we’ll head to the world-famous Prado Museum instead. In your free time, snack on the local favourite, churros (Spain’s version of the doughnut) or grab a chilled cerveza (beer) & put your feet up. There’s also a chance to explore the Valley of the Fallen where our Local Guide will tell you the story about the Spanish Dictator Franco & the Civil War. This city never sleeps, so get some pointers on the city’s hot spots.

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Madrid to Bilbao

Head North to Bilbao, the Basque country’s busiest city. Stop by the pretty hillside town of Segovia, with its grand mansions & many squares. See the jaw-droppingly beautiful Roman Aqueduct, made up of 166 granite arches. This bridge is an impressive feat of ancient engineering. Onwards to Bilbao. An up-&-coming cultural hub, Bilbao is the down-to-earth home of one of the world’s most famous & iconic museums, the Museo Guggenheim. Use your free time to check out its amazing collection of 20th century art & keep a camera handy for the extraordinary architecture of the museum itself.

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Bilbao to Pamplona

Start the day off with free time in San Sebastian - beach resort & surf hot spot. With one of the world’s most stunning urban beaches, a gorgeous Art Nouveau shopping district, loads of restaurants & the best pinxtos (bite-sized snacks on toothpicks) in Spain, you’ve got many ways to spend your time here. Later, pull into Pamplona, home to the extreme Running of the Bulls. Your Trip Manager will walk you along the route taken for the Running of the Bulls & show you the bullring, as well as the well-preserved old town & its incredible Gothic cathedral. Then take some time to explore Basque culture at the table by tasting regional specialties like barbecued lamb, fresh trout & red peppers.

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Pamplona to Barcelona

Chill out on the coach, plug in your headphones & watch the world go by. Heading to the coast, our next stop is the Baroque city of Zaragoza, set on the banks of the Rio Ebro. Check out the town’s fantastic cathedral, with its colourfully tiled cupolas & towers. Grab a table in the casco (old town), order a traditional Spanish churros for a snack & take in the unique, historic architecture & atmosphere. Next up is Barcelona. A sizzling, festive city any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. First up: admire Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city & it’s where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex.

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Barcelona

Today there’s free time to discover more of Barcelona’s creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Gran Via or the Gothic Quarter. Take in all of Barcelona’s buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla – a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops & stalls. Give an optional bike tour a go & get off the beaten track & onto Barcelona's side streets with our Local Guide. Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Güell or kicking back with the locals on the beach & taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there’s plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain’s signature dish, paella. Tonight get the low down on Barcelona’s hottest spots & maybe hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico by the water.

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Barcelona to Ibiza

Jump on a plane to Ibiza, Spain’s party paradise. Dishing up a bit of everything, Ibiza is popular with sun worshipers, backpackers & those that want to party! Honour the birthplace of the rave by checking out Ibiza’s world famous clubs, which keep going until the sun comes up.

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Ibiza

Hang out on Ibiza’s beautiful beaches during the day. Relax, catch up on some sleep, soak in the sun & people watch. Ibiza’s sea life is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, & with so many water sports available, it’s a great way to experience it. Try snorkelling or take an underwater dive. Rummage through the fun portside boutiques of Sa Penya or the street stalls of Carrer d’Enmig. As the sun sets, grab a table at the famous Café del Mar & chill out to lounge music while sipping on a cocktail. There’s more of the island’s famous nightlife to explore. With some of the world’s top DJs always on hand, playing in the hottest clubs, you’ve got loads of choices.

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Ibiza to Granada

Ferry back to the main land & wind down on the coach as we head to Granada. Granada is crammed with romance and is filled with reminders of its North African heritage. With the famous palace fortress of Alhambra dominating the hills, the town is soaked in age-old atmosphere. Tonight, learn why Granada’s got such a reputation for amazing food. Try their fresh seafood, eat some more tapas (perfect for trying a bit of everything) & for dessert, the speciality Arab pastries are just right!

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Granada

Start the day with an optional excursion through the old Muslim quarter of Albaicin. Walk past historic mansions with walled gardens & find cute little tea & cake shops on the cobbled streets. Our Local Guide will show the group through La Cartuja Monastery & the Capilla Real where you’ll see the tombs of King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella – heads of the fallen Spanish empire. Next up: the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Alhambra. We’ve got a specialist Alhambra guide who will bring the magic of this former home of the sultans to life. Take a walk through the complex of fortifications, sumptuous palaces & gardens.

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Granada to Seville

Pass the port cities of Marbella & Malaga. We stop in the unusual & quirky territory of Gibraltar, with its interesting mix of British culture, Spanish influence & some North African wildlife! Make sure you check out Gibraltar’s world-famous monkeys & learn about the legends surrounding how they got here all the way from Morocco. On a clear day, you’ll get views across the strait to the continent of Africa. Back on the road, unwind on the coach before our final stop in Seville.

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Seville to Cordoba

We spend the morning in the region’s stylish capital, Seville. It’s a fun, laid back city where the locals focus on the good life – siestas, late dinners, long lunches & dancing. With a run down on Seville’s background, your Trip Manager will show you the flamboyant Plaza d’Espana, the world’s 3rd largest cathedral, & the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Alcazar, still used by the royal family. In your free time, you could visit Christopher Columbus’ tomb, or check out one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. For something different, head to El Jueves street market & pick out some bargains. We keep travelling into the heart of rural Andalusia, through to Cordoba. It’s soaked in history & serves up an old-world atmosphere, with little patios, time-worn lanes & flower-filled balconies. Your Trip Manager kick starts your experience of the city by taking the group to the Mezquita (Mosque of the Caliphs). This famous site combines Islamic & Roman Catholic structures in a stunning series of buildings, complete with an orange tree garden & courtyards. Then there’s free time to wander around Cordoba’s historic centre & to take in its famously beautiful streets, like the Calle de Flores (Street of Flowers). Otherwise, learn about Spain’s checkered past with a visit to the 13th century Alcazar fortress, the former hub of the Spanish Inquisition.

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Cordoba to Madrid

Hit the road & travel to the hill-top town of Toledo. With its mix of mosques, churches & medieval buildings, this gorgeous town is known as the “Imperial City” & is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see Toledo’s enormous Gothic cathedral, El Greco’s house & the site of sieges, revolutions & treason: the Alcazar fortress. Then it’s back in to the Spanish capital. Make your last night on tour one to remember & head out with the group for an optional traditional Spanish tapas dinner (a feast of plate-sized nibbles) in the heart of the city, right on the famous Plaza Mayor.

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Depart Madrid

Your trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

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