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Essence of Spain

Starts: Barcelona, Spain
Finishes: Madrid, Spain

Visit: Barcelona, Madrid

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Overview

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Walk in the footsteps of Gaudi and Picasso, taste fine wines and tapas, and witness the white-washed villages that bring Spain to life. This is a comprehensive journey from Barcelona to Madrid including all the highlights down south.

Highlights

    • Explore the wonders of Barcelona and the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, home to the city's impressive cathedral and La Boqueria market
    • Enjoy an included market tour in Barcelona where you will learn (and taste) some secrets of Spanish food.
    • Visit the island of El Palmar and discover its typical 'barraca' houses
    • Learn about the olive oil production process in Andalucia and its importance to the region. Taste different types of oil during an exclusive visit to a small, family-run factory.
    • Explore the tranquil Albufera Lake by boat and learn how fishermen and rice growers ply their trade here.
    • Granada is a city like no other. Explore the outstanding Alhambra Palace with a guide, then lose yourself in the charming streets of the old Moorish quarter.
    • Enjoy the trendy and elegant feature stay in Madrid, located in Gran Via, the heart of the City, among theatres, restaurants, boutiques, cocktail bars. A place like no other.
    • Discover Sevilla, home of the firey flamenco dance.

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 58947
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: User Defined##Private vehicle,metro,local bus,boat
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Barcelona, Spain
Finishes: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 13 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

Meals: Breakfasts (12), Lunch (1), Dinner (2)
Accommodation: Comfortable hotel (10 nights),Feature stay (2 nights)

Price

Price person (sharing double) $5,885 ($453/day)

Deposit:

$600 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Michele Z  

Generally good tour. Strengths include a very good itinerary, very good leadership and well located accommodation. Weaknesses include only average buses with inadequate luggage space, insufficient local guiding and a couple of hotels offering slightly sub-standard services.

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John A  

If you are not interested in big tour groups and you don't like to be treated like sheep, you should travel with Peregrine. Their small group tours are ideal for travellers who want to have an input into the days activities but need local knowledge and assistance. Let Peregrine do all the hard work and just enjoy and discover the local history and culture. The Essence of Spain was without doubt one of the best holidays we have ever had

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Jo G  

Essence of Spain is a fabulous trip - adding Images of Portugal worked out perfectly - a couple of days in between (always great to stay an extra day where possible & arrive a day or so earlier where possible) made for a wonderful holiday.

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Susan B  

I like the trips because there are smaller numbers involved. I also like the fact that there are people on them who are fit and don't hold others up when walking is involved. I enjoyed the walking in the towns and cities we visited because you tend to see more of the life around you. David always supplied us with information that was useful about getting around on our own when it was free time and gave us good tips about buying food or understanding the people.

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Patricia E  

The tour of Spain was a trip that we would recommend to anyone. It was interesting and well run.

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David M  

The itinerary should be changed to allow free time in Toledo. A morning there is too short. A whole day is required. Rushing back to Madrid just so the bus driver could make it to another engagement was not good. Most of the group was staying in Madrid longer anyway.

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Stephen T  

Great tour, well organised; caring organisation that looks after you all the way. A fun tour.

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Ann S.  

A wonderful trip that shows the highlights of Spain in a comfortable well organised way.

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Gerald C.  

This is a very active tour with full days of sightseeing so not a lot of time for shopping but this suits us very well. We had two days in Barcelona before the tour and stayed in Madrid an extra day after but could have used a day or two more.

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Maria A. 

Tour was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The small group we traveled with made it easy to get to know everyone and become a small family. Having the small group also allowed for slight small changes in itinerary whenever possible.

Tour Operator

Peregrine Adventures

Our name stems from the word 'Peregrinate’, meaning to migrate, walk or take a pilgrimage – very fitting for our beginnings as a trekking company. Since our inception, we've broadened our horizons and now offer small group journeys in over 80 countries across all seven continents, which can be enjoyed by anyone with an enquiring mind who enjoys getting off the beaten track (without forgoing some of the comforts of home).

We are a company built by travellers for travellers. Take a walk around our offices and you’ll see the empty desks of people out on trips, or hear people swapping stories about a place they have just visited. Land at your destination and discover your tour leader is local to the region.

Wherever you travel with us we’ll take you to the major highlights as well as along the route less taken. This gets you closer to the local people and the culture you came to discover. We promise to share our knowledge and expertise with you, and ensure you will come home with stories you will tell for years to come.

In Business Since 1977

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http://www.peregrineadventures.com

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