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zBarcelona to Granada by Rail

7 days

7 Day Independent Travel

Engaging Discoveries for our World Travelers

Tailor this holiday to your style and budget... You can even add extra nights in any city! Scenic rail travel is comfortable and carefree especially with our included rail station transfers! Tour the Alhambra, one of Europe’s most magnificent royal complexes. Enjoy a choice of included tours plus free or discounted entry to museums and top sites in Barcelona and Madrid. Discover 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Day
1

Welcome to Barcelona

Check in to your choice of hotel. Use your 2-day Barcelona Card offers free and discounted entry to many city sites and unlimited use of the efficient metro and bus system.

Day
2

Customize your stay in Barcelona

Tailor your stay with one of these tours:
• Barcelona’s Historic Highlights Explore Barcelona’s rich history, vibrant culture and cosmopolitan appeal on this guided morning tour through the city’s most captivating districts. You’ll see the impressive Cathedral and the charming streets of the historic Gothic Quarter. Continue to the bustling port and Olympic Village before taking in the great city views from Montjuic Hill. At Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village), you’ll have a chance to see more than 100 buildings from all across Spain, typical representations of the country’s diverse regions and cultures. This tour is offered daily except Dec 25 and Jan 1.

• The Genius of Gaudic Discover the best known works of Antoni Gaudi the celebrated architect. You’ll visit Güell Park and the extraordinary Sagrada Familia, which was less than one quarter complete at the time of his death in 1926. Though the basilica is still incomplete, it is truly one of the most inspiring church buildings in the world. You’ll also drive along the elegant Paseo de Gracia boulevard to see Gaudi’s famous modernist homes including the colourful Casa Batlló and the striking Casa Mila, designed and constructed without a single straight line! This tour is offered daily except Dec 25 and Jan 1.

• The Road to Montserrat Travel to Montserrat Mountain to visit the Royal Basilica, constructed in the 12th century and revered for its impressive Romanesque sculptures. This expertly guided, half-day excursion takes you into the scenic countryside of southern Spain, a colourful region of picturesque villages and captivating landscapes. This tour is offered daily except Dec 25 and Jan 1.

Meals B

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3

Barcelona to Madrid by rail

Transfer to the rail station for your scenic high-speed journey to Madrid, where you’ll be met and escorted to the hotel of your choice. Your 2-day Madrid Card offers free entry to more than 50 museums and great discounts for dining and entertainment. Meals B

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4

Out and about in Madrid

The city’s extraordinary legacy of art, architecture and culture has blessed Madrid with a wealth of impressive sites to discover. Today, you can customize your vacation with the included escorted sightseeing tour of your choice.

• Historic Madrid and the Royal Palace This expertly guided tour takes you along historic Paseo de la Castellana, one of the longest and widest avenues in the city. Passing through some of Madrid’s most elegant residential areas and bustling commercial districts, you’ll reach Real Madrid Stadium, a beloved city landmark, and Castilla Square. The highlight of your tour is, of course, a guided visit within the impressive Royal Palace. This stunning example of 18th-century Spanish architecture is one of the best preserved palaces in all of Europe and features imposing staircases, grand salons, beautiful courtyards and a mesmerizing collection of porcelains, silver objects and antique musical instruments. This tour is not offered when the Royal Palace is closed to the public for official events and functions.

• Madrid’s Architectural Highlights This guided panoramic tour is designed to showcase both the contemporary and historic faces of this lovely city, including the modern districts of Austrias and Isabelino as well as the ancient Moorish Quarter. You’ll admire elegant public squares, the university campus and Retiro Park. This tour is offered daily.

• Discover Toledo c This half-day excursion explores one of Europe’s oldest cities. With a dramatic history stretching back more than 2,000 years, Toledo was successively a Roman municipium, the capital of a Visigoth Kingdom, a fortress city of the Emirate of Cordoba, an outpost of the Christian kingdoms fighting the Moors in the 16th century and the temporary seat of power under King Charles V. Revealing influences of its Arab, Jewish and Catholic heritage, the city’s outstanding monuments also offer splendidly preserved examples of medieval and Gothic architecture. Your walking tour in Toledo’s historic city center includes an inside visit to St. Tome Church. This tour is offered daily.

Meals B

Day
5

By rail to Granada

Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to your choice of hotel. Your 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Pass is a great way to explore the city. Meals B

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6

Tour the Alhambra c

The Alhambra is one of Spain’s most famous monuments, an immense complex built in the 1300’s. It’s a fortress, palace and walled city all in one. Your guided visit also features the magnificent gardens of the Generalife. Meals B

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7

Depart Granada

Your program with us finishes after breakfast.

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Availability of included sightseeing tours may be affected by holidays, museum closures and seasonally-adjusted schedules.

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

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