8 Day Art Cities of Spain

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8 Day Art Cities of Spain
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Barcelo Valencia Valencia
Catalonia Ramblas Barcelona
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Triples at the Barcelo Torre de Madrid will be accommodated as a Twin and a Single Room.


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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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  • Flights New York-Madrid, Barcelona-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Madrid
    • 2 nights Valencia
    • 2 nights Barcelona
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit the renowned Prado Museum with its astonishing collection of Goya and El Greco masterpieces
  • Travel to Toledo, a city that still retains its medieval atmosphere, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View Valencia’s extraordinary Arts and Science City with its breathtaking avant-garde architecture
  • Take a tour of the Palau de les Arts, a shimmering ultramodern arts complex
  • Tour Penedes, one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain for a wine tasting at a local cellar
  • View Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, the iconic symbol of Barcelona
  • Explore the colorful Park Guell, Barcelona's most famous park

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Spain

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Madrid
Arrive in the lively metropolis of Madrid, capital of Spain since 1562, birthplace of many of the world's greatest writers, painters and artists. Transfer to your hotel with time to rest and relax or get acquainted with this beautiful city. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Tour Madrid's Treasures
Today's tour of Madrid's impressive architecture begins at the Plaza de Cibeles with its striking buildings. Continue via the elegant Plaza Mayor to the magnificent Royal Palace, Europe's second largest, and to the Plaza de España dominated by the monument to Cervantes, famed author of Don Quixote. Then, on to the renowned Prado Museum; stand before an astonishing collection of masterpieces by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and more. The rest of the day is yours to explore this city of great monuments and museums on your own or, join the optional tour to Escorial. Enjoy a visit to what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world". El Escorial is, perhaps, Philip II´s most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains
Optional: Half Day Escorial Tour (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Medieval Toledo, The "Garden City" of Valencia
Travel to nearby Toledo, the former capital city of Spain that still retains its medieval atmosphere and charm. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, Toledo is known for its extensive monumental heritage and historical coexistence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Walk through the ancient Jewish Quarter and Plaza de Zocodover. Continue to the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing, and the St. Tome Church, with its brilliant El Greco masterpiece. Then, travel east towards the Mediterranean coast to the "garden city" of Valencia for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Valencia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Valencia City Tour
Valencia is Spain's major Mediterranean port - this unique city is shaped by the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains. On the morning tour, hear about "El Cid", Spain's national hero who fought here against the Moors. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture before continuing to the City Gates and City Hall. Arrive at the fantastic City of Arts and Sciences designed by contemporary artist Santiago Calatrava. This huge scientific and cultural complex is made up of impressive buildings and stands out because of its extraordinary avant-garde architecture. During a tour of the Palau de les Arts, gain insight into the design and history of the building and marvel at its shimmering trencadis exterior. The rest of the day is yours to linger at this site or wander on your own. Perhaps participate in the optional Paella Cooking Class with Dinner. Learn how to prepare Paella Valenciana in the city where this delicious dish was created. This freestyle combination of rice, meat, and vegetables is a very popular regional dish and a staple in most Valencian diets
Optional: Paella Cooking Class with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Valencia
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Fairytale Peniscola, Wine Tasting in Penedes, Arrive in Barcelona
Head along the intense blue of the Mediterranean coast to the fortified fairytale city of Peniscola crowned by a Templar castle featured in the movie "El Cid". View the lighthouse, built on a rocky headland, and the lighthouse keeper's cottage with its precipitous winding steps leading down to the sea. Then, continue through Costa Dorada to the wine country of Penedes, one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain. A wide range of wine styles are produced here including the traditional (sparkling) white and rosé Cava. Winemaking in the region dates back millennia; the ancient Romans have left here many vestiges of their wine production. Stop at one of the wine cellars for a tasting of the local wines before traveling to sensational Barcelona. Upon arrival, ascend Montjuic Hill home to the Olympic complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Barcelona's rousing nightlife and fabulous cuisine
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Barcelona City Tour
Start the day in this artistic city with a drive along the Old Harbor to the Plaza Catalunya, the city's bustling main square. Pass the famous works of Gaudi, the master architect, including the Casa Batllo, seemingly constructed from skulls and bones. Then, continue on to view the iconic symbol of Barcelona, Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished. Conclude the tour with a visit to Park Guell, Barcelona's most famous park, a playful creation by Gaudi. Learn intriguing facts about its creator and admire the park's colorful design and intricate tile work. The rest of the day is on your own for exploring the many galleries, or just savoring the magnificent surroundings. Attend the optional tour to Montserrat. Take a relaxing drive along the picturesque villages of the province to reach Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta". Tonight, a Farewell Dinner together at a local restaurant is a perfect way to end your tour
Optional: Half Day Montserrat Tour (PM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Depart Spain
Bid "adios" to Spain and your fellow travelers. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Half Day Escorial Tour

Enjoy a visit to what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world." El Escorial is, perhaps, Philip II's most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. This austere monastery, erected by King Philip II in 1584, was intended to be a memorial to his father, King Charles V, and to commemorate Spain´s victory at Saint Quentin in 1557. It has since become the burial place of subsequent Spanish kings and queens.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 07 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020 $90.00
01 Apr 2020 - 08 Apr 2020 $90.00
12 Apr 2020 - 30 Apr 2020 $90.00
02 May 2020 - 07 Sep 2020 $90.00
09 Sep 2020 - 30 Nov 2020 $90.00
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Paella Cooking Class with dinner

Today learn how to prepare Paella Valenciana in the city where this delicious dish was created. This free-style combination of rice, meat and vegetables is a very popular regional dish and a staple in most Valencian diets. Enjoy some Spanish starters as you observe the Paella as it cooks over a wood fire, the way it was traditionally prepared. Polish off your meal with a typical Valencian dessert.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #5 01 Mar 2020 - 30 Nov 2020 $90.00
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Half Day Montserrat Tour

Enjoy a relaxing drive along the picturesque villages of the province to reach Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta."

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #7 11 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $70.00
01 Apr 2020 - 30 Nov 2020 $70.00
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12 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, September 2019
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12 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, September 2019
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10 Day Classic Portugal, August 2019
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15 Day Northern Spain, Portugal & France, June 2019
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Jerry B. San Clemente, CA
16 Day Kaleidoscope of Spain & Portugal, June 2019
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Gary S. Stewartstown, PA
10 Day Classic Portugal, June 2019
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11 Day Crown of Spain, May 2019
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11 Day Crown of Spain, May 2019
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Marge L. Greenville, SC
12 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, April 2019
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Roberta P. Riverside, CA
13 Day Affordable Portugal & Spain, February 2019
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10 Day Affordable Spain, February 2019
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15 Day Barcelona with 11 Day Canary Islands & Morocco Cruise, January 2019
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6 Day Barcelona Special, January 2019
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8 Day Affordable Portugal, December 2018
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10 Day Classic Portugal, October 2018
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23 Day Spain & Portugal with 7 Day Western Med Cruise, September 2018
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12 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, October 2018
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13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, September 2018
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11 Day Crown of Spain, September 2018
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15 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, September 2018
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Jurgen B. Acton, MA
11 Day Crown of Spain, August 2018
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10 Day Classic Portugal, June 2018
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The trip was amazing and above all my expectations! The hotels were all great, the food was fantastic, and the sites we visited were all wonderful. I also liked that we had free time to do our own thing. Overall, the tour was very organized, which I really enjoyed. I also wanted to take the time to recognize Andre, our tour director. He was a walking encyclopedia/history book. He was so knowledgeable about everything. He was also extremely professional and very friendly. He truly made the entire experience more meaningful and unforgettable.

Julia C. Ladera Ranch, CA
8 Day Art Cities of Spain, May 2018
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Our Gate 1 trip was excellent with a fantastic group of people. Our tour manager, Amaiya, grew up is Spain and she was well-versed in the culture, history and sites. She is also a wonderful person. We would travel with her anytime.

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15 Day Northern Spain, Portugal & France, May 2018
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David F. Victoria, AU
16 Day Iberia, April 2018
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Gate 1 is continuing to excel! We have (again) enjoyed a wonderful tour with you. Fantastic itinerary, lovely hotels, the best and most knowledgeable Tour Manager (Jose) and a very capable driver (Florentino). Every day brought new and amazing experiences and it just kept getting better! ... Spain and Portugal are beautiful countries with a wealth of history, incredible sights, lovely people and great food. Thank you again, Gate 1 Travel.

Diane B. New South Wales, AU.
21 Day Portugal & Spain, May 2018
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We had a great time overall but especially enjoyed the Portugal part. Our tour guides Americo and Catia were very helpful and enjoyable to be with.

Christopher N. Queensland, AU.
16 Day Iberia, May 2018
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Our trip was great! Spain and Portugal were beautiful, much more than I expected, and truly two of the cleanest countries I've ever seen and we travel a lot. I can't say enough about our tour guide, Roberto. He was excellent! ... He would always give us suggestions on things to see and do and eat ... Overall, it was a wonderful trip and Gate 1 did not disappoint in any aspect.

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11 Day Crown of Spain, May 2018
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Armando A. Corona, CA
12 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, May 2018
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It’s one of the best trips that we had with Gate 1 both fun and entertaining but also educational. We learned so much on history culture people and food of Portugal and Spain. Our guide Jose was wonderful and so were local guides.

Alan L. Southlake, TX
12 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, May 2018
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Great trip from beginning to end! Beautiful scenery and interesting historical sites along with informative and entertaining guides made for an enjoyable experience. Great hotels and service. Ugo made it look easy driving the bus through some of the narrower streets. What can we say Jose is a traveler's dream - as Tour Director he looked after everything. Everything done with class! Would definitely book with Gate 1 again!

Fred Y. Dartmouth, N.S. Canada
11 Day Crown of Spain, April 2018
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We very much enjoyed the trip to Spain. The tour was very well organized. In a relatively short time we have seen many historic sites and and had a wonderful culinary experience with local food and wines. Special thanks to our tour manager Roberto who was with us during this wonderful trip and who took a good care on every member of the group.

Alexander J. Columbia, MO
11 Day Crown of Spain, April 2018
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Our trip was amazing. Our tour guide Roberto was the best. He was very knowledgeable and anything we needed he was very helpful. I would recommend this tour guide to anyone. The restaurants were outstanding and all of the hotels were great. We are going to plan an Italy vacation in September of 2019 and will definitely be using Gate 1

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