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DAY 1 : UK - Madrid.

Fly to Madrid where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Madrid - Aranjuez - Cuenca - Valencia.

Your day starts by driving to nearby Aranjuez in the Castilian Plain, where you stop for a visit of the Royal Palace, the origin of which goes back to the 14th century. Although burnt down twice in 1727 and 1728 it was splendidly rebuilt and became a favourite residence of Spanish royalty. Then continue to the magnificently located old town of Cuenca, standing high above the Rivers Júcar and Huecar and famous for its 'hanging houses', suspended over the Huecar ravine. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Valencia.

Today includes a full day's sight seeing in the third largest city in Spain, Valencia. filled with wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees. Take in the beauty of the old quarter with the narrow streets, fine Gothic houses and modern port. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Valencia - Peñíscola - Barcelona.

The day starts with a drive to the nearby Castellon area, where you'll visit Peñíscola Castle, first built by the Templars in the 14th century and conjuring up scenes of medieval times. You continue through orange groves along the coast road to the region's lively and elegant capital, Barcelona, for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Barcelona.

Called the 'Great Enchantress' by poet Maragall, this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is the pride of Catalonia, full of charm and steeped in history. Your sightseeing tour with local guide will include a drive around Montjuic Hill to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. It continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the houses 'Batllo' and 'Mila' and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Barcelona - Zaragoza - Pamplona.

Travel through the glorious countryside of Catalonia to Zaragoza on the banks of the River Ebro, where you'll have time to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar. Then continue through fertile valleys and the Rioja wine-growing region to the Basque Country, and the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, Pamplona, for one night. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Pamplona - San Sebastian - Bilbao - Burgos.

Visit the Basque city of San Sebastian known as the Oceans's Pearl. Continue to visit Bilbao then on to Burgos. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Burgos - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca.

Today you head deeper into the Castilla - Leon region, enjoying some grand vistas as you travel to the edge of the Sierra de Guadarrama, a green oasis in the Castillian plain. Drive to Segovia, a magnificently sited city perched on a rock formation at an altitude of 3,280 feet, famous for its splendid cathedral, the medieval Alcazar palace and an impressive Roman aqueduct. Continue to Avila and Salamanca, one of Spain's greatest artistic and historical cities, for the night. Why not relax with an evening drink in the city's elegant Plaza Mayor square? Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Salamanca - Seville.

Today, enjoy more Spanish landscapes, stopping in Caceres and crossing over the mighty Tagus River and the Guadiana, before reaching the Andalucian capital, Seville, for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Seville at Leisure.

The wonderful Andalucian city of Seville is the epitome of Spain; fiery flamenco, Moorish splendour, fragrant gardens, elegant plazas. The morning is yours to do as you please - perhaps join our optional sightseeing tour to see many of its highlights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 : Seville - Ronda - Granada.

Today head into the sherry country region, passing typical, quaint white-washed Andalucian villages to the town of Ronda, famous for the ravine which literally cuts it in two. Later we arrive in the city of Granada. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 : Granada - Montilla - Cordoba.

Granada was the Arabs most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. Included is a visit with a local guide to the glorious Alhambra complex, surrounded by magnificent gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte. In the afternoon, there's more stunning scenery on the agenda as you travel to Cordoba, the 'Athens of the West'. Stop for wine tasting in Montilla. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 : Cordoba - Madrid.

Cordoba is perhaps Spain's most Moorish city, with its grand 8th century Mezquita mosque, one of Islam's greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. Included is a visit to this amazing landmark, now a cathedral. Then head into the heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills and the setting for Cervantes' famous novel, 'Don Quixote'. Arrive in Madrid in time to enjoy a relaxed evening. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Madrid.

This morning, there's an optional trip to the old walled city of Toledo, made famous in El Greco's paintings. Later enjoy guided sightseeing in Madrid; Spain's regal capital and the highest in Europe which offers a wonderful mix of ancient and modern attractions. Includes Breakfast

DAY 15 : Madrid - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

What's Included

• Flights
• Accommodation on tour
• Meals on tour - 14 breakfasts and 7 dinners
• Services of a tour director
• Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
• Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
• Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
• All local and airport taxes/service charges
• Single share option - see page 8

Holiday Highlights

• Valencia Restaurant dinner
• Peñiscola Castle
• Barcelona City sightseeing
• Alhambra Guided visit
• Cordoba Visit the Mesquita
• Madrid City sightseeing
• San Sebastian
• Salamanca
• Montilla Wine tasting
• La Mancha