SPAIN-CHARMING SPAIN

Day 1, Thursday: En route
Depart Canada by overnight flight(s) to Barcelona (flight not included).
Day 2, Friday: Barcelona
Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Take advantage of the time to get to know this beautiful and cosmopolitan city. Perhaps take a stroll along the famed Ramblas, admiring the stalls of flower and bird sellers, and being amused by strolling entertainers. Maybe visit a museum like the Picasso. Tonight choose among restaurants of every type and price range, perhaps trying the delicious Catalan cuisine, a sort of Spanish-French fusion.
Day 3, Saturday: Barcelona
Buffet breakfast and morning panoramic city tour, including the quaint Gothic Quarter with its ancient cathedral, the modernist Holy Family Basilica by Gaudi, and more. Admire the breathtaking views from Montjuich. Free time for lunch on your own in the beautiful Olympic Port area. (Premium package includes lunch). Afternoon free for more exploring or shopping.

Day 4, Sunday: Barcelona-Zaragoza-Madrid
Buffet breakfast and departure toward Zaragoza, where you will have an opportunity to visit (on your own) the huge and impressive Basilica of Our Lady of El Pilar. Free time for lunch on your own before continuing to Madrid for late afternoon arrival. In the evening, enjoy an escorted panoramic tour of Illuminated Madrid, ending at the atmospheric Plaza Mayor, where you may choose to enjoy some of the delicious Tapas, served in the numerous “tavernas” in the area (Premium Package includes Tapas dinner).

Day 5, Monday: Madrid
Buffet breakfast. Morning panoramic city tour, including the Cibeles and Neptune fountains, the magnificent Alcala Gate, the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Oriente, Retiro Park, the Gran Via as well as modern Madrid. Perhaps enjoy a typical Madrid lunch (Premium package includes this lunch). Free afternoon. Highly recommended is an optional excursion to ancient Imperial Toledo, where you can admire the magnificent cathedral and the art of El Greco (Premium Package includes Toledo excursion). Or, you may choose to visit (on your own) the famed Prado Museum or the excellent Thyssen-Bornemisza collection.

Day 6, Tuesday: Madrid-Merida-Seville
Buffet breakfast. Departure, through the Extremadura region of the famous cork trees, by way of Trujillo to the ancient Roman city of Merida. Free time for lunch on your own. (Premium package includes lunch). Afternoon visit to the spectacular Roman amphitheatre (still in use) before continuing to Seville.

Day 7, Wednesday: Seville
Buffet breakfast. Morning city tour including the Tower of Gold, Maria Luisa Park, the cathedral with its Giralda Tower (formerly a minaret), and the quaint Santa Cruz quarter. (Premium package includes lunch). Afternoon free for shopping or exploring this lovely Andalusian city, with orange tree-lined streets. This evening, don’t miss the optional opportunity to attend an exciting Flamenco show, with a glass of local wine. (Premium package includes Flamenco show with wine).

Day 8, Thursday: Seville-Cordoba-Granada
Buffet breakfast. Departure to Cordoba for a tour of the fantastic former Great Mosque, now a cathedral. Free time for lunch on your own and a little shopping. Continue to Granada. (Premium package includes dinner in Granada). Tonight perhaps take advantage of an optional opportunity to visit the atmospheric Albaicin quarter, to enjoy its typical music and a little wine. (Premium package includes Albaicin visit).

Day 9, Friday: Granada-Madrid
Buffet breakfast. Morning escorted tour of the fabulous Alhambra, once palace of the Moorish rulers, in the middle ages, of this part of Spain. Also marvel at the extensive and lush gardens of the Generalife. After the tour departure by coach across the fields of La Mancha to Madrid.

Day 10, Saturday: Madrid
Buffet breakfast. Pre-arranged transfer to Madrid airport at the proper time to check-in for your trans-Atlantic flight to your home city.