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    Tours & TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

     

    for the discerning traveller to Spain, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

     

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    Authentic Andalucia

     

    journey through 3000 years of history

     

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    Majestic Spain

     

    immerse yourself in the passion and intensity

     

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    Undiscovered Portugal

     

    in the foot steps of the World's greatest explorers

     

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    Magical Morocco

     

    mystery and magic is yours to be found

     

Introduction

 

During the past few years the historic cities of inland Spain, with their stunning setting and unique monuments are being discovered by the more discerning traveller who is comfortable with being immersed in the "real Spain".

 

 

This tour of the medieval cities around Madrid will leave you in awe of how carefully all has been preserved for hundreds of years with Spanish daily life just going on amidst these world class monumental treaures. In Andalucia the romance is attached to tales of Moorish Kings, dark eyes and the passion of flamenco but in Castile the story is more associated to Don Quijote with fairy tale castles surrounded by deep moats, maidens in distress, crusading Knights and duals at dawn. The guided tours help to bring the cities to life and for your free time we arm you with everything you need to make your own trail of discovery as you travel around each beautiful city, staying in traditional hotels in the historical centre and with many recommendations for side trips to find crumbling castles, rural villages and even 20,000 year old rock paintings along the way. You will finish off your own crusade with 2 nights in Madrid where you will be given a tour of the best tapas bars of the city and entry into the Prado Museum

 

 

Client's Comments

 

Michelle Williams, USA

 

I want to thank you again for arranging such a wonderful vacation for us. It was one of our best trips ever. Every detail was perfectly planned and arranged. Every choice was fantastic. Our only complaint was having to return home!!!!


David & Terry Marshall, USA

 

As Spain's Tourism Board so cleverly puts it on their TV advertisement, "You Need Spain." And so we did! And thanks to you, we got Spain in a marvelous manner. Nicola, the last two weeks were one of the very best holidays Terry and I have ever had. Madrid, Salamanca and Barcelona are more than wonderful cities, unique in every way, and your choice of hotels in those cities is terrific. Obviously, The Rector Hotel was our favorite, comparing favorably with the hotel in Ronda you booked for us a couple years ago. The Room Mate in Madrid is quirky in a great way, and the location of the Gallery in Barcelona couldn't have been improved upon. As you promised, the trains and transfers were easy to navigate as was the Barcelona Metro.

 

There are so many memorable sights and sites that we'll probably forget in time, but a few will linger forever: the redone Prado and the absolutely thrilling Flamenco show at the Corral, New Years Eve in Salamanca's Plaza Major; the wonderful private walking tour in that city, and "Sylvia" at the Rector, an absolute National Treasure who made our stay there special; and the Sagrada Famillia and the National Gallery of Catalunya Art in Barcelona. And to top the whole two weeks off, the weather was gorgeous every day we were there, affording opportunities for long walks, long sessions of people watching in the Plazas and along Las Ramblas, and never enough wine and tapas. Along with all else, I thank you for the meteorological conditions as well.

 

 

Again, thank you so much for all your fine planning. I'm sure we'll "need" Spain again, and we will depend on you for its delivery. Fond regards, and hopes for a happy and prosperous New Year. David and Terry

 


Self-drive tour of Madrid & The Kingdom of Castile

Madrid, Toledo, Segovia & Salamanca - 7 Nights

 

This holiday can start on any date you request and can also be taken by train (contact us to see the itinerary by train)

 

Day One - Arrive Madrid airport, collect your hire car and transfer to Segovia for 1 night

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia is a stunning completely over the top example of Castilian architecture built to further solidify the success of the conquering catholic monarchs. The Alcazar is a fairy tale structure which it is said to have been the inspiration for the Disney Castle logo with Rapunzel type turrets and a deep moat, and the cathedral is an immense structure of flying buttresses and towering peaks which took almost two hundred years to complete. Probably the most famous sight of Segovia is the Roman Aqueduct, built around the first Century AD and comprises over 880 metres of granite featuring 166 arches, 120 pillars and reaching its highest point at over 30 metres over the Plaza de Azoguejo.

 

Segovia is surrounded by a magical air of witchcraft and wizardry; a perfect setting for folklore music, dancing and other cultural events; the medieval markets and candlelit concerts attract local visitors from all over the area.

 

A traditional Segovian dinner

 

The traditional meal in Segovia is Roast Suckling Pig and tonight in your hotel you will served a superb meal with local specialities that will stand you in good stead for making the right choices in other restaurants as you travel around the area. (Vegetarian alternatives are of course available).

 

Day Two - Transfer to Salamanca for 2 nights

Just outside Segovia, on the way to Salamanca you can make a stop at La Granja; a summer palace built by King Felipe V the first Bourbon King of Spain.

 

Salamanca

Salamanca is probably the most elegant city in Spain and for four centuries is was the seat of one of the most prestigious universities of the world. It was also where Columbus was turned down for the first time as he tried to get backing for his voyage to the New World. One of the most obvious features of Salamanca are the majestic buildings created with sandstone which give off a warm golden glow, spectacular when seen floodlit at night.

Early evening is a lovely time to wander around the Casco Historico (historical centre), where there are many pavements cafes and bars just perfect for soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by. Be sure to try some wine of the Ribera del Duero - a region now rivalling Rioja for Spain finest and also most popular wine.

 

Day Three - Private walking tour of Salamanca old city and its monuments.

For this morning you will be met by your own personal, local guide who will be best to help you discover the old quarter of the city which is a living museum of architecture in all different styles and eras. As you wander around the town your guide will bring the city to life and explain many interesting facts such as how the sand stone, composed of iron hardens and rusts in contact with the air, so with the passing of time it takes on the beautiful golden hue. Your guide will also give you all the facts and stories about the university which was built in 1218 by order of King Alfonso IX - where the very soul of Salamanca is to be found in its faculties and libraries; the envy of the world for over 400 years.

 

For the afternoon you will be free to explore alone and our guide pack can help you to search out the more hidden gems of the city including Baroque churches, small plazas and convents.

 

Day Four - Transfer to Toledo for 2 nights via Avila

It is said that there were once 10 thousand castles in Spain and this area south of the Duero is particularly good for a castle spotting drive, stopping off at the best along the way. If you are interested, not far away from Salamanca is the UNESCO site of Siega Verde. A peaceful, rural area where you can see the world's best example of open air pre-historic rock art, with 20,000 year old drawings spread over 1 mile of the left bank of the river.

 

Avila

A tour of this area is not complete without a visit to Avila; a lesser known town to tourists from abroad but it is has been an essential destination for Spaniards for many years to see the stunning city walls which surround the town, making it one of the best preserved walled cities in Europe and also the shrine to the mystic writer Santa Teresa the focus of a major religious pilgrimage. As you approach the town you will be amazed by the breath-taking views of the Sierra de Gredos and the magnificent sight of the wall with 88 towers that surround this fortified old city.


Toledo for 2 nights

 

As Granada is to Andalucia Toledo is to central Spain. The whole city is a UNESCO site and is set in a breath-taking position atop a rocky mound, rising up from the stark landscape with the Rio Tajo looping around the city down below. Every inch of the outcrop is covered with churches, synagogues, mosques and houses and is an inspiration for the world today to see how these three religions lived together in a golden age of prosperity and tolerance.

 

Day Five - Morning walking tour of Toledo

For this morning you will be given a guided walking tour of the medieval streets of Toledo where strolling through narrow streets and enchanting squares, your guides will tell you of local legends and traditions that transport you back to the an age of Quijote style maidens and knights, impossible love affairs and moonlit duels.

 

After lunch, be sure to visit the imposing Alcazár (fortress) which has played an active part in the city's history and has been destroyed on a number of occasions, the most recent being in 1936 during the Republican siege of Franco's forces. The famous artist El Greco settled there in 1577 and his works are scattered around the city. His masterpiece El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz (The Burial of Count Orgaz) can be seen in the Iglesia de Santo Tomé.

 

Day Six - Transfer to Madrid for 2 nights, via Aranjuez

Aranjuez is an oasis of Old Castile where the 18th Century Burbon Kings attempted to create a Versailles in Spain as their countryside retreat. The palace has hundreds of exotically designed and furnished rooms from The Porcelain room covered in decorative ceramics from Madrid and The Smoking room fashioned in the style of The Alhambra in Granada. The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and river walks and you can also take a boat from a small jetty by the bridge.

 

Now to Madrid which is probably Europe´s most passionate city and the heart of all that you have seen on this magnificent tour of Castilian Spain. Just step outside the door of your central hotel and you will be right in the thick of things and for your first evening you will meet with a guide and small group of people to have a guided tapas tasting tour.

 

Guided walking tapas tour

 

For your first evening you will have an excellent introduction to the city! Experience the gastronomy, culture and history of Madrid and Spain on a great fun walking tapas tour that takes you off the tourist track and gives you the opportunity to experience with a local, the most atmospheric tapas bars of Madrid. On this tour you will discover what Madrid really is all about whilst feasting on the local specialities.

 

Day Seven - Your day to explore Madrid

There is so much to see and do but from our guide pack to the city you should be able to easily plan a fulfilling, yet certainly not stressful day! A visit to The Prado Museum is a must and these tickets will be booked for you in advance to avoid the queues and you will have plenty of free time to simply wander and get a feel the capital which also the very centre of Spain.

 

Day Eight - Transfer to Madrid airport and say "hasta luego" to Madrid!

 

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What is included in the holiday

 

Accommodation


• 7 nights bed and breakfast in carefully selected 4 star hotels in the historical centre of each city, within a very short walking distance of all the major sites (except in Segovia where the Parador overlooks the city)
• Breakfast is included in all hotels, dinner is also included in Segovia
• All rooms are en-suite and have air conditioning/heating

 

Activities


• Traditional dinner in Segovia
• Private guided tour of Salamanca
• Private guided tour of Toledo
• Guided Walking Tapas tour of Madrid
• Visit to The Prado Museum

 

Transport

 

• 5 days hire of a Seat Ibiza type model with air conditioning and a GPS navigation system (we do not recommend taking your car into Madrid for the last 2 nights of your trip, best leave it and use the metro) *please note this holiday can also be taken by train - send us an email to see an itinerary

 

Plus

 

• A comprehensive guide pack for your trip including city maps, historical information, opening times for museums, art galleries and monuments plus recommended restaurants, pretty plazas, parks, view points and much more...
• A GPS system plus back up driving maps and directions of how to reach the hotel and parking information
• Access to our 24 hour telephone helpline if you need any assistance whilst you are in Spain
• A Spanish Phrase book
• All your pre-holiday and arrival information will be sent to you by email and your complete holiday guide pack will be waiting for you at your first hotel

7 night tour : Prices for 2017

 

from 1435.00 euros per person

 

* Price per person, based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room:

 

Please note these prices to not take in to consideration local and national holidays which may increase hotel rates for certain dates throughout the year, particularly Semana Santa (Holy Week) which in 2017 is from Sunday 9th April to Sunday 16th April

 

Please enquire for an exact quote for your required dates and particular room requirements

Information about flights and travel to Spain

 

We do not include flights in our holidays as our clients arrive from all corners of the globe.

 

Arrival to Madrid :

 

There are flights to Madrid airport from all over Europe and the rest of the world - click here to search for the best deals from your preferred airport

 

There are also trains from all corners of Spain

 

 

Please contact us for detailed information about arriving to Barcelona or Madrid to fit with your holiday plans and travel arrangements

 

 

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