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Andalucia, Madrid and Barcelona - Overview
DATES & COST 

April 19 - 30, 2020
12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour starts in Malaga and ends in Barcelona

$4,760 per person/double occupancy
$1,480 single supplement
Additional nights: $340 single or double room including airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour may be combined with the Lisbon and the Silver Coast tour to Portugal (May 1 - 10, 2020) or with the Deserts and Oases tour to Morocco (April 5 - 17, 2020).


THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

The image of Spain is one of color, romance, passion, and the lone figure of the matador in the bull ring, cape and sword in hand beneath the burning afternoon sun. The Sights and Soul's journey through Spain explores the many aspects of this enchanted and diverse land, its history, culture and cuisines. It incorporates an in-depth exploration of Seville, Cordoba and Granada with the Alhambra, while staying on Costa del Sol in southern Andalucia, then it includes touring Madrid and Toledo in central Castilla-La Mancha, followed by the beautiful city of Barcelona in eastern Catalonia, with excursions to Montserrat, Girona and Costa Brava.

From our Mediterranean base in Benalmadena, we'll explore the iconic Andalucian jewels of Granada, Seville and Cordoba. The hotel's location between the mountains and the sea allows for a relaxing, luxurious beach stay, while being at the optimal distance from the classic Andalucian sites. Andalucia is blessed with achingly beautiful countryside, majestic mountains and a long Mediterranean coastline. This unique place where east meets west in an exotic melting pot of Jewish, Roma, Moorish and Christian cultures, abounds in powerful Andalucian images of flamenco, tapas, fiestas, bullfighting, raw passion, Carmen and Don Juan. Among them, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, set in the foothills of Spain's Sierra Nevada Mountains, is considered 'the Jewel of Moorish Spain'.

Madrid in the center of Spain, is also its heart. The city's historic district teems with sights from Museo del Prado to Palacio Real, from elegant Plaza Mayor to historic, bohemian La Latina, serving some of Spain's best tapas and wines. Toledo in La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote, is a glorious treasure of a city, with one of the world's most beautifully preserved medieval quarters on the spot that used to be Europe's most cultured and sophisticated city, where Christians, Jews and Moors contributed equally to its celebrated wealth and fame.

Sitting on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona, the most cosmopolitan Spanish city, is vibrant, vivacious and visionary. The city's brooding jungle of medieval lanes were home to Gaudi who built the world's most whimsical structures here, including now almost finished La Sagrada Familia, and where Picasso spent his youth. Close to the city, there are the historical, cultural and scenic treasures of Montserrate, Girona and Costa Brava, along with the amazing cava wine growing regions. Barcelona, and Catalonia in general, has excellent seafood, and meals here are often turned into art.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 12 days/11 nights in boutique, luxury hotels in Benalmadena, Madrid and Barcelona
     
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners, including drinks; all restaurant gratuities. Most meals are a la carte, at intimate, gourmet restaurants
     
  • AVE express train transportation between Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona; private bus transportation when touring
     
  • Private airport transfers in Malaga and in Barcelona
     
  • Guided tours of Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Montserrat, Girona and Costa Brava with professional, private guides
     
  • Catalan cooking class in Barcelona, culinary tour of Madrid, cava wine tour and tasting
     
  • Flamenco show in Madrid
     
  • L'Escolania boys' choir performance in Montserrat
     
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour
     
  • All gratuities for drivers, guides, and servers
     
  • All activities and attractions described in the itinerary, admissions, fees and taxes
NOT INCLUDED 

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, early hotel check-in, porterage, optional travel insurance, meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities not included in the itinerary, optional tour director gratuities, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses. 

The cost does not include airfare to and from Spain.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Seville's Cathedral, Alcazar Palace, Santa Cruz, Plaza de España
  • Cordoba's Mezquita, Synagogue and Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
  • Granada's Abayzin quarter, Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
  • The Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado Museum
  • Medieval architecture of Toledo
  • Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and modernist treasures
  • Montserrat Monastery tour with a boys choir's performance
  • Roman Girona and Costa Brava
  • A fiery flamenco performance
  • Tapas lunch, South African lunch, Andalucian dinner, Madrileno dinner
  • Catalan cooking class, culinary tour of Madrid, cava tasting
  • Unwinding on the beaches of the Costa del Sol and Costa Brava
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Well thought out and perfectly designed itinerary
  • Classic Spanish sights and experiences
  • Exclusive activities not available to other groups
  • Inclusion of all gratuities and tipping
  • Professional local guides who are experts in their fields
  • Experienced tour director
  • Luxury accommodations in perfect locations in each city
  • A la carte dining, including drinks in upscale restaurants
  • No forced shopping
Testimonials 

It was a wonderful tour. It was my first tour with Sights and Soul and I was very pleased with the overall experience. The best experiences during the tour were touring the smaller towns such as Ronda.– Lisa from Minnesota

Javier, the local guide in Marbella was excellent. The Moroccan Restaurant in Granada was excellent. The city of Ronda was beautiful. Marta was an excellent guide in Madrid, could be understood. The Madrid market visit was excellent. Mariona in Barcelona was excellent. – Kathy from Wisconsin

It was a great tour. It touched on many wonderful sites in Spain. It was great! Thanks for organizing these trips. The ladies by the way were awesome. – Ann Kathleen from Pennsylvania

The tour was excellent overall. We saw numerous important interesting sites and had dinners at some wonderful places. Kerry was an excellent guide. – Maureen from Virginia

Everything was a “best experience”, having never been to Spain. Kerry was perfect. So patient and understanding. The trip was wonderful, exciting, interesting and the opportunity to meet fun-loving ladies. - Linda from Illinois

I really enjoyed all 3 tours: wonderful guides, great food, everyone got along well, a memorable experience. So glad I did these 3 (Morocco, Spain, Portugal) in a row. In many cases, history just flowed and connected from one to the other. Marta, Kerry and Angela were all great tour leaders, each with a different personality and style of leading, but all equal in greatly enhancing their trip.
Andrea from Nevada

I think the tour was great. We really did see some wonderful sights of Spain in a short time and had a terrific group of ladies to share it with. I am so thrilled I went on this tour.
Sharon from Pennsylvania

Spain 2017 was a fabulous tour. Definitely two thumbs up! I love the S&S tours: this was the fourth one and I’m looking forward to #5! And Kerry was great! Professional, fun, friendly and a terrific organizer.
Pam from California

It was another great tour, and I will continue to travel with Sights & Soul.
Mary from Massachusetts

The trip was well planned and organized efficiently. The guides from the various locations were knowledgeable. Our tour leader went above and beyond to ensure our group was informed on all aspects of the tour. She was extremely helpful, had a terrific attitude and I enjoyed having her in Spain. There is nothing she could have done differently. I’ve traveled with another women’s group before and did not receive this top of the line service. I will be traveling again and again with Sights and Soul.
Rafiya from New York

It was a great time – lots of culture, art, history, fine food and great fellow travelers. The tour leader was thoughtful, personable and flexible. THANK YOU.
Amy from Massachusetts 

It was the right cities + sights and for the right number of days in each location. All transportation arrived on time and we were usually a little early – a good thing! The local guides were all good, but those in Madrid and Barcelona were excellent.
Victoria from New Jersey 

It was great! Loved the day trips and exposure to new parts of the Spanish culture. I know so much more about Spain now. Kerry was a great tour leader. Friendly and handled every detail of traveling . She fit in as a friend, who had answers to most every question, and took care of the details that would have been intimidating to me – navigating train stations and metro systems, handling hotels. It was so relaxing knowing that she will handle all the details.
Kathy from Ohio

It was the perfect mix of history, culture & fun. The incredible food and drink didn’t hurt, either. Kerry went out of her way to make sure everyone had the best time possible & didn’t have to worry about anything.
Beverly from Maryland 

It was great. I was in awe of the sights, culture and food, and I can’t wait for the next tour! Kerry was very personable, she did a very good job as a tour leader.
Diane from Texas

I thought it was a well planned trip. It is so good to be able to experience travel safely with other women. 
Gloria from Arizona

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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