Classic Spain

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Best time to go: March to October

9 Nights | from £2,995pp

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  • Be wowed by the works of Gaudí, Barcelona’s most eccentric architect
  • View world-class art in Madrid’s greatest galleries
  • Explore Cordoba’s matchless Mezquita
  • Tuck into the tastiest tapas in foodie hub Seville
  • Stay in some of Spain’s most glamorous hotels

Day 1 UK / Barcelona
Pizazz, style and unrestrained brio – that’s Barcelona. Lounging on the Mediterranean coast, that Catalan capital is a city of glamorous beaches, chic restaurants and elegant boulevards plus gritty back streets and innovative architecture. Stay at Hotel El Palace, a glorious grand dame in the heart of the action.
Hotel El Palace

Day 2 Barcelona
Get to grips with the old city. An expert guide will lead you down the bustling thoroughfare of Las Ramblas and into the narrow, labyrinthine streets and quiet squares of the medieval Gothic Quarter – home to the magnificent 13th-century cathedral. Also, amble into hip La Ribera to visit the astonishing Picasso Museum, and walk the wide, open plazas of Eixample.
Hotel El Palace | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Barcelona
No individual has influenced Barcelona more than the architect Antoni Gaudí – his quirky designs define the originality of the city. An expert guide will help you explore his masterpieces, from Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera), a sinuous Art Nouveau marvel, to the Sagrada Familía, the soaring Catholic basilica started in 1882 and still only two-thirds complete. Finish at Parc Güell, a hilltop park where Gaudí’s imagination ran wild – expect mosaic-covered benches, sculpted lizards and sweeping views over the city.
Hotel El Palace | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Barcelona / Madrid
Zip across the Spanish countryside via high-speed first-class train to reach the capital, Madrid. Home here is the Hotel Orfila, a beautiful former 14th Century Palace.
Hotel Orfila | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Madrid
Bang-central in Spain, and seat of its government since 1561, Madrid has evolved into a vibrant capital. Meet you guide for this morning’s walking tour of central Madrid. You will wander through the historic centre and the arcaded 17th century Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol before visiting the Palacio Real, whose rooms are filled with art treasures and antiques. Wander back to your hotel with your guide and have the afternoon free to explore further 
Hotel Orfila | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Madrid
Madrid is also home to some of the country’s greatest treasures. This morning, with your expert guide, visit the Prado Museum to view works by Spain’s three great masters – Goya, Velázquez and El Greco. After, head to the magnificent Thyssen-Bornemisza, a repository of 800 paintings. You may wish to substitute this for the Reina Sofia, which concentrates on 20th-century art, including Picasso’s ‘Guernica’. Alternatively, visit under your own steam in the afternoon.

Madrid’s art is world-class, but the city is more than fine museums. The vivacity of the local Madrileños brings life and laughter to every street. Spend your free time soaking up the lively atmosphere, strolling the narrow lanes and graceful squares of the old town, browsing the markets and people-watching from the terrace cafes. 
Hotel Orfila | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Madrid / Córdoba / Seville
Córdoba, a quick train-hop from Madrid, is one of Spain’s oldest cities. Here, meet a knowledgeable guide to walk through the flower-filled streets of the Jewish Quarter and visit the Islamic courtyards, orange-scented gardens and mesmerising arches of the Mezquita, one of Europe’s most striking buildings. After a spot of lunch, we’ll take you on to Seville in a private vehicle. Located near to the Torro del Oro, the Gran Melia Colon is your opulent base.
Gran Hotel Melia Colon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Seville
A marvellous melting pot of cultures and influences, Seville is theatrical, joyful and delicious. Begin your explorations of the Andalusian capital with a guide, visiting the 15th-century cathedral – one of the most breathtaking in all of Christendom – and La Giralda, Seville’s iconic Moorish bell tower. Then enter the Alcázar, one of the oldest royal residences in Europe still in use, filled with Mudéjar flourishes.
Gran Melia Colon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Seville
Embrace the Seville spirit, getting lost in the tiny alleyways of the medieval Jewish quarter, shopping around the Plaza Nueva and wandering by the Guadalquivir river. Be sure to eat plenty – Seville is renowned for its tapas, and an evening spent grazing on little dishes in lively bars is the surest way to get a real taste for the city.
Gran Melia Colon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Spain / UK
Head to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 10 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,9950 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights and the inclusions mentioned in the itinerary.

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Best time to be there

Spain is best visited in the springtime, when the temperatures are generally warm and comfortable. Autumn is equally comfortable, though less green and the landscapes are drier. July and August are very hot.

Fly to

Barcelona, Malaga and Madrid (British Airways); Palma (British Airways or bmi)

flying time

2 hours - Spain
2.5 hours - Mallorca
4 hours - Tenerife

time difference

GMT +1 hour

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