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06 Days - Spectacular Spain

06 Days - Spectacular Spain

6 Days visiting Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona

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Early Bird Offer

 

  • Book 8 weeks in advance and get £40 OFF per adult and child

 

Tour Highlights

 

Madrid

  • Panoramic and Walking City Tour

  • Royal Palace with entrance

Valencia

  • Walking Tour

  • View the Bull Ring (from outside)

  • View the Gateway Towers of Serranos and Quart

  • Seo Cathedral with entrance

  • L’Oceanografic with entrance

 

Barcelona

  • City Tour with local guide

  • Sagrada Familia Cathedral (from outside)

  • Plaza de Cataluna

  • View Olympic Stadium (from outside)

  • Montjuic with entrance

  • Flamenco Show with entrance

  • Walk around the Guell Park with entrance

 

Price Includes

 

  • Return flights from London Heathrow Airport in economy class

  • Ground transportation in deluxe AC coach (without WC)

  • 5 nights accommodation in 3/4* hotels with breakfast

  • 3 Indian dinners, 1 Spanish dinner & 2 Indian vegetarian lunches

  • Entrance and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights

  • All tips and service charge

  • Premium service of a Star Tours Tour Manager

  • All airport charges and applicable fuel charges

  • ATOL Protection fee

 

Hotels

 

  • 2 nights at Hotel NH Hotel Alcala or similar

  • 1 night at NH Las Artes or similar

  • 2 nights at Novotel Barcelona or similar

 

The Star Difference

 

  • Enjoy a complimentary Flamenco Show

  • Enjoy a local Spanish dinner in Valencia

  • Tips and service charge included

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Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

Madrid Football Stadium

25 Euros

20 Euros

(5 - 11 Years)

Madrid Night Tour

15 Euros

Free

Barcelona Night Tour

15 Euros

Free



 

Day 1

London - Madrid (Flight Time: 2 Hours 30 Mins)

Today morning meet our rep at the airport who will provide you with the ticket number and PNR for your flight from London Heathrow to Madrid. You will need to do your own check-in this morning and ensure you are at the correct gate and times as per the guidelines given by the airport information system.

Meet your tour rep at the arrival's hall in Madrid airport, or the location given by your tour rep. We then proceed to make our way towards our coach.

Depending on the plan for the day it may be possible for us to have an early check-in at the hotel, in which case we will proceed to the hotel to check-in to our rooms. We will then proceed to make our way into the Madrid city centre.

On arrival in Madrid city centre, Spain's central capital, we will go on a panoramic tour covering the Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family and also used for state ceremonies, it is also the largest royal palace in Europe by floor area. You will also see the "Puerta del Sol" a public square in Madrid, which is one of the best known and busiest places in the city. We then see the "Plaza de Cibeles" a square with a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures and fountains that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. At the "Plaza de Cibeles" see the four prominent buildings: the Bank of Spain, the Palacio de Buenavista, the Palace of Linares ("Palacio de Linares"), and the Cybele Palace ("Palacio de Cibeles").

Where possible we will be coming of the coach to take quick photo stops throughout the panoramic city tour, this will be traffic dependent.

We then see the "Plaza de España" as we drive through the world-renowned and shopping district of Madrid the "Gran Via". At the Plaza, you can see the monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and is adjacent to two of Madrid's most prominent skyscrapers. As we continue our panoramic tour see the Calle de Alcalá, which is the longest street in Madrid and also a Neoclassical fountain in the centre of a roundabout depicting Neptune on a shell-shaped chariot - the famous fountain of Neptune.

Later in the evening, we go for our Indian meal at the restaurant before we board back onto the coach and make our way back to the Hotel.

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Day 2

Madrid (Distance: 90 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast we board our coach and make our way back to the city centre of Madrid. Where we head towards the Royal Palace.

Once we get our tickets, we visit the inside of the Royal Palace. Home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, Madrid's Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of Spain. Though it is no longer the royal family's home, it continues to be their official residence. The palace has 135,000 square metres of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. The Royal Palace also overlooks the river valley, and its majestic architecture is astonishing and truly to be admired. We then drive past the famous Prado Museum constructed during the reign of Charles III (Carlos III) as part of a grandiose building scheme.

We then make our way to the Market of San Miguel, which is Madrid most popular and covered market. The market has gourmet tapas, beers, groceries and over 30 different vendors selling a wide variety of freshly prepared hams, olives, baked goods and other foods.

In the afternoon we proceed to the "Gran Via", which literally means "Great Way", Madrid's most important shopping area. This street is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. Often referred to as the Spanish Broadway, and it is one of the streets with the most nightlife in Europe. The street allows you a wonderful opportunity to see all parts of Madrid city centre as it leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España, or simply shop away to your heart's content.

Today the tour rep may conduct an optional tour of Madrid Football Stadium, the illustrious "Santiago Bernabéu Stadium". You will have an opportunity here to go inside one of the world's most prestigious football stadium. Discover Real Madrid's numerous famed international players like Di Estefano, Hugo Sánchez, Puskas, Beckham, Zidane, Casillas, Raúl, Guti, Ramos and Ronaldo. A stunning panoramic view of the Stadium, followed by the 'Best Club in History' Room, Sensations Room, Photomontages Room, finally make the visit to the pitch and check out the presidential box. It should be noted this optional is only available on non-event days at the stadium and is subject to availability.

Later we go back to the "Gran Via" and join up with the rest of the group before we make our way to the restaurant for our evening dinner. We then proceed back to the hotel, as we prepare to pack our backs and check-out tomorrow morning. Alternatively settle back in your seats on the coach for an optional night tour of Madrid.

If you chose the optional tour of "Madrid By Night" then we board our coach and begun our night tour, which lasts 90 Minutes and takes you around the key sights of Madrid at Night, see the vibrant city come alive in the night, where we visit the Gran Via, Royal Palace lit up, Plaza Mayor, Fountain of Cibeles and Plaza de España. The city truly comes alive in the night.

Later, we proceed back to the Hotel.

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Day 3

Madrid - Valencia (Distance: 420 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast, we check out of the hotel and make our way back to the city of Madrid. We visit the Buen Retiro Gardens known as the best gardens in Madrid. We spend the morning in one of the largest city parks in Spain.

Later drive to Valencia, located on Spain's eastern Mediterranean coast. You will not be reaching Valencia until the late in the afternoon, and we will be stopping on route for Lunch. The lunch stop will only sell continental food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services.

On arrival, depart for an excursion to L'Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe which contains representatives of the world's main marine ecosystems. Each building is identified with the following aquatic environments: the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Islands, and the Red Sea, as well as the Dolphinarium with 24 million litres of water and a depth of 10.5 metres.

We then make our way to the hotel, where we can freshen up before we enjoy our Spanish dinner at the Hotel. The dinner will be a light continental Spanish meal.

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Day 4

Valencia - Barcelona (Distance: 400 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast, we check out of the hotel and make our way to the centre of Valencia. We meet our local professional guide in the city centre. The tour of this port and the cultural city starts with a view of the Town Hall, which is made up of two connected blocks: the Casa de la Enseñanza (the old Mayoral School) and the section that was added at the beginning of this century. The City Council has been based there since 1934. The construction is modern, with lavish decoration and there is a clock tower in the centre of the building.

We then see the massive Gateway Towers of Serranos and Quart; it is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall and regarded as the largest Gothic city gateway in all of Europe as it was built in Valencian Gothic style at the end of the 14th century.

As no visit to Spain would be complete without a visit to a bullring, we make our way to the Plaza de Toros de Valencia. See the bullring from the outside, and admire the neoclassical style, inspired by a civil Roman architecture such as the Colosseum in Rome, the monument is a 48-sided polygon, with 384 external arches. It was built by the Valencian architect Sebastián Monleón Estellés in the so-called Neo-Mudéjar style.

Before we depart from Valencia, we see one of the most prominent sights in Valencia, the La Seo Cathedral which houses numerous religious and artistic treasures.

We then later proceed to Barcelona, driving up the picturesque Balearic Sea coast. The drive should take us about 4 hours. Once we reach Barcelona in the evening, we go for our buffet Indian meal.

After the dinner, we make our way for a Flamenco Show, although the flamenco isn't even native to Barcelona it has developed here as many Andalusian-born Spaniards moved to Barcelona for work. The flamenco show isn't just about the fancy footwork, but also the masterful guitar playing and beautiful singing. The show takes place in a small, intimate venue inspired by the gypsy flamenco caves of southern Spain. It should be noted the flamenco show may be done on day 5.

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Day 5

Barcelona - Costa Brava (Distance: 120 Kms)

Today after breakfast we meet up with our local professional guide for a city tour of Barcelona.

The guide will immerse you in the rich history of Barcelona and explain the key sights of Barcelona. We visit the famous Park Guell, a public park composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill.

We later visit from the outside the magnificence of Gaudi's controversial Sagrada Familia, Sagrada Familia. The iconic but controversial Basílica was laid in 1882, it's unlikely that anyone involved anticipated that the construction of this church would take well over a century to complete. When Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, took charge of the project a year later, he scrapped the original neo-Gothic design plans and exchanged them for a grander vision, unlike any the world had ever seen. Still, only 70% complete the Basílica is unique in its own right.

We later visit the Plaza de Cataluna; a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. We continue to Barcelona's Olympic Stadium later in the afternoon.

We then proceed to the restaurant for our Indian lunch, before we board back onto the coach and make our way to the Barcelona waterfront, the famous beaches in Costa Brava; visit Callela de Mar and Lloret de Mar.

The remaining day is free for you to enjoy the beaches or to stroll along the lively waterfront.

In the evening settle back in your seats on the coach for an optional night tour of Barcelona or be transferred back to the hotel on one of our vehicles.

On the Barcelona night tour, we discover some of the most iconic and spectacular places that Barcelona has to offer in the night. We walk through the most famous Las Ramblas and see the city come to life before we have a photo-stop at Christopher Columbus monument - which was built for the World Exhibition in 1888. Then see Plaza Catalunya - one of the largest squares in Spain which is the hub of the old Bari Gothic Quarter.

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Day 6

Barcelona - London (Flight Time: 2 Hours 30 Mins)

Today morning we check out of the hotel and drive to Montjuic for a breath-taking view of the city and harbour.

Montjuic is a prominent hill overlooking the Barcelona harbour. Take the cable car here to the top of the hill and see the city and the ports from a strategic point of the city. The wonderful views of the harbour and the city provide an excellent backdrop for your photos. We then proceed to make our way down from the hill back to the coach. The visit to the top does not include the castle.

We then proceed to make our way for lunch at the Indian restaurant. Later enjoy free time at the Las Ramblas, to buy those last-minute souvenirs for friends and family, or simply enjoy the numerous café's on the street.

We then proceed to make our way to Barcelona airport for our flight back to London Heathrow.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, CD=Continental Dinner

2018 USD Dates & Prices

 

Departure Dates

From $1115

Adult

Child

2-11 Years

Mar-30

$1150

$915

May-02, 26

$1115

$880

Jun- 26

$1115

$880

Jul- 24, 31

$1150

$915

Aug- 11, 22

$1150

$915

Oct- 20

$1115

$880

Dec- 21

$1150

$915

 

Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is $ 325 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants )

$100 reduction will apply for 2nd child without a bed

Single supplement will be an additional $215

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 8 weeks in advance and get

$55 OFF per adult & child

 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Spain

Madrid

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+34

 

Additional Excursions

 

Madrid Night Tour - See the vibrant city come alive in the night, where we visit the Gran Via, Royal Palace lit up, Plaza Mayor, Fountain of Cibeles and Plaza de España. The city truly comes alive in the night.

 

Madrid Football Stadium - "Santiago Bernabéu Stadium" -  You will have an opportunity here to go inside one of the world's most prestigious football stadium. Discover Real Madrid’s numerous famed international players like Di Estefano, Hugo Sánchez, Puskas, Beckham, Zidane, Casillas, Raúl, Guti, Ramos and Ronaldo. A stunning panoramic view of the Stadium, followed by the ‘Best Club in History’ Room, Sensations Room, Photomontages Room, finally make the visit to the pitch and check out the presidential box. It should be noted this optional is only available on non-event days at the stadium and is subject to availability.

 

Barcelona Night Tour - Discover some of the most iconic and spectacular places that Barcelona has to offer in the night. We walk through the most famous Las Ramblas and see the city come to life before we have a photo-stop at Christopher Columbus monument - which was built for the World Exhibition in 1888. Then see Plaza Catalunya - one of the largest squares in Spain which is the hub of the old Bari Gothic Quarter.

 

Currency

 

In Spain the currency you will require will be Euros.

 

Passengers should exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient and not all places you will visit will have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

 

We also advice our passengers to keep some change in coins on them whilst on tour as using toilets in many parts of Europe is not free.

 

USD, GBP or travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted at locations in this tour.

 

Distances

 

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

 

It is advisable passengers carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

 

For this tour it should be noted that the travel times are extensive on this tour.

 

Please see a summary of the distances you will be covering below: 

 

 

From

To

Distance in kms

(Approx)

Travelling time

(Approx)

Madrid

Valencia

358

4hrs

Valencia

Barcelona

354

4hrs

Barcelona

Costa Brava

147

1hr 50mins

Above is for indication purposes only


 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel, and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yogurt.

 

Passengers can choose from different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (Halal will not always be available) meals. Passengers should advice their tour manager of their preferred diet on the day one. The meals are pre-set buffet and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with Tap Water only.

There are days where a pre-set continental meal will be provided.

 

Lunches are usually vegetarian only and are provided outdoors at a service station/rest area where limited or no seating is available. Lunch is served in a picnic style buffet arrangement. Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour manager if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

USA Residents

Spain

Spain

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hair dryer etc, as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

Some hotels in Europe, especially Switzerland will provide two single beds put together as a Double occupancy room, as this sort of configuration allows the hotel to use a room for multi-use, we do contract with such hotels and you should be prepared for such eventualities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini bar, or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s).

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

Particular attention should be paid to the baggage allowance for this tour, this can be found on our general information page. Excess baggage may not be allowed on the coach.

 

There will not be WC facilities on the coach on this tour.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at the airport at the time given. Your airport terminal and time will be given to you a few days before departure. If you have selected own flights then you should proceed to meet the tour rep at the designated airport for your trip in the arrivals hall.

 

We recommend you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before the scheduled flight time.

 

Star Tours reserves the right to amend any pick-up time 12 hours prior to departure.

 

There are no pickups available for this tour.

 

Schengen Visa Details

 

Visa Details & Document Required

Embassy to Apply

Reason

Port of Entry/Exit

Applying from UK (Click Here)  

Spanish

Entry & Exit + Max Stay

Madrid, Spain/Barcelona, Spain

Applying from India (Click Here)

Spanish

Entry & Exit + Max Stay

Madrid, Spain/Barcelona, Spain

* If itinerary is reveresed then Barcelona, Spain (Entry)/Madrid, Spain(Exit)


Visas & Passports

 

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals. Except EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

 

If you hold an Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladesh Passport you will need to obtain Schengen Visa prior to travelling. Many nationalities do not require Schengen visas, such as British, EU and American nationals. Should you need further clarification please contact us.

 

Weather

 

Weather in much of Western Europe tends to be the same as England and is very unpredictable. Regardless of the time of the year, it is advisable to carry an umbrella. Temperatures vary from place to place and it is a good idea to check online for average temperatures for the destination(s) being visited depending on the time of the year.

On a multi destination tour it is likely passengers will travel through various weather fronts; whilst in Switzerland during excursions to mountain tops passengers may experience temperatures between 0 °c and 2 °c whilst at the same time experience temperatures of over 35 °c whilst they are in Italy, France and Germany.

 

Passengers can be well prepared by ensuring they are carrying appropriate clothing, footwear and accessories. Passengers should also be aware that during the winter months most of the sightseeing will be in the dark as, in Europe, the day becomes dark very early during winter. Passengers should consult with Star Tours at the time of booking if they are unsure.

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept light weight manual wheelchairs for travel on the coach, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach. For the Flight we recommend you speak to the check-in agent for wheelchair usage. It is also essential that a family member is also on the tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted Mountjuic, Valencia, and parts of Madrid & Barcelona is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Madrid and Valencia will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

 

The Flamenco Show, Mountjuic and Royal Palace will not be fully accessible for those on wheelchairs.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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