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THE STORY OF SPAIN & PROVENCE

A Provencal Way of Life: Delicacies from and of the Earth to Enjoy.


The Story of Provence Delights

Slow Travel through Provence with Time to Enjoy the Journey

The Story of Provence extension features amazingly beautiful landscapes and unique villages combined with luxury, boutique hotels and Story Exclusives® in the company of your Story Tour Captain. Imagine chef-prepared and hosted culinary evening, wine sommelier hosted tour of world-class winery, local markets, a cooking class and wine tastings and you begin to understand The Story of Provence.

Unique Itinerary
Join us for this special experience in Provence in France.


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Spain & Provence: Begins in Madrid

Day 1: Trans-Atlantic flight to Europe.
Depart Your Home Airport on your Transatlantic flight to Madrid.
Your international flight is not included. Inquire for special fare and service from our Air Service department.

NOTE: Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2 upon arrival in Madrid, Spain.

Can we help you with your Airfare? Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea®  air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate. At the end of the tour you should set your flight to return from Nice or Marseilles - inquire with reservations for details.
Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Madrid, Spain) on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea® has arranged your air.

Protect Your Vacation: We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.  




Welcome to Madrid

 


Day 2: Madrid

Your Small Group Tour Vacation to Spain & Provence is underway!

Your flights will likely be set up to arrive today. After transferring to the hotel (see optional arrival transfer option or make your own way to the hotel), check-in, freshen up and explore your surroundings.

One of Story Land & Sea®'s most requested small group tour vacations commences this afternoon at our luxury hotel located in the heart of Madrid.

WELCOME TO MADRID
Let's Get Immersed In Madrid!
After your bags are stored securely (rooms aren't ready until 3pm), you will have free time until we meet later today to begin our adventure through Madrid with our Story Expert Guide. The capital of Spain since 1561, Madrid is a beautifully modern city with a truly old heart. On this privately guided walking tour, we'll enjoy a walk through the Puerta del Sol and a guided tour of the Royal Palace. Then enjoy our Unique Perspectives Experience at Plaza Mayor with your Tour Captain. The sights, scents and tastes of the San Miguel Market are also a highlight.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Your Small Group Tour Vacation to Spain is underway! After our reception, we'll walk to our Welcome Dinner in Madrid.

food icon   Story Way® Dining
Join your Tour Captain for the Welcome Dinner in Madrid, Spain. Experience what can only be described as a night of the best cuisine and wine from the region of Spain we're traveling.

About the Story® Way of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. We call this 'speaking the language of your food.' From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic Spanish cuisine paired with Spanish wine. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For the 5 total included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region in which you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine does flow." It's an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience in the local culture. Bienvenidos!

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Toledo
 
Cordoba Mezquita

Day 3: City of Three Cultures

Today, you will experience our adventure through Toledo with our local expert guide.

TOLEDO EXPERIENCE
It's a comprehensive look at Spain's past when Arabs, Jews and Christians all lived and worked side by side. Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the “city of the three cultures,” because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries, behind its walls.

Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of Castile - La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site.

We transfer from Madrid to Toledo for the day and return in the mid afternoon for the balance of your day at leisure.

The afternoon is designed to allow you the freedom to explore more of this fascinating city on your own. A day to discover the amazing art museums such as the Prado, the Theissen, or the Reina Sofia with Picasso's Guernica as its main feature. You could visit the Templo de Debod, an ancient Egyptian Temple rebuilt in Madrid, or stroll in the beautiful Parque del Ritiro, Madrid's gorgeous city park. Your Tour Captain is ready, willing and able to assist you with anything you might have in mind to insure that this day is uniquely your own.

Optional dining tonight: Join our Tour Captain for an optional dinner in Madrid or explore at leisure.

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Cordoba
 
Cordoba Mezquita

Day 4: Unhurried Beauty

Train to Cordoba
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and we're off for our leisurely train ride to Cordoba. We arrive Cordoba around the noon hour and enjoy a enjoy an orientation walk with your Tour Captain, with time for lunch on your own built in.

Cordoba is an unhurried city, known for its abundant courtyards (or patios as they are called locally), flowers dangling from balconies and narrow winding streets. There will be plenty of time at leisure this afternoon to explore this amazing city at your own pace. We check-in to our luxury hotel before meeting for our welcome dinner.

   Story Way® Dining
Join the Tour Captain for dinner in Cordoba tonight.


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Cordoba~Immersion with the Mezquita
 

Day 5: Cordoba

This morning we are set to explore Cordoba with our Local Expert Guide. 

Enjoy a tour of the La Mezquita (Spanish for the word, mosque), and discover the building's 1200 year history. It has served as a meeting place for Christians, a Moorish mosque, and since the 1500s, a Roman Catholic cathedral.

Your afternoon will be at leisure designed intentionally for you to enjoy more of this amazing city. Choose to indulge yourself with some of the wonderful Spa treatments offered by our luxurious 5-Star hotel. Enjoy!

Optional dining tonight with the Tour Captain.

 
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Granada ~ Beauty for the Eyes
 

Day 6: Granada

This morning are bound for Granada. Boasting one of the most magnificently positioned palaces in the world, the Alhambra. We will make a stop this morning near Priego de Cordoba for an Oil oil tasting. Priego de Cordoba, a 90-minute drive into the mountains southeast of Cordoba, is a picturesque town in a major olive oil region with half a dozen important mills, known as Al Masara in Arabic.

Cordoba is proud of its olive oil and nowhere more so than Priego, which like wine has its own regional denomination and is considered the best in Spain.

The age of the olive trees varies from 40 to 200. The 16,000 trees are spread over 170 hectares (420 acres) and carefully spaced to provide enough soil to nourish each one, creating a dotted patchwork over the hillsides.

We then continue on to Granada. It is as wondrous to behold from across the gorge, with the white peaks of the Sierra Nevada glinting behind in the sun, as it is to examine close at hand, with its elaborate symbolic designs. The city has a fascinating history, which can still be seen today in Granada ́s carmens and Arab baths.

Upon arrival into the city we will set out for a wonderful orientation walk and take time for lunch, at guest expense, in the city center before checking into our centrally located hotel.

   Story Way® Dining
Tonight, enjoy our Unique Perspectives Experience with your Tour Captain at our welcome dinner in Granada. Join the Tour Captain for a delightful dinner in one of the most amazing places in all of Granada.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light  

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The Alhambra in Granada, Ferdinand & Isabella
 
Italy's Lake Como

Day 7: Granada Sightseeing Immersion

This morning we slow the pace allowing for you to relax and enjoy the morning at leisure.

After lunch we set out to explore Granada and the Alhambra.

We start with a look around town culminating in the magnificent fortress that crowns the city where we'll meet our local expert guide for our tour.

We enjoy a walking tour of the Palace, the massive grounds, and the spectacular water gardens of the Generalife. The grounds were used in the 1300's as the Islamic Sultan's vacation retreat. Soak in impressive views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers, and other notables on the skyline.

Join our Tour Captain for an optional dinner in Granada.

 
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Seville

Day 8: To Seville


Today, we'll take the road less traveled, making our way eventually to Seville.

On the way we will enjoy what can only be described as a Story Exclusive® Experience!

Story Exclusive®
Today enjoy a delightful visit to our winery estate on the way to Seville. Enjoy our in-depth experience at our winery estate in the heart of Spain. We will enjoy a tour of the production facilities and cellars, followed by a delightful wine-tasting paired with perfect morsels for lunch. Amazing!

And it's truly a 'rare find' by the innovative Trip Planners at Story with the palate-pleasing local farm-to-table delights paired perfectly with your wine varietals. You'll get your fill of the unique wine varietals along with delicate cuisine hand-made by the chef.

We'll arrive into Seville mid-afternoon, plenty of time to check into our fantastic 5-Star hotel in the heart of the city to catch our breath and venture out for a walkabout before an optional dinner.

Optional dining tonight with the Tour Captain.

 
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Seville ~ Columbus | Royal Palace

Day 9: The Beautiful Colors of Seville

   Story Way® Dining: Flamenco Show & Dinner Tonight

You’ll have a wonderful Spanish breakfast this morning and then meet our local guide, who will accompany us to relive the drama of Carmen as we explore this historical city. Seville's city tour embraces its ancient Roman history, conquest by the Moors and contribution to the discovery of the New World. Like all old cities built haphazardly over the centuries, walking around Seville is a dream, and most probably one of Europe's most beautiful places. Its alleys twist and turn, and sometimes the tiny courtyards feature an orange or a lime tree bursting with vivid color.

As we pick through the narrow lanes of the charming city, we'll view Columbus' tomb in the Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic edifice. Then we're on to the Alcázar, the longest inhabited royal palace in Europe and a marvel of Moorish-style architecture.The variety of small palaces that make it up is amazing. The stucco work and the Mudejar ceilings are simply beautiful. The tiles on the walls are some of the most beautiful tiles ever made in Spain or anywhere. The huge gardens are marvelous and a joy to discover.

Then on to its Giralda Bell Tower, which was once the minaret of a 12th-century mosque, with views of all of Seville.

Tonight we'll take in a traditional Flamenco Show and Included Dinner.

Exclusive Flamenco Show & Dinner Included: We'll take in the passion and seduction of the art-form known as the Flamenco. A show is Included with our dinner. Flamenco is an art form that was born, and thrives, here in Spain. Spanish flamenco is the best because Spaniards start dancing when they can barely walk, and they dance everyday. The stomping of the feet, the twirling of the body, and the drama of the music are simply part of their culture.

 
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Let's Go to Provence

Madrid, Spain


Day 10: Seville to Provence

Today we make our way to the Seville airport for the required on-tour air flight to France. Upon arrival we will check-in and relax on the grounds until our reception.

Story Exclusives®
Enjoy our unique perspective's experience with your Tour Captain in beautiful Provence.

  Story Way® Dining
Enjoy a special dining experience with your Tour Captain.

 
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Exploring Beautiful Provence

Day 11: Provence

Enjoy a magical day in Provence with a visit to a beautiful village hill town.

Return for a free evening at leisure.

 
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Provence


Day 12: Provence

Another magical day in Provence.

 Story Way® Dining
Farewell Experience tonight with your Tour Captain. Tonight we invite you to join us for an equally magical evening of fun and merriment as we enjoy our Farewell feast together at a local favorite restaurant. Celebrate new friends, our journey together and dream of the next chapter of your Story of Travel!

 
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Departure Day


Day 13: Departure Day

Inquire about departure transfers.

Catch your flight home or Extend Your Adventure. Until we meet again, may your days be full of discovery and your nights full of good friends. Or are you extending to the exciting city of Paris? or some other exotic destination...inquire with reservations for details.

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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages.

Our small group Italy tour hotels feature historical architecture with all the amenities you'd come to expect. The properties are located in the heart of the cities, towns and villages. We proudly feature the following hotels which have been personally inspected for quality and standard. On very rare occasion, we may substitute any hotel with a tour property of equal or greater quality and standard.

Remember, availability in tour hotels may be affected based on seasonal demand. Alternate hotel properties of equal quality will be used when the following hotels are not available.

 

Madrid Hotel - 2 Nights

Cordoba Hotel - 2 Nights

Granada Hotels - 2 Night

Seville Hotels - 2 Nights



Provence Hotel - 3 Nights



What's Included in Your Small Group Tour?

Slow & Small Tour means Delightful Inclusions

Helpful information to better your preparation for your world-class journey through Spain and Provence. From weather and clothing recommendations to currency and excursion details, it's all right here.

We've tried to include everything on the journey, however, make note of the following:
  • ARRIVING MADRID —  Consider Our Driver 
    Our AnyTime Arrival Transfer with professional chauffeur into Madrid: We feature Story Land & Sea®'s Madrid Meet & Greet with driver to the hotel. $79/person, 2 Guest Minimum. Includes all gratuities.
  • LEAVE THE WORRY TO US —  We can arrange your departure transfer to the airport in Nice or Marseilles.
    Departure Transfers: $79 per person, Hotel to Airport, minimum two (2) guests.
  • WINERY EXPERIENCE INCLUDED
    Our delightful included experience is at a beautiful estate.
  • DISCOVERING SPAIN'S CUISINE
    Our itinerary includes a dramatic experience with cuisine as we enjoy a variety of included dinners. Daily breakfast is included. Our Tour Captains and Guides will offer great, affordable suggestions for delicious lunches and optional dinners.
  • Story Land & Sea® WAY DINING INCLUDED —  6 Great Dinners
    6 incredibly unique dinners at authenic Spanish restaurants (not tourist traps) are included. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to dinner at authentic restaurants each and every night, though you may choose to explore on your own. Deluxe: 6 of 9 dinners included.
  • EXPERT LOCAL GUIDES INCLUDED
    Expert, local Spanish guides in per itinerary. They speak English well, and possess a passion for sharing Spain with our guests.
  • DISCOVER Story Land & Sea® IMMERSION SIGHTSEEING
    World-class sightseeing 'Immersion' ~ Story Land & Sea®'s approach to exploring the local scene while integrating lasting experiences that reflect culture and leave you, the traveler, changed for good!
  • SPECIAL ACCESS, SKIP-THE-LINE ADMISSIONS INCLUDED PER ITINERARY
  • Airfare is not included but it can be quoted by emailing here.
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation. 

    Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Spain tour origination.
     If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even ifStory Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your Spain land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

That's it ~ everything else excluding personal item purchases is included.

Included sightseeing and excursions

Story Land & Sea®'s Unique Walking Tour Experience
We do walk on our small group tours of Spain and Provence. We walk a lot, but it's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. But you must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many stairs of Spain. Please inquire with Story Land & Sea® Reservations for more details.


 

Spain & Provence Tour
Dates & Rates


 
2018: Discover The Delightful Story of Spain & Provence

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Featuring official Story Tour Captain®.

Published Date Deluxe
Hotels
Required
On-Tour Air
Departures in June 2018
June 8
$7,959 $265
2019: Discover The Delightful Story of Spain & Provence

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Featuring official Story Tour Captain®.

Published Date Deluxe
Hotels
Required
On-Tour Air
Departures in June 2019
June 9
$7,959 $265

 

 


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