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Story's Small Group tour of Spain begins in Madrid and ends in Barcelona.

Treasures of Spain: Story Adventure for Alumni & Friends


Small Group Tour of Spain
& Her Great Cities

Slow Travel through Spain with Time to Truly Enjoy the Journey, coupled with Story Exclusives®

Story Land & Sea®'s Amazing Spain Tour features wild and beautiful landscapes, amazing villages and cities along with incredible finds of the Roman Empire. Imagine a church built inside a Muslim palace - and an amazing baroque cathedral that is still in production after 135 plus years - Spain boasts a dazzling blend of civilization, culture and color. This small group itinerary is a treasure chest of cultural jewels that stretch across a wide palette.

Unique Itinerary
Every day is unique. It's all about the colorful life! We'll see fiery flamenco bailaors swirl in flounces of red, wind along emerald green mountains that seem to tumble into the wild blue Atlantic, and stroll through whitewashed villages huddled under 500-year old red-tiled roofs. Spain seems to be a country that has a thousand different countries within. Wherever you look, Roman arches and Arab filigree meet, creating a colorful, eclectic mash of centuries. The Spanish put their heart and soul into everything they do. They may be the world's most sociable people. Meals are celebrations. Art is passionate. The sun is hot. And the flamenco from Spain is very cool.


  • Spain & Portual Tours
  • Tours of Spain
  • Travel to Spain
  • Spanish Landmarks
  • Iberian Peninsula
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Treasures of Spain Tour Begins in Madrid

Day 0: May We Recommend...One Day Early Arrival?
Consider making today your departure date from North America to arrive Madrid on "Day 1," the traditional flight date. The Treasures of Spain Tour commences on Day 2 of the itinerary.

In this scenario you will arrive one day early and optionally may take in the Excursion to Toledo.

Enjoy Toledo and arrive one day early:
Opt for a pre-tour arrival into Madrid and enjoy an included tour of Toledo.

On this day, you will experience our adventure through Toledo. We travel from Madrid to Toledo for the day and return in the mid afternoon for the balance of your day at leisure.

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.

CATHEDRAL OF TOLEDO
Construction of the edifice began in 1227 under the reign of King Ferdinand the Saint on the site of a mosque. The design has French influences and was initiated under the first architect was a man with the surname Martín. Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

We return to Madrid in the late afternoon.

 




Bound for 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 Madrid (MAD). Or if you are extending to Barcelona, then you should set your flight to return from there (BCN).

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.

May we suggest? How about flying in one day early to add the Prado and a pre-tour overnight to recover from your Transatlantic flight?

Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.




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Welcome to Madrid
Cordoba Mezquita

 

Day 2: Madrid, Spain

Make your way to the hotel or consider our optional arrival experience: Meet the Story representative upon clearing customs and enjoy a transfer to your hotel.

Private Tour
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 local Expert Story Guide. You will visit the Royal Palace with a tour inside as well as the Plaza Mayor and the San Miguel markets.

Accommodation in Madrid, 2 Nights
ME Madrid Reina Victoria Hotel or similar



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Madrid
 

Day 3: Exploring Madrid

Sightseing Immersion
This morning after a delightful breakfast, we meet our expert Story Local Guide in the lobby of the hotel and set out to discover a few of the highlights of Madrid.

Our tour includes:

  • Exploring the major boulevards on the way to the Royal Palace - Our guide will bring you inside to discover the hidden opulence of this magnificent palace.
  • Prado Art Museum - We enjoy a guided tour of this world famous museum.

After you spectacular morning tour you will have the balance of the day to explore other Madrid museums such as the Reina Sofia to see Picasso's Guernica or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. You might enjoy strolling through the Mercado de San Fernando or take a walk through the spectacular city park, Retiro Park.

You can join your Tour Captain this evening or venture out on your own. One great place we might suggest is Taberna del Capitan Alatriste. Whether you are in the mood for a full dinner or just some simple tapas, Madrid will not disappoint.



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Cordoba
 
Cordoba Mezquita

Day 4: Train to Cordoba

    Story Way® Dining: This evening we have reserved you a table at the wonderful restaurant in the hotel for your included dinner.

Private Transfer
This morning you will transfer to the Madrid Atocha train station to catch your 1st class train to Cordoba.

First Class High Speed Train
You will have reserved 1st class seating for your train journey to Cordoba.

Cordoba Arrival
We deboard the train and transfer to our home in Cordoba, our deluxe hotel.

Story Exclusive®
Join the Tour Captain for our "Intangible Culture Heritage" experience today upon arrival to Cordoba.

Accommodation in Cordoba, 2 Nights
Hospes Palacio del Bailio or similar
Located in the Cordoba Old Town neighborhood in Cordoba, 1.2 miles from Commercial Center Zoco Córdoba, Hospes Palacio del Bailio features an outdoor pool and hot spring bath. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
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Cordoba~Immersion with the Mezquita
 

Day 5: Cordoba

Guided Tour Cordoba in Depth
"Córdoba in Depth" is the ideal guided tour for those who want to know the main monuments of Cordoba in a relaxed amount of time. Realized by historians. You will see Jewish Quarter, Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue, Saint Bartholomew Chapel, Municipal Souk, Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs. All tickets of monuments are included.

Cordoba Leisure
After your tour you are free to explore this beautiful city on your own.

Guest Choice Dinner
There are a tremendous amount of authentic Spanish restaurants within easy walking distance from you. We would be happy to share a few of our favorites with you.

 
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Seville

Day 6: To Seville with Flamenco & Dinner

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

WELCOME TO SEVILLE
Arriving our hotel we will check-in to our deluxe hotel.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Orientation walk on your arrival day in Seville along cobblestone streets in the very heart of this beautiful city as you become familiar with the location around our hotel.

Enjoy a Sangria Reception with the Tour Captain this afternoon with time at leisure until dinner.

   Story Way® Dining: Flamenco Show & Dinner Tonight

Tonight we'll take in a traditional Flamenco Show & Dinner for our welcome experience in Seville.

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.

Accommodation in Seville, 2 Nights
Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, or similar
Commissioned by the King of Spain to play host to international dignitaries during the 1929 Exhibition, Hotel Alfonso XIII remains an iconic cultural landmark, centrally located in the historic quarter of Santa Cruz, next to Reales Alcázares and Seville Cathedral. Following a significant renovation, completed in 2012, the hotel's distinguished architecture and Moorish detailing have been enriched, showcasing native Andalusian design and heritage to a new generation of traveler. The hotel's innovative décor, from the lobby to the inner courtyard, continues to reflect Sevillian style. This ambience also pervades our outdoor swimming pool and gardens, which entice guests to relax and refresh under the warm Andalusian sun.

 
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Seville ~ Royal Palace

Day 7: The Beautiful Colors of Seville

Royal Alcázar Palace, Plaza de Espana, Seville Cathedral and Santa Cruz Quarter Tour
Let the Andalusian charm of Seville seduce you on a 4-hour sightseeing tour of the vibrant city. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, stroll the ambient tangle of streets to UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonders and impressive historical monuments; see the Renaissance beauty of Plaza de España; gaze at the splintering spires of Seville Cathedral; amble through the charming maze of Santa Cruz; and see the protective turrets of Royal Alcazar Palace. Gain fascinating insight into the history of the city and relax as you travel by luxury, air-conditioned minibus on this comprehensive tour.

Seville Leisure
Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

 
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Granada ~ Beauty for the Eyes
 

Day 8: Granada

This morning we are bound for Granada. Boasting one of the most magnificently positioned palaces in the world, the Alhambra.

Story Exclusive®
Along the way we will make a stop in the medieval village of Antequera. A visit to this historical Andalucían town is a journey almost 5,000 years back in time, beginning with the Bronze Age and the native Iberians. The timeline is there to be followed in this fascinating city's profusion of burial mounds, dolmens, Roman baths, a Moorish Castle, Gothic churches, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers. We will visit the Menga Dolmen, (the largest in Europe) and Viera Dolmen, which are both located just outside the town. These prehistoric burial chambers represent some of the largest and most complete megalithic structures in Europe. After our visit we will enjoy lunch in town at the Caseria de San Benito restaurant for some authentic Andalusian cuisine.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

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 check into our centrally located hotel and freshen up. Your Tour Captain will announce a time for your orientation walk into the city center before dinner.

food icon    Story Way® Dining
Join the Tour Captain for dinner in Granada tonight at our wonderful restaurant — like most of our Story Way® dinners this restaurant is absolutely a destination for dining.

Accommodation in Granada, 2 Nights
Hospes Palacio de Los Patos, or similar
Occupying a 19th-century palace and a striking modern building, this upmarket hotel is an 11-minute walk from Granada Cathedral and 2.1 km from Alhambra.

 

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Granada
 
Italy's Lake Como

Day 9: Granada

Today we enjoy our immersion tour of Granada along with the Alhambra palace and fortress complex. 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 Story 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.

The balance of your day is at leisure.

Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

 
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Barcelona

Day 10: On to Barcelona

Private Transfer and Flight
Today we make our way to the Granada airport for the required on-tour air flight to Barcelona.

Barcelona Arrival
Upon arrival we will we transferred to our fantastic city center hotel, check-in and set out with the Story Local Host for an informative city orientation walkabout, with time for lunch along the way.

Barcelona Leisure
With your newfound knowledge of the city you have the balance of the day at leisure for self exploration and shopping.

   Guest Choice Dinner

There are a tremendous amount of authentic Spanish restaurants within easy walking distance from you. We would be happy to share a few of our favorites with you.

Accommodation in Granada, 2 Nights
Grand Hotel Central or similar
This property is a 17-minute walk from the beach. Showcasing an outdoor pool and views of the city, Grand Hotel Central is located in the Ciutat Vella neighborhood in Barcelona, just 350 feet from La Seu, Cathedral of Barcelona. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

 
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Barcelona

Day 11: Barcelona Immersion

Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia
Delve into the architectural beauty and rich history of Barcelona on a comprehensive full- or half-day tour of the Catalonian capital. With an expert guide, visit some of the city's most iconic sights and enjoy skip-the-line access to Gaudi's modernist masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Ascend to Montjuïc Hill to enjoy sweeping vistas of Barcelona's metropolitan sprawl and stroll the streets of the Gothic Quarter on a guided tour. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.

Barcelona Leisure
After your full day tour plan a little down time before your farewell dinner tonight.

    Story Way® Dining: Included Farewell Dinner
Farewell Experience tonight with your Story Local Host. 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.

 
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Depart Barcelona - Or Add a Day!

Madrid, Spain


Day 12: Depart or Add a Day!

Optional transfer to the airport is available or you may add another day and night and enjoy more of the heart of Barcelona.

 

 
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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 Spain tour hotels which have been personally inspected for quality and standard. On very rare occasion, we may substitute any Spain hotel with a Spain 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

Seville Hotels - 2 Nights

Granada Hotels - 2 Nights



Barcelona Hotel - 3 Nights



What's Included in Your Small Group Tour?

Something for everyone... Whether you're a "first-timer" to Spain or have visited many times, we invite you to join us for this exciting tour program. For one set price, you'll be staying in first-class accommodations in each city and have the experience of local, English-speaking tour guides. You'll have a chance to visit all the major, "must-see" sites, plus enough free time on your own to visit the places that really matter to you...or, you can simply enjoy that time relishing your first taste of Spanish tapas -it's entirely up to you. 

Slow & Small Spain Tour: The Delightful Inclusions

Helpful information to better your preparation for your world-class journey through Spain. 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 Barcelona.
    Departure Transfers: $79 per person, Barcelona Hotel to Airport, minimum two (2) guests.
  • 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 —  5 Great Dinners
    5 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: 5 of 8 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 here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your 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.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

 

Included sightseeing and excursions

Story Land & Sea®'s Unique Walking Tour Experience
We do walk on our small group tours of Spain. 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.


 

Treasures of Spain Tour
Dates & Rates

 
2019 Scheduled Departures
Published Date Deluxe
Hotels
Required
On-Tour Air
Alumni & Friends Departure in Sep 2019: September is one of the most-preferred and popular times to travel to Spain. Crowd volumes are not as great and the weather is good, though still can be quite warm in September through to early October.
September 26
$7,379 $295
2020 Scheduled Departures
Published Date Deluxe
Hotels
Required
On-Tour Air
Alumni & Friends Departures in May 2020
May 9
$7,379 $295

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing.

Or do these dates not work for your schedule?

Call us: 1 877 865 6711

Take over a departure for your own private group.

Inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you?
Inquire for our Private Journey option.


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