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					                                      SPAIN EXOTICA
                                      12 Nights / 13 Days


Highlights:
       Madrid – City tour – Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Prado museum, Casa de Correos.
       Cordoba – City tour – the great Mosque, Plazuela de las Flores, Dukes of Medina
        Sidonia Synagogue, Mesquite
       Seville – City tour – Cathedral, Columbus Tomb, Arab Mosque, Giralda Bell tower,
        Santa Cruz Jewish quarter, Reales Alcazares, Casa de Pilatos, Plaza D’ Espana, Flamenco
        show
       Granada – City tour – Alhambra, Royal Chapel, La Cartuja Monastery and Sacromonte.
       Valencia – City tour – Serranos tower, Quart tower, the Cathedral, Lonja de la Seda,
        Institute of Modern art.
       Barcelona – City tour Las Ramblas, Opera house, Columbus Monument, Barri Gotic,
        Picasso Museum, La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Montserrat


Day 01 Arrive Madrid
Arrive at Madrid International Airport. Our local representative will be waiting at the airport to
welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. As the capital of Spain, Madrid has a modern
infrastructure as well as historic neighbourhood. Rest of the day at leisure on own. Visit one of
the many shopping areas around the streets of Almirante and Conde de Xiquena. Also visit the
large departmental stores in the vicinity of Puerta del Sol and Salamanca district which has
prestigious shops selling fashions, accessories, jewellery and furniture. Head for some exciting
nightlife at one of the many streets of Paseo de la Castellana or Paseo del Prado which has some
of the best quality restaurants, cafes and popular night spots. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Madrid – City Tour
After breakfast proceed for a city tour of Madrid. Start the tour at the “Plaza Mayor” (Main
Square) which was built in the 16th century. Beneath the arcades you can find an assortment of
shops that sell fabrics, costume jewellery and souvenirs and also with outdoor cafes and bakeries.
Then visit the “Borbons Dynasty” area and visit the 18th century Royal Palace. The palace is no
longer used as a residence but is used as a tourist attraction. Most of the important rooms can be
visited and the palace is very interesting with its architecture and gardens. There are some
excellent frescoes inside the palace. After that visit the Prado Museum which is considered one of
the world’s finest museums and provides a historical and cultural perspective. It houses the
world’s finest masterpieces by famous painters like Velazquez and Goya. Visit the Puerta del Sol
(Sun Gateway) which was once 15th century defensive bulwark, part of a wall, which is enclosed
the town of Madrid. The former “Casa de Correos” (Post Office) was built in 1768 under the
direction of French architect Marquet. It is crowned with a tower with clocks on its four sides; the
most famous time structure in Madrid. There are many other outstanding spots, churches and
convents full of art. Rest of the day at leisure to explore and shop at Puerta de Sol. Overnight at
the hotel.

Day 03 Madrid – Toledo - Madrid
After breakfast day at leisure to visit the following on your own – The church of San Francisco El
Grande, the fountains of Paseo del Prado, the Toledo Bridge, the Prado Museum, and Puerta de
Alcalá. Continue to the façade of Villa square, Puerta del Sol, Neptuno, Atocha, Alcala Gate and
Street, the memorial Retiro Park, the Bullring, and Colón square. Followed by the new Madrid
with modern building, gardens, large avenues reaching the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium
(Bernabeu Stadium tour will be available) one of the largest in Europe and Castilla Square
(Europe Gate), La Cibeles square and Gran Via. or take an optional tour of “Toledo” – the
capital of medieval Spain until 1560. Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth
of monuments. At arrival, take a walking tour to admire the beautiful streets and monuments, first
visit will be to the Cathedral, an excellent example of Spanish Gothic art. Then visit “The Santa
Maria la Blanca Synagogue” which was turned into a church. Then see the Santo Tomé church, a
church with a Mudejar tower from the fourteenth century. Rest of the evening is at leisure to
explore on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 Madrid – Cordoba
After breakfast check out and transfer by train to the city of “Cordoba” (by train – 1 hrs 44 min.).
In 1994 UNESCO declared the city's old part to be a world heritage site and this is why Cordoba
is one of Spain's most visited tourist destinations. Transfer to hotel. Spend the rest of evening
exploring beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 05 Cordoba - Seville – city sightseeing
After breakfast proceed to meeting point for the half day walking city tour of Cordoba. Take a
tour of the “Mesquite”, The Moorish mosque & to Synagogue & Jewry. This ancient city, which
has been declared world heritage site, is living legacy of the diverse cultures that settled in it
throughout the history. Still preserves traces of the ancient splendor of the Caliphate of Cordoba,
which made this city one of the most cultured and refined of medieval Europe. Tour starts with
visiting mosque, due to the Arab domination in the Iberian Peninsula. In the tenth century, during
the rule of Abd-al-Rahman III, the medina at one point had a thousand mosques. Dominating the
landscape: the Great mosque. It’s fame spread after it was built, due to its ingenious construction
and its wealth. The “forest of columns” (there are nearly a thousand of them), Set on top of the
Visigoth basilica, is one of the main attractions of this place. After that we will continue in
another Muslim – Hispanic legacy is the Jewish quarter, which runs from the mosque to the walls
and the Almodovar gate. It is made up of a network of narrow streets with whitewashed facades,
adorned with tiles and grilles. The Plazuela de las Flores is located in this district, as well as the
house of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, and and the Synagogue, the only one that still stands in
the city. Then, we will visit the the Synagogue, the only one that still stands in the city, and is a
symbol of the three cultures", because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for
centuries. Then continue your journey to the train station for 2 hours journey through Andalusia
to Seville – the cultural capital and the historic quarter of Andalucia and has a collection of
historic buildings, many of which have been declared World Heritage Site. Arrive at Seville ( and
transfer to hotel and check in. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 Seville
After breakfast proceed for walking city tour of Seville. First visit the Cathedral, one of the
world’s most beautiful Gothic temples and the third largest church of the world. After the
cathedral we will visit the Giralda, The former minaret of the Arab mosque. The part which is
decorated with bricks is the work of the architect Ali de Gomara. It is possible to reach the tower
by climbing ramps, from where we can get extraordinary view of the town. Enjoy a walking tour
of the quaint old Santa Cruz Jewish Quarter with its bright flowers, white washed buildings and
winding streets. After the Santa Cruz quarter, we will pass by the Reales Alcázares (Royal
Fortresses), Archive of the Indies declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Another
important renaissance building in the city is the Casa de Pilatos, a palace that fuses Gothic and
Mudejar elements with Renaissance influences of Italian origin. Then continue onto Plaza D’
Espana – the Spanish Square. This magnificent construction is highlighted with polychromatic
ceramic tiles. The semi circular plaza has a diameter of 200 metres and is flanked by two
spectacular towers and a bordering lake that are worth seeing. A local flamenco dancer joins you
for a typical “tapas lunch” featuring small portions of hot and cold specialities. Here you learn the
history, culture and artistry of flamenco. This evening, take your reserved seats for an authentic
flamenco show featuring top performers. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Seville – Granada
After breakfast check out and transfer to the station for your train to the city of “Granada”
(3hrs.). Arrive at Granada and transfer to the hotel and check in. This place is the last great capital
of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492. In the afternoon visit the
world famous Alhambra, an immense hilltop palace with gardens standing atop Spain’s highest
mountain range of “Seirra Nevada”. Visit the the Royal Chapel, converted into a symbol of the
monarchy's influence in Granada. Inside you can see the tombs of the Catholic monarchs.
Continue with a panoramic trip through the main streets of the city arriving to the La Cartuja
Monastery, from there will go on the old Moorish quarter of the Albaycin reaching the Mirador
de San Nicolas. After that, we will go to “Sacromonte”, situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.
This place’s singular history has given it an artistic grandeur which goes from Arab palaces to the
architectural jewels of the Renaissance. As it was the last Arab kingdom in Spain, it is also a city
with great symbolic value. a typical quarter where some people lives in caves. Visit one of the
caves where a drink will be served. Rest of the evening at leisure to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Granada – Valencia
After breakfast check out and transfer to the station for your train to Valencia (6 Hrs.). Arrive at
Valencia and transfer to hotel and check in. Rest of the evening at leisure to explore the place on
your own. Valencia is situated in the centre of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline and overlooks
the Gulf of Valencia. It is also the administrative capital of the Valencian community.Valencia
has outstanding landscape, wide pavements and modern architecture. Evening you can shop for
some exquisite and world famous “Lladro” porcelain figurines, handmade glassware, ceramics,
handicrafts and jewellery along with the latest fashions. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 Valencia
After breakfast visit the city which is a treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture
surrounded by citrus groves. It is city with avant-garde buildings erected in the new millennium.
Thanks to its location, Valencia has been the Spanish gateway to the Mediterranean, with the
special charm that seaport cities have. The fine sand and crystal waters, the vastness of the open
sea, and the proximity of the coastal mountain range lend the Valencian coast a unique appeal.
View the highlights of this historical city, such as the ornate 14th century Serranos Tower and
imposing 15th century Quart Tower. You will also visit the bustling central market one of the
largest in Europe. Also visit the Cathedral of Valencia where the first temple of the Roman city
was erected, and later, an Arab mosque. Second stop will be in the most remarkable building, the
Lonja de la Seda (the Silk Exchange), an elegant Gothic structure built towards the end of the
15th century that has been declared World Heritage Site. It stands in the same place where the
first temple of the Roman city was erected, and later, an Arab mosque. See the Valencia Institute
of Modern Art having permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, conferences and workshop
the old Silk Exchange, recognized by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful buildings of
European civil Gothic architecture. In the evening visit one of the many beautiful beaches like
Levante / Malvarrosa which is a high quality beach in the north with excellent water sports and
equipments available on hire. Have a fun evening where you will have a presentation on how to
make the traditional Valencia paella (Spanish dish) followed by a delicious paella dinner. Dine at
“El Carme”. Valencia is known for its vibrant nightlife which begins only after midnight where
the music plays until dawn. A lot of clubs are situated in “Calle Juan Llorens” area. Overnight at
the hotel.

Day 10 Valencia – Barcelona
After breakfast check out and transfer to the station for your train to Barcelona (3 hrs). Arrive at
Barcelona and transfer to the hotel and check in. Barcelona lies on the Mediterranean coast and is
the second largest city in Spain. The visitor unfamiliar with its history might be surprised that
such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact, or by
curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout of the “Eixample”,
the urban planning "Enlargement" project completed at the end of the 19th century. Fabulous
architecture, brilliant Spanish cuisine, flamboyant culture and wonderful weather combine to
make Barcelona a truly magnificent city. The city has medieval districts and the most beautiful
examples of Modernism and 20th Century Avant-Garde art. The buildings built by the Catalan
architects like Antoni Gaudí and Lluis Doménech Montaner were declared World Heritage Sites
by UNESCO. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Barcelona
After breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital and one of the most
vibrant and lively cities in Spain. The tour starts with “Las Ramblas” which is a tree lined
pedestrian boulevard selling everything from clothes, jewellery, souvenirs etc. See the Bird
Market, colourful flower stalls, 19th century Opera House and The Columbus Monument. Then
visit the Barri Gotic – a concentration of medieval Gothic buildings with a maze of
interconnecting streets linking with squares with plenty of cafes. Two of the city’s most
significant buildings – the Ajuntament and the Palau de la Generalitat are located here. After that
visit the Museu Picasso which is Barcelona’s most visited museum. The museum shows
numerous works that trace the artist’s early years. Then visit the “La Sagrada Familia” - a unique
creation that has become Barcelona's most universal symbol. In 1883 the brilliant architect
“Gaudí”, agreed to direct this work, succeeding Francisco de Paula. The artist worked on it until
his death. Work to complete this grand church continues still today. Also visit the La Pedrera –
another Gaudi masterpiece, it is a quarry with uneven grey stone façade that ripples around a
street corner with wrought iron balconies. Visitors can tour the building and go right upto the
roof. There is also a museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work. Evening is free for some shopping as
this city is a city of styles. Shop at some of the best designer lable outlets at La Rambla and Placa
de Catalunya. Enjoy some of the best nightlife the city offers like outdoor cafes, restaurants and
discotheques. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Barcelona – Montserrat - Barcelona
After breakfast, visit Montserrat, driving across picturesque little villages will reach the
outstanding Montserrat Mountain situated at an altitude of 1,235 meters. Our first visit will The
Royal Basilica, where the famous XII century Romanesque sculpture of virgin Moreneta shall be
admired. An audition of “La Escolania de Montserrat will be included, this children chorus is
considered as one of the oldest in Europe. Drive back to the Hotel. On the return we will stop at
the Barcelona’s harbour where you can go and shop or visit Aquarium by own.
Rest of the day at leisure free on own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Depart Barcelona
After breakfast, morning at leisure. Later check out and transfer to the airport for your departure
flight back home.
Spanish Exotica – 12 Nights / 13 Days

                                                  Rates Per Person in Euro
   Room Type -               Single               Twin               Triple           Child
Option 1
High Season                   2225                1490                1490            TBA
Low Season                    2145                1455                1455            TBA
Option 2
High Season                   2430                1620                1620            TBA
Low Season                    2270                1510                1510            TBA

High Season: 01 Mar – 30 Jun, 01 September – 31 October, 2011
Low Season: 01 July – 31 August, 2011


 Hotels        Madrid       Cordoba        Sevilla        Granada       Valencia      Barcelona
Option 1     NH Alberto    Tryp Los       NH Viapol      Abem          NH Abashiri   Catalonia
3*           Aguilera      Gallos                        Humeya                      Mikado
Option 2     Tryp          Macia          Tryp           Gran Luana    NH Las        Rafael
4*           Atocha        Alfaros        Macarena       de Granada    Artes         Diagonal
                                                                                     Port

Tour price includes:
1.   Accommodation at hotels as opted.
2.   Daily buffet breakfast.
3.   Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
4.   All transfers are on private basis.
5.   All tours are on seat in coach basis.

Tour price does not include:

1. Train Supplement Cost: Tourist class per person: EUR 430/- (Madrid – Cordoba / Cordoba –
   Sevilla / Sevilla – Granada / Granada – Valencia / Valencia – Barcelona)
2. Passport, Visa charges, International Airfares & Airport taxes
3. Cost granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Basic Travel Quota scheme.
4. Any increase in the rate of exchange, surface transportation and land arrangements, which
   may come into effect, prior to departure.
5. Porterage, tips, insurance, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, optional tours
   and all items of personal nature and also food & drinks not forming part of the group menus.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned in “Tour Price Includes” box.

Visa requirements:
    You must be in possession of a single entry visa for Spain. Visa charges will be
       applicable as per the consulate fees.
Passport:
    To join the tour you must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months
       beyond your date of travel.

     Tour Prices are valid till October 31, 2011 . Subject to change without prior notice.
          Hotels / Flights / Itinerary / Routes are subject to change without notice.
                                Subject to RBI / GOI regulations.

				
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