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Global Philosophy Travel is proud to offer in-depth, specialized travel to Spain! Our travel agency focuses on travel to Europe including tours of Spain, Spain vacation packages for the independent traveler as well as special customized group tours of Spain. Whether you are the first time traveler to Spain or have traveled there on numerous vacations, our Spain vacations are sure to fit your interests and needs. From famous Spanish cities to small, off-the-beaten-path villages, there's no better way to travel Spain than with the expert guidance of Global Philosophy Travel!

Sample Itineraries: (Remember, the sky is the limit for us! This is just an idea of what is possible. Cities, number of nights, islands, etc. can all be changed).

Spain Vacation Idea 1: Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, Seville

Fly into Barcelona and transfer to your city center hotel
3-Nights Barcelona
Half day sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Private Flamenco Class
Gaudi Architecture Tour
First Class Rail to Madrid
3-Nights Madrid
Half day sightseeing tour of Madrid
Private Tapas Tour
Excursion to Toledo
First Class Rail to Cordoba
2-Nights Cordoba
Half day sightseeing tour of Cordoba
Transfer to Granada
2-Nights Granada
Half day sightseeing tour of Granada
Tour of the Alhambra
Transfer to Seville
3-Nights Seville
Half day sightseeing tour of Seville
Lesson in Spanish Crafts
Evening Wine Tasting
Fly home from Seville


Spain Vacation Idea 2: Barcelona in Depth

Fly into Barcelona and transfer to your city center hotel
7-Nights Barcelona
Half day sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Spanish language lesson
Private cooking class
Tickets to a bullfight
Private tapas tour
Tour of Montserrat
City center cycling tour
Day at leisure for possible beach visit or shopping
Fly home from Barcelona

Spain Vacation Idea 3: Madrid in Depth

Fly into Madrid and transfer to your city center hotel
7-Nights Madrid
Half day sightseeing tour of Madrid
Private flamenco class
Excursion to Toledo
Excursion to Avila and Segovia
Private tapas tour
Lesson in Spanish crafts
Tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
Day at leisure
Fly home from Madrid

Spain Vacation Idea 4: Andalucia in Depth

Fly into Seville and transfer to your city center hotel
2-Nights Seville, 2-Nights Granada, 4-Nights Costa del Sol
Half day sightseeing tour of Seville, Granada and Costa del Sol
Jamon tasting
Wine tasting
2 gourmet dinners
Private Flamenco class
Excursion to Nerja Caves and Frigiliana
Ferry to Tangier, Morocco or Gibraltar shopping tour
Day at leisure
Tour of the new Picasso Museum
Fly home from Malaga

Spain Vacation Idea 5: Santiago de Compostela (Pilgrim Route in Northwest region of Galicia)

Fly into Santiago de Compostela (SCQ); Pick up rental car
2-Nights Logrono, 2-Nights Santo Domingo de la Calzada, 2-Nights Burgos, 2-Nights Astorga, 2-Nights Santiago de Compostela
Lesson in Spanish crafts
Private wine tasting
Cooking lesson
Breakfast daily
Fly home from Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)

Spain Vacation Idea 6: Paradores of Spain

Fly into Madrid; Pick up rental car
2-Nights Toledo, 2-Nights Trujillo, 2-Nights Ciudad Rodrigo, 2-Nights Madrid
Accommodations in historic, charming paradores
Breakfast daily
9 day car rental
4 dinners
Lesson in Spanish crafts
Cooking lesson
Private Flamenco class and/or Spanish language lesson
Private tapas tour
Fly home from Madrid

Spain Vacation Idea 7: Basque Region

Fly into Bilbao; Pick up rental car
2-Nights Bilbao
Half day sightseeing tour
Private after hours Guggenheim museum visit
5-Nights San Sebastian
Half day sightseeing tour
2 cooking lessons
Private wine tasting
Days at leisure to explore the Basque region
Fly home from Bilbao

Spain Vacation Idea 8: The Sephardim: Highlights of Jewish Spain

Fly into Barcelona; Transfer to city center hotel
2-Nights Madrid; 2-Nights Cordobal; 3-Nights Barcelona
In depth walking tours of the Old Jewish Quarters of Toledo, Cordoba and Girona
Visits to the medieval synagogues of Cordoba, Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito in Toledo
Breakfast daily and three lunches
Sightseeing tours in each city
Fly home from Barcelona

Customize Your Spain Vacation:

Private Flamenco Class: Learn the traditional art of Flamenco and its three forms: song, dance and guitar. This special excursion will leave you with a better understanding of Spain’s most intimate kind of music!

Private Tapas Tour: Nothing embodies the culture of Spain quite like the small dishes of delicious morsels that you find in local bars. Enjoy a tour of traditional tapas bars, where you will taste regional specialties with wine.

Tickets to a Bullfight: Experience the great tradition of the Corrida in one of Spain’s bullrings. Choose seats in sol (sun) or sombra (shade) and cheer “Olé!” along with the vibrant crowd, as the matador displays his bravery and skill.

Private Cooking Class in the Cities: Spanish fare has moved to the forefront of modern cuisine. Experience a hands-on cooking class where you can choose ingredients at local markets, select wines and prepare dishes such as Andalucian tapas in Seville, Catalán paella in Barcelona or Castilian cocido in Madrid.

Private After-Hours Visit to a Museum: Enjoy the majesty of The Prado, basking in the splendor of Goya and El Greco, or perhaps the Thyssen-Bornemisza, viewing works by Picasso and Kandinsky, in silence. Partake in a specially arranged private visit to one of these spectacular museums of Spain for a memorable trip.

Private Wine Tasting: Savor wines from different regions of Spain with a relaxing specially arranged wine tasting. Sample Rioja or Ribero del Duero while you learn about the varietals of each region.

Lesson in Spanish Crafts: A local artisan will teach you the intricate details of how to make traditional Spanish crafts from fans to guitars!

Spanish Language Lessons: Short of time and want to learn some Spanish while visiting Spain? A local language teacher will teach you some useful phrases, while introducing you to the culture of Spain in a café. The level will be adapted to your personal needs.

Golf for a day in Costa del Sol: The Costa del Sol is home to some of the world’s best golf courses. Enjoy teeing off amid palm, eucalyptus and wild olive trees.

Visit to Olive Oil Mill: Visit the picturesque Andalusian town of Zahara de la Sierra with its olive groves and 18th century working olive oil mill!

Sherry Tasting: Enjoy a glass as you learn about the process of making sherry in traditional Jerez de la Frontera!

Customize Your Spain Vacation by City:

Barcelona:

Gaudi Tour Barcelona: Explore some of Gaudi’s creations in the architectural marvels of the Parc Guell, La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia– Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece that has become the symbol of Barcelona.

Costa Brava from Barcelona: Explore the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava on this panoramic guided tour followed by a visit to the Dali Museum in Figueres.

Montserrat from Barcelona: Drive through picturesque little villages en route to Montserrat, which rises majestically to 4,051 feet. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin.

Barcelona Cycling Tour: Ride through the Barri Gotic, to the Sagrada Familia, the Parc de la Ciutadella, the Olympic Village, the beach and Port Vell, stopping along the way at points of interest for photo opportunities, history and stories of Barcelona from your excellent guide.

Barcelona Sailing: Enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona from the sea as you sail along the city's coastline on a yacht. During the sailing session you will be taught basic techniques and sail on different routes, taking advantage of the power of the wind and enjoying the unique sensation of moving on water!

Girona and the Costa Brava Trail from Barcelona: Girona has a long history, believed to be founded around 76 BC. The river Onyar neatly divides the city in two, separating the old town from the new. The tour will then head to the Santuari dels Angels, this spot offers panoramic views of the whole Girona region. From here you will make your way to Pals, a small city that grew from a fortress. From Pals head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, passing Begur on the way. The clean lines of the whitewashed houses will be evident here and you'll have time to explore the rocky coastline or perhaps even take a dip in the inviting waters.

Granada:

La Alhambra Tour Granada: Discover the jewel of Granada, La Alhambra, with your own private guide who will walk you through this enormous palace and explain its architectural beauty and historic significance.

La Alpujarra from Granada : This tour is of great cultural, natural and landscape interest as the area visited runs down the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the shores of the Mediterranean. Given its variety of microclimates it is considered as one of Europe's greatest enclaves of botanical interest, inherited by the Arabs. Its spectacular landscape with clusters of small white villages with flat earthen roofs (terrados) and terraced farmland that reaches over 2,000 meters make this an essential visit!

Costa Tropical and Caves of Nerja from Granada: The Granadine Coast boasts a mild climate enabling the farming of apples, papaya, avocado and sugar cane. This tour visit the following: Motril, an important fishing and commercial port serving the region; Salobreña, a white washed town perched on a hill and crowned by an ancient Arab Castle from where the panoramic views of the surrounding fertile plain and beaches can be admired; the ancient town of Almuñecar with the Castle of San Miguel and a beautiful old quarter; Caves of Nerja with their extensive grottoes with archaeological remains.

Madrid:

Toledo from Madrid: Experience Medieval Spain at its best in Toledo. See the Cathedral and El Greco’s great painting in the Church of Santo Tomé. Lunch is included.

Segovia from Madrid: Segovia is home to many spectacular sites, including the ancient Roman aqueduct, the imposing Gothic cathedral and the fanciful Alcazar. Lunch is included.

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid: Your experienced guide will take you for a tour of El Escorial Monastery, the old Royal residence and Pantheon for Kings. You will also visit Austria's Palace, Pantheons of Kings and Infants, Chapters Rooms and Basilica. Afterwards, visit the Valley of the Fallen, a vast Basilica excavated from the inside of a mountain, on top of which looms a gigantic granite cross standing at 492 feet!

Marbella:


Mijas Tour from Marbella: Visit Mijas, the white village of Andalucia. Mijas is a small village situated 1500 feet (460 metres) above sea level. The picturesque village with it's narrow, white washed streets is full of friendly people. Admire the wonderful panorama of Fuengirola, Carvajal and Los Boliches.

Tangier, Morocco by Ferry from Marbella: Begin with a scenic drive along the Costa del Sol until you reach the port of Gibraltar. From here you will travel by high speed ferry to Tangier (50 - 60 minutes) across the strait of Gibraltar, where your journey will continue by road to the exciting Moroccan city of Tangier! Enjoy a walking tour of the Medina (old quarter) and then stop at a typical Bazaar for some fabulous shopping opportunities. Enjoy lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant including a performance by belly dancers.

Gibraltar Sightseeing from Marbella: Cross the border from Spain into British territory, where you can see British policemen, spend British money and enjoy the duty free shopping. Enjoy a tour of the city, tunnel and Punta Europa by minibus followed by a minibus tour of the rock itself, the Saint Michael caves and monkey reserve before making the most of your free time for shopping!

Gibraltar Shopping from Marbella: Enjoy a fun shopping excursion to the island of Gibraltar! Much of the bustling shopping streets have been pedestrianised, with strategically placed benches, cafes, and bars offering welcome relief after your time shopping.

Ronda from Marbella: Drive through magnificent mountains to get to Ronda. On arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour of this beautiful Andalusian town of Celtic origin, with the Cathedral (Roman, Arabic and Gothic styles), the Old Quarter, the Bull Ring (oldest one in Spain) and the magnificent Tajo Gorge.

Seville:

Cordoba from Seville: On your excursion to Cordoba, tour the city’s famous Mezquita, the grandest in the Arab world. Also enjoy strolling through the city’s Jewish Quarter.

Full Day Jerez and Cadiz from Seville: Jerez, in the southernmost part of Spain is visited for its wines, in particular its Sherry, as well as its horses. Enjoy a wine tasting and then attend the show "Equestrian Fantasy" at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Next take a boat trip from Puerto de Santa Maria to Cadiz - the oldest populated city in Europe.

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