Mediterranean Spain by Train

Mediterranean Spain by Train

Day 1 Barcelona

Arrival at the airport today where you are met and transferred to your hotel for checkin. Free afternoon to settle in. Overnight.

Day 2 Barcelona

Breakfast. Free morning at leisure to explore the city at your leisure. This afternoon, join a Gaudi Barcelona group tour. Continue to Sagrada Familia cathedral to enjoy a walking tour exploring the interior of the building, richly and symbolically decorated, where vaults reach up to seventy meters. We will also visit Sagrada Familia museum, where you will see drawings, plaster models and pictures about the history and development of this basilica from its early beginnings to the present day. Then we will join with the rest of group and continue afterwards the visit of the Artistic Tour. Then enjoy a 45 minute visit at Gaudi's bizarre Parc Guell which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then our tour follows to Paseo de Gracia to see Gaudi's famous apartment buildings like La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. The tour ends near the Casa Batlló at Paseo de Gracia 43. Overnight.

Day 3 Barcelona

Breakfast. A free day to explore at leisure. A selection of impressive museums awaits the visitor starting with the Picasso Museum and includes the tremendously interesting Joan Miró Foundation in Montjuic, displaying a great selection of work of the contemporary artist. Overnight.

Day 4 Barcelona - Valencia

Breakfast. Head to the station for your fast train south to Valencia. Here is a city that perfectly blends the old and the new. Today you can enjoy the old quarter and visit the Cathedral, built in 1262. Inside the Cathedral there is an agate cup, claimed to be the Holy Grail. The Cathedral's 68m high octagonal belltower is Valencia's landmark. Visit as well the nearby 17th century Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados and do not miss the central market. Overnight.

Day 5 Valencia

Breakfast. In the ‘new’ area of the city you can find the City of the Arts and Sciences. This remarkable masterpiece was designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava and includes an Opera house, Planetarium, Imax, Laserium, Science museum, large Oceanographic park and designer gardens. Overnight.

Day 6 Valencia - Cuenca

Breakfast. Take the train west to historic Cuenca, in the heart of Castilla la Mancha. Cuenca's setting is hard to believe. The old town is cut off from the rest of the city by the Jucar and the Huecar Rivers. Cuenca is famous for its 'Casas Colgadas', precariously positioned on a cliff top, with their balconies literally hanging over the gorge. Overnight.

Day 7 Cuenca

Breakfast. Free day to explore on foot. The old town is ringed by narrow, twisting lanes that wind between tunnels and covered passageways. The Plaza Mayor is a cafe-lined arcaded square in the heart of the old town. The Gothic 12-13th century Cathedral stands to the east of the Plaza Mayor. At the south end of town is the Torre de Mangana, a ruined lookout tower which is all that remains of an Arab fortress. Overnight.

Day 8 Cuenca - Sevilla

Breakfast. Take the train south to Sevilla, capital of Andalucia and probably the most quintessential of all Andalusian cities. Tonight enjoy a lively Tapas tasting tour – Modern stars. Sevilla’s tapas are a monument practically more famous than its gigantic cathedral. Once you have mastered the classics, sipped salmorejo and gorged on spinach and garbanzos, graduate to the avant-garde food scene on this tour. Our modern tapas tasting tour takes you out Seville’s old town and into the new world of the hottest local bars. Overnight.

Day 9 Sevilla

Breakfast. Return to the classics today as you enjoy a walking tour with a local guide. You will visit the historic Santa Cruz district, which was once a Jewish ghetto, the impressive Cathedral and the Giralda finishing up at the Moorish Alcazar. Free afternoon at your leisure to perhaps stroll through the beautiful Maria Luisa gardens.

Day 10 Sevilla - Malaga

Breakfast. A short ride to reach Malaga today. An afternoon to explore it’s history. Malaga is the second largest city in Andalucia and is today a thriving port. It was important in Phoenician times and again under the Romans and the Moors. It also flourished again during the 19th century when sweet Malaga wine was one of Europe's most popular drinks. Malaga's vast Alcazaba was built between the 8th - 11th centuries. There is a partially excavated Roman amphitheatre by its entrance, but the real attraction is the display of Phoenician, Roman and Moorish artefacts in the Museo Arqueologico. Overnight.

Day 11 Malaga

Breakfast. A day at leisure to see the new face of this revitalised city. Once considered the poor cousin of Andalusia’s capital city Sevilla, Malaga now competes successfully for attention, thanks to its profusion of quirky museums, delightful pedestrianised centre, innovative restaurants and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bar, pool and stunning views. Muelle Uno is the latest addition - a contemporary leisure complex in the port - while a new arty district called SOHO is bringing a bohemian edge to the city. Overnight.

Day 12 Malaga

Breakfast. Farewell the city as you depart to your next destination.