Greetings Friends of Fine Arts & Communication Travelers: This year we have partnered with Key Tours, the leading expert travel company on everything Europe. Attached you will find a wonderful itinerary to enjoy the best that Barcelona and Madrid, Spain have to offer at an amazingly low price. We wanted our former travelers to review the itinerary first before we launch our website advertising this wonderful trip. Tentatively we are departing Austin on June 5th, 2018 and will return June 14, 2018 pending airline availability and prices out of Austin.
This year’s trip features 8 breakfasts and 4 group celebration dinners (with drinks). As always – you are open for all your lunches to explore on your own. The two hotels for the entire trip are the H10 Villa de la Reina in Madrid and the H10 Universitat in Barcelona.
We are limiting the group to 30 travelers and Dr. John Fleming will be leading our group again! The entire package is $3990.00 per person and the single supplement is only $950.00 additional charge. We are also offering a land only option at $2700.00 per person. Insurance is not included but highly recommended. Attached is a PDF of the tour and below is a general itinerary for your review. Our deadline is November 1 with a down payment of $500.00 per person. If you have questions or want additional information please let me know, I will try and find all the answers for you. Looking forward to this amazing trip and hope your schedule will permit that you are able to join us!
My best, Kevin
Day 1 -Madrid:
Upon arrival to Madrid Airport, you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in the city center. The remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink, where you will have a chance to meet everyone on the trip including our tour guide. We will follow-up as a group with dinner at our hotel. Overnight at H10 Villa de la Reina in Madrid.
Day 2 – Madrid – City Tour, Prado Museum & Las Ventas Bullring:
After breakfast at your hotel, experience a guided city tour of Madrid's main avenues, squares and fountains, followed by a visit to the Prado Museum, which contains one of the world's most important art collections. Then get inside Madrid's most famous bullfighting stadium, Las Ventas Bullring and learn about the traditions and culture of bullfighting as you see key stadium sites including the network of alleyways lining the main ring and the stands where audiences yell and cheer. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at H10 Villa de la Reina in Madrid.
Day 3- Madrid - Toledo - Madrid:
After breakfast at our hotel, head to Toledo. The beautiful imperial city-museum of Toledo "World Heritage City" is located 70km away from Madrid. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe, called "city of the three cultures", since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together. Visit the Cathedral; Church of St. Tomé with "El Entierro del señor de Orgaz", masterpiece of El Greco; and Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Overnight at your hotel in Madrid.
Day 4 - Madrid - AM Tapas Tour:
Today immerse yourself in Madrid's rich culinary culture with this Tapas tour. Start with a visit to one of the best-known markets in the city center and four stops at authentic local bars and restaurants where you will flavor several tapas with wine or other drinks. Get a quick, yet authentic insight into Spanish culture, history, and gastronomic tradition on this walking tour. Afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a quintessential Madrid experience with a live flamenco show in the heart of the city. Head to an authentic Flamenco venue, and start the night off with a traditional 3-course dinner of regional cuisine. Settle back in your seat as professional dancers and musicians take the stage for a live, passionate performance of the uniquely Spanish art form. Overnight at H10 Villa de la Reina in Madrid.
Day 5 - Madrid - Barcelona:
After breakfast at your hotel, you are transferred to the train station to board your high speed train to Barcelona. Upon arrival to Barcelona, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a nice welcome dinner at your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Barcelona.
Day 6 – Barcelona – Half-Day City Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, experience a guided tour inside of the Church of the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished masterwork and an emblem of the city. On the way back to your hotel, you will pass by the famous Gaudi Apartments along Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona's most affluent avenue.
Day 7 - Barcelona – Half-Day Montserrat and Cava Tasting:
After breakfast at your hotel, make a pilgrimage to the mystical mountaintop retreat of Montserrat during this 5-hour excursion from Barcelona with your group. Explore this nearly 1,000-year old Benedictine Monastery complex set high above Catalonia. See the famous `Black Madonna' icon and visit legendary `Holy Cave' where the virgin is said to have once appeared. On your way back to Barcelona, stop at Caves Freixenet, where you'll spend some time learning about, and tasting, cava. Discover the process behind cava production and then enjoy a cava tasting.
Day 8 - Barcelona - PM. Panoramic Tour:
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a morning at leisure. In the afternoon, get acquainted with the Gothic grandeur of Barcelona on a walking tour through the spectacular Gothic Quarter of the city. Delve into the fascinating 2,000 year-old history of the area, gazing at dramatic landmarks like Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar as you explore. Stroll along the iconic La Rambla boulevard and allow yourself to be seduced by the vibrant charm of Barcelona on this enriching tour. Then you will be transferred to a local restaurant "Can Cortada" or similar for a savory 3 course dinner (including wine). Overnight at your hotel in Barcelona.
Day 9 – Return Back Home
Today we will return to the USA with warm memories of Spanish culture and traditions. After breakfast, we will travel to the airport to take our flight back home.
This package includes: $3990.00 per person
- International Flight from Austin Texas
− Transportation as per itinerary including parking and check points in the cities mentioned
− Professional Tour Manager throughout
− 3 course dinner, with bottled water and wine) on day 4 & 8
− Breakfast daily
− Cava Tasting in Catalonia on day 7
− Dinner at the hotel on day 1 & 5
− Entrance fees for sightseeing tours
− Flamenco Show on day 4
− Group Arrival & departure Transfers w/ English-speaking assistance
− Hotel accommodations proposed on itinerary or similar
− Local Taxes and service charges
− Sightseeing with Licensed Tour Guides
− Touring with Air conditioned Deluxe Motorcoach
− Tips & Gratuities to Drivers, Tour Escort & Guides
− Meals & drinks not mentioned in itinerary
− Admissions not mentioned in itinerary
− Hotel incidentals
− Travel Insurance – Highly recommended. Starting from $237.00 per person. double occupancy additional
− Optional Cooking Class (See below)
Please note this is just a quote airfare can be higher or lower depending on availability at time of booking and number of passengers. Keytours Vacations will do its best to work with us to get the best rates and flights at time of booking. Air contracts are negotiated when deposits are made and groups are confirmed.
Optional cooking lesson with 15 to 20 people: $140 per person
A $500 deposit is required for all travelers to reserve space.
Book by calling 1-512-245-9170 or at K.Gilley@TxState.Edu