After collecting your luggage and clearing customs, meet your driver in the arrivals hall for your private transfer to your hotel. Explore Barcelona by foot on your own.
Colorful and quirky, this busy Mediterranean port city is the dramatic setting for the modernist works of architect Antonio Gaudí. This morning you will have a private panoramic tour of the city. Your driver-guide will meet you at your hotel, and consult with you on which sites you most want to see. Duration of this tour is about two hours. Today's Mediterranean lunch offers great views of the Marina.
(Breakfast, Lunch, & Accommodations, Barcelona)
Today is a free day for you to explore Barcelona on your own. Be sure to explore Las Ramblas, the tree-lined pedestrian mall that runs through the heart of the city. This is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best, including many sidewalk cafes, shops and street performers. (Be aware that the southern end, near the port, can turn somewhat seedy in the evening.) Explore the nearby Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, where you can see remnants of the Roman and Medieval city walls.
(Breakfast & accommodations, Barcelona)
This morning take the AVE train down to Valencia, an emerging cultural destination for both art and cuisine. Located on the coast, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain; it has attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife, and superb food. After checking into your hotel, explore this fascinating city on your own.
(Breakfast, Barcelona; Accommodations, Valencia)
This morning you will have a private guided walking tour of the city, including admission to the Gothic Cathedral of Valencia, and admission to La Lonja de la Seda or Silk Exchange—considered to be one of the finest Gothic buildings in all of Europe. Duration of this walking tour is about three hours. Rest of the day to explore the city on your own.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Valencia)
This morning, board your first-class AVE train for the 1½-hour trip to Madrid. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure to begin your exploration of this capital city. Walk down one of the many elegant boulevards, explore El Retiro Park or sample a glass of Cava.
(Breakfast, Valencia; Accommodations, Madrid)
This morning you will have a private panoramic tour of the city. Your driver-guide will meet you at your hotel, and consult with you on which sites you most want to see. Duration of this tour is about two hours. You'll have the afternoon on your own to visit the Prado—one of the world's great art museums—or perhaps take an optional tour of the Royal Palace.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Madrid)
This is a free day for you to explore Madrid on your own, or perhaps to arrange for an optional to a nearby city: Toledo, Avila or El Escorial.
Later, enjoy a 3-course dinner at La Taberna del Alabardero.
(Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodations, Madrid)
After breakfast, hop on a high-speed train down to Seville—the capital of Andalucía in southern Spain, and a city with both an interesting history and a vibrant nightlife. Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own.
(Breakfast, Madrid; Accommodations, Seville)
This morning you will have a private walking tour of the center of the city. Highlights include the magnificent Cathedral - one of the largest Gothic churches in the world and the burial site of Christopher Columbus; the historic Alcazar, the royal palace begun by the Moors in the 10th century, and probably the finest example of Moorish architecture to be found in Spain; and the famous bull ring. In the evening, enjoy a deliciously authentic tapas dinner at El Patio Sevillano, while taking in a lively Flamenco show.
(Breakfast, Dinner, & Accommodations, Seville)
Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and depart for the airport in your private car. Start the journey home or continue on to your next Avanti destination.