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13 nights Spanish UNESCO World Heritage Sites

13 nights Spanish UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Trip Overview:

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Spain's cultural heritage on this 13-night tour of selected Spanish UNESCO World Heritage Cities. From the vibrant streets of Madrid to the timeless wonders of Toledo, Caceres, Salamanca, Leon, Burgos, and Segovia, immerse yourself in centuries of history, art, and architecture. ...

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Trip Summary:

MADRID (2 nights) - TOLEDO (1 night) - CACERES (2 nights) - SALAMANCA (2 nights) - LEON (1 night) - BURGOS (2 nights) - SEGOVIA (2 nights) - MADRID (1 night) ...

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Daily Departures. Flying into Madrid International Airport. Departure from Madrid. Totally Spain does not arrange International Flights so you have the flexibility to book the flights you prefer. We can recommend a travel agent with whom you can book your international flights if required. Otherwise a website such as Skyscanner is very u...

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Tour Itinerary

Madrid, Spain

Arrive in Madrid. You’ll be met at the airport by your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally-located Madrid hotel for 3 nights.

Madrid stands at the very centre of Spain –geographically, culturally and politically. This capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. Among the splendid attractions of Madrid are the Prado Museum; home to masterworks of Goya, Velazquez and El Greco: the 19th century Villahermosa Palace now the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum; the Reina Sofia Art Centre showcasing more than 300 modern works by Dali, Miro & Picasso among others; the 18th century Royal Palace on the lovely Plaza de Oriente; the bustling Puerta del Sol with its many shops, restaurants and tapas bars; Rastro Market on Sundays one of the oldest outdoor markets in Europe; and Retiro Park for strolling while admiring local artists and buskers.

Take your time to settle in. Take a stroll in your neighbourhood that is bustling with atmospheric cafes, bars and restaurants.

For Madrid and for all the other places on this tour, we’ll provide you with our Totally Spain City Guides which highlight the best cafes, bars, restaurants along with museums, parks and other cultural spaces you can explore in your free time. .

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Madrid Airport to your Madrid hotel
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Madrid, Spain

After a delicious buffet breakfast you’ll be met at your hotel by your expert local Madrid guide who will take you on an private tour of the historic city centre. You’ll enjoy visiting such places as the principal streets and squares including the Plaza del Sol, Plaza Santa, Plaza Mayor as well as the Mercado San Miguel, one of Madrid’s famous food markets.  

You will continue with your guide to Plaza de la Villa and the Plaza del Oriente. Visit the Royal Palace that stands on the site of an old alcazar fortress and a former Moorish castle. The current building was completed in 1764. With 3,418 rooms there’s something to represent every style (and every monarch) since its construction.

This afternoon visit the Prado Museum at your leisure as we have included pre-booked tickets for you that avoid lining-up.  The museum is a wonderful space dating back to 1785 that now houses art from the 12th to the 19th century including large permanent collections by Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Bosch, Titian, Van Dyck and Rembrandt.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Madrid with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Royal Palace
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Prado Museum (open date & entry time plus skip-the-line)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Toledo, Spain

This morning you'll pick up your Standard size manual car and drive to Toledo

This afternoon join your local expert guide for a private tour of Toledo offering a comprehensive overview of the city's most significant monuments. Highlights include the magnificent Cathedral, home to numerous artistic treasures by masters such as El Greco, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Goya, Velázquez, and Berruguete, with standout pieces like the Custodia de Corpus Christi and El Transparente. You'll also see El Greco's masterpiece, "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz," at the Church of Santo Tomé, and visit the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, one of Toledo's only two remaining medieval synagogues. The tour concludes at the Franciscan Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century as their intended mausoleum, reflecting their enduring legacy.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • 10/11 days car rental. Standard size (Opel insignia or similar) Manual transmission
  • Basic CDW/LDW unlimited mileage and theft waiver
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Toledo with expert, English speaking guide.
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Caceres, Spain

Today, you'll bid farewell to the enchanting city of Toledo as you head west into the heart of Extremadura, a region steeped in history and adventure. Your destination is Caceres, a city where the legacy of the Spanish Conquistadors resonates deeply.

The drive takes approximately 2.5 hours, guiding you through the sprawling landscapes that once inspired native sons like Pizarro, Cortes, De Soto, and Balboa. These legendary figures, born from this very land that borders Portugal, embarked on daring expeditions to conquer the New World. 

Extremadura reveals its vast beauty and historical richness, often overlooked yet brimming with stories waiting to be discovered. As you approach Caceres, anticipate stepping into a world where echoes of exploration and conquest still linger in the air, making every moment a testament to the adventurous spirit of the past.

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

 

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Caceres, Spain

This morning you will be met at your hotel by your expert local guide for a tour of Caceres.

Caceres, declared a World Heritage by UNESCO and surrounded by Moorish walls, is splendidly preserved. Its handsome ochre-coloured mansions – belonging to the noblemen of the 15th and 16th centuries who fought against the Moors and journeyed to the Americas as conquistadors – line the city streets and small squares. Plaza Santa Ana forms the heart of the old city. From the 13th to15th centuries, Jewish families lived and worked in the Barrio de San Antonio. Discover the narrow alleys of the old Jewish quarter and see the modest homes of the aljama (the Jewish district in medieval times) and the synagogue, now the Ermita de San Antonio. Tour Yusuf al-Burch’s House and Museum, where the private baths may be either Jewish ritual baths or Arabic. Stroll beneath the Roman Arco de Cristo and you’ll arrive at the Olivar de la Judería, or the Jewish Quarters olive grove. Outside the city walls, a new Jewish quarter was constructed in 1478, where nowadays the Palace of La Isla sits on the site of the former synagogue here.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Caceres with expert, English speaking guide
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Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Salamanca, Spain

Today, embark on a journey from Caceres to Salamanca, heading northward through the picturesque Spanish countryside.

Your destination, Salamanca, renowned as Spain's foremost university city, beckons with its unparalleled blend of Renaissance and Plateresque architecture. Prepare to immerse yourself in the exquisite beauty of its historic buildings, where every street and square resonates with centuries of cultural and academic brilliance. Discover the intricate details of this architectural masterpiece, a testament to Spain's rich heritage and intellectual legacy.

 

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Salamanca, Spain

Today, you will be greeted by your local guide for an enriching half-day private walking tour of Salamanca.

Salamanca, a city steeped in history and culture, boasts two magnificent cathedrals showcasing contrasting architectural styles: the newer 16th-century cathedral and the adjacent 12th-century Romanesque cathedral. The University of Salamanca, one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious institutions, captivates with its exquisite Plateresque facade. Our journey will also lead us to the iconic Main Square, known as the Plaza Mayor, celebrated as one of Spain’s most splendid examples of urban architecture. Here, we will discover the ornate Baroque Town Hall and marvel at the intricate façade of the 16th-century Casa de las Conchas, or House of Shells, adorned with hundreds of sculpted shells.

Throughout our tour, we will uncover many more hidden gems and historical landmarks that make Salamanca a jewel of Spanish heritage.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Salamanca with expert, English speaking guide

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Leon, Spain

After a hearty breakfast in charming Salamanca, enjoy a scenic drive to the historical city of León. Nestled in the heart of Castile and León, León awaits with its rich cultural tapestry and Gothic architecture. Upon arrival, settle into your comfortable hotel and prepare to explore this gem of northern Spain.

This afternoon, you will meet your knowledgeable local guide in Leon at your hotel for an exclusive walking tour of the city.
Leon, once a pivotal capital during the Middle Ages, played a crucial role in the Reconquest of Spain from the Moors. The highlight of the city is its magnificent Gothic Cathedral renowned for its breathtaking stained glass windows. Another significant landmark is the San Isidoro Basilica, home to the Romanesque Royal Pantheon adorned with exquisite 12th-century frescoes. Renaissance architecture shines through the Hostal San Marcos, now part of the prestigious Parador Hotel chain. Notably, Antoni Gaudi's influence graces Leon with the Casa Botines, now transformed into the Museo Casa Botines.

This evening, immerse yourself in the local ambiance of Leon by sampling the renowned free tapas and mingling with locals in the vibrant Barrio Humedo district.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously.
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Leon with expert, English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to cathedral and Casa Botines
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Burgos, Spain

Today leave the historic city of León behind, driving eastwards towards the enchanting city of Burgos. Your drive will take you through the rolling landscapes of Castile and León, where golden fields stretch out under expansive skies.  Keep an eye out for breathtaking vistas that unfold as you wind your way towards Burgos, where the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria beckons with its Gothic spires.

Upon arrival in Burgos, settle into your accommodation, ideally situated to explore the city's architectural wonders and vibrant cultural scene. Whether wandering the cobbled streets of the historic center or savoring traditional Castilian cuisine in a local tavern, Burgos promises an evening of discovery and delight.

 

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously.
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Burgos, Spain

This morning, in the company of your private tour guide, step into the enchanting history of Burgos that unveils the essence of this UNESCO World Heritage gem. Begin your journey at the awe-inspiring Burgos Cathedral, a pinnacle of Gothic architecture where every corner resonates with centuries of artistic mastery. Wander through the quaint cobblestone streets of the old town, where each building whispers tales of bygone eras. 

Later indulge in the flavors of Burgos, perhaps savoring the iconic Morcilla de Burgos (black pudding or blood sausage) in a traditional Castilian restaurant, as your exploration of this historic city concludes with a taste of its rich culinary heritage.

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously.
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Burgos with expert, English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets for Cathedral in Burgos
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Segovia, Spain

Today, following breakfast in Burgos, set off on a picturesque drive south towards Segovia.

Check into your carefully selected hotel, where comfort and relaxation await. Take time to settle in and unwind before venturing out to explore this enchanting city. From its iconic Roman aqueduct to the majestic Alcázar fortress and the awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, Segovia promises a day brimming with cultural discoveries and memorable experiences.

As evening descends, savor the local cuisine at a traditional Segovian restaurant, indulging in its renowned specialties. Tomorrow holds even more adventures as you continue to uncover the treasures of this historic gem with your private guide.

 

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously.
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Segovia, Spain

Today embark on a captivating journey through Segovia's rich history and architectural wonders with a private guided visit. Marveling at the towering Roman aqueduct, a testament to ancient engineering that has stood since the 1st century AD. Learn about its remarkable preservation and role in supplying water to the city, which continued until just two centuries ago.

Explore the Alcazar, an imposing fortress perched on a rocky crag that inspired Walt Disney's fairytale castles. Delve into its medieval chambers and courtyards while uncovering stories of royalty and conquest. Visit the Gothic Cathedral of Segovia, a 16th-century masterpiece with soaring spires and intricate façades that reflect the city's artistic heritage and religious significance. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable guide will illuminate Segovia's past, from Roman conquerors to Renaissance artisans, ensuring an immersive experience that reveals the city's enduring charm and historical depth.

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental as described previously.
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Segovia with expert, English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets for Cathedral and Alcazar in Segovia
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Madrid, Spain

Today set off for madrid. En route to Madrid perhaps visit the spectacular Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial (entrance tickets not included), the massive monastery-palace situated to the Northwest of the capital. This imposing palace was built between 1563 and 1584, in honour of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo). Its artistic wealth includes works of the royal Habsburg collection and the library with over 40,000 books, which ceilings are decorated with frescoes by Tibaldi. Of special interest also are the Royal Pantheon and the Museum of Art.

This evening take part in a fun guided small group tapas tour with all food & drinks included. It’s a great way to experience Madrid’s most interesting and authentic bars and restaurants without the research or guesswork. Your guide will recommend the wines and other drinks to try and will order speciality tapas at each bar or tavern. Your guide will talk about the history of tapas, the types of tapas served in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain and will also give you a history of the neighbourhood you are visiting as well.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Car rental (drop off)
  • Guided Gastronomic walking tour with a small group. Includes delicious tapas and drinks (10 people maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas style dinner

Departure,

After breakfast you’ll be collected at your hotel by a private driver who will transfer you to Madrid International Airport for your departure.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your Madrid hotel to Madrid Airport

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

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What's included

Accommodation (based on 2 people sharing)

  • 13 nights accommodation in quality 4-star hotels in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request.

Meals

  • Full Buffet breakfast daily

Transport

  • Private transfer from Madrid airport  to hotel
  • Private transfer from Madrid hotel to airport
  • Car hire as described in itinerary on Day 3

​Private Guided Tours

  • Private Walking tour in Madrid with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Toledo with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Caceres with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Salamaca with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Leon with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Burgos with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Segovia with expert English speaking guide

Pre-Booked Entrance Tickets

  • Madrid – Royal Palace & Prado Museum
  • Toledo  – Cathedral & two former Synagogues
  • Salamanca - Two cathedrals
  • Leon - Cathedral & Casa Botines
  • Burgos  – Cathedral
  • Segovia  – Cathedral & Alcazar

Group Guided Tours

  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Madrid. All food and drink included.

Other

  • Comprehensive personalized trip documentation including local maps, guides and tourist information
  • Totally Spain's specialist trip planning service and support
  • Spanish Government tax


NOT INCLUDED
Flights, Personal Travel Insurance, Porterage (not commonly available in Spain), Tips, Meals, drinks or hotel extras other than those described above. Anything else not specified above.

 

 

 

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