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11 days, departs on 20 Sept 2018
WAS $4,050pp, NOW $3,442pp*
Discover the scenic delights and delicious cuisine of this forgotten part of Spain. Compare Oviedo's ancient churches and resting relics of St. James with Barcelona's captivating Sagrada Família.
- Madrid: Witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.
- San Sebastián: With your Local Expert, walk through the Old Quarter to Plaza de la Constitucion and venture up Monte Igueldo to take in breath-taking views over the town and La Concha Bay.
New England's Spectacular Fall Foliage
8 days, departs on 17 Sept 2018
WAS $4,175pp, NOW $3,549pp*
Embark on this quintessential autumn holiday in a truly picturesque corner of North America, brimming with Americana and alive with the spectacular colours of an Indian Summer.
- North Conway: With an expert naturalist, learn about the wildlife and ecology of the North Woods.
- Boston: Follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brings to life the story of the American Revolution.
- Stockbridge: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, a wonderful snapshot of Americana, built to showcase the amazing artwork produced during his long career.
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DAY 1 WELCOME TO MADRID.
On arrival at Madrid airport, your airport transfer leaves for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00. Relax and settle in before meeting your Travel Director at 17:30. Your Welcome Dinner is at a local restaurant and provides the opportunity to mingle with your fellow guests over a pleasant evening of good food and wine.
Hotel: Hesperia Madrid/Barceló Torre de Madrid. Meals: Dinner with Wine
DAY 2 MADRID OF THE BOURBONS.
Your Local Expert will guide you along the noble avenues past the Cibeles Fountain and down the Gran Vía to the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España. Cross the Puerta del Sol and continue to the Prado Museum. Your visit will be a highlight of your escorted journey. Discover countless works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Botticelli, Rubens and others as you are guided by a local art historian. The afternoon is free for you to relax at a cafe or shop in the boutiques.
Hotel: Hesperia Madrid/Barcelo Torre, Madrid. Meals: Buffet Breakfast
DAY 3 OVER THE GUADARRAMA MOUNTAINS TO SANTIAGO.
Journey through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castile. Some of Spain's most fashionable white wines are produced in Rueda and this morning we have the opportunity to learn how they are made and sample the delights of the Verdejo grape. Your travel continues past the impressive Castillo de la Mota, conquered by Queen Isabella, and on to Santiago de Compostela, where the tomb of the Apostle St. James was miraculously discovered in the Middle Ages.
Hotel: NH Collection Santiago de Compostela. Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 4 - RELAXED START, SAINTLY SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.
(Relaxed Start) Become acquainted with some of Europe’s finest historical buildings during an orientation with your Local Expert. The monumental square, Praza do Obradoiro, is pure grandeur in granite. Look up from the steady trickle of present-day pilgrims to the cathedral facade to see an ensemble of soaring towers, arches and windows, festooned with architectural frills. Venture inside and once through the Gateway of Glory, you’re privy to the same vision that has greeted pilgrims since the Middle Ages. The faithful may choose to pass behind the ornate high altar to touch the giant 13th century gilded effigy of St. James and follow in the steps of the pilgrims along The Way of St. James. Relax during your free time or explore the narrow streets and old squares of this city.
Hotel: NH Collection Santiago de Compostela. Meals: Buffet Breakfast
DAY 5 - RELAXED START ALONG THE COSTA VERDE TO OVIEDO.
Pass through the ancient forests of Galicia and cross to the Green Coast of Asturias - one of Spain's most beautiful, named after the colour of the sea and the pine and eucalyptus trees that line the shore. Your route reveals glorious coastal vistas before turning inland to travel through old villages and deep valleys en route to Oviedo. A Local Expert will show you the 9th century churches built when the city was the capital of Christian Spain. Visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour in the stately square of Plaza Alfonso II. Admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the finest in Europe. A short drive brings you to the Asturian coast and the Bay of Biscay. Stop at the delightful city of Gijón that has a history dating back 5,000 years. Meet a true local, Flor, who will invite you to join her for dinner. Hear about daily life in this up-and-coming seaside city as you enjoy a delicious meal, typical of the region, that Flor has freshly prepared from locally-sourced ingredients, accompanied by delicious local apple cider.
Hotel: Barceló Oviedo Cervantes. Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 6 - PICTURESQUE SANTILLANA DEL MAR AND ON TO SANTANDER.
See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de Onís as you head into the foothills of the Picos de Europa, a national park encompassing spectacular mountain and gorge scenery. Visit the holy cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo, who achieved the first Christian victory over the Moors in 722. Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while travelling to Santillana del Mar, arguably the most beautiful village in Spain. Stroll through the rustic cobblestone streets, admiring stone houses decorated with carved, heraldic symbols and reach the delightful church square. Continue on to the sophisticated beach resort of Santander.
Hotel: Eurostars Hotel Real, Santander. Meals: Buffet Breakfast
DAY 7 - RELAXED START, BILBAO, COSTA VASCA AND SAN SEBASTIÁN.
In nearby Bilbao, admire the striking modern architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, one of the world's most spectacular buildings. Enjoy the views as you are driven along part of the Costa Vasca, dotted with small coastal fishing villages. Pause in Getaria, at the mouth of the Urola, to see El Ratón, the mouse-shaped rock. Continue to San Sebastián, pearl of the Cantabrian coast, set on its shell-shaped bay. Admire its beauty as you walk with your Local Expert through the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. Atop Monte Igueldo there are breathtaking views of the town and La Concha Bay.
Hotel: Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián. Meals: Buffet Breakfast
DAY 8 - RELAXED START, SAN SEBASTIÁN, PEARL OF THE CANTABRIAN COAST.
Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk and with the city harbour filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps you'll want to explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, also known as Little Paris? Maybe stroll the promenade of the famous La Concha bay or enjoy the boutiques of the Old Town?
Hotel: Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián. Meals: Buffet Breakfast
DAY 9 - PAMPLONA AND ON TO BARCELONA.
Journey to the famed town of Pamplona, known for its Running of the Bulls festival. With time free for you to explore, perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street or visit Café Iruña, immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in the 'The Sun Also Rises.' Your travels continue to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions.
Hotel: Hotel NH Hesperia Barcelona Presidente. Meals: Buffet Breakfast
DAY 10 - BARCELONA, CITY OF GAUDI.
Wake up ready to embrace the city’s artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, and walk through the Roman Gate to see its narrow lanes and old squares. You are driven along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to behold Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. As you venture inside, look above to see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows. With the afternoon at leisure, you are free to relax or continue your exploration on your own. In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant. Raise your glass and toast your travels during your delightful Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: Hotel NH Hesperia Barcelona Presidente. Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 11- DEPART BARCELONA
After breakfast departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 or 11:00.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
NEW ENGLANDS SPECTACULAR FALL FOLIAGE
DAY 1 - ARRIVE BOSTON.
Welcome to Boston, affectionately known as 'Beantown'. On arrival at Boston Logan International Airport, a transfer will take you to your hotel. Perhaps take a stroll to Downtown Crossing or historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Boston. Meals: Dinner with Wine
DAY 2 - BEANTOWN TO WILLIAMSTOWN.
Discover some of Boston's most famous sights as your Tour Director takes you along a section of the Freedom Trail. Then, enjoy the colourful scenery as you travel west to Stockbridge for a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. Travel through the stunning rolling hills of the Berkshires to your hotel in the beautiful college town of Williamstown.
Hotel: The Orchards Hotel, Williamstown. Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 - THE LEGENDS OF THE FALL AND STOWE.
Leave Massachusetts to journey through the legendary fall foliage of Vermont. Visit The Apple Barn Country Bake Shop and taste fresh cider in the making. Visit the Rockefellers' renowned Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy and farm life museum, before a stop in the quintessential Vermont village of Woodstock with its picturesque covered bridge. Arrive in Stowe, Vermont, the breathtaking alpine setting that attracted the real Von Trapp family of ‘The Sound of Music’ fame when they travelled from Austria in the late 1940s. At tonight's Highlight Dinner, each of the three inspired courses are perfectly paired with a lager tasting from your resort's on-site microbrewery.
Hotel: Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 4 - RELAXED START, A TASTE OF VERMONT.
(Relaxed Start) Today, enjoy beautiful scenery ablaze with fall colours. Sample flavours of a different kind on a guided tour of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. Return to the charming town of Stowe where the rest of the day is yours to wander the quaint streets, hike in the woods, or enjoy your lodge's amenities.
Hotel: Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Meals: Full Breakfast
DAY 5 - NORTH CONWAY AND THE WHITE MOUNTAINS.
Near Montpelier, visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and taste a Vermont tradition: ‘sugar on snow’ – maple syrup served with a doughnut and pickle. Then head for New Hampshire's White Mountains and enter Franconia Notch. Get your cameras ready for a ride on the aerial tramway offering superb panoramic views. Later, journey through the dazzling crimson and orange hues of the famed Kancamagus Scenic Byway to North Conway.
Hotel: White Mountain Hotel and Resort, North Conway Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 6 - RELAXED START, SIGHTSEEING IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS.
(Relaxed Start) This morning, enjoy an insightful presentation by a naturalist on the North Woods' wildlife and ecology. Then, more spectacular fall foliage awaits as you journey through Crawford Notch. Stop for pictures at the Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods, offering stunning views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 metres). Return to your hotel where the evening is at leisure.
Hotel: White Mountain Hotel and Resort, North Conway Meals: Full Breakfast
DAY 7 - RELAXED START, THE RUGGED MAINE COAST TO PORTLAND.
(Relaxed Start) Leaving New Hampshire's glorious fall foliage, enter the deep green pine forests of western Maine. In charming Kennebunkport, travel along Ocean Drive with stunning views of the Maine coastline and the homes of Kennebunkport's rich and famous, including the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush. There will be time to browse the many galleries and shops, or walk along the waterfront before continuing to historic Portland. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Westin Portland Harborview. Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 8- BACK TO BOSTON.
Continue south to the charming Nubble Lighthouse before driving back to Boston. Stops will be made at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston tour hotel for guests wishing to extend their stay. Airport arrival will be 14:30.
Meals: Full Breakfast