Hola! A Women’s Tour to Spain

This tour will not run in 2017 but will be back again in 2018.

This tour filled quickly last year and we expect the same next year. Let us know if you'd like to keep in the loop re the dates.

Travel in great company to amazing Spain in a fun small group of women.

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Spain is such a vibrant, colourful and fascinating country. It will dazzle you with architectural marvels, artistic wonders and amazing historical treasures. The mouthwatering tapas and the ruby red sangria will delight your tastebuds in the bustling bars and taverns. From the sleepy white washed villages in the south to the bustling and most exciting city of Barcelona, the contrasts in the country are vast. Spain will excite and amaze and leave you wanting more.

We will start our tour in exciting Barcelona and travel through to the wonderful area of Andalusia.  We stay longer in the places we visit so that you can taste, feel and hear the sounds of Spain – no constant packing and unpacking.

3 nights Barcelona

3 nights Madrid

3 nights Granada

3 nights Seville

2 nights Ronda

Want to extend your Spanish escapade to experience exotic Morocco?  Come with us as we venture south and continue our journey with our women’s tour to one of the most exotic places you will ever visit.

 

Details

  • Number of Days

    15
  • Number of Nights

    14
  • Cost

    $ 6780 twin share
  • Single Supplement

    $ 1590
  • Start Location

    Barcelona
  • End Location

    Seville
  • Activity Level

    Moderate
  • Your Hola! A Women’s Tour to Spain Includes

     

    • 14 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels in the historic centre of the city, with breakfast
    • Meals as described in the itinerary
    • Metro tickets for Barcelona and Madrid
    • ‘Skip the line’ tickets to Sagrada Familia, Alhambra and various palaces with a special private guide
    • Tapas tours in Madrid and Barcelona
    • Visit to the Alpujarra region near Seville experiencing local crafts
    • Visit to the area of Jerez de la Frontera to watch the famous equestrian tradition of dressage in the Carthusian Equestrian centre
    • Stay in the quintessential white village of Andalusia, Ronda
    • Tapas tours of Madrid and Sevilla
    • Sherry and wine tasting in a traditional bodega
    • Transport including transfers, train and minibus
    • Meals as described above
    • All entrances into monuments when accompanied by a guide
    • Official guides for walking tours
    • Guided walks through the countryside with a Spanish guide
    • Flamenco tours
    • Time for shopping and your own discovery
    • Visit to the Prado and Reina Sofia art galleries in Madrid
    • A Food and Cooking experience in Barcelona visiting the local markets and cooking up a storm
  • Excludes

     

    Items of a personal nature

    Wine with meals

    Airfares

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Itinerary

Day 1 - September 19 Barcelona (3 nights)

We meet in the exciting city of Barcelona and take an evening stroll with a local resident to guide us through the old quarters of Barri Gotic, (Gothic Quarter) to a delicious group dinner in local restaurant.
Our hotel is well placed a short walk from the Gothic Quarter.
Dinner

Day 2 - September 20, Barcelona Antoni Gaudi and Sagrada Familia

Barcelona provides a strong contrast with Andalusia (in the south) with a modern European and distinctly sophisticated face which wins fans from all over the world. Its lively arts scene, an infrastructure boosted immeasurably by the 1992 Olympic Games, and a proud Catalan sense of identity, all make for a fascinating city to explore. Our local guide will bring these strands together in a full day tour seeing the works of the legendary Modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi. His unfinished masterpiece, the basilica La Sagrada Familia, will undoubtedly by a highlight of the tour. We will also visit the best-known of his civic works, the houses of Casa Mila and Barrlo, plus the playful imaginative Parc Guell. We will stop for lunch along the way.
Breakfast

Day 3 - September 21, Barcelona A walking food Tour

Spanish food is so tasty and delicious. This morning we take a culinary walk in the markets and backstreets of Barcelona where the locals shop and eat. Lunch will be included in this fun exploration of Spanish food and customs. Afternoon and evening free to discover more of amazing Barcelona. ‘Siesta’ time means that the shops are open late in the evening.
Breakfast and lunch (as part of the activity)

Day 4 - September 22, Madrid (3 nights)

In the morning we take a high-speed train to Madrid. On arrival at Atocha station we will take a minibus for a panoramic introduction to the capital city. Afternoon guided tour of the Prado (where we’ll see art by Valazquez, Goya, El Greco etc) and Reina Sofia art galleries with an official (art historian) guide. We will set out for dinner tonight in the lively Plaza de Santa Ana area.
Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - September 23, Madrid A Royal Palace Tour & Tapas tour

Morning walking tour of Madrid of the Austrias, with an official guide. Palacio Real included. This royal palace has 2000 rooms and is highly decorated with tapestries and a huge array of chandeliers - this is one of the best palaces in all of Europe. The remainder of the afternoon is free for shopping or even a little stroll through the Retiro Gardens (Madrid’s most popular park).
This evening, we will enjoy a guided Tapas Tour with a local resident guide. Tapa is an institution in Spain and we will taste the most delicious food - and of course, enjoy the excellent wine.
Breakfast and Tapas Tour

Day 6 - September 24, Madrid A day of leisure in Madrid

You will have learnt by now that the Spaniards take their ‘Siesta’ time seriously. What does this mean for us? It means that from around 2-5pm most shops and places of interest are closed so we must organise our activities around that. We need a morning to take in the shopping and buzz of Madrid.
At leisure, this morning you might decide to spend time exploring the shops of Madrid - it is a shopper’s paradise.
Otherwise there are so many options to choose from:
- a walking tour of historic Toledo (which is just 30 minutes away by train). This gorgeous hill-top town was the capital and it’s filled with wonderful museum churches and galleries, with spectacular views (you might decide to discover Toledo on your own, or we can organise a local guide). Let me know if you’d like to do this.
A bike riding tour of Madrid -
(extra cost)
Breakfast

Day 7 – Sept 25, Madrid-Córdoba-Granada (Granada 3 nights)

You will have learnt by now that the Spaniards take their ‘Siesta’ time seriously. What does this mean for us? It means that from around 2-5pm most shops and places of interest are closed so we must organise our activities around that. We need a morning to take in the shopping and buzz of Madrid.
At leisure, this morning you might decide to spend time exploring the shops of Madrid - it is a shopper’s paradise.
Otherwise there are so many options to choose from:
- a walking tour of historic Toledo (which is just 30 minutes away by train). This gorgeous hill-top town was the capital and it’s filled with wonderful museum churches and galleries, with spectacular views (you might decide to discover Toledo on your own, or we can organise a local guide). Let me know if you’d like to do this.
A bike riding tour of Madrid -
(extra cost)
Breakfast, lunch (Córdoba), dinner (Granada)

Day 8 – Sept 26, Granada Alhambra, Cave houses, Gypsies and the roots of Flamenco

Morning guided tour of the Alhambra palaces and Generalife gardens with an official guide. Afterwards, we will be met by a guide and enjoy a picnic-hike in the woods of the Dehesa del Generalife above the Alhambra, a hike that ends in the lovely valley of Sacromonte where we will visit a museum devoted to cave houses, a feature of this semi-rural neighbourhood. Dinner in a local restaurant. Option to see flamenco in one of the cave house venues (“zambras”) after dinner.
If you would rather not take part in the walk it will be easy to meet us with us after the walk for the museum visit etc.
Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner.

Day 9 – September 26 Granada White villages of the Alpujurra regions

Full day excursion to the Alpujarra, a mountainous region between the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean sea, and a delightful glimpse of rural Andalucia. Accompanied by our Spanish guide, we will see local crafts and agriculture, and walk between and through little whitewashed villages that cling to the steep sides of the Poqueira Valley. Artisans here produce handicrafts of quality and the welcome is warm.Lunch in a local restaurant is included, as is a visit to a local resident’s vegetable allotment. On the way back to Granada, a visit to a winery, with a tasting of its fine red wines, followed by dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 – Sept 28, Granada to Ronda - ( 2 nights in Ronda)

Transfer by coach to Ronda (2.5 hours total drive time), the “Queen of the White Towns”. On arrival, a guided visit of a local winery, set in an escarpment with superb views back to Ronda and utilizing a restored 16th century chapel as its bodega. Here you will learn from the owners the intriguing history of its renovation and conversion to a winery as well as taste the smooth reds that the winery now produces. Afterwards there is the option to walk back to Ronda, beneath its impressive cliff walls, and ascend a path to the old town. Time this evening to explore the attractive town, both old and new, joined by the famous “Puente Nuevo”, as we enjoy dinner in one of Ronda’s many excellent restaurants.
Breakfast, dinner

Day 11 - Sept 29, Ronda and ‘pueblos blancos’

Guided tour of Ronda with official guide, visiting its famous c18 bull ring and the 12th century Arab baths that lie on the opposite side of the deep gorge of the Rio Guadelevin.
Afternoon excursion by coach to two of the renowned “white villages” (“pueblos blancos” in Spanish) of this region: Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra. The former was once a centre of wool production and still has one surviving mill, where we can see the traditional processes at work; the latter is in a spectacular setting, perched on a crag overlooking a reservoir – at the top of the crag an impressive Moorish castle. Free time in Ronda this evening.
Breakfast

Day 12 - September 30, Ronda to Sevilla (3 nights in Seville)

This morning we continue our journey to Sevilla, stopping en route to visit an olive oil farm and cultural centre where you will see olive groves, learn about the agriculture and processes of extracting olive oil, and sample extra virgin oils. Upon arrival, free time this afternoon to begin exploring Sevilla, before a flamenco show in one of the smaller venues, followed by an evening Tapas Tour with a local resident, delving into the bars and taverns of the old Santa Cruz quarter, with its narrow streets and alleys.
Breakfast, evening Tapas Tour

Day 13 - October 1, – Jerez and Sanlúcar excursion from Sevilla

Today we take a trip south from Sevilla to the noble city of Jerez, famous also for its equestrian school which we tour, and – of course – the sherry wines which take their name from it. After visiting one of its many bodegas and learning about the unique “solera” means of producing sherries, we head the short distance to have lunch in the seaside town of Sanlúcar, before returning to Sevilla late afternoon. Free time this evening.
Breakfast, lunch

Day 14 - October 2 Sevilla Walking tour of Sevilla

Morning walking tour of historic Sevilla, with official guide. Entrances to cathedral and Real Alcázar palace & gardens included. Afternoon and evening, free time to get to know Sevilla that little bit better, perhaps taking an afternoon stroll in the vast Parque Maria Luisa, or a walk across the river to the colourful Triana district.
Breakfast

Day 15 - October 03 Coastal walk and ferry to Morocco

Our last day in wonderful Spain. For those not venturing on to Morrocco, your tour will end this morning. We will help you organise transport to either the Sevilla airport or train station - it’s easy. Sevilla is a hub where you can fly either back to Madrid, Barcelona or other European destinations. Many of the budget airlines also fly out of Sevilla.

Transfer by coach from Sevilla to the port of Tarifa, for an afternoon ferry crossing to Tangiers. En route we will make a brief stop in Vejer de la Frontera to stroll around the old quarters of this delightful hilltop town, before ending our Spanish explorations with a walk through pine forests and sand dunes to the charming resort of Caños de Meca and a paella lunch looking out to Cape Trafalgar, scene of the legendary naval battle fought by Nelson in 1805.

Ferry included.
Breakfast and lunch

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