Spain in Depth

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1 country
16 cities

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9 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

Experience the many sides of passionate Spain on this in-depth adventure through grand historical cities, small Spanish villages and stunning natural scenery.
Tour Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid, bask in the sunshine of Valencia and Bilbao and experience the Moorish and Islamic influences on architecture and food.

The Sensational Southeast Coastline

Starting in Spain’s beautiful city of Barcelona, we’ll enjoy Gaudi’s incredible architectural gems, including the unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. From Barcelona, our tour of Spain heads south as we travel along the stunning Mediterranean coastline, stopping to visit Valencia, Granada, and the Andalusian 'white' village of Ronda.

Cordoba, Carmona & Cádiz

From our base in Carmona, we'll discover the grand city of Seville and travel the 'Route of the white villages' to coastal Cadiz, stopping for a sherry tasting in Jerez de la Frontera. In Cordoba we'll explore the incredible Mezquita Mosque, then take the train to majestic Madrid. We'll explore its grand squares, palaces and museums, take a traditional cooking class to discover the delights of Spanish cuisine, and enjoy an excursion to the historic hilltop town of Toledo.

Northern Highlights

Our northern discovery begins in the ancient city of Salamanca, built from golden Villamayor stone. In the diverse city of Bilbao we'll discover Frank Gehry's celebrated Guggenheim Museum and explore the seaside town of San Sebastian, famous for its txakoli and pintxos. To finish, we'll venture inland to the renowned wine region of La Rioja and visit some of the 500 wineries that make up this unique area, before taking the high speed train back to Barcelona.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Barcelona

Welcome to Spain and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Barcelona

Today we explore Barcelona, visiting its most famous sights. Our sightseeing includes La Sagrada Familia, Plaza Catalunya, the Plaza San Jaume and Montjuic Mountain. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Barcelona

This morning we get acquainted with Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona. See the incredible Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and visit Park Güell. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace. [B] 

Day 5. Barcelona - Valencia

We head south to the friendly coastal town of Valencia, the birthplace of paella. [B]

Day 6. Valencia

This morning we’ll take a tour of the old city to see the historic bell tower, cathedral and the lively streets of Barrio de Carmen. [B]

Day 7. Valencia - Granada

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we travel across the Spanish countryside to the historic city of Granada, rich with Moorish influences and set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Nevada ranges. [B,D]

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Special Experience:  Tonight we’ll experience a traditional Spanish tapas dinner, where we enjoy a range of delicious bite-sized savory dishes. 
 

Day 8. Granada

Today we visit the famous Alhambra Palace and the beautifully manicured Generalife Gardens, former place of leisure for the kings of Granada. [B]

Please note: The type of entrance into Alhambra Palace varies and full access is not guaranteed.

Day 9. Granada - Ronda - Carmona

Today we travel west to Carmona. Along the way we’ll stop in Ronda, one of Andalusia’s famous ‘white’ villages. [B]

Day 10. Seville Excursion

We discover grand Seville on a morning sightseeing tour, including the famous Royal Alcazar, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the historic Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz. The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover the delights of Seville. [B]

Day 11. ‘Route of the white villages’ Excursion

Today we’ll travel the ‘Route of the white villages’. Our first stop is Arcos de la Frontera, characterised by brilliant white houses and narrow streets.

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Special Experience:  Sherry is the most well-known Spanish wine in the world and we’ll stop for a tasting at a cellar in the village of Jerez de la Frontera.

Our final stop is coastal Cádiz, a beautiful town with an old-world charm, known for its Moorish architectural influences and ancient streets dating back to medieval times. [B]

Day 12. Carmona - Cordoba - Madrid

After breakfast we depart for Cordoba. Here we’ll visit the incredible Mezquita mosque. The most important monument in the Western Islamic world, it evokes the ‘Omeya’ style, as well as elements of gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture. Later this afternoon we’ll take the high-speed train north to the grand city of Madrid. [B]

Day 13. Madrid

Overflowing with palaces, museums and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. Today we’ll see the highlights on a city tour. [B,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we’ll take a cooking class. Learn traditional methods and discover the delights of typical Spanish cuisine, leaving with a new repertoire of delicious recipes to take home. 

Day 14. Toledo Excursion

We take a day trip to the historic town of Toledo, which lies dramatically atop a hill overlooking the Rio Tajo. Our guided tour includes the breathtaking interior of the cathedral and the beautiful Santo Tome Church. [B]

Day 15. Madrid - Salamanca

Today we depart for Salamanca, an ancient city built from golden Villamayor stone. [B]

Day 16. Salamanca

On our sightseeing tour today we’ll see Casa de las Conchas, the Roman Bridge and the Plaza Mayor, as well as the Old and New Cathedral and the University Quarter. [B]

Day 17. Salamanca - Bilbao

This morning we travel north to Bilbao, the Basque Country’s largest city and a delightful mix of tradition and modernity. On our way we will stop at Burgos and take in some of the city sights. [B]

Day 18. Bilbao

Our city tour today includes the Santiago Cathedral, Plaza Nueva and Mercado de la Ribera. We’ll explore Frank Gehry’s celebrated Guggenheim Museum. The building’s undulating organic exterior isn’t the only thing to see - the museum is also home to one of the world’s largest art collections. We’ll also make our way to the top of Mt Artxanda for spectacular city views. [B]

Day 19. San Sebastian Excursion

Stunning San Sebastian is famous for its pintxos and golden beaches and today we’ll get to experience both. We begin the day with a city tour and ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for beautiful panoramic views. 

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Special Experience:  Taste txakoli, the region’s famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos. Tasty individual servings of bread layered with delicious toppings and pierced with a toothpick.  

There’ll be some free time for you to enjoy the beach location and soak up the sun. [B]

Day 20. Bilbao - La Rioja

Today we venture inland to one of Spain’s most renowned wine regions, La Rioja. A backdrop of the Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards blanketing the Ebro Valley makes for some truly beautiful scenery. We’ll stop in the town of Vitoria and enjoy some free time to explore. [B][B,L]

Day 21. La Rioja

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Special Experience:  Spend the day in this wine region exploring some of the 500 wineries that make up this unique area, characterised by its ochre earth and abundance of sunshine. [B,L]

Day 22. La Rioja - Zaragoza - Barcelona

This morning we depart for Zaragoza, where we’ll have some time to explore before we board the high-speed train to Barcelona. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Barcelona

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Spain. Taxes included
  • High-speed AVE train between Cordoba and Madrid
  • High-speed AVE train between Zaragoza and Barcelona
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $340pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Passionate Spain

  • Tour Plaza Cataluña, the magnificent Barcelona Cathedral and its cloister, as well as the Gothic Quarter which was formerly an ancient Roman village.
  • Ascend Montjuic Mountain for a panoramic view of Barcelona's city and harbour.
  • Visit Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and see his famous buildings - Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, in Barcelona.
  • See the truly unique works of art by Antonia Gaudi in Barcelona's Park Güell.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Valencia, one of the most lively and friendly Mediterranean cities.
  • Taste traditional Spanish Tapas in Granada.
  • Admire the intricate detail of Granada's famous Alhambra Palace, a Moorish citadel and one of Spain's most famous attractions.
  • Stroll through Generalife Gardens, the tranquil 14th century summer gardens of the Kings of Granada.
  • Walk through Granada's old town and visit the Royal Chapel, where King Ferdinand and Queen Elizabeth are buried.
  • Visit the small 'white village' of Ronda, one of the most historical towns in Andalusia, set spectacularly above a deep mountain gorge.
  • Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the biggest in Spain and the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
  • Visit Royal Alcázar, a string of royal palaces built by the Catholic Kings during the 14th century and home today to the Spanish Royal Family.
  • Explore the picturesque towns along the 'route of the white villages' in Andalusia and stop for a sherry tasting in Jerez de la Frontera.
  • Tour the incredible Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba.
  • Travel on the AVE High Speed Train from Cordoba to Madrid.
  • Tour the well-known avenues of Gran Via and Castellana and famous squares such as Plaza de España, Oriente, Mayor, Puerta Del Sol, Atocha, Neptuno, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala, Colon and Plaza de Castilla on a sightseeing tour of Madrid.
  • Learn to cook specialties from different spanish regions at a cooking class in Madrid.
  • Discover the magical city of Toledo, including a visit to the Cathedral and Santo Tome Church.
  • See the medieval walls and rich architecture of Segovia, in the region of Castile and León.
  • Tour the beautiful town of Salamanca, visiting Casa de las Conchas, the Roman Bridge, Plaza Mayor, the Old and New Cathedrals and the University Quarter - home to famous Salamanca University.
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum, one of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpieces that hosts a large collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • See Bilbao's oldest building, the Santiago Cathedral.
  • Enjoy the best views over Bilbao from Mount Artxanda.
  • Ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for incredible panoramic views of Santa Clara Island, Mount Ulia and La Concha Bay.
  • Taste Txakoli, the region's famous dry wine which matches perfectly together with pintxos.
  • Discover some of the 500 wineries that make up Spain's famous La Rioja wine region in the Ebro Valley, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Cantabrian Mountains.
  • Spend some time in majestic Zaragoza, characterised by its stunning baroque Nuestra Senora del Pilar basilica on the banks of the Ebro River.
  • Travel on the AVE High Speed Train Zaragoza to Barcelona.

Dates & Prices

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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $340pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $220pp
Single supplement: from $2750
  • Day/Date Variations: Tour dates and length subject to change depending on airline schedules and your city of departure.
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  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro, Barcelona

Catalonia Diagonal Centro is located next to Paseo de Gracia in the centre of Barcelona. It is surrounded by the most beautiful modern architecture and within walking distance you will find the best commercial area where you can enjoy the intense atmosphere of this Mediterranean city.

The hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool; free WI-FI throughout the hotel, room service, 24 hour front desk, currency exchange, laundry and dry cleaning services, meeting rooms, spa treatments, restaurant and bar.  

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Hotel Catalonia Excelsior, Valencia

This hotel enjoys a fantastic location right in the centre of Valencia next to Plaza del Ayutamiento and near the historic centre allowing easy access to the Manises Airport, the financial area and the cultural area. It is a welcoming hotel housed in a building dating back to the mid-20th century. The hotel features a café, bar, fitness centre, bar, 24 hour front desk, laundry & dry cleaning services and free internet connection throughout.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Barcelo Carmen Hotel, Granada

Located in the heart of Andalusian Granada, the Barcelo Carmen is just a 10 minute walk from the famous Granada Cathedral and only metres from Recogidas Street. The hotel is spacious and light and boasts a fantastic roof terrace, offering a pool and a solarium with views over the Sierra Nevada ranges and the Vela tower of the Alhambra Palace. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Alcazar de la Reina, Carmona

Located in the heart of Carmona's historic centre, the charming Alcazar de la Reina boasts an incredible history, as well as classically decorated, bright and comfortable guest rooms. The property also features a tapas bar, restaurant, Guiness Irish pub, terrace bar, sauna and outdoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Catalonia Gran Via, Madrid

Located in the very heart of Madrid, the beautiful 100-year-old building is just steps away from Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol and within walking distance of the Prado Museum and the Thyssen Gallery. The property boasts an excellent in-house restaurant, a roof terrace with heated pool and jacuzzi overlooking the Gran Via, and a spa and fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Catalonia Plaza Mayor, Salamanca

This fantastic hotel is situated in the centre of Salamanca, next to Plaza Mayor. Its unbeatable location is ideal for discovering every part of the city of Salamanca. It also has a restaurant, where guests can enjoy Castilian cuisine.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia, Bilbao

The Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia is a 4-star establishment located in the heart of Bilbao’s retail and business centre. It is located next to the Jardines de Albia, the gardens which lend their name to the hotel. It lies only metres away from the Guggenheim Museum, “Euskalduna” Convention Centre and Auditorium and the city’s historic centre, and is only 15 minutes from the airport.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; flat-screen TV

Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda, La Rioja

Located in the beautiful Monastery of San Francisco, just 800 metres from the historic town centre, the Parador is the perfect starting point for exploring the village of Santo Domingo de la Calzada in the stunning La Rioja region. The property boasts an abundance of charm and character and rooms include oil paintings and works by modern graphic artists.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Weather

Weather

Barcelona

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Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

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Currency

Currency

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

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Special Experiences!

  • Experience a traditional Spanish tapas dinner in Granada!
  • Sherry is the most well known Spanish wine in the world and we’ll stop for a tasting at a cellar in the village of Jerez de la Frontera.
  • Take a cooking class and discover the delights of typical Spanish cuisine.
  • Taste txakoli, the region’s famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos.
  • Spend a day tasting wine in the famous La Rioja wine region, known for its abundant sunshine and ochre earth. 

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, cable car & high-speed train

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $340pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Visit vibrant Barcelona and admire Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces • See the stunning Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada • Marvel at the incredible Mezquita mosque in Cordoba • Tour the majestic cities of Seville and Madrid • Explore the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao • Discover the famous wine region of La Rioja

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