MyTripJournal Travel Blogs
May 6, 2013 - Welcome to Spain...We'll gather at our Barcelona hotel at 17:00. Then we'll head out for an orientation paseo (stroll), including a look at the swirling, Modernista architecture of Antoni Gaudi along the "Block of Discord." We'll finish by getting acquainted over a tapas-style dinner together. Sleep...  (more...)
May 7, 2013 - Lively, Artistic Barcelona...This morning we'll explore Barcelona's maze-like Gothic Quaerter, from its Roman foundations to the spires of it's candle-, relic- (and geese-!) strewn cathedral. Then we'll hop the subway to Gaudi's towering, dizzying Sagrada Familia church. Afterwards you'll be free to...  (more...)
May 8, 2013 - Madrid and the Royal Palace...All aboard! After breakfast we'll take one of Europe's newest, speediest trains (the AVE) to Madrid. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy a panoramic bus tour of this energetic city's major monuments and classy boulevards then meet our local guide for a tour through the...  (more...)
May 9, 2013 - Masterpieces of Madrid...This morning we'll take a walking tour from Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol to its elegant Plaza Mayor. We'll also tour one of Europe's premier art museums...the masterpiece-packed Prado...where you'll see paintings by Velasquez, Goya, El Greco and others. Your afternoon...  (more...)
May 10, 2013 - Day trip to Segovia...We'll venture out of the city by bus, up to the history-rich town of Segovia and its beautifully-preserved Roman aqueduct. After an introduction to the aqueduct and town, you'll have free time to wander and visit Segovia's medieval Alcazar fortress. We'll return to Madrid in...  (more...)
May 11, 2013 - Historic's a short bus ride to Spain's old capital city of Toledo (and back in time about 500 years). We'll take a morning walking tour that includes Toledo's magnificent cathedral, the medieval Sinagoga del Transito and El Greco's Thje Burial of the Count of Orgaz at the Santo Tome...  (more...)
May 12, 2013 - La Mancha and we'll drive through windswept "Don Quixote country," stopping to sniff the saffron and admire a whitewashed windmill or two. Our destination is Granada, where we'll begin with a visit to the ornatre tombs of world-changing Ferdinand and Isabella, who reigned over a new...  (more...)
May 13, 2013 - Moorish Treasures of Granada...we'll spend our morning learning about Spain's Islamic legacy as we tour the sprawling palace and garden complex of the Alhambra with a local expert. This last and greatest of Europe's Moorish palacwes will awe you with its grace and artistry. This afternoon and...  (more...)
May 14, 2013 - Ronda...Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore Ronda's Moorish and Mercadillo Quarters, linked together by the famous gravity-defying stone bridge (towering over the rubble of an...  (more...)
May 15, 2013 - Spain's Pueblos we'll wind our way between the olive groves and whitewashed villages of Spain's Pueblos Blancos, stoppin on the way to explore Grazalema...peaceful pueblo surrounded by the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Then we'll press on to the quintessential hill town...Arcos...  (more...)
May 16, 2013 - Sherry and Horses...It's a short hop to Jerez de la Frontera where we'll learn the history of the town's specialty at a traditional sherry bodega (sampling the local product). Nearby we'll marvel at the prancing horses at an Andalusian horse farm, where we'll learn about these magnificent horses and...  (more...)
May 17, 2013 - Sevilla's Barrioi Santa Cruz...this morning we'll drive directly to Sevilla, Spain's most flamboyant and atmospheric city. We'll begin our visit with a guided tour that takes us to the famous Macarena (Weeping Virgin), through the narrow whitewashed lanes of the Barrio Santa Cruz, and ends with the...  (more...)
May 18, 2013 - Sevilla's Royal Alcazar...we'll start today with a tour of the beautifully Moorish-style Alcazar palace, the Sevilla home of the Spanish Royal Family for the past 500 years. Afterward, you're free to walk in the footsteps of Carmen and Don Juan, linger in Sevilla's charming squares or stroll along...  (more...)
May 19, 2013 - Taxi ride to Sevilla's airport...thanks Spain!!