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We all have our passions... Food, wine, art, history, music, and more. At Maritime Travel, we design our own exclusive, specialty tours adventures with this in mind. Graciously escorted, intimate, and worry-free experiences provide an opportunity to embrace your passions in the world's most fascinating destinations. Imaginative itineraries, lots of free time, expert hosts, personal attention, and loads of extras combine to provide our most discerning guests with a trip of a lifetime. Indulge your passion on one of our specialty tours below.



Best of Spain & Costa Del Sol Tour

Oct 1, 2020 - Oct 15, 2020


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From its world-class art, historical sights, and magnificent cathedrals to its sunny climate and unique cuisine, this is the best way to see the highlights of Spain in a short time! Overnight in Madrid, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona where guided sightseeing or a guided walking tour in each city presents you with Spain's must-see attractions.


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/_uploads/images/escortedgroups/spain-map.pngFrom its world-class art, historical sights, and magnificent cathedrals to its sunny climate and unique cuisine, this is the best way to see the highlights of Spain in a short time! Overnight in Madrid, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona where guided sightseeing or a guided walking tour in each city presents you with Spain's must-see attractions. History buffs will be delighted by visits to Cordoba’s 8th-century Mosque of the Caliphs, a very well-preserved mosque that was converted into a cathedral in the 13th century, and Seville’s magnificent Casa de Pilatos with its splendid collection of Roman sculptures, plus the magnificent Plaza de España. In Granada, visit the Alhambra Complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife, the oldest decorative garden in the Western world. During your guided walking tour in Valencia, Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive! If you’re interested in art and architecture, you’ll be thrilled by the visit to Madrid’s Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting. In Barcelona, visit the amazing Sagrada Familia Basilica, the masterpiece of architect Gaudi. But that’s not all…food must be a part of any Spain tour, and Globus has arranged fun treats for you. A special paella dinner has been prepared for you at a local restaurant in Valencia, and you’ll enjoy Sangria, a popular Spanish drink, in Barcelona. These are just a few of the experiences and sights included on this tour. From the historical sights and beautiful art and architecture to the tasty treats and special experiences, this Best of Spain tour is sure to leave you with plenty of memories to share with loved ones back home. So pack your camera and get ready to be amazed.


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INCLUDES: 1 pre-night in Madrid (Oct 2); Best of Spain Tour (Oct 3-11); prepaid gratuities; Toledo Excursion (Oct 3); Madrid Arrival Transfer (Oct 2); and Barcelona departure transfer (Oct 11).


YOUR COSTA DEL SOL SIDE TRIP INCLUDES:
• Airfare from Barcelona to Malaga and Malaga to Lisbon. Airfare is subject to change until ticketed.
• Arrival transfer from Málaga Airport to Hotel in Torremolinos (daytime service).
• 4-nights accommodation in a deluxe sea view room at Melia Costa del Sol Hotel 4* with breakfast & dinner.
• Full day Gibraltar tour.
• Mijas half day tour.
• Rhonda full day tour.
• Departure transfer from hotel in Torremolinos to Malaga Airport (daytime service).
• Tips and gratuities to the local guides and driver.

NOT INCLUDED:
• City tax
• Other meals
• Porterage at the hotel


For more information on the itinerary, inclusions, pricing or to book, please contact:
Neelam Dwivedi, Branch Manager
MARITIME TRAVEL ROYAL CITY CENTRE
610–6th Street, New Westminster, BC

ndwivedi@maritimetravel.ca  •  (604) 525-5933


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Itinerary

OCT. 2 - ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN
Welcome to Madrid! Today is at your leisure.

OCT. 3
Today, enjoy an excursion to Toledo followed by some free time. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

OCT. 4 - MADRID
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Today's highlight is a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last eight centuries, with the works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more. Included Meal: Breakfast

OCT. 5 - MADRID–CORDOBA–SEVILLE
Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the medieval Jewish Quarter, the MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper, the Roman Bridge, and the remains of the Alcazar. Next is Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia. Today’s Distance: 354 mi / 570 km Included Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

OCT. 6 - SEVILLE
Start with a visit to magnificent PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, set of the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. Meet your Local Guide, and hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral can be arranged. For a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show. Included Meal: Breakfast

OCT. 7 - SEVILLE–GRANADA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Granada’s main attraction: the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13thcentury Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also amble through the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km Included Meal: Breakfast

OCT. 8 - GRANADA–VALENCIA
Cross Mora Pass and the troglodyte cave dwellings, hollowed out of the soft tufa stone, near Purullena and Guadix on your way to Valencia, once a royal capital. During your guided walking tour, Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive. Taste a traditional Horchata drink, and this evening, a paella dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant. Today’s Distance: 360 mi / 580 km Included Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

OCT. 9 - VALENCIA–BARCELONA
A scenic drive along the coast brings you to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the 1992 Olympic Games. Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km Included Meal: Breakfast OCT. 10 - BARCELONA In the morning, an optional excursion to Montserrat is available. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. Visit the spectacular Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudí’s masterpiece, followed by a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Tonight, enjoy a Sangria and farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions. Included Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

OCT. 11 - BARCELONA / MALAGA
Depart Barcelona for the Costa del Sol. Included Meal: Breakfast

Arrive Torremolinos. On arrival at Málaga Airport and after baggage collection, you will be met in the arrival hall and transferred to the Melia Costa del Sol Hotel. On arrival at the hotel check into your rooms and the rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner is included at the hotel. Located in Malaga, in the resort of Torremolinos, in the heart of the Costa del Sol, and strategically located right on the beach, Meliá Costa del Sol is the best option for unwinding, having fun and working in Malaga, thanks to its excellent location, its complete and comfortable facilities and its superb service. The hotel provides rooms and suites with fabulous sea views; different dining spaces; an outdoor pool overlooking the sea and surrounded by gardens; a Thalasso Spa measuring 350 m2; 24 hour Fitness Area; Wi-Fi; Internet corner; parking; as well as a magnificent Convention Centre with 14 meeting rooms and a capacity for up to 450 people. Enjoy an unforgettable holidays in Torremolinos overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in one of the main destinations of Costa del Sol.

OCT. 12 - GIBRALTAR FULL DAY TOUR
Spend the day in Gibraltar. Travel to St Michael’s Cave, which sees thousands of visitors a year wandering through its huge caverns with just a few steps and easy access. From St Michael’s Cave we will ascend to O'Hara's Battery located at the highest point of the Rock of Gibraltar at 1383ft. After visiting O’Hara’s Battery we will go to the top of the Rock where you will see breathtaking views all around Gibraltar. Then off to Moorish Castle, a medieval fortification in Gibraltar which is made up of a number of buildings, the Moorish Castle stands proudly on the Eastern elevation of the Rock. Once we have finalized the Moorish Castle we will exit the Upper Rock Nature Reserve driving down through the old town of Gibraltar in direction to Casemates Square the beginning of Main Street. Here you will have time for lunch (on your own) and wonder through the narrow streets, you may also do some shopping in the Main Street area. After this break of lunch and shopping we will head towards the 100 Ton Gun. Following the 100 Ton Gun we will drive to Europa Point. This site is located at the southernmost point at the end of the Rock of Gibraltar on this location you will see breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar into North Africa Morocco along with the bay of Gibraltar and the Spanish towns along its shores. We will also drive over the airport runway towards the Spanish border just meters away from Spain you will even see Spanish Customs at work. Finally, we will return to Costa del Sol with your bags full, enjoying the views of the Moroccan coastline across the Mediterranean. Dinner is included at the hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

OCT. 13 - MIJAS HALF DAY TOUR
Get a taste of traditional Malagan village life with a private, half-day tour to charming Mijas Pueblo. Stroll through the narrow streets lined with typical whitewashed homes and hanging flowerpots while a guide shares insight into local culture and history. See the town chapel, bullring and main plaza, and catch a live outdoor flamenco show on certain days of the week. Enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide. Return to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is included at the hotel. Included meal: Breakfast & Dinner

OCT. 14 - RHONDA FULL DAY TOUR
Come with us to visit the fascinating city of Setenil de las Bodegas & Ronda, one of the most historic locations in southern Andalusia. Admire the beauty of its rugged landscapes and breathtaking views, feel the relaxing atmosphere of its streets in an hour of free time. After that, you will enjoy a sightseeing guided tour of its main attractions including Puerta de Almocabar (Almocabar Gate), the Iglesia del Espiritu Santo (Church of the Holy Spirit), the Town Hall Square, and the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor (Church of Santa Maria la Mayor). We will continue with a full visit of the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, one of the oldest bull rings in Spain and also site of some of the most important events in bullfighting history. You will also enjoy the visit of the bullfighting museum inside. Later on, we will go to a local winery called Bodegas La Sangre de Ronda, a wine museum that explores the historical and cultural impact wine has had on this region. Taste some local wines. Free time for lunch (on your own) and discover the city at leisure before we drive you back to your hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel. Included meal: Breakfast & Dinner COSTA DEL SOL

OCT. 15 - DEPART MALAGA / LISBON

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and we shall enjoy our final transfer to Malaga airport.




*Price quoted is per person, based on double occupancy, tax included, land only. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due at time of booking. Final payment is due by June 30, 2020. Travel insurance is highly recommended. A valid Passport is required. International Airfare is extra and can be quoted at a later date. A minimum of 16 passengers is required to guarantee an escort. BCCP #51190