WGN & Lou Manfredini present Treasures of Spain

Treasures of Spain
departs October 20, 2017

WGN Radio and Lou Manfredini present an 8-day private group journey to Spain from Chicago. NEW! Add an optional extension to your trip to Spain and experience Barcelona!

Departure:

Chicago: $3,659.00 per person* (includes all departure & government taxes.) *Single supplement is additional $940. Optional trip extension to Barcelona is an additional $684 per person. See the inclusions and itinerary for the extension here. 

Package Includes:

Air: Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare on Iberia

Accommodations: 

        • Madrid – 2 nights, 4-Star Hotel de Las Letras
        • Granada – 1 night, 4-Star Hotel NH Granada Victoria
        • Seville – 2 nights, 5-Star Hotel Gran Melia Colon
        • Madrid – 1 night, 4-Star Hotel de Las Letras

Other Inclusions:

        • Professional Tour Director throughout
        • Luxury motorcoach
        • Breakfast each morning, except day of arrival
        • 4, three-course dinners with wine in local restaurants, inclduing a Flamenco show in Madrid
        • Tapas Tour in Seville
        • Madrid city tour with local English-speaking guide (3 hours)
        • Prado Museum in Madrid
        • Toledo city tour with local English-speaking guide (3 hours)
        • Entrance to Toledo Cathedral
        • Local English-speaking guide in Granada (2.5 hours)
        • Entrance to Alhambra and Generalife in Granada
        • Seville city tour with local English-speaking guide (3 hours)
        • Entrance to Seville Cathedral and Giralda
        • Cordoba tour with local English-speaking guide (3 hours)
        • Entrance to Cordoba Mosque
        • Portfolio of travel documents
        • Hotel porterage of one suitcase per person
        • Portfolio of travel documents
        • Hotel porterage of one suitcase per person
        • 24-hour emergency customer service while in Spain

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For more information contact: Steve Bertrand at 847-606-6065 or steve@stevebertrandtravel.com

Please book early as space is subject to availability.

*Terms and Conditions: This is a Private Group Journey based on a minimum of 25 passengers to operate. Single supplement additional $940. Departure taxes and fuel surcharges are included.  Air inclusive rates are subject to availability and are based on departure from Chicago O’Hare on Iberia Airlines. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. NOTE: City taxes are not included and must be paid on checking out of the hotels. Child/infant discounts not available. Above mentioned hotels are subject to change. Cancellations/Changes: Fares are non-refundable. For a full list of terms and conditions, please visit http://journeysconnect.com/about-1/group-terms-and-conditions

Itinerary (subject to change):

DAY 1 – USA/Madrid: Fly transatlantic overnight to Madrid, Spain. Dinner is served and in-flight entertainment is provided.

madrid-trip-2DAY 2 – ARRIVE MADRID:  On arrival in Madrid, after clearing customs, your Tour Director will meet you in the arrivals area and escort you to your awaiting coach. Shortly afterwards, depart and make your way towards your centrally located hotel. Your morning and afternoon are free to relax or explore at your own pace. The Madrid area was first settled in the Lower Palaeolithic age, but it was not until 1561 that King Philip II made it the capital of his mighty empire. The historic old town, also known as “Madrid de los Austrias” (referring to the Habsburg Empire) is a living example of the city’s 16th and 17th century, as is its impressive Plaza Mayor. This evening, make your way to Restaurant Taberna de Alabardero in the-Royal Palace area for a welcome dinner. Hotel Name: Hotel de Las Letras. (D)

DAY 3  – MADRID: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Lou and Mary Beth Manfredini join the trip in Madrid today. Madrid 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. Then, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial Prado Museum with its priceless art treasures. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon in Madrid. This evening, you will have your first Spanish Experience, flamenco lessons in one of the best flamenco venues in the city, the famous Villa Rosa. This sanctuary of flamenco first opened as a “tablao” in the spring of 1911; at that time the greats of the flamenco scene met at Villa Rosa. People like Lola Flores, Ava Gardner or Hemingway, all of them loved what Villa Rosa was and meant. Enjoy the show, dinner, sangria and wine!  Hotel Name: Hotel de Las Letras. (B/D)

DAY 4 – MADRID / TOLEDO / GRANADA: This morning after breakfast, depart from Madrid and start your journey towards Granada. Pause in Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge, a visit to an early Synagogue, and the 13th-century gothic Cathedral. Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived here together for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. Afterwards, continue on to Granada where you enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Hotel Name: NH Granada Victoria. (B/D)

DAY 5  –  GRANADA / SEVILLE: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Your day starts with a visit to Alhambra Palace & Generalife, with your private local guide. The palace complexes of the Alhambra and Generalife, beside the Albaicin, have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Alhambra’s reddish hill houses the old Alcazaba and the Nazarite Royal Palaces. This artistic gem of Arab Granada, built between the 13th and the 15th centuries, is composed of many rooms linked by courtyards, gardens and fountains. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure. Granada has, along its historical streets and towns, a great variety of shops. In some of them, time seems to have stopped and conserved the centennial trades of the clay and the ceramics, of the wood and the leather, the construction of guitars, the textile or the forge and the boiler making. Later this afternoon, depart and make your way towards Seville. This evening you are free to explore Seville.  Hotel Name: Hotel Gran Melia Colon. (B)

DAY 6  –  SEVILLE: Today you will discover the most emblematic monuments of Seville in your city tour: the University, the Old Tabacco Factory, setting of Bizet’s opera Carmen. We will then see the Plaza de España, the centerpiece of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition. The Bullring, Triana Bridge – the oldest in the city, – designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel. We will visit the Cathedral, the largest gothic cathedral in the world, where Christopher Columbus’ remains rest, Giralda, the church’s bell tower that is Seville’s universal symbol. It is over 100 meters high. Head up to the top and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Seville. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Seville. For dinner, you will have your next Spanish experience: you’ll live as a Spaniard. Enjoy a Tapas tour. The most inescapable element of Spanish cooking is tapas, small snacks now popular the world over.  In all of Spain’s cities, towns and villages you will find bars, taverns, even entire neighborhoods, specialized in tapas. Your tour and dinner includes: A Spanish market bursting with smells and colors; a traditional tasca / meson; a meson, where you will enjoy different tastes and flavor of Spanish food. Later, return to your hotel for overnight.  Hotel Name: Hotel Gran Melia Colon. (B/D)

DAY 7  – SEVILLE / CORDOBA / MADRID:  After breakfast, depart and begin your journey towards Madrid. Pause in Cordoba, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO city. Enjoy a city tour of Cordoba with a local guide. Take a stroll through the historic quarter of Cordoba. Entry tickets to Mosque Cathedral included. The Mosque reflects the importance of the city during medieval times and which is a real symbol of Arab domination in the Iberian Peninsula. In the tenth century, during the rule of Abd-al-Rahman III, the medina at one point had a thousand mosques.  Afterwards, continue onwards to Madrid. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Madrid. Hotel Name: Hotel de Las Letras. (B/D)

DAY 8  –  MADRID / USA:  Enjoy breakfast before departing for Madrid airport and your return flight back to the USA. Or, if you are on the Barcelona extension, you’ll transfer to the Madrid rail station and board a train to Barcelona. (B)

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TREASURES OF SPAIN – BARCELONA EXTENSION
October 27 – 29, 2017
Additional $684 per person (Please Note: This rate is for an optional Barcelona extension. This tour is an optional Private Group extension based on a minimum of 12 passengers to operate. Single supplement additional $260. Departure taxes and fuel surcharges are included. City taxes are not included and must be paid on checking out of the hotels.)

Barcelona Extension Package includes:

  • 2 nights, 4-Star H10 Itaca Hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Private group transfer from Madrid hotel to Madrid rail station
  • Train ticket from Madrid to Barcelona (Tourist Class)
  • Private group transfer from Barcelona rail station to Barcelona hotel
  • Barcelona city sightseeing tour (6 hours)
  • English-speaking guide (6 hours)
  • Entrance to Sagrada Familia
  • Private group transfer from Barcelona hotel to airport
  • Air deviation to return from Barcelona
  • 24-hours emergency customer service in Spain

Barcelona Extension Package Itinerary:

DAY 8 (DAY 1 OF BARCELONA EXTENSION) – MADRID / BARCELONA: After breakfast, transfer to Madrid rail station where you’ll board your train for Barcelona. On arrival in Barcelona, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Barcelona. (B)

DAY 9 (DAY 2 OF BARCELONA EXTENSION) – BARCELONA: Enjoy breakfast before meeting with your guide and starting your sightseeing tour of Barcelona. Visit a unique creation that has become Barcelona’s most universal symbol: Sagrada Familia. The brilliant Gaudi agreed to direct this work, succeeding Francisco de Paula. The artist worked on it until his death. Started in 1883, works to complete this grand church continues still today. Afterwards, return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of your afternoon and evening at leisure in Barcelona. (B)

DAY 10 (DAY 3 OF BARCELONA EXTENSION) – BARCELONA: Enjoy breakfast before departing for Barcelona airport and your return flight back to the USA. (B)

For more information contact: Steve Bertrand at 847-606-6065 or steve@stevebertrandtravel.com

Please book early as space is subject to availability.