This gay holiday takes an intimate group of travelers to the most picturesque parts of Spain. Join us and explore the culture, history, and beauty of Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, and the scenic countryside between.
From afar, Spain is one big country that shares the Iberian peninsula with its smaller neighbor Portugal. However, at a closer look Spain is a rich collection of regions, each fiercely proud of its own identity. Vacation with a congenial group of gay travelers to sample the cultural life of the proud capital of Madrid then see the wonders of Toledo that have inspired generations of artists. Then you can immerse yourself in Andalucía, where Catholic, Moorish and Jewish traditions intertwine in Seville, Cordoba and Granada, sometimes in the same building! As we drive toward Malaga the Mediterranean coast, we will pause for a night in the renowned cliff-top village of Ronda, with amazing views of the chasm below. The main gay tour of Spain ends near the beaches of the Costa del Sol, including a cross-border visit to the British territory of Gibraltar. Those with enough time can also join us for our 2-night extension in Barcelona, the main city of the Catalunya region.
Enjoy the easy camraderie of vacationing with a diverse group of gay travelers
Explore Spain’s political and cultural capital of Madrid
Tour the Prado Art Museum and the Royal Palace in Madrid
Take a side trip to gothic Toledo and its medieval alleyways
See the juxtaposition of Christian, Jewish and Moorish traditions in Seville, including Christopher Columbus’s tomb and the Alcazar fortress
April 27, 2019 to May 08, 2019 – US $6,998.00
Barcelona Extension Price :
$1380 Barcelona Extension (per person in a shared room).
$1900 Barcelona Extension (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom).
Duration: : 12 Days
Optional Tour Choices: $1750 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
Optional Tour Choices: $1200 Barcelona Extension (per person in a shared room)
Optional Tour Choices: $1800 Barcelona Extension (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
Group ground transportation for all destinations within Spain; accommodations each night in accordance with the tour itinerary; breakfast each day, 2 lunches and 8 special dinners; entrance fees for sightseeing, accompanied by knowledgeable guides; transfers from airport to hotel on first day of tour and from hotel to airport for those departing on the final day of tour or extension; free medical and evacuation insurance; all hotel services charges, government taxes, porterage, and gratuities for drivers and included meals. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Hotel accommodations for two nights in Barcelona, airport transfers, a guided sightseeing tour, two breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner.
Transportation to and from starting and ending points; flight from Malaga to Barcelona for those on the extension; meals not shown as included; personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour director.
Airfare from Malaga to Barcelona, meals not shown as included, personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour director.
After a restful night, our group will enjoy a guided tour of Madrid, Spain’s capital city and its largest metropolis. We’ll take exclusive tour of the Prado Art Museum, which houses an extensive collection originally belonging to the Spanish monarchy. We will visit the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Bourbon King Philip V, with more than 2,500 rooms. Once the seat of the most powerful court in the world, it was here that Spain officially joined the European Union in 1986.
We’ll take an informal lunch break in the style of local Madrileños: tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel, just off Plaza Mayor. Eating tapas at San Miguel is a unique experience. You can eat real gourmet food on small plates, or if you craving for a sweet you can head to San Ginez, the temple of Madrilenian Churros, the favorite pastry of local residents, or you can get some of the richest hot chocolate you can imagine (that may require a spoon to “drink”). Enjoy an evening at leisure.
After exploring the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, you’ll visit the Church of Santo Tome’ containing more of El Greco’s famous works. We’ll take a break to have a casual lunch independently before wrapping up our walking tour. We will end our tour at the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, built in 1180 then converted into a church in the 15th century in the time of Los Reyes Catolicos.
We’ll return to Madrid, where you can enjoy your last evening in this vibrant capital at your leisure. You may want to opt for a night out in the La Chueca district, home to Madrid’s gay nightlife.
Our first stop today will be in the region of the mountain villages of Alpujarra on the southern flank of Sierra Nevada, also known as the region of the White Villages, famous for its natural beauty, incredible valleys and gorges. Enjoy horse riding followed by lunch in a local village.
Continue on to Granada, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada, the natural water reservoir for Andalucía. This area was the last bastion of the Moorish rule in Spain and is dominated by the opulent 14th-century Alhambra, the fortress palace of Spain’s last Muslim rulers. Sprawled across a hilltop above the Darro River, the Alhambra commands breathtaking views of the city below.
After checking into our hotel, we’ll take a scenic drive around this charming city. Explore the Royal Chapel, an elaborate mausoleum commissioned by Catholic Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand; the Albayzín, an open-air museum; and Plaza del Salvador, where a church was built on the site of the main mosque of Albayzín. We will stroll along cobblestone streets lined with gorgeous mansions and walled gardens in an area that survived as the Muslim quarter for several decades after the Christian conquest in 1492. We’ll enjoy dinner together tonight.
The next morning we will continue the visit of this gem of Andalucia. We’ll tour the splendid Alhambra citadel and the Generalife, the palace’s acclaimed gardens. While living nearby, Washington Irving collected local legends—set in the Alhambra’s courtyards. A fun read to prepare for this visit will be Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra. Lunch will be on your own, with the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
We will explore Malaga during an informal afternoon walking tour, including a walk up the hill to the Gibralfaro Castle, offering panoramic views over the city. The castle is next to the Alcazaba, the old Muslim palace. Nearby are the Roman Theatre, the old Jewish quarter and the Cathedral. We will also walk along the Paseo del Parque, a promenade that runs alongside a grand park with many palm trees and statues, leading to the harbor and Calle Larios, the main commercial street of the city. We’ll have our evening at leisure.
Our second day in the region takes us on a tour along the Costa del Sol, made up of several towns along the Mediterranean coast. This area has transformed from small fishing communities to a jet-set tourist destination. Our first stop will be in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. The Rock of Gibraltar is the most visible landmark of the region. The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory. Enjoy a short visit up to the rock, but look out for the Barbary macaques, the only free-living apes in Europe. The journey to the top of the Rock rewards you with a truly breathtaking view across the Straits of Gibraltar, where the waters of the Atlantic meet the Mediterranean, and separates Spain from Morocco, just 9 miles away. And very close by, you can stroll the quiet path to St Michael’s Cave and be alone with nature.
We’ll return to Malaga for our farewell dinner together. Several of us will be departing for home tomorrow, but we invite you to stay for an optional 2-night extension to Barcelona (see below).
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