Levantine Explorer - Madrid and Valencia
Day 1 –
Evening departure. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Day 2 – Madrid
Upon arrival, you are met by a Bravo representative and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and lodging.
Day 3 – Madrid + Prado
Breakfast. Morning panoramic
tour seeing la Plaza de España, la Puerta del Sol, Gran Vía, Cibeles, la Puerta de Alcalá, la Plaza Mayor, and a visit to the Prado Museum. In the afternoon, relax, shop, or see other places of interest. Dinner and lodging.
Day 4 – Avila and Segovia
Breakfast. Tour of Avila, the birthplace of St. Teresa, where
you will visit the Temple, the Convent, and the Cathedral. Then, on to Segovia to see its Aqueduct and Alcázar. Lunch is included. Return to Madrid for dinner and lodging.
Day 5 – Cooking Class – Toledo
Breakfast. In the morning you will go to the market to purchase the ingredients for either your class on how to make paella or tapas. Return
to the kitchen for a hands-
on experience – teams of 2
or 3 will work together under the guidance of a professional chef. Then, once the cooking class is finished, you will go to another room to eat what you just prepared. In the afternoon on to Toledo, visit the Cathedral, Santo Tomé Church, where you will see El Greco’s "The Burial of Count Orgaz." Also, visit the Synagogue, a damasquinado factory, and see the famous view. Afternoon return to Madrid. Dinner and lodging.
Day 6 – Consuegra – Valencia
Breakfast. Then to
Consuegra to see the iconoc windmills made famous in don Quijote.
Continue on to Spain’s 3rd largest city – Valencia. See the
Cathedral, and el Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. Stop
to drink an horchata – a tasty drink. This evening you
will have a paella dinner at a local restaurant. Lodging.
Day 7 – La
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Breakfast. Morning visit to la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – a fantastic interactive center. In the afternoon, you are free to explore this beautiful city. Dinner and lodging.
Day 8 – Cuenca – Ciudad Encantada – Flamenco and Tapas
Breakfast. Depart Valencia for Cuenca to see its famous Casas Colgadas – the hanging houses. Then, on to la Ciudad Encantada – the Enchanted City – an area where the one viewing the rock formations can see faces or animals or whatever one’s imagination allows. After, on to Madrid for a Flamenco Show and a Tapas dinner. Lodging.
Day 9 – Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.