Soul of Spain - Self Drive

Cultural & Theme Tours, Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport to Returns to original departure point

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Journey deep into the heart of Spain enjoying the privilege to visit the mesmerising historic regions of Castile. Discover ancient Roman ruins, timeless medieval towns and historic cities. Visit temples, churches, cathedrals, basilicas and monasteries along the ancient Silver Way and admire Spanish art from classical times to the contemporary ones. Explore the birthplaces of Spain’s conquistadors and admire the old-world elegance of Spain’s most prestigious seat of learning. Spain will conquer your heart at every turn during this memorable eight-day self-drive tour.
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL MADRIDPass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez AirportArrive at Madrid airport, meet with the rent-a-car representative to pick up your rental car and head towards the beautiful city of Madrid to check in and explore the city. The Spanish capital is one of Europe’s liveliest and most elegant cities, boasting beautiful boulevards, vast parks, bustling plazas, and numerous historic churches and palaces. Madrid is also home to the legendary ‘golden triangle’ of art galleries, which house some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. Overnight in Madrid. No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*Day 2: MADRIDPass By: Hotel NH Madrid VentasEnjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Discover all the main sights and attractions driving through famous locations like the Paseo de la Castellana, the Plaza de Los Cibeles, and the Gran Via. Visit the Royal Palace - Europe’s largest - and the Reina Sofia Museum of modern and contemporary art. The Royal Palace has more than 3,000 rooms and the appearance of those seen during the guided tour is an eclectic mix, ranging from cluttered Victorian to exotic oriental décors. Works of art by great masters such as Caravaggio, Velazquez and Goya adorn the walls while period furniture graces every room. The lavishness and opulence of the interiors stand in contrast to the sober baroque and neo-classical exterior, which faces the Almudena Cathedral and overlooks the Campo del Moro gardens. The Reina Sofia Museum boasts one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world. Admire works by Spanish masters such as Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso, whose vast and haunting Guernica is complemented by an exhibition of other works and resources, which help put the iconic painting in context. Overnight in Madrid. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*Day 3: MADRID – ARANJUEZ – TOLEDO (100 Km – 1,5 hrs)Pass By: Sercotel Alfonso VIDepart after breakfast at the hotel, heading to charming Aranjuez. Visit the Royal Palace and gardens. Find the inspiration to Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ classical Spanish guitar piece, based on his experiences at the palace gardens. Continue to Toledo and check in to your hotel on arrival.Overnight in Toledo.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar4*Day 4: TOLEDO – SALAMANCA (240 Km – 3,5 hrs)Pass By: Hotel Sercotel Artheus CarmelitasExplore the historic core of Toledo after a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Discover this living museum, which evokes the mix of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures of medieval Castile. Wander through ancient streets dominated by the stunning cathedral and the legendary Alcazar overlooking the River Tagus. The old town boasts buildings from almost all periods of the Spanish history. Visit Santo Tome Church – where El Greco’s epic canvas ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ is displayed – and the former synagogue, with an interior that presents one of the best-preserved examples of Mudejar architecture in Castile. Then bid farewell to Toledo and drive to Salamanca. Overnight in Salamanca.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Artheus Carmelita or simila 4*Day 5: SALAMANCAPass By: Hotel Sercotel Artheus CarmelitasDiscover Spain’s most venerable seat of learning after having breakfast at the hotel. Salamanca University is the third-oldest in the world and the college gives the city a lively buzz unlike the rest of Castile. At the time of the university’s founding, in 1134, Salamanca was in the Kingdom of Leon. Head to the heart of the action, at the magnificent Plaza Mayor and savour the inspiring atmosphere. Every corner of Salamanca exudes history! Visit the Irish College, the Casa de las Conchas palace, the Monterrey Palace, the Art Noveau and Art Deco Museum at the Casa Lis. If time permits, also catch a glimpse of the Clavero Tower, the convents of Las Dueñas and St Stephen and the baroque Clergy Church. Overnight in Salamanca.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Artheus Carmelita or simila 4*Day 6: SALAMANCA – AVILA – SEGOVIA (200 Km – 2,5 hrs)Pass By: Hotel Eurostars Plaza AcueductoDepart after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Avila. Stroll the streets of the city´s old town, a place still surrounded by uninterrupted medieval walls. The perimeter of more than 2.5 kilometres is dotted with 88 towers and nine gates. Behind the ramparts is a city of immense beauty and heritage. Visit the fortified Gothic cathedral and the Romanesque Basilica of St Vincent. Stroll through its ancient streets, with Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, and take in the splendour of the Plaza de Santa Teresa. Continue to sensational Segovia with its Alcazar, which was one of the inspirations for Disney’s Cinderella castle. See also the awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct, which dates from the reign of Emperor Domitian in the first century and cuts through the city centre. Overnight in Segovia.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Eurostar Plaza Acueducto or similar 4*Day 7: SEGOVIA – SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL – MADRID (110 Km – 1,5 hrs)Pass By: Hotel NH Madrid VentasBegin your day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Then, head to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. This pretty and prosperous town is the location of one of Spain’s most important Renaissance monuments, the magnificent monastery of El Escorial, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex also served as the royal palace of Philip II, who was among the two dozen monarchs whose final resting place is the Pantheon of Kings. Other attractions of El Escorial include the Hall of Battles, where large frescoes depict important Spanish military triumphs, the lavish library with frescoed ceilings, and the breathtakingly beautiful basilica. After admiring this lovely city, continue to Madrid and check in at the hotel. Overnight in Madrid.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*Day 8: DEPART MADRIDPass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez AirportBid farewell to Madrid after breakfast at the hotel, driving towards the airport. Drop off the car at the rental office. The rent-a-car shuttle service will transfer you to the terminal to catch your departure flight back home. Breakfast included.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Transportation departure transfer on a shared basis, from the car rental offices to Madrid Airport
  • CAR HIRE INCLUDED:
  • - Applicable local taxes (VAT)
  • - Unlimited mileage
  • - Emergency Contact service
  • - Replacement car in case of accident
  • - Full-Full petrol rate
  • - All-inclusive insurance.

What’s not included

  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, laundry,...
  • Drinks and meals not stated explicitly in the programme.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the included section
  • National or International flights
  • All types of insurance except of mentioned rent-a-car insurance
  • Entry visas to Spain and Gibraltar (if applicable)
  • Entrance tickets to any venue, museum or activity.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN CAR HIRE:
  • - Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving
  • - Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen wipers, petrol cap,
  • luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle
  • - Damage to the engine through negligence
  • - Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition
  • - Damage caused to the vehicle or to people through driving under the Influence of alcohol or drugs
  • - Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility
  • of the driver of the vehicle. In the event of a fine being received there will be an
  • administration charge.
  • - If the car is left outside of rent a car drop off designated area, customers will be responsible
  • for any costs generated and for any damage to the vehicle due to it being parked outside
  • of the Rent a Car installations
  • - Each additional driver will be 6€ per day
  • - Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat etc)
  • - No insurance cover in Gibraltar.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL MADRID Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport Arrive at Madrid airport, meet with the rent-a-car representative to pick up your rental car and head towards the beautiful city of Madrid to check in and explore the city. The Spanish capital is one of Europe’s liveliest and most elegant cities, boasting beautiful boulevards, vast parks, bustling plazas, and numerous historic churches and palaces. Madrid is also home to the legendary ‘golden triangle’ of art galleries, which house some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. Overnight in Madrid. No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*
Day 2: MADRID Pass By: Hotel NH Madrid Ventas Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Discover all the main sights and attractions driving through famous locations like the Paseo de la Castellana, the Plaza de Los Cibeles, and the Gran Via. Visit the Royal Palace - Europe’s largest - and the Reina Sofia Museum of modern and contemporary art. The Royal Palace has more than 3,000 rooms and the appearance of those seen during the guided tour is an eclectic mix, ranging from cluttered Victorian to exotic oriental décors. Works of art by great masters such as Caravaggio, Velazquez and Goya adorn the walls while period furniture graces every room. The lavishness and opulence of the interiors stand in contrast to the sober baroque and neo-classical exterior, which faces the Almudena Cathedral and overlooks the Campo del Moro gardens. The Reina Sofia Museum boasts one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world. Admire works by Spanish masters such as Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso, whose vast and haunting Guernica is complemented by an exhibition of other works and resources, which help put the iconic painting in context. Overnight in Madrid. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*
Day 3: MADRID – ARANJUEZ – TOLEDO (100 Km – 1,5 hrs) Pass By: Sercotel Alfonso VI Depart after breakfast at the hotel, heading to charming Aranjuez. Visit the Royal Palace and gardens. Find the inspiration to Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ classical Spanish guitar piece, based on his experiences at the palace gardens. Continue to Toledo and check in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight in Toledo. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar4*
Day 4: TOLEDO – SALAMANCA (240 Km – 3,5 hrs) Pass By: Hotel Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas Explore the historic core of Toledo after a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Discover this living museum, which evokes the mix of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures of medieval Castile. Wander through ancient streets dominated by the stunning cathedral and the legendary Alcazar overlooking the River Tagus. The old town boasts buildings from almost all periods of the Spanish history. Visit Santo Tome Church – where El Greco’s epic canvas ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ is displayed – and the former synagogue, with an interior that presents one of the best-preserved examples of Mudejar architecture in Castile. Then bid farewell to Toledo and drive to Salamanca. Overnight in Salamanca. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Artheus Carmelita or simila 4*
Day 5: SALAMANCA Pass By: Hotel Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas Discover Spain’s most venerable seat of learning after having breakfast at the hotel. Salamanca University is the third-oldest in the world and the college gives the city a lively buzz unlike the rest of Castile. At the time of the university’s founding, in 1134, Salamanca was in the Kingdom of Leon. Head to the heart of the action, at the magnificent Plaza Mayor and savour the inspiring atmosphere. Every corner of Salamanca exudes history! Visit the Irish College, the Casa de las Conchas palace, the Monterrey Palace, the Art Noveau and Art Deco Museum at the Casa Lis. If time permits, also catch a glimpse of the Clavero Tower, the convents of Las Dueñas and St Stephen and the baroque Clergy Church. Overnight in Salamanca. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Artheus Carmelita or simila 4*
Day 6: SALAMANCA – AVILA – SEGOVIA (200 Km – 2,5 hrs) Pass By: Hotel Eurostars Plaza Acueducto Depart after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Avila. Stroll the streets of the city´s old town, a place still surrounded by uninterrupted medieval walls. The perimeter of more than 2.5 kilometres is dotted with 88 towers and nine gates. Behind the ramparts is a city of immense beauty and heritage. Visit the fortified Gothic cathedral and the Romanesque Basilica of St Vincent. Stroll through its ancient streets, with Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, and take in the splendour of the Plaza de Santa Teresa. Continue to sensational Segovia with its Alcazar, which was one of the inspirations for Disney’s Cinderella castle. See also the awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct, which dates from the reign of Emperor Domitian in the first century and cuts through the city centre. Overnight in Segovia. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Eurostar Plaza Acueducto or similar 4*
Day 7: SEGOVIA – SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL – MADRID (110 Km – 1,5 hrs) Pass By: Hotel NH Madrid Ventas Begin your day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Then, head to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. This pretty and prosperous town is the location of one of Spain’s most important Renaissance monuments, the magnificent monastery of El Escorial, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex also served as the royal palace of Philip II, who was among the two dozen monarchs whose final resting place is the Pantheon of Kings. Other attractions of El Escorial include the Hall of Battles, where large frescoes depict important Spanish military triumphs, the lavish library with frescoed ceilings, and the breathtakingly beautiful basilica. After admiring this lovely city, continue to Madrid and check in at the hotel. Overnight in Madrid. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*
Day 8: DEPART MADRID Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport Bid farewell to Madrid after breakfast at the hotel, driving towards the airport. Drop off the car at the rental office. The rent-a-car shuttle service will transfer you to the terminal to catch your departure flight back home. Breakfast included. Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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