Authentic Spain is like the perfect partner, wowing at first glance and then continually revealing its hidden heart and charms. It's a red country of escapism, bursting with passion and intimately dancing to an al fresco flamenco rhythm. So grab your own partner and journey into the heart of undiscovered Spain, traveling through its historic villages, fiery cities, and untrammeled beaches. With boutique luxury hotels and secret treats, this is the Spain of romantic travel reverie.
Madrid – Gastronomic Welcomes and a Historic Boutique Hotel
Madrid doesn't feel like a capital city. Sure, there's the ambient laughter coming from the Plaza Mayor, the sprinklings of evening fiesta sailing past royal palaces, and the scents of opulence coming from exclusive restaurants. But there isn't traffic, smog or continual chaos. There isn't an enormous city map to decipher. Madrid's downtown area has an almost village-like feel, weaving alleyways connecting bookshops and innumerable al fresco terraces. It's the perfect welcome to the atmosphere of Spain, further elevated by your hotel in the heart of the city.
Moving back in time you enter the atmospheric dining hall of a 17th-century restaurant, the décor, and ceilings straight from the golden era of castles of conquistadors. As a gourmet banquet populates your table, an evening of gala entertainment begins; everything is themed to radiate a historic time. It's a surreal start to your Spanish vacation, one that sets the tone for the journey. Over the next 11 days you'll be escaping, not into a place of wilderness, but into a mood and atmosphere of traditional romance.
Madrid – Chocolate, Churros, and a Spanish Atmosphere
Toledo – A Royal Palace and an Afternoon of VIP Wine Tasting
Toledo – Escaping to an Ancient Town in the Mountains
Day 5 - 6
Cuenca – Stepping Back in Time and Letting Stress Melt Away
Seville – Learning to Dance the Flamenco
Seville – Immersed in a City of Romance
Zahara de las Atunes – Journeys through the Villages of Andalusia
Day 10 - 11
Zahara de las Atunes – Beach Bliss in Southern Spain
Andalusian Beach – Departure
- Indulge in the gastronomic brilliance of the country, enjoying VIP wine tasting, exclusive Michelin Star dining, chocolate and churros, and atmospheric evenings sampling tapa after tapa
- Lose yourself in two of Europe's finest traditional villages, the 13th century cobbled alleys of Cuenca wonderfully preserved but well off the standard tourist trail
- The romance begins in Madrid, where an indelible atmosphere quickly sweeps you off your feet and into the charms of Spain
- Luxury hotels combine everything Spain is famous for; historic charm, regal treatment, and languid hours on a private terrace with a view
- As a Spanish guitar elegantly plucks away you learn to dance the flamenco in the alluring city of Seville
- Toledo epitomizes the style of this vacation, its quaint streets perfect for intimate exploration and lazy hours on cafe terraces
- Complete the escape with three days on a quiet Andalusian beach, walking hand in hand into the sunset as whitewashed village houses cling to the cliffs above
Every corner of Spain looks like a scene for romance: the tiny cafe terrace overlooking a square of Renaissance architecture, a vintage wine estate lost amongst endless rows of vines, the beach of untouched sand that stands beneath coastal villages smelling of barbecued fish and intrigue. It's a country for getting away, not into the wilderness, but into an authentic culture that buzzes with enchantment and promises languid days indulging in both the country and your partner. This vacation has been handcrafted to head off the beaten path, taking you to destinations that have preserved the authentic feel of traditional Spain. It combines mountains, cities, tiny villages, and coastal bliss, blending the paradigms of escapism with hidden touches that elevate the romance: VIP wine tasting, exclusive restaurants, boutique hotels in 13th century buildings, each day something special to share.
Begin your tour of Spain in Madrid, an understated capital that's delectably quiet and easy to explore. Broad city squares make for benign introductions to Spain, the al fresco tables piling up with sumptuous wine, tapas, and chocolate. Step back in time as you travel to Toledo for days three and four, stopping at exclusive vineyards and royal palaces en route. Like Toledo, Cuenca stands proud on a mountain top and offers an intimate immersion in the Spain from idealized travel reverie. Pedestrianized streets run past boutiques and innumerable cafes, local life implores you to share your passion, and the evening light brings a further coating of enchantment to an ancient walled town. Throughout this vacation, most transfers are in a luxury sedan and your driver guide will be happy to give you a tour of the sights should you request. You may prefer to explore at your own pace. The exception is the high speed first-class train that takes you from Cuenca to Andalusia.
Day seven brings you to Seville, a city of eternal grace and gusto. Learn to dance flamenco style, the mythical strumming of Spanish guitar resonating across your steps. Explore World Heritage Sites and keep doing what this vacation is all about: relaxing, indulging, and flowing to the rhythm of classical Spain. Journey through the villages of Andalusia and you reach the coast on day nine, where the final three days are spent wallowing in peaceful harmony. Some Spanish beaches can be frustratingly crowded, but Zahara de Las Atunes maintains an intimate spell. Sheltered by a rolling expanse of cliffs and dunes, this coastal village cascades onto a blissful 10 mile long stretch of quiet sand. At the deserted end of the Costa de la Luz you will find an idyllic culmination to your romantic getaway.
$3,739 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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