10 Day Tour: April 16-25, 2023
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $800 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Places to see
before you die
- Prado Tour
- Alhambra Palace
- Donana NP
- Red deer, Imperial Eagles, Wild Boar & More!
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- 6 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One We take off for a three country and two continent trip that covers incredible architecture, unbelievable history, awe-inspiring masterpieces and the best wildlife destination in Europe. Welcome to Spain & More.
Day Two We begin our adventure by touring the capital city of one of the most consequential countries in the world. Madrid’s palaces, cathedral and monuments are symbols of this once mighty empire.
Day Three We start our day with a guided tour of one of the top five art museums in the world—the Prado. We will pay particular attention to the Spanish collection featuring El Greco, Goya and Murillo among others. Before Madrid, the capital was Toledo and so this city is loaded with monumental buildings, ancient edifices and seemingly endless art. This city is known for its artisan and the streets are full of the work of these people.
Day Four We head to Cordoba this morning. This city features one of Bill’s favorite buildings in the world. What was once the second largest mosque in the world and arguably the most beautiful, is open to tour. This former prayer hall is so large that a large Catholic cathedral sits inside it and only takes up a fraction of the building. This is one of those drop-your-jaw sites. The city also contains Roman bridges, ancient neighborhoods, and some of the best ice cream anywhere.
Day Five The greatest masterpiece of architecture in Spain and one of the top in Europe awaits us today. We will visit the intricately carved, artistically designed and wondrously laid out Alhambra Palace. This palace and its renown fountains and gardens were left when the last Muslim rulers were expelled from Spain. But that’s not the only site in Granada that holds special significance, we will also visit the Capella Real where the legendary Queen Isabella and King Fernand are buried. These are the monarchs that pushed the settlement and exploration of the New World.
Day Six We head to the Mediterranean coast of Spain and enter another country—Gibraltar. An autonomous British region, you change languages, culture, food and currency by walking 20 feet. We will have a day tour of this very special place including St. Michael’s Cave, the special British fortifications and iconic and mischievous Gibraltar apes. This is one of the most exciting days you will ever experience.
Day Seven Now its time to not only enter a third country but a second continent on our visit to Morocco. A hydrofoil takes us across the 12 miles of the Straits of Hercules in less than an hour and a half to a completely new world. The Moroccan food, culture, architecture and even clothing is unique and a great addition to this already loaded tour.
Day Eight We go to our final city today—one of the most important cities of the middle ages—Seville. From here Columbus began his historic voyage. He is by tradition buried in the immense and impressive Cathedral. This is a city of superlatives. The white beauty of the Jewish Quarter, the monumental religious and government buildings and the ornate fountains make this one of Spain’s special cultural cities. One of the most incredible finds in the city is the Archives that hold the original journals and maps of the Spanish New World expeditions.
Day Nine Today we do something that you probably never dreamed was possible—a safari in Europe. Donana National Park is the most biodiverse place in Europe with wild boar, red deer, rare imperial eagles, flamboyances of flamingos (yes, that is the proper name) and the top predator—the Iberian Lynx. We take a safari ride through this large park that contain hundreds of bird species from both Europe and Africa. This is one of the top national parks in the world.
Day Ten We fly home today with memories of giant former mosques, intricately carved palaces, unique African culture, wildlife galore and the historic connection to our very founding.