Here you will find:

Pre-tour 2 nights; Nights 1 – 2 (4 nights):  Barcelona, Spain:

Le Méridien Barcelona Hotel, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or the hotel websiteExternal link

Located in the very center of Barcelona on world-famous Las Ramblas, Le Méridien Barcelona is convenient to many of the city's most intriguing sights. Long a favorite of celebrities, its guests have included the likes of Pavarotti, Rostropovich, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and the Rolling Stones. A newly redone and fully equipped fitness center and an Internet center are available for guests' use. Haute cuisine made accessible is the hallmark of the hotel's new Cent Onze restaurant, representing an innovative gastronomic option that masterfully combines the very best of French tradition, the fresh flavors of the Boquería market, and Catalan creativity in an open, cosmopolitan space with direct access to the Ramblas.

Nights 3 - 4 (2 nights): La Seu d'Urgell, Spain:

El Castell de Ciutat, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or the hotel websiteExternal link

A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, this small, elegant hotel occupies a hilltop in the heart of the high Catalan Pyrenees, thus providing commanding scenic views from its Panoramic Terrace. Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable. El Castell de Ciutat offers an elegant fitness complex with facilities that include an outdoor swimming pool, a beautiful indoor swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and hot tub with stunning views of the region and a gym equipped with cardiovascular and weight machines.

Nights 5 - 6 (2 nights): San Sebastián, Spain:

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra, when seen from the La Concha bay in San Sebastián, gives off the image of a transatlantic cruise liner run aground on the beach.  Hotel de Londres started its journey over 100 years ago and has seen firsthand the changes in the city of Donostia San Sebastián, from La Belle Epoque to nowadays.  Pinchos, gourmet meals, beautiful basque coast landscapes, luxury boutiques, theatres, museums, cinemas, exhibitions, relaxation … sensations. To put it simply, it is all part of San Sebastián, the capital city of the Guipúzcoa region in the Basque Country, and it is at your feet.  Throughout its years of existence, this dream house from the XIX century has known how to combine a romantic character with the most modern installations.  The Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra is a 4-star luxury hotel with a beach front location, offering you the most amazing views. It is without a doubt one of the best hotels in the center of San Sebastián. (Description is from hotel website)

Hotel Maria Cristina (This hotel is used on some other tours, but not on ours due to renovations)

Hotel Maria Cristina is a most impressive Belle Époque beauty located in San Sebastián's historic city center, just blocks from the beach. Beautifully appointed guest rooms offer every amenity that sophisticated travelers expect. An indoor swimming pool and the Hydra Wellness Center & Spa beckon during leisure hours. The beautiful Easo Restaurant offers classic Basque cuisine while the Café Saigon features a Vietnamese-styled menu. The readers of Condé Nast Traveler awarded the Hotel Maria Cristina a place on the 2008 Gold List.

Night 7: Fuente Dé, Spain:

Parador de Fuente Dé, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

This fine mountain retreat is nestled in the foothills of the Picos de Europa and is the terminus for a mountain cable car which travels up to the Aliva viewpoint high above. Surrounded by forests and scenic hillsides, its décor of warm wood and leather furniture creates a welcoming ambiance. Its restaurant offers traditional Cantabrian cuisine. Guest rooms are well appointed and most comfortable.

Night 8: León, Spain:

Parador de Leon, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

Gracefully housed in a monastery dating back to 1515 when its room sheltered pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela, this luxurious five-star hotel shelters today's sophisticated travelers in stately surroundings, filled with paintings, tapestries and carvings. Its impressive Gothic architecture, and its wealth of ancient carpets, clocks and furniture create a museum-like ambiance that is sure to please. Museum lovers will enjoy the easy access to both the Provincial Archaeological Museum and the Fine Arts Museum, which lie within its walls. All guest rooms have air conditioning, radio and satellite TV, telephones and a safe. A bar/café and a lovely terrace garden beckon during leisure time.

Night 9: Santiago del Compostela, Spain:

Parador de Santiago de Compostela, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

Having first opened its doors to shelter pilgrims in 1499, the Parador de Santiago de Compostela is reputed to be the oldest hotel in the world. Enjoying a superb location next to the glorious cathedral of St. James, today this Santiago landmark retains much of its medieval magnificence while offering every comfort and amenity that 21st-century travelers demand. Lovely guest rooms, elegant living rooms, four extraordinary cloisters and a wonderful dining room surround today's guests with beauty and luxury at every turn.

Nights 10 - 11 (2 nights): Porto, Portugal:

Sheraton Porto Hotel and Spa, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

The stunningly modern Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa offers the convenience of being just a short walk away from the Modern Art Museum and the Casa da Musica in the heart of Porto. Spacious guest rooms feature TV with cable channels, air conditioning, hairdryer, in-room safe, minibar and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed®. Take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, keep up with your workouts or soak in the hot tub in the Fitness Facility or enjoy a pampering spa treatment during leisure time. Relax over a casual meal in the Restaurant Porto Novo, sip your favorite beverage in the New Yorker Bar or refresh yourself with something tasty at the Juice Bar.

Nights 12 – 13; Extra pre-night; Nights 1 - 2 (5 nights): Lisbon, Portugal:

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

Regally set atop one of Lisbon's seven hills, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon has long reigned as the city's finest hotel. Welcoming guest rooms offer a private terrace, refrigerated private bar, in-room safe, plasma/LCD television with DVD/CD player, working desk, high-speed Internet access, dual-line telephone, and a full marble bathroom with twin basins, a separate glass-enclosed shower, and plush cotton towels warmed on heated racks. The rooftop Ritz Spa Fitness Center, with three floor-to-ceiling glass walls providing extraordinary views of the city, is comprised of an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment, two studios, an outdoor running track and a solarium. Guests can enjoy a spa treatment or take a dip in the swimming pool while gazing out over the hotel garden and Eduardo VII Park. The Varanda Restaurant is a popular venue for enjoying Mediterranean cuisine and lovely views among sophisticated local residents and discerning hotel guests.

Night 3: Evora, Portugal:

Convento do Espinheiro Hotel, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

Convento do Espinherio, Heritage Hotel & Spa, located conveniently close to the charming World Heritage City town of Evora, dates back to the 15th century when, during the reign of King Alfonso V, a church and convent were built. Today, Convento do Espinherio is a luxurious 59-room hotel set amid eight hectares of beautiful gardens. Sumptuously decorated guest rooms offer air conditioning, international direct-dial telephone, wireless Internet, LCD TV, in-room safe, minibar, luxury bathroom amenities, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer. The Health Club, overlooking the outdoor pool, features the latest technology in exercise equipment – and the Diana Spa has a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, Turkish bath and a variety of treatments. The Cisterna, located in the Gothic water depository, and Pulpitus, set in the old kitchen once used by the monks, are delightful places to indulge in a nightcap. Convento do Espinheiro, Heritage Hotel & Spa is a proud member of Starwood's The Luxury Collection.

Nights 4 - 5 (2 nights): Seville, Spain:

Hotel Alfonso XIII, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

The elegant Hotel Alfonso XIII enjoys an enviable location in the heart of Seville near many notable attractions. Seville's most majestic hotel, the Hotel Alfonso XIII was built in 1929 for the Expo that took place in Seville during that year. Since then, it has proudly hosted royalty, heads of state and countless celebrities with considerable grace and charm. Dining options include a fine restaurant offering Spanish cuisine with an Andalucían flair and international cuisine. Both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler include the Hotel Alfonso XIII on their prestigious lists of the world's best hotels.

Nights 6 - 7 (2 nights): Marbella, Spain:

Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

Set beside the sea in the heart of Marbella, the Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa offers much to both sun and sea enthusiasts and spa lovers in this famous Costa del Sol playground of the international jet set. A wide range of rejuvenating spa treatments are available. Comfortable accommodations and efficient service help to ensure a most pleasant stay.

Nights 8 - 9 (2 nights): Granada, Spain:

Alhambra Palace Hotel, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

Granada's most famous hotel, the gracious Hotel Alhambra Palace enjoys a prime location adjacent to the grounds of the Alhambra itself. Built high on a hill overlooking the city in 1912, the hotel resembles a Moorish castle in its architectural design. Its public terraces offer panoramic views of the city and the mountains beyond. Great care has been taken to maintain the unique ambiance and aristocratic atmosphere of this historic hotel, inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1910.

Night 10: Córdoba, Spain:

Hesperia Cordoba Hotel, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

The Guadalquivir River provides the setting for the Hesperia Córdoba hotel, superbly located in this extraordinary city. Recently remodeled guest rooms are decorated in a simple Andalucían style and offer welcome amenities such as satellite TV, air conditioning, hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, iron and ironing board and complimentary wireless Internet access. After a busy day exploring La Mezquita and some of Cordoba's other historic sites, take a refreshing dip in the 50-meter outdoor swimming pool. The light and airy Al Punto restaurant / bar serves both quick snacks and complete meals both indoors and on its terrace in good weather. The views from the La Azotea café-bar on the hotel's rooftop terrace are an amazing backdrop for enjoying a cool drink.

Nights 11 – 13; post-tour night (4 nights): Madrid, Spain:

The Westin Palace Madrid, See our pictures, go to TripAdvisorExternal link, or go to the hotel websiteExternal link

This lovely Belle Époque landmark lies in the most elegant part of Madrid and close to many of the city's must-see sights, such as the famous Museo del Prado. Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912, The Westin Palace, Madrid has been surrounding travelers with opulent luxury for a century. Today, the exquisitely decorated guest rooms feature the Westin Heavenly Bed® and offer luxury amenities. Indulge in the WestinWORKOUT® in the beautiful new fitness center located on the roof overlooking the splendors of Madrid. Two delightful restaurants, the Asia Gallery and La Rotunda, named for the hotel's famed stained glass dome, await your pleasure.

 

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