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Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Tour Itinerary

 

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Scoil Mhuire Tour

Monday 25th – Saturday 30th March 2013

 


 

Day 1 – Monday 25th March 2013

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  • The group leaves Dublin Airport - Terminal 2 at 6.30am and arriving into Madrid - Terminal 1 at 10.05am.

  • Travel by coach to Puerto de Navacerrada if weather conditions are good. Otherwise the group will continue to Avila.

  • Visit to City of Segovia. Segovia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built on a craggy limestone escarpment over 1,000 metres above sea level. In the old town you find the city walls, palaces, churches, graceful towers, narrow winding streets, small secluded squares with fantastic panoramic views. Segovia is well known for its Aqueduct, one of the most resplendent constructions the Romans left, built to carry water from the mountains to the city. Also known for its Cathedral and Alcazar.

  • Evening activities

 


 

Day 2 – Tuesday 26th March 2013

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  • Three hours guided sightseeing tour of the City of Madrid. The group will have the opportunity to learn about this great city and its history. Sights to watch out for along the way include the Atocha train station, the Bullfighter stadium, the Plaza Castilla, the Obelisco de Calatrava, the Plaza Espana and the Royal Palace. 

  • Visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium , home ground of the Real Madrid football club.  Unique tour of the stadium, with access to places you've only dreamed of visiting. See the tunnel to the locker rooms, the bench, the pitch and even the presidential box. Visit to the museum celebrating the legendary Real Madrid team.

  • Paseo del Pintor Rosales - take a scenic cable car tour over the Casa de Campo Park affording great views of the city as dusk falls. Once you are safely in your cabin, you gently begin to climb, while a recorded commentary describes the panoramic view that is spread out below and all around you. 

  • If time permitting, stop at the Plaza de la Independencia to visit the Retiro Park. Situated behind the Prado Museum, it is the most popular and widely visited park in Madrid. The central focus of the park is the lake.

  • Evening activities

 


 


Day 3 – Wednesday 27th March 2013

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  • Panoramic guided tour of the city of Cuenca.

  • Immediately afterwards continue to Valencia. Continue to the City of Arts.

  • Afternoon visit to the City of Arts and Sciences, a unique entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex, which is made up of the following buildings. First you will visit the Oceanográfico, the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species, “The mystery of the Nile” will be projected at the Hemisfèric IMAX cinema. 

  • Evening activities.

 


 

Day 4 – Thursday 28th March 2013

 

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  • Travel to Barcelona. with a full day sightseeing programme.

  • Lunch and some free time in Parc Guell, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a prominent landmark in Barcelona. Some of the sights you will see along your tour include:
    • La Sagrada Familia Exterior, a monumental church dedicated to the Holy Family and Gaudi’s most famous work.
    • The Gothic Quarter and Cathedral; the oldest part of Barcelona is home to a maze of old narrow cobbled streets with a fantastic atmosphere. There are scenic old squares and a museum to be found along the way.
    • Passeig de Gràcia: Barcelona’s most magnificent and elegant avenue contains several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture. Also, it is major shopping street with boutiques from prestigious designers.
    • Casa Mila: One of Gaudí’s most famous Buildings in Barcelona, this unique building was Gaudí’s last work before devoting his life to the Sagrada Familia. Often referred to as La Pedrera, this nickname was given by the locals due to the building outer rocky appearance. There is an exhibition of Gaudi’s work on the roof of the building.

  • Depart for hotel in Salou.

  • Evening activities

 


 

Day 5 – Friday 29th March 2013

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  • Fun-filled day at Port Aventura. Exhilarating rides, magical parades and exciting shows on offer.



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  • Evening activities

 


 

Day 6 – Saturday 30th March 2013


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  • Trip to Montserrat. Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona. Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breath taking. Another highlight of your visit to Montserrat Monastery is to listen to the famous Basilica choir boy performances of Gregorian chants and other genres of religious choral music. The performances can be heard free of charge in the Basilica at 13:00 daily (except Saturday). The Basilica is also home to the reverend La Moreneta or Black Virgin. There are two ways to reach the Monastery from the bottom of Montserrat Mountain; these are the Aeri de Montserrat cable car and the Cremallera Rack Railway train.

  • Once you arrive at Montserrat Mountain there are two optional funicular train rides available – the Funicular de Santa Cova and the Funicular de Sant Joan. The Santa Cova funicular travels down the side of the mountain from Montserrat Monastery to the start of the walk that allows you to visit the cave of Santa Cova, an important religious shrine where a visitation of the image of the Virgin Mary is said to have taken place.  The Funicular de Sant Joan takes you on a steep journey up the side of the mountain allowing you a panoramic view of the Montserrat area.

  • Continue to Barcelona Airport – Terminal 2.

  • Depart from Barcelona at 15.30, Arriving into Dublin Airport – Terminal 1 at 17.20.

 


 

 

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