Tour Operator 'Hidden in Spain' Launches 'Three-City Tour', Featuring Madrid, Seville and Barcelona
Customizable Guided Tour Reveals the History, Culture and 'Hidden Gems' of Spain's Most Popular Cities
By: Hidden in Spain
"It's all about providing a truly immersive experience for both the new visitors to Spain and those who have 'seen it all'," said Luis Fernandez de Vega, founder of Hidden in Spain. "Our guides are all based locally and know their regions intimately. We can therefore customize the itinerary to meet the specific interests of our guests, whether they want a traditional tour of all the well-known places or one that goes where few visitors ever get to go."
The central capital of Spain, Madrid boasts a modern and sophisticated culture that also proudly retains its traditional roots. After a chauffeured transfer to the designated hotel, guests will visit some of the city's most renowned attractions, including the Prado and Reina Sofia museums, as well as the Royal Palace. They will also tour the city's Old Town, where they can walk its narrow streets and see where locals go for a drink, enjoy traditional cuisine and socialize. Another highlight is a visit to the Las Ventas bullring, often called "the most important bullring in the world." They will be treated to a fascinating demonstration of the finer points of this distinctively Spanish tradition, highlighting the main players that include the bull, the bullfighter and the doctor!
The Madrid itinerary includes a Flamenco performance, with knowledgeable guides that offer insights into the origin, evolution and philosophy of this iconic Spanish dance. The experience is complemented with a visit to a shop that makes the dancers' shoes and a factory where they make the guitars and other instruments used in the dance.
A high-speed train ride brings guests to the city of Seville, the capital of Spain's Andalusia region. Once a prosperous port city, today it still displays its rich Moorish heritage, with historic churches that include the Seville Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage site. While Santa Cruz is the popular destination for tourists, Hidden in Spain's Three-City Tour also takes visitors to the city's most emblematic neighborhood, Triana. Once home to working class fishermen, bullfighters and gypsies, the district still retains vestiges of its colorful past with local fruit and vegetable vendors, fish mongers and butchers selling their products just steps from the river. Guest here can also enjoy a traditional "tapas tour," going from bar to bar to sample this Spanish fare, or take to the roofs for an extraordinary view of the city.
Exclusive to Hidden in Spain is lunch with a local family, with its friendly members explaining their customs and how they live. Guests will also enjoy a private tour of the "pueblos blancos" or White Villages of Andalusia, as well as a show with real Andalusian horses at the Royal School of Equestrian Art. They'll then go on a tour of a local winery that includes a tasting of sherry wine and other local specialties.
A domestic flight lands Hidden in Spain's "Three City Tour" guests in Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain's Catalonia region. The city is renowned for its art and architecture that includes Antoni Guadi's spectacular Sagrada Família basilica, where guests will skip the line to tour the building. Guests will also skip the line on their visit to another Guadi masterpiece, the Barcelona Park Güell, a park system composed of gardens and architectural elements. An extended tour can include a visit to other architectural masterpieces, such as the Casa Mila and Casa Batlló.
A highlight of the tour is a visit the Monastery of Montserrat to hear the ethereal singing of its Boys Choir. Guests also visit a family run winery in the Mediterranean wine region of Penedès, famous for its cavas and white wines. The excursion includes wine tasting and a traditional Catalan lunch with the family.
A visit to coastal village in the Costa Brava region, such as Portlligat in the Cap de Creus peninsula, is also on the itinerary. Guests will dine at Can Roca, a three Michelin star restaurant that has been named among the best in the world. They will conclude their tour with a private sailboat ride to enjoy the sunset while sailing the coast of Barcelona.
"There are many sides to Spain, and with our extensive knowledge and network of local guides who know their areas intimately, Hidden in Spain can show them all, whether it's the popular tourist sites or the less-known, out-of-the way gems that reflect the authentic heritage, history and gastronomy of the region," said Fernandez de Vega.
About Hidden in Spain
Hidden in Spain offers customizable tours in Spain that take guests on highly personalized journeys into the historical, culinary treasures, and natural beauty of the country. For more information, visit http://www.hiddeninspain.com, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 347-775-3397.