Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Air, Rail, 6 Nights, From $1,199
Discover the charm of Spain's capital city, explore the City of Arts and Sciences Complex in Valencia, and revel in the art and nightlife of Barcelona.
The Real Deal Airfare from New York City to Madrid, then Barcelona to New York City on TAP Portugal; airline fuel surcharges; two nights at the Hotel Ganivet in the La Latina district of Madrid; two nights at the Expo Hotel Valencia in the Nuevo Centro shopping district, close to Congress Palace; two nights at the Hotel Aranea in Barcelona, within walking distance of La Sagrada Familia; transportation between all cities via standard rail; and breakfast daily; from $1,199 per person—plus up to $116 in airport taxes and fees.
When Nov. 28, 2011, Jan. 23, 30, Feb 13, 2012 ($1,199); add $30 for Nov. 14, 21, 2011, Feb. 27, Mar. 5, 2012 ($1,229); add $60 for Dec. 5, 12, 2011 ($1,259); add $70 for Jan 9, Mar. 19 ($1,269).
Gateways New York City ($1,639); other gateway cities available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees cost about $116 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $250. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.
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Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak shows the lowest multicity round-trip airfare from New York City to Madrid and Barcelona starts at $650 in late November (Aer Lingus). Add to that $247 per person with taxes for two nights at the Hotel Ganivet, $126 per person with taxes for two nights at the Expo Hotel Valencia, and $242 per person with taxes for two nights at the Hotel Aranea, and you’re paying $1,265 for airfare and accommodation alone. For $50 more, this package gives you airfare, six nights’ accommodation in three Spanish cities, standard rail between them, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are available, including a half-day guided tour of Madrid—featuring the Casa de Campo, Mayor Square, and the largest stadium in Europe, among other famous attractions, for $31 per person. Treat yourself to a half-day tour of Toledo, Spain's oldest city, full of world heritage sites and some of the country's most beautiful temples and churches, from $60 per person. For $62 per person, you can take a half-day tour of Barcelona, complete with a bus tour of the Cathedral, Plaza Sant Jaume, and the Gothic Quarter on your way to Olympic Village.
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