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Discover Spain
Commences Barcelona 14 Sept and ends Granada 02 Oct 2017

  • Flamenco
  • Alhambra
  • Calatrava's Valencia
    Calatrava's Valencia
  • Typical Spanish Paella
    Typical Spanish Paella
  • Toledo
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price AUD 8,990
  • Program Code GCTDS17
  • Single Supplement AUD 1,098
  • Program Leader Jone Gaillard
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 18 Nights
    • 3 - Barcelona 
    • 3 - Valencia 
    • 3 - Madrid 
    • 2 - Salamanca 
    • 1 - Merida 
    • 3 - Seville 
    • 3 - Granada

Commences Barcelona 14 September 2014 and ends Granada 02 October 2017

Tour Highlights

  • The Catalan capital, Barcelona with its impressive monuments and Gaudi architecture
  • The vibrant and lively port of Valencia with its striking Calatrava City of Arts & Sciences
  • The Spanish capital Madrid and the nearby former capital of Toledo 
  • The honey-coloured Renaissance architecture of Salamanca with the historic walled city of Avila
  • The Roman city of Merida
  • The Moorish architecture of Seville with its great cathedral, Cordoba with is great Mosque and Granada with it Palace of Alhambra


Tour Overview

The Iberian Peninsula faces both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and is where the continents of Africa and Europe meet. Spain is where for centuries, two of the world's great religions have come into close contact and sometimes into conflict. Originally settled by the Iberians, Celts and Phoenicians, followed by the Romans and the Visigoths, Spain saw a great flowering of Islamic culture in the occupation by the Moors. The germ of the country's independence lay in their fight against the Muslim occupier. 

Our Discover Spain program explores the historic links, cultures and religions of these two civilisations, as well as the great geographical and cultural diversity of Spain with its ancient and fascinating cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada and Seville, as well as its regions away from the traditional tourist beaches. 

Spain boasts a huge variety of landscapes from the elevated Plateau of Castile and the time forgotten towns of Extremadura to the African temperatures and whitewashed landscapes of Andalusia. Spain is arguably the most physically and culturally diverse country in Europe. Isolated from its neighbours by mountain chains, it possesses a unique history, sophisticated cities and contrasting traditions. 

Tour Inclusions

    • 18 nights hotel accommodation in en-suite share twin rooms
    • Typical local breakfast daily and 12 dinners
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Post Tour Combinations

Our Discover Spain tour can easily be followed by the following tours:


Golden Compass Tour Leader Dr Jone Gaillard
Dr Jone Gaillard

Your Italian expert is Dr Jone Gaillard. Dr Gaillard was brought up in Florence, Italy, but has lived in Melbourne for more than 30 years. She is a social historian with a doctorate in Italian Opera Libretti and lectured for many years in Italian studies at La Trobe University. She speaks fluent Italian, French, and Spanish.

Jone has a degree in Politics and Social Science from the University of Florence, a postgraduate diploma in Politics from the Centre of European Studies, Nancy (France), an MA and a PhD from Melbourne universities. Jone has taught Italian Language and Culture in Florence and as Affiliate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. She has published many scholarly articles related to Italian social history and literature.

Jone is the author of a book of fiction as well as short stories published both in Italy and the USA. Her doctoral thesis on opera librettos has also been published in the USA.

Jone is the ideal Program Leader to introduce you to Italy or Spain and the Italian or Spanish way of life.


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompass.co.uk. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 151, Albion Park, NSW 2527, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 1800 132 385.