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5 days
Trip Information

Dates: 17th – 21st June 2019

Tour Organiser: Mr Victor Cuevas

Itinerary Highlights

  • Museo del Foro de Caesaraugusta
  • Basilica del Pilar
  • Aljaferia Palace
  • Monasterio de Piedra

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday 17th June 2019

Commercial airplane flying above clouds in dramatic sunset light.

Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from Newcastle to Madrid.

We will transfer from Madrid to Zaragoza by private coach.

Zaragoza

The capital of Aragon, Zaragoza is a walled city filled with Roman ruins, a Moorish architecture, and a popular pilgrimage cathedral. This picturesque ancient city lies along the Ebro river, and its lively culture charms visitors who stop to wander and explore.

We will continue to Zaragoza, our base for the next 4 nights. Breakfast and dinner will be included at the hotel.

Day 2-Tuesday 18 June 2019

Plaza del Pilar, Zaragoza

We will travel by private coach today (optional service).

Museo del Foro de Caesaraugusta

The museum is located underneath what is now the square of La Seo (the cathedral), and displays archaeological remains from the old Roman Forum at the time of Emperor Tiberius. There are also the remains of a market, pipes, a sewer and some shop walls from the time of the Emperor Augustus, when Zaragoza was founded. The exhibition is completed with a stunning audio-visual area.

Visit the Basilica del Pilar. Legend traces the roots of the basilica back to AD 40, when St. James received an apparition on this site of the Virgin Mary while preaching Christianity in Spain. The current church was constructed in the 17th century and reflects the ornate Baroque style of the period.

Lonja de Zaragoza

The Exchange was built in the 16th century for Hernando de Aragón, based on a project by Juan de Sariñena. It was intended to provide a public place for the city where merchants could deal their goods instead of using the Seo and other churches. It is now an exhibition room for Zaragoza City Council.

Day 3- Wednesday 19 June 2019

Aljaferia Palace

We will travel by private coach today (optional service).

Aljaferia Palace

An 11th-century Arab castle palace, unique in its historical context as the largest surviving example of Islamic/Spanish architecture from the Taifas period, it is the only large building from the time of Muslim rule in Spain that can be seen outside of Andalusia region.

Third Millennium Bridge

This is the largest concrete tied-arch bridge in the world, and has an arch span of 216 metres. The deck is 279 m long, 43 wide and weighs 24,000 tons, and has six lanes for road traffic, two bike lanes, and two glass-enclosed walkways to protect pedestrian from bad weather.

Water Tower

The Torre del Agua is a 76-metre-high tower built at the Expo 2008 site in Zaragoza, Spain. It was designed by Enrique de Teresa and constructed of concrete, steel and glass. It consists of a transparent structure erected in a droplet-of-water shape over a big three-storey basement. During Expo 2008, the building hosted the Water for Life exposition.

Zaragoza Aquarium (optional service)

Visit the largest river aquarium in Europe, and its 3,400 square metres are home to freshwater species from all over the world. The river aquarium is located in what was originally the venue for the Zaragoza 2008 International Exhibition. In its facilities you'll find aquatic animals from the five most important rivers on the planet: the Nile, the Mekong, the Amazon, the Darling Murray and the Ebro.

Day 4- Thursday 20 June 2019

We will travel by private coach today (optional service).

Zaragoza Museum

The old pavilion of the 1908 Universal Expo is the setting for this museum, which is divided into two large sections: Archaeology and Fine Art. In the first you can find objects that go from prehistory through to the Moorish period. Worthy of special mention are various bronze plaques with Iberian and Latin inscriptions, a head of Augustus from Tarazona, and archaeological remains from Aljafería Palace. In the Fine Art section, there are works from the 12th century to the contemporary period, with an especially outstanding ensemble of Gothic painting, and numerous canvasses by Francisco de Goya.

Plaza de los Sitios

Plaza de los Sitios is a small park, located next to the Museo Provincial. We can explore the park and its historical monuments dedicated to the victims of the war between France and Spain in the 19th Century.

Goya Museo (optional service)

The Goya Museum is located in the house of Jerónimo Cósida, a 16th-century Renaissance building, and has more than 800 works on display. In its various rooms you can see everything from avant-garde art to watercolours, Renaissance and Baroque religious paintings and contemporary works, a collection of 18th and 19th century art, and drawings. One room is dedicated to Francisco de Goya.

Day 5- Friday 21 June 2019

Monasterio de Piedra - waterfall

We will travel by private coach today.

Monasterio de Piedra

The walls of the Monastery hide almost eight hundred years of history since its consecration in 1218. The Church is the central building and is surrounded by the Chapter House, wine cellar, grain store, kitchen, refectory, warming house and wine museum. The Historic Garden, Park Monasterio de Piedra, offers a spectacular walk through nature. A striking landscape where paths and trails cross over waterfalls, streams, lakes and caves under the shadow of the ancient trees. The first fish farm in Spain was created here 150 years ago and it’s considered an ecosystem of outstanding biological wealth.

We will transfer to Madrid for our departure.

Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from Madrid to Newcastle.