Celebrate Book & Lover's Day in Spain!

Celebrate Book & Lover's Day in Spain!
April 16 to 24, 2018
Madrid & Barcelona

 

Every year on April 23rd, Barcelona erupts in a celebration of chivalry and romance. It all began in the Middle Ages with an annual Festival of Roses to honor St. George, Patron Saint of Catalonia. A brave Roman soldier, he allegedly slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful young princess. According to legend, a rosebush then sprouted from the blood of the slain dragon and the soldier plucked its most perfect blossoms to give to the princess as a remembrance. In 1923, the traditional Rose Festival merged with International Book Day, established to celebrate the lives of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, both of whom died on April 23rd in 1616. Now, bookstalls and flower stands sprout up along the Rambla, a two-mile stretch connecting the city with the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of Barcelonans crowd the streets to enjoy a festive atmosphere of readings, music, literature, and dance. For many years, the Tattered Cover has honored this springtime celebration of culture, beauty, intelligence, and love with our own Book & Lover's Day - offering complimentary roses and bookmarks to our patrons on April 23.

Now, the Tattered Cover is delighted to introduce you to Endless Travel Literary Tours, as they invite you and your favorite traveling partner on a Spanish Literary Tour which begins in Spain’s modern capital, Madrid, and ends with a celebration on April 23 of World Book Day and the Day of Books and Roses in Barcelona, a UNESCO City of Literature!

 

Interested in joining us? See below for all the details of the trip, followed by the important terms, conditions, and how to register.
 

This tour includes:
• The services of a professional, multilingual Tour Director throughout the tour
• 7 breakfasts and 4 dinners
• Fully air-conditioned motor coach
• One group airport transfer on arrival and departure
• High-Speed Ave Train (First Class) Madrid to Barcelona
• Superior first-class hotels, or best available first-class. Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, based on double occupancy.
• Hotel taxes, service charges, state and local taxes, porterage service for one piece of luggage per person, and tips to baggage porters and hotel staff.
• Custom book recommendations list and book talks led by a Tattered Cover staff member

 

Our Itinerary:
Day 1 – 17 April (Tue) – Madrid
Welcome to Madrid! The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Tour Director will meet you at the airport for your group transfer to your hotel (normal check-in times apply.) Tonight for your Welcome Dinner, experience the excitement of a FLAMENCO SHOW, a genuine Spanish art expressing passion and intensity. A must-see by anyone visiting Spain! (Dinner)
Note: Group needs to arrive together on the same flight, or at approximately the same time, for the group transfer to the hotel. Individual transfer costs can be quoted separately.
Day 2 – 18 April (Wed) – Madrid
After breakfast your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Afterwards enjoy CHEESE TASTING and try the most famous cheese in Spain, Manchego Cheese. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own, your Tour Director will be on hand for suggestions. (Breakfast)
Day 3 – 19 April (Thu) – Madrid - Barcelona
After breakfast travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Barcelona. This afternoon you will explore Barcelona's most popular and exotic market, the Boqueria Market on a TAPAS WALKING & TASTING TOUR. Together with your private guide, you'll discover that it is actually much more than a market: it's a view into the lifestyle of the people of Barcelona and the Spanish way of life. Then continue to MUSEU EUROPEU D’ART MODERN located in an 18th-century palace where modern art and flamenco come together. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant along La Ramblas. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 – 20 April (Fri) – Barcelona. Excursion to Montserrat
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlight is a visit to spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Continue to spiritual Montserrat and visit the impressive BENEDICTINE MONASTERY. Also visit the BASILICA, one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites, and admire the 12th-century Romanesque carving of the La Moreneta (Black Madonna). (Breakfast)
Day 5 – 21 April (Sat) – Barcelona
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the Barri Gothic (Gothic Quarter) explore it’s labyrinth on foot and discover its past from the Roman times to the Medieval period. This experience also gives you VIP access to the PICASSO MUSEUM, where you'll discover the bond between Picasso and Barcelona. Then join the The Shadow of the WindWALKING BOOK TOUR in Barcelona and discover the iconic landmarks from the novel. (Breakfast)
Day 6 – 22 April (Sun) – Barcelona
Known as a “practitioner of Catalan Modernism” Antoni Gaudí’s creative and distinct style has left its mark in Barcelona. After breakfast we explore some of his most notable works in Barcelona including the CASA BATLLÓ designed by Gaudí for the wealthy aristocrat, Josep Batlló, the CASA MILÀ popularly known as La Pedrera, PARK GÜELL a public park and the Palau Güell one of Gaudí’s earliest works. This evening for dinner enjoy a WINE TASTING where you will learn about the different Spanish Wines and have a traditional Catalan dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 – 23 April (Mon) – Barcelona
Celebrate the Day of Book & Roses, and World Book Day! Organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. You will have a full day at leisure to explore this event. This evening a farewell Dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 – 24 April (Tue) – Barcelona
After breakfast a group transfer will take you the airport for your homebound flight. (Breakfast)
Note: Group needs to depart together on the same flight, or at approximately the same time, for the group transfer to the airport. Individual transfer costs can be quoted separately.



Terms and Conditions & Reservation Information
Literary Tour
Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
April 16 – 24, 2018

 

Please read the following Endless Travel Literary Tours (ENLT) Terms and Conditions carefully. If you'd like to reserve your spot on this Literary Tour, keep reading for information on how to submit your deposit.
 

Payment of client’s non-refundable deposit confirms the reservation and represents acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions: 
 

  • $3938 per person based on double occupancy (land only)
  • $869 single supplement
  • 24 passengers (trip will not depart unless 20 passengers are confirmed)
  • $400 per person non-refundable deposit required by check by 10/15/17 (first come, first served).
  • After receipt of sufficient deposit checks to guarantee the trip, ETLT will send the trip deposit to the Tour Operator. ETLT will also send clients an email requesting signature of a credit card payment authorization form. Within a specific timeframe from the receipt of the email, client will return the completed credit card authorization form that will give ETLT authority to purchase travel insurance and will authorize the trip’s final payment.
  • Endless Travel will purchase mandatory travel insurance for the land portion within 14 days of the trip deposit with our Tour Operator. The trip deposit indicates a guaranteed departure.
  • Endless Travel will make final payment by credit card no later than 1/10/18. Client will be notified by email of the date of the payment with a request for confirmation of credit card use approval.
  • Endless Travel Literary Tour’s Recommended Book List will be emailed to clients upon deposit of funds with Tour Operator.
  • Client is responsible for contacting ETLT to purchase travel insurance for any non-refundable costs of the trip. You can view detailed insurance information here.
  • Client is responsible for providing air reservation information to ETLT. This information is required by our Tour Operator and will help ETLT coordinate the group transfer on arrival and departure that is included in the trip cost.

-- This tour is an active trip. Client must be able to board the motor coach on his/her own, be able to walk on uneven pavement, rough garden paths and grassy hills, and be able to climb flights of stairs. If client incurs costs of taxis or other special transport, the client is responsible for those expenses.
-- Trip price includes: first-class hotel accommodations (double occupancy basis); meals, daily transportation, private tours, and evening social events where indicated in itinerary; the services of the trip leaders as outlined in the trip description. Hotel taxes, service charges, state and local taxes, porterage service for one piece of luggage per person, and tips to baggage porters and hotel staff are all included in the trip price.
-- Not included in the trip price are airfare, airport taxes, airline baggage fees, transfer fees, excess baggage fees, travel insurance, meals not included in attached itinerary, hotel, restaurant or airport tips (or any other personal gratuities), and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, cleaning, room service, telephone, internet, or fax expenses, beverages including tea and coffee (except at breakfast and at hotel dinners), wines, liquors, soft drinks, etc. Please note that we cannot guarantee
any special requests for hotel rooms.
-- Gratuities for the Tour Director, motor coach driver and local guides are not included. Please bring cash for these gratuities.
-- Passports must comply with immigration regulations. Regulations may include, but are not limited to, the following: at least 2 blank pages when entering a country and must have no less than 6 months before expiring. If applicable, it is the responsibility of the traveler to check visa requirements and obtain visa(s).
-- Porterage for one suitcase on tour is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity, this single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30 x 21 x 11 inches and weight not exceeding 50 lbs. The Tour Director will collect a charge of $5 per traveling day if a second piece of baggage is carried or if the suitcase exceeds the established weight and/or dimensions. International air carriers may also impose fees or require you to remove articles and put them in another bag, if weight or size limits are exceeded. Test the weight of your packed suitcase. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. For your own comfort and that of fellow passengers, please limit hand luggage to the size equivalent of 12 x 11 x 6inches. Wheeled carry-on cases are not suitable as hand luggage for motor coach travel. No wheeled hand luggage of any size should be kept inside the motor coach.
After departure, if the services included in the vacation cannot be supplied or there are changes in an itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ETLT, ETLT will take reasonable action to arrange for the provision of comparable services. Any resulting additional expense will be the responsibility of the client.

 

Registration and Payment
Payment of the non-refundable deposit confirms the client’s reservation and represents acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. Deposits will be paid by check made out to “Endless Travel”, and must be accompanied by the deposit form below. Once the reservation deposit has been paid, the client will receive a confirmation email and further information to help plan the trip. The deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited if the trip reservation is cancelled. Cancellations must be in writing by either letter to ETLT or email to Linda@endlesstravel.net. Cancellations become effective on the date they are received by ETLT.

All payments are held in an escrow account until departure is guaranteed with the Tour Operator. ETLT reserves the right to cancel reservations that are not paid in full at any time after the final payment is due. If the client makes a reservation after the final payment due date, payment in full will be required immediately. Click here to access a form for making your non-refundable deposit

1. Click on the link to open the form.

2. In the top left corner, click file, save as, and save to your desk top.

3. Type the required information in the blue shaded boxes.

4. Print the form and mail with your deposit check: ATTN: Linda Lovin, Endless Travel, 28265 Hwy 74, Unit A, Evergreen, CO 80439.

Or, complete step 1, print the form, and complete the information by hand, then mail with your check.

Changes to A Reservation
ETLT will not charge for any changes to a reservation outside of 100 days before the trip start date. If reservation changes are made from 30 – 99 days before the trip start date, a $100 per person administrative fee will apply. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If the reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy, the client will be charged the single occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance
For the client’s protection and because the trip’s cost is based on the number of participants, it is the policy of ETLT that each participant purchase travel insurance. Mandatory travel insurance for land and air change fee will be purchased by ETLT within 14 days of trip deposit. Purchase of travel insurance covers pre-existing medical conditions if all non-refundable costs of the trip are part of the insurance plan.
It is strongly recommended that the client’s trip is insured from his/her front door and return. The client is responsible for advising ETLT of costs of the trip exceeding the land portion. ETLT will then assist in the “door-to- door” coverage of the client’s trip. See detailed insurance information below.

 

Arrival and Departure Dates
It is the client’s responsibility to arrive in Madrid on the specified trip start date. A refund will not be available for late arrival or early departure. Upon request, Susan with ETLT will assist you with booking air or with any pre/post trip accommodations.

 

Responsibility

The liability of Endless Travel Literary Tours (ETLT), individually or jointly, is strictly limited. It is the client’s sole responsibility to obtain and have available the proper travel documents that are necessary for this trip.

ETLT will make every effort to conduct the trip as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary and other changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will make every effort to select alternative accommodations of the same quality.

In no event will ETLT be liable for amounts in excess of the amounts payable to Endless Travel in accordance with the terms hereunder, nor will ETLT be liable for any consequential indirect or incidental damages arising from this agreement. ETLT purchases accommodations, transportation and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing trip arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility and liability for wrongful, negligent or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents or representatives.

ETLT is not liable for injury, death, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control including, but not limited to, without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects of any vehicle, adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, the negligence or default of any third party or any act or omission of any supplier providing services, any insurer or insurance administrator under the travel insurance plan, or any other person.