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Highlights of Spain

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
From: $ 1,555 $ 120 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover remnants of ancient Roman rule in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.
  • In Barcelona, explore the eclectic works of Gaudí during the day, then unwind at one of the city's many beaches in the evening.
  • In Granada, discover the secrets of a former sultan's palace, which sits atop a hill.
  • Treat yourself to a flamenco show in Seville, the rumored birthplace of it all.
  • Explore Madrid's La Latina neighborhood, known for its overabundance of tapas bars!

Short Description

Spain is a land of diverse culture and architecture, and this 12-night adventure gives you the chance to experience it all! Visit cities with a Moorish past, discover whimsical wonders hidden away in grand parks, and enjoy tapas, flamenco, and Spanish guitar along the way.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Barcelona
End City Madrid

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Barcelona (BCN), out of Madrid (MAD)
  • Private round-trip airport transfers
  • Manual car rental for 6 nights – upgrade to automatic available
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 3 nights in Barcelona at the Hotel Tryp Apolo
  • 2 nights in Valencia at the Hotel Silken Puerta Valencia
  • 2 nights in Granada at the Hotel Abades Recogidas
  • 2 nights in Seville at the Hotel Melia Lebreros
  • 3 nights in Madrid at the Hotel Tryp Atocha
  • Barcelona City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (48-hour pass)
  • Private Madrid sightseeing tour (2-hours)
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Barcelona!

Accommodation: Hotel Tryp Apolo

Arrive in Barcelona and enjoy a private transfer to your accommodation! Once settled, activate your hop-on/hop-off bus pass and being exploring this vibrant city. Why not unwind after your flight by staying on the bus path for a full loop and getting acquainted with the city below?

For dinner, get acquainted with the flavors of Spain by heading to a tapas bar and rubbing elbows with the locals!

Transfer to Barcelona hotel

Barcelona City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (48 Hours)

Discover Barcelona at your leisure with this 48-hour City Sightseeing tour! Hop off at over 44 stops and explore on your own terms. Get lost in the winding roads of the Gothic Quarter, explore some of architect Antoni Gaudí's most famous works - from the Sagrada Familia to Casa Milà - or enjoy a lazy afternoon in Park Güell.

Without stopping, the Blue and Red Line routes each last 2 hours/ the Green Line lasts 40 minutes from start to finish.

Day 2: Barcelona

Continue using your hop-on/hop-off bus pass today! For your last stop of the day, considering hopping off at the whimsical Park Güell, and exploring the houses covered in vibrantly-color tiles -  the perfect spot for a photo opp!

In the evening, navigate through the tree-lined street of Las Ramblas, where street performers, flower stalls, and artists peddling their latest wares await. Be sure to stop at the bustling Boqueria market for a bite!

Day 3: Barcelona

Today, embark on an adventure exploring one of Barcelona's most iconic and breathtaking monuments: the Sagrada Familia. You'll need an hour or two to truly appreciate the beauty and grandeur of this eclectic masterpiece. You may also want to explore Antoni Gaudí's other famous works, including Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.

At night, experience a show of color, water, and music at the Magic Fountain, which celebrates the city every evening with a dazzling water show - the perfect ending to your time in Barcelona.

Day 4: Barcelona - Valencia

Accommodation: Silken Puerta Valencia

After breakfast, pick up your car and make your way to the historic city of Valencia, a unique blend of tradition with futuristic buildings and quarters.

Once you've settled in, head to the modern Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences), a perfect example of the city's contemporary influence. Inside you'll find a cinema, planetarium, interactive science museum, greenhouse, oceanographic park, and even an opera house!

Day 5: Valencia

Now that you've gotten a taste of the modern side, spend the day exploring the traditional side of the city. Get lost in the historic quarter, where Gothic buildings such as the Llotja de la Seda (silk exchange) await.

Be sure to stop by the famous cathedral and ascent to the top of Miguelete Tower for panoramic views of the city below.

In the evening, take a stroll along the harbor and enjoy a freshly caught bite!

Day 6: Valencia - Granada

Accommodation: Hotel Abades Recogidas

Make your way southwest to Granada, a city whose Moorish influence can be felt at every street corner and major landmark.

Start your adventure in Granada off by hiking to the Mirador de San Nicolas, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of the city and the best views of the iconic Alhambra.

Day 7: Granada

Start your day off with a visit to the Alhambra, a fairytale palace that sits on a hilltop.

Then, head back to the center of the city to continue your day of exploring; pay a visit to the breathtaking Granada Cathedral, enjoy a bite at the nearby Bib Rambla plaza, then pick up some souvenirs at the bustling Alcaiceria bazaar!

Day 8: Granada - Seville

Accommodation: Hotel Melia Lebreros

After breakfast, make your way to the picturesque city of Seville! Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville enjoys a rich Moorish heritage, with many streets, squares and and historic quarters boasting UNESCO World Heritage designation.

Once checked-in and settled at your hotel, take a walk around town! Pass by locals performing flamenco on the streets, musicians treating passersby to ballads on the Spanish guitar, and of course the breathtaking buildings sprinkled throughout the city.

Day 9: Seville

Spend the day exploring the postcard-worthy sights of the city. Discover the secrets of the Alcazar, get lost in the beauty of the Plaza de España, or stumble upon the hidden gems of Maria Luisa Park.

Seville is the rumored birthplace of flamenco, so take advantage of Seville's many peñas, or flamenco social clubs - the grand finale includes an opportunity for audience members to hop on stage and join in on the flamenco fun!

Day 10: Seville - Madrid

Accommodation: TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel

After arriving in Madrid, drop off your rental car and make your way to your accommodation. Once you've checked in and settled down, head out for a night on the town!

Why not start your Madrid adventure off on a sweet note by treating yourself to a serving of the city's most iconic dessert: hot chocolate and churros!

Day 11: Madrid

Start the day off with your private tour of Madrid. You'll visit the Royal Palace, the largest royal palace in Western Europe, then continue onto the Madrid Cathedral. Take a break (and do some people watching) at the Plaza Mayor square, then take the perfect photo in front of the old city gate. You can even get a taste of ancient Egypt at the Templo de Debot.

In the evening, head to the city's most vibrant square, Puerta de Sol. The streets will be alive with lights, street performers, and locals heading to their favorite tapas bars for a snack before starting the evening's festivities.

Madrid Private Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour private tour of Madrid, by luxury car with an English-speaking driver. As the capital of Spain, Madrid is a city of great cultural and political importance. By the end of this tour, you will have gained a complete vision of Madrid. Enjoy a panoramic view of the old part of the city. You will also approach the facade of the Royal Palace; the 18th century left its neo-classical mark on the splendid Royal Palace complex, the Sabatini Gardens and Campo del Moro, located in the city center. The church of San Francisco El Grande, the fountains of Paseo del Prado, the Toledo Bridge, and Puerta de Alcalá are also good examples of this splendid style.

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Day 12: Madrid

Pay a visit to Madrid's famous Museum Triangle today, a crossroads where three important art museums await exploration! Explore the Prado Museum, home to masterworks of Goya, Velazquez and El Greco; the 19th century Villahermosa Palace, now the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum; or fans of surrealism can visit the Reina Sofia Art Center, showcasing more than 300 modern works by Dali, Miro, and Picasso, among others.

Time willing, take a walk through the city's Malasaña district, home to local artists, eclectic boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife. For your last night, get one more fill of tapas; La Latina is a bustling neighborhood known for its overabundance of tapas bars and cocktail lounges!

Day 13: Depart Spain

In accordance with your departure flight, enjoy one final transfer to Madrid Airport (MAD).

Transfer to Barcelona airport (BCN)

Fly home!

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