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Spanish Splendors tour

Spanish Splendors

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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
11 days
From: $ 2,489 $ 226 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Come face-to-face with some of the most amazing architecture in the world. See the famous masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí and many others.
  • Indulge in authentic Spanish cuisine! Be sure to try tapas, Gazpacho, Paella, and more traditional favorites.
  • Thrill-seekers can walk across Malaga's Caminito del Rey, the world's most dangerous footpath.
  • Experience the differences in local culture as you travel to 5 diverse cities.
  • See a traditional Flamenco show or bullfight!

Short Description

Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey to stunning Spain. Experience its vibrant culture, mouthwatering cuisine, extraordinary architecture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Enjoy scenic train rides and guided tours through five of Spain's most iconic cities. Pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.

Trip Type N/A
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 Malaga

Trip Includes

Round-trip economy class airfare into Barcelona (BCN), out of Malaga (AGP)

Private round-trip airport transfers

Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:

2 nights in Barcelona at Hotel Tryp Apolo

2 nights in Valencia at Hotel Silken Puerta Valencia

2 nights in Madrid at Hotel Tryp Atocha

2 nights in Seville at Hotel Melia Lebreros

2 nights in Malaga at Hotel Silken Puerta Malaga

Barcelona Highlights Sightseeing & Walking Tour (half-day)

Valencia City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24-hour pass)

Madrid Sightseeing Tour with Royal Palace (half-day)

Seville Sightseeing Tour with River Cruise

Malaga City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24-hour pass)

Train from Barcelona to Valencia (standard class)

High-speed train from Valencia to Madrid (standard class)

High-speed train from Madrid to Seville (standard class)

Train from Seville to Malaga (standard class)

Daily breakfast

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Barcelona!

Accommodation: Hotel Tryp Apolo

Arrive in the bright, bustling city of Barcelona! Enjoy a private transfer from the airport to your first luxurious hotel, then explore the city at your leisure. You might want to stroll through colorful Park Guell or the charming Gothic Quarter.

On your first night, treat yourself to a delicious meal of authentic paella!

Transfer to Barcelona hotel

Day 2: Barcelona

Enjoy breakfast, grab your camera, and get ready for your included half-day guided tour of Barcelona! Come face-to-face with the city's most iconic sights, such as Via Layetana, the Cathedral, Plaza Sant Jaume, the Olympic Village, and much more. Take in the stunning views from Montjuic and the port, from the highest mirador (gazebo) in the city.

After the tour, spend the afternoon making sure you've seen everything in Barcelona that you'd hoped to. Be sure to check out all of Antoni Gaudi's architectural masterpieces, such as La Rambla, Sagrada Familia, and Casa Mila.

Barcelona Classic City Highlights

See the very best of Barcelona on this half-day guided tour that takes you to such landmark sites as Via Layetana, the Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter and Plaza Sant Jaume, as well through the Port and Olympic Village, and Barcelona’s most famous beach – La Barceloneta.

From there you’ll visit Montjuic for its amazing and commanding views of the city and the port from the highest mirador (or gazebo) in the city. You will tour the Olympic Stadium and Sant Jordi Palace, and will experience Barcelona’s Spanish Village, with 117 buildings typical of all regions of Spain, including restaurants, shops and craft workshops.

Day 3: Barcelona - Valencia

Accommodation: Silken Puerta Valencia

Enjoy a scenic train ride to Valencia today! Upon arrival, settle into your hotel, then spend the afternoon leisurely getting to know the city. Stroll through the streets of this artistic city and gawk at its amazing architecture. Consider stopping into the Mercado Central and grabbing a bite to eat!

Train to Valencia!

Day 4: Valencia

Today, use your hop-on/hop-off bus pass and see every nook and cranny of the city. Be sure to "hop off" whenever something sparks your interest!

Be on the lookout for Plaza de la Virgen, the Church of San Nicolas, the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, and the Valencia Cathedral. Take some time to stroll through the historic, charming streets of Casco Antiguo!

Valencia City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24-hour pass)

Discover Valencia on our Valencia Tourist Bus with its two routes:

  • the historical route, where you can learn about the city’s development from its foundation up to the present day
  • the maritime route, which will take you to the Juan Carlos I Royal Marina, the City of Arts and Sciences and the beaches.

You can get on and off the bus and change route as many times as you'd like!

Day 5: Valencia - Madrid

Accommodation: TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel

Take a ride on Spain's high-speed rail from Valencia to Madrid. As the train slows and pulls into Madrid, look around at all the colorful culture and intricate architecture!

Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure. Stroll through the extraordinary Buen Retiro Park, then head to Plaza Mayor and treat yourself to dinner at a quaint cafe in the area.

Train to Madrid!

Day 6: Madrid

Enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet, then embark on your included city tour that will take you to the most popular sights in Madrid. Experience the elegant Plaza de Oriente, the Plaza de Espana, the Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcala, the Bullring, and much more!

After this panoramic overview of the city's highlights, enjoy a guided tour of the majestic Royal Palace. Spend your last night in Madrid sampling some tasty tapas!

Madrid City Tour & Royal Palace - Half Day Tour

This comprehensive city tour will showcase some of the city's most popular and interesting sites! Stops include Plaza de Oriente, Plaza de Espana, Mayor Street, Plaza de la Villa and Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Neptuno, Atocha, Puerta de Alcala y Calle Alcala, the memorial Retiro Park, the Bullring, Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium and Plaza Colon, where you’ll see grand avenues that lead to the four towers that have given a new look to Madrid’s skyline.

After your panoramic visit of the city of Madrid, you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the majestic Royal Palace, a beautiful exponent of the 18th century, and one of the best preserved palaces in all of Europe.

Day 7: Madrid - Seville

Accommodation: Hotel Melia Lebreros

Hop aboard the train to stunning Seville. After you settle into your comfortable hotel, get exploring! Take a walk through the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, then relax in Plaza de Espana.

Seville is known for being a culinary haven, so be sure to try its renowned dishes such as Gazpacho, jamón Iberico de Bellota, and pavías de pescado

Train to Seville!

Day 8: Seville

Wake up, recharge during breakfast, then enjoy a tour of the most iconic monuments of Seville. See the University, the Old Tobacco Factory, the setting of Bizet's opera Carmen, and more! Conclude your tour with a pleasant river cruise, a truly unique way to experience this beautiful city.

Seville City Tour & River Cruise

Enjoy a guided tour of the most emblematic monuments of Seville: the University, the Old Tobacco Factory, and the setting of Bizet’s opera Carmen. You will then see the Plaza de España, the centerpiece of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition, followed by the famous building known as the Queen’s Sewing Box, “El Costurero de la Reina,” San Telmo Palace and the Triana neighborhood.

Then discover Santa Cruz, the famous Jewish quarter: a labyrinth of narrow streets, which lead to the gorgeous Plaza de los Venerables.

Finally your tour concludes with a lovely river cruise, offering a completely different vantage point from which to observe this beautiful city. On board we can see first-hand the untouched sides of the Golden Tower, the famous Calle Betis, the Bullring and Triana Bridge - the oldest in the city, designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel.

Day 9: Seville - Malaga

Accommodation: Hotel Silken Puerta de Malaga

Enjoy your last Spanish train ride to magnificent Malaga. After settling into your accommodation, take a relaxing stroll along the gorgeous Puerto de Malaga. Walk around, unwind with a drink, and treat yourself to a delicious, authentic meal at one of the area's many restaurants.

Train to Malaga!

Day 10: Malaga

Spend your last full day in Spain experiencing the beauty of Malaga. Take advantage of your hop-on/hop-off bus pass and see this seaside city front to back! Feel free to "hop off" whenever a sight strikes you. Be sure to spend time in Alcazaba, Malaga Park, Plaza de la Constitucion, and Malaga Cathedral.

Experience true Spanish culture at the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, then end your day with an unforgettable view of Malaga from Castillo de Gibralfaro.

Malaga City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (24 Hours)

Discover the highligts of Malaga while aboard an open-top double-decker bus! Explore the birthplace of Picasso and discover a city rich in history and culture, as you make your way through Malaga's picturesque streets pretty streets, leafy boulevards and lush gardens.

Find out why the City's Cathedral is called 'La Manquita' - the one armed lady! Hear all about the old palace fortress and its 2 rings of walls - and of course you can't miss the Picasso Museum!

With your 24-hour ticket you can hop on and off at your leisure at stops conveniently located along the route. Hop off at The Teatro Romano, which is the result of excavation work and re-construction work of an ancient structure. The amphitheater itself has not been used since the 3rd century, and the Moors used some of the stones to build their fortification, the Alcazaba.

Wander around the Museo Picasso and learn of the great artist’s life, punctuated by his notes and sketches, right through to his great paintings and ceramics. Hop off at the Plaza de Toros, Malaga’s bull ring, or travel south to Malaga Beach which was artificially made in the late 1800s using sand from the Sahara Desert.

Hop off and take a look round Mercado de las Flores, a popular flower market in the city, or wile away the hours in La Concepcion - Jardin Botanico-Historico, a delightful 19th century garden full of exotic flowers and ancient Roman statues.

Day 11: Depart Spain

Squeeze all of your souvenirs into your luggage and meet your private transfer to the airport. Spend your flight scrolling through pictures and dreaming about your next adventure. Until next time, Spain.

Transfer to Barcelona airport (BCN)

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