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: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
13 days
From: $ 2,363 $ 182 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

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

Short Description

Spend 12 nights exploring five different cities of Spain! You'll stay in luxurious hotels, so you can unwind in comfort after a full day of exploring.

Visit vibrant neighborhoods, discover whimsical buildings, get a glimpse into Spain's Moorish past, and take a stroll through a picturesque park or two. You'll snack on tapas, see some flamenco, hear Spanish guitar played on the streets, and maybe partake in a siesta or two along the way.

Included with your vacation is a hop-on/hop-off bus tour in Barcelona, and private sightseeing tour in Madrid by luxury car- perfect for getting acquainted with these grand cities!

Style Self-guided 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*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Barcelona
End City Spain

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Barcelona!

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! 

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

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

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

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

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.

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).

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