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Grand Tour of Spain

14 days
From the museums of Madrid to the sands of the Costa del Sol, Spain’s charismatic locals and cosmopolitan cities are always on. Barcelona and Madrid compete for the title of cultural capital, both boasting incredible art and architecture. Andalusia is a showcase of mosques, churches and Moorish castles. Sample it all on this grand tour, traversing the country from north to south and back again.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Madrid today.

Madrid3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Madrid

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Take some time to relax before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Get an insider’s view of Madrid with a local guide.

• Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace, Spain’s largest royal residence 

• Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt 

• View the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and the bustling Puerta del Sol

• Explore the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy and is home to the works of Goya, Velásquez and more

Enjoy a free evening in Madrid or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening $99*pp Details

On your way to dinner, walk through the illuminated streets of Madrid, taking in the local neighborhood ambiance in the evening light. After your walk, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and live music at one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Between traditional Castilian courses, you'll be entertained by tuna music, an artistic tradition with its roots in Spain's universities.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 4: Free day in Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Madrid or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Toledo $79*pp Details

Discover Toledo, the clifftop city often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City). Upon arrival, you'll have some free time to explore. Later in the afternoon, your guided tour begins at the city's massive Gothic cathedral, which houses 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Gaze upon the cathedral's sacristy, containing masterpieces by the likes of van Dyck, El Greco, Rubens and Titian. After exploring the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, you'll visit the Santo Tome Church and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa Maria la Blanca. Please note: This tour involves some moderate walking over uneven terrain. Also, depending on the day of the week, the sites visited are subject to change. If the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca is closed, you'll visit the Synagogue of El Tránsito instead.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Seville2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Seville via Córdoba

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Ride the high-speed train to the town of Córdoba and explore the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected cathedral, on a guided tour. Continue on to Seville, stopping at an olive oil farm on the way.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Seville

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of Seville.

• View the intricately tiled pavilion in Plaza de España 

• Discover the Gothic Seville Cathedral where Columbus is buried 

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride $75*pp Details

Savor a taste of old Seville tonight with a horse-drawn carriage ride and a flamenco show. Flamenco is a unique and colorful Andalusian art form, combining guitar playing, singing, clapping and dancing, and this excursion is sure to be one of the highlights of your Spanish journey. Please note: The carriage ride will run as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Costa del Sol2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Costa del Sol via Gibraltar

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to the beaches of Costa del Sol, pay a visit to Gibraltar, which is a British protectorate.

• Travel up the Rock of Gibraltar to St. Michael’s Cave and the Apes’ Den, home to 160 semi-wild apes

• On a clear day, take in panoramic views stretching all the way to Africa

Day 8: Free day in Costa del Sol

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a day on the beaches of Costa del Sol or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Morocco $159*pp Details

Venture on to a full-day excursion to Morocco. Board a ferry from the Spanish port town of Algericas and head south to Ceuta, a Spanish town on the Moroccan coast. Next, embark on a walking tour of Tetuan, where you will visit the Plaza Hassan II, the Palacio Real (outside), the Plaza del Pilar, the Barrio Judio (Jewish Quarter) and the Zoco, as well as the great wall and the medina. Take a break with an included Moroccan lunch. Afterward and by request, enjoy a visit to the local handmade souvenirs market and a regional pharmacy. Please note: This optional runs as weather permits. As your trip will take you across an international border, your passport information is required when you reserve this excursion.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $169)

Granada1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Granada

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel farther into Andalusia for a guided tour of Granada

• Explore the Alhambra, the Moorish sultans’ last stronghold in Spain

• Admire the blend of Western art and Islamic design

• Stroll through ornamented courtyards

Valencia2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Valencia via Guadix

Included meals: Breakfast

On the way to Valencia, stop in the cave district of Guadix, where nearly half of the residents live underground.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Valencia

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover Valencia on a guided tour.

• Visit Valencia’s Cathedral and view the City of Arts and Sciences, a symbol of Spain’s modernist architecture

• Enter the Fallas Museum to see traditional papier-maché floats made in honor of St. Joseph’s Day

Barcelona2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Travel to Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Pass through Peñíscola, a seaside fortress, on your way to Barcelona.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Follow a local on a guided tour of the Catalonian capital.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “house of bones”

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya and view the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera $85*pp Details

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not staying in Barcelona on the tour extension, board your flight home.

Add Barcelona $299 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

From the twisting Gothic quarter to the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí and the visionary beauty of Eixample, Barcelona's architectural eye candy has no equal. And its music, theater, art, gastronomy and fashion set the pace for European style. (Plus, its nightlife will have you dancing until dawn.)

Barcelona2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Free day in Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Picasso & Gothic Barcelona $65*pp Details

On today’s excursion, visit Barcelona's Picasso Museum. You’ll also venture to the Barri Gòtic, home to the city's massive cathedral. Commonly referred to as La Seu, the Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia (named after the city’s patron saint), the cathedral opens its doors to you on a guided tour.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 15: Free day in Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Montserrat $69*pp Details

Journey to the ninth-century monastery of Montserrat, which inspired the composer Richard Wagner as he wrote Parsifal. Ride a high-flying cable car up the mountain and enjoy magnificent views of the Llobregat River Valley and – if skies are clear – the Pyrenees. A local guide leads the way to the secluded monastery, where you will see the iconic Black Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s beloved and miraculous Madonna statue. Take some time to explore the monastery before driving back to Barcelona.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Costa del Sol, Spain
  • Granada, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Spain and Gibraltar (a British colony), as well as Morocco on the optional excursion, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Spanish consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Spain. During the summer, travelers should take extra care for sun exposure, particularly in Southern Spain. It’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Madrid and depart from Barcelona. Included transportation on this tour is by high-speed train (from Madrid to Córdoba) and private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Madrid’s main center is compact and walkable, but you’ll want to take advantage of the fast and efficient metro system for most attractions. Buses and taxis (which are inexpensive compared to most European cities) are also readily available and well-regulated.

The city centers in Seville, Córdoba, Granada and Valencia are all easy to explore on foot. Take local buses and taxis to reach outlying areas.

For the novice traveler, navigating Barcelona can be a little daunting, due to the spread-out and ever-expanding design. However, most of the main attractions and tourist hangouts are near the area known as Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Use Las Ramblas as a base—it runs all the way down to the Columbus Monument and the harbor. For access to the other attractions and the charming neighborhoods of Barcelona, use the excellent metro system.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. In Spain, breakfast is very light, usually consisting of only rolls and coffee. Lunch is traditionally a three-course meal, which can take much of the afternoon to consume. The traditional dish is known as paella and is made from chicken, meat, vegetables, seafood and saffron rice. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Tapas, a series of small samples of various appetizers, is an evening staple at Spanish bars and cafes.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Spain, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the Cirrus and Plus networks, but make sure to check with your bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Please note: With the conversion to the euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside of Europe’s major cities, and they often attract higher fees.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Experience

This was our first guided tour with any company and we were extremely pleased. Leading up to the tour, the staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Our tour guide was not only top notch, Laura was also a wonderful person who cared about each of us and our varying needs. We would never have been able to arrange to do all that we did on our own and have it fit in 14 days. With a lot of research, it still might have taken a month to see all that we did on our own. Local tour guides were great as was the chance to do many things on our own. We are already recommending Go Ahead to others. Thanks again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Grand Tour of Spain

Other than the 2 significant travel days the tour was terrific. Our director Laura was excellent and the local guides very good. More time in Barcelona would have been appreciated. Hotels and meals were better tun we anticipated. Will definitely use Go Ahead in the future.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

"Best Tour Director"

What a wonderful place to visit and beautiful cities and sites to see. Fernando made it all so interesting with his enthusiasm, knowledge of the regions and professionalism. He went above and beyond his duties as Tour Director and actually became our new friend.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/6/2008

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Did a lot, saw a lot!

My daughter and I traveled through Spain with Go Ahead Tours a few years ago and had a wonderful time! Fernando was our tour guide and with his flair for humor and knowledge of country, we felt that we really got to see a great picture of life in Spain. If you get the opportunity, take the tour and enjoy sitting back and having all the details taken care of for you. Go Ahead does a great job planning and organizing for its travelers.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Journey

We thoroughly enjoyed our Grand Tour of Spain. The sights and tours we took in the many cities we visited were exceptional including stops we made in cities en-route such as Cordoba, Gibraltar, Gaudix, and Tarragona. The optional tours to Toledo and Morocco were extremely interesting. The hotels were all "4-star" or better and the meals were all delicious. Fernando, our tour director was excellent and made the overall tour package a truly worthwhile experience and a great value. We are looking forward to our next Go Ahead Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Gift for 50th Anniversary

The Grand Tour of Spain was one of the best vacations we've ever had. It was a gift from my twin brother and his wife. We loved seeing the many sides of Spain by visiting so many cities. The food was delicious. Our tour guide, Fernando, really made the tour spectacular. We visited Morocco which was definitely an added attraction. We are looking forward to our next GoAhead Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour director,Best tour

Fernando ,our tour director,was fabulous! He was more than competent,charming, and very knowledgebale. He went out of his way to see that everyone was enjoying themselves. I can't say enough good things about him. We would certainly consider another tour,to different locations with him. All the other guides, at certain locations were very knowledgeable and would answer all our questions,happily. Tony, our bus driver, was a gentleman. I can't say enough about Go Ahead Tours, and will certainly use them again. A fabulous value and tour. Ray and Kate.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 15

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ten Packed Enjoyable Days

If you ever wanted to get a full taste of Spain then this is the tour you want to pick. From Sunny Madrid, to the grave of Christopher Columbus in Seville. We saw monkeys/apes roaming the landscape at St. Michael's Cave in Gibraltar. But the highlight of the trip had to be Morocco. So different from anything we've visited before. Walking through the Medina marketplace. Watching as Jamie was dressed in typical farmers attire, so colorful it was outstanding. This was a great tour.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful trip

The sites were awesome...couldn't stop saying "WOW!!" Wonderful tour director, Fernando.

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2 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Not what I expected

Overall I did not have fun on this tour, I spent most of the time trying to plan activities away from the group. I wished there would have been people on the tour around my age or at least tolerable. Honestly, I could have stayed in the states and gone to a retirement community for two weeks and had a similar experience. Next time I will not travel abroad with a group that I don't know. Not to mention, the friend I brought along was miserable and sick the entire time adding to my misery. I may have salvaged a couple of nights that were decent but definetly not what I expected. Maybe I should have done some more research about group tours.

 

Julia, We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time spent in Spain. At Go Ahead, we believe that age is only a number and that a traveler is someone that is interested and engaged in the world around them, regardless of age. Very often we hear of lifelong friendships and even romances started on our tours, so it is certainly unfortunate that you found your tour companions less than tolerable. We recognize that every traveler has a unique perspective and we feel it is very unfortunate that your travel experience was not what you were looking for. If you do chose to take advantage of the benefits of group travel in the future, we hope that you will consider Go Ahead again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 18, 2014

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