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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.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.

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

Map of tour to Spain

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Madrid today.

Madrid 3 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 $99pp* 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 $79pp* Details

Discover Toledo, the cliff-top 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 Toledo Cathedral, a massive, Gothic structure that 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 Church of Santo Tomé and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa María la Blanca. Please note: This tour involves some moderate walking over uneven terrain. Depending on the day of the week, the sites visited are subject to change. If the Synagogue of Santa María 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)

Seville 2 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. Then, continue to Seville, stopping en route at an olive oil farm for a tasting.

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 $75pp* 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 Sol 2 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 - Ancient Village of Ronda $89pp* Details

Travel into the hills of Andalusia to visit the famous, historical town of Ronda. This stunning, cliffside town was founded in the 9th century BC, and is dotted with picturesque white buildings that look out over an awe-inspiring mountainous terrain. Take it all in when you stop at a lookout point to view the staggering Puente Nuevo. This 18th-century bridge is over 300 feet tall and spans a deep gorge, known as el Tajo. ​After your photo op, follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the town. Enter the Plaza de Toros, a culturally important bullring that was constructed in the late 1700s. Then, walk by the Mondragón Palace and visit the terraced Cuenca Gardens. Take free time to eat lunch before transferring back to Costa del Sol in the afternoon.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Granada 1 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

Valencia 2 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 sightseeing tour.

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

• Pass the City of Arts and Sciences, a symbol of Spain’s modernist architecture

• View Valencia Cathedral during a walk through the Old Town and stop for a tasting of the decadent beverage known as horchata

Barcelona 2 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 & La Pedrera $85pp* 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.)

Barcelona 2 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 $65pp* Details

On today’s excursion, visit Barcelona’s Picasso Museum. You’ll also venture to the Gothic Quarter, 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), opens its doors to you on this excursion.

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 $69pp* 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 Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, where you may have a chance to see La Moreneta, Catalonia’s miraculous and beloved statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat. Take some time to explore the monastery before descending the mountain by bus and driving back to Barcelona. Please note: Due to the ever-changing schedule of church activities, a viewing of the Black Virgin of Montserrat statue cannot be guaranteed.

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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible!

What a wonderful trip. So many incredible sites.

 

Hi Weldon! Thank you for writing a review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 08, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 12/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Highlights

The tour covered all the must see places and the guide was very helpful arranging additional locations for the free half days.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great last minute trip

Tour guide - Luis - did a great job as did the guides we had in different cities. The guides in Ronda, Gibralter and Granada were exceptional. Hotels were good - I liked the old hotel in Sevilla even with the hard beds! The food on the included dinners was not very good. It was as if they were trying to Americanize the food. The food I ate on my own - was generally very good. Were too rushed a few places: Toledo being one, but generally had plenty of time to explore on our own which I thoroughly enjoyed. Since this trip was really a last minute alternative for me (having two trips cancelled), I was not as prepared for this trip as I would normally have been. As a result, not as good a tour as the first two I have taken with GoAhead - already planing my next trips with GoAhead. The excursion to Morrocco was cancelled and I regret missing that but Ronda turned out to be a good trip. Carlos was a great bus driver.

 

Dear Terry, Welcome home! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us in Spain, and look forward to welcoming you onto your next Go Ahead tour! We regret to learn that the meals provided on this trip did not meet your expectations. We work hard to select restaurants and menu items that are reflective of the local cuisine, and that our travelers will enjoy. We maintain very precise records of how these components are rated by our travelers, and are keen to make changes where necessary to enhance the on-tour experience. We are a company that puts the safety and well-being of our travelers above all else. While our goal is to run as many trips as possible, there are cases in which we choose to cancel certain optional excursions in the interest of safety. If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact us in the office at 1(800) 597-0350. We will be sure to keep your comments in mind when evaluating this tour moving forward, and we thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 28, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Barcelona not to be missed!!

All of the cities were wonderful but we were lucky enough to be in Barcelona during a holiday and the fireworks display was incredible! The location of the hotel, right next to the converted bull ring, was so central to everything. And, of course, Gaudi's work was the highlight of my trip...the reason I wanted to see Spain!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved Spain

I loved, loved, loved my trip through Spain. Luis, our tour guide, was amazing! His wealth of knowledge was incredible. My friends have all asked what city I enjoyed the most and I can't pick one. I enjoyed each and every one. Luis always gave us brief tours of the landmarks so we could venture around each town on our own. I had chocolate and churros whenever I could and I don't think I missed drinking sangria in any city. The locals in each city were warm, friendly and inviting. The dinners were a little underwhelming, but the total experience was a ten! I highly recommend this tour. A huge thank you to Luis for making this an incredible experience. Donna

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour Director

The tour was a wonderful experience, "Go Ahead" chose the best cities, and towns to tour, and explore on our own. We learned so much about the history of Spain from our Tour Director, Leuis.He also had many interesting trivia facts to tell us.He was very organized,had a wonderful sense of humor. The local tour guides were very informative also. I liked the fact that we had more dinners with our tour group,by having more dinners with the group, we got to know each other better. I would highly recommend "The Grand Tour Of Spain"

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour of Spain - Oct. 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful time with Go Ahead Tours in Spain. We loved the variety that the various sections of Spain provide, such as in architecture, climate and agriculture, people and customs and types of crafts and souvenirs available. We loved having time to explore as well as be on guided tours. The use of "excursions" is a good way to give people some options. For instance, I could take a guided tour of the Gothic center of Barcelona, or I could explore on my own. We loved the special dinners and the unique settings of the dinners. The tour is well planned and makes you want to go back. The tour guide and bus drivers, etc, were all very friendly and helpful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Met all our expectations!

We had a wonderful Tour of Spain! This was our fourth Go Ahead Tour and each one has more than met our expectations!! Go Ahead is a very organized group. We never waited for transportation or stood in line! The people we traveled with were wonderful, and our tour director, Paz , worked hard to make sure we were all taken care of. Our memories are priceless and we are already looking at the next tour!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Don't Miss It!

If you can't decide on a place to visit, just go on the Grand Tour of Spain. Every day is a wonderful adventure and if you should be lucky enough to have Luis as your guide, you will know all about the great history of each and every place you will visit. I still have not been able to decide on a favorite place or event because every day was memorable. The food is amazing and the wine is special too. The tour is truly Grand!

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

TOUR DIRECTOR SHOULD BE KNOWLEDGEABLE WITH COUNTRY YOUR ARE TOURING

I was very disappointed with the energy and knowledge of Spain from our Tour Director during our trip. He was from Italy, had never lived in Spain and was not that knowledgeable about the country...a country my ancestors had come from. A country I had been waiting to learn about and visit my entire life. I was anticipating I would finally get to see the things/places I had only heard about from my now deceased Parents, Grandparents. Aunts & Uncles. We decided to take this tour for our 40th wedding anniversary. I found quite a few of my fellow tourists, many of whom had been on several tours all over the world in the past, say that this was their worst trip. Once we reached our hotels (most were outside the city limit) we were never given any direction or information on great restaurants, things to do, etc. close by.You were pretty much on your own. Most of the time things/places were not explained, would ride on the bus for hours traveling from one city to the next without a word from our Tour Director. Many beautiful sites were seen along the way and if asked he would not know anything about the location. Stopped at less than desirable gas stations on the side of the highway for lunch. After leaving Gibraltar we were told at the last minute to get out our own money to pay for public transportation after we had crossed over to Spain & it was pretty chaotic. We were supposed to take a Granada city tour which was at the last minute cancelled, no explanation why. I had heard it's a beautiful city and was looking forward to the tour but left without seeing it. The Tour Director can either make or break the experience of a tour. We had gone on a EF tour with students to Italy several years back and I still remember our Tour Director's name: Alessandra. She was wonderful and truly made for a beautiful and memorable trip!

 

Dear Alicia, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on tour with us. We very much appreciated the opportunity to speak with you about your tour as well. We are proud of our network of expert Tour Directors all over the world, and we regret that your Director did not meet your expectations. As you know, we have taken action with this person’s supervisor in reaction to the feedback we have received about his performance. We take our traveler feedback very seriously, and are constantly monitoring the ratings and comments given to each of our on-tour components to ensure that we maintain a very high level of quality. We thank you very much for being a part of our decision-making process, and we hope to travel with you again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 23, 2015

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