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Barcelona, Madrid & Seville

10 days
Within the borders of one country, uncover three distinct destinations. Barcelona, Madrid and Seville display intriguing distinctions, from Andalusian architecture to Catalan castells. Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and Modernist landmarks, wander past Madrid’s imperial palaces and cap of your trip in Seville, where Moorish architecture shines.

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Handpicked hotels

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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and dirt paths, with some hills.

Summer dates we love: June 16 & 30, July 28

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Madrid on a special winter departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed train transfer

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Spain

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

  Included meals: Dinner

Make yourself at home in the capital of Catalonia before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

• 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 take in the panoramic views at Mirador de l’Alcalde park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya, one of the city’s most important squares, and stroll past the soaring Columbus Monument, dedicated to the legendary explorer

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

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 4: Free day in Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Barcelona or add excursions.

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)

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Dinner Show $115pp* Details

The clapping, the singing, the stamping—experience the dramatic art of flamenco dancing, one of Spain’s most celebrated traditions. Expressive and colorful, this Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). Dinner will be served before the performance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Madrid 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey by high-speed train to Madrid, and arrive in time for an included dinner.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get acquainted with Spain’s cosmopolitan capital city with the help of 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 $109pp* 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: $119)

Day 7: Free day in Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Toledo $89pp* 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: $99)

Seville 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Seville via Córdoba

  Included meals: Breakfast

Ride a high-speed train to the town of Córdoba and explore the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected cathedral, on a guided tour. Then, stop at an olive oil farm for a tasting before continuing on to Seville.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Uncover the beauty of Seville, the historic Andalusian capital, on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• Enter the Alcázar Palace, once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella 

• Get a glimpse into Seville’s rich history, including the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España and in the Gothic Seville Cathedral where Columbus is buried

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Please note: depending on your home airport, you may have to spend the night in the US and arrive home on day 11.)

Add Costa del Sol $259 pp

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

Soak up the sunshine on the Costa del Sol, a stretch of fashionable towns and beaches hugging the Mediterranean. The soul of the Costa del Sol is yours to discover in out-of-the-way tapas bars, tiny fishing villages and glamorous see-and-be-seen beaches. Relax and enjoy two additional days in Spain and let your cares drift away on the sea breeze.

Costa del Sol 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Costa del Sol

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head south to Costa del Sol, where the day is free to explore or lounge on the beach.

Day 11: Free day in Costa del Sol

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Costa del Sol on your own 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)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Málaga airport for your flight home.

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  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Spain, 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. and Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Spanish consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Spain. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements. As mentioned, this tour does include a significant amount of walking. Travelers should be in reasonable health and should be accustomed to short hikes and walking on uneven terrain.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Barcelona and depart from Seville (or Málaga on extension). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and by train where noted. The city centers in Seville and Córdoba are easy to explore on foot. Take local buses and taxis to reach outlying areas.  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. 

Navigating Barcelona can be a little daunting, due to the city’s 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. For access to the other attractions, use the excellent metro system. You can buy tickets in singles or, for a better deal, in a package, from most tobacconists, newstands and metro vending machines.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended, especially for the walks. 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.

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.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available at your destination, 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 international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home 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.

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: 12/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ideal time to visit Spain

Very enjoyable tour with a pleasant group of interesting people. Juergen, the tour director, and Freddie, the local guide in Madrid, were outstanding. We choose the tour partly to enjoy the free time days after the group orientation days. The only disappointments were the cancellation of the Park Guelle excursion in Barcelona and too short a time in Seville. December has the ideal temperature and the Christmas lights, markets and decorated churches were spectacular.

 

Hi Jennifer! We’re so happy you enjoyed Spain! We agree that December is a great time to visit. It’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed your group, local guides, and Tour director. Regarding optional excursions, it is our goal to have as many of these run on tour as possible. Unfortunately, due to low enrollment or challenges with the excursion itself, there are cases in which they must be cancelled. In this scenario, our Tour Directors are able to provide alternative suggestions and additional support to anyone hoping to explore or plan activities. We thank you for your suggestion to spend more time in Seville, and we will consider that as we evaluate this itinerary in the future. Thank you for your valuable feedback, and we hope to see you on another Go Ahead tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A trip to remember!

What a pleasant surprise! I chose this tour as another one I wanted to do didn't work out with my schedule. Spain wasn't on my list as somewhere I wanted to visit, but after this tour it really has become one of my favorite places! A large part of that was due to the group and tour director we had. Jurgen was the best tour guide - he was considerate, patient, knowledgeable, and very funny. All of our local guides were excellent, but especially Fred in Madrid (theatrical, funny, and a delight to learn from) and Charlie in Toledo (funny, knowledgeable, and called us family). Speaking of Toledo, that is a must-see added excursion. What a beautiful city, and wish we had more time to explore it. All of the excursions were very good on this tour, and the trip was well balanced with events and down-time. I attended the Montserrat and Toledo excursions. The Park Guell was canceled. The olive oil tasting was an unexpected surprise by many in our group, and we actually learned some neat points about the process and selection. The accommodations were excellent, with the small inconvenience in the first hotel in Barcelona that many of the rooms were very warm. Opening a window to let in fresh air served to fix the issue. Traveling high speed train was very comfortable and much better than a motorcoach! I would travel Europe by high speed rail any day. Barcelona and Madrid are both decent sized cities, with Madrid reminding me of New York City. However, all cities we visited are very walkable, and the metro is safe in Barcelona and Madrid. I would have liked to spend more time in Seville. I traveled solo, but ended up with many new friends and great memories. We are even planning a future trip together!

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Hi Leslie! Welcome home, and thank you for taking the time to tell us about your great experience in Spain. We love to hear that you were pleasantly surprised! From fiestas to Flamenco to tapas, it’s no wonder Spain is one of our top destinations. Of course, having a lovely group and expert Tour Director certainly do make a difference, too! We agree that more time in Seville is a good idea, and we are always sure to encourage our travelers to book a pre or post-stay whenever possible to maximize their time in these incredible locations. Thanks for the suggestion. We’re very glad to learn that you found the hotels to be excellent. The heating/cooling standards in Europe are indeed different than those in North America, but as you said, popping a window open usually does the trick. It’s great to hear that you made many new friends on tour. We look forward to traveling with you again in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 05, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 12/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Busy!Busy!Busy!

This was a great tour with lots of beautiful sites to see and fun things to do. If you're looking for rest and relaxation, this is not the tour for you. But if you're looking for fun and being on the go, by all means....book this tour. Spain is a beautiful country with rich history and good wine. I really enjoyed my trip. The tour guide can make or break a trip, and I have to say our tour guide, Jurgen aka German Paul Newman (lol), was awesome! He was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely like to go back to Spain one day.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Trip!

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. So much was packed into our trip that it seemed like it was over in a flash! Actually, I probably would have liked more free time built into the trip so I could just catch my breath, but I (wisely) opted to take advantage of every optional excursion because I didn't want to miss a thing. Our tour guide, Rafael, took excellent care of us and made sure we all got to where we needed to go on time. The sights of Spain will stay with me forever and I would love to return there one day. The food was exceptional, too! Our hotel accommodations were terrific and they all had wonderful breakfast buffets. The only downside to the trip was our excursion into Morocco. The trip to the medina was fascinating and like nothing else I've ever experienced before. There were many places in the medina many of us would have liked to have shopped (caftans, jewelry), but instead our local guide (NOT Rafael!) rushed us to the rug vendor where some very high-pressure sales tactics were used on our group. If you do go to Tetouan, beware of the high pressure sales pitches and you'll be fine.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Loved Spain

Great trip. Spain was beautiful and the people very friendly. Would love to go back. Our tour director, Rafael was fabulous. Very informative and made our trip lots of fun. Would highly recommend this tour.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Highlights & areas for improvement

Our Tour Director (Fernando) was outstanding. He was knowledgeable, patient, and caring, He helped with all our needs. He kept us together, and kept us safe. Two Tour Guides stood out above the rest. The male Guide that took us through the Prado, and the Guide (Nuri) that took us through Morocco. They were exceptional. The bullet train rides were exciting. The bus rides were comfortable and scenic. Overall a great tour!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spain by Train

When looking for a trip to Spain, what first caught my attention was that travel between cities would be by high-speed trains, and this turned out to be a real plus. The train rides were incredibly smooth and allowed us to see the countryside. The local tour guides in the cities were outstanding in their knowledge and presentations.Our tour guide, Fernando, was the best: conscientious, helpful and friendly. I give him an A+ rating. I highly recommend the optional excursion to the beautiful city of Toledo. It was fabulous all around. Our hotels were very comfortable and excellently located. All around, I highly recommend this trip.

1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Never Again!!!!

For this to be my first tour since college, I was so excited and expecting the world! Well I got less then an island! The amount of money paid for this tour, the meals and the accommodations were a MAJOR disappointment. The hotel accommodations came with ants and roaches, one of the hotels (Seville) reminded me of a Motel 6 (equivalent to a truck stop in the States) which included the ants. We were on the outskirts of the city and someone was robbed at 4 in the morning in front of the hotel, really Go Ahead tours, it was a DUMP!!! The hotel in Costa de Sol was nice, but the bar and the pool area was infested with roaches. As I said, NEVER AGAIN!!! However, the selected hotel for Madrid was extremely nice but what happen to the other locations and accommodations? Never Again, completely disappointed and would not recommend this agency to anyone I know!

 

Dear Tashia, Thank you for taking the time to speak with us about your concerns. We regret to learn that there were aspects of this tour that did not meet your expectations. The hotels that your group used typically receive great ratings and reviews. We are constantly monitoring these properties’ performance, and will continue to do so to ensure that this tour maintains a high standard of quality. Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and for sharing your experience.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2015

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

REAL

The hotels was nice and clean with AC in them all but the channels that they had didn't really had english other than news even when they said that the channels all work when they don't. There was way too much church trips and it good and enjoyable if it was only a few but they was just too many and not a lot of other places that one would expect to see or want to see. But the tour guide was great help giving maps and places that you can visit that are not churches.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

We were able to see so much, but yet had time to explore on our own. Baigio, our tour director, was so knowlegable about everything and made the trip fun. So well organized too. The city tour guides were outstanding and knew their subject so well. Weather was perfect and the people helpful and pleasant. I think my favorite was the excursion to Toledo.

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