Seville, Madrid & Barcelona

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About This Experience

Within the borders of one country, discover three destinations. Seville, Barcelona and Madrid display intriguing distinctions, from Andalusian architecture to Catalonian castells. These cities even sound different due to regional dialects and languages. Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and Modernist landmarks; wander Madrid’s imperial parks and palaces; marvel at the mosques and castles in Seville. See how varied and wonderful Spain can be.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed AVE train transfer

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
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  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Fly through the night and wake up in España

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Barcelona aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Barcelona3 nights - hotel info

Day2

First stop—Barcelona, cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of your day is free to begin exploring Barcelona. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s included welcome dinner.

Day3

Go from Gothic to Gaudi in Barri Gótic and Parc Güell

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera

Breakfast

La Sagrada Familia

A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), Gaudí’s famous landmark. Study the church’s mellifluous lines and multicolored Mediterranean-style mosaics, noting that its construction is not complete but continues sporadically today as funds allow. As you travel around the city, take in panoramic views of the Columbus Monument, the 14th-century Gothic Quarter and Montjuïc, where the 1992 Summer Olympic Games took place. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to another Gaudí creation, Park Güell, a garden village nestled in the city.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Park Güell & Pedrera $79* pp

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.

Day4

Ramble on La Rambla or make a pilgrimage to Montserrat

Optional Excursion - Montserrat

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Dinner Show

Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Barcelona on your own. Consider browsing the colorful stalls at La Boqueria, sampling tapas in the bars along Las Ramblas or visiting the city’s remarkable Picasso Museum. Alternatively, you might join today’s optional excursion to Montserrat or this evening’s optional excursion, a Flamenco Dinner Show.

Optional Excursions

Montserrat $65* pp

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Flamenco Dinner Show $109* pp

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.

Madrid3 nights - hotel info

Day5

Next stop—Madrid, lively political and cultural capital of Spain

Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Madrid by high-speed train today. You’ll arrive in time to enjoy an included dinner.

Day6

Feast your eyes on the royal riches at the Prado and the Palacio Real

Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening

Breakfast

Prado

A professional local guide leads today’s tour of Madrid, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Your tour ends with entrance into the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. The Prado is home to masterpieces such as Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” and Goya’s “La maja desnuda.” This evening, you may wish to join our optional excursion, a Traditional Spanish Evening, where you can indulge in authentic Castilian cuisine.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Spanish Evening $99* pp

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.

Day7

Wander through Toledo’s gothic cathedral and cobblestone streets

Optional Excursion - Toledo

Breakfast

Spend your free day visiting more of Madrid’s museums, exploring its churches and parks or sipping a cerveza at a sunny cafe in the Plaza Mayor. Or, you may join an optional excursion to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where a guided sightseeing tour brings you to the city’s Gothic cathedral, the home of an exceptional collection of religious and secular treasures.

Optional Excursions

Toledo $79* pp

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.

Seville2 nights - hotel info

Day8

Relive the glory days in the Moorish capital of Córdoba

Breakfast

Mezquita

In the morning, take a high-speed train to Córdoba, where you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of its majestic Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the seat of the caliphs, the Mezquita was built in the eighth century as a mosque and then converted into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236. At one time, the city of Córdoba was home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths and 70 libraries, and your guided tour will show you the legacy of this city’s traditions. In the afternoon, you’ll transfer to Seville.

Day9

Last stop—Seville, captivating capital of Andalusia

Breakfast, Dinner

Seville cathedral, Alcazar

This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of beautiful Seville. Behold the intricately tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España before entering the opulent Alcázar, once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Also, you’ll visit Seville Cathedral, an impressive Gothic cathedral and the burial place of Columbus. Later, enjoy free time to explore on your own before meeting up with your fellow travelers for an included farewell dinner.

Day10

Order one last round of sangria before heading home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not joining our extension to the Costa del Sol, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Costa del Sol City Stay $259*

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 Sol2 nights - hotel info

Day10

Feast on pescaito frito and catch some rays on the Costa del Sol

Breakfast

Board a bus for your transfer to the beaches of the Costa del Sol. The rest of the day is free to explore, shop or just lounge on the beach.

Day11

Cross the straits to investigate the mystery of Morocco

Optional Excursion - Morocco

Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure, or join our full-day optional excursion to the colorful country of Morocco. Board a ferry from the Spanish port town of Algeciras and head south to Ceuta, a Spanish town on the Moroccan coast, where a local guide will provide you with a panoramic tour of the city. Next, embark on a walking tour of Tetouan, where you will visit the Plaza Hassan II, the Plaza del Pilar, the Jewish Quarter and the Zoco, as well as the great wall and the Medina, which is the UNESCO-recognized old town district. This excursion includes lunch.

Optional Excursions

Morocco $159* pp

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, where a local guide will provide you with panoramic tour of the city. 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.

Day12

Say adios to the many sides of Spain

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to Málaga, where you’ll board your flight.

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.

A delightful December in Spain

This was a truly wonderful tour. The tour director Sam was a delight and offered many extra walks and insights into the country. We had been to a lot of cities and countries in Europe during the last few years, but this was our first trip to Spain. I was expecting it to be nice, but it was wonderful. The local guides were the best we have ever had with Go Ahead or any other tour we have taken. Frederico who lead us through the Prado was very well versed, very funny and a truly nice person. After we got home we were re-living our tour by watching some old Samantha Brown shows of Seville, Madrid and Barcelona. In one we were delighted to notice that Samanta's guide and dinner companion in one of the shows was none other than OUR FREDERICO!! We really enjoyed using the high speed train, the AVE, between Cordoba and Madrid and Madrid and Barcelona. We wish the high speed trains could be used on more of the Go Ahead tours. We used the Eurostar on your London/Paris city stay. It would have been nice to have had it available on the Budapest, Vienna, Prague one we took in September. We would have no hesitation in recommending this tour to anyone. In fact we have already decided to go back to Madrid and Barcelona on our own in the next year or two, We think what we learned from Go Ahead is all we will need to navigate these two cities on our own. One final positive surprise was our decision to go in early December. We did it partially because it was on sale and had a slightly small group. What we hadn't thought of was how the cities would be decorated for Christmas. On the group size, with 19 people in the group, we learned everyone's names and made many new friends whom we have already contacted by e-mail and shared pictures. Our pictures are of our group, us by a giant Christmas tree in Madrid, and our local guide, Frederico.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/7/2012

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spain was the Best!

I would do this trip/tour ten times over again and again. I recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys culture, tradition, and overwhelming works of art. There was never a dull moment day to day. The tour guide was very knowledgable and helpful. Each guide throughout the trip were exceptional and good teachers. I plan to travel with Go Ahead in the very near future. The hotels, travels, meals, entertainment, and excursions were very well planned and at a very good taste level. The weather was nice and easy to dress. Go!


5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/7/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip

Loved Spain.... Fran our tour director was wonderful.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 12/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Spain at its best!

This was my third tour with Go Ahead and they always come through with an excellent trip. They take care of all the arrangements so that you can enjoy all the sites stress-free. They plan an itinerary that provides just the right amount of structure as well as free time. There were also several optional tours for those who wanted them. The hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville were all modern with nice sized rooms, friendly English speaking staff, and buffet breakfasts. The Barcelona hotel even had a fresh omelette station which added a nice touch. Every hotel was centrally located and within very easy walking distance of many interesting sites as well as public transportation. The local guides in each city provided an enlightening orientation and were a pleasure. Each was well informed and passionate about their city. Using the "whisperers" allowed everyone to easily hear the interesting commentary. There was a group dinner in each of the three cities which I enjoyed. Gave everyone a chance to taste the local foods as we also learned about each other. Traveling on the high speed trains between cities was very enjoyable and sure beats flying. Besides being fast, the trains are punctual, comfortable and quiet. You even have the option of walking around if you get tired of sitting or going to the cafe car for a snack. The enjoyment of a tour can be enhanced by a good tour director and ours, Fran, was a gem. He was a very funny, pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful fellow who took extremely good care of us. He not only pointed us to sights of interest everywhere but he made it a priority to try and help us experience the country as the locals do. Fran even went out of his way to purchase soccer tickets in Madrid for my daughter and me since we were having trouble getting them. That soccer game was a highlight for my daughter. It was a wonderful trip to a wonderful country.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wow! Could it get any Worse

Trip was good once it got started. Arrived in Barcelona and waited 7 hours in Hotel Lobby before we could check in. I feel arrival time should have been monitored more closely. Leaving Seville was also a problem. I waited 45 minutes in line trying to get my boarding pass. The problem was they were unable to give my all 3 boarding passes needed. I needed to board in Seville, then Chicago to Los Angeles. They were unable to give me the boarding pass for Chicago to Los Angeles. They said I need to get it in Chicago. Once in Chicago they had no idea what I was taking about. After 15 minutes I got it. Over all the trip was good becasue I met some cool people.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 10/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Fantastic Value!

This was our first trip to Spain. I just can't believe how exceptional the hotels were; they said 4 stars and they really were and in the best location! Our Tour Director, Sam was terrific and having local guides he knew at each city really added a nice authentic touch. Sam must have gone crazy giving us individual time for suggestions for restaurants and other activities, but he never showed it and always had a smile. We took the additional 2 days at Costa del Sol and would highly recommend it - just beautiful and a whole different feel. Future travelers should be aware that there is a fare amount of walking on this trip - but this how you see the sites. The best thing about Goahead Tours is that you leave everything to them and the tour director - no worries!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Love Spain!

It was a great trip! my friends and I all loved it and our tour guide Africa went above and beyond to accommodate us even when some excursions were cancelled. She is the best!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent Tour Director

Very good tour, good group and more to see than the mind can comprehend.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Suprise and Diversity

Spain was not on my top list of places to go but decided to go because my nephew was there working for a year. It was so diverse and such a beautiful suprise. The cities visited were so unique and different. Madrid was so old word charm and then there was Barcelona which was so modern. I will definintely go back to Barcelona!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/15/2011

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: DC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour director

Paz was a wonderful tour director. She went out of her way to make our tour enjoyable and stress free. The tour itself was also great; our hotels were all very nice and in very convenient places. If I had a say, I would have reversed the order of the cities (as listed in the title). Costa del Sol and Morocco extension was fabulous. Unfortunately the local guide went on and on with too much information and let us get tired and hungry taking us to too many places trying to sell us something.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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