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Seville, Madrid & Barcelona

10 days
Within the borders of one country, uncover three distinct destinations. Barcelona, Seville and Madrid display intriguing distinctions, from Andalusian architecture to Catalan castells. Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and Modernist landmarks; wander Madrid’s imperial parks and palaces; marvel at the Moorish architecture in Seville.

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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

  • 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

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 Barcelona, the beautiful Catalan capital on a guided tour.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous landmark

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

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place and stroll through the Mirador del Alcalde park

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

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 4: Free day in Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Barcelona or add excursions.

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 may have a chance to see the iconic Black Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s beloved and miraculous Madonna statue. 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 Madonna 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 $109*pp 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: $119)

Madrid 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Travel 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 $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 7: Free day in Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Madrid on your own 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)

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. This afternoon en route to Seville, stop at an olive farm for an olive oil tasting.

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.

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: Travel 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 - 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)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Malaga airport for your flight home.

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  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Costa del Sol, 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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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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spain was great, Morocco awful!

Had a wonderful time on this tour except for the optional trip to Morocco. Our tour guide Rafi was exceptional and went above and beyond to make sure everyone's needs were taken care of. Rafi is personable, informative and charming. She was A+. The only down side of the trip was Morocco We were taken to a food bazaar even though it was not something that any of us would purchase. We were taken to venues that 99% of us had no interest in and it was quite obvious that our Moroccan guide had an agenda and a deal with the merchants. He was both condesending and of all the guides on this trip, was by far my least favorite. The lunch that was included with this option was awful but not as bad as the tour itself. Don't go!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Friendly, fun, fascinating

We enjoyed every aspect of our tour. There was a good balance of organized activity that was interesting, cultural and fun as well as time to explore on our own. Our Tour Director was fantastic - knowledgeable, engaging, and enthusiastic. She could not have been more helpful! She inspired confidence (for inexperienced travelers) as well as providing great tips and suggestions for those looking to explore on their own. The local guides in each city were exceptionally interesting and even entertaining! I was impressed with their knowledge of history and culture and they truly imparted a love for their city.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour Director!

Luis is funny, wise, caring and oh, so knowledgable! Working with the excellent local guides and on his own he had us all feeling well informed and comfortable. His routine of taking us on an orientation walk after arriving at a new hotel was invaluable. On a personal level he accommodated a couple of crises of mine with dignity, aplomb, careful attention to detail and no loss of care to the rest of the group: A sudden attack of diarrhea in the middle of a very large Madrid cathedral - he led me to a bathroom across the street, made sure things were resolved, and had me sitting, enjoying ice cream when the group finished at the cathedral and joined me. When my Passport, etc. were stolen he helped me call my credit card company immediately, accompanied me to a Police Station and arranged for passage back to/and from Madrid as well as a hotel immediately across from the Madrid train station so I could easily go to the US Embassy for a replacement passport and then rejoin the group which had in the meanwhile gone on to Marbella. Even pointed out a nearby museum and pleasant eateries for my time back in Madrid. His attention to the details, while maintaining a full schedule for the rest of the group was amazing and so very, very much appreciated. He is a treasure and of considerable value to those taking tours with him as well as to GoAhead generally.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great First Tour

Our tour guide, Luis, was great. He was very personable, informational, and very upbeat. The tour itself was great! I did the Montserrat, Toledo and Morocco add ons, which were a great way to spend a free day. The tour was jam packed with sightseeing, and also included a good amount of free time. Though I was constantly doing things, and seeing things, I did feel that the trip was very relaxing. The sights were amazing, and the cities chosen to highlight on the trip were great, and a good variety of cultural experiences. The only suggestion would be to offer 3 nights per city, as 2 nights feels too fast. I would definitely recommend, and will definitely be using Go Ahead in the future!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Trip of a Lifetime!!!

My Seville, Madrid and Barcelona tour was out of this world!!! Our tour director deserves a metal for his attention to every detail. He reminded me of a shepherd with his flock. A couple of times, he had to double back to locate group members who strayed toward the end of a tour to get them safely back to the bus. Spain was everything I had imagined and more. Such beauty everywhere. Now I realize why I ALWAYS wanted to visit. My travelling companion and I really bonded with some members of our group and would love to see them on future trips. Though I hope for more tours with Go Ahead - Spain will definitely be a repeat.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spectacular

That describes the amazing sights that we saw on this tour! Add a tour guide with vast knowledge of the country, great personality and the patience of a saint what more could you ask for. Well the group dinners could have been a bit better, the first meal we had in Barcelona was excellent but the next 2 were lacking. The high speed train from city to city was the perfect way to travel, top speed of 300km was fantastic. Loved the charm of the hotels, while a little on the small side they were very clean and the staff was friendly, especially to us non Spanish speakers. The local tour guides were very knowledgeable and the tours were extremely interesting. Wasn’t too pleased with the travel arrangements back to the US, if we use Go Ahead again we will make our own travel arrangements. Overall we enjoyed our whirlwind tour of Spain and the added excursion to Morocco was well worth the extra expense.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip, difficult flights.

This trip was wonderful, fast paced and a good value. Tini took good care of us and the GoAhead employee on the trip, Bryant, was a great addition. He warmed to our group and was always quick to lend a hand to anyone. Great guy. The excursions were great, except the "Spanish Evening". The food was not so good and the performance was only about 15 minutes. Not worth the expense at all.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Best Spain Tour Director

Louis was a wonderful tour director during our Spain trip. He was extremely well-organized, very knowledgeable about the people and places we toured, and always conducted himself with the utmost of professionalism. Louis treated each member of our group with respect and kindness, as if we were a family member. He kept an amazing sense of humor no matter how stressful the situation, and made sure our group had the best experiences possible.

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