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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 Flight1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona3 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 will see the iconic Black Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s beloved and miraculous Madonna statue. Take some time to explore the monastery before driving back to Barcelona.

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

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)

Madrid3 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)

Seville2 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 Sol2 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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  • 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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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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Accident in Madrid - GoAhead comes through with flying colors!

My husband was hit by a car crossing busy Calle Alcala in Madrid! Yes, police, ambulance, good samaritans interpreting, emergency room, broken leg, operation, hospital stay, the whole nine yards. This happened just as we were joining the GoAhead group after being on our own in Barcelona for several days. Thank goodness we had arranged our air transport with GoAhead; unfortunately, we thought we were healthy and did not take out the trip insurance! At the time of the 11pm accident, Marcello responded to my call and was with us in five minutes. He was incredibly helpful with the police and ambulance and hospital and general information about what to expect from a hospital experience in Madrid. He was definitely invaluable when I needed assistance with Spanish and logistical planning. Although he had to leave for Seville with the group, we stayed in touch and he helped me immensely in arranging for me to continue to stay at our hotel and considering our options for getting back to the US. The GoAhead travel group - Terese, Rose, and Chris especially - did an outstanding job in locating a much more reasonable fare on the return than I ever expected (last minute, first class). They worked with me for hours to get us the best option available. I can't say we had a wonderful vacation in Spain, but it was memorable in so many ways and the people were so kind and helpful everywhere. Final tip: DO NOT FAIL TO TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE! IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE TO ANYONE!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

FIRST GO AHEAD TOURS TRIP

Our first Go Ahead Tours trip was a lot of fun. Barcelona was definitely far and away our favorite city - Antoni Gaudi's Park Guell and the La Sagrada Familia, the Castellers and the La Boqueria Market were all highlights. Madrid's Prado Museum, Toledo's Gothic Cathedral and Jewish Quarter, Cordoba's The Mezquita and Seville's Alcazar and Seville Cathedral were all notable. The optional add on to Costa del Sol had the best hotel and it was amazing seeing all the fancy yachts. We booked our own private trip to Granada to see the Alhambra - this is one of the most amazing things to see in all of Spain. Our tour guide, Sam, was top notch. We like Go Ahead's format of the included dinner and coy tour and lots of free time in each city.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 10/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Spain 2014

The tour value was very good. Accomodations were average. Had an issue with the hotel in Madrid, the AC system had been turned off for the winter when we arrived. The temp. outside was in the mid 70's. All floors except the lobby were hot. Spent an excessive amount of time with the front desk staff trying to get the AC switched back on. Very little help from our tour director. Finally decided to switch to another hotel with AC for the 3 nights. Told later that the Madrid hotel decided to turn the AC back on, however, according to some in our group, the AC would go off during the middle of the night. Also, the tour meals were not good, except for the Madrid meal. At the farewell dinner in Sevilla, we were only served a meat dish. There was no option for those who did not eat meat. The tours were excellent, great history and architecture.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NV

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A mi me gusta!

Enjoyed the tour very much though I would not recommend the Monserat optional excursion. Not all that interesting and rather time consuming when it could been better spent checking out other areas in Barcelona such as the Gothic Quarter and cathedral. Overall it was a great trip with fantastic weather. Must stops are The Boqueria in Barcelona, having drinks at the top of "Our Lady of Communications" in Madrid and the flaminco bar Casa Anselma in Sevilla.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Awesome Tour Director

Friendly, extremely knowledgeable and always helpful!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Trip

Tour Director Marcello was the best we have encountered on our Go Ahead trips. Everything was well-planned and coordination of events and in-country travel was excellent. Just a wonderful trip. Not too long, but enough to really get to know and appreciate the country of Spain.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing vacation experience

This was my second tour with Go Ahead, and my first time in Spain. It wound up being one of my favorite vacations ever. Rafael, the tour director, more than lived up to the praise from previous reviewers. He's funny, friendly, knowledgeable and our group really enjoyed our time with him leading the trip. The local guides also did an excellent job, especially our guide for Madrid and the Prado (Frederico). The group was just the right size and everyone meshed very well and had fun together. Highlights/tips ... Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and sunset jazz catamaran cruise (port near Columbus statue), Magic Fountains, rooftop pool at Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza (also very convenient to subway). Madrid: Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza de Mayor, Restaurant Botin (oldest in Europe), rooftop bars at Circulo de Bellas Artes and Terraza Cibeles. Tiny restaurant Le Patron on Calle del Barco was one of my favorite meals. Seville: The Seville Cathedral (especially bell tower views) and the Alcazar, the Feria de Santa Ana, the rooftop bar at Hotel Ribera de Triana. The Toledo and Morocco day trips were absolutely worthwhile. However, the carpet shop in Morocco went from entertaining to extremely annoying when the hard sell part started -- and that's coming from someone who works in sales. The stop in Cordoba was also a big highlight.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Dream Come True!

This tour to Spain had everything we could have hoped for! From the direct flight to Barcelona to the final stop in Seville, everything ran so smoothly. We never had to wait for any of the local guides or any of the tour buses to take us on our daily tours. The local guides were so knowledgeable and engaging. Our tour director, Raphael, made sure we all had everything we needed and was always available to show us around in each of our destinations.The two trips on the high speed trains were amazing and so luxurious.Every hotel we stayed in was gorgeous and perfectly located to explore each city. This tour provided just the right mix of guided tours and free time in each of the three cities. The optional excursions to Toledo, and Monserrat were exceptional. We also opted to add the two day extension to Costa Del Sol, with the day trip to Morocco, and we are so very glad we did. It was the perfect ending to a perfect tour!

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