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Seville, Madrid & Barcelona

10 days
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.

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Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

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

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Barcelona3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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.

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera $79*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

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Montserrat $65*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.

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.

Madrid3 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 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.

Day 7

Included meals: 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 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.

Seville2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 10

Included meals: 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.

Add Costa del Sol City Stay $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

Included meals: 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.

Day 11

Included meals: 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 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, 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.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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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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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!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dream Trip

This was one of the best trips I have ever had! I was a single traveler and all the hotels we stayed at were very nice and my rooms were very spacious for a single and all were clean. The tour director was great, you could tell that he enjoyed his job and was very knowledgeable. I chose to do every excursion because I didn't want to miss out on anything. I also did the extended trip and went to Morocco which was definitely worth the extra time and I suggest that anyone looking into this tour stay the extra time as well. Some additional things I did that wasn't included in this tour was a tour of an olive oil farm and went to a bullfight in Marbella which a once in a lifetime experience. Spain was my dream country to visit and I honestly can say I did everything I wanted to in this trip and when I go back to Spain it would be to relax and enjoy the culture even more.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Perfect!

Every day of this trip was a highlight! I had never before been to Spain or traveled with Go Ahead and would do both again without hesitation. The trip was wonderfully organized and orchestrated. The hotels were all lovely with good sized rooms, and all perfectly located central to sights and activities in each city. All the local guides were fun, knowledgeable, and clearly passionate about their respective cities. The optional excursions were all fantastic - highly recommend the Gaudi tour in Barcelona, and day trips to Toledo and Morocco. And of course our Tour Director, Sam, was phenomenal! He went above and beyond to ensure everyone had a great trip, provided recommendations for exploring each city and enjoying the great culinary specialties of each area, gave up his own down time to take us to Feria in Sevilla, and quite incredibly knew the answer to every question our group could think to ask him! The whole trip was really quite perfect!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 12/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Trip

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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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