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Food & Wine: A Taste of Spain

11 days Food & Wine
From the Cava of Catalonia to the pintxos of Basque Country, Spain’s cuisine is calling you. Sample regional dishes and take in the culture of Barcelona and Madrid, savor San Sebastian’s world-famous fare and taste tempranillo wines of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 4 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Spain

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

  Included meals: Dinner

Settle in to Barcelona and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner featuring traditional paella and regional wines.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Try your hand at preparing an authentic Spanish meal during a cooking lesson.

• Tour the Santa Caterina Market in search of fresh ingredients

• Pass through the Gothic Quarter, stop at an olive oil shop and taste chocolate con churros as you make your way to a culinary school

• Prepare your own lunch of traditional Catalan dishes with the help of a professional chef and enjoy it with a glass of wine

Get to know the Catalan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress 

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones” 

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

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

San Sebastian 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: San Sebastian via Cava wine region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel west to the Cava wine region, stopping at a winery to sip this sparkling wine over a traditional tapas lunch. Then, continue to the seaside city of San Sebastian.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of San Sebastian

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Stroll through the streets of San Sebastian with a local guide. 

• Pass by Playa de la Concha and make your way through the Old Quarter 

• At Plaza de la Constitución, gaze at the balconies that once held the ringside seats for bullfights 

• Get a taste of Basque culture as you eye the fresh catches at the fish market 

• Pop into a bar for Basque-style tapas with Txakoli, a locally-produced white wine

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Dinner $149pp* Details

Depart from San Sebastian and head west along northern Spain’s coast as you make your way to Bilbao, a bustling port city. Bilbao has distinguished itself as a center of arts in Spain’s Basque Country, and you’ll revel in the sights during free time upon arrival. Explore the Old Quarter, where you’ll view Bilbao Cathedral, dedicated to the city’s 17th-century patron saint, and the adjoining square known as Plaza de Santiago. Then, continue on to the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Gehry’s spectacular, titanium-clad modern art museum. View the institution’s impressive modern art exhibits before sitting down for an included dinner at Bistró Guggenheim, a top-quality restaurant located in the museum.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $159)

La Rioja Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: La Rioja Region via Pamplona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Pamplona, the setting of the Running of the Bulls, to admire Pamplona Cathedral and Pamplona City Hall on a walking tour. Later, arrive in La Rioja, a region known for its red wines, for an included dinner with local specialties.

Day 7: La Rioja Villages & Wine Tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Spend the morning exploring the villages of La Rioja region, then head to a winery for a tasting.

• Enter the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Briones to learn about wine history on a self-guided tour with an audio guide

• Drive through the Ebro River Valley and take in views of the beautiful vineyards and landscape

In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the quaint village of Laguardia, which is known for its medieval architecture and city walls. Then, enjoy a tour and tasting in Rioja’s wine region. 

• At the City of Wine complex within the Marqués de Riscal wine cellars, tour the gorgeous vineyards and the hotel designed by the innovative architect Frank Gehry

• Sip several Rioja tempranillo wines while nibbling on traditional Spanish tapas

Ribera Del Duero Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Aranda de Duero

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Transfer to Aranda de Duero, the capital of the Ribera del Duero region, to discover the town’s interconnected wine cellars during a tasting of the region’s classic tempranillos. Tonight, enjoy a vineyard dinner and wine tasting.

Madrid 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Travel to Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel south to Madrid. After arriving, enjoy a free afternoon to sample the city’s local flavors or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Madrid Flamenco Show & Dinner $115pp* Details

Flamenco is a passionate, seductive art form exclusive to Spain, and you’ll experience the clapping, singing and stamping of this celebrated tradition during a live show in Madrid. This Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). A three-course dinner will be served alongside local wine at a nearby restaurant before the expressive, dramatic, colorful performance.

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

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day following a local guide on a citywide tour.

• Discover the artwork of the Prado Museum, which began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy

• Enjoy a walking tour through the city’s historic district from the Royal Palace to Plaza Mayor

• Pass Plaza de Cibeles, the Fountain of Neptune and Plaza de España, where you’ll view the Don Quixote statue

• Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt

• Finish your tour with wine and tapas at the Market of San Miguel

Bid farewell to your fellow travelers over a traditional Castilian dinner at Restaurante Botin, considered the oldest restaurant in the world.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Seville.

Add Seville Starting from $659 pp

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

Get to know the traditions of Andalusia’s charming capital city. With its winding, medieval streets and unique blend of Moorish and Christian architecture, Seville offers something new at every turn. Here, you’ll enjoy life at the Spanish pace, slowly savoring each moment.

Seville 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board the high-speed train and head south to the capital of Andalusia for a guided tour.

• Enter the Royal Alcázar, a palace that was 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 the Gothic Seville Cathedral where Columbus is buried

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Day 12: Carmona & Jerez

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Journey to the countryside, where you’ll experience Andalusian culinary specialties. 

• Sample artisanal olive oils and learn about their production at an olive oil farm

• Enjoy free time in the charming town of Carmona

• Travel to Jerez where Sherry, the famous fortified wine, is produced

• Tour a bodega to see how Sherry is produced, and then have a taste

Day 13: Free day in Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Landscapes & Flavors of Sierra de Aracena $119pp* Details

Set out to discover the beautiful countryside of Andalusia. You’ll leave Seville and make your way through the hills and valleys to Sierra de Aracena National Park. Along the way, stop in the old market town of Aracena and the village of Jabugo, where you’ll taste delicious jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) and learn from an artisan producer how it’s cured. Then admire the architecture throughout the village of Castaño del Robledo before enjoying a farmhouse lunch of local specialties.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Please note: depending on your home airport, you may have to spend the night in the US and arrive home on day 15.)

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 3 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Spain

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

  Included meals: Dinner

Settle in to Barcelona and meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner featuring traditional paella and regional wines.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Try your hand at preparing an authentic Spanish meal during a cooking lesson.

• Tour the Santa Caterina Market in search of fresh ingredients

• Pass through the Gothic Quarter, stop at an olive oil shop and taste chocolate con churros as you make your way to a culinary school

• Prepare your own lunch of traditional Catalan dishes with the help of a professional chef and relax while enjoying it with a glass of wine

This afternoon, get to know the Catalan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress 

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones” 

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

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

Day 4: Cava Wine Tasting & lunch

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel to the Cava wine region, stopping at a winery to sip sparkling cava over a traditional tapas lunch. Then, enjoy a free evening in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Barcelona Chocolate Tasting & Architecture Tour $49pp* Details

Enjoy a drive down Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s most important shopping and business avenues, as you make your way to architect Antoni Gaudi’s renowned “House of Bones.” The balconies and pillars of this intricate, colorful building are indicative of Gaudi’s unique work, and you’ll admire this bone-like structure during a photo stop. Then, continue next door for a tour of Casa Amatller. This neo-Gothic building was designed for the chocolate baron and philanthropist Antoni Amatller. You’ll learn about his famous sweets and the history of the building, and taste a variety of chocolates in the original kitchen.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

San Sebastian 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: San Sebastian via Pamplona

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board a high-speed train and travel through Basque Country to Pamplona, the famous setting for the Running of the Bulls, on your way to San Sebastian. Get to know the old city on a walking tour.  

• Pass Plaza de Toros and walk along the Running of the Bulls route

• Admire Pamplona Cathedral and Pamplona City Hall

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of San Sebastian

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads this morning’s tour of San Sebastian, a town bordered by green mountains and roaring ocean. 

• Pass by Playa de la Concha and make your way through the Old Quarter 

• At Plaza de la Constitución, gaze at the balconies that once held the ringside seats for bullfights 

• Get a taste of Basque culture as you eye the fresh catches at the fish market • Pop into a bar for Basque-style tapas with txakoli, a locally-produced white wine

La Rioja Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: La Rioja Region via Bilbao

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel west along the scenic Costa Verde to Bilbao for a guided sightseeing tour.  

• Admire the architecture in Bilbao’s Old Quarter, known as Casco Viejo

• View the unique architecture of the Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, a showplace of modern and contemporary art 

• Enjoy regional fare and wine during an included lunch inside the museum

Later, arrive in La Rioja, a region known for its red wines, for an included dinner with local specialties.

Day 8: La Rioja Villages & Wine Tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Spend the morning exploring the villages of the La Rioja region, then head to a winery for a tasting.

• Enter the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Briones to learn about wine history on a self-guided tour with an audio guide

• Drive through the Ebro River Valley and take in views of the beautiful vineyards and landscape

In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the quaint village of Laguardia, which is known for its medieval architecture and city walls. Then, enjoy a tour and tasting in Rioja’s wine region. 

• At the City of Wine complex at the Marqués de Riscal wine cellars, tour the gorgeous vineyards and the hotel designed by the innovative architect Frank Gehry

• Sip several Rioja tempranillo wines while nibbling on traditional Spanish tapas

Ribera Del Duero Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Aranda de Duero

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Transfer to Aranda de Duero, the capital of the Ribera del Duero region, to discover the town’s interconnected wine cellars during a tasting of the region’s classic tempranillos. Tonight, enjoy a vineyard dinner and wine tasting.

Madrid 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel south to Madrid. After arriving, enjoy a free afternoon to sample the city’s local flavors or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Madrid Flamenco Show & Dinner $115pp* Details

Flamenco is a passionate, seductive art form exclusive to Spain, and you’ll experience the clapping, singing and stamping of this celebrated tradition during a live show in Madrid. This Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). A three-course dinner will be served alongside local wine at a nearby restaurant before the expressive, dramatic, colorful performance.

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

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day following a local guide on a citywide tour.

• Discover the artwork of the Prado Museum, which began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy

• Pass some of the city’s main squares including Plaza Cibeles, Plaza Neptune and Plaza de España, where you’ll view the Don Quixote statue

• Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt

• Enjoy a walking tour through the city’s historic district from the Royal Palace to Plaza Mayor

• Finish your tour with wine and tapas at San Miguel market

Bid farewell to your fellow travelers over a traditional Castilian dinner at Restaurante Botin, considered the oldest restaurant in the world.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Seville.

Add Seville Starting from $659 pp

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

Get to know the traditions of Andalusia’s charming capital city. With its winding, medieval streets and unique blend of Moorish and Christian architecture, Seville offers something new at every turn. Here, you’ll enjoy life at the Spanish pace, slowly savoring each moment.

Seville 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board the high-speed train and head south to the capital of Andalusia for a guided tour.

• Enter the Alcázar, 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 the Gothic Seville Cathedral where Columbus is buried

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Day 13: Carmona and Jerez

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Journey to the countryside, where you’ll experience Andalusian culinary specialties. 

• Sample artisanal olive oils and learn about their production at an olive oil farm

• Enjoy free time in the charming town of Carmona

• Travel to Jerez where Sherry, the famous fortified wine, is produced

• Tour a bodega to see how Sherry is produced, and then have a taste

Day 14: Free day in Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Landscapes & Flavors of Sierra de Aracena $119pp* Details

Set out to discover the beautiful countryside of Andalusia. You’ll leave Seville and make your way through the hills and valleys to Sierra de Aracena National Park. Along the way, stop in the old market town of Aracena and the village of Jabugo, where you’ll taste delicious jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) and learn from an artisan producer how it’s cured. Then admire the architecture throughout the village of Castaño del Robledo before enjoying a farmhouse lunch of local specialties.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Please note: depending on your home airport, you may have to spend the night in the US and arrive home on day 15.)

How's the weather?

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Barcelona and depart from Madrid (or Seville on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • The tour extension includes a train ride from Madrid to Seville.  
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Spain. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In Spain, breakfast like a local with just a pastry and coffee. Then, tuck into a three-course lunch featuring a Spanish staple like savory seafood paella or grilled meat and fried potatoes. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Snack on small plates called tapas any time of day.
  • Spain produces a wide variety of both red and white wines throughout its many regions, such as sparkling wine in the Cava region, tempranillo wine in Rioja and Ribera del Duero and fortified wine in Jerez, Andalusia.
  • Catalan cuisine, which can be found in Barcelona, is markedly different from food in other parts of Spain. Nearly every restaurant will offer pa amb tomàquet—toasted bread with tomato and olive oil. Fresh seafood, hearty meat dishes, cheeses and locally grown vegetables, such as wild mushrooms, are culinary mainstays. 
  • Pintxos, small snacks that are usually spiked with a toothpick to a piece of bread, are an especially popular sort of tapas in the Basque Country.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Spain operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Spain. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

How's the weather?

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains. * If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Barcelona and depart from Madrid (or Seville on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • The tour extension includes a train ride from Madrid to Seville.  
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Spain. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered. * If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In Spain, breakfast like a local with just a pastry and coffee. Then, tuck into a three-course lunch featuring a Spanish staple like savory seafood paella or grilled meat and fried potatoes. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Snack on small plates called tapas any time of day.
  • Spain produces a wide variety of both red and white wines throughout its many regions, such as sparkling wine in the Cava region, tempranillo wine in Rioja and Ribera del Duero and fortified wine in Jerez, Andalusia.
  • Catalan cuisine, which can be found in Barcelona, is markedly different from food in other parts of Spain. Nearly every restaurant will offer pa amb tomàquet—toasted bread with tomato and olive oil. Fresh seafood, hearty meat dishes, cheeses and locally grown vegetables, such as wild mushrooms, are culinary mainstays. 
  • Pintxos, small snacks that are usually spiked with a toothpick to a piece of bread, are an especially popular sort of tapas in the Basque Country.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Spain operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Spain. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 6/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Nice Tour but need food options

The trip to Spain was an interesting one. I want to first say that I really hadn’t done my research on Spain as much as I have for other trips so some of my experiences were shaped because of that. Here’s what my experience was. Day 1: Travel day Day 2 I arrived in Spain and was greeted by Allesandra our tour director. She was awesome throughout the entire trip. Her kindness and patience was very much appreciated by our group. Once we arrived at the hotel she had our rooms ready so we could go up immediately. Day 3: We got up around 8 AM to have breakfast. Brace yourself because this is a very long day. We stayed at HOTEL CATALONIA LA PEDRERA which was fine. The breakfast was the best of all the hotels we stayed at during the trip. It’s a typical European room with smaller beds. My room was on the first floor and was very dark. My window faced a wall. To be honest it was quiet so I was fine to get the sleep I needed. The breakfast was also very good. After breakfast we headed to the cooking class. We had some free time so we went to see the Magic Fountain and park. Once we arrived at the cooking school we were taken on a walk to the market to see all the fresh ingredients we would be using. That took about 1.5 hours. We came back, started pouring wine and cooking. We made gazpacho, the Spanish version of bruschetta, an omelet, paella and crème Brule. It was a fun experience and our instructors were great. After lunch we hopped on the bus and headed for a tour of the city including La Sagrada Familia. It was very interesting to see but to be honest our group was really warn out from travel. We were dropped off around 6 PM for a dinner on our own. Day 4: This was a big travel day for us. We got on the bus around 9 AM and headed for San Sebastian. We drove about 1 hour to stop at our first vineyard which was great but really early. We started the tour around 11 AM and had a really nice wine tasting and tapas. To me this was the best tasting of our trip because there was plenty of food and great wines. After our early lunch we got on the bus and drove 6 hours to San Sebastian. We stopped a few times and most of us slept after having such a busy day 3. We arrived in San Sebastian around 6:30 PM. Our hotel was HOTEL SILKEN AMARA PLAZA. It was a nice location (only 20 min walk to the town center) and the hotel restaurant was great for dinner. Most of us ate there after a long day of travel. The breakfast was my least favorite. Cold eggs and limited menu options made it a challenge. They were the only hotel that didn’t offer cappuccino too. Day 5: We toured San Sebastian with a wonder tour guide. She was the best of our trip (aside from Allessandro!). We were with her for about 3 hours and she walked us through the small beautiful sea side town. We stopped for a light lunch in a café too. Once done we had the afternoon to ourselves. I attended the optional excursion of going to Bilbao and the Guggenheim. To be honest I did not feel this was worth the price. It makes for a very long day and the tour of Bilbao was on a bus (granted it was drizzling so we avoided walking). Once off the bus we went into the museum which was OK. Dinner to me was a BIG disappointment. We went to a local restaurant and sat through a prescribed menu. No menu options were given. We first had a cold salmon salad, then had a mushroom and runny egg appetizer, then hake in green sauce, then liver with ox tail, and ended with a dessert that resembled French toast. I was thoroughly disappointed in the meal. Plenty of wine and bread but not having a choice made it the worst meal of the trip for me especially knowing the price of the excursion. Day 6: This was a fun day. We got on the bus and headed to Pamplona where we first had churros and chocolate (keep in mind their version of hot chocolate is a cup of hot fudge so brace yourself!). We took a walk to see where the bulls run then had an afternoon to explore. The town is small and unfortunately most of the shops closed for siesta. We sat in a café for lunch and sangria and made the most of it. It was a nice relaxing day especially since there was less driving time. We checked into a new hotel in Logrono AC LA RIOJA which is a Marriott property. Very nice room and quaint location. Dinner was also great…you had options and the steak was delicious! Day 7: we toured La Guardia in the morning. Our group loved this small little town then we went for a wine tasting. Really great tour and delicious wine. My only challenge with this day was our visit to Vivanco. In theory a wine museum fits to the theme but unless you’re really interested in the intricacies of wine making, this could be removed we you have more time in the next hotel which was a vineyard. We checked into a new hotel TORREMILANOS and the hotel was cute. The rooms were a little outdated but you’re in the vineyard which made the experience good. Unfortunately dinner did not offer choices. I don’t’ eat lamb so our guide arranged an alternative which leads me to a key piece of advice. Make sure you list your food preferences when you sign up. There are a lot of different foods and you need to be vocal on what you like and don’t like. Day 8: We went into the wine cellars of Arranda de Duero. The tour guide was great and very informative. The town was adorable but similar to other days, we ended at the time all the shops closed. Never got to shop or really explore. We grabbed lunch instead. Day 9-10: Madrid. You arrive in Madrid around noon. Our rooms were not ready at the NOVOTEL MADRID CENTER so we went for a snack. My room at this hotel was VERY noisy. I think I slept maybe 6 hours in 2 days because of the noise. My room overlooked the courtyard. The other issue is we all had different size rooms. Some had very small claustrophobic rooms while others had sofas and chairs. As is typical we compared notes and I felt back that not all rooms were equal. Madrid is a beautiful city. I attended the optional excursion of the Flamenco show with dinner. Yet again I was disappointed with the cost to the benefit. Dinner is not what we got. We had the following brought to us: plate of ham, breadsticks, chips, plate of runny mozzarella cheese and cheesecake. Everyone left hungry. They did serve wine/sangria. The show was OK but it’s a very small venue and it lasted about 2 hours all in. We all ended up getting food after so to me this is not worth the price. The tour of Madrid and the Prado museum was next. It was a nice morning touring the city and seeing some key sights. The afternoon was our which we decided to get lunch and relax. The farewell dinner was in Restaurant Botin. We were sent to the 3rd floor and had other groups. It was extremely noisy and to my disappointment we did not have any options for dinner. They served roasted pork, gazpacho and cheesecake. I think if the restaurant wasn’t so busy we could have enjoyed it more but it was hard to talk and the food was OK. Overall we met some really nice people but the dinners left me feeling like a food and wine tour may not be for me. I think having a few options would be helpful because not everyone likes things like ox tail and lamb.

 

Dear Lori, Thank you for your thorough, day-by-day review. We’re glad that there were aspects of your tour that you enjoyed, such as your Tour Director, many activities and excursions, and some of the accommodations. We regret to hear, however, that you feel the tour needs improvement, particularly with the meals. We are sorry that some of them did not meet your expectations. Serving a meal to a larger group poses unique challenges and many times restaurants or caterers will serve a set menu because it is what they’re capable of without compromising quality or presentation (for example: making sure all plates arrive hot and making sure they have enough inventory). It can be challenging appealing to all different palates, particularly with a set menu, and we are sorry that some of the meals were not to your liking, such as the lamb. Many of our travelers have dietary preferences and restrictions, and we encourage all of them to inform us prior to departure so that we can let our staff on the ground know ahead of time. Regarding your accommodations in Madrid, rooms do vary depending on what kind of room you have. For example, a single room, meaning a room for one person, will look and be set up differently than a double room, a room for two people. We regret that this was an issue for you; however, it is fairly standard that room sizes, furniture, and arrangement will vary. Again, we are glad to hear that overall you enjoyed your tour, but we are sorry that there are a few aspects of it which did not meet your expectations. We will definitely communicate all of your feedback to our teams internally so that we may use it to evaluate this tour going forward. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 24, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

Our guide was fantastic: experienced, personable, helpful, humorous. In a word, perfect! In fact, this was the best tour I have taken. The timing, activities, free time were all well-thought-out. The hotels were excellent. And if you are a "foodie," it was particularly educational. I would recommend it to anyone. I am seriously thinking of taking the GoAhead Italy food-and-wine tour even though I took a similar one a couple of years ago with another company.

 

Hi Karen! We’re thrilled to hear this was the best tour you’ve taken. We’re so glad you would recommend it. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour to Italy soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Fabulous Taste of Spain

This tour exceeded my expectations. From wonderful food, great restaurants and oh yes, the wine. Our tour guide Marcelo was fabulous. So knowledgeable of every aspect of Spain, it's history and traditions. The your had a perfect pace, with time to see the many sites to just sitting and enjoying a glass of wine. A perfect holiday!

1 / 8
 

Hi Marie! It’s wonderful to hear that the tour exceeded your expectations. We’re glad you enjoyed the delicious cuisine – and the wine, too! It sounds like the enthusiasm and expertise of your Tour Director really enhanced your experience, and we’re happy to hear it. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 04, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Birthday Trip

This trip was fabulous, the tour director was awesome, she really knew her stuff. She was friendly, accommodating, all ways up beat and smiling, went out of her way to please everyone. Communicated our needs to tour guides and hotel staff. The wine tours were great. The food was A+, the only thing that I would change in this tour is to have more food interaction.

1 / 1

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Delightful Taste of Spain!

We just returned from a wonderful tour! This tour was well organized, extremely interesting, and fun.filled! The places we visited were great. The wines, food, and hotels were all top notch. We had a perfect tour guide, Gracia, who made the tour one of the best we've taken. The whole group was friendly and fun loving. We enjoyed the tour and the format so much that we've already signed up for another Food & Wine tour for next year. You should take this tour! You'll have a wonderful time!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Well rounded Wine and Food tour

This tour is 11 days and packed with an amazing itinerary! My husband and I felt that it was very well rounded, with a great food and wine experience. The vineyard tours were excellent, the subterranean wine cellar tour and tasting, walking the streets where they have the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, having dinner at the oldest restaurant in the world, Botin, in Madrid. So many adventures in the 11 days. The local guides were very knowledgeable and our Tour Director, Alexandre R. was exceptional. He made this trip even better. I highly recommend this tour!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paz is the best!

I had never been to Spain. I really wanted to go, no one wanted to go with me. Problem solved, I went alone. Yes, Im a middle aged, single woman and went alone. I had a bit of anxiety and had no idea what to expect. All I can say is that this Food and Wine tour of Spain was absolutely fabulous. I loved our tour director "Paz" I don't believe that there was a question that she could not answer. She was just a joy. The food was superb, out hotel rooms were very nice by European standards, the cooking class and pre-market experience was a lot of fun. We did not miss a beat. There was plenty of alone time to explore the quaint little villages and large cities, the quality of the tour, bus, wine cellars, education, museum, and activities was superb. I am already looking at a tour with Go Ahead for 2016.. Just can't make up my mind. So many fabulous choices!

1 / 4

Staff Review


5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Staff Review

Amazing Experience

This was my first time to Spain and my first Food & Wine tour but my fourth tour with Go Ahead. Food & Wine tours are the way to go. It was such a special experience and a unique way to experience the true culture of an area. I learned a lot and ate A LOT. The hotels started off great and just got better as the tour went on. The included meals were so delicious and authentic. Our group was great, our bus drivers were great, everything was great. As always, the best part of the trip was the Tour Director. She was a treasure and we couldn't have asked for more. Take this tour.