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Spain's Coast & Islands Walking Tour

10 days Walking Tours
From sweeping coastlines to sleepy fishing villages, discover the natural beauty that sets the backdrop for Catalonian culture. Step into the imaginative world of Antoni Gaudí. Trail along Mallorca’s sun-splashed shores and romantic old town. Dive into Menorca’s untapped waters and find out how the “Wild Coast” earned its nickname. After ten days on the ground, you’ll walk away knowing what it means to be Catalan.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

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

  • 5 escorted walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona.

Barcelona3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

• 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 del Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaza de Espanya and the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add excursions.

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

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.

Day 4: Full-day excursion to Costa Brava

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Costa Brava, to explore the ribbon of coastline backed by craggy cliffs, tranquil coves and stunning seascapes. 

• In the town of Begur, walk along the trails connecting beaches and fishing villages

• In nearby Pals, stroll the medieval town’s cobbled streets on your way to the weathered stone buildings of the Gothic Quarter

• View the Plaça Major, the tombs in the Carrer Major and the Church of Sant Pere

• Visit a pottery workshop in town and watch the ancient art form in action (seasonal, September through June)

Mallorca2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Walking tour of Palma

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to the golden sands of sunny Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands and a beach-lover’s paradise. Embark on a walking tour of the island’s capital, Palma, with a local guide.

• Take in historic sights like the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a Gothic structure over 300 years in the making

• Enter Bellver Castle, one of the few circular castles in Europe

Day 6: Guided walk in Fornalutx

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the alluringly isolated village of Fornalutx on foot. Mountainous surroundings and the Mediterranean set the backdrop for this morning’s stroll along the piedra seca—a dry stone pathway on a well-worn route through the region.

• Meander through fragrant orange groves and terraces of olive trees on your way to the charming village of Sóller

• Take a tram to the port, where you can relax by the sea or take in the town’s beautiful 14th-century buildings

Menorca2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Cavern of the Dragon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before catching your ferry to Menorca, continue your exploration of Mallorca.

• Descend into the Cavern of the Dragon, a network of otherworldly limestone caves featuring jagged stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over centuries 

• Discover majestic Lake Martel, a massive underground lake considered to be one of the largest of its kind

• Returning above ground, take a ferry across the Balearic Sea to Menorca, Mallorca’s smaller and lesser-known sister island

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Menorca

Included meals: Breakfast

Uncover Menorca’s many delights on a day-long tour of the island.

• Get a taste for one of Menorca’s culinary staples at the Mahon cheese factory (seasonal, September–June) or enjoy free time on the beach

• Make your way to S’Albufera Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-named Biosphere Reserve where you’ll take a guided walk along the reserve’s paths and wooden promenades, cross lush wetlands and find natural beauty at every turn

• Wander past the area’s lagoons and lakes to the shores of Es Grau Beach 

• Board a boat to get a glimpse at Fort Marlborough, an 18th-century British fortress constructed to help maintain control of the Mediterranean

Madrid1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Guided walk in Punta Prima

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before flying to Madrid this afternoon, take a guided walk through the coastal landscapes of Menorca.

• Following the Camí de Cavalls, trek past a defense tower dating to the 1700s 

• Stop in Punta Prima, a white-sand resort where you’ll have free time to relax

• Enjoy free time in the fishing village of Binibeca to shop at the local boutiques 

Bid goodbye to your group over an included farewell dinner in Madrid tonight.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Madrid $379 pp

Madrid celebrates around the clock. After spending much of the 20th century sequestered at the center of a totalitarian regime, Madrid has burst back onto the world stage with an energy reminiscent of its 16th-century golden age, when painters and playwrights swarmed to Spain's royal court. A vibrant crossroads for Iberia and the world's Hispanic cultures, the Spanish capital has an infectious appetite for art, music, food and fun.

Madrid2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the Spanish capital on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• 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 

• Pass the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España and Plaza Mayor 

• Visit the Prado museum, home to the works of Goya, Velásquez and more

Day 11: Free day in Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Madrid 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.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Palma, Mallorca, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with the expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Spanish consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks to be aware of when traveling to Spain. During the summer, travelers should take extra care for sun exposure, particularly in southern Spain. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

In Spain, breakfast is very light, usually consisting of only rolls and coffee. Lunch is traditionally a three-course meal that can take much of the afternoon to consume. Paella is a traditional dish  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.

Arrival & Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Barcelona and depart from Madrid. Tour extension flights also depart from Madrid. Included transportation on this tour is by internal flights (from Barcelona to Mallorca and Menorca to Madrid) and ferry (Mallorca to Menorca). In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Navigating Barcelona can be a challenge, due to the 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. Use Las Ramblas as a base—it runs all the way down to the Columbus Monument and the harbor. For access to the other attractions and the charming neighborhoods of Barcelona, use the metro system.

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. 

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights.¬One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).¬Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that is convenient for layering. A sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. A lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear may also come in handy. If you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you may also want to bring more formal attire. Also, please be respectful and refrain from showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Spain, though you may want to order 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. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the Cirrus and Plus networks, but make sure to check with your 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’s 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.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome trip

Almost everything was perfect with this tour. It is impossible to select a favorite part as it was an awesome trip. The La Sagrada Familia was amazing as was everything Gaudi. The optional excursion to Park Guell is a must. Dan, our local guide for Barcelona, was excellent. Of the islands, Menorca was my favorite with its incredible natural beauty. Francisco, our tour guide, was exceptional. He was great at keeping everything organized and entertaining. He is a great teacher. We learned an incredible amount about the culture and history of the areas we visited. The only improvements would be to skip the cheese factory and find a hotel in Mallorca that is closer to the town square. I definitely give this tour 5 stars :-).

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4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: ME

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Spain Is Awesome

Barcelona, Mellorca, and Menorca should be visited by everyone.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome sight!!

Just returned from Spain's Coast and Islands Walking Tour. Paz was attentive and extremely knowledgeable about her home country. Loved her history lessons on the bus. I learned so much about Spain!! Makes me want to learn more. Meals were great. I will definitely return to Spain sometime. Once again, pleased with my GoAhead tour!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sister Trip Part 2...or more Sangria please

What an incredible adventure. This is my sister and my second trip with Go Ahead. We had an amazing time. Barcelona was so interesting with the architecture, food, sangria...the Gaudi buildings were my favorite part. Majorica was beautiful. The beautiful tree lined streets of the historic district was amazing. The caverns of the dragon were just breath taking. Mallorca was my favorite part of the entire trip. The food was fantastic and the scenery out of this world.....beautiful beaches, blue blue waters fantastic buildings. Francesco could not have been a better guide. He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. Never a dull moment...always kept us entertained and educated.... I would be remiss if I didn't mention that we just had the most wonderful group of people on this tour....is was so nice to meet such a fantastic group of people...we are even talking about doing another tour together.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Blend of City & Island Flavor

This tour was nicely designed with a good blend of the art and architecture of Barcelona and the natural beauty of Mallorca and Menorca. The tour exceeded my expectations (1) partly due to the tour Director, Francisco, who is very knowledgeable and passionate about his country...he even made the colorful history interesting! Also partly due (2) to the fact that the group numbered 13 which made for an easy cohesive comraderie. The Catalonia Plaza on Espanya was a great location, the Catalonia Majorica had great views, the Port Ciutadela Set hotel was excellent. We really had too little time in Barcelona. I would suggest that you add 1-2 days with an included or optional tour to Monserrat. Lovely tour.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Experience the beauty of the Spanish coast

I just returned from the first departure of Go Ahead's new walking tour and I was absolutely blown away by the itinerary - everything from accommodations, tour director, and locations were perfect. We had a great group and got to experience the island majesty of both Mallorca and its lesser known but arguably more beautiful neighbor, Menorca. I could not say enough good things about the tour and our tour director.

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