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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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Handpicked hotels

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Maximum tour group size: 28 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

  • 5 escorted walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona.

Barcelona 3 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

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)

Mallorca 2 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

Menorca 2 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

Madrid 1 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

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

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.

Madrid 2 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • 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: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Coasta Brava, Bravo!

This was a lovely adventure. Key word: lovely! Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Coasta Brava, the walks, the food, the wine, the village of PALS, the Cavern of the Dragon (spectacular concert), the salt marshes, the wine, the bullfighting ring that is now a mall, Gaudi, the islands of Mallorca and Menorca, the ferry to Menorca, the wine....did I mention the wine? Even Sean, our wonderful tour director, was.....excellent! This may be weird, but one of the best things about this tour was that nearly every coach ride was under an hour! I hate sitting on coaches for three hour stretches. This tour was perfect for coach travel. You're off the coach in under an hour so you can experience something memorable for a longer period of time. (I loved the impromptu buffet lunch before the ferry ride to Menorca!) The champagne (Moet) in Port Ciutadella on Menorca with five of my lovely traveling companions will never be forgotten. And, the lovely British couple that joined us (after sending us a lovely bottle of Menorcan red wine) are forever captured on my video (Clive and Beverly). Eight lovely days. Thanks, Sean. Thanks, Go Ahead. And thanks to Stephanie, a customer rep for Go Ahead, who joined us on this adventure. Lovely!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

extremely good tour director

to summerize all of my tours with GO AHEAD have been pleasantly memorable. I've been very pleased with all my of the travelers with in the various tours. the walking tour of Spain had such a variety of spotlights. the guide at the Rrada Museum was exceptional., he is so knowledgable and entertaining at the same time. and last but not least our guide Dina was over the top. Friendly, aware and at the top of her game. very very pleased.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

More Walking

This tour was my fifth Go Ahead tour. Last year my wife and I took the Amalfi Coast Walking tour which was excellent. Unfortunately, the Spain Coast & Islands tour was not so good. The locations we visited were beautiful, but there was very little walking and the planning by Go Ahead was subpar. On the first day of walking (Costa Brava) our tour director and the bus driver learned they could not take the bus to the scheduled walk location. They had to improvise a walk which was brief. The walk on Mallorca (Fornalutx) was nice, but only about 45 minutes. The two walks on Menorca were nice, but again, they were brief. The brevity of the walks seemed to be linked with the bus availability: we were always being told that the bus had to be back at our hotel by 4 or 5 PM. Whatever the reason it seemed poor planning by Go Ahead. Also, except for one walk on Menorca, none of our walks had an expert local guide. We only had our tour director with us on the walks. On the Amalfi Walking Tour we had a local guide for each walk. We have enjoyed all our previous Go Ahead trips so it was a bit of a shock to have this subpar tour.

 

Paul, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We truly value the feedback you have shared, though we are sorry to hear your tour experience fell short of your expectations and your past tours with Go Ahead. We are currently working to improve the descriptions our walking tours so that all travelers will be able to select the tour that best fits their preferences. We also look forward to reviewing the tour evaluations from your tour departure so we may use the feedback to make improvements going forward.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 14, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Walking Tour

The overall trip was great. Dina did a remarkable job considering that a few snags arouse. In Menorca we were not able to go to the Mahon cheese factory but Dina arranged a cheese tasting in town. And at the end of the day she surprised us with a visit to a vineyard. There were 3 marathons in Madrid. Many streets were closed so Dina arranged for us to go to the Prado in the morning since we could walk there from the hotel. We went for a bus tour in Madrid in the afternoon. There still was a lot of traffic. All the hotels were very well situated and very nice. My room in Menorca was stuffy (luckily it was on a street is no traffic so I could open the window) and the tub was very slippery. Last year I was on the religious Heritage tour. The weekend you picked for the start was very, very busy in Paris. The 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Queen was visiting and it was the finals of the French Open tennis tournament. As a result there were places we couldn't see and we spent most of the day in traffic. This year was really busy in Madrid with 3 marathons. I know you plan the trip way ahead of time but maybe when you find out there are events in the cities we are visiting you may want to adjust things.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent Experience

I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this tour. It was a good mix of walking, sightseeing, planned activities and free time. The hotels we stayed at were by and large excellent. I say "by and large" because one could nitpick around the edges here and there, but all provided fine accommodations overall. The hotel breakfasts were sumptuous spreads, as was the provided dinner at the Hotel Ciutadella, where we stayed in Menorca. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of the two restaurant dinners that GoAhead hosted in Barcelona and Madrid; both were mediocre. The tour director, Dina, "made" the tour. She was warm, wry and funny - the perfect hostess. She also dealt well with several unanticipated developments, most notably a taxi driver who wanted to give up on taking some members of our group to the Madrid airport for departure due to traffic disruption caused by the running of a big marathon and two other road races. Of our five local guides, four were excellent. Federico, who took us through El Prado in Madrid, delivered a 90-minute art lecture that I'll never forget. Javier, a naturalist, led a really informative hike through Park Grau in Menorca. This tour involved a lot of moving around, but all of our bus, ferry and local airplane transportation went off without a hitch.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

It Wasn't Bad, Pros and Cons

This was my third trip with GoAhead Tours and probably my least favorite, although it was not bad. First, the pros, I loved my time in Barcelona, and the islands of Mallorca and Menorca were absolutely gorgeous and at times, absolutely breathtaking. I loved the Costa Brava as well as the trip to Fornalutx and Soller. The group was absolutely awesome. I travelled with friends, and made many new friends. The welcome and farewell dinners were great, and I really enjoyed the tour of the cheese factory. As indicated in my review title, it was not a bad trip. I enjoyed it and have fond memories from the trip. But, there were some "cons" to the trip. First, the hotels on this trip left much to be desired. The hotel in Barcelona was very centrally located and very close to Las Ramblas. However, the front desk staff at the hotel was absolutely awful. The wifi did not work at all, and once it did, we were given the wrong passwords, etc. Every time we attempted to speak with them, the line was long and slow, and the staff was of no help. On the return visit back, we were out late that night and returned to a room that we quickly discovered was apparently near housekeeping. We heard loud voices all night and clanging of dishes, etc. At the point we realized it, it was too late to change rooms and we were not able to sleep at all. The hotel in Mallorca had a wonderful view overlooking the city, however the bed was completely uncomfortable and it was a long walk or tram ride down/up a large hill, or a bus/cab ride, into the center of town. Several of the folks on the tour attempted to take the bus into the city based on the tourguide's instructions, and ended up on the wrong side of town. There was a leak in the roof outside our room and they never came to repair it, so there was always a large puddle of water outside our room that we had to dodge. The hotel in Menorca was very modern and quite nice, however, also a long, somewhat dark, scary walk into town, although we were told that the island was extremely safe and crime was very low. Next, I was very aware that there was a ferry ride from Mallorca to Menorca, but the weather that day was not good and the seas were pretty choppy for those of us prone to seasickness. I did fine because I brought my wristbands, but my friend was very sick the entire time and was down the rest of the day. It appears as though they have since replaced the ferry with a plane ride, which is awesome if you're considering this trip. Also, there were some excursions that I did not particularly enjoy that perhaps should have been optional. For example, the trip to Majorica, the handmade pearl factory, was a complete waste of time. It looks like they have since removed it from the itinerary which is good. There was no guided tour, and most of the men were completely bored. I was completely bored at the pottery "factory" in Pals. We all know how pottery is made; it's apparently the same in every country. They were lovely people, though. That pottery tour is apparently seasonal now, also good. Lastly, I probably would've enjoyed more "down time" in Barcelona upon arrival. Our tour took us back to Barcelona at the end, but we were a bit exhausted at that point from all the island hopping. I see that the trip now ends up in Madrid, which is awesome! I think that's a great improvement to this trip! Anyway, I don't want to give the wrong impression, I did really enjoy the trip for the afore-mentioned reasons. I acknowledge that this is a realtively new trip and we were one of the first groups to do it, but I just think that there are ways that this trip could be improved, and it looks like it already has been since we took this trip in September 2014. That said, as always, a pleasure to do business with, and travel with GoAhead Tours. Just booked my fourth trip with GoAhead and super excited about it! I'm a repeat customer!

 

Angela, Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your time on tour. The feedback you provided is most helpful and we will certainly be passing along your comments to our Operations Team regarding the hotels in Barcelona and Mallorca. While we have not yet officially made the change to flying between Mallorca and Menorca, it is something we are actively looking into changing. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to seeing you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 24, 2015

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 :-).

4 / 5

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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