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Spain's Coast & Islands Walking Tour

10 days Walking Tours
Spain’s coast and islands hold some of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets. From sweeping coastlines to seemingly untouched beaches 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.

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • Breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 5 escorted walks

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

An overnight flight takes you to the cultural hub of Catalonia: Barcelona. World-class museums, sprawling parks and a buzzing cafe culture make this city one of Spain’s most vibrant and distinctive destinations.

Barcelona2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

After clearing customs, a Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel in Barcelona. Once settled in, you’re free to begin getting to know the city on your own. Consider visiting the Picasso Museum, home to over 3,800 works showcasing the artist’s connection to Barcelona. Stroll through Ciutadella Park, the city’s central green space. Or, sip sangria in the Gothic Quarter in the shadow of towering medieval buildings. Following your afternoon on the town, clink glasses with your fellow travelers at your included welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: La Sagrada Família

A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), Gaudí’s famous landmark. Study the church’s mellifluous lines and multicolored Mediterranean-style mosaics, noting that its construction is not complete but continues sporadically today as funds allow. As you travel through the city, take in panoramic views of the Columbus Monument, the 14th-century Gothic Quarter and Montjuïc, where much of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games took place. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to another Gaudí creation, the Park Güell, a garden village nestled in the heart of the city. Later this evening, you may choose to join our optional excursion to a Flamenco Dinner Show, where you’ll experience the art and music of flamenco.

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera $79*pp Details

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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.

Mallorca2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Bellver Castle, Cathedral of Santa Maria

Fly to the golden sands of sunny Mallorca, well-known as a beach lover’s paradise. The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca’s landscapes extend beyond beautiful beaches, boasting broad plains and the dramatic mountain peaks of Serra de Tramuntana. Your first stop on the island is the capital city, Palma (officially known as Palma de Mallorca). Though Palma has a modern feel, remnants of the original city walls can still be seen. With a local guide by your side, embark on a walk through the heart of the city, taking in historic sights such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a Gothic structure over 300 years in the making. Then, enter the Bellver Castle, one of the few circular castles in Europe. Afterward, set off on your own to soak in more of the island culture.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Old Tramway

Alluringly isolated, the village of Fornalutx is best experienced 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. A tram will then take you 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 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cavern of the Dragon

Discover Mallorca’s hidden terrain as you descend into the Cavern of the Dragon. The network of otherworldly limestone caves features jagged stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over the centuries. At the end of your walk, you’ll reach 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 sister island. Though Menorca is smaller and lesser known, its picture-perfect beaches rival Mallorca’s. Settle in and enjoy your group dinner this evening.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Mahon cheese factory, Boat ride in Mahon, S’Albufera Natural Park, Fort Marlborough

Get a taste for one of Menorca’s culinary staples­ at the Mahon cheese factory, where you’ll discover how the delicacy is made. Following your tour, make your way to S’Albufera Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-named Biosphere Reserve. Walking along the reserve’s flat paths and wooden promenades, you’ll cross lush wetlands and woodlands, finding natural beauty at every turn. Watch for the colorful variety of birds as you wander along the area’s small lagoons and salt-water lakes, finally arriving at the shores of Es Grau Beach. Later, take a boat ride from the nearby port town of Mahon and get a glimpse into the history of Menorca at Fort Marlborough, an 18th-century British fortress constructed to help maintain control of the Mediterranean.

Barcelona2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, walk through the coastal landscapes of Menorca. Following the Camí de Cavalls (horse path), trek past a defense tower dating to the 1700s to Punta Prima, a white-sand resort where you’ll have free time to sit back and unwind. Stopping in the fishing village of Binibeca, take some time to shop at the local boutiques before flying back to Barcelona in the afternoon.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Pottery Workshop in Pals

Keep your camera ready as you make the drive from Barcelona to Costa Brava­—a ribbon of coastline backed by craggy cliffs, tranquil coves and stunning seascapes. On your guided walk in Begur, pass secluded beaches and colorful fishing villages where a simpler style of living is still embraced. Next, tour nearby Pals, strolling the medieval town’s cobbled streets on your way to the weathered stone buildings of the Gothic Quarter. Take in all the village’s historic sights, including Plaça Major, the tombs in the Carrer Major and the church of Sant Pere. Then, get a glimpse of a pottery workshop in town and watch the ancient art form in action. Returning to Barcelona, savor one last group dinner before tomorrow’s departure.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Try to fit in one last early morning stroll before a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for you flight home.

Add Madrid, 2 nights $419 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.

Madrid2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Prado Museum

Travel by high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid, Spain’s sophisticated capital. A professional local guide leads today’s tour of Madrid, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Your tour ends with entrance into the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. The Prado is home to masterpieces such as Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” and Goya’s “La maja desnuda.”

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Search out Madrid’s many cultural sites on your own—check out the Plaza Mayor, El Rastro Market or the Reina Sophia museum, for a start. Or, opt for an excursion to Toledo, where your guide will take you to the best of this historic city, including the massive Gothic cathedral and Santa María La Blanca synagogue.

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

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Say adios to bustling Madrid as a Go Ahead representative brings you to the airport to catch your return flight

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 5 escorted walks

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

An overnight flight takes you to the cultural hub of Catalonia: Barcelona. World-class museums, sprawling parks and a buzzing cafe culture make this city one of Spain’s most vibrant and distinctive destinations.

Barcelona3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

After clearing customs, a Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel in Barcelona. Once settled in, you’re free to begin getting to know the city on your own. Consider visiting the Picasso Museum, home to over 3,800 works showcasing the artist’s connection to Barcelona. Stroll through Ciutadella Park, the city’s central green space. Or, sip sangria in the Gothic Quarter in the shadow of towering medieval buildings. Following your afternoon on the town, clink glasses with your fellow travelers at your included welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: La Sagrada Família

A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), Gaudí’s famous landmark. Study the church’s mellifluous lines and multicolored Mediterranean-style mosaics, noting that its construction is not complete but continues sporadically today as funds allow. As you travel through the city, take in panoramic views of the Columbus Monument, the 14th-century Gothic Quarter and Montjuïc, where much of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games took place. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to another Gaudí creation, Park Güell, a garden village nestled in the heart of the city. Later this evening, you may choose to join our optional excursion to a Flamenco Dinner Show, where you’ll experience the art and music of flamenco.

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera $79*pp Details

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Pottery Workshop in Pals

Keep your camera ready as you make the drive from Barcelona to Costa Brava­—a ribbon of coastline backed by craggy cliffs, tranquil coves and stunning seascapes. In Begur, walk along a coastal trail connecting secluded beaches and colorful fishing villages. Next, tour nearby Pals, strolling the medieval town’s cobbled streets on your way to the weathered stone buildings of the Gothic Quarter. Take in the village’s historic sights, including Plaça Major, the tombs in the Carrer Major and the church of Sant Pere. Then, get a glimpse of a pottery workshop in town and watch the ancient art form in action.

Mallorca2 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Bellver Castle, Cathedral of Santa Maria

Fly to the golden sands of sunny Mallorca, well-known as a beach lover’s paradise. The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca’s landscapes extend beyond beautiful beaches, boasting broad plains and the dramatic mountain peaks of Serra de Tramuntana. Your first stop on the island is the capital city, Palma (officially known as Palma de Mallorca). Though Palma has a modern feel, remnants of the original city walls can still be seen. With a local guide by your side, embark on a walk through the heart of the city, taking in historic sights such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a Gothic structure over 300 years in the making. Then, enter the Bellver Castle, one of the few circular castles in Europe. Afterward, set off on your own to soak in more of the island culture.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Old Tramway

Alluringly isolated, the village of Fornalutx is best experienced 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. A tram will then take you 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

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cavern of the Dragon

Discover Mallorca’s hidden terrain as you descend into the Cavern of the Dragon. The network of otherworldly limestone caves features jagged stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over the centuries. At the end of your walk, you’ll reach 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 sister island. Though Menorca is smaller and lesser known, its picture-perfect beaches rival Mallorca’s. Settle in and enjoy your group dinner this evening.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Mahon cheese factory, Boat ride in Mahon, S’Albufera Natural Park, Fort Marlborough

Get a taste for one of Menorca’s culinary staples­ at the Mahon cheese factory, where you’ll discover how the delicacy is made. Following your tour, make your way to S’Albufera Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-named Biosphere Reserve. Walking along the reserve’s flat paths and wooden promenades, you’ll cross lush wetlands and woodlands, finding natural beauty at every turn. Watch for the colorful variety of birds as you wander along the area’s small lagoons and salt-water lakes, finally arriving at the shores of Es Grau Beach. Later, take a boat ride from the nearby port town of Mahon and get a glimpse into the history of Menorca at Fort Marlborough, an 18th-century British fortress constructed to help maintain control of the Mediterranean.

Madrid1 night Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, walk through the coastal landscapes of Menorca. Following the Camí de Cavalls (horse path), trek past a defense tower dating to the 1700s to Punta Prima, a white-sand resort where you’ll have free time to sit back and unwind. Stopping in the fishing village of Binibeca, take some time to shop at the local boutiques before flying back to Madrid in the afternoon. Bid farewell to your group over an included dinner.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Try to fit in one last early morning stroll before a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Add Madrid, 2 nights $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

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Prado Museum

A professional local guide leads a tour of Madrid, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Your tour ends with entrance into the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. The Prado is home to masterpieces such as Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” and Goya’s “La maja desnuda.”

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Search out Madrid’s many cultural sights on your own—check out the Plaza Mayor, El Rastro market or the Queen Sofia Museum for a start. Or, consider joining our optional excursion to Toledo, where your guide will take you to the best of this historic city, including the massive Gothic cathedral and Santa María la Blanca synagogue.

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

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Say adios to bustling Madrid as a Go Ahead representative brings you to the airport to catch your return flight

How's the weather?

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

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

On 2014 departures, round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Barcelona. Tour extension flights depart from Madrid. Included transportation on this tour is by internal flight (from Barcelona to Mallorca and Menorca to Barcelona) and ferry (Mallorca to Menorca). On 2015 departures, 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). Travelers joining the tour extension will travel by high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid. 

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 add additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage is more convenient. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring. 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 pack formal wear. Also, remember that it’s preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and 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.

How's the weather?

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

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.

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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

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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