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A Week in Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville

9 days |  12 days with Granada & Costa del Sol extension
9 days |  12 days with Granada & Costa del Sol extension
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Spend una semana exploring three vibrant Spanish cities.

Barcelona is a laid-back wonderland packed with imaginative architectural icons. Madrid has all the makings of a busy capital city, with world-class museums (hello, Prado) and restaurants. And Seville is home to a treasure trove of historic structures, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites. On this week-long tour, see, hear, taste, and feel the distinctive delights each of these Spanish cities has to offer.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
  • 5 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Sagrada Família
  • Royal Palace
  • Prado Museum
  • Córdoba
  • Olive oil tasting
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Spain! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner in Barcelona. This cosmopolitan, coastal city is the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region and is celebrated for its spectacular art and architecture—particularly works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Antoni Gaudí.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Included meal: 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 and past Gaudí’s Casa Battló, or House of Bones, widely considered to be one of the architect’s masterpieces.
  • Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and soak in the panoramic views from Mirador de l’Alcalde park.
  • Pass Plaça d’Espanya, where many of Barcelona’s main roads intersect.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Park Güell & La Pedrera

From $109 per person

Madrid3 nights
Day 4: Train ride to Madrid
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey by high-speed train to Spain’s capital, Madrid, a bustling city that’s latticed with elegant boulevards and blanketed with vast, manicured parks. Then, sit down for an included dinner.

Please note: Porterage is not included for the train transfers. Travelers must be comfortable lifting and carrying all luggage over steps, onto platforms, and into luggage storage. 

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Get acquainted with Spain’s cosmopolitan capital city with the help of a local guide.

  • View the Royal Palace, Spain’s largest royal residence.
  • Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt.
  • View the city’s many squares, including Plaza Colón and Plaza Neptune.
  • Explore the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy and is home to the works of Goya, Velásquez, and more iconic artists.

Enjoy a free evening in Madrid or add an excursion.

Traditional Spanish Evening

From $119 per person

Day 6: Free day in Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Madrid or add excursions.


From $105 per person

Madrid Flamenco Show

From $139 per person

Seville2 nights
Day 7: Seville via Córdoba & olive oil farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Ride a high-speed train to the Andalusian city of Córdoba, once an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. Please note: Travelers should feel comfortable managing their own luggage while getting on and off the train.

Then, discover Andalusia’s history and cuisine.

  • Explore Córdoba, which was once home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths, and 70 libraries.
  • Pass by the city’s Roman Bridge, which was built in the first century BCE and features 16 irregularly patterned arches.
  • View the medieval Albolafia Mill, one of several historic watermills in the city.
  • Enter the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the eighth century as a mosque and then transformed into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236.

After exploring Córdoba, settle in on your coach and continue on to a family-owned olive oil farm for a tour and tasting.

  • Join a local guide for a tour of the farm’s olive groves, mill, and cellar.
  • Learn how olives are grown, harvested, and turned into olive oil, one of Spain’s major exports.
  • Sample some orange-infused olive oil drizzled on top of chocolate gelato.
  • Enjoy free time to shop for made-on-the-farm products.

Continue on to Seville and spend a free evening in the city.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Seville
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Uncover the beauty of Seville—Andalusia’s capital city, which is known for its historic churches, palaces, and Moorish buildings—on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • View the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España.
  • Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz.
  • See the Gothic Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world.
  • Enter the Royal Alcázar, a palace that was once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

Celebrate your trip with your group members at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to visit Granada and Costa del Sol.

Extension to Granada & Costa del Sol
Soak up sunshine—and stunning architecture—in southern Spain as you travel to Granada and Costa del Sol. Along the way, you’ll explore the white village of Ronda and the staggeringly beautiful Alhambra alongside expert local guides. When you're not drinking in the region’s storied history or stunning, Mediterranean landscape, you can grab a seat inside a tapas bar for a taste of modern life in Spain's sunny southern reaches.
Granada1 night
Day 9: Granada via Ronda
Included meal: Breakfast

Head south toward Granada, stopping along the way to explore the famous cliffside town of Ronda with a local guide.

  • Admire Ronda’s picturesque white buildings and pass the Plaza de Toros bull ring, which was constructed in the late 1700s.
  • View the staggering Puente Nuevo, the 18th-century bridge that spans El Tajo gorge and connects Ronda’s old and new towns.
  • Walk by Mondragón Palace and enter Casa don Bosco, a historic home with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in the old town.

Then, continue on to Granada.

Costa del Sol2 nights
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of the Alhambra & transfer to Costa del Sol
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off on a guided tour of the Alhambra, the Moorish sultans’ last stronghold in Spain.

  • Walk along the Cypress Promenade to view the upper and lower gardens of Generalife Palace, once the Nasrid dynasty’s summer home.
  • Enjoy panoramic views overlooking Granada and the surrounding countryside.
  • View the unique curved, Roman-style courtyard inside the Palace of Charles V.
  • Admire the blend of Western art and Islamic design as you stroll through ornamented courtyards.
  • Enter the Nasrid Palaces and see the Mexuar, where the Council of Ministers once met.
  • See where the royal family lived during visits to Comares Palace and the Palace of the Lions.

Then, head to Costa del Sol, a stretch of fashionable towns and beaches hugging the Mediterranean.

Day 11: Free day on Costa del Sol
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day on Costa del Sol or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

A Day in Gibraltar

From $155 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Málaga airport for your flight home.

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    5 out of 5 stars

    The best of Spain
    6/22/24 by 1st-time traveler Kim

    I could not have been any more pleased and satisfied with how everything was handled during this amazing tour. The cities were amazing, the food was great, the tours were informative and top notch. Our tour director, Elisa Sanchez, was fenomenal and exceeded all my expectations. She was helpful, kin...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    An experience I did not expect!
    6/22/24 by 1st-time traveler Riley

    The experience started bumpy with the flight issues. While in Spain it was divine. Elisa always prep us for the day and the next. She always kept us safe. She also was able to answer our questions for more local experience. She is the best. If I based it of the flight issues I wouldn't do it again...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Fun tour
    6/8/24 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    This was my first tour with a group or touring company. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was so nice to not plan anything. Our tour guide Elisa was the best! She had so much knowledge. So organized. So funny. Cool under pressure. Really an asset. Most of our local tour guides were really amazi...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    H10 Marina Barcelona
    H10 Marina Barcelona

    This seaside hotel is located in the El Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool, spa, and fitness center. Nearby you'll find...

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    Novotel Madrid Center
    Novotel Madrid Center

    This spacious hotel is located in the heart of Madrid. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a fitness center. Nearby, you'll find the Prado ...

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    Novotel Sevilla
    Novotel Sevilla

    This centrally-located hotel is in the Nervión district of Seville. Guests enjoy a restaurant, rooftop swimming pool, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find t...

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    Gran Hotel Luna de Granada
    Gran Hotel Luna de Granada

    This modern hotel is located close to the shopping area of Granada. Guests enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and restaurant options. Nearby you’ll ...

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    Hotel Alay
    Hotel Alay

    This coastal hotel is located in Benalmádena. Guests enjoy a bar, gym, and outdoor pool. Nearby you’ll find the marina, Malapesquera Beach, and Benalm...

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