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Grand Tour of Spain

14 days |  16 days with Barcelona extension
14 days |  16 days with Barcelona extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.7 out of 5 stars

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Culture, history, and cuisine, all with Spanish flavor.

Spain's charismatic locals and cosmopolitan cities shine on this tour, which take you from the museums of Madrid to the sands of the Costa del Sol. Barcelona and Madrid compete for the title of cultural capital, both boasting incredible art and architecture. Andalusia is a showcase of mosques, churches, and Moorish castles. Sample it all on this guided tour of Spain, traversing the country from north to south and back again.

Your tour package includes

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

  • Prado Museum
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Córdoba
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Ronda
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Madrid today.

Madrid3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Madrid
Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Get an insider’s view of Madrid with 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.

Enjoy free time in Madrid or add an excursion.

Traditional Spanish Evening

From $119 per person

Day 4: Free day in Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Madrid or add an excursion.


From $105 per person

Seville2 nights
Day 5: Seville via Córdoba & olive oil farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Ride a high-speed train to the town of Córdoba. Then, discover some of the flavors and history of Andalusia.

  • Explore Córdoba, which was once home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths, and 70 libraries.
  • 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.
  • Stop at an olive oil farm and join a local guide for a tour of the olive groves, mill, and cellar.
  • Sample some orange-infused olive oil drizzled on top of chocolate gelato.
  • Enjoy free time to shop.

Then, continue on to Seville and 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 6: Sightseeing tour of Seville
Included meal: Breakfast

Uncover the beauty of Seville, the historic Andalusian capital, on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • View the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España.
  • Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz.
  • Step inside the Gothic Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world.

Enjoy free time in Seville or add an excursion.

Traditional Seville Flamenco Show

From $79 per person

Costa del Sol2 nights
Day 7: Costa del Sol via Ronda
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to the beaches of Costa del Sol, stop to explore the famous cliffside town of Ronda with a local guide.

  • Admire the town's picturesque white buildings and pass the Plaza de Toros, which was constructed in the late 1700s.
  • View the staggering Puente Nuevo, an 18th-century bridge that spans a deep gorge.
  • Walk by Mondragón Palace and enter Casa don Bosco, a historic home with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.

Continue on to Costa del Sol and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 8: Free day on Costa del Sol
Included meal: Breakfast

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

A Day in Gibraltar

From $155 per person

Granada1 night
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of the Alhambra
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-recognized 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 met.
  • See where the royal family lived during visits to Comares Palace and the Palace of the Lions.

Please note: The order of activities is subject to change.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Valencia2 nights
Day 10: Valencia via Guadix
Included meal: Breakfast

On the way to Valencia, stop in the cave district of Guadix, where nearly half of the residents live underground.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Valencia
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Discover Valencia on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Pass the City of Arts and Sciences, a symbol of Spain’s modernist architecture.
  • See the Torres de Serranos and national ceramics museum and on a drive through El Carmen neighborhood.
  • Admire the UNESCO-listed Llotja de la Seda as you walk through the Old Town to Plaza de la Virgen.
  • Gaze upon the unique architecture of Valencia Cathedral.
  • Stop for a tasting of the decadent beverage known as horchata.

Enjoy free time to get to know Valencia on your own, perhaps grab a dish of their famous paella, or take a leisurely stroll through the Royal Gardens.

Barcelona2 nights
Day 12: Transfer to Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel along the Mediterranean coast as you make your way to Barcelona.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Follow a local on a guided tour of the Catalonian capital.

  • 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 through Mirador de l’Alcalde Park.
  • Pass Plaça d’Espanya.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Celebrate your trip with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Park Güell & La Pedrera

From $109 per person

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue exploring Barcelona.

Extension to Barcelona
Barcelona has a unique identity that practically radiates charm. Spend a couple days uncovering the city’s modernist architecture, Mediterranean shores, and Catalan cuisine, and lean on your Tour Director for guidance as you go.
Barcelona2 nights
Day 14: Free day in Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Picasso & Gothic Barcelona

From $85 per person

Day 15: Free time in Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Barcelona or add an excursion.

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


From $95 per person

Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

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    4 out of 5 stars

    5/2/24 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    5 out of 5 stars

    A dream trip
    5/2/24 by 5th-time traveler Anonymous

    This trip exceeded my expectations. Attention to detail was evident in accommodations, transportation, tour guides and activities. While two weeks is not long enough for such a beautiful country, this trip provided a great overview of Spain’s history, culture and geography. All the cities we visi...

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    Grand Tour of Spain, 2024
    5/2/24 by 3rd-time traveler Norma

    I recently did the Grand Tour of Spain. It’s my third time traveling with EF Go Ahead Tours. My daughter, my friend and I had a wonderful time discovering all the wonders and tastes of Spain with Manuel, the very best tour guide. It was the largest group I ever traveled with, but Manuel handled ever...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/5/24

    Hi Norma, Thank you so much for your kind review. ...

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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.
    Hotel NH Madrid Zurbano
    Hotel NH Madrid Zurbano

    This stylish hotel is located in Madrid’s Chamberí neighborhood. Guests enjoy spacious rooms, an on-site restaurant, and a relaxing bar. Nearby, you’l...

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    NH Collection Sevilla
    NH Collection Sevilla

    This stylish, modern hotel is located in the Nervión district in eastern Seville. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, as well as a swimming pool, gym, and restau...

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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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    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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    Silken Puerta Valencia
    Silken Puerta Valencia

    This modern hotel is located in Valencia’s Camins al Grau neighborhood. Guests enjoy bike rentals, a cafe, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the P...

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    Catalonia Eixample 1864
    Catalonia Eixample 1864

    This contemporary hotel is located in the Eixample district. Guests enjoy air conditioning, a swimming pool, and terrace. Nearby, you'll find Montjuïc...

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