Grand Tour of Spain – Small Group
Embark on an unforgettable journey through Spain, starting in Madrid. Discover the vibrant streets of the Spanish capital, indulge in delicious tapas during a Welcome Tapas Dinner, and consider an optional excursion to the historic city of Toledo. As you travel south to Seville, immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and culture, with opportunities for an evening walk among the “Setas de Sevilla.” Explore Seville’s Jewish Quarter and, optionally, venture to Jerez de la Frontera for in-depth expereince. Continue your adventure to Cordoba, where you’ll visit the iconic Mosque-Cathedral before heading to Granada for a mesmerizing Gypsy Flamenco show and dinner. Discover the architectural marvel of Alhambra Palace, and explore the Albaicin Moorish quarter, with the option to savor Arab pastries and visit historical sites. Journey through Ubeda’s UNESCO-listed treasures and savor exquisite olive oil before reaching Valencia. Explore Valencia’s old town and head to the captivating city of Barcelona, where you’ll witness the works of architect Antoní Gaudí. Finally, bid farewell to Spain with a delectable Farewell Dinner in Barcelona, marking the end of an incredible 10-day adventure.
*This description also contains details on the optional tours that offerd with an additional charge.
Upon your arrival at the airport, we will welcome you and arrange a private transfer to your hotel. At 7:00 PM, join your Tour Director at the hotel’s Reception Desk for a friendly welcome meeting, where you’ll also get to meet your fellow travelers for this journey. The rest of the day is yours to relax and settle in at your hotel.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Then, embark on a captivating morning city tour of Madrid, one of the most thrilling cities in the world. Explore its top attractions and experience the city’s vibrant culture. The afternoon is yours to continue your exploration of this wonderful city. If you’re interested, you can also opt for an in-depth excursion to Toledo, a city that served as the Spanish Kingdom’s capital for centuries and played a pivotal role in various cultures. In the early evening, join fellow travelers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant. Afterward, return to your hotel for the night.
Begin your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Our journey takes us south to Merida, the historic capital of Extremadura in western Spain. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC, Merida still holds remnants of its ancient past, including the impressive Roman Theater (entrance included). Take some leisure time to soak in the atmosphere.
We then continue our adventure to Seville, the renowned Andalusian capital known as the “Spanish city of light.”
Discover Seville by Night – Setas de Sevilla Experience (in-depth excursion):
Optionally, embark on an evening walk to witness the enchanting Seville under the night sky. Stroll through the Setas de Sevilla, where you’ll feel as captivated as the swifts returning to our skies. The Setas’ Viewing Platform, with its 360º panoramic views, will be your path to experiencing Seville from above. This is where your journey begins, offering a breathtaking perspective of Seville’s rich history and the opportunity to choose your next direction.
Retire for the night at your hotel.
Start your day with a hotel buffet breakfast. Today, you’ll embark on a city tour to discover the enchanting side of Seville. Explore the historic Jewish Quarter, where narrow streets harken back to the time of Moorish rule. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to bask in the city’s radiance.
For in-depth exploration, consider the opt venturing to Jerez de la Frontera, renowned for its wine, flamenco, and equestrian culture. Jerez holds international acclaim for its sherry wine, equestrian traditions, bullfighting, flamenco, and motor racing. Delve into a Jerez sherry wine tasting and pay a visit to the famous equestrian school. Return to your comfortable hotel for the night.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Set out for Cordoba, a city brimming with historical significance. Explore its remarkable Mosque, now a Christian Cathedral, and meander through its charming Arabian-style streets. Continue your journey to Granada, one of Spain’s most enchanting cities, passing through endless olive oil groves. As the evening approaches, come together with your fellow travelers for an unforgettable Gypsy Flamenco show, an epitome of authenticity in Spain, complete with a delightful dinner. It’s an evening to be etched in your memory. Rest at your hotel for the night.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. The highlight of the day is the visit to the Alhambra Palace, a truly exceptional Spanish World Heritage Site. The intricately adorned domes and archways bear testament to the brilliance of Moorish craftsmen. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the River Darro’s west bank, it also offers breathtaking city vistas. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Exploring Albaicin – An Immersive Moorish Experience (in-depth excursion): Optionally, take a stroll through Albaicin for an authentic Arabian experience in Granada. This journey takes you from the era of Islam to Christianity, showcasing the captivating transformation of this mythical city. As you wander through Albaicin, you’ll uncover Granada’s history, from its Islamic roots to its Christian influence. Marvel at the city from its commanding viewpoints, visit former mosques transformed into churches, explore old palaces, and discover artisan workshops. You’ll even step inside one of the ancient Moorish homes and savor the renowned Arab pastry along with tea in a typical Granada teashop. To conclude this journey of contrasts, we’ll visit the Royal Chapel, a late Gothic masterpiece built by the Catholic Monarchs. Rest for the night at your hotel.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today, we’ll depart to Ubeda, a UNESCO site known as the heart of Spanish Olive Oil production. Take a leisurely stroll through this historically rich town and savor the distinct flavor of their golden Extra Virgin Olive oil during a local tasting, which includes a light lunch. Afterward, we’ll proceed to Valencia for your accommodation at the hotel.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today’s itinerary includes a visit to Valencia’s historic old town and the exterior of the most avant-garde complex: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.
In the early afternoon, journey to Catalonia and reach the vibrant city of Barcelona, renowned as the primary Mediterranean Spanish city and home to world famous architect Gaudí an icon of Catalan modernism. Check in and relax at your hotel for the night.
Start your day in Barcelona with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Begin your exploration of the city with a visit to the Barcelona Pavilion, a remarkable example of minimalism created for the 1929 International Exposition. Next, venture to the Sagrada Familia (entrance fee NOT included), an unfinished cathedral masterpiece designed by the Catalan architect Antoní Gaudí. You’ll have the afternoon to discover the city at your leisure. In the early evening, come together with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Your night’s stay will be at your hotel.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel, followed by a private transfer to the airport. This concludes our services.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
Barceló Torre De Madrid, 5-Stars or Similar
Nh Collection, 4-Stars Plus or Similar
Occidental Granada, 4-Stars or Similar
Ac Valencia, 4-Stars or Similar
Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, 4 -Stars Plus or Similar
9 nights accommodations at selected class hotels
- English speaking Tour Director throughout the journey
- Guided visits in Madrid, Cordoba (Mosque entrance included), Merida (Roman Theatre entrance included) Seville, Granada (Alhambra entrance included), Ubeda (with Olive oil tasting and light lunch), Valencia & Barcelona
- Daily breakfast
- Welcome Tapas dinner
- Flamenco experience with dinner
- Olive oil tasting and light lunch in Ubeda
- Farewell dinner
- Transportation by luxury coach
- Private transfers to/from airport as per itinerary
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Optional Experiences
- Optional activities – Mapping in-depth
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Personal Expenses
- Porterage at airport
- Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included