Medieval architecture of the Habsburg quarter, Madrid, Spain

Best of Barcelona & Madrid Vacation

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Barcelona, Madrid

Suggested Duration

13 Days

Luxuriate in the highlights of Spain by using Barcelona and Madrid to explore many of the country’s ultimate highlights. Think Gaudi’s architecture, seaside bliss, medieval cities, dazzling palaces, iconic art, and Catalan vineyards. Seven nights in Barcelona are followed by five in Madrid as your trip handcrafted for taking it slow and easy in Spain. Including Modernist and ancient Barcelona, Penedes, Sitges, Figueres, Toledo, Salamanca, Madrid, your getaway to Spain will be one that you will...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Modernist wonder of Barcelona, including Gaudi’s casas plus Montaner’s hospital and music hall
  • Discover Spain’s royal legacy, notably at Madrid’s palace and El Escorial
  • Luxuriate in the Penedes vineyards of Catalonia, popping a cork and drinking Cava
  • Escape to Spain’s golden plains with a day trip to the early medieval cities of Avila and Salamanca
  • Lounge on the Barcelona beach and spend leisurely evenings at the city’s waterside terraces
  • Uncover a fabulous world of art, including Dali’s museum in Figueres, the Picasso Museum, and Madrid’s famous trilogy of galleries
  • Using Barcelona as a base, you also make a day trip to Sitges where colorful houses lead the way to an elegant beach
  • Spend a day in Toledo, which is an enchanting city of spires and El Greco
  • With seven days in Barcelona, you do not miss out on any of the highlights, seeing everything from Barri Gotic to Montjuic and La Sagrada Familia

Detailed Description

Spain is a country of passion and soul, where icons live on, and surprises are found on every corner. It is a country of endless highlights, from ethereal architecture and art to medieval cities and golden beaches. Moreover, it is a country that is memorable for its atmosphere and the soulful rendition of life that plays out on the streets. Nowhere is this ambiance better reflected than Barcelona, which is a glorious Catalan city on the coast. Second prize must go to Madrid, which is an enchanting capital city that is far more authentic than its European counterparts. Barcelona and Madrid are also gateway cities, which are bases from which to discover more of Spain. So, on this Barcelona Plus luxury itinerary, you also enjoy experiences in Penedes, Figueres, Sitges, Toledo, Avila, and Salamanca.

Handcrafted as a relaxed, Spanish vacation, this 13-day tour spends seven nights in Barcelona and five in Madrid. On some of the days, you explore the iconic cities, from the best of Gaudi to lanes of tapas and churros. Private day tours celebrate the best of the Catalonia and Castile regions, incorporating everything from decadent vineyards to golden sandstone cities and immense medieval walls. Along the way, this tour encounters Picasso, Dali, El Greco, and Montaner, but it is not entirely focused on the art and the sights. Exploring Spain also concerns relaxing on the beaches, lounging around restaurant terraces, and wandering local neighborhoods during the evening. By only having two overnight destinations, you will get comfortable and soon discover local neighborhood favorites along with all the iconic attractions.

With a full week in Barcelona, you can explore both the city and broader Catalan. Your hotel is within easy reach of the beach and the old Latin quarter, so there are many places to relax after a day of discovering the region. Spend two days in the heart of the city where Gaudi’s formative works are among the highlights. Escape to the Penedes vineyards on day three where the lush bubbles of Cava are created. Day four explores the northeast of the city, from La Sagrada Familia to Montaner’s stunning Sant Pau hospital.

Figueres is quaint and quiet and is a delightful Catalan town where Dali was born. Make a day trip here on day five before winding through old Barcelona on day six, from Montjuic Castle down to Barri Gotic. Culminating your experience in Barcelona is a day trip to Sitges, which is one of Spain’s most leisurely beach towns that are complete with colorful houses that line the way to an atmospheric swathe of Mediterranean sand. Travel from Barcelona to Madrid by train, which is the fastest connection between the two city centers. Then, admire how the atmosphere changes as Catalan flair is replaced by old-world elegance.

Make up your first Madrid impressions on days eight and nine as you stroll to the Plaza Mayor and relax in El Retiro Park. Visit El Escorial for a glorious example of royal excess. Toledo is easily reached on the train from Madrid, which is a complete, medieval city where you follow the El Greco trail across cobblestone hills. Three art museums provide the focus on day 11, including the world-famous Prado. Avila and Salamanca complete your vacation, which are glorious old cities with postcard sights at every turn. As with other day trips, you return to the city for an evening in your local neighborhood, indulging in the Spanish atmosphere. Consider learning more about our travelers’ best travel experiences by reading their Spain travel reviews.

Starting Price

$4,051 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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