Whether pursuing an active or educational excursion, there is something for your entire family on this 10-day tour of some of Spain’s most essential destinations. The history buff in you will appreciate the abundance of stones that have been worn smooth by centuries of steps. Furthermore, you will enjoy the intricately carved facades that convey the stories of long-dead dynasties and savor the scent of Paella that has been cooked to perfection. This exploration of Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona...
Madrid – Get your Bearings in Madrid with Tour of the City Center
Situated in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish capital of Madrid retains plenty of the charm and grandeur that has been attracting travelers for centuries. The second largest airport in Europe, Madrid Barajas International Airport, affords all the luxuries and conveniences that your traveling family will desire and you will be greeted by a private transfer that carries you the short distance to your luxurious accommodation at the heart of Madrid’s city center. The more recent high rises and apartments of the outskirts of the city will give way to the palaces and villas of the Centro Historico, and each alley and street that winds away from the main boulevard will promise you many adventures and excitement. Madrid’s origins date back to the 9th century, and much of the city was contained in the medieval walls that protect many similar European cities. It was not until the mid-19th century with the application of gunpowder that the then useless walls were demolished to make way for Madrid’s growing population.
Once settled in your comfortable accommodation, your private guide will help you find your bearings in this new and vibrant setting. The area around your hotel is well accustomed to foot traffic, but it does not hurt to keep your head on a swivel for the occasional utility truck or bicyclist, as Madrid can get quite busy during the summer months. A short distance away lies your relief from the excitement of the streets as the Buen Retiro Park promises plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs and explore the numerous monuments, gardens, playgrounds, and cafes that make up this outdoor oasis. Your guide will ensure that no story from this previously private estate of Spanish royalty goes untold as you stroll under the shade of numerous species of oak, cypress, and elm trees.
Your day will conclude with a paseo or short walk that showcases why many consider Madrid to be not only the capital of Spain but also of the art world. Your guide will lead you on the Paseo del Prado, which is an art walk that includes three major art museums, one of which shares the name of this famous walk. The Prado, in particular, contains numerous works of Velasquez, Titian, Caravaggio, Dali, and many other European masters. With the park right across the street, you will have plenty of options for indoor and outdoor activities as your first day in Spain winds down.
Madrid – See the Sights with a Scavenger Hunt in Madrid
Seville – Recline in Andalusian Splendor in Seville
Seville – Enjoy a Boat Tour of Seville’s Historic Guadalquivir River
Seville – Demonstration of Spain’s Proud Equestrian Tradition
Seville – Experience the Thrills and Drama of an Operating Bull Ring
Barcelona – Welcome to Barcelona
Barcelona – Highlights of the Gothic Quarter and Paella Lesson
Barcelona – Visit the Most Quintessential of Spanish Villages
Barcelona – A Leisurely Departure from Your Spanish Excursion
- Stretch your legs and your imagination in a guided tour of El Prado Museum and El Retiro Park where siestas, or short midday naps, are not only allowed but encouraged
- Marvel at the sights and bring the Family together through a customized Spanish scavenger hunt through Madrid
- Indulge in a picnic in Seville’s legendary public park of Parque María Luisa and test your sea legs with a guided boat tour on the same river that Columbus used to depart for his famous voyage West
- Witness the equestrian grandeur of a performance at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera
- Traverse in the footsteps of the Matadors, or bullfighters, who carry on the unique Spanish tradition through a tour of an operating bull ring
- Explore the whimsical side of Spanish royalty through a private tour of the Labyrinth Park before watching the sunset from the highest mountain in Barcelona
- Uncover the secrets of Spanish culinary tradition through a paella making class after a relaxing excursion through Barcelona’s Ciutadella Parque
- The unique corners of Spain are brought to you at Poble Español, a village built on the slopes of Montjuic hill to showcase the many features and flavors of Spain
Leaving your work responsibilities and lunch meetings far behind, your arrival to Spain will mark your transition to a new pace and new space, where you and your family will wonder at the artistic works of creative masters, the eclectic history of centuries past, and the food that blends the new with the old in this unique corner of Europe. This 10-day tour of Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona distills Spain into a series of handcrafted experiences that will entertain, educate, and excite while also providing ample opportunities to relax and enjoy a siesta in one of the many pristine gardens and parks.
Your introduction to Spain begins at the capital of Madrid, where a composite of the many distinct cultures and nations of Spain are at your fingertips. You will enjoy paintings from artistic experts such as Salvador Dali or Velazquez and stroll down cobbled corridors where the diverse product of Spain’s kitchens is proudly on display. Madrid affords visitors an unparalleled view into the royalty of an empire that once connected the Old World with the New World. The majestic beauty of Madrid will be replaced by the ease of Andalusia, where the intoxicating scents of tree-lined boulevards and Moorish gardens add to the allure of Seville. Seville’s history of expertise in ceramics is proudly displayed on all homes in the historic quarter, so keep your eyes peeled for the hand-painted tiles that serve to decorate each home and display street numbers. Finally, the languor of Seville will be replaced by the bustle of Barcelona as you are presented options for adventure in this seaside community that dates back to the Romans.
In each of these communities, you will be presented with features and flavors that are either unique to that community or shared across Spain. This experience will successfully show you how these distinctions between the local and provincial blend together to form the fabric of modern Spain. This adventure is best enjoyed either during the Spring or Fall when the weather and crowds are most manageable, and the gardens are full of blossoming examples of Spanish landscaping. No matter when you decide to visit Spain, you will encounter an inviting country that is happy to receive visitors with no shortage of adventure.
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$3,115 per person (excluding international flights)
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