Scenic Montjuic cable car ride in Barcelona, Spain

Immersive Family Vacation to Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Barcelona, Valencia (City), Madrid

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Mopeds whiz around the busy Placa de Catalunya as shoppers gather along Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona. Meanwhile, in Valencia, beachgoers dig their toes into the soft, sandy beaches and indulge in a rich, seaside feast of freshly cooked paella. In Madrid, visitors gather at the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol before feasting on tapas and dancing the night away in the trendy neighborhood of Malasana. Take the whole family on an unforgettable trip to Spain's metropolitan areas to experience...

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Trip Highlights

  • Coast down the glistening waters of the Mediterranean Sea and indulge in a three-course dinner at Barcelona's Plaza Mayor
  • Stroll through Antoni Guadi's whimsical Park Guell for panoramic views of the city and relax along Barcelona's sunkissed benches
  • Get lost in the charm and intrigue of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and board the scenic Montjuic cable car ride
  • Roll up your sleeves for an authentic paella cooking class and join in on the fun at Gulliver's park
  • Amble through the futuristic facades of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences and step inside the fun-filled L'Oceanografic aquarium
  • Bite into the sugar, crispy fried dough known as churros and immerse yourself in the vivacious energy of the San Miguel food markets
  • Picnic in the lush Parque El Retiro and journey through the park on a horse-drawn carriage ride before attending an authentic flamenco show
  • Indulge in some downtown metropolitan shopping in Madrid and take photos amongst the frenzied energy of the Plaza del Sol

Detailed Description

Take off on an adventure of a lifetime to sunny Spain as a whole family. You'll experience the very best of Spain's major cities on this custom tour. Stroll along Barcelona's shady Las Ramblas boulevard, dine at Madrid's Plaza Mayor while acoustic bands serenade you, and dig your toes into Valencia's sparkling Mediterranean waters. Get the kids in on the action as you tap your toes on the pavement during an authentic flamenco show, ride a cable car for stunning mountain views, and roll up your sleeves to participate in a traditional paella cooking class.

Your eight-day Spanish getaway begins in Catalonia's capital city of Barcelona. Streets are abuzz beginning in the early morning hours as locals and tourists alike gather near La Boqueria Market and Las Ramblas boulevard. The first night, you can enjoy a lovely dinner in the Placa Reial while street performers take center stage in the center of the plaza. The following day, you will explore one of famed architect Antoni Gaudi's most beloved creations, Park Guell. This whimsical park provides stunning panoramic views of the city and ocean water below. You can get lost amongst the scattered woodland cottages, grand mosaic staircases, and bold stone archways. In the afternoon, you and the kids will embark on a beach outing to some of Barcelona's most beautiful beaches, including Playa de la Barceloneta, Playa de la Mar Bella, and Playa de San Sebastian. The next day, you can explore the Gothic Quarter alongside your expert guide for a tour of the city's historical gems, including Placa de Sant Jaume. In the afternoon, you will board a cable car ride to Montjuic, a stoic castle perched atop the city.

Then, it's off to Valencia, just a few hours due south via Spain's high-speed AVE train. You and the family will quickly fall in love with Valencia as you explore the city's colorful buildings and whimsical street art. On your first day, you'll roll up your sleeves to participate in an authentic paella cooking class alongside an expert chef. Then, unwind at Gulliver's Park, where the kids have the freedom to explore. The next day, you can marvel at the futuristic designs of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences before stepping inside Valencia's massive aquarium.

The final portion of your trip will be spent in the nation's effervescent capital city of Madrid. You will stroll through Parque El Retiro and have a chance to ride inside a horse-drawn carriage for an expansive view of this massive park, then check out the San Miguel Food Market. The kids will love taste-testing Madrid's fried dough, sugary delight known as churros. Round off your trip by attending a high energy flamenco show that will have the whole family stomping and clapping along.

Starting Price

$2,491 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

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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