Valencia's downtown cobbled streets fill with the intoxicating aromas of saffron-induced paella. At the City of Arts and Sciences, futuristic designs of Santiago Calatrava pierce the clear blue skies. Whimsical artwork of Antoni Gaudi transport visitors of Barcelona to a whole new dimension. In Madrid, the modern-day aesthetics of trendy shops and restaurants contrast with the opulent face of the nation's Royal Palace. Experience the intrigue of contemporary culture and fascinating history...
Madrid - International Arrival and Plaza del Sol
Experience the beauty and fervor of Spain's capital city when you touch down at the Madrid Barajas International Airport and ready yourself for your immersive getaway. After collecting your bags and traveling through customs, you will meet your expert guide who will lead you to the city center via a private shuttle service. Soon, you will be whizzing along the busied boulevards of Madrid's downtown until reaching your five-star hotel beside the Plaza Mayor.
Once you have settled into your hotel, you will once again meet your expert guide in the lobby and begin to explore Spain's exciting capital city. At the Plaza del Sol, the city comes alive with street vendors, live music entertainment, restaurant-goers, and impassioned flamenco dancers. You will tour the plaza and behold the Puerta del Sol facade, which marks the convergence of all major Spanish highways, signifying the central-most point of Spain. You'll have the chance to poke your head into quaint bookstores, cafes, and outdoor marketplaces. In the evening, you will enjoy a three-course luxury meal along Gran Via before resting up at your hotel and enjoying city views from your private balcony.
Madrid - Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace
Valencia - Authentic Paella Tasting and Mercat Central
Valencia - City of Arts and Sciences
Barcelona - Gothic Quarter and Traditional Flamenco Show
Barcelona - UNESCO Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
Barcelona - International Departure
- Get lost amongst the fervor of Madrid's Plaza del Sol and enjoy a three-course meal beside Parque El Retiro
- Discover the historical intrigue at the grand Plaza Mayor and stroll through the opulent halls of the Royal Palace
- Attend an authentic paella tasting event in Valencia and stroll through the kaleidoscopic array of fresh produce at the Mercat Central
- Marvel at the iconic futuristic designs of Santiago Calatrava in the City of Arts and Sciences and enjoy a seaside dinner
- Amble along the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona and attend a traditional flamenco show downtown
- Enter the impeccable halls of UNESCO's Sagrada Familia church and stroll through the whimsical Park Guell
- Enjoy sparkling ocean views from La Barceloneta port and admire the fantastical facades of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo
Experience the energetic frenzy of city life in Spain during your seven-day expedition to the Iberian Peninsula. You will experience the very best of Spanish metropolitan life when you venture to Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona alongside your expert guide. Stroll through elegant palaces, stomp your feet to the contagious rhythms of traditional flamenco music, and roll up your sleeves to take part in an authentic paella cooking class.
You will begin your Spanish vacation in the nation's capital when you touch down in Madrid. Explore the Plaza del Sol your first afternoon after settling into your five-star hotel nearby. Here, the city is abuzz with shopping, restaurant-going, and endless opportunities for sightseeing. You can also visit the Puerta del Sol, considered the single convergence of all major Spanish highways. On your second day in the city, you will join your expert guide for a customized city tour, including the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. In the evening, you will venture outside the downtown to the trendy neighborhoods of Malasana and Lavapies for a night of delectable tapas, music, and dancing.
Then, you are off to the sparkling Mediterranean coastline, where you will indulge in culinary excellence and architectural innovation in the beloved city of Valencia. You will begin downtown with an exciting visit to the Mercat Central to sample delicious olive varieties and admire the kaleidoscopic hues of fresh produce. Nearby, you will roll up your sleeves to participate in an authentic paella cooking class alongside an expert chef. Later, you will lose track of time and space as you behold the futuristic designs of Santiago Calatrava at the City of Arts and Sciences. Stark, white architecture pierces the blue skies and sunlight reflects against magnificent glass panels on the buildings' exterior.
The final third of our trip will be spent in the magnificent city of Barcelona, known for its progressive culture, vibrant traditions, and bold architecture. You will begin with a tour of the city's charming Gothic Quarter where you can visit iconic features like the Placa Sant Jaume, Barcelona Cathedral, and Placa Reial. That evening, you will attend a lively flamenco show that will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands in fervent syncopation. Finish off your vacation with an in-depth look at the whimsical designs of famed architect Antoni Gaudi. You will marvel at the intricate and fantastical artwork at the Sagrada Familia World Heritage site before strolling through Park Guell and enjoying panoramic views of the city below.
$2,179 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.
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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