Building on Onyar river in Girona, Spain.

Spain's Shining Jewels: Barcelona to Madrid Itinerary

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Cuenca...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Explore some of the best highlights in Spain’s internationally acclaimed cities of Madrid and Barcelona.  Streets buzz with energy as taxis and mopeds whiz down central boulevards while pedestrians chat in quaint shops and at outdoor cafes.  Children play lively games of impromptu soccer in central plazas while parents sip a glass of sweet red wine one a nearby restaurant terrace.  Around every cobbled alleyway is a peek into these cities’ fascinating narratives.  Stroll along...

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Trip Highlights

  • Stroll down the bustling boulevard of La Rambla and indulge in a sunset dinner along the coastline at La Barceloneta port
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter and ornate Arab baths of Girona
  • Traverse the cobbled streets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and marvel at the fantastical Sagrada Familia cathedral
  • Sample authentic paella in Valencia and visit the City of Arts and Sciences
  • Snap picturesque photos at the Hanging Houses of Cuenca and uncover Valencia's Gothic Quarter
  • Behold the beauty of Toledo's Alcazar palace and zipline across the Tagus River
  • Marvel at Madrid's Royal Palace and keep stride amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Gran Via
  • Indulge in a picnic at Parque El Retiro and admire world-renowned artwork at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Detailed Description

Get lost in the culture and history of a nation that is beloved for its delectable cuisine, friendly people, and laid-back attitudes. Close your history books and hop on a plane as you uncover the exquisite gems of Spain's major cities: Barcelona and Madrid. Each urban area teems with vivacious activity as locals go about their daily business and rendezvous with friends to shop or indulge in sit-down dinners on the weekends. Moreover, stoic facades around every corner nod to a rich history that spans thousands of years. In between these two major metropolises, you will make stops at treasured cities, towns, and villages along the way, each with their own rich pasts that are ready for you to uncover.

You will begin in Barcelona, where you will tour the Gothic Quarter and marvel at the whimsical halls of the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Then, you will delve deeper into the awe-inspiring architecture of Antoni Gaudi at the expansive Parque Guell. Afterward, you will take a short detour as you venture to the town of Girona and wander through the enchanting Jewish Quarter. Later, you will have the opportunity to snap picturesque photos at the Hanging Houses in Cuenca and indulge in the savory explosion of authentic paella in Valencia.

You will round off the last two days of your trip in the center of Spain amongst the dazzling highlights of Madrid, where you will mingle with royalty at the city's Royal Palace and then relax in the tranquil Parque El Retiro. You will also venture inside authentic bars and cafes in the trendy neighborhoods of Malasana and Lavapies before admiring the lovely artwork by Picasso and other world-renowned artists at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia on your final day in the city. Consider learning more about our travelers’ favorite travel activities by reading their Spain travel reviews.

Starting Price

$3,115 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.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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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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