Grand skyscrapers to traditional flamenco, the Mediterranean Sea to the paintings of European masters, your custom-tailored best of Spain tour will take you on a remarkable adventure of intriguing beauty. Wander cobbled lanes in historical towns and bask in beautiful cities. Discover majesty in Moorish architecture, and then relax in the breathtaking scenery. Whether a lover of history or a fan of culture, eager to embrace nightlife or interested in prestigious culinary arts, you will have an...
Madrid – Arrive in the Bustling Capital of Spain at the Gran Via
Madrid brims with life and culture as the capital of Spain with the splendor of the country found along the elegant streets. The city is a showcase for the evolution of Spain within Renaissance masterworks and architecture that span the age of the empire. The modern metropolis provides a sample of contemporary life in Spain with gorgeous parks amid the urban sprawl and nightlife that brings the endless buzz to the streets during the cherished ritual of the paseo por la noche, the traditional evening stroll.
Your flight will arrive at Madrid Barajas International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs. After settling into the comforts of your luxury accommodation at the heart of the city, you will visit the Gran Via for an introduction to the contemporary history of Madrid. The popular shopping street has a collection of theaters, hotels, and restaurants spread through the notable architectural achievements of the early 20th century that connects Vienna Secession style with Noe-Mudéjar and Art Deco. As your walk off any jet lag, your love of the city will begin.
Madrid – Discover the Splendor of Madrid on a Guided Tour
Madrid – Visit the Charming Medieval City of Toledo
Madrid – Traverse the Storybook Streets and History of Segovia
Seville - Travel to Cordoba for a Half-Day Tour en route to Seville
Seville – Enjoy a Full Day Exploring the Splendor of Seville
Granada – Find the Gorgeous White Villages of Andalusia
Granada – Visit the Alhambra and Highlights of Granada
Valencia – Delight in Majestic Scenery before Arriving in Valencia
Valencia – Relish a City Tour and Fantastic Cooking Class
Barcelona – Venture to Barcelona to Visit the Gothic Quarter
Barcelona – Discover the Gaudi and the Fountains of Montjuïc
Barcelona – Savor a Day on the Famous Costa Brava
Barcelona – Depart for Home
- Wander through the historical walls and enchanting plazas of Granada’s Alhambra, a masterpiece of Islamic architectural design
- Embrace the flavors of Spain with a traditional paella class in Valencia, the city in which the dish was invented
- Delight in the aroma of delicious sweets while viewing the staggering display of Roman engineering at the ancient aqueduct of Segovia
- View the most extensive collection of Picasso’s early works inside a Gothic palace in Barcelona’s preserved Gothic Quarter
- Stroll through the fantastic assortment of European artistic masterworks that date between the 12th and 19th centuries in the Prado Museum
- Relish an excursion into the Andalusian countryside to visit charming town Arcos de la Frontera and its preserved whitewashed walls and customs
- Enjoy the passion and spirit of a traditional Flamenco performance in the captivating city of Seville
- Discover the treasured Islamic architecture and design of Le Mezquita in Cordoba to find a stunning Mihrab carved from a single marble block
- Embrace the distinct aesthetic of architect Antonin Gaudi whose surrealist designs decorate Barcelona at ‘La Pedrera,” and La Sagrada Familia Basilica
- Travel back in time within the preserved medieval streets of Toledo captured in the art by the master painter El Greco
The Iberian Peninsula is sure to enchant you during your 2-week Best of Spain tour that will capture the highlights of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and the region of Andalusia. Art will be your background to the contemporary culture of the country as the architecture acts like a timeline that shares the history of the country’s monarchy. Villages retain a sense of their historical charm while the broader cities celebrate their customs in the continued recipes of celebrated dishes. Spend your days basking in the brilliant Spanish sunlight and wandering through the old lanes of fascinating neighborhoods that take you through the courtyards of Moorish castles, the ruins of ancient strongholds, and the dance steps of the captivating flamenco.
Three nights in Madrid are your gateway into the diversity of Spanish culture and heritage. The city has a faster pace than its surroundings as a mark of its capital status, and you can explore the famous sites of Madrid with guided tours that will lead you from the Puerta del Sol to the Prado Museu. Uncover the importance of the contemporary and historical structures along the Gran Via and enjoy the elegant design of Plaza Mayor. Outside of the city, you can visit the charming medieval town of Toledo, which enjoys metalworkers that tinker with antique-inspired gifts and the preserved ambiance of the city with a harmonious amalgamation of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian history. In Segovia, you can explore the narrow lanes that hide decadent confectionaries and view the incredible Roman aqueduct that still feeds the old fortress.
Four nights in the region of Andalusia will take you to Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, and the whitewashed villages of the countryside. The renowned setting takes you back to Moorish Spain and will immerse you in the remarkable Islamic influences that decorate the cities from palaces to fortresses, tea shops to seasonings. While exploring Cordoba, you can enter the inspiring grounds of the former Great Cathedral. Seville boasts the largest Gothic cathedral in the world while Granada hosts the sensational Alhambra palace set atop a plateau overlooking the city, and the whitewashed villages like Arcos de la Frontera and Ronda provide a different view into the daily lives of Andalusian locals.
Two nights in Valencia will bring an end to your Southern Spain excursion, but will also introduce you to the prestige of Spain’s third-largest city, as well as its influence on the national gastronomy. Enjoy three nights in Barcelona for a spirited connection with the sophisticated Mediterranean ambiance. From exploring the works of Antonin Gaudi to wandering through the Gothic Quarter, finding the works of Picasso to traversing the shoreline along the Costa Brava, your time in Barcelona offers a charming ending to your best of Spain tour. Read more here about the other exceptional experiences our travelers have appreciated in their travel reviews of Spain.
$3,355 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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