Madrid, Trujillo, Extremadura, Cacéres, Dehesa, Salamanca, Astorga, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela
Dates are customizable for private departures.
From Madrid to Galicia, you will travel back in time on this handcrafted 11-day tour to the spirited shores of Spain. In Madrid, history is captured in the architectural details that dominate the cityscape, and in Caceres, the contradictions in styles and conventions showcase the blend of influences in culture. In Santiago de Compostela, cathedrals spotlight Spain’s deep spiritual roots. Unravel Spain's intriguing heritage on this historical tour.
Madrid - Spain’s Golden Metropolis
A golden metropolis that shimmers underneath the sun, Madrid is a marvelous Spanish destination that boasts exquisite European art and architecture. Beneath its skyline, you will find a community that is closely interwoven with its artistic heritage and that appreciates traditional cuisine. After touching down at the international airport, you will comfortably transfer to your elegant accommodation with the city’s fascinating culture and heritage sites at your doorstep. You can spend the evening strolling through the spirited avenues or relaxing on your balcony.
Madrid - Through the Cityscape
Today, you will discover Madrid with the help of a private tour guide, who will escort you down beautiful boulevards to dissect architectural and shopping districts before leading you to the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor. Each stop will share insight into Spain’s heritage, and you will begin building a clearer picture of the culture as you capture more of the bewitching environment, especially within the Prado Museum. Before dinner, an elaborate flamenco performance will prove a colorful and jubilant experience to conclude your adventurous day.
Extremadura - The Wilderness and Stars
Between you and Extremadura lies the unspoiled Spanish wilderness. You will be chaperoned into the forested landscapes of Monfrague National Park on a private tour of the luxuriant environment. Afterward, medieval castles and cobblestone streets will welcome you to the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro and Francisco de Orellana, Trujillo. Here, you can discover the stories of these famous conquistadors before arriving in Extremadura under the open skies. You will partake in a stargazing experience led by an expert guide, who will navigate your eye to the endless sea of constellations.
Caceres - Spanish Castles
Your journey to Caceres will be led by a knowledgeable guide, who will lead you through the sacred grounds of hallowed monuments. Stories of kings, crusades, and dramatic battles will frame the landscapes and heritage sites that you visit, including the Jerez de Los Caballeros castle. After coming to rest at the Parador de Zafra, you will settle in at a linen-draped table overshadowed by the magnificent interior. Here, you will enjoy a sumptuous meal paired with prestigious Spanish wines in the castle.
Caceres - Architectural Contradictions
Spanish history is riddled with eras of war and conflict, and this is exceptionally evident in the city of Caceres. The city is dominated by architectural constructions and spiritual monuments. This adds to the charm rather than detracting from. The city hosts a unique blend of influences and architecture that represent a significant history. Today, you will enjoy a stroll through the winding streets of Caceres to discern the designs that comprise the city before concluding your day with a Michelin-starred meal.
Salamanca - The World’s Greatest Ham
Pata Negra Ham is somewhat of an enigma. Today, you will discover the secrets behind the renowned meat. Your journey will bring you to the Dehesa region, a semi-natural landscape that has been adapted to provide optimal agricultural conditions for raising pure Iberian pigs. It is these pigs that provide the world’s greatest ham in Pata Negra. While stopping here, you will enjoy the luxury of tasting the produce yourself. Crossing Sierra de Francia as you make your way to Salamanca, you will pop into forgotten villages where fragrant flowers hang from window sills.
Salamanca - The Origins of Spanish Education
Home to the oldest university in Spain, Salamanca is prized by the local people and boasts a collection of cultural sites to visit on a private tour. As you stand beneath the university's ornate facade, the gravity of its importance will feel stronger than ever before. The monumental building remains one of the most prestigious schools in the country and welcomes thousands of visitors per year. After traveling through Salamanca, you will begin to feel at ease and one with the locals. You can chat with friendly residents and peruse dashing boutique stores.
Vigo - Antoni Gaudi’s Legacy
By stopping at Astorga en route to Vigo for a moment to catch your breath, you will have some time to explore the city of medieval legacies. Preserved in the elaborately decorated walls of its churches and Gothic features of its covenants, Astorga’s deep-rooted heritage will be on display for your viewing pleasure. The astonishing architectural highlights will culminate at the Bishop’s Palace, a remarkable visionary work from the Modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi. This is only one of two buildings he designed outside of Catalonia.
Santiago de Compostela - Spanish Seafood
The final leg of your tour will be spent in Santiago de Compostela, a beloved pilgrimage site that boasts mesmerizing quarters and meticulously crafted cathedrals. Before you reach Santiago de Compostela, you will discover the Galician fjords. On a private boat, you will set sail across the silver water to the rocky seascape where mussels and shellfish thrive and are prepared at humble stalls.
Santiago de Compostela - The Spirit of Santiago
When you approach Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, you will be blown away by the sheer size of the spiritual complex. Light filters through its intricate walls and appears to glimmer under the sunshine. It is a mesmerizing sight you will cherish before stepping inside and witnessing the sanctified relics and artifacts housed within its walls. Afterward, you will continue along the narrow alleys that wind through the city to a selection of other powerful sites. From the stone arches of Platerias Square to the neoclassical facade of Raxoi Palace, history will unravel itself as you tour Santiago.
Santiago de Compostela - Departure
The morning light will wake you up as it peeks through your curtains, and the sounds of the city will come to life with local chatter. By the time the sun rises, people will be out, and you may join them to spend your last moments in Spain wandering around town. Afterward, you will collect your belongings and transfer to their airport to connect with your flight home.
- Tour Madrid’s fabled landmarks, such as the Prado Museum, which offers insight into the history of this iconic destination
- Enter the Spanish wilderness through the green gates of Monfrague National Park and witness the constellations above Extremadura
- Uncover the spiritual significance of the Knights Templars among the castles and medieval constructs between Extremadura and Caceres
- Admire the architectural distinctions of Caceres, which reveal a great deal of insight into the contradictory influences of Spanish heritage
- Travel to the bewitching Dehesa region, the only place in the world to raise pure Iberian pigs, and taste some of the world’s greatest Pata Negra Ham
- Privately tour Salamanca and its surroundings in addition to visiting iconic landmarks, such as the oldest university in the country
- Capture images of the Bishop’s Palace of Astorga, one of the very pieces of work by Antoni Gaudi outside of Catalonia
- Cruise across the water of Galicia to the Galician fjords for bewildering vistas of the breathtaking landscape and to indulge in some of Spain’s finest seafood
- Enter the phenomenal grounds of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, a truly inspiring spiritual complex of grand significance
$4,945 per person (excluding international flights)
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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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