The spirit of Spain is an amalgamation of majesty and cannot be summed up by a single city. On your 10-day customizable Spain tour, you will find the true culture of the country in the exceptional mixture of heritage and history. From incredible cathedrals to ineffable mosques, ancient old quarters to vivacious modern streets, you will immerse yourself in the essence of Spain and find immeasurable delight.
Barcelona – Just the Beginning
Welcome to Barcelona, a city that brims with life. The narrow alleys bubble with energy and the seaside is graced with charm. The culture is boundless and the architecture verges on the fabled. The aromas of fresh seafood paella with noodles and almond sweets rolled in pine nuts overtake the scent of the Mediterranean Sea. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your plush accommodation giving you the remainder of the day at your leisure to relax, enjoy, and explore the city.
Barcelona – In Touch with Heritage
After breakfast, you can traverse the beautiful and charming cities of Girona and Figueres. When you arrive in Girona you will have a private walking tour of the city. The well of history dates back to the Iberians, who ruled the Peninsula around the 6th century BC. Your guide takes you through the city and you arrive at the Ancient Walls of Girona. You can follow the narrow streets behind the cathedral to view baroque towers and large glass windows. In Figueres, you can visit the Teatre-Museu Dali. The building’s décor is as captivating as the artist’s work.
Barcelona – The Allure of the City
Early in the morning, the streets are quiet, calm, and empty. As the city comes to life, you can watch locals jog alongside the sand or bike ride on the winding pathways near the water. La Rambla is the most famous street of the city and offers you insight into the culture specific to Catalonia. The Gothic Quarter is the heart of the old city and can be reached from the edges of La Rambla and the seafront. Many of the buildings date back to medieval times and maintain a decorative charm over the streets.
Barcelona – A Particular Style
Contemporary Barcelona has always been known for its boundless energy and particular style. After breakfast you will have a half-day tour of the city’s unique artistry that has brought fame to the skyline and facades of various neighborhoods. The Cathedral of la Sagrada Familia was consecrated in 2010. Construction began in 1882 and continues today. The cathedral remains one of Gaudi’s most famous works and one of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks. The gothic cathedral looks like something out of a storybook. The spires rise to a height of 560 feet. Three grand facades decorate the church, including the Nativity façade.
Madrid – Around a Regal Past and Present
In the morning you set off for Madrid and find yourself in the capital of Spain. The city is filled with soul and intimacy that resembles much of Spain. Museums hang Picassos and the plazas and boulevards are filled with families and lovers, for an elegant mural of the cityscape. The Palacio Real is the largest palace in Europe, encompassing 1,450,000 square feet with over 2,800 rooms. The Throne Room has crimson-velvet wall coverings and a ceiling decorated by the Venetian painter Tiepolo. The extravagant ambiance will emanate from every room and reach admirable heights.
Madrid – Essence of the City
The old center of Madrid is known as the Casa de Austria, because of its connection to the Habsburg Dynasty of the 16th century. Plaza Mayor can still be considered the heart of the city’s vibrant life, combining the classic architecture with the drama of Spain’s emotional past. The surrounding residential building contains 237 balconies that overlook the square. The ground level consists of a colonnade decorated with arches and filled with vivacious restaurants and shops. A bronze statue of King Philip III sits in the square’s center.
Toledo – A City of Centuries
Toledo is a city that has collected cultures century after century and is a city filled with creativity and invitation, incredible heritage, and indescribable scenery. The city continues to boast its history as a multicultural capital of medieval society. The synagogue was constructed in the 14th century and now houses the Museo Sefardi, a museum dedicated to the history of Jewish people and the culture of the area. It was once the private family synagogue of the king’s treasurer and features elements of Nasrid style, Hebrew inscription, and Moorish arches.
Cordoba – Collective Cultures of the Past
Cordoba has built its modern city around the magnificent architecture of its past. The Arabic influences of the Middle Ages now decorate the city like artwork as opposed to structures still in use, from homes to government buildings. Many of the golden buildings rise near the Guadalquivir River, and wind around narrow streets near the Mezquita. The great mosque of the city almost glows with lavish decoration and refinement that has come with the centuries. The edifice’s exterior is imposing, both massive and forceful. The embellishments create an inviting ambiance with pillars colored red and white beneath the double arches.
Seville – Unrelenting Wonder
Seville is a city of flamboyance and charisma, always bustling with captivating music and alive with equally alluring cuisine. A private walking tour of the city brings you to the famous Alcazar, a royal palace called one of the most beautiful in all of Spain. The palace was built in the 1300s and remains the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Puerta del León contains 19th-century tile-work adorning the open portal. The lion holds a cross in its claws and bears gothic writing. Once inside the complex, you will head to the Palacio de Don Pedro, the Mudéjar Palace.
Seville – Holding onto the Heart
The morning is calm and bright. The city reflects the sunlight off of the historic center, Explore the modernity within the Metropol Parasol, a walkway in the old quarter that claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world.
Soon you will have a private transfer to the airport, but for now, you can stroll through the city and enjoy the tranquil sunlight along the shimmering stones of the city’s illustrious past. Vacations in Spain are never forgotten, and you will have many memories to cherish on your flight home.
- Explore the fabulous architecture of Barcelona, including the celebrated Cathedral of la Sagrada Familia
- Delight in the endless vibrant energy that swarms through the streets of Barcelona, a city unlike any other
- Enjoy a private tour of the magnificent Royal Palace in Madrid
- Visit the Teatre-Museu Dali, a museum dedicated to the surrealist artist in his hometown of Figueres
- Discover the exceptional history and eclectic cultural past of Toledo
- Witness the grandeur of La Mezquita, the ancient grand mosque of Cordoba
- Experience the paradisiacal architecture of the Alcazar complex in Seville
$2,395 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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