Spain is not seen but felt. It is felt in the allure of an open doorway to a shaded courtyard on a hot summer day, in the cries of the folk singer who contributes to the captivating tunes of a Flamenco performance, and in the swaggering conclusion of a night traveling from tavern to tavern, sampling tapas. Barcelona, the craggy peaks of Montserrat, Madrid, and Seville each offer unique feelings, and this 9-day tour will furnish countless examples of what is best about each region from...
Barcelona – Arrival in Barcelona & Private Tour of Picasso Museum
Situated at the juncture of ocean, land, mountain, beach, France, and Spain, Catalonia possesses a unique blend of multiple cultures, and there is no better figurehead of this blend than the region’s capital of Barcelona. Arrivals to Barcelona International Airport are greeted by the distinct figure of Montserrat in the distance and a private transfer that will whisk you away to your plush accommodation in the heart of the Gothic district. There is always something to see on the streets of Barcelona, and your debut to this magnificent city gives you the option to immediately answer the call of unexplored alleys and shops or to surrender yourself to the five-star service of your luxurious hotel. After all, the excitement and thrill of this district has not changed since its 1st century, Roman origins and will be ready whenever you are.
Once you are settled, your private guide will help you get your bearings by offering a map and suggestions for navigating the pedestrian-friendly area along with an expert tour of the neighborhood. You will begin with the Picasso Museum, which is only a short stroll away and where the accomplishments of the famous Spanish painter are comprehensively exhibited through over 4,000 works that chronicle his Spanish origins and later French inspiration. Housed in a Gothic palace from the 14th century, the building containing Picasso’s art is just as impressive as the art that it displays. You will be surrounded by creative and colorful works the second your guide leads you into the cobbled-interior courtyard.
With your mind freshly imbued with the artistic life of one man, you will be left to fill the canvas that is your relaxing afternoon in Barcelona’s Gothic District. The entire area is best navigated on foot, giving you the ability to meander into countless cafés and eateries, discover traces of Roman ruins that peak through the well-renovated streets, and marvel at the cathedrals and basilicas that are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. A stroll down La Rambla or pedestrian boulevard is a must see for those who desire a charming and distinct feature of Spanish city planning. The waterfront area is awash with delicious restaurants, featuring that day’s catch as well as pristine beaches where local and visitor alike are able to soak up some rays. These are just a sample of the highlights that exist within a short walk of your lavish accommodations.
Barcelona – Enjoy Gaudi’s Park Güell and a Barcelona City Sunset From Tibidabo Mountain
Barcelona – Travel to Monserrat Mountains and Experience a Tour of Cliffside Benedictine Monastery
Barcelona – Take in a Half Day Tour of Barcelona’s Famous Sagrada Familia
Madrid – Sample Authentic Spanish Cuisine on a Half-Day Tapas Tour
Madrid – Explore Spanish Royal History Through a Half Day, Private Tour of the Palacio Real
Seville – Wander through the Ages at Seville’s Alcázar
Seville –Tour an Operating Bull Ring and Enjoy the Melodies of a Flamenco Show
Seville – A Pampered Departure from your Tri-City Tour of Spain
- Witness the history of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter with a private tour of the best restaurants, shops, and noteworthy landmarks
- Indulge your artistic side with a visit to the Picasso Museum where you can follow this Spanish native through every chapter of his creative life
- Relax on the sun-drenched Barceloneta Beach near your hotel where visitors and locals alike enjoy time outdoors
- Explore the winding pathways and hidden gems of Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell and witness the union of modernist art and his appreciation for the natural world
- Step into the labyrinthine Montserrat mountains and relax in the solitude that has attracted pilgrims to this cliff-side monastery for centuries
- Wonder at the intricate details and geometry of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and glimpse a sight few behold from a private visit to the towers
- Eat your way from tavern to tavern on a guided tour of authentic Spanish tapas, or small snacks, in Madrid before visiting the Palacio Real in the city center
- Lose yourself in the contemplative gardens of Seville’s Alcázar, where you will find multiple examples of Moorish influence on the artwork and architecture of this imposing Spanish fortress
- Witness the grounds of an operating Spanish bull ring that was built in the 18th century before immersing yourself in the rhythm and performance of an authentic Spanish flamenco show
Spain is an intricate pattern of cultures, languages, history, and landscapes, and this 9-day tour of some of Spain’s most notable cities will provide you with an immersive journey through those highlights that have made Spain a destination for travelers young and old. Whether you are the type of traveler who follows their eyes, mouths, or ears, each city on this journey offers a blend of Spanish tradition that will furnish lasting memories of the thrills and adventures that are waiting around every corner.
Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville occupy an elevated status around already elevated cities that dot the Spanish landscape, each with a distinct story to tell. The best time to visit these destinations is during the Spring and before the crowds of the high season arrive, but after the parks, gardens, and windowsills explode with the colors and smells of blooming flowers and plants. During your stay in Barcelona, a spring arrival will also increase your comfort of a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean that will be followed by a stroll along the miles of boardwalk that separate the city from the beach.
Madrid and Seville lack the presence of beaches but more than make up for it in the bounty of attractions and notable, cultural activities. As the seat of royal power, Madrid boasts an impressive array of palaces and fortresses that will leave even the most history hungry traveler satisfied. Madrid also offers food lovers a unique sample of gastronomy from all corners of Spain, and you will savor olives from the south, Basque seafood, and jamón or cured ham from the high-altitude pastures of the north. Likewise, Seville will afford you an opportunity to witness the role that Islam played in shaping many of the Spanish cities and to listen to the enchanting melodies of Flamenco folk songs while sipping on sherry that has been produced locally in Andalusia.
Complimenting these cultural and culinary highlights is the rich artistic tradition that inspired such masters as El Greco, Salvadore Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Antoni Gaudi. Each city is filled with examples of their paintings, architecture, and other artistic contributions and offers works that even those lacking art enthusiasm can appreciate. Geometrical designs that you did not think were possible in a building await you in Barcelona, and the regal figure of the Palacio Real or Royal Palace will welcome you to Madrid while also reminding you that Spain was once the most powerful link between the Old and New World. Your final two nights will be spent in the luscious landscape of Seville, where you will indulge a night of classical Flamenco music and wander the winding paths of the Alcázar or fortress. In Spring, orange blossoms along the colorful streets of Seville offer a fragrant sendoff to travelers who are seeking aromatic relief before your return home. We work closely with the best Spain travel agents to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime.
$2,155 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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