Travel from Barcelona to Madrid the long way around, through Toledo, Valencia, and Andalusia. Think coastal bliss, fairytale towns, grand monuments, and all those stories from yesteryear. This is the grand 14-day Spain tour, encompassing many of the world-famous highlights and some hidden little gems. Handcrafted for first-time visitors the tour has everything from El Greco to Gaudi, palaces to villages, flamenco, and tapas to historical art, markets and monuments.
Barcelona – The City and the Coast
Touch down in Barcelona, and so many highlights await. After a guided airport transfer to your hotel, the day is left free. Wander eastwards and the narrow lanes of Barri Gotic open out onto the harbor then golden Mediterranean beaches. Walk with the water on your left and you rise to Montjuic, where a castle and palace stand above the city. While Barcelona is famously Catalan, it has the lively easy-going style that’s typical of Spain. So head out and make your own first impressions.
Barcelona – Discovering the Best of Barcelona
Valencia – Roman Ruins and Blissful Gardens
Valencia – Off the Beaten Track Food Lovers Tour
Toledo – Following El Greco and Velazquez Through the Medieval City
Toledo – More Relaxed Highlights and Harmonies
Granada – A Journey Through the Mountains to Tapas Bars
Granada – The Alhambra and So Much More
Seville – Touring the Pueblos Blancos
Seville – Highlights of the Conquistadors City Plus Flamenco
Madrid – The Magnificent Mezquita and an Evening on the Plaza Mayor
Madrid – All the Famous Art
Madrid – Day Trip to El Escorial
Madrid – Departure
- Immerse yourself in the wonder of Toledo, following the trail of El Greco and Velazquez through Spain’s most complete medieval city
- Travel along the coast and be dazzled by Gaudi with a two-day stop in Barcelona
- Discover the fairytale that is Granada, where tapas bars are lit by lanterns close to the Alhambra
- Jump off the beaten track with a food lovers tour of Valencia, a sublime coastal city which likes to hide its treasures
- Take a journey through Andalusia’s Pueblos Blancos, whitewashed villages that cling to hilltops
- Explore the fine and contemporary art of Madrid, just one of the focal points from your three nights in the capital
- Get to know the authenticity of Seville, from its old center to a flamenco performance
- Stand amid the Mezquita, a timeless memoir to the Moors
- Watch how monasterial serenity meets with royal extravagance in the Golden Age El Escorial
Spain has so much to offer any traveler, and this grand 14-day tour explores the contrasts and cultures for the complete variety of Spanish highlights. Take in authentic flamenco in Seville, Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona and all of the art of Madrid. You will explore the glorious monuments like the Alhambra, the Mezquita, and El Escorial. You will immerse yourself in medieval towns like Toledo and the whitewashed villages of Andalusia. There will be city life with a chance to compare Barcelona and Madrid with less popularized Valencia. One day you will be in a Roman amphitheater, and not much later you will be following the El Greco trail. One evening involves authentic tapas hopping while another revolves around a 17th-century plaza mayor, or main square.
You will begin in Barcelona and end in Madrid, but you will travel the long way around. Most journeys are by high-speed train, convenient connections taking you from city center to city center. However, when exploring Andalusia, you will have privately-guided transfers with stops at interesting rural sites on route. Two weeks is never enough to see all of Spain, as this is where you find many countries within one country, the cultural contrasts between regions a big part of the experience. However, Spain’s excellent transport connections make it very possible to cover a large amount of ground in 14 days, while still keeping to the laid-back Spanish rhythm.
Two days in Barcelona mean plenty of Gaudi and Montaner, plus some jaunts to the beach and hours spent strolling through the old Gothic quarter. Taking the train to Valencia, you will jump out in Tarragona, where an enormous Roman amphitheater is perched on the coast. Valencia is Spain’s surprising highlight, and food is a good lens from which to explore, especially when you dive into Mercado Central or learn why paella originated here. Cross arid central Spain on the train to Toledo, the most complete of all of Europe’s medieval cities. It’s a place of cobbles and charm, frozen in the time of El Greco and Velazquez. One day can cover the highlights, but two days gives you time to see why Toledo is so special.
Journey south by road from here with a guided transfer and two nights in Granada, an old city that looks and feels like a scene from a fairytale. Hit the tapas bars with a guide before dedicating a day to the Alhambra and its surrounding Moorish architecture. Onwards you will go on day nine, stopping in the pueblos blancos, the white villages, on route to two nights in Seville, a lively city of flamenco and conquistador fame. Then back on the train, you will make a stop to see the Mezquita in Cordoba, before finishing with three nights in Madrid. You will then have a day to focus on art, half a day at El Escorial, and lots of time to discover Europe’s most local and authentic capital. Consider learning more about our travelers’ favorite Spain travel activities by reading their Spain travel reviews.
$4,363 per person (excluding international flights)
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