The delights of Spain are many with leisurely mornings spent on your medieval terrace, glorious art and architecture, the monastic choir song and royal palaces with relaxed evenings filled with paella and tapas. Spain is where you take it slow while still being wholly immersed in the culture and highlights. This is the ultimate 14-day Spain tour for senior travelers, handcrafted with an easy-going Spanish pace and minimal walking while packed with experiential highlights and private tours.
Madrid – Welcomed to Spain by the Plaza Mayor
Madrid is likely not what you expect from a European capital. Its center is old, yes, but it is also compact and remains where the locals go to walk and dine. Fabulous townhouses dominate the cobbled lanes and lead you towards the grand Plaza Mayor, an example of Spanish Golden Age dominance. Families and seniors gather here, just as they have done for generations. They come in the evening during their paseo, or walk, stopping to chat with others, have a drink and perhaps something to eat. Visit the center of central London, and little of the old English remains, but spend your first evening at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, and you are quickly introduced to Spanish culture. Your hotel is very close by, and earlier in the day you will have been transferred privately from the airport with time to settle into your accommodations.
Day 2 - 3
Madrid – Palaces and Museums of Madrid Private Tour
Madrid – Spending the Day in Roman Segovia
Madrid – Taking the Art Trail Through Medieval Toledo
Valencia – Authentic Paella Making Workshop
Valencia – Old and New of a Lovable Coastal City
Barcelona – Classic Sights in the Catalan City
Barcelona – Highlights of the Modernista Movement
Barcelona – Day Trip to Girona and the Costa Brava
Barcelona – Choir Song in Montserrat
Bilbao – The Guggenheim and Its Cuisine
Bilbao – Discovering San Sebastian and Pintxos
Bilbao – More Quiet Basque Pleasures and Departure
- Learn to make paella in the coastal city where it originates in Valencia
- Explore the very best of Barcelona’s architecture on a private tour, including La Sagrada Familia and Palau de la Musica Catalana
- Follow an artistic trail through the UNESCO World Heritage medieval city of Toledo
- Experience the Guggenheim art, and then experience the Guggenheim food
- Walk slowly through the beautiful old city of Girona, and then rest your feet on a nearby beach
- Wander Madrid’s famous art museums, including the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza
- Marvel at the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, a charming old city that is ideal for senior travelers
- Spend a quiet day on the coast in San Sebastian
Anyone who rushes around Spain misses most of the experience. While attractions like La Sagrada Familia are worthy of their fame, this is not a country for hurrying between attractions on a fixed schedule. Many of the best Spanish experiences come when you slow down and take your time. Relaxing beneath a medieval cathedral, enjoying a long lunch on a cafe terrace, or simply taking a morning stroll as the city is coming to life are all easy pleasures that yours for the taking. Of course, the museums and attractions are brilliant, but how many of them can you really squeeze into two weeks? By traveling at an ideal pace for senior travelers, you will enjoy a handpicked sample of diverse highlights. And, most importantly, you will also get the complete Spanish cultural experience.
Travel time has been minimized on this itinerary, and you will stay in four very different destinations. Madrid is a wonderful capital, more compact and authentic than its European counterparts along with being an excellent base for day trips to nearby towns. Valencia gives you a taste of the coast without the tourist crowds while Barcelona is unmissable and offers an insight and gateway to Catalan culture. These three destinations are connected by high-speed train, and then on day 12, you will fly from Barcelona to Bilbao, where you can enjoy Basque culture and flavors, all of which are incomparable to Madrid or Valencia.
Private guides lead the way at each destination, and the focus is on minimizing walking while still getting to experience the best that each place has to offer. For example, rather than visit every church on a day trip to Toledo, your guide will pick a shorter route through the cobbled streets and maximize your time on the public squares, where all the locals choose to gather. Likewise in Valencia, where instead of touring bars looking for the most authentic paella, you can meet one of the best paella chefs and enjoy a cooking workshop in their kitchen. Accommodation is handpicked for its quality and location within the old part of each city, and each evening you are just footsteps away from various restaurants and plazas, surrounded by the culture and style you came to experience.
Start with five nights in Madrid, and this will allow you time to ease into the vacation and visit iconic museums like the Prado, as well as see the palaces. Two day trips follow with one to medieval Toledo, and the other to Roman Segovia. Take the train to Valencia and spend two nights, enough to experience the charming old city and its contemporary counterpart, plus learn paella in the home of paella. Four nights in Barcelona ensures you can visit the sights you dream of, while also experiencing more of Catalonia, with a day trip to Girona and an excursion to Montserrat included. Fly to Bilbao, and you will find a wonderfully laid-back city on the water, perfect for some cultural yet relaxed final days. Read some of our travelers’ reviews for Spain travel to discover new experiences to add to your own tour.
$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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