Spain's cobbled streets and stoic palaces boast a rich past that spans thousands of years. Remnants of the city's most prestigious mosques, synagogues and cathedrals nod to an eclectic heritage in the city of Girona. In Toledo, the famed Alcazar fortress is highlighted against the skyline and reveals an ancient military might. In the megacities of Madrid and Barcelona, past meets present, and charismatic bands play eclectic beats in Madrid's Malasana neighborhood beside centuries-old cathedrals...
Barcelona – Airport Arrival and Dinner along Scenic Las Ramblas
As you exit Barcelona's international airport, you will immediately be struck by the light ocean breeze and mesmerizing shoreline. The air will be full of saffron-induced aromas of Spain's national paella dish. Shortly, you will meet your private transportation and be whisked away to your luxurious accommodation in the city center.
From your hotel balcony, you will be able to hear the incessant hum of vibrant city life. Children will play gleeful games of tag in public squares beneath shady palm trees while parents socialize over a frothy cana. Street performers will enchant crowds with their musical talents and eye-catching dance routines, and in the midst of daily living, and stoic fortresses loom on steep hillsides overhead.
Once you have settled into your hotel, you will venture into the city by early afternoon for some self-guided exploration. You can sneak your head into corner stores that sell freshly cut flowers and daily newspapers. You can also visit the Mercado de La Boqueria, which is adorned with vibrant hues of fresh produce and sweets. As the city's horizon begins to warm with the red-orange hues of sunset, you can choose from a myriad of dining options along Las Ramblas. This scenic pedestrian boulevard that is shaded with leafy green palm trees offers locals and visitors regional delicacies, such as paella, tapas, and gazpacho.
What's Included: airport transfer, accommodation, tour, dinner
Barcelona – Tour of Gothic Quarter and La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona – Antoni Gaudi Architecture Tour and Park Guell
Girona – Tour of Charming Downtown and Visit to Idyllic Port Cities
Toledo – Alcazar Tour and History of Ancient Synagogue and Mosque
Madrid – Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace, and the Reina Sofia Art Museum
Madrid – Plaza Mayor, Parque El Retiro, and Malasana
Madrid – Airport Departure
- Amble along the cobbled streets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and learn about the city's diverse history during and after the Spanish Civil War
- Behold the whimsical architecture of Antoni Gaudi and stroll through his masterpiece of Park Guell that will be complete with panoramic city views
- Fall in love with Girona's charming downtown and gaze at relics of ancient Arab baths and looming cathedrals
- Immerse yourself in the hurried pace of Madrid's downtown at the Puerta del Sol and traverse the prestigious halls of the Royal Palace
- Venture inside the opulent halls of Toledo's Alcazar palace and travel back in time as you step inside ornate synagogues and mosques
- Meander through picturesque Parque El Retiro and immerse yourself in the eclectic arts and music scene in Malasana
- Admire the grandeur of La Sagrada Familia's facade and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site's vibrant, stained-glass windows
- Dine along Catalunya's luxurious coastline and partake in the region's freshest seafood delicacies
This historically-based, 8-day tour from Barcelona to Madrid will transport you back in time as you tour the country's most exquisite cathedrals, palaces, mosques, fortresses, and synagogues, all of which are imbued with their own history. These breathtaking relics offer captivating insights about this nation's rich past, and your expert guide will lead you through each city's highlights and will allow time for exciting self-exploration. Moreover, you will immerse yourself in the local culture, where you can get lost in the hustle and bustle of modern-day living as you visit high-end shopping districts, vibrant arts and music scenes, and luxurious outings. In addition, you will sample among Spain's most tantalizing culinary delights.
Your Spanish tour will begin in Catalonia's capital city of Barcelona. This internationally beloved city is revered for its rich combination of intricate beauty and contemporary innovation. First, you will tour the Gothic Quarter as you marvel at the wrought-iron balconies and fascinating stonework. Then, you can behold the magnificent architecture of Antoni Gaudi at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. In the days to come, you will venture beyond the city limits to both sunny Girona and stoic Toledo en route to Madrid. In Girona, you will visit the charming downtown and later luxuriate in a five-star dining experience. Then, in Toledo, you will traverse across the ancient Roman bridge and meander down the halls of the acclaimed Alcazar fortress.
During the second half of your travels, you will make your way to the nation's vivacious capital city of Madrid. Here, you will follow alongside your expert guide as you stroll through the opulent halls of the Royal Palace, marvel at internationally acclaimed artwork at the Reina Sofia Museum, and stand at the origin of all Spanish roads at the Puerta del Sol. On your second day in the city, you will get lost in the immersive arts and music scene as you break away from the city center to the vibrant neighborhood of Malasana.
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$2,491 per person (excluding international flights)
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