DAY 1: Arrive in Madrid
Welcome to the start of your Spanish adventure! Your tour leader will meet you at the hotel in Madrid this morning and give the group a brief overview of the upcoming itinerary. Then, head out on an orientation tour of Spain’s capital city! Visit top sights such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, Mercado de San Miguel and more! In the afternoon enjoy the chance to join the Tapas Food Tour optional excursion for a taste of Spanish cuisine! This evening, enjoy an included dinner where you can get to know your fellow travellers and learn a bit more from your tour leader about what incredible experiences the next seven days will bring!
Orientation tour of Madrid: Explore Spain’s vibrant capital city with your tour leader. Wander the streets of Madrid and see top sights such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, Mercado de San Miguel and more!
Traditional dinner in Madrid: Get a taste of Spanish cuisine and get to know your fellow travellers and tour leader over dinner at a local Madrid restaurant.
Hotel Elba Madrid
Sercotel Madrid Aeropuerto
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.
- Madrid Tapas Food Tour i TBC
DAY 2: Madrid - Segovia - San Sebastian
This morning, depart Madrid and travel to San Sebastian on Spain’s northern coast. Along the way, enjoy a comfort stop in Segovia, a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site city which offers the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in Europe, as well as an incredibly well-preserved Roman aqueduct that runs into the heart of the city. Later this afternoon, arrive in San Sebastian, a charming city with a beautiful beach and vibrant nightlife. Join your tour leader on an orientation tour of the city’s enchanting old town. A foodie’s paradise, San Sebastian is known for its Basque gastronomy, so this evening is best spent exploring the beachfront bars and indulging in pintxo, northern Spain's version of tapas!
Explore the historic old town of Segovia: Explore the historic old town of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights in the old town include the ancient Roman aqueduct, the Alcazar (royal palace) and Segovia Cathedral.
Enjoy a night in San Sebastian: Relax on the beach and then get to know the locals as you hit the bars for traditional pintxo!
DAY 3: San Sebastian - Pamplona - Zaragoza
The first stop today is Pamplona, the historic city made famous by “the running of the bulls” during the San Fermin festival. Packed with history, enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful medieval city centre and see the city walls and citadel. Then, head to Zaragoza and enjoy a wine tasting, before taking a walking tour of the city. Zaragoza has experienced a long and varied history, with Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian communities leaving their marks over the centuries, as seen in the Basílica del Pilar cathedral, Aljafería Islamic palace and the Roman theatre.
Visit Pamplona: Explore the history of Pamplona, including the Baroque facade of the town hall in Plaza Consistorial, the Gothic church of San Saturnino and Cámara de Comptos (the oldest building in the city, dating from the 13th century).
Wine tasting in Zaragoza: Travel from San Sebastian to Zaragoza and drive through popular wine growing regions of northern Spain. Enjoy a tasting of local Spanish wines while here. Typical Spanish grape varieties include Tempranillo, Garnacha, Albariño and Macabeo.
Enjoy a walking tour of Zaragoza: Experience the legacy of the many different cultures that have influenced the city’s history. The city centre is compact and easy to walk around; perfect for an evening stroll.
Ibis Zaragoza Centro
DAY 4: Andorra - Barcelona
En route to Barcelona, make a comfort stop in Andorra. This tiny independent principality has a population of just 85,000 and is located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. Enjoy some free time to explore Andorra la Vella, the highest capital city in Europe and a popular ski resort. This afternoon, arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, Barcelona! Your tour leader will acquaint you with the city’s vibrant energy during a driving tour, so keep your eyes open for the famous Sagrada Família cathedral, and some of the spectacular examples of Antoni Gaudí’s eclectic art and architecture. After checking into the hotel, head out to a local restaurant for a true Catalonian dinner.
Visit Andorra and Andorra la Vella: This tiny, independent principality has a population of just 85,000 and is located in the southern peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains, between Spain and France. Explore Europe’s highest capital city - Andorra la Vella - and enjoy free time in this beautiful city.
Enjoy a driving tour of Barcelona: The city is renowned for its art and architecture, such as the fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí. Our driving tour will introduce you to a few of Barcelona’s top attractions.
Sant Cugat Hotel
DAY 5: Barcelona: Free Day
Today is yours to do with as you please! The best way to experience the city is on the Highlights of Barcelona optional excursion which includes a visit to the magnificent Sagrada Família plus visits to Palau Güell, La Boqueria market and the Gothic Quarter. Alternatively, explore solo! See the panoramic views from Park Guell, another design courtesy of Anton Gaudi. Barcelona is home to many of Gaudi’s architectural works and you could spend the whole day simply locating each one! Harbour tours, Las Ramblas, the ‘Old Town’, museums, art galleries and some of Europe’s best shopping. Join the optional excursion to see a traditional Flamenco show - an experience not to be missed!
Sant Cugat Hotel
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.
- Barcelona Flamenco Show & Dinner i €79
- Highlights of Barcelona featuring the Sagrada Família i €100
DAY 6: Peniscola - Valencia
Leave Barcelona behind and travel south down the coast towards Valencia, stopping off along the way in Peniscola. With a historic old town, beautiful promenade and sandy beach overlooked by an imposing castle built by the Knights Templar, there are few more picturesque places in Europe to enjoy a stop! After arriving in Valencia, enjoy an orientation tour of this thriving port city, which retains plenty of historic charm despite the decades of development that have given it a distinct space-age feel. As this is the last night on tour, round off the day with a farewell paella dinner this evening.
Visit Peniscola: Enjoy a stop in Peniscola with free time for lunch. Picturesque Peniscola is a fortified seaport on a rocky headland with only a narrow strip of land connecting it to the mainland. The castle was built in the early 14th century and served as the home of the Avignon pope Benedict XIII from 1415 to 1423.
Orientation tour of Valencia: Experience the bold architecture (both contemporary and art nouveau) - see the City of Arts and Sciences complex, Colón Market, Turia Gardens and the Cathedral.
Enjoy a traditional paella dinner in Valencia: Enjoy a fabulous dinner, featuring paella in the city where this classic dish is so revered.
Silken Puerta Valencia
DAY 7: Valencia - End of tour in Madrid
The journey continues through the historic La Mancha region, made famous by the legend of Don Quixote. Later, explore Castillo de Belmonte, with entrance to this medieval castle included in your tour package. The interiors are dominated by spectacular stucco works in the Gothic and Moorish styles and a beautiful Neo-Gothic courtyard. Later this afternoon, arrive back in Madrid for the end of the tour. Be sure to swap contact details with your newly made travel friends!
Tour the medieval Belmonte Castle: Visit Belmonte castle, with entrance included in your tour package. This beautifully restored medieval castle was built in the 15th century on the hill of San Cristobal.