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Summary

Get a taste for all things Spain! Starting from the capital Madrid, travel to northern Spain and be charmed by Basque, Navarre and Catalonia. Also stop by Castilla La Mancha - the home of Don Quixote. Delve into real Spanish Paella in Valencia and taste Spanish wine in the heart of the Aragon region. If that's not enough, visit Pamplona, home of the bull run, and see Andorra, a stunning country wedged between Spain and France. Finally, explore the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It's like walking around a living, breathing travel magazine!

You can combine this itinerary with a tour of southern Spain and Portugal - click here for more information.

Highlights

  • Explore the historic old town of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a two night stay in Barcelona with a full free day to explore
  • Visit Pamplona, Zaragoza, Valencia and San Sebastian
  • Visit the tiny principality of Andorra

Start Point

Hotel in Madrid | 10:00 AM

End Point

Hotel in Madrid | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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!

Meals: Dinner

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!

Experiences

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.

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

On Tour Excursions

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!

Experiences

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!

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel


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.

Experiences

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.

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Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel


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 Sant Cugat, where the hotel for the next two nights is located. This town is just outside of the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, Barcelona! Enjoy an included group dinner at the hotel tonight.

Experiences

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.

Meals

BreakfastDinner

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Hotel


DAY 5: Barcelona: Free Day

Get acquainted with Barcelona’s vibrant energy during a driving tour this morning! Keep your eyes open for some spectacular examples of Antoni Gaudí’s eclectic art and architecture.The rest of the day is free. 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, see the panoramic views from Park Guell, walk along Las Ramblas, explore the ‘Old Town’, museums, art galleries and experience some of Europe’s best shopping. Join the optional excursion to see a traditional Flamenco show this evening - this is an experience not to be missed!

Experiences

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.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel

On Tour Excursions

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 lunch stop! After arriving in Valencia, enjoy a guided 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.

Experiences

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.

Guided 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.

Meals

BreakfastDinner

Accommodation

Hotel


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!

Experiences

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.

Meals

Breakfast

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 6 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Meals

  • 6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

13 Experiences!

  • Explore Madrid; capital of Spain
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner in Madrid
  • Explore the historic old town of Segovia
  • Enjoy a night in San Sebastian
  • Visit Pamplona 
  • Sample local Spanish wines 
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Zaragoza
  • Visit Andorra and Andorra la Vella; Europe’s highest capital city
  • See Barcelona’s spectacular architecture on a city driving tour 
  • Enjoy a visit to Peniscola
  • Get to know Valencia on a guided tour
  • Feast on a traditional paella dinner in Valencia
  • Visit the medieval Belmonte Castle

Accommodation

Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

Madrid

Photos of the tour

Madrid Tapas Food Tour

Taste authentic Spanish dishes on a locally guided tour of Madrid’s fantastic artisanal eateries! Begin with a feast at an old school Madrid tapas bar where you will start with sangria, deep-fried pork belly, Spanish omelette and a surprise tapa dish that changes every day. Next, enjoy natural ‘Sider’ apple cider with a side of cheese tapas. Afterwards, visit a local tapas bar for a calamari sandwich served with Spanish beer - a Madrid classic! Finally, finish with coffee or hot chocolate and a traditional Spanish pastry at a renowned 19th-century bakery.  

Please Note: This excursion must be pre-booked at least 10 days prior to your tour starting - please email us to book. 

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

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Additional Information

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Reviews

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FS Verified Buyer 2023-10-12
Excellent experience
Overall this is a wonderful experience. There were a lot of things to see and learn. The team leader, Enimilano, is fun and energetic.
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Seana Verified Buyer 2023-08-11
Great way to see Spain!
We had a wonderful time on our second EXPAT tour! EXPAT truly doesn't disappoint.
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High on life Verified Buyer 2023-07-26
Pleasant experience
Well organized tour. Tour guide and coach driver are doing a good job so far. Although the tour is yet to end, until now, we haven't experienced anything drastic! So overall, fun and good experience.
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Maffy Verified Buyer 2023-07-19
Excellent Taste of Spain
i recently took this tour this July and i had a blast.our tour guide Emiliano was fun and efficient as well at Zema and our driver NuNo was a pro.despite the sweltering heat and time constraints we made the most of our iti.it highlights some of most impt,famous and historical sites to see so when you decide to revisit you'll have an orientation of the city. if you want to maximize your trip for a short period of time and get the comfort of getting from point AtoB,have fun, and meet other travelers and can't be bothered planning an iti then this trip is def highly recommendable!
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Just an Aussie Verified Buyer 2023-07-14
Amazing experience
Fantastic time on our tour. Emilano and Zeima our tour guides did a great job organising everything. Nuno our driver made us all feel safe