Best of Spain Overview

Kick off a colourful Best of Spain tour in Madrid and visit some of Spain's highlights. Travel from Madrid to Toledo, then on to Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona.

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A jam-packed tour capturing some the Spain's true highlights

Kick off this colourful Best of Spain tour in Madrid and let your imagination unfold on a journey through the beautiful Andalucian region. Visit the cities that reflect Spain's diverse history and culture. Experience a fiery flamenco performance in Seville and explore the mysterious maze of alleyways of the old Arab quarter in Albayzin. Follow your tastebuds to a tapas bar and wander among Gaudi's handiwork in Barcelona - this Spanish adventure is as colourful and diverse as the land itself.

  • Admire Gaudi's quirky architecture in Barcelona
  • Chill out on the Costa de la Luz
  • Discover the Muslim architecture of Cordoba's Mezquita
  • Experience the passion of traditional flamenco in Seville
  • See a town split in half by a deep chasm
  • Soak up art and culture in Madrid
  • Spend a fascinating day in medieval Toledo
  • Witness a spectacular Spanish sunset

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Madrid, Spain
  • Finish:

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    4 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (14 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Metro, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Alhambra entrance, Flamenco performance, Mezquita, Valencia Cathedral

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    182kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 2. 2013 Itinerary change: The updated price and full itinerary will be available later this year. The revised itinerary is: Day 1 Madrid Days 2-3 Granada Day 4-5 Seville Days 6-7 Costa de la Luz Days 8-9 Ronda Day 10 Cordoba Days 11-12 Valencia Days 13-15 Barcelona

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Days 1-2 Madrid

Arrive in cosmopolitan Madrid, Spain's art and culture capital. Inspect art inside the legendary Museo del Prado, seek out a bargain in the narrow streets around Puerta del Sol or snack on tapas in Plaza Mayor. Perhaps experience old-world Spain on a day trip to the medieval city of Toledo, join the Madrilenos in Malasana for a glass or two of sherry or head to the Gran Via hotspots to dance the night away.

Day 3 Cordoba

Discover the mesh of Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures in the architecture and cuisine of the southern city of Cordoba. Visit the Mezquita, with its golden arches and intricate columns, and then perhaps stroll through a labyrinth of cobbled laneways in the old quarter, discovering open squares and quirky cafes.

Days 4-5 Seville

Visit Seville and be swept up in the emotions of a fiery flamenco performance. See the world's largest Gothic cathedral and its imposing Moorish tower or enjoy the tranquil gardens in the Parque de Maria Luisa. Revel in the city known as the tapas capital of Spain, where restaurant windows are full of tasty morsels. In the evening, take a wander through lively El Centro.

Days 6-7 Costa de la Luz

Travel to Costa de la Luz and enjoy an optional day tour across the border to the British territory of Gibraltar, home to the famous Rock of Gibraltar, or go one step further to Tangier in Morocco. In free time, relax on the beaches of Tarifa, perhaps taking the opportunity to go whale watching off the coast.

Days 8-9 Ronda

Leave the Andalucian hills and journey to Ronda, a whitewashed town split in half by a deep chasm and joined by the amazing Puente Nuevo. Perhaps toil down the hand-hewn stairs of La Mina to the river below or learn about secret smuggler hideouts at the Bandits Museum.

Days 10-11 Granada

Explore the Arab quarter of Albayzin, a maze of alleyways with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada. For the best view of Granada at sunset, head to the Mirador de San Nicolas at the very top of the city's steep streets. Visit the exceptional Alhambra fortress.

Days 12-13 Valencia

Travel further north to Valencia, Spain's third-largest city. Why not do as the locals do and start the day with a breakfast of tortillas or churros at the morning market. Then, visit Valencia's cathedral, which reputedly houses the Holy Grail, and spend free time wandering through lush parks and gardens or go museum-hopping.

Days 14-15 Barcelona

Arrive in vibrant Barcelona and make a stop at Gaudi's eccentric La Sagrada Familia. Then, squeeze in a spot of shopping, soak up the relaxed vibe in Las Ramblas or visit the Picasso Museum before saying hasta luego to wonderful Spain.
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