Travel from magnificent Madrid to the coastal beauty of Barcelona

Feel the pulse of spirited Spain on this tour from the country’s capital to the bustling coastal city of Barcelona. Enjoy all things arty – from Madrid’s inspiring Art Walk to Barcelona’s internationally renowned galleries and museums. Be captivated by Cuenca’s Old City, mosey round the markets of Valencia and get lost in the convoluted streets of Barcelona’s gothic quarter. This is a journey of old and new: history, tradition and architecture fused with Spain’s best shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Madrid, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
129kg pp per trip


  • Dine and dance in vibrant Madrid
  • Discover Barcelona’s dynamic art scene
  • Relax on a beach in Valencia
  • Sample Spain’s best paella at the gateway to the Mediterranean
  • Be astounded by the bizarre La Sagrada Familia
  • Explore the captivating town of Cuenca


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Welcome to Spain’s sassy capital. Pulsating with energy, this city is without doubt a vibrant one. Enjoy the vast array of bars, shops, restaurants and galleries. Art enthusiasts will be mesmerised by the Paseo del Arte, or the Art Walk, which offers a panoramic perspective of Western art history.
Take a bus out to charming Cuenca and explore the Old City, a medieval wonder and now a World Heritage site. Enjoy an orientation walk around town and admire the many ‘hanging houses’, built on the edge of sheer cliffs. Perhaps venture out to the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art or visit the city’s impressive gothic cathedral.
Head east to the coastal town of Valencia, the Spanish gateway to the Mediterranean. Stroll around the local markets, relax on the beautiful beaches and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. Visit the striking cathedral, said to be home to the genuine Holy Grail. Don’t leave town without sampling the city’s world-famous paella.
Jump on a train to Barcelona and discover the city’s gothic architecture and lively art scene. Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the old gothic quarter, admire the intriguing La Sagrada Familia Cathedral – the most iconic landmark in the city, and if there’s time, take a funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of the city and the harbour.
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Public bus, Train
Hotel (7 nights)


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Highlights of Spain , September 2015

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