Visit Classic Spain on a tour via Madrid, Barcelona and San Sebastian

Visit Spain's star attractions on a classic tour through the country. Starting in Madrid, let your imagination unfold on a journey through this beautiful country oozing with charm, and visit the people and cities that reflect Spain's fascinating history and culture. Tour through Cordoba, Valencia, Barcelona and San Sebastian as you experience a fiery flamenco performance, follow your tastebuds to a tapas bar, admire unique architectural triumphs, worship the sun at the beach and sip some of the best red wine in the world - this adventure through Classic Spain is as colourful and diverse as the land itself.

Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
313kg pp per trip


  • Soak up art and culture in Madrid
  • Spend a fascinating day in medieval Toledo
  • Chill out on the Costa de la Luz
  • See a spectacular Spanish sunset
  • Admire Gaudi's innovative architecture in Barcelona
  • Wander Pamplona’s winding alleys and admire its cathedrals
  • Relax on the beach in sunny San Sebastian
  • Sample Rioja wine on a stay in Logrono
  • Uncover the opulent rooms and lavish gardens of Alhambra Palace in Granada


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

Arrive in cosmopolitan Madrid, Spain's art and culture capital. Perhaps 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. Why not join Madrilenos in Malasana for a glass or two of sherry or head to the Gran Via hotspots to dance the night away.
Explore the Arab quarter of Albayzin, a maze of alleyways with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada. Stroll through the extravagantly decorated rooms and sprawling gardens of the imposing Alhambra Fortress palace complex. 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 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.
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.
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 climb down the hand-hewn stairs of La Mina to the river below or learn about secret smuggler hideouts at the Bandits Museum.
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.
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.
Arrive in vibrant Barcelona and make a stop at Gaudi's eccentric La Sagrada Familia. Then enjoy a spot of shopping, soak up the relaxed vibe in Las Ramblas or visit the Picasso Museum.
Get acquainted with Pamplona on a walking tour, learning how the town has served as both a military stronghold and an important point on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail for centuries. Meander down winding alleys and step inside ornate buildings such as Pamplona's Gothic cathedral - one of the most important religious structures in Spain.
Head to Logrono in the far north of Spain, well known for its delicious Rioja wine. Drop by the wine museum to learn more about this area's famous tipple. Take the time to visit the cathedral, mosey along the river or go tapas bar-hopping.
Travel to San Sebastian and relish the cool breezes coming off the Bay of Biscay. Experience firsthand why San Sebastian is the perfect place for sun, fun and relaxation with its beautiful Old Town, lively beach scene and plethora of pintxos bars. Take in sublime coastal views on the Monte Igueldo cable car or visit Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim, located a short distance away in Bilbao.
Return to magical Madrid, a city overflowing with world-class art galleries, atmospheric city squares, manicured parks and gardens, and heaving nightclubs and bars. Make time to celebrate the end of this north Spain adventure by trawling through several of the city’s distinctive neighbourhoods and museums. Try tapas, sample some local wine and quickly discover why Madrid is one the most loved cities in Spain.
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4 breakfasts
Bus, Metro, Taxi, Train
Hotel (15 nights)
Included activities
  • Alhambra entrance
  • Flamenco performance
  • Gothic Cathedral
  • La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona
  • Mezquita
  • Monte Igueldo Cable Car - San Sebastian
  • Tapas Crawl - Logrono
  • Wine Museum


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