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.


Start
Madrid, Spain
Finish
Madrid, Spain
Country
Spain
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
ZMSBC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • As this is a combination of 2 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Barcelona.

  • Experience the fiery passion and rhythm of a traditional flamenco dance performance in Seville

  • It's a pretty special thing to chill out on a beach in Andalusian Spain, knowing North Africa is just across the water. Explore the scenic Costa de la Luz, and kick back with some tapas and sangria in Tarifa

  • The town of Ronda is split in two by a deep rocky chasm. Follow in the path of the Romans, as you cross from one side to the other along an ancient bridge

  • Discover Cordoba's great mosque - the Mezquita, one of the most accomplished examples of Moorish architecture in the world. The lavish gardens and opulent rooms of Granada's spectacular Alhambra Palace aren't bad either

  • Witness a spectacular Spanish sunset on a beach in Valencia, while feasting on a bowl of the world's best paella.

  • The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona pulses with culture, art and an outstanding drinking and dining scene. Discover the eccentric modernist architecture of Antonio Gaudi, who made Barcelona his artistic playground. The unfinished masterpiece of La Sagrada Familia is particularly mind-blowing

  • The fortified medieval city of Pamplona is a great place to discover on foot. Weave through the city's winding alleyways to the immense Gothic Cathedral and walk down the street of the famous bull run.

  • Logrono is bursting with delicious local produce and wine, just waiting to be enjoyed on an included tapas crawl. Delicioso!

  • Take a long siesta on the golden beaches of San Sebastian, one of Spain's most scenic coastal destinations. As the sun goes down, join the crowds as they come out to play among the city's exciting nightlife

  • The Art Walk in Madrid is every art lover's dream. In one small stretch you can browse the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Prado, one of the world's most celebrated galleries

Is this trip right for you?

  • The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. European trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points. Public buses are also comfortable and often air-conditioned, but there aren't always toilets on board. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off trains and buses, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.

  • As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

Welcome to Madrid, Spain. The sassy central capital is known for its elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks, but it also pulsates with energy, and is without doubt a vibrant city. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at either 6 or 7pm, depending on common area availability. Please double check with reception to confirm the time and place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance, passport details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). As there's limited time for sightseeing in Madrid, we recommend arriving a few days early to explore. Perhaps while away the hours along the Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk, for an expansive history of Western art. Start with the Museo del Prado, then discover modern Spanish masters, including Picasso and Dali, in the Museo Reina Sofia. Finish at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which displays eight centuries of European painting. After the welcome meeting, perhaps get into the mind of a Madrileño with some tapas and Rioja, or head to the Gran Via hotspots to dance the night away.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Abono Paseo del Arte (3 museum combo voucher) - EUR27
  • Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Museo Reina Sofia - EUR8
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR12
  • Real Jardín Botánico - EUR4
  • Royal Palace-Madrid - EUR10
  • Museo Taurino - Free
  • Madrid Tapas Adventure - EUR82
  • Markets of Madrid- UA - EUR47
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a bus to Granada today (approximately 4.5 hours). Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada is packed with Moorish architecture, great tapas bars and natural beauty. Take a walk around the old Arab quarter of the Albaicin, a labyrinth of crooked alleys, fountains, plazas and whitewashed houses, or the 'Alcaiceria' (old silk market area) and observe the craftworks on sale that include ceramics, marquetry and leather goods. If you're feeling energetic, climb the steep streets up to the Mirador de San Nicolas for sunset views over the famous Alhambra. If you have time, perhaps check out the historic Renaissance Catedral and Capilla Real. Granada is the kind of city to leave your guidebook behind and trust your intuition. Discovering the narrow streets of Albaicin and the white-walled house garden of Realejo quarter may lead your adventurous spirit to find something that you have long been looking for. For the best view of Granada at sunset try the Mirador de San Nicolas at the very top of the city's steep streets. In the evening, perhaps head to one of the small flamenco taverns around the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today make a visit to Granada's impressive Alhambra Palace. An entrance ticket is included in the trip and grants you the visit of Nasrid Palace and the Gardens. Audio guides in multiple languages are available on the day for EUR 4. The Alhambra was first built by the Moors as a fortress during the Muslim rule of Spain. A walk through the compound's luxurious rooms and gardens gives you an idea of the decadent lifestyle of the Moorish kings. The Alhambra is made up of three parts: the Alcazaba, the 11th-century Muslim wing which features spectacular views from its towers; the Palacio Nazaries, the centre of the complex; and Generalife, the summer palace of the sultans. This evening, unearth the restaurants in the tangled streets of the Albaicin and dine with the best views of the Alhambra.

Note: If you would like to take an in-depth guided tour of the Alhambra or enter the gardens and palace at night time, we strongly recommend you book tickets in advance. You can reserve these online at alhambra-tickets.es. To collect your tickets you will need to present the credit card that was used to make the booking. A maximum of 10 tickets may be bought for the same day on the same card. Please book any tickets for your second day in Granada only. Included tickets are usually booked for the morning but that depends on availability. Entrance to Nasrid Palace is booked for particular time (please enquire 3 weeks before your departure if you would like to know the time). Apart from that, you are free to spend as much time within the whole complex and gardens as you wish.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alhambra entrance
Optional Activities
  • Jose Guerrero Centre - Free
  • Mirador de San Nicolas - Free
  • Catedral de Granada - EUR4
  • Science Park Planetarium - EUR2
  • Science Park - EUR7
  • Capilla Real - EUR4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel approximately 2.5 hours by bus and train to the vibrant city of Seville. If the legends are to be believed, Seville was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. To the Romans it was Hispalis, to the Moorsm Isbiliya. After the Christian reconquest, it became thought of as the portal to the 'New World', and is today the capital of Andalucia and the largest city in southern Spain. Known for its important monuments and fascinating history, Seville is universally famous for being a joyous town. Sevillians are well known for their wit and sparkle, and the city itself is striking for its vitality and flamboyance – the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. Seville is also famous for its oranges, tapas and flamenco, all three of which are ingrained in the fabric of the city and its proud people. As the rest of the day is free for you to explore, why not go and experience it all in person. Barrio Santa Cruz, with its multicultural history, is a great place to start. This shaded warren was designed in medieval times to provide refuge from the great Andalusian heat. Or maybe spend your evening San Jacinto, the bustling main street of the Triana quarter, and discover the interesting and adventurous food on offer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Alcazar Seville - EUR13
  • Archeological Museum - EUR3
  • Art and Popular Customs Museum - EUR2
  • Catedral and Giralda Tower - EUR8
  • Museum of Fine Arts - EUR2
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day to discover Seville. Checking out the world's largest Gothic cathedral is a must. You can also the climb the cathedral's adjoining Moorish tower, known as La Giralda. While you might have to line up, it's well worth it for the views over the city. Visit the magnificent Alcazar, a complex of palaces used by Moorish and Christian rulers through the ages, and now gaining international fame as a shooting location for ‘Game of Thrones’. Wander through the fragrant gardens and examine the Moorish and Mudejar architecture. If you feel like an injection of culture, explore Seville's Museum of Fine Arts or the Archaeological Museum, or head to the Real Maestranza Bullring for insight into the Spanish tradition of bull fighting. As Seville is the tapas capital of Spain, be sure to sample some of the tasty morsels on offer in one of the city's many tapas bars. In the evening, catch a local flamenco performance with the group (included). Charged with emotion and drama, this powerful, fiery show is a real highlight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Flamenco performance
Optional Activities
  • Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre - EUR3
  • Casa de Pilatos - EUR8
  • Indias Archive - Free
  • Real Maestranza Bullring - EUR7
  • Santa Paula Convent - EUR3
  • Torre del Oro - EUR3
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today travel south to the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) (approximately 3 hours). On the western side of Andalusia, the coast faces the Mediterranean and North Africa. Your base for the next two nights is Tarifa, a laid-back beach town endowed with spectacular rocky scenery, a sea fortress, a lighthouse and plenty of character. The afternoon is free to relax. Perhaps catch a bus to the 10 kilometre-long sands of Playa de Los Lances – a haven for kite surfers – or hole up at a beach bar on Playa de Valdevaqueros. One of the best ways to appreciate the area is simply to wander, along the promenade under the old castle, past restaurants brimming with fresh seafood, and appreciate this rare underdeveloped stretch of Spanish coastline. The surfers lend the old town a laid-back, international vibe, along with hints of the North Africa that lies just across the water. In the evening, why not grab some dinner in town and join in Tarifa's vibrant nightlife.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today there are plenty of optional activities to choose from today. Perhaps head out on a whale and dolphin watching expedition on the Iberian Peninsula. At this unique place, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean and where Europe meets Africa, you will get the chance to see seven different species of whales and dolphins. Alternatively, take a day trip to Northern Africa and the town of Tangier in Morocco, just 45 minutes away by ferry. Once a hotspot for artists, secret agents and millionaires, Tangier has been going through something of a renaissance of late. The city's medina and kasbah are well worth exploring, as are the cafes and patisseries around the Place de la France in the Ville Nouvelle. You can unwind and take in the charms of the city on the recently reconstructed beach promenade. Another interesting option is a day tour across the border to the British territory of Gibraltar, home to the famous Rock of Gibraltar. Here you can take a cable car up to the rock’s peak, explore formation-filled caves, a Moorish castle, and wander the main street, discovering the interesting blend of old British life and Spanish flavours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Morocco day trip - EUR60
  • Whale watching - EUR35
  • Gibraltar day trip - EUR48
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave the coast and head inland by bus and train to the town of Ronda in the Andalucian hills (approximately four hours altogether). Arrive in Ronda by lunch time, enjoy an orientation walk with your leader, and the rest of the afternoon is then free. Ronda is the birthplace of bullfighting in Spain. The Plaza de Toros is one of the oldest bullfighting rings in the country. Adjoining the bullring is the Bullfighting Museum, which displays relics of Ronda's bullfighting history. The highlight of the town is the spectacular Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), one of the most photographed structures the country. Built in 1751, it bridges the 100-metre deep gorge that splits the town in two. Check out the old Moorish town on one side, home to many historic buildings including the House of the Moorish King, and the newer El Mercadillo on the other side. East of the town are well-preserved Arab Baths and of course, the famous Plaza de Toros. In the evening find a spot from which you could enjoy a scenic sunset; this won’t be a problem in Ronda.
Note: While bullfighting is a significant part of Spanish culture and history, its practice is contrary to our Responsible Travel philosophy. Intrepid does not support or attend bullfights, as the bulls are subject to torment and fear and are often killed inhumanely. Long a controversial issue in Spain, a landmark decision in July 2010 banned bullfighting in the state of Catalonia from January 2012
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
If you haven't done so yesterday, take your chance now to visit the spectacular gorge in Ronda. In the afternoon, hop on a train headed to Cordoba. On arrival, take part in an orientation walk and then the evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps head out and sample some delicious Spanish cuisine, including salmorejo (a cold soup made of tomatoes, bread and olive oil served with chopped up boiled egg and cured ham) or rabo de toro (oxtail soup), which are specialties of Cordoba. There are also plenty of good-value eateries in the Juderia (Jewish Quarter).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ronda Gorge Walk
Optional Activities
  • Bandits Museum - EUR4
  • La Ronda Bullring - EUR8
  • Santa Maria la Mayor Church - EUR4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Muslim, Jewish and Christian influences are present in Cordoba's architecture, culture and cuisine. Today the group will visit the famous Mezquita - once the third largest mosque in the world and one of the most beautiful. It was consecrated into a Roman Catholic cathedral in the 13th century when the Christians reconquered Cordoba. Later on you are free to enjoy Cordoba as you wish. You might like to discover Casa de las Cabezas (House of Heads), magnificent example of an aristocratic house from Middle Ages. The most thrilling legend of Cordoba about Seven Infants of Lara, was born here. Legend has it that the mansion was a stronghold of Almanzor who held nobleman Gonzalo Gustioz captive here. His seven sons, known as the infants of Lara, were killed in an ambush while trying to free him. Their heads were speared in the lane, one head per arch, therefore the name of the house. In the late afternoon, perhaps stroll along Rio Guadalquivir and cross the Puente Romano. Capture a great view of the Mezquita from the Torre de Calahorra before heading out for a dinner (at your own expense) in one of many great restaurants in the city. Salmorejo and flamenquín: a thick, creamy soup of tomato and garlic, served cold with chopped boiled egg, and a roll of ham and veal, bread crumbed, fried in olive oil and cut into pieces is something you will never regret trying in Cordoba.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mezquita visit Cordoba
Optional Activities
  • Palacio Museo de Viana - EUR8
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a train and head east to the coastal town of Valencia (approximately 5 hours). Known for being the Spanish gateway to the Mediterranean, Valencia has a large port, beautiful beaches, restaurants and a beach promenade along the waterfront. The old town is set back from the seafront through, and in the centre you will find the beautiful monuments and historical buildings. Busy markets, clean beaches, spectacular mountains and a fascinating mix of old town and new town makes up the best of Valencia. Over the next couple of days, you have a lot of free time to wander around the city and see the sights. Perhaps rent a bike from one of the many bike stations that are dotted around the city. Cycle through the park that runs through the centre of the city to the impressively designed Museu de les Ciencies Príncipe Felipe (Arts and Science Museum). Valencia is also built with separate cycle paths, so it's really easy to get around. This evening perhaps head out to bar-hop and eat tapas in the Ciutat Vella (old town).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Picnic in Valencia
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take the day to explore. Why not do as the locals do and start the day with a breakfast of tortillas or churros at the colourful stalls of the Mercado Central. Then, visit the 13th-century cathedral, which houses what's claimed to be the Holy Grail, and climb the 207 steps of the Miguelete tower for the best views of the city. For something a little quirkier, head to the Museum of the Fallas, which contains a history of the Valencia fire festival and giant papier mache figures that have been spared from the burning. The Museo de Bellas Artes has Spain's second-biggest art collection, housed in a beautiful 17th-century convent. There are also many fine parks and gardens, or you may want to head to the beach of Playa de la Malvarrosa to soak up some sun. To try the paella that Valencia is famous for (rabbit and chicken), do as the locals do and head to the restaurant area of Las Arenas for a hearty and reasonably priced lunch. Tonight, maybe head south to Ruzafa, one of the city’s coolest areas, where the locals only start to head out as the clock strikes midnight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cycling in Valencia
Optional Activities
  • Fallas Museum - EUR2
  • Gonzalez Marti Museum - EUR3
  • Miguelete Tower - EUR2
  • Principe Filipe Science Museum - EUR8
  • The Silk Exchange - EUR2
  • Valencian Institute of Modern Art - EUR2
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today take the train up the coast to Barcelona (approximately 3.5 hours). Barcelona's quirky character and fabulous Catalan cuisine mixes seamlessly with a groundbreaking art scene, Gothic architecture, superb dining and a non-stop nightlife, making it a city you won't soon forget. In the afternoon, there are plenty of options to keep you busy. Wander the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter and navigate your way through the throngs of tourists along La Rambla, Barcelona's famous tree-lined boulevard. Maybe grab a fresh juice at the colourful La Boqueria market while you're there. Perhaps pay a visit to the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia or the Museum of City History to brush up on your local knowledge. Take the funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of Barcelona and the harbour. The heart of Catalonia prides itself as a gastronomic centre and so this evening perhaps head out to taste the reputation for yourself. You can take a tapas crawl through rustic Catalan dishes in the funky neighbourhood of El Born.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum - Free
  • Casa Batllo - EUR22
  • Guell Palace - EUR12
  • Museum of City History - EUR7
  • Museum of Gaudi - EUR6
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia - EUR12
  • Old Santa Creu Hospital - EUR10
  • Picasso Museum - EUR14
  • Cathedral visit - EUR6
  • Barcelona Tapas Tour - EUR69
  • Snapshots of Barcelona - EUR47
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Join your leader on an orientation walk around Barcelona today. See some of the city's main sights, including a visit to Antonio Gaudi's incredible La Sagrada Familia Cathedral. The architect worked on this hugely ambitious project for decades until his death, and it remains in constant construction. Along with the Camp Nou football stadium, it is possibly the city's most iconic landmark. Gaudi was the master of the unique Catalan Modernista architecture for which Barcelona is famous, and his work is dotted all over the city. Perhaps check out the Neo-Gothic mansion of Guell Palace, or the wave-inspired structure of Casa Batlo. For more insight into the artist himself, head to the Gaudi House Museum inside Parc Guell, which is home to more colourful sculptures, including a long mosaic-covered bench overlooking the city. For something a little different, perhaps have a poke around the Old Santa Creu Hospital. For your final night, perhaps finish the day with a sip of red wine from a porro – a traditional glass pitcher.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day for you to enjoy optional activities or to spend at your leisure. Barcelona's quirky character and fabulous Catalan cuisine mixes seamlessly with a ground-breaking art scene, Gothic architecture, superb dining and a non-stop nightlife. See great works of art in the Picasso Museum, head to the waterfront for a bowl of traditional paella, soak up the festive vibe of Las Ramblas, or catch the funicular to Montjuic for sweeping views of the city.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting at approximately 7pm to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave Barcelona behind and travel by train to Pamplona, the heartland of the Basque country (approximately 4.5 hours). On arrival into Pamplona, head out on an orientation walk and get acquainted with this well-preserved fortified medieval town. Pamplona, named after its founder, Pompey the Great, has served for centuries as both a military stronghold and an important point on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. It’s also world famous as the home of the annual San Fermin, a weeklong festival that features the running of the bulls. Interestingly, the festival became most well known in the English-speaking world after the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Sun Also Rises’. Meander down winding alleys and step inside ornate buildings like Pamplona's Gothic cathedral, one of the most important religious structures in Spain. The city has also recently opened a museum of modern art designed by a prize-winning architect, inspired by the cultural renaissance achieved by Bilbao and its Guggenheim. Your evening is then free to do as you wish – the quality of pintxos (Basque tapas) is incredible, so be sure to tuck into some tasty morsels.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pamplona Orientation Walk
Optional Activities
  • Gothic Cathedral - EUR5
  • Ciudadella fortress - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast this morning, take the short journey by public bus to the prized vineyards of La Rioja wine region and Logrono (approximately 1.5 hours). The town sits on the banks of the Ebro River and is the capital of Spain’s most renowned wine region. The city is rich in history and traditions, preserved since the Middle Ages. It also boasts one of the most distinguished culinary traditions in the county, home to some of the best tapas bars in the whole of Spain, all crammed into its small medieval centre. After checking in to your accommodation for tonight, the rest of the day is free to explore. Stroll the streets of this favourite stop for pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela, a handsome city of medieval fortifications, where much work is being done to restore it to its full glory. This evening, a great idea is to explore the Old Quarter, wandering down Calla del Laurel and feasting at the 60 or so taperias (tapas bars) that line the way. This is the perfect opportunity to sample the regional delicacies – snack on each bar’s individual speciality, maybe grilled chorizo or wild mushrooms, and wash them down with a glass of the region’s famous red.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Logrono has a central importance to the wine industry in Spain, and their tradition of winemaking dates back to the first Phoenician settlers back in the 11th century BC. The city is not only surrounded by vines, but has always treated wine with great respect. It is hard to imagine, but in 1635 the traffic of metal-wheeled carriages was forbidden in Old Town by law, as it was feared that vibration caused would disturb the wines resting in cellars below. Today you’ll head out on an included winery tour to enjoy a day of grazing on delicious local produce – all grown or made within a few kilometres of town – sampling wine and basking in the sunshine. Visit the wine museum (July to September) to learn more about this region's famous tipple. When the museum is closed, your group leader will take you on a visit to a local winery. If the weather’s on your side, stroll through enchanting vineyards and learn what goes on behind the scenes of a winery. In the evening, head out on an included tapas crawl around the town, with the sheer concentration of tapas bars in the medieval old town leading to intense competition and incredibly high standards.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ontañon winery visit - Logrono
  • Tapas Crawl - Logrono
Optional Activities
  • Museo de la Rioja - Free
  • San Bartolome church - Free
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today take a bus from Logrono (approximately 2 hours) to stunning seaside San Sebastian, jewel of the Basque country and a city obsessed with food. With its family friendly beaches and vibrant old city, San Sebastian is a fantastic place to stroll along the promenade, shop, consume pintxos, or just to soak up the sun. When you arrive, get an overview of the most central beach, La Concha, with a cable car (included) to Monte Igueldo. Then, why not wander around the Parte Vieja (Old Town), a mix of alleyways wedged between the bay and the Urumea River. Or head to Playa de Gros and watch the surfers riding the waves of Biscay Bay. This is the home of some of the world’s best restaurants, most experimental chefs and a distinct food culture all its own. This evening why not hit the neighbourhood streets for a txikiteo of pinxtos, a Basque-style tapas crawl that will fill the senses – and stomach – with the unique tastes of the region. Don’t forget to wash them down with txakoli, a slightly fizzy white wine that’s the region’s signature drop.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monte Igueldo Cable Car - San Sebastian
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You have a full day to explore San Sebastian today, which also gives you plenty of time to take a trip along the winding coast to the nearby small fishing village of Getaria, or catch the one-hour local bus to Bilbao. If you do decide to venture to Bilbao, then spend some free time visiting Frank Gehry’s iconic sweeping metal building and the artistic treasures housed inside and out. The skyline here has changed rapidly since the arrival of the Guggenheim, this industrial city now boasting over 40 landmarks for architecture and design enthusiasts. If you have enough time in the afternoon, the San Telmo Museum displays history, art and photography of the Basque country. In San Sebastian, discover the beaches, shops and charismatic streets, then in the evening, it might be a good idea to enjoy one more night of tapas (there is never enough of tapas!) that range from the traditional to the experimental, seeking out some of the nectarous local cider. Or, if you’re feeling really indulgent, treat yourself to one of the local restaurants that’s in the top 20 in the world and their Michelin-starred chefs.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Catedral del Buen Pastor - Free
  • Aquarium - EUR13
  • Grab Your Pintxo UA - EUR65
  • St. James Way Adventure - EUR55
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR16
  • San Telmo Museum - EUR6
  • Basque by Bike- San Sebastian UA - EUR43
  • Catamaran Boat trip - EUR10
  • Royals, Stars and Surfers - San Sebastian UA - EUR41
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Journey on the bus to Madrid this morning, (approximately 6 hours), a city overflowing with world-class art galleries, atmospheric city squares, and heaving nightclubs and bars. The sassy central capital is known for its elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks, but it also pulsates with energy, and is without doubt a vibrant city. On arrival, after checking in your hotel, the group will set off for an orientation walk. There is plenty to do and see in Madrid, so instead, you may choose to go out and discover on your own. The Paseo del Arte (Art Walk) gives a great panoramic perspective of western art history. Perhaps wander through the pristine gardens of Real Jardin Botanico and then delve deeper into the art of the city at Museo Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Sports fans, if you're lucky enough for your trip to fall on match day, you can don a white t-shirt and head to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the mighty Real Madrid. At night, head out to Chueca, Plaza Dos de Mayo or Plaza Santa Ana, where the pulse of the city will lead you from bar to bar on a final night out that you’re sure to remember.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR12
  • Abono Paseo del Arte (3 museum combo voucher) - EUR27
  • Real Jardín Botánico - EUR4
  • Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Museo Reina Sofia - EUR8
  • Royal Palace-Madrid - EUR10
  • Markets of Madrid- UA - EUR47
  • Madrid Tapas Adventure - EUR82
  • Museo Taurino - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your 'Classic Spain' adventure ends this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there's limited time for sightseeing in Madrid, it's recommended that you make arrangements to stay few extra nights to see the highlights of the city. Our reservations team can help with booking accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Bus, Metro, Public bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (21 nights)

Included activities

  • Alhambra entrance
  • Flamenco performance
  • Ronda Gorge Walk
  • Mezquita visit Cordoba
  • Picnic in Valencia
  • Cycling in Valencia
  • La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona
  • Pamplona Orientation Walk
  • Ontañon winery visit - Logrono
  • Tapas Crawl - Logrono
  • Monte Igueldo Cable Car - San Sebastian

Dates & availability

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip with the exception of the following nights:
Day 6-7 Tarifa

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to festivals taking place in Ronda and Seville in May and September, itinerary of 6th of May and 2nd September departures is changed in order to secure the accommodation, avoid the closure of many tourist attractions, and enjoy the places visited without the crowds. After 3 days in Spain, instead of going from Granada to Seville, the trip will visit Ronda and Tariff (Costa de la Luz) first, and then continue to Seville and Cordoba. Places visited and included activities remain the same but are done in different order.

PLEASE NOTE
If you plan to travel from Madrid airport to your starting hotel by public transport, the metro line that connects 4 Terminals with Madrid city will be closed for renovation until 18th of April. There will be replacement bus services available.

Essential trip information

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