A jam-packed tour capturing some of 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.
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 primary means of transportation on this trip is by train and bus. European trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning. Toilets are always available. Some of the trains have snack bars (or vending machines) and power points next to the seats but that cannot be guaranteed on every journey. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Public buses are also comfortable and often air-conditioned, but there aren't always toilets on board. Please note that you will have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, and also up or down few flights of stairs as unfortunately some of the stations may not have lifts. It’s recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead, but please 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.
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 also note that not all hotels in Europe would have Air Conditioning system, but only fans. It may be uncomfortable for some in summer heat. 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 and rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 08 November 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Best of Spain trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
This trip will run with a changed order of the places visited between Granada and Seville. From Granada we will now travel to Ronda (rather than Seville), then Costa de la Luz and on to Seville. We will spend the same amount of time in each destination and will enjoy all the same inclusions. By switching the order of places visited we will make the trip run smoother in terms of transfer logistics saving us some precious time in all visited places.
A single supplement is available on this trip with the exception of the following nights:
Day 6-7 Tarifa
In order to secure Alhambra Palace entrance tickets we are required to provide authorities with full passport details of travellers (name as per passport, expiry date, date of birth, nationality). Please make sure you provide these details 40 days prior to your departure as the latest. Otherwise we may not be able to secure Alhambra Palace entrance tickets for you.
Our Best of Spain trips score an average of 4.82 out of 5 based on 68 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid offers the best of both worlds: group activities and free time.
Review submitted 15 Jul 2018
The Best of Spain was an excellent trip. Seeing the Alhambra was a highlight, and discovering the delights of cities like Granada, Seville, Ronda, and Barcelona was great fun. We were very lucky in having a wonderful tour leader named Elina who helped everyone have a great experience. Highly recommended!
Review submitted 29 Jun 2018