Classic Barcelona to Madrid

7 Days | Experience Spain from Barcelona to Madrid on this east coast adventure

5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
CAD $2,982
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Make your way southbound along the beautiful eastern coastline of Spain on your way from Barcelona to Madrid. This seven-day adventure will be a food and culture lover's dream, with stops in the birthplace of paella, a trip to a cava winery in the heart of the Catalonian wine region, visits to ancient oceanside amphitheatres, behind-the-scenes looks at the construction of festival statues, and more tapas than you can stomach! Explore Spanish beaches on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and indulge in locally made churros. There’s a little something for everyone in this Spanish crusade.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Barcelona To Madrid including Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Madrid, Spain
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Travel from Barcelona to Madrid along the eastern coast of Spain, taking in Tarragona’s Roman amphitheatre and perhaps an agua de Valencia in Valencia along the way.
  • Learn about the history and artistry of the unique Fallas festival of Valencia by meeting a professional artist in their workshop to find out how they construct these intricately detailed statues, often of enormous sizes.
  • Enjoy glasses of locally produced cava – a Spanish sparkling wine produced in the Catalonian wine region. Sip on samples while strolling through a vineyard and enjoy a tapas-style lunch of cured meats, cheeses, and other delectable dishes.
  • Look out over the Mediterranean Sea and the sprawling ‘City in the Sea’ from the walls of Peniscola Castle. Built on the highest point in the city, it juts out into the ocean on its clifftop position, giving you an uninterrupted view of the city below.
  • Savour a Spanish favourite at a Madrid insititution – cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros with velvety chocolate sauce from a churreria that has over a century of expertise.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Casa Caridad. Donations help them provide basic needs such as food and shelter for people in need in Valencia. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in this region (over 40C/104F). 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.
  • This trip doesn't spend much time in Barcelona or Madrid so we recommend extending your trip to enjoy these cities to their fullest. Please speak to your booking agent about adding additional nights of accommodation to your booking.


Map of Classic Barcelona To Madrid including Spain



6 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private vehicle, Train, Metro


Hotel (6 nights)

  • Barcelona - Welcome aperitivo
  • Vilafranca del Penedes - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Vilafranca del Penedes - Cava vineyard with tastings
  • Tarragona - Roman amphitheatre (entrance fee)
  • Tarragona - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tarragona - Les Ferreres Aqueduct
  • Peñiscola - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Peñiscola - Castle visit
  • Valencia - Fallero-guided workshop visit
  • Valencia - Fallas Museum
  • Valencia - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Madrid - Churros con chocolate
  • Madrid - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Valencia - Principe Felipe Science Museum - EUR9
  • Madrid - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR13
  • Madrid - Royal Palace - EUR14

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Pamela · Traveled May 2024
My Intrepid trip was fun, educational, and fully enjoyable. I met wonderful people and was guided by a knowledgeable and fabulous leader. Highly recommended
Review submitted 11 May 2024

Richard · Traveled May 2024
Two features of the trip was meeting the owner of a small vineyard and the visit to the workshop of xavier produced the large comic figures for the festival in March
Review submitted 18 May 2024

Andrew · Traveled April 2024
Our Intrepid trip to Spain and Portugal was consistently outstanding. Our 2 guides were knowledgeable and charismatic. They knew their stuff and cared about and related to everyone. Top experience.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024
Classic Barcelona to Madrid
CAD $2,982