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.
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
It's easy to be consumed by the architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife of Barcelona, but the food available for consumption is just as good. Traditional Catalan dishes such as fideua (similar to seafood paella) and botifarra amb mongetes (haricot beans served with sausage) taste a little like heaven. The wine isn't bad either
Gaudi's modern basilica, La Sagrada Familia, is like no other building in the world. Still under construction after 130 years, this Gothic masterpiece embodies Barcelona's artistic and progressive heart
The beaches of Valencia are some of the most pristine in Europe, if not the world. Relax with a bowl of Valencian paella at the gateway to the Mediterranean
Discover Roman, Muslim and Christian influences in the churches and plazas of Cuenca, the ideal Spanish city to explore on foot
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Spanish 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. 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. In that case it is recommended to bring a backpack instead of rigid wheelie suitcase. Make sure the luggage 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 Spain often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together and rooms in Spain can seem rather small by American or Australian standards. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can.
This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 16 October 2018
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Our Highlights of Spain trips score an average of 4.78 out of 5 based on 37 reviews in the last year.
This tour was an excellent way to get a taste of Spain. It showcased the big cities of Madrid and Barcelona which had plenty to offer. If the city isn’t your style, opt for another Intrepid tour that also visits southern Spain. Our trip leader Nestor was absolutely fantastic.
Review submitted 12 Oct 2018
It was amazing to see four Spanish cities in 1 week, but in my opinion it was one too many cities and the trip felt very rushed. For me that wasn’t great, but if that’s fine for you, it’s a great trip overall and an easy way to see many Spanish cities.
Review submitted 05 Oct 2018