Itinerary #1: Spanish Beach Getaway - Barcelona & Menorca
This island/beach vacation delivers the most bang for your buck. It begins under the Catalan sun in Barcelona for two days of sightseeing before you head off to one of the most beautiful islands in the Balearics: Menorca.
|Day 1||Arrival in Spain - Self-Guided Barcelona Tour||Barcelona|
|Day 2||Visit Park Güell & Sagrada Família||Barcelona|
|Day 3||Flight from Barcelona to Menorca - Explore||Menorca|
|Day 4||Horseback Riding in Menorca||Menorca|
|Day 5||Menorca Free Day - Optional Kayak Tour||Menorca|
|Day 6||Depart Spain from Menorca|
The trip starts with your arrival in Barcelona, at which point you'll transfer by private car from the airport to the city center. You can then stretch your legs on a self-guided city tour. We recommend taking the cable car up Mt. Montjuic for 360° views of the city. You could also visit Poble Espanyol, an open-air museum in the style of a traditional Spanish village. At sundown be sure to head to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic for the most epic light and water show in the city.
Day two you'll visit some historic buildings and locales that define the city of Barcelona. First, you'll travel to Park Güell, a masterpiece of a park designed by famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Then you'll tour what might be Gaudí's most iconic building in the city, the Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Day three you'll take a short hour-long flight from Barcelona to Menorca, one of the smaller of the Balearic Islands. You'll arrive in the capital of Mao and will immediately pick up your rental car so you can explore the island more freely. There are many coves and beaches you can visit here, each fronting teal and turquoise waters. Options include Es Calo Blanc, Sa Mesquida Playa, and Cala d'en Tortuga.
On day four you'll travel to the western side of the island and travel the stunning coast a different way: by horseback. It's a guided excursion that stops at some remote beaches, which are all the more beautiful due to the lack of crowds. Day five you can take an optional kayak tour around the unspoiled Menorcan coast, and on day six you'll head home. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona
Over six insightful days, you'll get to see sides to Madrid and Barcelona that many tourists never get to experience. This includes not just visiting noteworthy city sights and neighborhoods but discovering the culture through its world-class cuisine.
|Day 1||Arrival in Madrid - Evening Tapas Tour||Madrid|
|Day 2||Private City Tour - El Prado Museum - Meet Local Artisans||Madrid|
|Day 3||Train from Madrid to Barcelona - Evening Tapas Tour||Barcelona|
|Day 4||Private Tour of La Sagrada Familia & Sailboat Cruise||Barcelona|
|Day 5||Gaudí Architecture Tour & Markets of Barcelona||Barcelona|
|Day 6||Depart Barcelona|
Your cultural immersion begins in Madrid. You'll not only tour must-see sights like the Puerta del Sol and Fountain of Cibeles, but you'll also visit into bohemian neighborhoods. This includes Barrio las Letras. which was known as the "literary quarter" due to the famous authors, like Cervantes, who lived there. In the evening you'll head to Calle Huertas for a meal, as it features no shortage of traditional tapas bars.
On day two you'll see one of the finest collections of European art in the world at the El Prado Museum before visiting the workshops of some of Madrid's most accomplished artisans. This includes designers of bullfighting costumes, makers of handcrafted guitars, manufacturers of goat-skin wine bags, and more. Afterward, you'll cap the day at a nearby restaurant or bar.
Day three you'll take a train to Barcelona for the last half of your Spanish sojourn. You'll stay in Old Town, and after checking into your hotel you can visit famous locales like Olympic Park and Barceloneta Beach. This will be followed by an evening tapas tour.
Day four you'll enjoy a private guided tour of Sagrada Familia and then you'll get to see Barcelona from the water on a sailboat cruise along the coast. Day five is a tour of other famous buildings, like Gaudí's Casa Milá, followed by browsing Barcelona's most popular food markets. Day six you'll fly home. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Barcelona & the Costa Brava
This trip along Spain's Mediterranean coast makes the perfect quick holiday. Not only do you get to visit one of the most culturally rich cities in the world in Barcelona, but you'll venture north and discover the equally stunning Costa Brava.
|Day 1||Arrive in Barcelona||Barcelona|
|Day 2||Walking Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia||Barcelona|
|Day 3||Bike Tour of Barcelona||Barcelona|
|Day 4||Transfer from Barcelona to the Costa Brava - Explore Begur||Begur|
|Day 5||Wine Tasting in the Empordà Region||Begur|
|Day 6||Transfer to Barcelona - Depart Spain|
You'll arrive in Barcelona, and there's no better place to stretch your legs after a long flight than Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian thoroughfare running through historic neighborhoods like the Gothic Quarter and down to Barceloneta Beach. Day two you'll take a guided walking tour of the city and stop at famous Gaudí buildings like Sagrada Familia. Day three you'll get to zip through the city on a bicycle tour that will take you from the Gothic Quarter to Park de la Ciutadella and down to the beach.
Day four you'll leave the city and head north to the medieval seaside village of Begur, located on the Costa Brava. This 156-mile section of coast runs up to the border with France and is dotted with beautiful beaches, rocky bays, and charming towns. After visiting the beaches around Begur, on day six you'll head to the nearby Empordà wine region to sample some of Spain's world-class varietals, like Grenache and Tempranillo. On day six you'll transfer back to Barcelona and head home. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Highlights of Andalusia
What better way to enjoy Spain than on a tour of the Andalusia region? This trip to the country's southernmost region includes stops in its capital of Seville plus tours of historic cities like Málaga and Córdoba.
|Day 1||Arrive in Seville - Evening Tapas Tour||Seville|
|Day 2||Private Walking Tour of Seville||Seville|
|Day 3||Transfer from Seville to Córdoba - Private Tour & Evening Food Experience||Córdoba|
|Day 4||Transfer from Córdoba to Málaga, via the Caminito del Rey||Malaga|
|Day 5||Private Tour of Málaga||Malaga|
|Day 6||Depart Málaga|
The journey begins with your arrival in Seville. This regional capital is known for its Moorish history and architecture, its flamenco culture, and its incredible food. Right off the bat, you'll get to enjoy the food on a guided tour of Seville's best tapas bars. Day two you'll get to know the city on a walking tour, and you'll visit the major sights like the Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcázar of Seville, a palace that dates to the 11th century.
Day three you'll transfer to Córdoba, another grand Andalusian city with both Muslim and Roman Catholic heritage. A tour of the city reveals this in the grand Mezquita (mosque/cathedral) and the Alcázar of Córdoba, where Christopher Columbus arranged his voyage to the West Indies. On day four you'll transfer south to the coastal city of Málaga, but not before stopping to hike the Caminito del Rey, a network of bridges suspended over 2,000 feet high along a rocky gorge.
On day five, you'll enjoy a private tour of Málaga, and there's a lot to see. There's the ancient Roman Amphitheater, the renaissance Cathedral of Málaga, and of course the Picasso Museum, which is dedicated to the city's most famous son. In the evening you can head to the historic Old Town for a traditional tapas dinner. On day six you'll depart Málaga for home. Learn more
Itinerary #5 Ultimate Tour of the Basque Country - Bilbao & San Sebastian
This six-day tour of Basque Country allows you to explore the two largest cities in the region: Bilbao & San Sebastian. Many travelers are familiar with the lovely beaches and Belle Epoch architecture of the latter, but the riverside metropolis of Bilbao also has much to offer, particularly the famous Guggenheim Museum.
|Day 1||Welcome to Bilbao - Food & City Tour||Bilbao|
|Day 2||Cooking Class & Guggenheim Museum Tour||Bilbao|
|Day 3||Day-Trip to the Basque Countryside||Bilbao|
|Day 4||Transfer to San Sebastian - Coastal Tour & Wine Tasting||San Sebastian|
|Day 5||Walking Tour of San Sebastian||San Sebastian|
|Day 6||Depart Spain|
You'll arrive in the largest city in Basque Country, Bilbao. No rest for the wicked as you partake in a city tour where you'll visit, among other locales, the Casco Viejo ("old quarter"), which is right on the waterfront of the River Nervión. Day two you'll take a cooking class and learn to prepare traditional Basque cuisine followed by a tour of the Guggenheim. This masterpiece of contemporary design is the brainchild of Frank Gehry, and inside are works by artists like Warhol, Koons, and Chillida.
On day three you'll take a trip to the Basque countryside, where you'll learn about the tradition of this region by witnessing Basque rural sports live. These include stone-lifting and wood-chopping competitions. The next day you'll transfer about an hour up the coast to San Sebastian, stopping along the way at the small island of Gaztelugatxe, which features a long stone bridge connecting it to the mainland. Afterward, you'll stop at a local winery for a tasting then have lunch.
On day five you'll take a guided city tour of San Sebastian, visiting its Old Town as well as landmarks like the early 20th-century Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the Puente María Cristina, which crosses the River Urumea. In the evening you'll get to enjoy the city's famous tapas culture. On day six you'll depart Spain. Learn more
Itinerary #6: Spain Road Trip - Madrid to La Mancha
Get behind the wheel on a six-day road trip from Madrid south to the famous La Mancha region, home to one of the greatest fictional characters in literature: Don Quixote. Not only will you visit this arid plateau region, but you'll also stop in Toledo, one of the most historic cities in Spain.
|Day 1||Arrival in Madrid - Evening Tapas Tour||Madrid|
|Day 2||Pick up Rental Car - Drive to Toledo - City Tour||Toledo|
|Day 3||Drive From Toledo to Valdepeñas - Explore La Mancha||Valdepeñas area|
|Day 4||Wine Tour of La Mancha||Valdepeñas area|
|Day 5||Drive to Madrid - Guided Tour|
|Day 6||Departure from Madrid|
First, you'll arrive in Madrid and can head out on a self-guided tour of the city. Visit sights like the Puerto del Sol and Fountain of Cibeles before heading to the "literary quarter," Barrio las Letras, in the evening for a tapas tour. On day two you'll hop in a rental car and travel south to Toledo. Once the capital of Old Spain, Toledo is a historic gem sitting on the Río Tajo. On a tour, you'll visit the most famous sights like the 13th-century Toledo Cathedral and the 16th century Alcázar fortress.
On day three you'll drive further south into the arid plains of La Mancha. You'll pass by the famous white windmills referenced in Don Quixote as well as drive through the Campo de Calatrava, an area known for volcanic hills and glassy lakes. The next day you'll take a wine tour of the Valdepeñas area (La Mancha is the biggest wine-producing region in Spain), and on day five you'll return to Madrid for a guided tour. On day six you'll depart. Learn more