A week is enough time to experience the highlights in a couple of different regions of Spain. You can sample the legendary cuisine of the Basque Country, laze on Mediterranean beaches, tour Madrid, and enjoy some unique culture in the southern Andalusia region. Below we list five different itineraries that show you how.

Itinerary #1: Best of Spain - Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville

This seven-day itinerary allows you to experience the best of Spain while traveling to cities in three distinct regions: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. 

The adventure begins in Barcelona
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Barcelona! Barcelona
Day 2 Strolling Around Modernist Barcelona Barcelona
Day 3 Taste and History of Madrid Madrid
Day 4 The Art Triangle Madrid
Day 5 Exclusive Tour of The Royal Alcázar  Seville
Day 6 Seville’s History on a Horse-drawn Carriage Seville
Day 7 Departure Day in Sevilla  

It starts with your arrival in Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region and one of the finest cities on the Mediterranean coast. Over the first two days, you'll visit some of Barcelona's most famous sights, including modernist architectural gems by Antoni Gaudí like Park Güel and the Sagrada Familia basilica. On the third day, it's off to Madrid, where you'll tour the cobbled streets of the Old City, visit the Royal Palace, and sample delectable cuisine one bite at a time in the city's tapas bars.

On the fourth day you'll visit the "art triangle," which is comprised of three different museums. These include the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (featuring one of the world's largest private art collections), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain's national museum of 20th century art), and the famous Museo Nacional del Prado, which displays works by heavyweights such as Goya, Bosch, El Greco, Titian, and Diego Velázquez, among others. 

Day five will take you from Madrid south to Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region, for a visit to the Royal Alcázar, a palace used by the royal court for centuries. Day six will see you enjoying some city highlights from the back of a horse-drawn carriage, and these include the expansive Plaza de Espana and the 16th century Seville Cathedral, which is the largest gothic church in the world. On your last day, you can enjoy one final stroll around Seville before catching your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Explore Barcelona & Rural Catalonia

This weeklong adventure combines the metropolis we all know and love with some of Catalonia’s more rural and less-visited gems. Expect to get the fun of Barcelona with the bucolic beauty of mountain towns, old monasteries, and Roman ruins.

Montserrat Monastery, in Catalonia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona Barcelona
Day 2 Private Tour of La Sagrada Familia & Barcelona's Markets Barcelona
Day 3 Private Sailboat Cruise in Barcelona Barcelona
Day 4 Monserrat & Winery Day-Trip Barcelona
Day 5 Transfer from Barcelona to Vic - Afternoon Hike Vic
Day 6 Explore the Pre-Pyrenees Medieval Villages Vic
Day 7 Transfer to Barcelona - Depart Spain  

Days one and two see your arrival in Barcelona followed by a self-guided tour of the highlights. This includes strolling La Rambla, visiting the gothic-modernist cathedral La Sagrada Familia, and a tour of La Boquería Market, which dates back to 1217 and is a great spot to acquaint yourself with Catalan cuisine. Day three is a real treat as you board a private sailboat and cruise along Barcelona’s coast.

On day four you’ll embark on a trip outside of Barcelona to the Montserrat Monastery, which dates to the 11th century and sits on a mountaintop affording incredible views of the valley below. On day five you’ll venture into the Pyrenees Mountains for a canyon hike and then overnight in one of the area’s well-preserved medieval villages. Days six and seven allow more time to explore the Pyrenees before returning to Barcelona and doing some final sightseeing before catching your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #3 Barcelona & Costa Brava Road Trip

Over seven days you’ll get to experience the landmark city that is Barcelona while also heading south to discover even more of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Pack your sunscreen and sunglasses, because this trip is all about coastal fun.

Girona, on the Costa Brava
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona - Evening Tapas & Wine Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Tour of La Sagrada Familia & Barcelona's Food Markets Barcelona
Day 3 Bike Tour of Barcelona Barcelona
Day 4 Transfer from Barcelona to the Costa Brava, via Girona & Figueres Begur
Day 5 Kayaking Excursion in the Costa Brava Begur
Day 6 Wine Tasting in the Empordà Region Begur
Day 7 Transfer to Barcelona - Depart Spain  

Upon arrival in Barcelona on day one you’ll get straight to the heart of local gastronomy with a stroll down La Ramblas followed by an evening bar-hopping as you sample traditional tapas and local wine. On days two and three you’ll visit major city highlights on foot plus take a bicycle tour around famous landmarks and neighborhoods like Park de la Ciutadella, the Gothic Quarter, and the city's main stretch of sand, Barceloneta Beach.

On day four you’ll leave Barcelona for a drive north along the Costa Brava and a number of stops along the way, including at Girona, a historic river city with Roman ruins. On day five you’ll take to the water on a kayak tour around the hidden caves and coves of the Costa Brava, and day six involves a wine tour around the Empordà region, near the border with France. On day seven, you’ll transfer back to Barcelona for your journey home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Best of Andalusia - Seville, Ronda, Málaga

In an unforgettable week, you’ll discover one of the most evocative regions in Spain: Andalusia. This sultry southern province is home to rich Islamic and Roman-Catholic heritage, which you'll find on a tour of the major cities, including Seville, Ronda, and Málaga.

The storybook city of Ronda, Spain
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Seville - Evening Tapas Tour Seville
Day 2 Private Walking Tour of Seville Seville
Day 3 Meet Seville's Local Artistans Seville
Day 4 Transfer from Seville to Ronda, via the White Villages Ronda
Day 5 Private Tour of Ronda - Winery Visit Ronda
Day 6 Transfer from Ronda to Málaga, via the Caminito del Rey Malaga
Day 7 Depart Málaga  

The trip begins with your arrival in Seville. You’ll get right into the mix with a delicious tapas tour of Seville’s various bars. Days two and three involve a walking tour of city highlights like the Seville Cathedral (the largest gothic cathedral in the world), and visiting a local art restorers workshop and the studio of a flamenco guitar maker.

On day four, you’ll leave Andalusia for the Ronda, which enjoys a dramatic setting atop a mountain. Here you’ll visit Ronda’s famous bullring and also indulge in a wine tour. Day six sees you traversing the harrowing cliffside suspension bridges of the Caminito del Rey before returning to Seville on day seven for your journey home. Learn more

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