From medieval castles to some of the world's best wine, explore Spain's culture and history on this packed weeklong getaway. Start in Barcelona where modernist architecture dominates the landscape, then head to Madrid for art and cozy tapas bars. End the trip in Seville to see Gothic churches, tour the incredible Royal Alcazar, and ride a horse-drawn carriage through the city's romantic streets.

Highlights

  • See medieval castles and modern art in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville 
  • Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride in Seville through the city center
  • Experience Madrid on a mixed history & food tour
  • Tour top art galleries in Madrid with a private art historian
  • Stroll through the Royal Alcazar on an exclusive nighttime visit 

Brief Itinerary

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  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Barcelona!

Sunrise view of the Park Guell
Sunrise view of Park Guell

Welcome to Spain! You'll arrive at Barcelona Airport, then transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day settling in, or head out for your first look at the city. 

Day 2: Strolling around Modernist Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral
La Sagrada Familia Cathedral 

Head out for a tour of the city. No visit to Barcelone can be complete without understanding the influence of the Catalan Modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí. Accompanied by a private guide, stroll through Park Güel, an open and inviting space that blends nature and art in an urban landscape. 

Continue to see the Sagrada Familia church, the iconic basilica that dominates Barcelona's skyline. Crisscross the city as you visit other Gaudí works, exploring the city's rich culture and architecture as you go. 

Enjoy dinner in the downtown, then relax in a city plaza as you watch the city transition to nighttime. 

Day 3: Taste and History of Madrid

Display cases of tapas in the San Miguel market
Display cases of tapas in the San Miguel market

Start your morning with a high-speed train transfer from Barcelona to Madrid. Discover the city on a guided food and history tour, including stops at the Royal Palace, notable city squares, and the beautiful winding streets of the Old City. Hear about Madrid's history and city anecdotes, stopping in small tapas bars for a quick snack to sample local cuisine as you walk. 

Try the famous Iberian ham, homestyle tapas, and favorite local wines and expresso. The intimacy of traditional bars is a contrast to the busy city, and you'll experience both sides of Madrid on today's tour. 

Day 4: The Art Triangle

The Prado Museum
The Prado Museum

Madrid's city center is home to a variety of architecture, art, and museums which form the "art triangle". You'll visit these three museums today with an art historian to explore everything from prehistoric archaeology to modern art. Choose your route and your preferred exhibits and head out to explore. 

The three museums, “Museo Nacional del Prado”, “Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza” and “Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía” are situated near the “Paseo del Prado” and “Parque del Retiro” in the old city. After the tour, you don't have to go far to find a small restaurant or cafe to enjoy a meal and absorb the day's adventure. 

Day 5: Exclusive Tour of The Royal Alcázar 

Courtyard of the Royal Alcazar
Courtyard of the Royal Alcazar

Start your day with a high-speed train transfer from Madrid to Seville. The city is brimming with architectural and historic jewels, thanks to the city's longtime role in European and world-wide trade and seafaring travel. Chief among those sites is the Royal Alcázar, which has been in use for centuries by the royal court. You'll enjoy an exclusive and private tour of the palace in the evening, once the crowds have dissipated. 

Wander through the halls where Christopher Colombus negotiated his conquest to America and see the filming locations for "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Game of Thrones". Marvel at the historical and cultural legacy of this imposing palace as you walk through ancient passages and beautiful gardens. 

Day 6: Seville’s History on a Horse-drawn Carriage

Cathedral and Alcazar
Cathedral and Alcazar

Seville is one of the world's top destinations for culture and architecture, and the city is best admired from a traditional horse-drawn carriage. You'll be accompanied by a guide the whole time as you embark on a panoramic tour of Madrid's highlights, including La Plaza de España, the Giralda, the cobblestone streets of the Santa Cruz District, and more. 

End the tour at the magnificent Seville Cathedral, the biggest Gothic structure of its kind in the world. It stands next door to the Royal Alcázar. Tour the Cathedral, then grab a streetside table for a mid-afternoon meal at a cafe in the city center and enjoy people watching. 

Day 7: Departure Day in Sevilla

The Bridge of Isabel II
The Bridge of Isabel II

Your last day in Spain! If you have the morning free, stroll around the neighborhood of Triana near the Guadalquivir River, or shop for souvenirs, browse galleries, and enjoy a quiet morning at a small cafe before catching your flight home. 

Map

Map of Best of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 7 Days
Map of Best of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 7 Days