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Easy Pace Spain - Small Group

10 Day Tour to Barcelona, Madrid & San Sebastian

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Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
10 Days
1 Country

Spain

8 Cities

Barcelona, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Donostia-San Sebastian, Bilbao, Burgos, Madrid, Segovia

12 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 20
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Insight - Small Groups

If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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See the best of Spain during a leisurely 10-day guided tour. Barcelona boasts an impressive Old Town, which you will see with a Local Expert. They will wind you though the medieval maze of the Gothic Quarter, down the city’s main shopping avenue, and to the Sagrada Família — a Roman basilica with towering mosaic spires that pierce the sky. Dip your toes into the Bay of Biscay when you visit the seaside resort town of San Sebastián, and enjoy a progressive dinner featuring bite-sized treats paired with local Txakoli wine. In Madrid, see the Royal Palace alongside a Local Expert, then meet an art historian for a one-of-a-kind tour of the Prado Museum, one of the world’s greatest art galleries.

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Day 1

Welcome to Barcelona

Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel.
Join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at local restaurant La Pau. This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience supports teenagers and young people to transition to their adult life. Learn about local life through the eyes of the youth.

Gaudi's Casa Batlo in Barcelona, Spain
NH Collection Barcelona Constanza View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

NH Collection Barcelona Constanza

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, created by Pritzker-winning architect Rafael Moneo, is set in the heart of Barcelona's business district and showcases sleek, contemporary interiors. With easy access to the city's main sights and located beside L’Illa Shopping Center on Avenida Diagonal, this hotel is the ideal base for your three night stay. Your comfortable room is furnished in a minimalist-style, while the top-floor swimming pool and sun deck are the perfect place to unwind after a day out and about.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter
La Pau Welcome Dinner

Dine at La Pau, an acclaimed restaurant for the quality of its seasonal menu and social impact. This social initiative generates quality employment...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 2

Barcelona, the City of Gaudí

The lively port of Barcelona boasts an impressive Old Town, although it’s the daring architecture of the Catalan Art Nouveau that really sets it apart. Sightseeing with your Local Expert begins a drive down the Passeig de Gràcia to Gaudí's Sagrada Família. Venture inside the leviathan of the Eixample where a tree canopy carved from stone, holds up the roof as sun pours through stained glass. Then you are free to explore this amazing city at your own pace.

View over Barcelona from Park Guell by architect Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
NH Collection Barcelona Constanza View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

NH Collection Barcelona Constanza

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, created by Pritzker-winning architect Rafael Moneo, is set in the heart of Barcelona's business district and showcases sleek, contemporary interiors. With easy access to the city's main sights and located beside L’Illa Shopping Center on Avenida Diagonal, this hotel is the ideal base for your three night stay. Your comfortable room is furnished in a minimalist-style, while the top-floor swimming pool and sun deck are the perfect place to unwind after a day out and about.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Inside Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Sagrada Família Visit

Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like p...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Street with arch in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Expert, drive down Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey thro...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Flamenco show with dinner in Seville, Spain
Flamenco Show & Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Flamenco Evening

Enjoy an evening full of the passionate artistry of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco, comprising strident guitars, fiery dancing and passion.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Barcelona at Leisure

Enjoy a relaxed start and a full day at leisure to explore Spain’s most vibrant city. From its geographical location, boasting coastal vistas, to the city's extravagant architectural landscape, Barcelona is a delight to explore. Consider a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas or explore Gaudí's fascinating Park Güell. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years, for sweeping views?

Skyline with Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain
NH Collection Barcelona Constanza View Hotel Details
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NH Collection Barcelona Constanza

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, created by Pritzker-winning architect Rafael Moneo, is set in the heart of Barcelona's business district and showcases sleek, contemporary interiors. With easy access to the city's main sights and located beside L’Illa Shopping Center on Avenida Diagonal, this hotel is the ideal base for your three night stay. Your comfortable room is furnished in a minimalist-style, while the top-floor swimming pool and sun deck are the perfect place to unwind after a day out and about.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Montserrat & The Black Madonna

We'll enjoy a stunning drive to Montserrat, the mystical sacred serrated mountain, with its unique formations and spectacular views. It's home to t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Montserrat with Light Lunch at Castellroig Cava Estate

Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views an...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences View over Barcelona from Park Guell by architect Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park which we'll visit with our Local Expert. Here Gaudí designed mushr...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Barcelona by night with dinner, Spain
Barcelona By Night With Dinner

After a delightful dinner in a traditional Catalan restaurant, take a sparkling illuminations drive up the hill of Montjuic for spectacular panoram...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Pamplona and San Sebastián

Journey past Zaragoza on the way to Pamplona in the region of Navarre, famous for the Running of the Bulls. With free time to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll to the famous Estafeta Street. Travel to the aristocratic seaside resort of San Sebastián. Northern Spain’s Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world, so in the evening, discover the city’s rich gastronomic tradition in the heart of Lo Viejo, the Old Town.

Authentic pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain
Barceló Costa Vasca View Hotel Details
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Barceló Costa Vasca

About the Hotel

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

The Barceló Costa Vasca hotel is located close to La Concha bay and offers modern, comfortable rooms with excellent facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Spires of The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain
See the Four Towers of Zaragoza

See the four towers of El Pilar and the Rio Ebro.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Monument of Encierro Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Pamplona at Leisure

Spend free time exploring this city, known for its annual Running with the Bulls festival.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Donostia at Night with Dinner, Donostia, Spain
Donostia by Night with Dinner

View the beach as we head to the lively heart of the old town of Spain's gourmet capital for a sumptuous supper in one of the city's boutique resta...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Bilbao and Guggenheim

Few places have been able to reinvent themselves quite like Bilbao. The former industrial city has changed its ways and is now a pin-up for urban redevelopment. Explore Bilbao with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the spectacular Guggenheim Museum to marvel at its modern architecture and contemporary works of art. Alternatively, join your Local Expert and take the funicular to Mount Artxanda.  On return, join a Local Expert to admire San Sebastián and the crescent-shaped La Concha Bay from the heights of Monte Igueldo. After taking in the amazing views, enjoy a guided tour of the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. Explore the Old Town during your progressive Highlight Dinner with the locals, as you enjoy the gastronomic Basque tradition of pintxos. Similar to tapas, enjoy a variety of snack-sized treats and be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine. Buen provecho!

Pinxtos highlight dinner in San Sebastian, Spain
Barceló Costa Vasca View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Barceló Costa Vasca

About the Hotel

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

The Barceló Costa Vasca hotel is located close to La Concha bay and offers modern, comfortable rooms with excellent facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Visit

Visit the architectural landmark Guggenheim Museum and see works of contemporary art by Spanish and international artists.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Panoramic view of the city of Bilbao, Spain
Mount Artxanda Funicular Ride

Join your Local Expert for sightseeing and take the funicular to Mount Artxanda to enjoy panoramic views of the town below.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights  A guided city tour of San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guest enjoying pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian Pintxos Dinner

Enjoy an evening of pintxos, dining with locals in this Basque tradition. Your delicious dinner includes a wide variety of finger food delicacies, ...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 6

San Sebastián, Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast

Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk. The harbor is filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, so you can enjoy several sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, known as the Jewel of the Basque Country? During this Optional Experience you will explore this town with a Local Expert and visit the church where The Sun King, Louis XIV, married the Spanish princess Maria Theresa.

Eating ice cream with a view of La Concha Bay, San Sebastian, Spain
Barceló Costa Vasca View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Barceló Costa Vasca

About the Hotel

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

The Barceló Costa Vasca hotel is located close to La Concha bay and offers modern, comfortable rooms with excellent facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences Saint-Jean-de-Luz Visit from San Sebastian, Biarritz, Spain
Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz

With your Local Expert, today we head to Basque France (don't forget your passports!). First stop is Biarritz, home to the rich and famous, with it...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Basque Coastal Drive and Fishing Village

Enjoy a drive along the scenic Basque coast to arrive at Getaria. This charming fishing village is the birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elcano, famous ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Burgos and Madrid

Journey south through the Pyrenees foothills and the land of El Cid for a stop in Burgos, where you can see the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue along the Guadarrama Mountains to the plateau of New Castile and Spain's elegant capital of Madrid. In the evening, why not see the city lit up it all its glory, with a drive along the grand avenues and past the spectacular fountains?

Colorful houses and the Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain
Meliá Madrid Princesa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Meliá Madrid Princesa

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The Meliá Madrid Princesa is a luxury hotel, located in the heart of the city, showcasing elegant interior design with a contemporary and cutting edge flair.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos in Burgos, Spain
Burgos Orientation

See El Cid's burial place in the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Madrid by Night with Dinner, Madrid, Spain
Madrid by Night with Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, acco...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Madrid by Night, Madrid, Spain
Madrid by Night

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squa...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Madrid of the Bourbons

Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the capital of Spain, known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, discovering the origins of the city. Learn about the growth of this city, from humble beginnings to a thriving European metropolis. A highlight of your escorted journey will be to visit the Prado Museum. Discover countless works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others as you are guided by a local art historian. Gain new perspective on classic artworks as your art historian shares historic anecdotes and provides new insights into the Prado's collection. The afternoon is free for you to relax at a café or shop in the boutiques.

Madrid, Spain
Meliá Madrid Princesa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Meliá Madrid Princesa

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The Meliá Madrid Princesa is a luxury hotel, located in the heart of the city, showcasing elegant interior design with a contemporary and cutting edge flair.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Guided tour of Madrid Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Madrid Prado Museum Visit with an Art Historian

Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with iconic marble sculptures with fountains Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit Toledo, Spain
Toledo Excursion

A specialist guide takes you to the unique city of Toledo, Spain's capital during the golden era, and where El Greco lived and worked. Walk through...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

The Medieval Streets of Segovia

Venture northwest to visit the fascinating city of Segovia. Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After returning to Madrid, you are at leisure.
Make the most of your final night as you join your fellow travelers for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy delightful regional produce paired with the finest local wines, as you toast to a vacation done well.

Gothic Cathedral with cityscape of Segovia, Spain
Meliá Madrid Princesa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Meliá Madrid Princesa

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The Meliá Madrid Princesa is a luxury hotel, located in the heart of the city, showcasing elegant interior design with a contemporary and cutting edge flair.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Roman aqueduct of Segovia in Spain
Segovia City Tour

Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner in Madrid, Spain
Madrid Celebration Dinner

With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Tour and tapas in Madrid, Spain
Old Madrid with a Taste of Tapas

Discover the charm and character of Old Madrid as we head out on a memorable walking tour with our Local Specialist. Take in the monumental Plaza M...

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Day 10

Depart Madrid

After breakfast, bid farewell to Spain as your transfers arrive at Madrid airport.

Depart Madrid, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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La Pau Welcome Dinner

Dine at La Pau, an acclaimed restaurant for the quality of its seasonal menu and social impact. This social initiative generates quality employment...

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Top Rated Highlights
Barcelona Sagrada Família Visit

Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like p...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Expert, drive down Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey thro...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Four Towers of Zaragoza

See the four towers of El Pilar and the Rio Ebro.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Pamplona at Leisure

Spend free time exploring this city, known for its annual Running with the Bulls festival.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Visit

Visit the architectural landmark Guggenheim Museum and see works of contemporary art by Spanish and international artists.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Mount Artxanda Funicular Ride

Join your Local Expert for sightseeing and take the funicular to Mount Artxanda to enjoy panoramic views of the town below.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
San Sebastian City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Burgos Orientation

See El Cid's burial place in the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Madrid Prado Museum Visit with an Art Historian

Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Segovia City Tour

Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

3 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

San Sebastian Pintxos Dinner

Enjoy an evening of pintxos, dining with locals in this Basque tradition. Your delicious dinner includes a wide variety of finger food delicacies, each with their own regional flavor, flair and presentation.

Madrid Celebration Dinner

With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

NH Collection Barcelona Constanza
Barceló Costa Vasca
Meliá Madrid Princesa

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Flamenco Show & Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco Evening

Enjoy an evening full of the passionate artistry of Spain’s national dance – the Flamenco, comprising strident guitars, fiery dancing and passion.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montserrat & The Black Madonna

We'll enjoy a stunning drive to Montserrat, the mystical sacred serrated mountain, with its unique formations and spectacular views. It's home to t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montserrat with Light Lunch at Castellroig Cava Estate

Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views an...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park which we'll visit with our Local Expert. Here Gaudí designed mushr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Barcelona By Night With Dinner

After a delightful dinner in a traditional Catalan restaurant, take a sparkling illuminations drive up the hill of Montjuic for spectacular panoram...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Donostia by Night with Dinner

View the beach as we head to the lively heart of the old town of Spain's gourmet capital for a sumptuous supper in one of the city's boutique resta...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz

With your Local Expert, today we head to Basque France (don't forget your passports!). First stop is Biarritz, home to the rich and famous, with it...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Basque Coastal Drive and Fishing Village

Enjoy a drive along the scenic Basque coast to arrive at Getaria. This charming fishing village is the birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elcano, famous ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Madrid by Night with Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, acco...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Madrid by Night

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Toledo Excursion

A specialist guide takes you to the unique city of Toledo, Spain's capital during the golden era, and where El Greco lived and worked. Walk through...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Old Madrid with a Taste of Tapas

Discover the charm and character of Old Madrid as we head out on a memorable walking tour with our Local Specialist. Take in the monumental Plaza M...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Spain: Catalonian Spanish
  • Currency used in Spain: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Spain: Madrid
  • Time Zone(s) in Spain: Central European Time Zone, Central European Summer Time

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Spain for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Spain
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Spain has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical variations. In general, the country experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal regions, such as Barcelona and Valencia, enjoy mild winters and hot summers with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher. Inland areas, like Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters, sometimes dropping below freezing. The northern regions, such as Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, have a maritime climate with cooler summers and mild, rainy winters.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Friday, May 17, 2024
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I gave the GET rep what I was looking for in a tour and he directed me to this vacation. He also booked some extra days at a hotel so I could stay in the same room before the start of the tour.
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It sounds as if everything went perfectly from start to finish. We love it when that happens! Thank you for booking with us and sharing your experience.
Monday, May 20, 2024
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It was a wonderful vacation. The accommodations were first rate, the coach was extremely comfortable, and the optional excursions were, for the most part, worthwhile.
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Review date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
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Our vacation to Easy Paced Spain was very good. We had time to enjoy the city and it's people, were able to join the tours or opt out and just see specific areas of the cities that were important to us. We were returning to Barcelona and San Sebastian, but the first time for Madrid and some of the smaller towns. The new experiences were great and enjoying old favorites made the trip more meaningful. My only negative is that we were one of the first tours of the season and because of this at times it felt like they were working out the travel details as we went along. So instead of getting time lines and locations that we would visit at the beginning of the trip for the entire trip, we were getting emails each morning and sometime follow-up ones in the afternoon with those details. For a person that is very organized and works in the travel industry it was a bit unnerving.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, December 9, 2022
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Booking experience was good. We had to switch to this trip due to the war just happening. The only issue was they originally had us flying from Madrid to Munich then back to the US. This was going in the wrong direction. So I called back and got a flight from Madrid heading to the US straight off, this saved us a couple hours of flight time.
Vacation
This was a wonderful trip. We got to see so much and the pace was on par with our expectations. Our tour director Denise Lamas was absolutely the best, she made the trip! Our bus driver was also top notch. The meals were excellent and Denise's knowledge of the various locations, along with the local guides, really set us up for success. Three nights in each hotel really helped to not feel so rushed. Our favorite was San Sebastian. We will definitely go back to Spain!
George Cozens Jr
Review date: Monday, May 30, 2022
Service
Slow getting trip itinerary. Normally quick to respond to issues
Vacation
Easy paced vacation with attention to customer needs
David Mcmillan
Review date: Monday, November 4, 2019
Service
GET did a great job of arranging flights, hotels and a great tour company (Insight Tours). The Tour Director and the Bus Driver were super. The local experts were very knowledgeable. I hope that the “Easy Pace” concept will be expanded to include Tuscany, Sicily, and other areas. Insight Tours is the best group we have traveled with out of many trips!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your feedback and we couldn't be happier to see how much you enjoyed your trip.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
the travel specialist was knowledgeable and very helpful. We have used GET many times.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your confidence in GET and the repeat business. We truly appreciate it.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Vacation
Tour guide and driver were excellent. Places we went were great.
Ernest Geisler Jr
Review date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
Attentive to detail. Helped with travel options.
Vacation
We did and saw a lot in a relatively brief time. Evening activities were especially enjoyable.
Carolyn Ameli
Review date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Service
Making reservation was good however the agent could not arrange our seating arrangements. This resulted in sitting in separate seats and rows between me and my wife. Bad seats in rear of plane.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointing seats on your flights. Unfortunately, GET has no control over airline seating. Many airlines no longer allow advance seat requests unless you pay a fee. We're glad to see you arrived safely and enjoyed the tour.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Vacation
Vacation and arranging the Historical venues were great and educational.
Emil Ramirez
Review date: Monday, October 8, 2018
Service
Easy pace. Tour director (Patrick Davis) was outstanding. Great hotels within the cities.
Vacation
Quick, easy, and efficient
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Service
Best guide we have had on any trip! Priced reasonably, good hotels and bus with plenty of legroom. Competent bus driver, good experiences planned.
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Very reasonable cost of trip. Liked being able to pay for numerous optional experiences.
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