Tours of Seville Plaza, Spain
9 Days
1 Country

Spain

8 Cities

Barcelona, Valencia, Lorca, Purullena, Granada, Seville, Córdoba, Madrid

12 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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See the beautiful world of Spain during this 9-day guided tour. Begin in Barcelona, where a Local Expert will lead you along the city’s narrow lanes to the lively Las Ramblas and the Sagrada Família, a basilica built by the architect Antoni Gaudí. Paella was created in Valencia. Later, enjoy a private cooking demonstration at a family-run restaurant while sampling the local flavors. See glorious views of the Sierra Nevada before reaching Granada, where a Local Expert will guide you through one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built: the Alhambra. In Seville, learn the art of flamenco dancing during a private lesson, then be treated to a passionate performance by professionals. Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid with an art historian, who can share the stories behind Spanish masterpieces by artists such as Francisco Goya.

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Day 1

Welcome to Barcelona

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

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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Day 2

Barcelona, the City of Gaudí

With your Local Expert, drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore or perhaps join an optional experience to Montserrat & The Black Madonna.

Skyline with Barcelona Cathedral, 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 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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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Barcelona Evening with Montjuïc & Olympic Drive

We'll enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuïc hill with our Local Expert to experience an incredible panora...

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Day 3

Along the coast to Valencia

Follow the sunny Costa Dorada, past the rice fields of the Ebro Delta. Stop at the seaside resort of Peñíscola and see the hilltop castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Pass through the famous orange groves to Valencia and see the City of Arts and Sciences. Later see the Old City and take in its medieval charm. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn how to make this local specialty during a Cooking Demonstration. Later, indulge in the delicious flavors of this classic dish with a glass of sangria at your Highlight Dinner.

Authentic chicken paella, Valencia, Spain
Barceló Valencia View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Barceló Valencia

About the Hotel

Valencia, Spain

The Barceló Valencia hotel is situated right in the center of the City of Arts and Sciences opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building which was designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city of Valencia.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Peniscola Castle reflected in water in Peniscola, Castellon, Spain
See the Peniscola Castle

See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Paella Cooking Demonstration, Valencia, Spain
Paella Cooking Demonstration and Dinner in Valencia

Learn the authentic recipe of paella when you join a local chef for a Cooking Demonstration. Savor the flavors of this classic dish for dinner, was...

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Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Palace of Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Exquisite Granada and Alhambra

Travel south toward Andalucía, passing the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings hollowed out of the soft rock near Guadix. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada mountains from a distance as you reach glorious Granada. This historic city was a Moorish kingdom for almost eight centuries and was the last stronghold to fall to the Catholic monarchs of Spain in 1492. Overlooking Granada stands the Alhambra, one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. A fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Later, stroll through the elegant exotic gardens of the Generalife, the Royal summer residence.

The Alhambra fortress and Sierra Nevada mountains at sunset, Granada, Spain
Gran Hotel Luna de Granada View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Gran Hotel Luna de Granada

About the Hotel

Granada, Spain

The Gran Hotel Luna de Granada offers modern comforts near the historic heart of the city. An oasis in the bustling urban center, the Gran Hotel Luna is the perfect base for an exploration of the main sites. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa with pool
  • Bar
  • Gym

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Decorated room inside Nasrid Palace of the Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to shar...

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Day 5

A Scenic Drive to Seville

The morning is at your leisure to explore as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and visit the Albaicin Quarter with a Local Expert. Here, in addition to falling in love with Granada, you will also uncover its pivotal role in European history. Continue your travels to Seville, past gleaming white villages and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. 

Horse carriages outside Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
Meliá Sevilla View Hotel Details
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Meliá Sevilla

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

Perfectly positioned beside the city's historic entre, the Meliá Sevilla is just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Parque de Maria L'uisa and Plaza España. Spacious rooms with modern décor and furnishings will ensure your two night stay is very comfortable.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences Visit the streets of El Albaicin and the Royal Chapel in Granada
Albaicín and the Royal Chapel

Take a leisurely walk with your Local Expert through the Albaicín neighborhood, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. Explore the intriguing maze of ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences White Horse with Carriage, Sevilla, Spain
Dinner in Seville With a Horse and Carriage Ride

Seville is Spain's most majestic city and an evening out is a must! Tonight we'll enjoy a lovely array of traditional Andalusian specialties, serve...

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Optional Experiences Evening and dinner in Seville, Spain
Andalusian Evening & The Atmosphere Of Old Seville

Enjoy a delicious array of alluring Andalusian specialties in a local restaurant with wine included. Perhaps round off the evening with a stroll th...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Seville, the City of Carmen

Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus.
Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and enjoy panoramic views.
This evening, visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance.

Old town street of Calle Mateos Gago, Seville, Spain
Meliá Sevilla View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Meliá Sevilla

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

Perfectly positioned beside the city's historic entre, the Meliá Sevilla is just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Parque de Maria L'uisa and Plaza España. Spacious rooms with modern décor and furnishings will ensure your two night stay is very comfortable.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Seville Cathedral through archway, Seville, Spain
Seville City Tour

Guided by your Local Expert, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow street...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Flamenco Dancers in Seville, Spain
Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation Seville

The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Mee...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Interior of Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
Seville Cathedral Visit

Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Seville Jewish Quarter, Seville, Spain
Seville Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Seville Panoramic City Tour, Seville, Spain
Seville Panoramic City Tour

Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit the 14th-century Moorish Alcazar in Seville, Spain
Seville Alcázar and Plaza América

Today with our Local Expert we'll visit the fabulous Real Alcázar - a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly-scented gardens. Wander through the A...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Moorish Córdoba and on to Madrid

Set off early along the Guadalquivir Valley, passing villages and towns studded with Moorish towers and fortresses. Stop in the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Córdoba and see the famous Roman bridge, built in the 1st century BC. Meet a local historian and visit the magnificent Mezquita, a beautiful 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it. Make the most of your time at leisure and stroll the narrow streets of the city. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through La Mancha and on to the capital, Madrid.

Mezquita, The Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain
AC Hotel by Marriott Cuzco View Hotel Details
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AC Hotel by Marriott Cuzco

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The AC Hotel Cuzco by Marriott is located in the prestigious Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid and next to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Concierge
  • Safe deposit box
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
Top Rated Highlights The Roman Bridge and The Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain
Córdoba Orientation

See the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and spend some time exploring the town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The arche Pillars of Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Expert. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Cordoba's religious changes over the centuries.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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

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

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Day 8

Madrid of the Bourbons

Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert, as they guide you through the most historic neighborhoods in the Spanish capital. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter to discover the origins of the city.
Visit the renowned Prado Museum with an art historian who will guide you through the collective works of Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and more. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax at a cafe, shop in the trendy boutiques or perhaps travel to beautiful Toledo with an Optional Experience.
In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant in the heart of the city. Toast your adventures as you enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner of regional favorites, served with wine.

Madrid, Spain
AC Hotel by Marriott Cuzco View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

AC Hotel by Marriott Cuzco

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The AC Hotel Cuzco by Marriott is located in the prestigious Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid and next to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Concierge
  • Safe deposit box
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
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

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 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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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Depart Madrid

Today bid farewell to your journey along Spain and Portugal as you transfer to the 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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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 Peniscola Castle

See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to shar...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seville City Tour

Guided by your Local Expert, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow street...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation Seville

The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Mee...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seville Cathedral Visit

Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seville Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seville Panoramic City Tour

Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Córdoba Orientation

See the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and spend some time exploring the town.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Expert. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Cordoba's religious changes over the centuries.

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

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

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 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.

Paella Cooking Demonstration and Dinner in Valencia

Learn the authentic recipe of paella when you join a local chef for a Cooking Demonstration. Savor the flavors of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.

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 Valencia
Gran Hotel Luna de Granada
Meliá Sevilla

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
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
Barcelona Evening with Montjuïc & Olympic Drive

We'll enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuïc hill with our Local Expert to experience an incredible panora...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Albaicín and the Royal Chapel

Take a leisurely walk with your Local Expert through the Albaicín neighborhood, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. Explore the intriguing maze of ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Seville With a Horse and Carriage Ride

Seville is Spain's most majestic city and an evening out is a must! Tonight we'll enjoy a lovely array of traditional Andalusian specialties, serve...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Andalusian Evening & The Atmosphere Of Old Seville

Enjoy a delicious array of alluring Andalusian specialties in a local restaurant with wine included. Perhaps round off the evening with a stroll th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Seville Alcázar and Plaza América

Today with our Local Expert we'll visit the fabulous Real Alcázar - a Moorish fantasy in stone, set in richly-scented gardens. Wander through the A...

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
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
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

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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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Robert Hinton
Review date: Sunday, May 5, 2024
Service
Vacation
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Service
Michelle at GET was easy to work with and helpful in booking our tour and flights, always responding promptly to our many questions and making sure we received all our travel documents. She also made sure we received all the discounts we were entitled to, and explained how the optional travel insurance plan worked.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and kind words about Michelle. We will be sure to let her know, as well as the rest of the team. We are so happy that you enjoyed Spain.
Monday, April 15, 2024
Vacation
Excellent vacation experience from beginning to end. Michelle at GET was easy to work with and helpful in booking our tour and flights, always responding promptly to our many questions and making sure we received all our travel documents. The tour itself was well organized and operated. Angela, our Travel Director, was high energy, dedicated, caring, interesting, and attentive. Sandro, our bus driver, was a consummate professional who gave us a quiet, comfortable ride in a clean and new bus. All the Local Experts were extremely knowledgable and interesting. The only downside was that the feature-packed itinerary necessitated a couple of one-night stays, which were a bit tattering. Overall it was an accepatble trade-off, but something we will definintely be looking to avoid or minimize on our next tour.
Anne Greene
Review date: Sunday, December 3, 2023
Service
It was easy to book and later to pay for the tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your booking with us!
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Vacation
I loved the tour, it was educational and beautiful The tour guide was friendly, very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor
John Thomas Mannen Jr
Review date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Service
I have booked multiple trips with GET. Their service is always excellent. Michelle my advisor is always provides great service.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your vote of confidence and for being a valued repeat customer. We appreciate you!
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Vacation
Unfortunately had a bad start and finish as the airline was delayed, late and , missed connections. The trip was with Insight who I have always enjoyed in the past. Hotels and meals were first class however the tour did not live up to expectations. Way too many optional experiences which should have been included in the base cost. I can see paying for an optional meal but this was not good. The trip advertises free time and relaxed start. Forget it ! Every minute was filled and the only way to get free time was to miss an optional (which I paid for but couldn't get a refund when I opted out one day.) Also, Spain was unusually hot and this trip has lots of walking required. Unlike other trips they can't get buses close to the venues. If you are not in good shape you won't enjoy this trip.
Katie Terrell
Review date: Monday, July 24, 2023
Service
The customer service was outstanding! They were always willing to help and answer my questions. Rory and the local tour guides were excellent! I will definitely be making travel reservations with GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! Thats fantastic to hear and we appreciate your vote of confidence.
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Vacation
Rory, our main tour guide and the local guides who assisted were exceptional! The bus driver, Joel, was professional and got us to our destinations safely.
Kevin Peters
Review date: Sunday, July 23, 2023
Service
It was amazing. Best trip yet!
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get much better than that! Thank you so much for being part of the GET travel family.
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Vacation
It was incredible. Had the time of my life.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, July 10, 2023
Service
Very helpful, answered all my questions.
Vacation
The trip was very good, stops were well planned and our tour guide Filippo made sure to have outdoor excursions in the cooler morning hours whenever possible. Hotel in Valencia was disappointing, dinner and breakfast food was unappetizing and service was poor.
Rita Lauchli
Review date: Friday, July 7, 2023
Service
The reservation process went smoothly.
Vacation
We visited many interesting sites throughout Spain. We enjoyed the paella cooking demonstration and the dinner. We also enjoyed the flamenco lesson, tapas and the flamenco performance.
David Loughery
Review date: Sunday, May 21, 2023
Service
We had difficulty with our flight reservations. My wife felt that the GET staff was not very helpful and could have done more to clarify our situation. Some of the confusion was due to the OneWorld arrangement and late changes by American Airlines. We ended up with three different confirmation codes (American, British Airways and Iberian Air). We had to fill out information on each site and were bumped from one site to another about seats. One of the mobile apps wouldn’t complete the seat selection and we had to go back and start over several times. All in all, it was an aggravating and stressful transaction requiring multiple phone calls to the airlines.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the last minute changes by your airline. They can be very aggravating, and the partner airlines often have different policies regarding seating. We are glad that you arrived to Spain safely and ultimately enjoyed your tour despite the extra phone calls made prior to your departure.
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Vacation
Our guide for the trip (Sonia Santos) was outstanding as were the local guides. Sonia possesses a wealth of knowledge, is very responsive to individual needs and interests and is extremely organized. The local guides were also excellent and provided a great deal of information about the sites we visited. The supplemental activities also enhanced the trip. Our tour bus was new, very large, and very comfortable. Our driver expertly maneuvered the vehicle through cities and some very narrow streets. The accommodations were good to very good. Our group got along well and the entire trip was a pleasure and a learning experience.
Emil Kucirek
Review date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Service
Great purchase process, guide, hotels and meals. Thorough explanations during travel times and very good local guide knowledge.
Vacation
No snafus! Just what you want out of the country.
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