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Best of Spain

15 Day Spain Tour of Madrid & Barcelona

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15 Days
2 Countries

Spain, Gibraltar

16 Cities

Madrid, Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Peñíscola, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo

20 Meals

6 Dinners, 14 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Don’t miss a thing as you explore the Best of Spain, featuring all the travel highlights and some surprises, from olive oil tasting on an Andalusian farm and learning all about Toledo’s three religions, to the treasured cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Seville.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Hola Madrid

Welcome to the fiery Spanish capital that is Madrid. Take in the vibrant essence of Madrid before meeting up with your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights.

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Rafaelhoteles Atocha Madrid
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Madrid, Spain
Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Journey to Burgos and on to Santander

Journey over the pine-clad Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos, the historic capital of Castile, where we will visit the tomb of El Cid, a national hero and the protagonist of the most significant medieval Spanish epic poem – El Cantar de Mio Cid. We cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera Mountains, traveling to the coast and the sophisticated capital of the Cantabrian region, Santander.

Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Santemar Santander
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos in Burgos, Spain
Burgos Orientation

See exterior of the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Onwards to Culinary San Sebastián and Pamplona

We depart Santander and travel to Bilbao to view the striking Guggenheim Museum. Continuing on to San Sebastián, we find the gourmet capital of Spain with a rich maritime history. Your Travel Director will take you on an orientation of the city.

Our overnight stay is in the vibrant city of Pamplona, famous for its Running of the Bulls fiesta. Follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and enjoy a drink at Café Iruña, ramble along the brilliantly lit city ramparts or delight in the local pintxos before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.

Panoramic view of San Sebastian, Spain
Accommodation NH Pamplona Iruña Park
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
See Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum

See the architectural landmark Guggenheim Museum.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Monument of Encierro Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Pamplona at Leisure

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

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Tour with tapas and sangria in Pamplona, Spain
Pamplona Discovery With Tapas And Sangria

Enjoy a walking tour of charming Pamplona with our Local Specialist. See the ancient walls with views over the city, explore the beautiful old town...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Continue to Gaudi Barcelona

Our journey continues through the Ebro Valley to Zaragoza where we’ll view the Basilica of El Pilar and Cathedral of La Seo. Later, we arrive in Barcelona to soak up the charm of a city that professes two great loves – Gaudí and football. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps amble through the aromatic La Bouqeria, or join us for an evening of discovery capped off with a traditional Catalonian style dinner and the best crema Catalana in town.

Barcelona skyline, Spain
Accommodation INNSiDE Barcelona Apolo by Melia
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Basilica of Our Lady in Zaragoza, Spain
Zaragoza Orientation

See the impressive historic landmarks of this thriving Spanish metropolis. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Gothic Quarter walking tour in Barcelona, Spain
Gothic Quarter and Dinner

Work up an appetite with a walking tour of the old Gothic Quarter, where Barcelona was born. Meander through the beautiful medieval streets and cen...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Barcelona by night with dinner, Spain
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Discover Barcelona

The whimsical fantasy world of Gaudí is on display this morning as we embark on a sightseeing tour to see the inspiring, but as yet unfinished, La Sagrada Família in the company of a Local Specialist. We'll see Las Ramblas, which lies at the heart of Barcelona, before paying tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation INNSiDE Barcelona Apolo by Melia
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Barcelona skyline, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Off to Coastal Peñíscola and Valencia

The sweet scent of oranges accompanies us on our journey along the Costa Dorada to fortified Peñíscola, where we'll see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continuing through fertile huertas, we arrive in sunny Valencia where we will stay the night.

Our orientation of this cultural city includes views of the modernist style Mercado de Colón, the Bullring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the Art Nouveau Estación del Norte. Witness the modern verve of Valencia and view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

During one of our iconic MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences, we will also enjoy horchata, the celebrated drink of Valencia.

City of Arts and Science in Valencia, Spain
Accommodation Silken Puerta
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Peñíscola Castle reflected in water in Peñíscola, Spain
See the Peñíscola Castle

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

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Palace of Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Enjoy a Horchata in Valencia, Spain
Enjoy Organic Horchata, the Celebrated Drink of Valencia

Taste authentic Valencian street food from a local Horchata vendor. This rich and flavourful nut-based drink loved by many is produced here using o...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Paella in Valencia, Spain
Valencia Dinner and Discovery

We'll delve into the country's third-largest city to enjoy its Mediterranean verve. Vibrant and modern, Valencia still retains much of its past, go...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences The Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour

Valencia has a well-preserved medieval center which our Local Specialist will bring alive as they take us back to the city's heyday, from Roman and...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Venture to Granada

Journey by the dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountain range to the city of Granada where we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO-listed Alhambra. Its golden façades and extraordinary Moorish architecture reflect centuries of multi-cultural history, which you will have a rare opportunity to explore as you wander through its palaces and exotic water gardens. Check in to your hotel later, where we will dine tonight.

Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Occidental Granada
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

On the Road to Sunny Costa del Sol

Set your watch to Spanish time and enjoy a leisurely morning on your terms, or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the medieval Moorish Quarter of Granada - the Albaicín - with its narrow winding lanes, churches, minarets and palaces.
We then leave Granada behind for the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol, where we'll spend the next two nights.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Stroll along the beachside promenade, relax at one of the nearby beach cafes or visit the picture-perfect whitewashed Andalusian village of Mijas - the choice is yours.

Woman with Sangria in Granada, Spain
Accommodation Meliá Costa del Sol
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit the streets of El Albaicin and the Royal Chapel in Granada
Albaicín and the Royal Chapel

With our Local Specialist, we'll enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín UNESCO World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moor...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Mijas for dinner in the Costa Del Sol, Spain
Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched up high with splendid views of the coastline. With our Local Specialist, we'll traverse its narrow str...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Costa del Sol Your Way

Another day in paradise for you to kick back, worship the Spanish sunshine and taste la buena vida. Enjoy fresh seafood in Torremolinos, relax on the bleached beaches and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere or consider an Optional Experience to the effervescent Andalusian capital of Málaga to explore centuries of history.

Street and houses in Mijas, Costa Del Sol, Spain
Accommodation Meliá Costa del Sol
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Walking tour with a drink in Malaga, Spain
Experience Málaga

We'll spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist in this charming, elegant Mediterranean capital, the birth-place of Pablo Picasso. We'll experi...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Explore Gibraltar and on to Seville

A scenic drive takes you past the millionaires' resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar for free time to explore or consider joining an Optional Experience to St. Michael's Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes).

This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez - famous for its sherry production - to Seville. This evening, we Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience with the Morillo family at their olive oil farm.

Paella in Costa Del Sol, Spain
Accommodation NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Traditional Andalusian dinner with the Morillo family and learn how they produce olive oil
Enjoy a Traditional Andalusian Dinner with the Morillo Family

Enjoy a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family. A welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled c...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit Gibraltar and delve into the typical British culture
Explore the Rock of Gibraltar

Visit Gibraltar and delve into the typical British culture along Main Street. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences A guided tour of The Rock of Gibraltar, Spain
A Guided Tour of the Rock of Gibraltar

Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll visit St. Michael`s cave, see the famous Ba...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

See the Sights of Seville

Join your Local Specialist this morning for a tour of Seville's leafy avenues. See the iconic Giralda Bell Tower and visit the Seville Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Stroll through Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions, palms and orange trees, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Explore the Jewish history of Spain in Seville's former Jewish Quarter, where a wall separated the Jewish community from the rest of the city during medieval times. Tonight, consider soaking up the fiery flamenco atmosphere in the city that made this passionate dance famous.

Plaza De Espana, Seville, Spain
Accommodation NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Plaza De Espana in Seville, Spain
Seville City Tour

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

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were used as ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening and dinner in Seville, Spain
Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines and dine like a local in...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show Seville, Spain
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show with dinner in Seville, Spain
Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the magic, rhythm and passion of flamenco, while being served a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with dri...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Journey to Córdoba and Toledo

We journey to Córdoba to meet a Local Specialist for a visit to the astounding Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Then visit the remains of the 14th-century Mudéjar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighborhood. Continue to Toledo for an evening in Spain's former capital.

Mosque in Cordoba, Spain
Accommodation Eurostars Toledo
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Mosque in Cordoba, Spain
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

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

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 13

Admire Ancient Toledo then on to Madrid

Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo where you’ll Dive Into Culture as you explore this ancient hilltop city. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco's masterpiece – 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', and the synagogue, the oldest one still standing in Europe. Later, we arrive in feisty Madrid, where we'll spend the next two nights. The grand plazas of Madrid welcome you as we join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Spain's capital city. See Gran Vía and the Cibeles Fountain before we Dive Into Culture and visit the world-famous Prado Museum, featuring one of the world's finest collections of European art, including masterpieces by Velazquez. 

Alcazar Fortress in Toledo, Spain
Accommodation Rafaelhoteles Atocha Madrid
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Walking tour in the hill-top city of Toledo
Discover the medieval Monuments of Toledo

Embark on a walking tour in the ancient hill-top city of Toledo, renowned for its medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian Monuments.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Puerta De Alcala in Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

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

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Dive Into Culture Visit The Prado Museum and admire its extraordinary collection of European art in Madrid
Discover extraordinary European art at the Prado Museum

Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid, where you'll have time to admire its extraordinary collection of European art dating from the 12th to early 20th centuries.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Walking tour & dinner in Madrid
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 14

Discover Stylish Madrid

Spend today at leisure exploring the city. Visit the Royal Palace with its spectacular Goya artworks, relax in the leafy Buen Retiro Park or enjoy the flavors and aromas of jamon in the Market of San Miguel. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner to celebrate an epic adventure through Spain.

View of Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Rafaelhoteles Atocha Madrid
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit The Segovia World Heritage Site in Madrid, Spain
Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairytale Castle

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 15

Farewell Madrid

Our time together has come to an end. For now it's a fond adiós to Spain and newfound friends.

Churros in Madrid, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Burgos Orientation

See exterior of the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum

See the architectural landmark Guggenheim Museum.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Pamplona at Leisure

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Zaragoza Orientation

See the impressive historic landmarks of this thriving Spanish metropolis. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Peñíscola Castle

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Enjoy Organic Horchata, the Celebrated Drink of Valencia

Taste authentic Valencian street food from a local Horchata vendor. This rich and flavourful nut-based drink loved by many is produced here using o...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Traditional Andalusian Dinner with the Morillo Family

Enjoy a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family. A welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled c...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore the Rock of Gibraltar

Visit Gibraltar and delve into the typical British culture along Main Street. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Seville City Tour

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

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

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

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the medieval Monuments of Toledo

Embark on a walking tour in the ancient hill-top city of Toledo, renowned for its medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian Monuments.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Madrid City Tour

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

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover extraordinary European art at the Prado Museum

Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid, where you'll have time to admire its extraordinary collection of European art dating from the 12th to early 20th centuries.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Barcelona, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid
Discover Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona, Valencia, Peniscola and the Rock of Gibraltar
Visit La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral in Seville, the Mosque of the Caliphs in Córdoba, the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo and Madrid's Prado Museum
View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastián, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Castle of Peñíscola, the Serrano and Quart Towers and City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia

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
Pamplona Discovery With Tapas And Sangria

Enjoy a walking tour of charming Pamplona with our Local Specialist. See the ancient walls with views over the city, explore the beautiful old town...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gothic Quarter and Dinner

Work up an appetite with a walking tour of the old Gothic Quarter, where Barcelona was born. Meander through the beautiful medieval streets and cen...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Valencia Dinner and Discovery

We'll delve into the country's third-largest city to enjoy its Mediterranean verve. Vibrant and modern, Valencia still retains much of its past, go...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour

Valencia has a well-preserved medieval center which our Local Specialist will bring alive as they take us back to the city's heyday, from Roman and...

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

With our Local Specialist, we'll enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín UNESCO World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moor...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched up high with splendid views of the coastline. With our Local Specialist, we'll traverse its narrow str...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Experience Málaga

We'll spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist in this charming, elegant Mediterranean capital, the birth-place of Pablo Picasso. We'll experi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Guided Tour of the Rock of Gibraltar

Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll visit St. Michael`s cave, see the famous Ba...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Moorish Alcázar and Plaza América

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were used as ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines and dine like a local in...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the magic, rhythm and passion of flamenco, while being served a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with dri...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairytale Castle

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Spain

  • 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, June 14, 2024
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Disappointed about two items: 1) not being able to "visit/see" inside of "La Sagrada Familia" in Barcelona. I think that we were misled about this. 2) Hotel in Toledo -- after a long bus ride -- could not accommodate our group of 39 for dinner. When asked for restaurant recommendations, they issued a list of three that were all "closed" on that night. ???
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, April 26, 2024
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My husband handled it and found it to be easy. We worked with the travel agent to arrange suitable flights.
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The trip and tours were great. Several of the hotels were not up to the level they should have been. Chief problem was no AC and poor ventilation. Optional experiences were fun. Trafalgar did a great job.
Judy Glover
Review date: Friday, October 13, 2023
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Easy to book all aspects: the tour itself, insurance, and flights. Travel specialist was friendly, easy to work with and helped us find the best deal. We have worked with Alyssa Rucker to book 3 trips through GET and have always been extremely satisfied.
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Our Tour guide Pascal Lecrivain was fantastic. He was extremely organized down to the smallest details. His tour was executed flawlessly inclusive of the general tour, luggage, meals, etc. Pascal anticipated and facilitated the wishes of all travelers. He was positive, upbeat, friendly, professional and full of fun. This was not a job for him it is his passion. He exceeded all expectations - give him a 12 out of 10. Pascal recognized Birthdays and celebrated them with small gifts and a birthday song for each traveler who had a birthday. Who could ask for anything more than 50 people from all over the world celebrating with you! We took thousands of pictures. Still reviewing them! Travel partners: Judy Glover and Dennis Furman. Please accept this review from both of us.
Eva Bonilla
Review date: Friday, October 13, 2023
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Pascal, our Travel Director, was Fabulous. He paid attention to detail and gave us excellent service. I would recommend that everyone take advantage of this tour and be lucky enough to get Pascal. Though we were all over Spain, it was a wonderful experience. Our tour had people from all over the world.
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We visited and experienced the BEST of Spain. Yes, we were on the go all the time, but there were plenty of times to rest and enjoy the locals.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 6, 2023
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GET is friendly, accommodating and efficient. We have used them in the past and we’re pleased. This time, we chose to add extra days in another country to our plans for joining a tour and they helped us with plane reservations and timing.
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Spain is such a beautiful country.! I love Trafalger’s Stays with Stories and Be Our Guest. I wished we had perhaps visited fewer places and spent more time in others with more time to wander and explore.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 6, 2023
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Always available for questions. Answers were clear and spot on.
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Trip was very well planned but sometimes the local specialists seemed rushed.. Dinners also seemed hurried.
David Nett
Review date: Friday, June 23, 2023
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From the very first inquiry, to the final detail of our booking, I found GET agents to be completely attentive, informative, helpful, pleasant, efficient, instructive, and totally on top of their game.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
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Our vacation to Spain was an absolute highlight, exceeding our expectations. Our guide was excellent in every way, including his organization, presentation, and detailed personal involvement to make this trip one of our best ever experiences.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, May 26, 2023
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prompt service
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Tour director Kassie Jones was excellent-talented,detail oriented-took very good care of my husband and me thru out trip to Spain.
Robert Derose
Review date: Friday, October 14, 2022
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available and flexible with changes
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the Best of Spain tour. Thank you for choosing us to help you plan and book this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We hope you came home with wonderful memories. We appreciate your business and your feedback. Take care!
Monday, October 17, 2022
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covered all the highlights and more. comfortable accomadations, excellent wifi on coach. great tour director and staff
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
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I will recomend
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Best of Spain tour. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your business, recommendation and feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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It was an incredible vacation trip
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