Private Tour to Spain by Firebird - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Absorb the glimmering spotlight of the brightest Spanish cities with our best value 12-day private tour. This fully customizable program shows you the best of Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Cordoba and Granada with plenty of authentic experiences included.
Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.79 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star best location hotels
    11 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    6 train rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 10 guided city tours
    Flamenco show
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona - the lively capital of Catalonia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Your driver meets you at the exit gates of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and transfers you to your centrally located hotel.

The rest of the day is free so you can either explore the fantastic center of Barcelona on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

No meals included.

  • Pre-tour extension available:
    We recommend extending your program to Northern Spain or Mallorca. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 2
Tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a wonderful half-day walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Barcelona.

Barcelona obtains one of the biggest and architecturally diverse Medieval districts in Europe. During the city tour you get to see Barcelona's Old Town called "Casc Antic" and its medieval landmarks.

You walk through the maze of old narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter that was formed around the Roman forum. Then you see the Barcelona Cathedral both from the outside and the inside, pass the former Jewish District "Call", the Sant Jaume Square, see the Generalitat Palace and City Hall from the outside, pass the Square of the King and the former Royal Palace.

You then proceed to the Ribera shore district where you see the Santa Maria del Mar church - the former residence of sailors, traders and craftsmen who lived and worked there in the Middle Ages. The tour finishes on the most vivid street in Barcelona La Rambla, where you can take a rest at one of the open-air terraces.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Gaudi Tour & Train to Valencia

Following breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and enjoy a fantastic sightseeing tour dedicated to the world-renowned architectural works of Antonio Gaudi.

You start with a visit to the colorful Park Guell, where you spend some time strolling through its mosaic paths and enjoying the great city views.

The day is crowned with a visit to the astonishing Sagrada Familia - the most brilliant masterpiece of Gaudi that is rightfully considered the most recognizable symbol of Barcelona.

After the tour you have a transfer directly to the train station where you board a high-speed train to Valencia.

Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your downtown hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Exploring Valencia Old Town

After breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking tour of the old town of Valencia.

During the tour you visit Valencia Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century, Valencia's ancient City Gates and UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lonja de Seda (the Silk Exchange) built in late Valencian Gothic-style. You also make a visit to the old univercity of Valencia to admire the valuable sculptures inside. One of the highlights of your tour is a visit to the Central Market where you have a chance to taste local delicacies.

After the tour you return to your downtown hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure. Alternatevely you can enjoy a paella cooking class.

  • Optional tour: Paella cooking class
    Discover the secrets of Spain's traditional culinary delight and learn to cook it together with a professional chef during an entertaining cooking class.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Tour of the Futuristic City of Arts and Science & Train to Madrid

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel, leave your bags at the luggage storage room and enjoy a guided tour of one of the most impressive futuristic complexes in the world.

Today you are invited to explore the famous City of Arts and Science (taxi fare to travel to the site with your guide is included). During the tour you learn why this scientific and cultural leisure complex, covering around two kilometers of the former riverbed of the River Turia, has been included on the list of 12 Treasures of Spain.

After the tour you return to your hotel, take your bags and then you are transferred to the train station for a high-speed train to Madrid. Upon arrival, the driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your downtown hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Hapsburgh.

During the tour you take a walk around Plaza de Oriente, enter the gorgeous Royal Palace called Palacio Real, see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

Next you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, stop by St. Michel's Market and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at iconic Plaza Mayor and breathtaking Puerta del Sol.

After the touring is over you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. In the eveing you can enjoy one of our optional tours carefully prepared for you.

  • Optional tour: Madrid Markets Tour
    During the tour, you are taken through two of the most iconic local neighborhoods of Madrid. You start with La Latina neighborhood where you stop at the main market for local food tasting.
  • Optional tour: Tortilla and Vermouth Tour of Madrid
    Together with your guide, you enjoy a nice historical walk through the Malasaña quarter of Madrid. Along the way, you visit several different taverns to try a traditional drink called vermouth, made with seasoned and fortified wine.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum

Following breakfast at your hotel you meet your guide and go on a walking tour to discover Madrid of the Bourbons - the historical area around the Prado Museum.

During the tour you pass Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles, and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo and Neptuno. Next you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building, see the Atocha train station and explore the area of the Golden Triangle of Art made up of three most important art museums of Madrid - the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemitza and the Reina Sofia.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. This venue houses a unique collection of fine art displayed in the halls and rooms of this 18th-century Neo-Classical building. You see the most significant gems of the museum's collection, including the famous masterpieces of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you can enjoy an optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Madrid Tapas Tour
    Madrid Tapas walking tour combines the local knowledge of a native Madrillian and gives an exclusive opportunity to try a variety of delicious tapas, wines, and beers in Madrid's city center.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Exploring Treasures of Toledo & Train to Cordoba

This day is devoted to the exploration of Toledo - the former Spanish capital and one of the oldest towns in Europe.

Following breakfast in your Madrid hotel you walk to the train station and enjoy a 30-minute train ride to Toledo (regular class train tickets to and from Toledo are included).

Upon arrival your local guide meets you at the train station and takes you on a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of the ancient Toledo.

During the tour, you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances included).

After the tour, you return to Madrid by train. Later you have a transfer to the railway station for a high-speed train ride to Cordoba (first class tickets are included). Upon arrival you are transferred to your downtown hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Enjoying Cordoba Highlights

Following breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a 3-hour guided walking tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city of Roman Spain.

While exploring the city with your guided tour you see the beautiful Roman Bridge, the famous 14th-century Royal Castle - Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the Great Mosque of Cordoba that is the oldest mosque in Europe.

After the tour of Cordoba you have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Optional tour: Califal and Arabic Heritage Tour with Wine and Tapas, Cordoba
    Califal and Arabic Heritage Tour is dedicated to Arabic culture and the many ways in which it has influenced Cordoban architecture, history, and cuisine.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Day Trip to the Alhambra of Granada

After breakfast, you walk to the railway station for your short train ride to Antequera.

Upon arrival, you meet your guide and driver at the station and enjoy a picturesque panoramic ride through the city of Antequera - the town that combines significant influence of Moorish, Roman and Spanish cultures.

Then you are transferred to Granada, the beautiful city located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and known as the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe. You discover the main treasure of Granada and Spain's most visited attraction - the Alhambra Fortress that used to be the residence of the Muslim rulers and their court. Together with your private guide you get to know this historical place and get awe-inspired by its numerous arabesques, porticos, pools and Islamic ornamental masterpieces of its hallways.

After the tour and time for lunch, your driver transfers you to the Antequera railway station for your train back to Cordoba. Upon arrival, rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Seville Sightseeing Tour & Visiting the Alcazar

Today following breakfast you check out from your hotel, meet your driver and head for the station for a train to Seville . Upon arrival to Seville you are transferred to your hotel.

Today you get to experience authentic Andalusian spirit in one of its most important cities. Your sightseeing program features top sights starting from the symbol of the city - the Giralda Tower that used to be a minaret back in the days. You then visit the Seville Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral that is the third-largest church in the world. It was built in the 16th century to demonstrate power and wealth of the city. Next on your list is the beautiful Real Alcazar of Seville - the oldest European royal residence composed of a group of buildings from different time periods. Cathedral and Alcazar along with General Archive of the Indies are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: Ceramics Museum Tour, Seville
    Meet your guide and explore one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seville - the Ceramics Museum. Learn the history, influences of the ceramic industry in Seville and the processes of making ceramics in Triana.
  • Optional activity: Flamenco Show, Seville
    Enjoy an unforgettable artistic experience as you watch an energetic and spectacular Flamenco Show made up of singing, dancing, and rhythmic hand clapping, accompanied by sophisticated guitar music.

Breakfast is included.

Day 12
Departure from Seville

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Spain! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Post-tour extension available:
    We recommend extending your journey to Morocco. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Included

11 nights at centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Cordoba and Seville;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class trains: train Barcelona - Valencia, Valencia - Madrid, Madrid - Cordoba, Cordoba - Seville;
  • 2nd class trains: Madrid - Toledo, Toledo - Madrid, Cordoba - Antequera, Antequera - Cordoba;
  • Entrance tickets to: Barcelona Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Valencia Cathedral, Silk Exchange, City Gates, Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Toledo Cathedral and Synagogue, Great Mosque and Alcazar in Cordoba, Alhambra of Granada, Seville Cathedral and Real Alcazar of Seville;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Tour Highlights
  • Tour of Gaudi masterpieces in Barcelona
  • Visit to the Futuristic City of Arts & Science
  • Visit to the Royal Palace in Madrid
  • Guided tour of Prado Museum
  • Day trip to historical capital of Spain - Toledo
  • Visit to the Great Mosque of Cordoba
  • Exploration of Alhambra de Granada
What to Know
  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,787
Deposit $958
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,687
Deposit $1,138
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,787
Deposit $958
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,687
Deposit $1,138

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Our trip to Spain was everything we have been dreaming of and more!

Our trip to Spain was everything we have been dreaming of and more! The thing that shocked me most was that every point of the tour was soo well-organized! Everything went like clockwork. All drivers were on time and even early, and transfers went smoothly without even one little hitch - now that's what I call impressive ...

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Best vacation EVER! Viva España!

My sister and I are back from our recent Jewels of Spain trip. What can I say, best vacation EVER! Viva España! It was our first time overseas and we were a bit scared but at the same time so excited to go to Spain, and to our surprise everything was wonderful. We got to see so many places in these twelve days, it's ...

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Overall I think this was an excellent package and would recommend it to ANYONE - Iberian Capitals, June 2017

The greatest thing about this trip was the choice of guides. There are all very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. My husband actually referred to it as "renting a good friend for the day". The guides in Barcelona and Madrid actually gave us their personal numbers in case we had any issues during our stay. Can't say ...

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October 16, 2016

Our trip to Spain was everything we have been dreaming of and more!

Our trip to Spain was everything we have been dreaming of and more! The thing that shocked me most was that every point of ...

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Karoline Myrtle

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October 16, 2016

Best vacation EVER! Viva España!

My sister and I are back from our recent Jewels of Spain trip. What can I say, best vacation EVER! Viva España! It was ...

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Jill Wilkie

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October 16, 2016

Overall I think this was an excellent package and would recommend it to ANYONE - Iberian Capitals, June 2017

The greatest thing about this trip was the choice of guides. There are all very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. My ...

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