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Best of Spain: Journey by Car

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 48 Reviews
Journey by car to Spain

Don’t miss a chance to explore the hidden treasures of sunlit Spain in a most adventurous way and opt for an eventful car journey around this miraculous country. You have 13 days to discover the ultimate gems of Spain: vivid culture, impressive architecture, and enchanting beauty of local sceneries. 

Best of Spain: Journey by Car

13 days6 cities
Spain1 country
Journey by car to Spain
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$3,696
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 48 Reviews

Don’t miss a chance to explore the hidden treasures of sunlit Spain in a most adventurous way and opt for an eventful car journey around this miraculous country. You have 13 days to discover the ultimate gems of Spain: vivid culture, impressive architecture, and enchanting beauty of local sceneries. 

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona

first destination

Pablo Picasso and Gaudi, a mixture of what is Spanish and Catalan, of modernity and history: all harmonize and describe Barcelona, the city that has always strived to be modern.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Barcelona
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the capital of Spain's Catalonia - Barcelona! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent old town on your own, check out one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Tour of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter
City tour
City tour

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. The city 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.

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Day 3
Half-Day Gaudi Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and 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 Basilica - the most brilliant masterpiece of Gaudi that is rightfully considered the most recognizable symbol of Barcelona.

  • Note: this tour is made as a journey by car, that means that rented car is required. Guide and entrances are included.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Condes de Barcelona, Barcelona
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The Hotel Condes de Barcelona boasts great service, wonderful amenities, fantastic views over breathtaking Barcelona, and a central location. It offers soundproof air-conditioned guestrooms with a TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities.

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Barcelona
Valencia
8 hrs

A comfortable car ride is among the best ways to take in what Spain has to offer. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes passing by outside the car window as one of our trusted drivers takes you to the amazing city of Valencia. On your way there, you will stop in the scenic city of Peniscola to see some of the fascinating filming locations.

Valencia, Spain

Valencia

second destination

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona which combines the heritage of its farthest past, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Journey to Valencia & Valencia Old Town Tour
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out and start driving along the coastal route to Valencia. The first stop on your way is Sitges, backed by the mountainous Garraf Natural Park. Explore the seafront promenade, lined with grand mansions, visit a compact old town or take a break on one of the Mediterranean beaches in the area.

The next stop is Tarragona, a lovely seaside town boasting numerous ancient Roman ruins to explore. Take a chance to stop by the most impressive one - the Roman amphitheater. What is more, Tarragona houses a beautiful cathedral and the Archaeological Museum, one of the best in Spain.

Continue to Peniscola, a touristic town in the province of Castellon located along the Mediterranean coast. Spend some time taking a nice walk around the old cobbled streets and checking out the local souvenir shops, before heading to Valencia.

  • Recommendation: go inside the impressive Peniscola castle that was used for several Meereen scenes in the "Game of Thrones" series.

Upon arrival to the charming city of Valencia, you check in to your downtown hotel. After some rest, you meet your guide and go on a walking tour of Valencia's old town.

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 university 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 excursion is over, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore the beautiful city on your own and have some rest after such a busy day.   

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Valencia
Madrid
4 hrs

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride across one of the most picturesque countries in the world. On your way to Madrid, you will make a stop in the ancient town of Cuenca, one of the most spectacular places in Spain, famous for the hanging houses, nestled on top of a steep cliff (approximately 4 hours of pure driving).

Madrid, Spain

Madrid

third destination

https://triptile.com/spainThe capital city and largest Spanish municipality located on the Manzanares River in the heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Winery Tour & Arrival to Madrid
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and start your journey by car to Madrid.

  • Optional tour: you can extend your stay in Valencia and explore the famous City of Arts and Science included on the list of 12 Treasures of Spain.

Today your route goes through the wine region of Utiel-Requena, located west of scenic Valencia city. The region has been producing wines for over 2,500 years, and nowadays is famous for its well-established wine tourism. You visit one of the wineries to learn the secrets of the local wine production. And yes, a wine tasting is part of the tour program!

Then you continue driving west until you see the world-famous hanging houses, nestled on a steep cliff, one of Cuenca's most famous sights, and one of the best lesser-known tourist attractions to explore in Spain. Cuenca (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is also famous for its 12 - 14 centuries Romanesque Cathedral, so don't forget to visit this sacred place before continuing your drive to Madrid

  • Recommendation: stay for lunch in one of the local restaurants and try local dishes ajoarriero and morteruelo.

Upon arrival to the glorious Spanish capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you check in to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent old town on your own, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Madrid Old Town Tour
City tour
City tour

Today prepare to 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 Habsburg.

After breakfast, you meet your guide and set off on a journey around the city. You walk towards Plaza de Oriente, admire and then enter the gorgeous Palacio Real (the Royal Palace), 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, pass through the always bustling 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

Today you explore the so-called Madrid of the Bourbons - the 19th-century historical area of the Spanish capital. During the tour your guide walks you through a chain of fabulous squares - Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles, and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo, and Neptuno, you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building You will then see the main terminus of the capital - 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-Bornemisza, 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 famous masterpieces by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

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

We highly recommend visiting the vibrant St. Michel's Market and sort through all the information you've learned today while drinking a glass of excellent cava accompanied by fine local cheese or freshly sliced ham (the famous Spanish Jamon).

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Madrid
Toledo
1 hr

Enjoy a short drive from Madrid towards ancient Toledo - the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is most certainly something to remember as it takes you along some of the most picturesque landscapes of the country's heart.

Toledo, Spain

Toledo

fourth destination

The picturesque city of Toledo nestled on a hill overlooking the scenic plains of Castilla-La Mancha is a must-visit place for any Spain travel enthusiast as it's home of the world-famous Cathedral of Toledo.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Arrival in Toledo & City Tour
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

It is time to say goodbye to the glorious Spanish capital and head down towards the south of the country. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel, pick up your rental car, and start a beautiful journey towards ancient Toledo - the UNESCO World Heritage Site, located 75 km (47 mi) from Madrid. 

In about an hour, you arrive in the scenic city,  check in, and have some time for lunch. In the afternoon your local guide meets you at the hotel lobby 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 can either return to your hotel or continue exploring the magnificent town on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Toledo
Granada
4 hrs 30 min

Hit the road towards the gem of Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada. Enjoy breathtaking views of Souther Spain that will accompany you in this 3-hour car journey. 

Granada, Spain

Granada

fifth destination

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Andalucia region in Southern Spain, Granada is a special gem which boasts numerous outstanding examples of medieval architecture.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Autovia del Olivar Drive & Arrival to Granada
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and start a non-guided journey by car. The first stop planned for today is the historic town of Consuegra in the region of La Mancha. 12 white tower Consuegra windmills set on the top of the Cerro Calderico mountain are believed to be the windmills described by Miguel de Cervantes in his legendary 17th-century Consuegra is a place where you can relive and better understand Spanish history, traditions, and culture.

Next, you take a great chance to travel along the new motorway named the Autovia del Olivar (Olive Motorway) from the UNESCO towns of Ubeda and Baeza to Jaen. Province of Jaen is the largest producer of olive oil in the world, so no wonder that along your way you see impressive endless fields of olive trees.

Your route also covers two of Andalucia's fine historic towns - Ubeda and Baeza that display the grand era of the Renaissance times between the 16th and 17th centuries.

In the second part of the day, you arrive in Granada, check in to your centrally-located hotel, and have an evening at leisure to rest after such an eventful day.

  • Recommendation: you can visit the Olive and Olive Oli Visitor Center in Ubeda to get a better understanding of every aspect of olive oil production (closed from 2 pm to Recommendation: you can continue your journey by car through the picturesque Parque Natural Sierra Mágina (this extends your trip by 2 hours).

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Alhambra of Granada Tour
Day tour
Day tour

Yes, you are extremely lucky as today you are going to join the club of those who have been to one of Spain's most significant attractions - the mind-blowing Alhambra Fortress, a former residence of the Muslim rulers and their court. In the morning after breakfast, you meet your local guide and head towards scenic Alhambra. Keep in mind that it's impossible not to fall in love with its numerous arabesques, porticos, pools, and Islamic ornamental masterpieces of its hallways (the Alhambra entrance and parking fare are included).

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Journey by car: one way trip from Granada center to Alhambra is 9 km / 6 mi (approximate 30-minute drive).
  • Recommendation: this evening we suggest you visit one of the Michelin-rated restaurants in Granada to enjoy the mouthwatering traditional cuisine.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Granada
Seville
4 hrs

Let yourself enjoy the short ride from Granada to beautiful Seville with a pit-stop in mesmerizing Cordoba. Do not forget to gaze through the window to marvel at the scenic Southern Spain landscapes (approximately 4 hours of pure driving).

Seville, Spain

Seville

sixth destination

Marvelous Seville is a historic treasure, homeland of tapas, and simply a joyous town. The biggest town in southern Spain is full of surprises.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 11
Visit to Granada & Arrival to Seville
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and start your trip to Cordoba. Upon arrival, you meet your private guide 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, a perfect illustration of Spain's unique mixture of cultures, religions, and epochs. No surprise it is officially called the Mosque-Cathedral, as alongside the most significant monument of the western Muslim world it also boasts Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles in its Christian part!

  • Recommendation: your way goes through beautiful Antequera, significantly influenced by Moorish, Roman and Spanish cultures. Spend some time exploring this ancient Andalusian town before you heading to Cordoba.

Then you continue your drive to sunny Seville. Upon arrival at the beautiful city, you check in to your centrally-located hotel and have a good rest after such a busy day. 

Breakfast is included. 

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Day 12
Visit of the Seville Cathedral & Alcazar
City tour
City tour

Today you get to experience authentic Andalusian spirit in one of its most important cities. After breakfast at your hotel, you meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and have a panoramic city tour of Seville.

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 the 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.

The rest of the day after the tour is at leisure.

  • Optional activity: we recommend you to attend an authentic flamenco show - one of the most characteristic elements of southern Spanish culture accompanied by a traditional Spanish Tapas dinner and a drink.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 13
Departure from Seville
Transfer
Transfer

Today is the last day of your journey around sun-kissed Spain. Your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport. We wish you a safe flight and hope to see you again soon!

Breakfast is included.

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Vincci la Rabida Hotel, Seville
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The Vincci la Rabida is housed in a wonderful mansion built in the 18th century. The hotel’s stylish guest rooms offer ceramic-tiled floors, a satellite TV, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and large bathrooms with hairdryers.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodations at the great centrally located hotels with parking for the rental car;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport arrival transfer in Barcelona;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours and entrances according to the itinerary;
  • Parking fee near the Park Guell, the Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra Fortress, and in Cordoba's center;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Rich sightseeing tour of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter;
  • Unforgettable wine tasting in the Utiel-Requena region;
  • Entrance to the world-famous Prado Museum;
  • Exploration of the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo;
  • A pit-stop in scenic Cordoba, once the largest city of Roman Spain;
  • Memorable Granada tour;
  • Excursion to the magnificent Alhambra Fortress.

What To Know

  • The currency used in Spain is the Euro. Debit cards are more common in Europe while credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major Spanish sights on foot.
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