Set off on an all-embracing adventure from Spain heart to its Northwestern jewels. Begin in Madrid and enjoy Madrid de los Austrias highlights and the Prado. Then continue to Roman Segovia and medieval Avila before you reach the beautiful World Heritage city Salamanca, renown worldwide for its architecture. Your journey then takes you to stunning Leon & before your grand tour finale in Santiago De Compostela, capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region.

City:
Madrid, Salamanca, Leon, Santiago de Compostela
Duration:
11 days
Type:
Private tour
From:
$3,998
Next date:
Flexible

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Madrid

Welcome to the capital of Spain and one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Madrid! 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.

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Day 2
Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a fascinating walking sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital

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Day 3
Prado Museum

Following breakfast 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 the Parque del Retiro, Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles.

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Day 4
Segovia and Avila & Transfer to Salamanca

Following check-out go on an amazing day trip to Segovia and Avila! During the tour you visit the remains of the Roman Empire as seen at the Aqueduct of Segovia, then proceed to Avila a medieval city in the province of Castile-Leon in western Spain.

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Day 5
Salamanca City Tour

Following breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and start a 2,5-hour walking tour in Salamanca. With a history dating to the Celtic era, this beautiful World Heritage city is known for its amazing architecture.

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Day 6
Transfer to Leon and City Tour

After breakfast in the hotel you check out and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a transfer directly to your downtown hotel in Leon, then go for a walking city tour of Leon and visit the Leon Cathedral.

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Day 7
Free Day in Leon & Train to Santiago de Compostela

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Leon on your own. Alternatively, you can join one of our carefully planned optional day trips to Burgos or Oviedo. In the evening you take a train to Santiago De Compostela.

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Day 8
Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region.

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Day 9
Day Trip to La Coruna & Finisterre

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver and proceed to La Coruna. Upon arrival you have a sightseeing tour of the city and have a chance to see the Hercules Tower, the only working Roman lighthouse in the world.

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Day 10
Free Day in Santiago de Compostela

This day is free for you to enjoy and explore Santiago de Compostela on your own. Alternatively, you can join one of our carefully planned optional day trips to Ourense or Lugo.​

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Day 11
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing Spanish adventure! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the Santiago de Compostela airport or train station for your departure back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

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Price

$3,998
Deposit $800
Regular package
$6,698
Deposit $1,340
Single traveler

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Madrid, Salamanca, Leon & Santiago De Compostela; 
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport / railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Leon - Santiago De Compostela;
  • Private transfers Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca, Salamanca - Leon;
  • 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Madrid

Welcome to the capital of Spain and one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Madrid! 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, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

Day 2: Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a fascinating walking 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3: Prado Museum

After breakfast 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 the Parque del Retiro, 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 Spanish 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 touring is over you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4: Segovia and Avila & Transfer to Salamanca

Enjoy your last breakfast in Madrid and prepare to check out from your hotel. Following check-out, meet your professional guide and driver for an amazing day trip to Segovia and Avila!

During the tour you visit the remains of the Roman Empire as seen at the Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the best preserved ancient monuments on the Iberian peninsula. Segovia used to be the residence to some of Castilian kings and today it boasts with some of the most important medieval groups of buildings in Spain.

Finally, admire the "Lady of the Cathedrals" and view the most spectacular castle in Spain, Alcazar, which was built as a fortress but has also been used as a royal palace, state prison, college, and military academy.

After a lunch break you proceed to Avila a medieval city in the province of Castile-Leon in western Spain, about 70 miles northwest of Madrid. Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, Avila has a magnificently well-preserved city wall, a historic cathedral, a number of Romanesque churches, and an authentic medieval atmosphere. For all these reasons, the entire Old Town of Avila has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. For pilgrims, the city of Avila is important because of its association with the great mystic and reformer St. Teresa de Jesus, better known as St. Teresa of Avila.

After the tour your driver will transfer you to Salamanca for the check in to your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5: Salamanca City Tour

Following breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and start a 2,5-hour walking tour in Salamanca. With a history dating to the Celtic era, this beautiful World Heritage city is known for its amazing architecture.

The first place worth to visit is Historical Building of the Salamanca University. Founded in 12th century, it is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest university in the world. Then you proceed to the Plaza Mayor which was built in the traditional Spanish baroque style and renown as one of the most beautiful Spanish squares.

The next destination is the incredible House of Shells. Built in 15th century, it combines Gothic, Moorish and Italian architectural styles. You can explore this unique building which includes about 400 shells into its wall from outside. There are different legends which explain the meaning of such a decoration, one of them tells that shells symbolize love.

You then head to the Cathedrals of Salamanca: The Old and The New ones. You have a great chance to enjoy the combination of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles founded in different historical epochs all at once. Then you enter both of cathedrals to enjoy their views from inside.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 6: Transfer to Leon and City Tour

After breakfast in the hotel you check out and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a transfer directly to your downtown hotel in Leon.

In approximately 2 hours you arrive at your next destination and meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for a walking city tour of Leon. During the tour you visit the Leon Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Royal Pantheon of the Church of San Isidoro, known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of Romanesque Art’.

You also explore from the outside Casa Botines, designed by Antoni Gaudi, Palacio Guzman and see the remains of the old Roman wall which once surrounded Leon.

After the tour you return to your hotel and enjoy evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7: Free Day in Leon & Train to Santiago de Compostela

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Leon on your own. Alternatively, you can join one of our carefully planned optional day trips to Burgos or Oviedo.

Optional tour: Day Trip to Burgos
Spend a day exploring the top attractions of Burgos valued by travelers for its intact medieval architecture. Together with your local professional guide spend unforgettable time during your walking tour as you learn about the best sights, including the extraordinary French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary - one of Spain's glittering jewels of religious architecture and the most recognizable landmark of Burgos.

Optional tour: Day Trip to Oviedo
Take a day trip to yet another charming Spanish city Oviedo - the incredible capital of Asturias, known for its medieval old town. The walking sightseeing tour of main Oviedo attractions shows you the major must-sees of the city such as the site of the Gothic Oviedo Cathedral, renown for its 9th-century Holy Chamber.

In the evening you are transferred to the rail station to take a train to Santiago De Compostela. Upon arrival in 4,5 hours you are transferred to the hotel for an overnight.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8: Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places of Santiago de Compostela.

During the tour you see its main attractions, including the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. The capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region is known as the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and the alleged burial site of the Biblical apostle St. James.

After the tour you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9: Day Trip to La Coruna & Finisterre

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver and proceed to La Coruna. Upon arrival you have a sightseeing tour of the city and have a chance to see the Hercules Tower, the only working Roman lighthouse in the world (s. II A.C.) & UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After a lunch break you proceed to Finisterre - the final destination for many pilgrims on the Way of St. James. Finisterre is often called 'the end of the earth' because of its position as one of the westernmost points on the European mainland.

After the full day trip you are transferred to your hotel in Santiago de Compostela.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10: Free Day in Santiago de Compostela

This day is free for you to enjoy and explore Santiago de Compostela on your own. Alternatively, you can join one of our carefully planned optional day trips to Ourense or Lugo.

Optional tour: Day Trip to Lugo
Go on a day trip to Lugo, the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, erected sometime between 263 and 276 A.D. Lugo was once the capital of the Gallaecia Lucense region of the Roman Empire and boasts many well-preserved attractions today. Walk within the fortress down the beautiful labyrinth of streets and squares and discover must-see sights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Optional tour: Day Trip to Ourense
Enrich your journey by going on a day-trip to Ourense. Accompanied by your private guide spend several hours exploring Ourense's old town, “Casco vello” in Galician, which is a labyrinth of narrow streets. Also enter the city's highlight landmark site - the Ourense Cathedral - a Roman Catholic church founded in 550.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11: Departure

This is the last day of your amazing Spanish adventure! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the Santiago de Compostela airport or train station for your departure back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Madrid, Salamanca, Leon & Santiago De Compostela; 
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport / railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Leon - Santiago De Compostela;
  • Private transfers Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca, Salamanca - Leon;
  • 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.

Cibeles Palace and Fountain, Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Capital and largest municipality of Spain located on the Manzanares River in the heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain.

El Oso y El Madroño, Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain

Puerta del Sol is a bustling square located in the very heart of the capital of Spain. Many historic sights and popular landmarks on the renowned square have made it to our days and are major Madrid tourist attractions.

Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

The Buen Retiro Park meaning the "Park of the Pleasant Retreat" is one of the biggest parks in Madrid and is among its main attractions

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Prado Museum, considered one the greatest museums of art on the globe, is Spain's main national art museum and the proud owner of the best single collection of Spanish art on the planet. 

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Package type Price
Regular package
$3,998
Deposit $800
Single traveler
$6,698
Deposit $1,340