Small group tour to Madrid, Barcelona & Northern Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Toledo, Spain
Seville, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Cordoba, Spain

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Trip Overview

Enjoy the highlights of Madrid & the incredible Southern Spain cities, then make your way to Barcelona. Get to know charming Spain with exceptional sightseeing tours. In 11 days explore the main sights from Toledo and the Alhambra of Granada to Madrid's Prado Museum and Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and even enjoy an enchanting flamenco show sided with local tapas!
 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.97 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star best location hotels
    standard rooms
    10 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    5 train rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 sightseeing tours
    2 day trips: to Toledo & to Granada
    Flamenco show
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts
    Tapas and a drink at
    the Flamenco Show

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Madrid

Bienvenido a Madrid - the glorious Spanish capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Your private driver meets you at the airport and in just about 30 minutes you arrive in ​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

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 which is served in the aforementioned Cafe Varela, you meet your private 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.

Day 3
Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado 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 - 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 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.

Day 4
Toledo & Train to Cordoba

It is time to say goodbye to the glorious Spanish capital and head down towards the south of the country. But wait, we cannot leave Central Spain before visiting its historical capital - the medieval town of Toledo.

After delicious breakfast in the homey Cafe Varela you check-out from the hotel and set off on a beautiful drive towards this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival you have a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of ancient Toledo. As if traveled on a time machine you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances are included).

After the tour you return back to the XXI century. As proof we transfer you directly to the railway station in Madrid where you board a high-speed train that just brings you to Cordoba in 2 hours (1st class tickets are included).

Upon arrival to Cordoba you are transferred to your hotel, but don't rush to your room, even though you might feel a bit overwhelmed with impressions from your tour today. With less tourists around, the winding white-washed streets and gorgeous tumbledown squares of this beautiful town are an ideal place to have a short evening promenade and have dinner in one of the many local cozy restaurants.

  • And a little hint from us for the gourmand: eating in Cordoba is a treat - the food is fabulous and the prices are reasonable. Plus, this southern town – once the largest and most splendid city in the world – is the motherland of two delicious cornerstones of Spanish cuisine: bulls’ tail stew and salmorejo (a thicker, creamier version of gazpacho).

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Day Trip to Alhambra of Granada

You are right, today you join the club of those lucky ones who have visited one of Spain's... no - the world's most significant attractions - the mind-boggling Alhambra Fortress that used to be the residence of the Muslim rulers and their court.

Following breakfast your guide and driver transfer you to the railway station for your train ride to Antequera. Situated halfway to Granada this ancient Andalusian town combines the significant influence of Moorish, Roman, and Spanish cultures.

You meet your guide and driver at the train station and after a short picturesque panoramic ride around the medieval streets of this cozy town head towards the highlight of today's program - the majestic Alhambra.

Together with your private guide you get to know this historical place and get awe-inspired by its numerous arabesques, porticos, pools, gardens 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, you are transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Exploring Cordoba Highlights & Train to Seville

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your private guide for a 3-hour tour around the most outstanding sights of Cordoba that used to be the largest city of Roman Spain.

While exploring the city you see how amazingly different it looks during the day as compared to your previous evening impressions. During the tour, you see the ancient Roman Bridge, the famous 14th-century Royal Castle - Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and of course the gem of the city - the renowned Great Mosque of Cordoba. Not only is it the oldest mosque in Europe, but this sacred place is also the ideal reflection of Spain's unique mixture of cultures, religions, and epochs. No surprise it is officially called a Mosque-Cathedral, as alongside with the most significant monument of the western Muslim world it also houses Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles in its, you won't believe it, Christian part!

After the tour, you return to the hotel to pick up your luggage and are transferred to the train station to catch a comfortable train to Seville.

Upon arrival, you are accompanied to your downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening 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.

Day 7
Seville City Tour & Flamenco Show and Tapas

After breakfast, you meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and have a panoramic city tour of Seville.

Today you get to experience authentic Andalusian spirit in one of its most important cities. Your sightseeing program features top sights including the symbol of the city - the Giralda Tower that used to be a minaret back in the days and visit the Seville Cathedral. You also explore the beautiful Real Alcazar of Seville - the oldest European royal residence composed of a group of buildings from different time periods (entrances are included). Your tour finishes at the scenic Plaza de Espana - a dazzling palace complex dating back to the epoch of Renaissance and considered to be among the most beautiful complexes of its kind in the world.

As a culmination of your tour, in the evening you attend an authentic flamenco show - one of the most characteristic elements of southern Spanish culture accompanied with a traditional Spanish Tapas dinner and a drink.

Breakfast, tapas and a drink included.

Day 8
Train to Barcelona

Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver takes you to the station for a train ride to Barcelona.

Welcome to the lively capital of Catalonia - Barcelona! Your driver meets you in the train station and transfers you to the 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
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 10
Gaudi Tour

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

You start with the 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 to be the most recognizable symbol of Barcelona.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Departure from Barcelona

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.


Included

10 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
10 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

Always included:

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

What's Included
  • Accommodation at exceptional hotels in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Small group touring: up to 14 travelers (group size may vary in different cities);
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Madrid - Cordoba, Cordoba - Seville, Seville - Barcelona;
  • Regular class train tickets Cordoba - Antequera & Antequera - Cordoba;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Visit to a Flamenco performance in Seville with a Tapas dinner and a drink included;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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

Tour Highlights
  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travellers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Guided tour of Prado Museum;
  • Day trip to Toledo;
  • Visit to Alhambra de Granada;
  • Authentic flamenco show in Seville;
  • Tour of Gaudi masterpieces in Barcelona;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 2-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture.
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

Dates
Apr 7
Apr - 17, 2019
May 5
May - 15, 2019
Jun 23
Jul - 3, 2019
Jul 7
Jul - 17, 2019
Aug 25
Sep - 4, 2019
Sep 29
Oct - 9, 2019
Oct 27
Nov - 6, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
Single traveler
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,691
deposit
$1,339
$6,691
deposit
$1,339
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
Dates
Apr 7
Apr - 17, 2019
May 5
May - 15, 2019
Jun 23
Jul - 3, 2019
Jul 7
Jul - 17, 2019
Aug 25
Sep - 4, 2019
Sep 29
Oct - 9, 2019
Oct 27
Nov - 6, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
$4,271
deposit
$855
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
$4,671
deposit
$935
Single traveler
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,691
deposit
$1,339
$6,691
deposit
$1,339
$6,991
deposit
$1,399
$6,991
deposit
$1,399

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

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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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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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