This journey offers a look at Spain's diverse culture and history, spending time in the capital city of Madrid, Catalonia, and the Basque Country.

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 Madrid's Plaza Mayor  Madrid's vibrant Plaza Mayor  Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia  The Alhambra of Granada, Spain.   The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Tailor-Made Spain

Highlights of Madrid, Barcelona, and San Sebastián

10 days from $9,350

This journey offers a look at Spain's diverse culture and history, spending time in the capital city of Madrid, Catalonia, and the Basque Country.

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or call 855-215-8690


Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Long touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions. Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and/or outdoor activities. Walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, the absence of elevators, climbing aboard trains with high steps); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Possible exposure to higher altitudes. River cruises may offer a choice of excursions with varying activity expectations.  (Typical travel opportunities: Most Cultural Stays, River Cruises, some Land Journeys, U.S. Train Tours)  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and coach time). 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Spain

Arrive in Spain's dynamic capital city today. Head to your hotel for a bit of time to relax and freshen up before heading out for a walking tour of the city, including a visit to the Prado. (B)

Day 2 – Ávila and Segovia

Journey outside of Madrid to visit nearby Ávila and Segovia. In Ávila, wander through the winding medieval streets and observe its remarkably intact defensive wall. In Segovia, see the impeccable remains of a soaring Roman aqueduct. (B)

Day 3 — El Escorial and Madrid

Today head outside of Madrid again to visit the impressive monastery at El Escorial, where nearly all of Spain's monarchs have been buried. Along the way, stop at the Valle de los Caídos, or "Valley of the Fallen", a Civil War memorial commissioned by Francisco Franco. Spend your afternoon at leisure in Madrid. (B)

Day 4 — Barcelona

Today you'll head to the train station for a high-speed train to Barcelona. Leave your bags at your hotel before embarking on a half-day tour of Gaudí's many contributions to the Barcelona skyline. (B)

Day 5 – Barcelona

Having taken in all of Gaudí's contributions to Barcelona, see the rest of what the city has to offer on a half-day walking tour, including a visit to the impressive Santa Maria del Mar cathedral. Later, take a helicopter ride for a different perspective on the city. (B)

Day 6 – Penedès region

This morning you'll head to the Penedès region just outside of Barcelona, where you'll enjoy a visit and a tasting at a producer of Spain's signature sparkling wine, cava. Enjoy lunch on your own before an afternoon visit to the Montserrat monastery and the mountain that shares its name before returning to Barcelona. (B)

Day 7 – Bilbao and San Sebastián

Head to the Barcelona airport this morning to catch your quick flight to Bilbao in Spain's Basque country. When you land, embark on a tour of Bilbao and its well-known Guggenheim museum before continuing on to your hotel in San Sebastián. (B)

Day 8 – San Sebastián

Due to its exceptionally high concentration of Michelin stars per capita, San Sebastián is often regarded as the gastronomic capital of Spain. Today you'll get the chance to experience that tradition as you embark on a lunchtime walking tour while sampling a wide variety of pintxos, Basque small plates. (B,D)

Day 9 – San Sebastián

Having tasted some of San Sebastián's amazing food already, today you'll learn for yourself how to make a traditional Basque meal in a local cooking class, enjoying what you've made for lunch. Spend your final afternoon and evening in Spain at leisure. (B,L)

Day 10 – Depart for U.S

Today make your way to the Bilbao airport for your flight back home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)