Encounter the art, architecture, history, and gastronomy of three captivating regions of Spain, from Madrid to Catalonia and Basque Country.

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 Madrid's Plaza Mayor  <i>Las Meninas</i> by Diego Velázquez, the Prado Museum, Madrid  Panorama of the medieval, walled town of Ávila, a World Heritage site  The Roman aqueduct, Segovia  The port of Barcelona  Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia  Gaudí's Parc Guell  Gaudi's Casa Battlo, facade detail  The city of Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum, set amid the Basque countryside  The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao  Dusk in beautiful San Sebastián  Traditional Basque dance. Credit: Basque Tourism Bureau  Seafood paella, a Spanish specialty  Spanish tapas

Madrid to Basque Country: A Tailor-Made Journey to Spain

An Exploration of Art, Cuisine, and History

10 days from $9,350

Encounter the art, architecture, history, and gastronomy of three captivating regions of Spain, from Madrid to Catalonia and Basque Country.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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H10 Villa de la Reina

Madrid, Spain

The H10 Villa de la Reina is a boutique hotel set within an early 20th-century building in the heart on Gran Via, Madrid’s most famous street. Its classically stylish interior includes a large lobby with granite columns, Moorish-style lanterns, and palms, as well as a restaurant with an abundant breakfast buffet and a bar that offers tapas. With high ceilings and large windows, rooms retain the hotel's period charm but are decorated in a more contemporary style and are well-equipped with modern conveniences.

Number of nights: 3

Gallery Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

Located in Barcelona’s Eixample district—home to some of Gaudí’s most famous creations—the Gallery Hotel is a comfortable contemporary boutique hotel that offers excellent service. Rooms are tasteful and understated, with views of the hotel’s leafy courtyard or the city. Rooms in the Superior category and above include a pillow menu, as well as Nespresso machines, automatic late checkout, and ‘Wi-Fi to go’ smart-devices to aid your exploration of the city. A rooftop pool and terrace bar offer panoramic views over Barcelona’s rooftops, and the hotel also features a gym and sauna. The restaurant, Sintonia, features artfully prepared Mediterranean dishes and opens onto an outdoor patio with a retractable roof. Twice a month the hotel also hosts a flea market in their gallery space next door.

Number of nights: 3

Villa Soro

San Sebastián, Spain

Housed in a 19th-century mansion that once belonged to an aristocratic Basque family, Villa Soro is now a protected Site of Historical Heritage in San Sebastián. The grand entrance hall and drawing room and the handsome bar and lounge recall the elegance of a bygone era. The 25 rooms are split between the main manor house and the converted stable annex behind. Guest rooms are classic and comfortable, and equipped with modern amenities.  Breakfast is served in a light-filled breakfast room that opens onto a small terrace in fine weather. There is no on-site restaurant, but the hotel provides a small room service dinner menu.

Number of nights: 3

Tailor-Made Benefits

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.