Best of Spain | Summer | 2025

Best of Spain | Summer | 2025

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Best of Spain | Summer | 2025

12 Days Starting and ending in Madrid

Visiting: Madrid, Burgos, Pamplona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Ibiza, Valencia, Granada, Toledo

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

BBESMA20

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English
From: $3518 $2757 Operator discount: -$671 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$90 -22%

NB: Prices correct on 18-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

There's no better chance to live your best Spanish life than 12 days drifting around Spain. Together we'll explore Spain's most iconic cities - think Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia & Granada – along with the smaller cobbled-street towns of Burgos, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Pamplona & Toledo, with a couple of nights in the magical party island of Ibiza for the vibes. Between paella-making classes, evening flamenco, locally guided tours of Albaicin & Alhambra, palm-fringed sunsets and plenty of tapas, we'll feel like Spanish locals in no time.

Highlights

  • 2 Dinner (D)

  • 11 Breakfast (B)

  • Pamplona: Your Trip Manager will escort you into the heart of the city and give a brief orientation talk. After that, you're free to explore this quirky and colourful city in your own way.

  • Bilbao: Home to world famous art museums and architecture that’s grander than grand. Today you’ll have plenty of time to explore Bilbao, taking in the mountains and the skyscrapers.

  • San Sebastián: Where better to admire the sunset than on the beautiful beaches of San Sebastián? This resort town is known for its fantastic food too – so make sure you’re hungry!

  • Barcelona: Combat boots at the ready, folks! Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas are so cool, you won’t know what to photograph first!

  • Valencia: Stand in awe of this medieval wonder. It’s said to be the home of the Holy Grail

  • Granada: Probably the most Instagrammable palace that’s ever existed. Tour this Moorish marvel with an expert.

  • Toledo: This medieval city is a cultural melting pot, with a mix of Spanish, Arabic and Jewish influences. Get some pics of the Alcázar Fortress and the gothic Cathedral.

  • Barcelona: Enjoy an included dinner at Mescladis – a non-profit that’s all about social cohesion, doing their bit to enrich coexistence, with rights and opportunities for all.

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Day 1: Start Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel Praga (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Join up with your new crew tonight over your first group dinner in the metro magic of Madrid. Tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery, so you'll be thankful for your hotel sleep.

Day 2: Madrid To Pamplona Via Burgos

Location: Madrid, Burgos, Pamplona

Accommodation: AZZ Pamplona Norte (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The first leg of our Iberian roadtrip kicks off this morning as we travel north in search of Burgos and Pamplona.
We couldn't race to our night's stop-off point without letting you marvel at the pretty medieval town of Burgos first. For real, just wait till you see the gorgeous town square.
Our next stop is the colourful Pamplona. We’ll start with a brief orientation tour of this well-preserved town, and then you'll have some free time to explore in your own way.

Day 3: Pamplona Via Bilbao And San Sebastián

Location: Pamplona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona

Accommodation: AZZ Pamplona Norte (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine, Spanish explorers! Two new cities await us today, but not until we’ve had breakfast.
Bilbao might get bragging rights to being an up-and-coming cultural hub of Spain, but that hasn't diminished its uber laid back spirit. Home of one of the world’s most famous museums, the Museo Guggenheim, you're free to use your morning to play art critique and absorb Bilbao's pretty surrounds and architecture. 
Next stop, San Sebastián! This is a pretty postcard town where cobbled lanes slope towards pristine beaches. Take a walk, do some shopping or just sit and chill in a bar, enjoying endless plates of pintxos (the Basque version of tapas).
Our day ends where it started in Pamplona, where you’ll sleep soundly with a head full of modern art-themed dreams.

Day 4: Pamplona To Barcelona

Location: Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Park Putxet Barcelona (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we spread our wings and take metaphorical flight once again, this time in the direction of Zaragoza with an end goal of none other than bustling Barcelona.
A colourful cathedral & traditional Spanish churros will set our hearts aflutter in Zaragoza, as we roam the casco (old town) soaking up historic architecture and good vibes aplenty. Even the pit stops are amazing on Contiki. 
With 2-nights in Barcelona, you'll be pronouncing Barcelona's C with a "tthh" like a true local by the time we make tracks. We’re off for an included dinner at Mescladis, a non-profit restaurant that works to foster social cohesion in Barca and beyond.

Day 5: Barcelona

Location: Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Park Putxet Barcelona (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is up to you to explore your way. You could take a wander through the colourful buildings & gardens of Gaudi's iconic Parc Güell, beach lovers could head to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, or those wanting to explore the city can sign up for an optional bike tour.

Day 6: Barcelona To Ibiza

Location: Barcelona, Ibiza

Accommodation: Ryans Lolas (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Switching from ancient streets to strobe lights, we’ll head south along the coast to Denia where we'll then travel to the world’s party capital of Ibiza. 
Worshipped worldwide as the party destination to end all party destinations, here you'll find super clubs, super DJs & super strobes like you've never seen them before, and that's just the island's 3am drawcards. For those that like to take the chilled approach, Ibiza's beaches, coves, and local markets need to be seen to be believed.

Day 7: Ibiza

Location: Ibiza

Accommodation: Ryans Lolas (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Although this seems to be an island that never sleeps, you're going to need to drag that head out of bed so you can see the incredible beauty of the place when drenched in daylight. Go snorkelling, explore Ibiza's cute old town and its little souvenir shops or take a trip to spiritual Es Vedra.

Day 8: Ibiza To Valencia

Location: Ibiza, Valencia

Accommodation: Hotel Mas Camarena Valencia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's been a magical time on this island, but we have the rest of Spain to explore. With Ibiza ticked off our bucket list, we'll hop on a ferry back to the mainland. Touching down in Denia we'll jump on our coach, headed for Valencia.
It's hard to not be enchanted by the port city of Valencia, where beach meets culture in the happiest way possible. With one night here in the land that invented paella it would be crazy not to sign up for an optional paella-making class tonight with the crew. Who's in?

Day 9: Valencia To Granada

Location: Valencia, Granada

Accommodation: Macia Condor (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's been short but sweet, Valencia, and we won't forget you. This morning we'll take an orientation walk before seeking the very different vibes of Granada. How are all these places in just one country?
Granada is brimming with romance and offering an eclectic mix of Arab and Spanish feels only to be found in Andalusia. This is one place you may never want to leave!

Day 10: Granada

Location: Granada

Accommodation: Macia Condor (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We start the morning with free time to explore. You can fill yours by opting for a guided tour of the Muslim quarter of Albaicin & the Capilla Real, and while you're at it, fill up on some of Granada's incredible food, like its famous Arab pastries. This afternoon we head to Spain's number 1 visited attraction, the Alhambra Palace. We'll discover the breathtaking beauty and history of this Moorish Palace, with its intricate patterns and detailed architecture that will leave you spellbound, and wondering why you haven't been here sooner. To top it off, Alhambra offers the best views of the city. Feel the Spanish rhythm and style by opting for a traditional flamenco and tapas night with your Contiki family. Que beuno!

Day 11: Granada To Madrid

Location: Granada, Toledo, Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel Praga (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Bouncing out of bed should be no problem this morning, given the scenic adventures we have planned today on route to Madrid.
Synagogues, churches and medieval buildings sit atop the hill town of Toledo. We'll uncover the city's gothic cathedral, the famous Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect El Greco’s house and the site of sieges, revolutions and treason. Just another pit-stop in our life in glorious Spain.
Here we are, back where the party started 10 life-changing days ago. You're free to spend the evening your way tonight and Madrid's nightlife is pumping, so grab some tapas, sangria and your dancing shoes for a night out on the town.

Day 12: Depart Madrid

Location: Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tears and tissues and pinkie swears for a reunion trip will mark the blur of sadness that is our morning departure. These are the memories that will stay with you a life time; make sure your next Contiki adventure is just around the corner.

Check out our Q&As

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this operator

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Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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