Best of Spain

15 Days Starting and ending in Madrid

Visiting: Madrid, Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Granada, Costa del Sol, Valencia, Gibraltar, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

SBESZM20

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From: $4375 $3552 Operator discount: -$707 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$116 -19%

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant heart and soul of Spain with our "Best of Spain" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure invites you to explore the rich tapestry of Spain's history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. From the architectural marvels of Barcelona, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo, and Madrid, guided by Local Specialists, to the charming streets of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona, Valencia, and the iconic Rock of Gibraltar, every step is a discovery. Marvel at the world-renowned Alhambra Palace, the Prado Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum, among other cultural treasures. Enjoy the comfort of cherry-picked hotels and the convenience of luxury coaches, making your journey as comfortable as it is captivating. With a blend of included meals, expertly chosen accommodations, and insightful visits to historical sites, this tour promises a comprehensive and immersive Spanish experience.

Highlights

  • Explore Barcelona, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona, Valencia, Peniscola and the Rock of Gibraltar

  • Visit The Tomb of El Cid in Burgos, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral in Seville, the Mosque of the Caliphs in Córdoba, the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo and the Prado Museum in Madrid

  • View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastián, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Castle of Peñíscola, the Serrano and Quart Towers and City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia

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Day 1 : Hola Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation Name: Rafaelhoteles Atocha Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast

Welcome to the fiery Spanish capital that is Madrid. Take in the vibrant essence of Madrid before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see some of the city's most iconic sights.

Day 2 : Journey To Burgos And On To Santander

Location: Madrid, Burgos, Santander

Accommodation: Santemar

Accommodation Name: Hotel Santemar Santander

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey over the pine-clad Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos, the historic capital of Castile, where we will visit the tomb of El Cid, a national hero and the protagonist of the most significant medieval Spanish epic poem – El Cantar de Mio Cid. We cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera Mountains, travelling to the coast and the sophisticated capital of the Cantabrian region, Santander.

Day 3 : Onwards To Culinary San Sebastián And Pamplona

Location: Santander, Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Pamplona

Accommodation: NH Iruña Park

Accommodation Name: NH Pamplona Iruña Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart Santander and travel to Bilbao to view the striking Guggenheim Museum. Continuing on to San Sebastián, we find the gourmet capital of Spain with a rich maritime history. Your Travel Director will take you on an orientation of the city. Our overnight stay is in the vibrant city of Pamplona, famous for its Running of the Bulls fiesta. Follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and enjoy a drink at Café Iruña, ramble along the brilliantly lit city ramparts or delight in the local pintxos before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.

Day 4 : Continue To Gaudi Barcelona

Location: Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona

Accommodation: INNSiDE Barcelona Apolo by Melia

Accommodation Name: INNSiDE Barcelona Apolo by Melia

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our journey continues through the Ebro Valley to Zaragoza where we’ll view the Basilica of El Pilar and Cathedral of La Seo. Later, we arrive in Barcelona to soak up the charm of a city that professes two great loves – Gaudí and football. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps amble through the aromatic La Bouqeria, or join us for an evening of discovery capped off with a traditional Catalonian style dinner and the best crema Catalana in town.

Day 5 : Discover Barcelona

Location: Barcelona

Accommodation: INNSiDE Barcelona Apolo by Melia

Accommodation Name: INNSiDE Barcelona Apolo by Melia

Meals Included: Breakfast

The whimsical fantasy world of Gaudí is on display this morning as we embark on a sightseeing tour to see the inspiring, but as yet unfinished, La Sagrada Família in the company of a Local Specialist. We'll see Las Ramblas, which lies at the heart of Barcelona, before paying tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

Day 6 : Off To Coastal Peñíscola And Valencia

Location: Granada, Costa del Sol

Accommodation Name: Silken Puerta

Meals Included: Breakfast

The sweet scent of oranges accompanies us on our journey along the Costa Dorada to fortified Peñíscola, where we'll see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continuing through fertile huertas, we arrive in sunny Valencia where we will stay the night.

Our orientation of this cultural city includes views of the modernist style Mercado de Colón, the Bullring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the Art Nouveau Estación del Norte. Witness the modern verve of Valencia and view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

During one of our iconic MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences, we will also enjoy horchata, the celebrated drink of Valencia.

Day 7 : Venture To Granada

Location: Valencia, Granada

Accommodation Name: Hotel Occidental Granada

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey by the dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountain range to the city of Granada where we meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO-listed Alhambra. Its golden façades and extraordinary Moorish architecture reflect centuries of multi-cultural history, which you will have a rare opportunity to explore as you wander through its palaces and exotic water gardens. Check in to your hotel later, where we will dine tonight.

Day 8 : On The Road To Sunny Costa Del Sol

Location: Granada, Costa del Sol

Accommodation Name: Meliá Costa del Sol

Meals Included: Breakfast

Set your watch to Spanish time and enjoy a leisurely morning on your terms, or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the medieval Moorish Quarter of Granada - the Albaicín - with its narrow winding lanes, churches, minarets and palaces. We then leave Granada behind for the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol, where we'll spend the next two nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Stroll along the beachside promenade, relax at one of the nearby beach cafes or visit the picture-perfect whitewashed Andalusian village of Mijas - the choice is yours.

Day 9 : Costa Del Sol Your Way

Location: Costa del Sol

Accommodation Name: Meliá Costa del Sol

Meals Included: Breakfast

Another day in paradise for you to kick back, worship the Spanish sunshine and taste la buena vida. Enjoy fresh seafood in Torremolinos, relax on the bleached beaches and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere or consider an Optional Experience to the effervescent Andalusian capital of Málaga to explore centuries of history.

Day 10 : Explore Gibraltar And On To Seville

Location: Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, Seville

Accommodation: NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

Accommodation Name: NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A scenic drive takes you past the millionaires' resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar for free time to explore or consider joining an Optional Experience to St. Michael's Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez - famous for its sherry production - to Seville. This evening, we Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience with the Morillo family at their olive oil farm.

Day 11 : See The Sights Of Seville

Location: Seville

Accommodation: NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

Accommodation Name: NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist this morning for a tour of Seville's leafy avenues. See the iconic Giralda Bell Tower and visit the Seville Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Stroll through Maria Luisa Park, with its tiled fountains, pavilions, palms and orange trees, and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Explore the Jewish history of Spain in Seville's former Jewish Quarter, where a wall separated the Jewish community from the rest of the city during medieval times. Tonight, consider soaking up the fiery flamenco atmosphere in the city that made this passionate dance famous.

Day 12 : Journey To Córdoba And Toledo

Location: Seville, Córdoba, Toledo

Accommodation: Eurostars Toledo

Accommodation Name: Eurostars Toledo

Meals Included: Breakfast

We journey to Córdoba to meet a Local Specialist for a visit to the astounding Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Then visit the remains of the 14th-century Mudéjar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood. Continue to Toledo for an evening in Spain's former capital.

Day 13 : Admire Ancient Toledo Then On To Madrid

Location: Toledo, Madrid

Accommodation Name: Rafaelhoteles Atocha Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo where you’ll Dive Into Culture as you explore this ancient hilltop city. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco's masterpiece – 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', and the synagogue, the oldest one still standing in Europe. Later, we arrive in feisty Madrid, where we'll spend the next two nights.

Day 14 : Discover Stylish Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation Name: Rafaelhoteles Atocha Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The grand plazas of Madrid take centre stage today as we join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Spain's capital city. See Gran Vía and the Cibeles Fountain before we Dive Into Culture and visit the world-famous Prado Museum, featuring one of the world's finest collections of European art, including masterpieces by Velazquez. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city. Visit the Royal Palace with its spectacular Goya artworks, relax in the leafy Buen Retiro Park or enjoy the flavours and aromas of jamon in the Market of San Miguel. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner to celebrate an epic adventure through Spain.

Day 15 : Farewell Madrid

Location: Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our time together has come to an end. For now it's a fond adiós to Spain and newfound friends.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to/from the start/end of your tour

  • Visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Baggage fees

  • Optional activities

  • Additional meals, including any alcoholic beverages and snacks

  • Items of a personal nature like phone calls, laundry, etc.

  • Tips and gratuities to tour directors, guides, bus drivers, hotel staff and other service personnel

  • Early check-in and late check-out of rooms

  • Any other items not explicitly mentioned as 'Included'

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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