The Best of Spain

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  • Average Tour Review


The Spaniards adore their tapas, and this wonderful culinary tradition reflects the spirit of our escorted Best of Spain tour. You’ll sample the most appealing, intriguing sights from a sextet of cities, savoring Spain’s incredible legacy of art and architecture, its dramatic history and grand passions. Along the way, you’ll get a taste of the Spanish way of living, like el paseo, the leisurely evening stroll that often leads to a glass of wine and some tapas! From the Prado in Madrid to Granada’s Alhambra Palace and La Rambla in Barcelona, this “best of” tour serves up a multi-course feast of sights and experiences that are simply unforgettable.

To visit Spain in 2023, see our Splendid Spain tour!

Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Madrid
  • 1 night in Cordoba
  • 2 nights in Seville
  • 1 night in Granada
  • 1 night in Valencia
  • 3 nights in Barcelona

Tour Highlights

  • Royal Palace (Madrid)
  • Gran Via (Madrid)
  • Prado Museum (Madrid)
  • Santo Tome Church (Toledo)
  • Giralda Tower (Seville)
  • Alhambra Palace (Granada)
  • Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)
  • Gothic Quarter (Barcelona)
  • La Rambla (Barcelona)

Activity Level: Discoverer

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York Area (JFK or EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 16 meals: 10 buffet breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary


Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Day 1: Depart from the U.S.

Day 2: Arrive in Madrid

Day 3: Madrid

Day 4: Toledo/Cordoba

Day 5: Cordoba/Seville

Day 6: Seville

Day 7: Seville/Granada

Day 8: Granada/Valencia

Day 9: Valencia/Barcelona

Day 10: Barcelona

Day 11: Barcelona

Day 12: Barcelona/U.S.

Guided Tour Pricing

We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Walking Tapas Tour

Flamenco Performance

Montserrat & Cava Winery Visit


Patty T

This was our first smarTours and it did not disappoint. From the individualized attention from our tour guide, to the great accomodations, the interesting and engaging local guides and the well selected sights, we enjoyed every minute of our trip. We found it to be a great value and have recommended smarTours to family and friends. We've already booked our next adventure!

James r

The Spain tour was the ultimate of experiences. Our guide David was so gentle, knowledgeable and caring and each day was better than the day before. We had a fantastic cohesive group and shared the best Spain has to offer. The tour is of great value and it made the most use of our time in the best way. I have already recommended this tour to our friends.

David P

The Best of Spain was our fifth adventure with Smartours and most certainly won't be the last. The value is obvious, but they consistently exceed expectations. From excellent guides, to amazing sights and historical perspectives, to four and five star hotels. We have never been disappointed and the Best of Spain tour exceeded our expectations. We are debating our next travel adventure, but will certainly review the Smartour offerings first. *****

Mary G

We had the most wonderful trip to Spain with SmarTours! It was our first time visiting this country and the itinerary for this trip gave us so much to see and cities to visit! Everything was taken care of, we didn’t have to make any arrangements on our own. It was so easy. Agurtzane Telleria, our tour guide, was simply marvelous! She really was expert in providing us with a great deal of information about each place we visited and included an historical framework as well. We took advantage of the optional tours and thoroughly enjoyed them (Tapas Tour And Flamenco performance). The entire tour was so well-designed giving us ample time in each city as well as “on our own” time for exploring. The price of the tour was excellent, including airfare, transfers and travel and many meals. The people in our tour group had all been on SmarTours before and said they were indeed the best tour company in existence. We are currently planning on going on another trip with them to Greece. Again, well done and muchas gracias!


The best tour ever! Our Tour Director Agurtzane Telleria knew so much about Spain and all 10 cities we visited! My partner Maria Lourdes Calderon Jasso fell in Barcelona and broke her wrist and the care she provided was excellent. It was a bump for us, yet the trip was still amazing. Lourdes is doing great and in a cast that was done beautifully in Barcelona. We wish Agur did other trips! We will be taking more smarTours! Gracias!!


I've enjoyed various travel experiences with SmarTours since 2009, being able to visit Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, and now Spain with them. For travelers looking for a cost effective experience that is both exciting, removes all of the headaches of travel logistics, and gives you the chance to feel the true essence of other countries, SmarTours has to be one of the leaders in their field. The lodging has always been exceptional, and especially on this Spain trip we were very impressed with the quality of the culinary choices that were available to us. We were able to venture out on our own as we liked and got to see major sites in all of the country's major cities.


Tour director worked hard to please everyone. There was one couple that could never get enough, be considered first, or benefit the most We all called them the divas. Outside of those knuckleheads, the rest of us had a great time. Would say that Spain was less enthralling than South Africa or Italy.

j g

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, and especially our tour director, Charles. He was delightful and very knowledgeable. The towels in a few of the hotels could have been softer, but other than, very nice tour.


just returned from April 28 trip and having nothing but a high recommendation for the tour. Best value for this kind of trip. Have taken several tours with this company. There were 31 people on the tour. The buses were comfortable, the speaker system while touring great ithe hotels in general were excellent. And a bang up final dinner in Barcelona.

Aba H

Very much enjoyed this escorted vacation with my wife. *Nice hotels, *good meals, *great bus, *very well organized, *excellent, knowledgable, interesting tour guide (Roberto Barrantes),and *the price was a bargain. While I'm sure others in our group were happy to get some time on their own, we would've preferred additional escorted touring, or more escorted excursion options. We'd recommend this company for the Best of Spain trip and heard from our travel companions that this was their second or third trip with SmarTours.

Glen W

Had a wonderful trip with great participants, amazing weather and an awesome guide Derek.

mary d

everything was lovely and fun with the people on the tour

carol s

This was my first trip as a smart traveler the perks were great. The tour was wonderful. I really don't expect anything but the best from SmarTours and you did not disappoint. Thank you for another great travel experience.

Keith H

We recently returned from a Best of Spain tour (which started October 4 in Madrid), and we loved it. Let me start with the best part - the guide Carmen was truly outstanding. She was tireless in making sure no one got lost, no one fell too far behind, everyone's needs were met, and so on. On the tour bus, Carmen was incredibly entertaining, with an excellent sense of humor. Next, the hotels. Only one (in Cordoba) was five star, but most of the rest were still very good. In particular, the hotels in Madrid and Barcelona, where we spend most of our time, had fabulous locations, within walking distance of many important tourist attractions. The other hotels, in smaller cities, also had good locations and were fine - with one exception - the Abba Aceton Hotel in Valencia which was not well maintained. Included dinners were a bit disappointing (a little too bland), except for the last night in Barcelona which was excellent. Most of the places the tour bus stopped were quite interesting, although just about everyone would have been happy to skip the Ciscerian Monastery on the road to Barcelona. The city guides in Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, and so on were all quite knowledgable, and each shared a tremendous amount of local pride and enthusiasm with the tour group. All in all, an excellent tour, and we will be sure to tell our friends about Smartours. Thank you.

constance s

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