Splendid Spain

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Discover Spain’s splendors from their delicious cuisine, the incredible legacy of art and architecture, dramatic history, and grand passions. Along the way, you’ll get a taste of Spanish delights from regional tastings, tapas, and paella! Explore bucket-list-worthy highlights like the Prado Museum in Madrid, Giralda Tower in Seville, Alhambra Palace in Granada, and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. You’ll also enjoy a lovely Guadalquivir River Cruise, a tour of Cordoba, an idyllic visit to an olive grove, and a chance to explore Peñíscola, a jewel of the Mediterranean. This tour serves up a multi-course feast of sights and experiences that are simply unforgettable.

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our Splendid Spain with Costa Brava tour which includes two nights in Costa Brava, part of Catalonia’s scenic coastline, plus an extra day (and night) at leisure in Barcelona!

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

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

Tour Highlights

  • Madrid Walking & Bus Tour
  • Royal Palace (Madrid)
  • Old Town Seville Walking Tour
  • Guadalquivir River Cruise (Seville)
  • Córdoba Tour with Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
  • Olive Grove with Olive Oil Tasting
  • Alhambra Palace (Granada)
  • Valencia Walking Tour
  • Peñíscola, Mediterranean village, with paella lunch
  • Barcelona Walking & Bus Tour with vermouth tasting
  • Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)
  • Las Ramblas (Barcelona)

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • High-speed AVE train ticket from Madrid to Seville
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 15 meals: 10 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights are not available on departures.

You must book your own flights to the tour destination and you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Madrid

Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s grand capital and cultural heart! Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive package will be greeted at the airport and escorted to our hotel, where our Tour Director will lead a get-acquainted walk around the surrounding neighborhood. We'll enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure before coming back together for a welcome cocktail, orientation, and dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Emperador Madrid or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Madrid

Day 3: Madrid – Seville

Day 4: Seville

Day 5: Seville – Cordoba – Granada

Day 6: Granada

Day 7: Granada – Valencia

Day 8: Valencia – Peñíscola – Barcelona

Day 9: Barcelona

Day 10: Barcelona

Day 11: Depart Barcelona

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

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Sep 1–11
$3,399 $3,099
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Pre- & Post- Night Stays

Slow the pace of your tour with a pre- and/or post-night stay so you can arrive refreshed, acclimate to the time zone if needed, and depart leisurely, ensuring a seamless transition into and out of your journey.

Pre-Night in Madrid

Post-Night in Barcelona

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these 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.

Flamenco Show with Dinner

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Balanced

Expect either half-day or full-day tours most days with a free day or free half-day to explore independently in most cities. There may be a few early mornings or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 3+ nights. Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Travelers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.


Malcolm K

1 month ago
Splendid Spain tour was a great overview of Spain which is full of history. There are lots of churches and museums. There is also a lot of walking and standing, so bring your comfortable shoes.

Marie E

1 month ago
Such a wonderful experience with a warm, knowledgeable, capable tour guide. Agur was the perfect hostess for a trip of a lifetime. The sensory experience was almost too overwhelming to put into words. The local guides were exceptionally wonderful. I have anew awareness of the wisdom of booking a tour versus independent travel. Having accommodations, tickets, transportation, guides, and food provided made the trip a memory for the ages. Many thanks

Yves F

1 month ago
The trip was excellent.

Penny M

2 months ago
Overall, this was a nice adventure. Met alot of nice people on this tour.

Sabrina Z

6 months ago
We absolutely loved this trip. We like the size of the group, not too large! The itinerary offers enough free time so we can customize the trip to our taste. The tour guide was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable about the country. We highly recommend Smartours and the Splendid Spain trip.

Valda B

8 months ago
economically priced beautiful tour of the highlights of Spain from old town Seville to futuristic Valencia. Also includes Madrid, Cordoba, Granada. Peniscola, and Barcelona and olive factory tour, Sagrada Familia, Montserrat and an optional wine tour! airfare to NYC included and two meals per day at quality comfortable hotels. Amazing tour director and 23 of the nicest people ever! Great tour

Trudy S

8 months ago
Good value for the money. Saw a lot of Spain, but sometimes in a rushed fashion. Tour guides were excellent and our tour director was professional, thoughtful and easy to talk with.

ivelyn p

9 months ago
splendid spain did a nice job covering most of the major cities in spain although i feel a 2 night stay in valencia is warranted as the city is vibrant and had lots to do. you get to cover a major site in each city. however, do your homework so you are able to see other sights on your own bucket list during your free time. use of the high speed train was a nice addition. smartours will accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have, just remember to tell them ahead of time so arrangements can be made. don't skip the monserrat excursion, it was breathtaking. the olive oil stop & the winery stop were educational and amazing.

June M

9 months ago
Had a good time even with problems that arose Laura dealt with it. For example, upon leaving Barcelona on our final day we waited and waited for our bus! Some of us we very worried that we were going to miss our flights home! Laura had told the bus to be at our hotel by 9:15 pm AM. By 9:30 AM when the bus never showed, Laura called for 5 taxis ( some people had left earlier by taxi) to come at once and pick us up! Hopefully, everybody made their flights!
A lot of walking in the city to get to restaurants etc. It was too much so a lot of us took taxis back to the hotel. Wish the Prada Museum was included in the tour. Walked there by myself at the end of the day because I couldn’t leave Madrid without going to the Prado. Stayed less than an hour because I didn’t want to walk back alone in the dark.

Jasmin V

9 months ago
This was a great tour for a great price. We saw so much and it gives you a taste of the highlights of each of the cities in Spain. The accommodations, tours and meals were excellent. Laura Dobrota, our tour director, was great. She made our trip fun, enjoyable and was accommodating. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to have a taste of Spain. It will not disappoint.