MADRID, SEVILLE, GRANADA, VALENCIA, BARCELONA
Discover Spain’s splendors from their delicious cuisine, 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.
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- Overnight international flight
- 2 nights in Madrid
- 2 nights in Seville
- 2 nights in Granada
- 1 night in Valencia
- 3 nights in Barcelona
- Royal Palace (Madrid)
- Prado Museum (Madrid)
- Giralda Tower (Seville)
- Guadalquivir River Cruise (Seville)
- Cordoba Tour
- Olive Oil Grove with tapas dinner
- Alhambra Palace (Granada)
- Peñíscola, a jewel of the Mediterranean
- Paella Lunch
- Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)
- Gothic Quarter (Barcelona)
- La Rambla (Barcelona)
- 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
- 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
Day 1: Depart from the USA
Depart this evening for your tour of Spain on an overnight flight to Madrid.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Madrid on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Madrid
After a morning arrival in Madrid, Spain’s grand capital and cultural heart, we’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your 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 meeting our Tour Director for a welcome cocktail, orientation, and dinner.
Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía Madrid or similar | Dinner
Day 3: Madrid
Our morning features a guided tour of this splendid city. As we travel along Calle Gran Vía, Madrid’s equivalent to New York City’s Broadway, we’ll marvel at the Opera district, Plaza de Colon, the monumental 18th-century Royal Palace (entrance included), Puerto del Sol Plaza and Plaza de España, Madrid’s main square, where we’ll see an imposing statue of Spain’s literary giant, Miguel de Cervantes. We’ll end at the enormous, impressive Prado Museum, which holds one of the world’s top collections, including masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. We’ll also visit the famous Museo del Jamón, and enjoy a jamón tapa and a drink. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider taking a foodie walking tour of the city’s tapas scene (see optional tours). Or do what the Madrileños do. Take el paseo (stroll) to the delightful Retiro Park and then stop at one of Madrid’s excellent restaurants or tapas bars.
Day 4: Madrid/Seville
Today we will take a high-speed train for Seville, the charming Moorish capital of Spain’s Andalusia Region. On an included guided tour, we’ll discover the passions of the city that create the backdrop for the great operas Carmen and Don Giovanni. Highlights include the Seville Cathedral, the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world, and landmark Giralda Bell Tower, the remaining part of the mosque built by the Moors. Our tour winds through the narrow streets and plazas of the well-preserved Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter, where we’ll delight in the whitewashed buildings, quaint shops and colorful flowers. Later, we’ll drive to the Plaza de España, passing the elegant Maria Luisa Park. Tonight, enjoy a local Tapas dinner with drinks.
Hotel Catalonia Giralda or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Seville
Today, we’ll experience the beauty of Seville as seen from the only major navigable river in Spain, the Guadalquivir. We’ll get a complete perspective of both riversides, confronting the old part of town with the most modern one. Tonight, consider catching a performance of the expressive dance form—flamenco! See optional excursions for details.
Day 6: Seville/Cordoba/Granada
Today we’ll visit Cordoba, one of Spain’s cultural gems and home to some of the country’s most impressive monuments. On our guided tour, we’ll marvel at the Mezquita (Great Mosque) built in the 10th century during Cordona’s glory days as the capital of Moorish Spain. The mosque was later converted to a cathedral, but the original architectural details are stunning. We’ll also see the reconstructed Roman Bridge and the beautifully restored 14th-century synagogue that survived the expulsion of Spain’s Jews. After our tour, we’ll continue our journey to Granada, a former Moorish stronghold.
Hotel Catalonia Granada or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Granada
Today we’ll visit Granada’s crown jewel, the Alhambra. Sprawled over a hilltop overlooking the city, the awe-inspiring Alhambra is an impressive castle and fortress with its romantic Generalife gardens. Later today we’ll have free time to explore the city and the mystic Albaicin Quarter.
Day 8: Granada/Valencia
We’re sure to be captivated by the rolling terrain and groves of olives, almonds, lemons, and oranges on our way to Valencia, a city of great culture and beautiful gardens on the Mediterranean coast. On our guided tour this afternoon, we’ll see architecture both ancient (Roman, Arabic, and the gothic cathedral) and modern—or should we say futuristic? Renowned architect Santiago Calatrava designed the City of Arts and Science, an eye-popping “city within a city” that gives us a peek into what the future might look like.
Eurostars Acteón Valencia or similar | Breakfast
Day 9: Valencia/Peñíscola/Barcelona
The next leg of our journey through splendid Spain hugs the coastline of Catalonia. We’ll stop at Peñíscola, a pearl of the Mediterranean. The old town—crowned by a 14th-century castle-fortress that was once the home of Pope Benedict XIII—stands on an imposing rock that rises 64 meters above the azure seas and is connected to the mainland by a thin sandbar that waves wash over during storms, turning the town into an ephemeral island. We’ll enjoy a delightful paella lunch before continuing to Barcelona where we’ll settle into our centrally located hotel.
Hotel Gótico Barcelona or similar | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona mixes medieval charm with avant-garde style. We’ll join a local expert for a fascinating tour that begins at the old harbor with a drive along Barcelona’s iconic boulevard, Las Ramblas. We’ll see the city’s lively heart, Plaza Catalunya, and picturesque Plaza de España before taking off on foot to explore the charming Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s old city. Of course, a Barcelona tour isn’t complete without admiring buildings designed by the celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. We’ll see one of his most famous works, the unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica, which has been under construction since 1882! Before free time this afternoon, we will stop at a typical bodega in La Barceloneta Quarter to taste vermut, a typical and popular drink in Barcelona. The rest of the day is free to visit a museum or relax at an outdoor café independently.
Day 11: Barcelona
Today you’ll have a full day to explore vibrant Barcelona on your own. You could return to the enchanting Gothic Quarter and soak up its magical atmosphere of cafes, street musicians, and quaint shops. Seek out more of Gaudi’s masterpieces in the city center or stroll along La Rambla, stopping at the colorful Boqueria Market for freshly squeezed juice, a snack, or more tapas! We’ll gather this evening for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 12: Barcelona/USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S. Your Spain tour comes to an end as you land in the U.S. later today.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 12, in Barcelona.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York Area (JFK or EWR). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
|2023 Tours||Tour Only||With Flights|
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.
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.
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.
Flamenco Show with Dinner
- From approx. $72 Per Person
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture by enjoying an authentic flamenco dance performance.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Montserrat & Penedés Wine Region
- From approx. $125 Per Person
After driving through picturesque little villages, we’ll arrive at the incomparable setting of craggy Montserrat, a mountain that rises 4,051 feet and offers amazing views of the area. The mountain gets its name from the rock formations which look like they have been sawed and sculpted – the result of thousands of years of wind and rain. Here we’ll visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat with its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin. After some free time to explore independently, we’ll continue to the Penedès wine region, a noteworthy wine-growing area in the Catalonia region of Spain. If you want to know what wine Penedès is most famous for, the answer is most definitely their Cava – or sparkling wine! We will visit a winery and have a tasting to finish this spectacular day!
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía Madrid
C/ Gran Vía, 9, 28013 Madrid, SpainWebsite
Hotel Catalonia Giralda
Cjón. Sierra Nevada, 3, 41003 Sevilla, SpainWebsite
Hotel Catalonia Granada
Av. de Madrid, 10, 18012 Granada, SpainWebsite
Eurostars Acteón Valencia
Carrer de Vicente Beltrán Grimal, 2, 46023 València, Valencia, SpainWebsite
Hotel Gótico Barcelona
Carrer de Jaume I, 14, 08002 Barcelona, SpainWebsite
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10-14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Spain)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Spain)
Your departure flights from the U.S. and back are the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend you arrive no later than 3½ hours before your scheduled departure time.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting domestic flight. We recommend at least 3½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
|2023: Apr. 15, Apr. 29, May 27||American Airlines||New York (JFK)||7:15 PM||12:25 PM|
|2023: May 13||United Airlines||Newark (EWR)||7:30 PM||2:10 PM|
|2023: Sep. 16, Oct. 14||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in, and smarTours is not involved with assigning seats. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Madrid hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at Barcelona hotel on Day 12 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa is not required for American passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities about to their suggestions.
Expect daytime high temperatures in the 60s to 70s in April and October, 70s to 80s in May and September, and 80s to 90s in June.
The hotels used on this tour offer several dining choices from casual to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the casual restaurant is about $20-25 per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional activities will be offered.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores will accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping,” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. dollars into local currency in advance of your trip or use your debit card to withdraw local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on, not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.