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The Best of Spain

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  • $2999
    Air+Tax Included
  • 12
    Days
  • Average Tour Review

MADRID, BARCELONA, SEVILLE, TOLEDO, GRANADA, CORDOBA AND VALENCIA

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 multicourse feast of sights and experiences that are simply unforgettable.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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 (JFK)
  • 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.

Depart from the U.S.

Take off on a nonstop overnight flight to Madrid.

Arrive in Madrid

After a morning arrival in Madrid, Spain’s grand capital and cultural heart, you’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel, where your Tour Director will lead a get-acquainted walk around the surrounding neighborhood. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure before meeting your Tour Director for a welcome cocktail, orientation and dinner. D Novotel Madrid Center (or similar)

Madrid

Our morning features a guided tour of this splendid city. As we travel along the Gran Via, 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. The balance of the day…

Toledo/Cordoba

Today we leave the current capital and stop in Toledo, the former medieval capital. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Castilian Plains and Tagus River, Toledo is the setting for many of El Greco’s paintings. We’ll take a guided walk through Toledo’s atmospheric cobbled streets, stopping at Santo Tome Church, home of El Greco’s masterwork, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, as well as Santa Maria la Blanca. Formerly the Iben Shushan Synagogue, this 12th-century structure is considered the site of the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing and a symbol of the harmonious…

Cordoba/Seville

Cultural gem Cordoba hosts some of Spain’s most impressive monuments. It was also the birthplace of the great 12th-century Jewish philosopher Moshe Ben Maimon (Maimonides). On our guided tour, we’ll marvel at the Mezquita (Great Mosque) built in the 10th century during Cordoba’s glory days as the capital of Moorish Spain. The mosque was later converted to a cathedral, but the fine original architectural details are stunning. We’ll also view the reconstructed Roman Bridge, as well as the beautifully restored 14th-century synagogue that survived the expulsion of Spain’s Jews….

Seville

On an included guided tour, we’ll discover the passions of the city that is 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…

Seville/Granada

This morning, we journey on to Granada, the former Moorish stronghold and site of the region’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. We’ll have time to marvel at the views of the city below and snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains in the distance, as well as walk through the acclaimed gardens, beautifully designed with courtyards, waterfalls and secret smaller gardens. B/D Macia Real de La Alhambra Hotel (or similar)

Granada/Valencia

You’re sure to be captivated by the rolling terrain and groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges on our way to the Mediterranean coast and Valencia, a city of great culture and beautiful gardens. On our afternoon guided tour, 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, a “city within a city” that is an eye-popping sight, as well as a peek into what the future might look like. B/D Sorolla Palace Hotel (or…

Valencia/Barcelona

The next leg of our Best of Spain journey hugs the coastline of Catalonia. We’ll stop at the base of the Prades Mountains to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, one of the largest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in the world. Later, we’ll arrive in Barcelona and settle into our centrally located hotel. B Barceló Sants (or similar)

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 Antonio Gaudi. We’ll see one of his most famous works, the unfinished La…

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 Las Ramblas, stopping at the colorful Boqueria Market for freshly squeezed juice, a snack or more tapas! We’ll gather in the evening for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. B/D Barceló Sants (or similar)

Barcelona/U.S.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. Your Best of Spain tour comes to an end as you land in the U.S. later today. B

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available upon request.)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $749.
2020 Departures: Single room supplement is $849.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations for tours in Spain can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

The optional tours must be paid in cash. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Please note that optional tours are nonrefundable.

Walking Tapas Tour

  • Madrid
  • From approx. 68 Euro Per Person

Experience the food culture of Madrid like a local. You’ll sample Spain’s delicious tapas tradition on a three-hour foodie walking tour of Madrid. Go on a culinary journey through the regions of Spain, learning the origins of tapas and how each is made.

Flamenco Performance

  • Seville
  • From approx. 58 Euro Per Person

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture by enjoying an authentic flamenco dance performance.

Reviews

Guadalupe

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!!

Mark

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.

Anonymous

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.

sandra

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

THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF MY BEST VACATION SO FAR.WE HAD A GREAT TOUR GUIDE LUIS WHO IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE OF SPAIN AND WAS THERE TO MAKE US FEEL SO SAFE AND AT HOME AT ALL TIMES.MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE WHEN NEEDED.

Dr. A

The trip was amazing,our trip coordinator(Mr. Curulla) was super so as our local guides.The hotels (except for one)were more than you can ask for.

Clive W

The trip was great with the exception of two of the hotels

Joyce S

Spain is amazing. Roberto was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. We are very active people, so the 2-3 hours of walking and standing was fine for us. Some tour members complained, so perhaps it should be noted that if you have mobility issues this might not be the best choice. This is our fifth SmarTours and we have recommended your company to many people. We flew on American Airlines. The flight from NY was in a smaller jet so not great. The flight back to NY was a wide body so much more comfortable and better food.
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