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.
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.
- 2 nights in Madrid
- 1 night in Cordoba
- 2 nights in Seville
- 1 night in Granada
- 1 night in Valencia
- 3 nights in 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
- 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
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 overnight flight to Madrid.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Madrid on Day 2.
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.
Novotel Madrid Center or similar | Dinner
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.
Catalonia Plaza Catalunya Hotel or similar | Breakfast
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.
*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.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2022 Departures: Single room supplement is $999.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made 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 $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. 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.
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
- From approx. $95 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.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
- From approx. $83 Per Person
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture by enjoying an authentic flamenco dance performance.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Montserrat & Cava Winery Visit
- From approx. $169 Per Person
Novotel Madrid CenterMadrid
Newly renovated hotel located in the heart of the city, five minutes from Retiro Park.
O Donnell 53, 28009 Madrid, Spain
Hotel Eurostars PalaceCordoba
Set on the border of new town and the old city, this modern hotel features a rooftop pool and solarium.
Paseo de la Victoria, Cordoba, 14004, Spain
Hotel Macià AlfarosCordoba
Honoring the essence of Córdoba, every corner of the Macià Alfaros hotel is unique and authentic. Steps away from the Plaza de la Corredera, the Christ of the Lanterns, and the streets of the Jewish quarter that lead to the wonderful Mosque-Cathedral. Córdoba awaits you, both outside the inside Macià Alfaros hotel.
Calle Alfaros, 18, 14001 Córdoba, Spain
Melia Lebreros HotelSeville
Contemporary style, city center location and an outdoor pool enhance this hotel located in one of Seville’s most distinguished neighborhoods.
Calle Luis de Morales, 241018 Sevilla, Spain
Hotel Macia Real de La AlhambraGranada
Modern hotel with a pool sits near the Alhambra, just 10 minutes from downtown.
Calle Mirador del Genil, 2, 18008, Granada, Spain
Hotel ILUNION Valencia 4Valencia
With bright and spacious rooms, a terrace with sweeping views, and more, there’s no better way to visit Valencia and enjoy the Mediterranean than staying at Hotel ILUNION Valencia 4. Immerse yourself in wonderful surroundings and feel the magic of the city of the Turia River.
Carrer de la Vall d’Aiora, 1, 46015 València, Valencia, Spain
Catalonia Plaza CatalunyaBarcelona
Bergara, 11, 08002 . Barcelona
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. More details including cost will be added when available.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. 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.
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Iberia Airlines and American Airlines 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.