We love Spain and highly recommend it as a top-notch vacation destination. The food is outstanding, the art is exceptional, and the blend of beautiful scenery and medieval towns lends itself to exploration. All of this plus the idyllic Costa Brava are just a handful of the reasons that a visit to Spain can be part of a trip of a lifetime. Here's a sample itinerary to give you a taste of what lovely España could have in store for you!
DAY 1: USA - BARCELONA [DEPART USA]
Buon Viaggio! Dinner and a movie aloft as you make your way to Barcelona (overnight flight).
DAY 5: GRANADA - SEVILLE [REACH SEVILLE]
Train ride today into Seville, then check-in at your centrally-located hotel. Free time to explore the heart of Andalusia, which was historically one of the main destinations of silver and gold trade from the Spanish colonies. We can also arrange car and driver services for you to explore the beautiful mountaintop city of Ronda along the way.
DAY 6: SEVILLE [INTRODUCTORY SIGHTS]
Detailed private sightseeing of the Alcázar (palace of the Spanish royalty), Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, and the Parque María Luisa which was built for the 1929 World’s Fair and landscaped with lush gardens, monuments, and museums. Free afternoon to independently explore the Old Town in the "Venice of Spain."
DAY 7: SEVILLE - CÓRDOBA - MADRID [ARRIVE MADRID]
Transfer to the train station for the ride to Córdoba, where you will temporarily store your bags at the rail station. Free time to visit the Mezquita, a mosque-turned-cathedral, and a masterpiece of geometrical precision, and take a stroll through the characteristic and richly historic Jewish Quarter. Grab your bags and hop back onto the train to Madrid. On arrival in Madrid, enjoy detailed private sightseeing with your guide and driver through the Spanish capital! Begin with the Egyptian temple and downtown Plaza Mayor, then continue to the Royal Palace and the great art collection of the Prado. Your tour ends at your centrally-located lodgings.
DAY 8-9: MADRID - TOLEDO AND EL ESCORIAL [TOLEDO & EL ESCORIAL DAY TRIP]
Using Madrid as a base, chance for two potential day trips. Use one day to visit Toledo, known for its medieval center and El Greco. Use another day to see the magnificent palace of Charles V and Phillip II known as El Escorial, which houses an exceptional art collection and is the burial place of Spanish royalty.
DAY 11: MADRID [FREE DAY]
Full day at your leisure to shop along Madrid's bustling Gran Via or simply explore the neighborhoods. Perhaps you'd be interested in exploring the many art museums Madrid has to offer, such as the Reina Sofia modern art gallery, or a real treat is the Thyssen Bornemisza, which chronicles the history of art beginning with the late middle-ages and taking you right through to the 21st century.
DAY 12: MADRID - USA [RETURN HOME]
Transfer to the airport now for your home-bound flights. Same-day arrival in the USA. Welcome home!
DAY 2: BARCELONA [ARRIVE BARCELONA]
Arrive in Barcelona, where you will be met for the transfer to your centrally located hotel. Free time to get acquainted with your new neighborhood in the city of Gaudí, Miro, and Picasso! Restaurant suggestions will be provided throughout.
DAY 3: BARCELONA [INTRODUCTORY SIGHTS]
Daily breakfasts in each of your hotels. Detailed private sightseeing of the Gothic Quarter and Gaudí's artworks, including Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà. Free time this afternoon to shop along Las Ramblas and explore the city which you'll find is a perfect blend of tradition, playfulness, and style.
DAY 4: BARCELONA - GRANADA [EXPLORE GRANADA]
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Granada. Upon arrival in Granada, you will be met for the transfer to your centrally located hotel. Detailed private sightseeing of the magnificent Alhambra, featuring the spectacular Renaissance-era Moorish architecture and the beautiful Generalife Gardens!
Delve into the Land of Tapas, Flamenco, and El Greco... Olé!
More time to travel? You could stay longer in any of the cities to get a more in-depth feel for Spanish living! The choice is yours and we will gladly consult with you and draw up the best itinerary based on your needs and wishes so that it is the best vacation of your life!