Fiestas and Flamenco music await. See the magnificent palaces of Madrid and the lush gardens of the
14th-century Alcázar in Seville. The Sierra Nevada Mountains and Moorish Alhambra beckon in Granada, with a finale in bustling Barcelona. Spain’s global culture offers something special for the adventurous spirit in all of us.
Take off on your overnight flight to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital, and start a one-of-a-kind Spanish adventure.
Use this free afternoon to explore Retiro Park and Madrid’s colorful plazas. Visit the Puerta del Sol or take a siesta. Tonight, meet fellow travelers at our orientation and savor local specialties at a traditional, Spanish tapas dinner.
- Welcome orientation
- Traditional Spanish Tapas Dinner
Meals: In-flight, Welcome Tapas Dinner
Madrid’s delightful sights include the Royal Palace, lively Plaza Mayor, the Cibeles Fountain, and the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España. A leisure afternoon may find you exploring the world-famous Prado Museum to see works by Velasquez, Goya and Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), or soaking up the culture from a street-side café. Enjoy a free evening to sample fabulous cuisine and the flamboyant city nightlife.
- See the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Cibeles Fountain, the Cervantes Monument in Plaza de España and more
This morning we travel south by train to Seville, which legend says was founded 3,000 years ago by the mythological hero Hercules. Our local expert shows us the sights of this stunning capital of Andalucía including the magnificent cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and the Giralda Bell Tower. We’ll also visit the Moorish fantasy UNESCO World Heritage site, the Alcázar, including the 14th-century Mudejar palace and the extensive, lush gardens (Also the primary filming location for the kingdom of Dorne, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan). Dine tonight on Andalusian delights.
- Train to Seville
- See the Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus, the Giralda Bell Tower, the Alcázar and more
- Traditional Andalusian Dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Andalusian Dinner
Today, adopt the Spanish pace of living and enjoy a free day of exploring to fully embrace the culture of Seville. Stroll through the fashionable Santa Cruz Quarter with its attractive wrought-iron balconies laden with flowers or identify iconic locations featured in Bizet’s opera, Carmen. If you’d prefer to venture out to the coast, join our optional excursion to the vineyards and sherry bodegas of Jerez and the ancient coastal village of Cádiz.
Optional excursion: Cadiz and Jerez with Winery tour & Sherry tasting
Our journey continues with a morning trip to the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. Visit La Mezquita, a mosque built in 784 A.D., and marvel at its Byzantine mosaics. Walk down the Callejon de las Floras, the most famous, flower-filled street in Cordoba; then cross the equally photogenic 2,000 -year-old Roman Bridge. Later, we continue toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains past gleaming white villages and olive groves, to the hilltop city of Granada.
- See the city of Cordoba, La Mezquita, Callejon de las Floras, the Roman Bridge and more
After breakfast, join us for a guided tour through Granada’s historical sites, followed by a trip to the Alhambra. This UNESCO World Heritage site was built primarily in the 13th century and eventually expanded into a sprawling, fortified city. Be dazzled by the Moorish reflecting pools and water gardens. Examine the intricate carved walls within ornate palaces that housed both Muslim dynasties and Catholic royals.
Tonight, we board a high-speed train and follow the Costa Brava as we make our way to Barcelona. Upon arrival, join us for a late-night dinner at a local, Catalonian restaurant.
- See the historical sights of Granada, the Alhambra and more
- High speed train to Barcelona
- Traditional Catalonian dinner in Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Catalonian Dinner
The options are endless today in Barcelona. Consider a visit to the Picasso Museum, take the funicular up to Montjuich for a panoramic view of the harbor, or do some last-minute souvenir shopping along Las Ramblas. Join an optional tour of Gaudi's art nouveau cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, projected to be completed in 2026 to mark the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death. Continue through Parc Güell to completely immerse yourself in Gaudi’s vision. Tonight, enjoy our festive dinner and fiery Flamenco show as we say farewell to our Spanish adventure.
- Farewell dinner
- Flamenco Show
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner & Flamenco Show
Optional excursion: Guided tour of La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell
It’s not goodbye, just hasta luego! Today we fly home with memories of this exciting journey across Spain.
Meals: Breakfast, In-flight