A tour of the country reveals the strong impact of Moorish as well as Jewish and Christian influences on the history of Spain. Discover the country’s rich cultural heritage in Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Córdoba, and Madrid. Enjoy a private flamenco performance, a horse-drawn carriage ride to Seville’s famous cathedral, a guided tour of Madrid’s Museo del Prado and much more. If you have just one week for a Spain vacation, this should be it!
Day 1 – Welcome to Spain
The tour begins in Barcelona. Meet the traveling companions who will experience the one-week Spain vacation with you at a welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight.
Day 2 – Tour of Barcelona
Barcelona is an exceptional city overflowing with history, art and culture. Walk along famous Las Ramblas to the Boquería and Plaça del Pi; explore the Gothic Quarter to get a good look at the 13th-to-15th-century architecture; see Plaça Nova, where Barcelona was born, and the city’s spectacular cathedral. Drive to seaside Montjuic, site of the 1992 Olympics, and visit the fanciful, unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí.
Day 3 – Granada and Alhambra
From Barcelona, continue with a morning flight to Granada, in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. In Granada, visit the famous Alhambra – a splendid example of the Moorish influence that has shaped so much of Spain. The Royal Palace and the Generalife, the former summer palace of sultans, provides fascinating exploration.
Day 4 – Rhonda and Andalucia
Travel to cliff-top Ronda, one of the last Moorish cities to fall to the Crusaders. Ronda provides further insights into Spain’s Moorish past as you explore the city with a local guide; see the historic bullring and spectacular Tajo Gorge. Then on to Andalucía, a melting pot of different cultures sometimes referred to as the bridge between two continents. Journey into lovely hills and view charming villages with whitewashed houses clinging to the hillsides. Continue on to romantic Seville, where your Spain vacation continues with a private performance of flamenco dancing and dinner.
Day 5 – Charming Seville
No Spain vacation would be complete without a visit to charming Seville, dating back nearly 2,000 years. A horse and carriage ride transports you to Seville Cathedral, the third largest Roman Catholic church in the world; tour the Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, with its famous Giralda Bell Tower. Discover Barrio Santa Cruz, and explore the maze of old streets in the former Jewish Quarter.
Day 6 – Córdoba
A walking tour of this charming Moorish-influenced city takes you through the historic Jewish Quarter and visits the ornate 8th-century La Mezquita, once one of the world’s largest mosques, and now a Roman Catholic cathedral. Board the high-speed AVE train and travel in Preferente class to Madrid, where your Spain vacation continues for the next two nights in the country’s marvelous capital city.
Day 7 – Madrid
Your day in magnificent Madrid kicks off with a guided tour of the famous Museo del Prado, one of the finest art museums in the world. Later, a city sightseeing tour takes you to highlights including Palacio de Oriente, the ornate Royal Palace built in the 18th-century; grand avenues such as Gran Via and Castellana, and El Parque del Buen Retiro. Enjoy typical Castilian entertainment at your farewell cocktail reception and dinner this evening, a fitting finale to your one-week Spain vacation.
Day 8 – Time To Go
Your tour ends in Madrid. You might also consider extending you vacation with a river cruise.