Barcelona panorama

Discover Spain

The energetic capital of Madrid, then to Andalusia for Moorish Cordoba, historic Seville, Granada & the Alhambra; optional extension to Barcelona

Book this package
8 days from $2299 $1999
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Nov. 4, 2017 departure*
Price includes
  • $300 Early Bird Discount if you book by Dec. 13, 2016.*

Overview

Style Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
27 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 9 open departures, April – November 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from JFK or Newark including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations in First Class hotels
  • Breakfast daily and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Wine tasting with tapas, Flamenco dance lesson, and visit an Andalusian horse farm
  • Advanced audio headsets enhanced tour system
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director/guide
Optional
  • Included flights may have a connection in LIS, ZRH, DUB, or similar. Non-stop flights may be available for an additional cost.
Highlights Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Toledo, Royal Palace of Madrid, Mosque of Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, Granada Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, St Tome Church of Toledo, Wine Tasting, Flamenco Dance Lesson, Andalusian Horse Farm.
Departs New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes Family Friendly,  History & Culture
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour operates with a maximum of 27 passengers.
Already Booked? Find everything you need to know before you go, including how to pay your balance due, passport & visa requirements, flight information, weather, and more.

Discover Spain 2015 itinerary map Spain has long ranked among the hottest travel destinations in the world—and with good reason. From the cosmopolitan capital cities, sun-drenched beaches, and medieval hilltop towns, to the fascinating cultural legacies and architectural treasures galore, Spain offers endless travel possibilities for every type of visitor.

If you've dreamed of visiting this fascinating country, join us on our 8-day escorted tour of Spain, a fantastic celebration of cultural splendors and natural beauty of the Iberian Peninsula. You'll discover the richness and complexity of Spain when you visit Madrid, its chic capital city, travel to the colorful Andalucian town of Seville, as well as visit the captivating historical cities of Cordoba and Granada, and the many stops in between.

Everything you need to explore Spain—from convenient flights, transfers, luxury hotels in fabulous locations in the heart of each city, buffet breakfast daily and 3 dinners, and a comprehensive sightseeing tour program—are part of this deal.

 

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Dec 13
Sat Apr 22 2017 Sat Apr 29 2017 $2399 $2099 Available
Sat May 20 2017 Sat May 27 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Sat Jun 24 2017 Sat Jul 1 2017 $2699 $2399 Available
Sat Aug 5 2017 Sat Aug 12 2017 $2699 $2399 Available
Thu Aug 31 2017 Thu Sep 7 2017 $2699 $2399 Available
Sat Sep 23 2017 Sat Sep 30 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Sat Oct 14 2017 Sat Oct 21 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Sat Nov 4 2017 Sat Nov 11 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Sat Nov 18 2017 Sat Nov 25 2017 $2299 $1999 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options, Extensions & Fees

Discover Spain
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement +$399
Barcelona Optional Extension
Barcelona Extension +$649
Tourist Tax1 (paid separately) +$5
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
May 20, Jun 24, Aug 5, Aug 31, Sep 23, Oct 14, Nov 4, Nov 18 +$149
Apr 22 +$299

1. Barcelona Tourist Tax was implemented Nov 1, 2012. The tax is 1.25 Euro per person, per night and payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. USD amount listed is an approximation of the total cost per person: 3.75 Euro. Tax is paid in Euro.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your reservation.

Note: NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $1000

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight for Madrid

Day 2: Madrid

Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel Innside Madrid Luchana or similar for 2016 departures, NH Collection Madrid Abascal or similar for 2017 departures.

  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Balance of the day at leisure
  • Meet your guide and traveling companions during a welcome orientation

Full Day Itinerary: Upon arrival and after clearing customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to rest or explore your new surroundings. This evening, enjoy a welcome soft drink and orientation with your guide and traveling companions.

Day 3: Madrid & Toledo

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Madrid
  • Visit the Royal Palace
  • Travel to Toledo for a walking tour and view the Cathedral and St. Tome Church

Alcala Gate, MadridFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart for your tour of Madrid. Drive through the main avenues of Alcala Street, Puerta del Sol and pass by Plaza de España, Teatro Real and Parliament. See the elegant monumental fountains of Cibeles and Neptuno on Castellana Avenue. Then, visit the Royal Palace, or Palacio Real as it’s known in Spanish. The Royal Palace is used by the King of Spain for state ceremonial activities. You will also see the Royal Armoury, the Royal Pharmacy, lavish halls and throne room.

Toldeo skylineThis afternoon, travel south to Toledo. During the 8th century, Toledo was the capital of Spain and the royal residence. During this period, Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities lived together peacefully, turning Toledo into a great cultural center. This afternoon, walk along the city's narrow streets where history can be felt in the air. View the cathedral and later visit the St Tome Church, where you will see some examples of the master painter, El Greco, on display. Return to Madrid for overnight.

Day 4: Madrid, La Mancha & Granada

Accommodations: 1 night Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna or similar, Granada. Included meals: Breakfast and dinner.

  • View the gardens of Aranjuez
  • Visit a traditional wine producer
  • Enjoy a wine tasting with tapas

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart Madrid and travel to Granada. En route, enjoy a view of the magnificent gardens of Aranjuez, full of centenary trees. Continue south to discover the large flat region of "La Mancha", Spain's largest wine producing area. Visit a traditional wine producer to learn about the wine-making process as well as some secrets of the trade. Your visit concludes with a tasting of three different wines with tapas of ham, local cheese, and bread, the best way to experience Spanish wines.

Arrive later today in Granada, located in the heart of Andalusia.

Day 5: Granada, La Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, & Seville

Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel Sevilla Center or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy a half-day tour of Granada, including a visit to Alhambra
  • Visit the Generalife Gardens

alhambra reflecting pool, GranadaFull Day Itinerary: Granada remained under Muslim rule for more than seven centuries until 1492, when it became the last Spanish city to be conquered by the Christians. Today, the city retains much of its Islamic heritage, as evidenced in particular by the various examples of Moorish architecture throughout the city. Enjoy a half-day tour of the city and a visit to one of the most awe-inspiring architectural splendors in the world—the Alhambra. Constructed over hundreds of years and completed in the 15th century, the Alhambra is an impressive complex of fortresses, palaces, and gardens. Also, learn about the sophisticated royal life in the Nazari Islamic kingdom. Then, visit the famous and beautiful Generalife Gardens with its many fountains. In the afternoon, depart for Seville and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 6: Seville

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy a morning walking tour of Seville
  • Experience an introductory Flamenco lesson

Tomb of Christopher Columbus, SevilleFull Day Itinerary: Today's morning tour of Seville highlights the city's must-see sites, including the famous Giralda Cathedral, one of the world's largest Gothic-style cathedrals. Inside you'll find four statues supporting a casket that is said to hold the remains of Christopher Columbus. You can also walk up the cathedral's tower, a striking minaret of the former mosque. Across from the cathedral is the magnificent Alcazar, a royal residence and stunning example of Mudejar architecture, characterized by arched doorways, intricate designs, colorful tiles, and a beautiful garden labyrinth of lush green shrubs. Later, walk by Santa Cruz center, a maze of peaceful and attractive small alleys and squares. This afternoon, you will enjoy an introductory Flamenco lesson with a professional dancer. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Optional Excursion: Evening Flamenco Show (purchased locally). Later this evening, enjoy a professional Flamenco show.

Day 7: Seville, Cordoba, & Madrid

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Innside Madrid Luchana or similar for 2016 departures, NH Collection Madrid Abascal or similar for 2017 departures. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit an Andalusian horse farm
  • Travel to Cordoba for a walking tour

Bell tower of Mezquita, CordobaFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, visit an Andalusian horse farm (yeguada) to see an authentic day of training and learn about the breeding and taming of these amazing horses. Afterwards,travel north to Cordoba. Cordoba, one of the most important and largest cities in the medieval world, was the capital of the Caliphate in the 9th and 10th centuries. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the city, including a visit to the Mezquita, a 10th century mosque with dazzling rows of red-and-white-striped, horseshoe-shaped arches. In the 16th century, after the Spanish Reconquista, a Catholic cathedral was inserted inside the mosque, making the Mezquita a unique testament to Spain's diverse history. Later, walk through the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter.

Later today, arrive in Madrid.

Day 8: Madrid/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

Barcelona Optional Extension

Take advantage of your already included international airfare and spend three more exciting days in Barcelona, Spain. You will return to the USA 3 days later than the dates listed on the Dates & Prices tab.

Day 8: Madrid/Barcelona

Accommodations: 3 nights Barcelona Center or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Board the high-speed AVE train for Barcelona
  • Upon arrival, have an introductory meeting with a local host

Flamenco dancers, BarcelonaFull Day Itinerary: Transfer to the Madrid train station for your journey to Barcelona on the high-speed AVE train. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. You will have an introductory meeting with a local host to help you plan your visit.

Day 9: Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Barcelona
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Day 10: Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure or join an optional tour

Monteserrate interiorFull Day Itinerary: Take advantage of your last day to discover more of the city. Alternatively, join an optional full day excursion to Monteserrate, a monastery located in rocky mountains, offering spectacular views. The excursion will be available locally. If you would like to try something more hands-on, join an optional cooking class!

Optional Excursion: Traditional Spanish Cooking Class. Learn to cook some of Spain's most famous dishes, such as paella or Spanish omelet! Today you will join a hands-on cooking lesson with a professional local cook. After the lesson, enjoy the meal you have prepared with your fellow travelers! (Wine and water included.)

Day 11: Barcelona/USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

 

 

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Just got back from our trip to Spain. We had an amazing time. This was our second time traveling with Friendly Planet and they never disappoint. I can't wait for my third tour with them next year.

Roy, Los Angeles, CA

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