Explore 3 of Spain's amazing destinations!
This 10-day trip offers an ideal introduction to Spain, taking you to three of its largest and most popular cities, each of which offers a very different look at one of Europe’s most colourful and diverse countries.
Start in Madrid, Spain’s capital and beating cultural heart. Take a day to settle into your accommodation, conveniently located on the Gran Via just steps from the Metro, and explore this great city at your own pace. Take it easy on your first day (nobody rushes in Spain!), then climb aboard one of two sightseeing bus routes with your hop-on, hop-off pass. You might want to visit the famous Plaza Mayor, the art museums Reina Sofia or Thyssen, the Egyptian Templo de Debod, the Royal Palace, the Archaeological Museum… Madrid’s options are endless, and your bus ticket will move you quickly and efficiently between sites. Just be sure to skip the Prado Museum – your ticket (with skip the line access) is included for the following day! Spain’s greatest art museum, the Prado contains works by Goya, El Greco, Bosch, and many more.
Take the train south to Seville, where you’ll enjoy a day seeing some of the more unusual and off-beat sights of this historic city. Visit Seville’s icons first – the university, the old tobacco factory (think Bizet’s Carmen), San Telmo Palace, Macarena Basilica, and more. Then dive into the lesser known stories of Seville, including the old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz. Take a boat ride along the Guadalquivir River, see the city’s oldest bridge – designed by no less an architect than Gustav Eiffel, the site of the 1992 World Exposition, and the former monastery home of Christopher Columbus. There is so much to see and do in Seville, you’ll have the following day entirely at leisure to visit any sights that interest you.
Finally, fly to Barcelona, seemingly a world away from the rest of Spain, embodying the unique culture, architecture, food, and spirit of Catalonia. As you did in Madrid, you’ll have the benefit of a one-day hop-on, hop-off bus ticket to get around the major sights. Don’t miss La Sagrada Familia (though you’ll need to buy tickets online or in person very early in the day to go inside) or La Rambla. These are Barcelona must-sees! You might also like to consider Gaudi’s wildly imaginative Parc Guell, his equally eye-popping apartment buildings La Padrera and Casa Batllo, the art museums and open views at Montjuic, or the enchanting streets of the Gothic Quarter. There’s a lot to see in Barcelona, so plan ahead and try not to over-fill your day.
The following day, you’ll visit Montserrat, Sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Catalonia. Your trip includes visiting the Royal Basilica, home to the Black Virgin, and an important pilgrimage site in Catalonia. Try some unique Montserrat liqueurs before returning to Barcelona. You’ll have a little more time for sightseeing before your final night – or book an extra couple of nights to give the city the attention it really deserves.
Dates: October daily departures
Trip Type: Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel
Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation in beautiful 4 star hotels, Private transfers to and from airport and train stations and 5 daytours
Destinations: Madrid, Seville and Barcelona
Highlights: Discover the beauty of Spain. Visit beautiful Madrid including the famous Prado museum, before stopping in Seville, the heart of flamenco. Finish by wandering breathtaking Barcelona.
Rates from $2349CAD per person
Flights available from all major cities - estimated rates with taxes:
$1103 - Vancouver
$850 - Calgary
$1100 - Winnipeg
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