Insider's Spain

Insider's Spain
See the best of Madrid and Barcelona. Witness the masterpieces of Picasso and Dalí at the Prado. Watch the street performers along Las Ramblas. Savor small plates of croquetas and patatas bravas at a local bar de tapas. Then dig deeper into Spanish culture with extra-immersive activities, like creating your own mosaic inspired by the colorful designs of Gaudi.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Hola Madrid
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Madrid city walk
Puerta del SolPlaza MayorPlaza de España
Paella dinner
Details: Madrid city walk
Life in Madrid is centered around talking, toasting and tapas-eating. In a walk through this crowded and social city, your Tour Director will help you get to know the lay of the land. Then stroll over to the Puerta del Sol, the bustling city center. Next, you'll relax at the Plaza Mayor, a grand square where every sort of human drama has taken place—trials of faith, public burnings of heretics, royal marriages, the canonization of saints, and countless balls and bullfights. End at the Plaza de España for a stop at an outdoor café.
Details: Enjoy a local snack
Immerse yourself in the local culture by enjoying a traditional Spanish snack carefully chosen by your Tour Director.
Day 3 Madrid landmarks
Madrid guided sightseeing tour
Calle MayorGran VíaCibeles FountainPuerta de AlcaláColumbus SquareRoyal Palace visit
Optional  Toledo guided excursion  $70
Toledo Cathedral visitChurch of Santo ToméSt. Mary’s Synagogue
Flamenco show with dinner
Details: Madrid guided sightseeing tour
Get a taste of Spain's cultural, political and economic center with a tour led by a licensed local guide. See Madrid's mix of traditional and modern as you visit the Royal Palace, an 18th-century masterpiece. The enormous Baroque palace currently has more rooms (2,800) than any other European palace, but it was originally supposed to be four times as large. The palace is dripping with porcelain, jeweled clocks, amazing ceiling frescoes—the most magnificent, in the Throne Room, was done by the Venetian artist Tiepolo when he was in his seventies. Next take a look at the Neoclassical architecture of the Prado Museum and the Puerta de Alcalá triumphal arch, built to honor Carlos III’s entry into Spain.
Day 4 Madrid
Details: Prado visit
Visit the Museo del Prado, home of works by Spain's great masters, including Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Please note that on some occassions the Prado could be substituted for the Reina Sofia Museum, featuring works from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí among others.
Details: Bullfighting lesson
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and try your hand at bullfighting in a ranch just outside the capital of Spain. Visit an authentic spanish bull ranch for a guided tour where you will learn about the history of this national sport and see a demonstration with a Matador and a real bull.
Day 5 Madrid--Barcelona
Travel to Barcelona via high-speed AVE train
Barcelona city walk
Mercat de la BoqueríaLas RamblasColumbus Monument
Details: Barcelona city walk
Flowers, pedestrian boulevards, and decorative pavement make Barcelona a great walking city, and your Tour Director will show you where to stroll. See the Mercat de la Boquería, where the bright colors of fruits and vegetables, spices, fresh seafood and meat -- not to mention about a hundred different types of cheese -- vie for space in the market stalls. In the city center you'll see the Monument a Colom, a towering statue of Christopher Columbus. Gaze at the city stretched out before you, the mountains in the distance, and the Mediterranean Sea at your back. Then it's on to the best walk in the city, Las Ramblas, a mile-long pedestrian street that offers up the carnival of urban Barcelona. Have your palm read or browse through the strip's famous open-air shops. Enough walking for one day? Pull up a chair, order a café con leche, and watch the parade of street performers from your seat.
Details: Enjoy a local snack
Immerse yourself in the local culture by enjoying a traditional Spanish snack carefully chosen by your Tour Director.
Day 6 Barcelona landmarks
Barcelona guided sightseeing tour
Gaudí’s Sagrada FamíliaMontjuïc HillPark Güell visit
Details: Barcelona guided sightseeing tour
See brilliant Barcelona, a city of graceful Gothic churches, wrought-iron balconies and wide, grand avenues filled with outdoor cafés. Throughout the city, daringly innovative buildings sit side-by-side with the medieval past. A licensed, local guide will show you some of the high points of this architectural showcase. First stop: the pointy spires of the La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family), a half-finished church complex that became the obsession of Barcelona's famously eccentric architectural genius, Antoni Gaudí. Then step back to the past with a journey up to Montjuïc (Hill of the Jews). See the fortress built atop an ancient Jewish cemetery. Site of numerous battles to control Barcelona, this hill was also the location of the 1992 Olympics.
Details: Mosaic art workshop
Follow in the footsteps of Antoní Gaudi and participate in a mosaic art workshop! Supervised by your teacher in an art studio, try your hand at creating mosaic and work with the most precious ceramic and glass including some from the catalan region. For any Gaudi or future Gaudi fans, this is a must! (supplies provided)
Day 7 Barcelona
Details: Barcelona guided bike tour
Saddle up and enjoy Barcelona from the a different point of view! Accompanied by a local guide and after a welcome and safety orientation, begin at the heart of the gothic quarter, St.Jaume square and explore the narrow streets of the Gothic quarter before you proceed on to bike lanes passing the Neoclassical magnificent style Post office, the art nouveau Train Station and El Parc de la Ciutadella, where your guide will stop to describle the history of the Park. Cycle past the Sagrada Familia temple, enjoy a break at the beach, Barceloneta, the Old Harbour and the Palace of the Sea. (Bikes and helmets provided).
Details: Tapas route with dinner
Take a gastronomical tour of Barcelona! Live and eat like a local by restaurant hopping through the city for dinner. Tapas are small portions of food that are traditionally served in Spain. They purportedly originated when bartenders set a small plate (''tapa'') over patrons' glasses of sherry and wine to keep the flies out. The bartenders starting piling the plate with cold cuts, olives, or salad, and the bite-size snack was born.
Day 8 End tour

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  • Day 8 Start extension to Valencia
    Travel to Valencia
    Valencia city walk
    Day 9 Valencia landmarks
    Details: Valencia guided sightseeing tour
    Compare and contrast old and new Valencia as you make your way through this inspiring destination. From the Gothic civil architecture of la Lonja, to the technologically advanced City of Arts and Sciences, your half-day tour will provide a unique look at the area’s storied past and exciting future. Other highlights along the way include Torres de Serranos—the largest Gothic city gateway in all of Europe, Estacion de Norte—the city’s central train station, and La Catedral—home to what many argue is the true Holy Grail.
    Day 10 Valencia--Barcelona
    Travel to Barcelona via Tarragona
    Details: Tarragona tour director-led sightseeing
    While you admire the many stunning edifices of Tarragona, you may find yourself wondering how such an ancient civilization could create such advanced feats. Located near the bustling Port of Tarragona, you’ll find the ruins of the ancient Roman circus (think amphitheater, not big top). It is here from where much of today’s Tarragona takes its shape, with the surrounding areas featuring an array of classic structures of both cultural and religious significance.
    Day 11 End tour
    Map of the Insider Spain Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Full European breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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