Day 1: Arrival in Barcelona
Begin your journey in the lively capital of Catalonia. Discover the city with a walk through the narrow streets of the gorgeous Gothic Quarter home to the Picasso Museum, and a tour of the modernista masterpieces of architect Antoni Gaudi: Casa Batllo, La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.
Day 2: Sipping Cava after exploring the Monastery of Montserrat
Take an excursion to the striking Monastery of Montserrat, perched on the side of a mountain with breathtaking views of the valley below, then enjoy a tasting of sparkling Cava from the Penedes region. In the evening, as the city comes to life, explore the thriving food scene with a tour of our favorite tapas bars.
Day 3: The Mediterranean beauty of the Costa Brava
Discover the fishing villages and stunning panoramas of the Mediterranean with a scenic drive through Costa Brava. Spend time in the walled city of Girona, one of the most charming and culturally rich places in Catalonia discovering the many layers of history left by Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Catholics and Jews.
Day 4: The Andalusian capital of Sevilla
Travel to Sevilla to experience the culture and beauty of Andalusia. Be mesmerized by the ceramic tile shops, the hidden alleys and colorful rooftop gardens of the historic Santa Cruz district, the sound of flamenco music seeping through the windows and the lively social gatherings at street-side jamon taverns.
Day 5: A visit to the Real Alcazar
Visit the imposing Seville Cathedral and the tomb of Christopher Columbus within its walls, admire the city from top of the minaret known as La Giralda, then step into the Real Alcazar, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Its ornate walls, peaceful courtyards and Moorish gardens are a delight!
Day 6: Sherry tasting in Jerez
Enjoy a sherry tasting in Jerez, the birthplace of this sought-after fortified wine. The unique barrel aging process through blending, called the solera system, was first developed here by the producers of sherry. The three resulting styles, sherry fino, amontillado and oloroso are readily available at the local sherry houses.
Day 7: All about the Spanish monarchy
Transfer to Madrid to discover yet another aspect of Spanish heritage, the monarchy. Learn about the opulence of the royals with a tour of the luxurious Palacio Real. The Hapsburg dynasty enriched the city with numerous palaces, fountains and parks, such as the elegant Retiro Park, a perfect place to blend in with the locals.
Day 8: Toledo, a Spanish melting-pot of religion and culture
Visit Toledo, the city of three cultures, where churches and cathedrals stand next to synagogues and mosques, where kings and queens ruled Spain from their ornate palaces and imposing fortifications, and where many artists and intellectuals came to learn from the masters of the time.
Day 9: Heading home, but first, the Prado
Conclude your visit to Spain with a tour of the world-famous Prado and Reina Sofia museums. Discover the most extraordinary artworks by Spanish artists, such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, Velazquez and Goya. La Guernica and Las Meninas are among the masterpieces displayed.