Spain Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Barcelona

We recommend booking pre-trip accommodations if you'd like to fully immerse yourself in this vibrant city.

  • Meet at Barcelona El Prat International Airport (BCN) at 11:00 a.m.
  • Your Trip Leader will meet you at Barcelona Airport and take you to your hotel located in the city center of Barcelona with your new group of friends.
  • Your walking tour may included Las Ramblas, El Gótico and Passeig de Gracia. Marvel in the beauty of Gaudi’s architecture and take in the sites of La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. 
    If you wish to visit La Sagrada Familia, you must purchase tickets in advance. We recommended booking between 3:30 p.m and 5:00 p.m.
  • Have a siesta at the hotel, or visit Plaza de España, El Born or Montjuic with your Trip Leader.
  • Enjoy some delicious Spanish cuisine during the opening dinner.
  • Get to know the other like-minded travelers on the trip and begin to settle into Spain.

Day 2

Explore Granada

  • Wake up and take an included early morning flight from Barcelona to Granada (~1.5 hour flight)
  • This included flight has a luggage allowance of 20kg (44lbs) for 1 checked bag and 7kg (15lbs) for one carry-on bag.
  • Have a late lunch with the group in a Moorish themed restaurant.
  • Explore the Moroccan souks 'markets', the city center, and other highlights of the city.
  • Go on a three-hour Night Adventure Hike which has been featured by CNN as one of the top ten best night tours in the world. The tour takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood called the Albaicin and a gypsy neighborhood called Sacromonte.
  • Strap on a headlamp and venture off the beaten path where you’ll discover more of Granada’s hidden gems. See the Palace of the Alhambra from a distance as the sun sets.

Day 3

Granada Immersion

  • Wake up in the beautiful city of Granada and enjoy an authentic Spanish breakfast.
  • If you wish to visit the Alhambra, we recommend you book your ticket for the morning to avoid the crowd.
    Tickets for the Alhambra must be booked online ahead of time on the Official Ticket Sale website
  • Meander through the streets of the Realejo neighborhood and get fully immersed in its rich history and culture.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring Granada with your Trip Leader or enjoy some free time to relax in this magical city.
  • Dinner is served very late in Spanish culture, so enjoy a “merienda”, the traditional afternoon snack, usually consisting of delicious local pastries.
  • Dinner is not included tonight but your Trip Leader will provide you with our favorite recommendations.

Day 4

Experience Seville

  • Wake up in Granada and get ready to take a private shuttle to the next destination, Seville! (~4 hour drive)
  • Spend the day exploring this beautiful city by foot or by bike.
  • We recommend exploring the city by bike with your Trip Leader. Bike through the Triana neighborhood and stop at Parque Maria Luisa for some much needed shade.
  • Park your bikes in Plaza de España and soak in the beauty of the Spanish square which was featured as Planet Naboo in Star Wars.
  • Experience the flamenco song, dance and guitar from the patio of a palace that dates back to the 16th century.
  • Have a quintessential Sevillano dinner by sharing tapas and drinks with your new friends.

Day 5

Explore the Real Alcazar

  • Wake up early to fuel yourself with a beautiful breakfast spread before heading over to the Real Alcazar, a UNESCO Heritage site built in the 14th century. 
  • Stroll inside the palace, the church and through the gardens, and maybe you’ll recognize some scenes straight out of Game of Thrones.
  • Enjoy various optional activities for the rest of the day or wander around the charming streets of Seville.
Suggestions: Choose to attend a Tile workshop; enter the Cathedral of Seville; explore Italica which is an ancient Roman city; Visit Las Setas; or take a flamenco dance class
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner in Seville and have a few drinks on a roof top. (Not included)

Day 6

Cadiz Beach Day

  • Depart for Cadiz, for its rich history, bountiful sunshine, beaches and James Bond scenes. (~1.5 hour drive)
  • Cadiz is a historically significant port that connected to the New World after the decline of Seville. It is also where the new Spanish Constitution of 1812 was signed.
  • After exploring the colonial heart of Cadiz, enjoy lunch at the local food market and indulge in fresh seafood caught only hours ago!
  • Take the afternoon to relax at the beautiful La Caleta Beach.
  • Visit the Castle of San Sebastian and/or the Castle of Santa Catalina.
  • After a day at the beach, head back to Seville.
  • After freshening up at your hotel, head out and watch the sunset at an amazing viewpoint of the city.
  • Lastly, enjoy your last dinner together in Andalucia.

Day 7

Discover Madrid

  • Take an included early morning high speed train from Seville to Madrid (~2.5-hour train ride)
  • Explore the beautiful capital of Spain with your Trip Leader.
  • Stroll around the historic center and visit Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and Catedral de Almudena to name a few. 
  • Don’t forget to take a break and stop by San Ginés for some chocolate con churros. Madrid’s most famous chocolate shop dates back to 1894 and is available 24 hours day, 365 days a year.
  • Take a siesta to recover or go shopping in Gran Via while taking in the high rise buildings of the avenue.
  • Walk to Retiro park, take in the views of people rowing their boats in the man made lake, take a peek inside the crystal palace and stroll around some Spanish gardens. 
  • Pass by the museum district of Madrid before heading to the final dinner as a group in Spain.
  • Enjoy your last dinner in Spain with your new friends and experience the nightlife of Madrid.

Day 8

Relaxation & Departure

  • On the final day of our adventure, wake up early to soak in the last morning in Spain together.
  • Say goodbye to your new friends and depart at any time of the day (hotel checkout is at 11:00 am) with instructions from your Trip Leader on how to take taxis, buses, or local transportation to the airport.
  • Be sure to ask your trip leaders for suggestions on what to do if you chose to spend more time in Madrid.

We recommend booking post-trip accommodations if you'd like to fully immerse yourself in this vibrant city.

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