Best of Spain
Best of Spain
- Royal Site of San Lorenze de El Escorial
- Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
- El Greco Museum
- Flamenco Performance at El Cardenal
- Seville Cathedral
- Rock of Gibraltar
- St. Michael’s Cave
- Gibralfaro Castle
- Plaza de Toros
- Cave of Nerja
- Alhambra & Albaicin
- Cazorla Nature Park
- City of Arts and Sciences
- Sagrada Familia
- Guggenheim Museum
- Santillana del Mar
- Picos de Europa
- Santiago de Compostela
- Galician Coast
- Castle of La Mota
- Wall of Avila
Best of Spain
- 30 Days
- Tour Pricing: $6,795
- Discount: Returning Volant Customer: 5%
Best of Spain
- All accommodations (2-3 star)
- All meals
- Transportation throughout tour
- Airport transfers
- Personal guide
- International airfare
- Entrance fees to museums and other attractions not listed in ‘Inclusions’
- Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc.
- Traveler’s insurance
Best of Spain
DAY 1: BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY!
Board your overnight flight to Madrid-Barajas Airport(MAD) - not included. Your Volant guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and a leisurely evening.
DAY 2: WELCOME TO MADRID
Enjoy a full day walking tour of Madrid's highlights. Begin in the heart of this Spanish capital at Puerta del Sol. Heads towards Plaza Mayor to experience its iconic San Miguel Market. Wander through the green gardens at Buen Retiro Park. Tour the Royal Palace of Madrid, Palacio de Cibeles and the Prado National Museum to better grasp the history and culture of this city. Watch as the sun sets and locals emerge to celebrate life with great food, drink, music, and company. Revel in the the sizzling nightlife scene and stroll along the iconic Paseo del Prado.
DAY 3: MADRID - EL ESCORIAL
Climb aboard the Cercania train and begin your half day trip to the Royal Site of San Lorenze de El Escorial. Also referred to as the historical residence of the King of Spain, this site functions as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university and hospital. Continue to Valle de los Caidos to discover the controversy and ancient charm of this memorial; honoring those who fell fighting during the Spanish Civil War. In the afternoon return to Madrid to further explore this vibrant and bustling capital.
DAY 4: MADRID - SEGOVIA
Rise early and embark on today's day trip to Segovia. Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Segovian highlights. Wander through Old Town and explore the impressively preserved Roman aqueduct built in 50 A.D. Tour the remarkable Alcazar (Royal Palace) and the Segovia Cathedral. Continue to the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso and explore the Versailles-inspired gardens and palace. In the afternoon return to Madrid.
DAY 5: TOLEDO
Leaving Madrid in the dust, for the time being, continue onward to Toledo. A city built on the coexistence of Christian, Muslin and Jewish cultures, Toledo is home to an impressive list of cultural and monumental heritage. Be sure to explore the Toledo Cathedral, Alcazar, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Puente de Bisagra. For those who may be interested Toledo is also the location of El Greco Museum. Built in 1911 this museum displays much of Greco's artwork from the late 1500s. In the afternoon scale the Mirador del Valle for sweeping views of Old Town. Enjoy a relaxed evening at your leisure or seek out live music at the Circula de Arte Toledo or El Ultimo.
DAY 6: CÓRDOBA
Enjoy a morning train ride to the once capital of Islamic Spain. Dive into the rich cultural history that is preserved today through architecture, food, and dance. Explore the historic center of Cordoba, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its many mosques, synagogues, and churches. Be sure to tour one of the 12 Treasures of Spain, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, its neighboring Roman Bridge and the vibrant Plaza de las Tendillas. In the evening enjoy a world class Flamenco Show in Cordoba's very own El Cardenal. Considered to be some of the best Flamenco performances in the world, El Cardenal puts on a show that you won't forget.
DAY 7 - 8: SEVILLE
After a morning transfer to the Jewel of Andalucia, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Seville's highlights. Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and is considered to be one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. As the third largest church in the world, the Seville Cathedral also happens to be the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Check out Columbus' diary, housed in the Museum of the Indies and continue to the breathtaking Alcazar of Seville. This renowned Spanish palace is the oldest royal palace still in use throughout all of Europe. Stroll through the fountain-filled gardens and soak in the magical ambiance that lives in the halls of this prestigious building. Use the afternoon at your leisure or rest up for another evening in Spain. Wander along the streets encompassed by the Guadalquivir River to get a taste of Seville's nightlife. Enjoy the local beverage of choice, the Tinto de Verano or any number of the delicious tapas.
Day two in Seville will be dedicated to the continued exploration of this historic city. Use the day to investigate the sights that you didn't get to the day before. Tour the University or the Old Tobacco Factory. Enjoy the hustle and bustle in the public plazas such as the Plaza de España or the Plaza de Toros. View the Golden Tower or the Macarena Basilica. Whatever you decide, the choice is yours.
DAY 9: GIBRALTAR - MALAGA
Rise early and embark out on a scenic road trip to the southern tip of Spain to a British territory most famous for its Rock of Gibraltar. This massive limestone rock rises 1,396 feet out of the sea to create one of the smallest countries in the world. This town isn't just a rock covered by monkeys, it also contains a huge web of underground tunnel systems that the military still uses to practice their tunnel warfare. Summit the rock, explore St. Michael's Cave, visit the mosque at Europa Point and don't let the cute monkeys fool you. In the afternoon continue to Malaga.
DAY 10: MALAGA
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Picasso's birthplace. Be sure to visit the museum converted palace that houses some of his most famous pieces. Tour the grand 11th-century Gibralfaro Castle and Malaga's Cathedral. Experience the town's unique tapas bars and delicious eats. Spend a relaxing evening walking along the gorgeous beaches and dip your toes in the turquoise waters along Costa del Sol.
DAY 11: MALAGA - RONDA
Escape the coast for a day and tour the astonishing town of Ronda. Perched high on a mountaintop, the prehistoric city of Rhonda exhibits a unique architectural richness with a stunning natural backdrop. Three bridges span the deep gorge that separates old town and new town. Walk along all three for sweeping views of the town and the gorge itself, El Tajo. Visit the Plaza de Toros, the oldest bullring in Spain and the Arab Baths, the best-preserved bathhouse in the country. The Mondragon Palace offers great examples of Roman and Moorish tombs and the Cuenca Gardens are a must see. In the evening head back to Malaga.
DAY 12: NERJA - GRANADA
Today explore one of Spain's most iconic attractions, the Cave of Nerja. Located in the hills above the town of Nerja, this cave is home to Paleolithic paintings and striking geology composites. Hike through the Almijarra Natural Park, view the grand vistas at the Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo, explore the aqueduct of Aguila or take a dip at one of Nerja's twelve gorgeous beaches. After a full day among some of Spain's most remarkable scenery, transfer to Granada.
DAY 13: GRANADA
After a relaxed morning head out to experience Alhambra. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevadas this fortress is considered to be the last Moorish stronghold in Europe with sweeping views of the city. Stroll through the grand Cyprus tree-studded gardens at Generalife and explore this Treasure of Spain. Proceed to the narrow streets of Albaicín in the old Muslim quarter for fine examples of Moorish architecture. Continue to the Mirador de San Nicolas and watch as the fortress and mountains glow in the sunset.
DAY 14: CAZORLA NATURE PARK
Rise early and enjoy a scenic drive to Cazorla Nature Park. Spend the day in this enchanted forest with the wild boar and deer. Explore the stunning canyons, long olive groves, and tantalizing lakes. In the afternoon continue onward to Valencia.
DAY 15: VALENCIA
Venture into the city for a full day walking tour of Valencia's highlights. Discover the authentic Chalice used by Jesus in The Last Supper, now kept in the Valencia Cathedral. Visit the city's oldest church, San Juan del Hospital Church, the central market and the Plaza de la Virgen. Explore the Church of San Nicolas; known for its "Valencian Sistine Chapel." Tour the City of Arts and Sciences for sights of this entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex. In the evening head to the shores of the Balearic Sea and enjoy the white sandy beaches at your leisure.
DAY 16-18: BARCELONA
Enjoy a scenic train ride along the coast to the capital and largest city of Catalonia. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Stroll through the streets to explore the nightlife or relax in your accommodations.
Embark out on a full day walking tour of Barcelona. Stroll through the famous narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter. Explore the unique gardens of Park Güell. Tour the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Mila and any other of Antoni Gaudi's architectural masterpieces. Discover Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, to get a taste of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. Watch street performers, shop at the Boqueria Market and enjoy the many bars and restaurants along this iconic Spanish paseo. Scale Montjuic and visit the Palau Nacional. Make sure to experience the unique nightlife of this incredible city.
Spend your second full day in Barcelona visiting any number of the sights that didn't fit into the day before. Pop over to the Barceloneta for pristine sights of the Balearic Sea. Tour the Museu Picasso to learn about this incredibly famous artist. Visit the Barcelona Cathedral or just relax and explore the delicious food culture in the area.
DAY 19: ZARAGOZA - PAMPLONA - SAN SEBASTIÁN
Say goodbye to the Balearic Sea and climb aboard one of Europe's fastest trains. Spend time exploring Zaragoza and its many architectural wonders including the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, La Seo del Salvador or the Palacio de la Aljaferia. After lunch continues to Pamplona. Tour the city famously known for its Running of the Bulls Festival, visit the Plaza del Castillo, the Cathedral, and the Ciudadela de Pamplona. Transfer to San Sebastian for the evening.
DAY 20: SAN SEBASTIÁN
Enjoy a full day in San Sebastian. Stroll along the immaculate beaches of La Concha. Scale the Urgull Hill and witness sights of the Monte Igeldo mountains as well as the Bay of Biscay. Visit the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Plaza de Guipuzkoa, and the Iglesia de Santa Maria del Coro. For those who may be interested the Funicular de Igueldo offers sweeping views of the La Concha Bay and the city itself. In the evening head to Old Town to experience the best of San Sebastian's sizzling nightlife.
DAY 21: BILBAO - SANTANDER
After a morning transfer to Bilbao hop over to the shimmering titanium Guggenheim Museum for a spectacular display of modern and contemporary art. Known to be one of the 12 Treasures of Spain, this museum is also one of the largest in Spain. Use the remainder of the afternoon exploring the city at your leisure or head to the Basque Coast for picturesque cliffs and beaches. In the evening transfer to Santander.
DAY 22: SANTANDER
Set out for a full day tour of Santander. Explore the local beaches; Playa del Sardinero, Playa de Castaneda, and Playa de la Concha. Hike out to the lighthouse at El Sardinero for sweeping views of the coastline or explore the gorgeous Peninsula of Magdalena. The city itself offers intriguing cultural attractions but nothing compared to the picturesque beach scenes at Liencres.
DAY 23: SANTILLANA DEL MAR
Today will be dedicated to exploring a town known for containing some of the most well-preserved medieval villages in all of Europe. Discover the "prettiest village in Spain" by wandering though the Plaza de Ramon Pelayo. Tour the Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar and visit the Cave of Altamira. As the day comes to its end return to Santander for one final night.
DAY 24: PICOS DE EUROPA - OVIEDO
Transfer to Covadonga to discover the breathtaking Picos de Europa mountains. Declared a National Park in 1918 this area is centered around the Lakes of Covadonga. Witness the grand vistas and continue to Oviedo where you'll find yourself in the capital of Spain's Asturias region. Famous for its medieval old town, Oviedo contains gorgeous architecture and unspoiled scenery. Use the remainder of the day discovering the beauty in both the local culture as well as the local natural landscapes. Spend the evening at your leisure.
DAY 25 - 26: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - GALICIAN COAST
Rise early and drive through northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Tour the stunning cathedral and follow the great pilgrimage that ends there. This pilgrimage, known as the Camino de Santiago, follows the historic path of the Biblical apostle St. John to his final resting place within the cathedral. Use the day to get acquainted with this historic area and visit Old Town, Botafumeiro, Plaza del Obradoiro and the Monasterio de San Martin Pinario.
Day two in the area will be dedicated to the exploration of the Spain's Galicia region. Visit the many villages and beaches of the Galician Coast and if time permits stroll along the white sandy shores for a glorious sunset over the Atlantic. In the evening return inland and be sure to try Santiago de Compostela's most iconic dish: octopus. The seafood doesn't stop there, the entire Galicia region contains arguably the best seafood in Europe.
DAY 27: LEÓN - VALLADOLID
Venture east of Santiago de Compostela and tour the city of Leon. Examine the local highlights such as the Leon Cathedral, the Basilica de San Isidora, Palacio Episcopal and the Arco de la Carcel. In the afternoon continue to Valladolid for a half day walking tour of the medieval religious landmarks such as the Spanish Gothic San Pablo Church.
DAY 28: CASTILLO DE MEDINA - SALAMANCA
Only a short drive south of Valladolid, the city of Medina del Campo is known for its Castle of La Mota. Tour the medieval fortress and continue to Salamanca for the night.
DAY 29: ÁVILA - MADRID
A short drive from here brings you to the city of Avila. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 this Spanish town is famous for its perfectly preserved medieval walls. Visit this 12-century masterpiece and tour the Avila Cathedral. Continue to Madrid in the afternoon for one last evening in Spain.
DAY 30: TOUR ENDS -DEPART
Although no group activities have been scheduled today your Volant guide will ensure timely arrivals to the Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) where you will depart home. Thank you for choosing Volant and safe travels.
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