Spain in 9 Days
Magical Madrid & Vibrant Barcelona Break
The perfect two-center city break for those looking to experience the diversity of Spain with stays in the capital, Madrid, and the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona.
Immerse yourself in the culture, history and architecture of Spain's most iconic cities: Madrid and Barcelona! Begin in the capital of Madrid to discover its elegant architecture and amazing food scene. Take a high-speed train to the northern region of Catalonia to explore the artistic heritage of vibrant Barcelona, famed for the architecture of Gaudi and its beautiful Mediterranean beaches!
9 days trip including flights*
8 days and 7 nights in destination
NYC - MAD
NYC - MAD
BCN - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Ready to explore the historic cities and vibrant culture of Spain? Arrive at your US departure airport, ready for a flight* to Madrid. Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Touch down in Madrid, the enigmatic capital city of Spain, known for its fast-paced atmosphere, classical architecture and beautiful plazas and parks. Private transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace. Madrid is well-known for its brilliant gastronomic scene and lively nightlife, so be sure to get out after dark to experience the amazing atmosphere of the capital. Overnight stay in Madrid.
Breakfast at the hotel. Make your way to the nearest pick-up point and discover Madrid aboard a double-decker tour bus. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. There are two different routes available. Route 1 (blue) will take you to discover the Historical Madrid and includes a complete historical, artistic and monumental tour. Discover the beautiful Paseo del Prado or admire magnificent buildings, legacy of the Habsburgs period. The second route (green) goes through Modern Madrid. Discover the city beyond historical landmarks and royal monuments. The itinerary will take you by the impressive KIO towers, Museum of Public Art and Real Madrid stadium.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy the world-class cuisine, excellent shopping and limitless cultural treasures of Madrid at your leisure. We recommend a half-day excursion to the city of Toledo.* Overnight stay in Madrid.
* Optional Afternoon Excursion to Toledo: Set off this afternoon for the historic city of Toledo, known as the 'City of Three Cultures' for its fusion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian histories. Discover this once powerful Imperial City and its eclectic mix of architectural styles.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day to discover Madrid at your leisure. Why not soak up a little culture at the incredible Prado Museum or go shopping along the Gran Via? For an afternoon stroll, we recommend El Retiro Park, home to a beautiful boating lake, stone fountains and the elegant Crystal Palace. Alternatively, why not enjoy an excursion to Avila and Segovia? As night falls, be sure to get out and enjoy Madrid's vibrant nightlife! The city is known for its many rooftop bars where you can enjoy sunset drinks alongside excellent views of the city! We recommend an optional Flamenco Show and Dinner at Corral de la Moreria. Overnight stay in Madrid.
* Optional Excursion to Avila & Segovia: Set off for the charming city of Avila, one of the best-preserved medieval fortified cities in Spain. Enjoy a walking tour through the old town to discover its Gothic palaces, fortified cathedral and Romanesque-style churches. Visit the incredible Walls of Avila and enjoy free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Next, set off for Segovia, where you'll stop for a gastronomic lunch before continuing the day with a guided tour of the exterior of Segovia Cathedral and an atmospheric walk through the old Jewish Quarter. Finally, enjoy a guided visit to the magnificent Alcazar of Segovia, a castle said to have inspired Walt Disney and one of the most enchanting medieval fortifications in Europe!
* Optional Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria: Experience one of the most celebrated treasures of Spanish culture with a Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria with an included dinner, prepared by renowned chef David Garcia.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind as you a private transfer to the train station to catch a high-speed train to Barcelona. Arrive in the Catalonian capital and private transfer to your hotel. A vibrant city, known for its artistic heritage and the amazing architecture of Gaudi, spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the historic streets of the Barrio Gothic or strolling along the seafront in the old fishing neighborhood of Barceloneta. Overnight stay in Barcelona.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city today on a combined walking and bus tour of Barcelona. Head to the meeting point at Barcelona's Estació del Nord to meet your guide and set off on a walking tour of the historic neighborhoods of Born and the Gothic Quarter. Stroll along some of the most emblematic streets in the city before reaching the incredible Barcelona Cathedral, famed for its magnificent Gothic architecture. Enjoy entrance to the cathedral and time to explore the interior on your own before continuing the walking tour to uncover the secrets of one of the oldest parts of the city. Next, board an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic tour of Barcelona's most important sights. See the beautiful Mediterranean Coastline and Port Olympic, pass by the old fisherman's quarter of Barceloneta and head inland to the leafy neighborhood of Montjuïc. Famous as the stage for the 1992 Olympic Games, learn how this event transformed the city. Take the Montjuïc cable car for amazing views across the entire city and visit MNAC Viewpoint for captivating panoramas of Barcelona. On the way back to the meeting point, drive along spectacular Passeig de Gracia to see some of the most emblematic architecture of Gaudi, such as Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. End the tour and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, making the most of the city's incredible beaches or indulging in Barcelona's many tapas bars. Foodies cannot miss out on the chance to take part in an optional cooking class and gourmet market tour.* Overnight stay in Barcelona.
Please note: the Montjuïc cable car is under maintenance between January and early March. If you visit during this time, this cable car ride will be replaced by a ride on the Port Cable Car instead.
Important information: The days when there is no availability for the Barcelona city tour, a 1-day-pass of the hop-on-hop-off bus will be offered.
* Hands-On Paella Cooking Class: Discover delicious new local ingredients and learn their many uses in the market tour. Enjoy a unique opportunity to have a live cooking masterclass with a Spanish Chef. This incredible experience includes secrets to perfect classics such as Paella. A must-do for foodies!
Breakfast at the hotel. A final day in Barcelona to explore at your leisure! Why not get to know the vibrant neighborhood of El Raval or pay a visit to Park Guell in Gracia, the fantastical creation of architect Antoni Gaudi? For an afternoon stroll be sure to visit Parque de la Ciudadela, one of the most popular green spaces in the city. On the other hand, don't miss the chance to visit the world-famous La Sagrada Familia, perhaps the most famous of all of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces! Overnight stay in Barcelona.
*Optional Fast Track Sagrada Familia & Gaudi's Artistic Works: Visit two of the most important landmarks in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Admire Gaudí’s mastery and learn about the symbolism of his incredible works. Discover some of the most emblematic modernist monuments in the city and enjoy two more important Gaudí works: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure to soak up the charms of Barcelona. Whether you're heading to the beach or uncovering the treasures held in the city's museums and art galleries, you're sure to fall in love with this lively regional capital. Overnight stay in Barcelona.
Breakfast at the hotel.* Sadly, it's time to bring your journey through Spain to an end. At the indicated time, private transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.**
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the US the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 10 days.
Accommodation: 7 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Princesa Plaza Madrid.
Included activity for day 3
Duration 23:59h Approx. Pick up time: 10:00 Approx
Madrid City Tour Hop-on/Hop-off
Madrid City Tour Hop-on/Hop-off
What's included: Air-conditioned buses. Map with information on services and stops and audio guide in several languages. Not included: Food and beverage.
Included activity for day 6
Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:15 Approx
Walking & Panoramic Tour of Barcelona with Cable Car Ride
Begin with a walking tour through the historic neighborhoods of Born and the Gothic Quarter. Visit Barcelona Cathedral before embarking on a panoramic tour, including the Olympic Port and Montjuic. Cable Car ride in Montjuic included.
What's included: Entrance to the Cathedral of Barcelona and Montjuïc cable car ride. Transportation on an air-conditioned coach. Not included: Food and drinks, unless specified. Hotel pick up and drop off.
Suggested activity for day 3
Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:30 Approx
Half-Day Excursion to Toledo
Set off this afternoon for the historic city of Toledo, known as the 'City of Three Cultures' for its fusion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian histories. Discover this once powerful Imperial City and its eclectic mix of architectural styles.
What's included: Admission to the Church of St. Tomé, to the Synagogue of Sta. Maria la Blanca and to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Transportation on an air-conditioned coach and local official guide. Not included: Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Suggested activity for day 4
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 18:30 Approx
Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería with Dinner
Experience one of the most celebrated treasures of Spanish culture with a Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria with an included dinner, prepared by renowned chef David Garcia.
What's included: Flamenco show and dinner (Solea Menu) Not included: Pick-up and drop-off service.
Suggested activity for day 4
Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx
Full-Day Excursion to Avila & Segovia with lunch
Visit two of Spain's most historic cities. Enjoy a walking tour through Avila's old town and explore its historic city walls. Visit Segovia, stroll through the old Jewish Quarter and enjoy a guided visit to the magnificent Alcazar. Lunch included.
What's included: Admission to the Alcazar of Segovia and to the Walls of Ávila. Transportation on an air-conditioned coach, local official guide and gastronomic lunch menu. Not included: Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Suggested activity for day 6
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 18:00 Approx
Hands-On Paella Cooking Class
Get to know the fundamentals of Spanish cooking with a hands-on cooking workshop and discover a rich array of local produce on a gourmet market tour. A must-do for foodies!
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Madrid // Barcelona - US.
- High-speed train: Madrid - Barcelona.
- 7 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 7 breakfasts.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- English-speaking guide.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Barcelona city taxes are not included (1,70€ per person per night aprox)
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of 3 months validity required.
- VisaVisa not required for stays of up to 90 days.
- ElectricityType C & F 230V 50Hz
- HealthNo vaccines required.
- Time zoneUTC + 1
- Other useful informationCars drive on the right-hand side of the road in Spain.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://www.spain.info/en/
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 888-488-0592 or via our contact form.