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Tour Itinerary

See the best of Spain during a leisurely 10-day guided tour. Barcelona boasts an impressive Old Town, which you will see with a Local Expert. They will wind you though the medieval maze of the Gothic Quarter, down the city’s main shopping avenue, and to the Sagrada Família — a Roman basilica with towering mosaic spires that pierce the sky. Dip your toes into the Bay of Biscay when you visit the seaside resort town of San Sebastián, and enjoy a progressive dinner featuring bite-sized treats paired with local Txakoli wine. In Madrid, see the Royal Palace alongside a Local Expert, then meet an art historian for a one-of-a-kind tour of the Prado Museum, one of the world’s greatest art galleries.

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Cities Visited

Barcelona , Bilbao , Burgos , Madrid , Pamplona , Segovia , Zaragoza

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Barcelona
    Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel. Join your Travel Director for dinner at local restaurant La Pau. This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience supports teenagers and young people to transition to their adult life. Learn about local life through the eyes of the youth.Accommodation: NH Collection Barcelona Constanza
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Barcelona, the City of Gaudí Relaxed Start
    The lively port of Barcelona boasts an impressive Old Town, although it’s the daring architecture of the Catalan Art Nouveau that really sets it apart. Sightseeing with your Local Expert begins a drive down the Passeig de Gràcia to Gaudí's Sagrada Família. Venture inside the leviathan of the Eixample where a tree canopy carved from stone, holds up the roof as sun pours through stained glass. Then you are free to explore this amazing city at your own pace.Accommodation: NH Collection Barcelona Constanza
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Barcelona at Leisure Relaxed Start
    Enjoy a relaxed start and a full day at leisure to explore Spain’s most vibrant city. From its geographical location, boasting coastal vistas, to the city's extravagant architectural landscape, Barcelona is a delight to explore. Consider a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas or explore Gaudí's fascinating Park Güell. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years, for sweeping views?Accommodation: NH Collection Barcelona Constanza
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Pamplona and San Sebastián
    Journey past Zaragoza on the way to Pamplona in the region of Navarre, famous for the Running of the Bulls. With free time to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll to the famous Estafeta Street. Travel to the aristocratic seaside resort of San Sebastián. Northern Spain’s Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world, so in the evening, discover the city’s rich gastronomic tradition in the heart of Lo Viejo, the Old Town.Accommodation: Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Bilbao and Guggenheim Relaxed Start
    Few places have been able to reinvent themselves quite like Bilbao. The former industrial city has changed its ways and is now a pin-up for urban redevelopment. Explore Bilbao with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the spectacular Guggenheim Museum to marvel at its modern architecture and contemporary works of art. Alternatively, join your Local Expert and take the funicular to Mount Artxanda.  On return, join a Local Expert to admire San Sebastián and the crescent-shaped La Concha Bay from the heights of Monte Igueldo. After taking in the amazing views, enjoy a guided tour of the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. Explore the Old Town during your progressive Highlight Dinner with the locals, as you enjoy the gastronomic Basque tradition of pintxos. Similar to tapas, enjoy a variety of snack-sized treats and be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine. Buen provecho!Accommodation: Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    San Sebastián, Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast Relaxed Start
    Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk. The harbor is filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, so you can enjoy several sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, known as the Jewel of the Basque Country? During this Optional Experience you will explore this town with a Local Expert and visit the church where The Sun King, Louis XIV, married the Spanish princess Maria Theresa.Accommodation: Barceló Costa Vasca, San Sebastián
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Burgos and Madrid Relaxed Start
    Journey south through the Pyrenees foothills and the land of El Cid for a stop in Burgos, where you can see the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue along the Guadarrama Mountains to the plateau of New Castile and Spain's elegant capital of Madrid. In the evening, why not see the city lit up it all its glory, with a drive along the grand avenues and past the spectacular fountains?Accommodation: Meliá Madrid Princesa, Madrid
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Madrid of the Bourbons
    Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the capital of Spain, known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, discovering the origins of the city. Learn about the growth of this city, from humble beginnings to a thriving European metropolis. A highlight of your escorted journey will be to visit the Prado Museum. Discover countless works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others as you are guided by a local art historian. Gain new perspective on classic artworks as your art historian shares historic anecdotes and provides new insights into the Prado's collection. The afternoon is free for you to relax at a café or shop in the boutiques.Accommodation: Meliá Madrid Princesa, Madrid
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    The Medieval Streets of Segovia Relaxed Start
    Venture northwest to visit the fascinating city of Segovia. Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After returning to Madrid, you are at leisure.Make the most of your final night as you join your fellow travelers for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy delightful regional produce paired with the finest local wines, as you toast to a vacation done well.Accommodation: Meliá Madrid Princesa, Madrid
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Depart Madrid
    After breakfast, bid farewell to Spain as your transfers arrive at Madrid airport.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Bilbao: Visit the architectural landmark Guggenheim Museum and see works of contemporary art by Spanish and international artists.
  • Bilbao: Join your Local Expert for sightseeing and take the funicular to Mount Artxanda to enjoy panoramic views of the town below.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • : If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • San Sebastián: Enjoy an evening of pintxos, dining with locals in this Basque tradition. Your delicious dinner includes a wide variety of finger food delicacies, each with their own regional flavor, flair and presentation.
  • Madrid: Toast to your travels and enjoy local specialties in one of the city's elegant central neighborhoods.

Insight Choice

  • Bilbao: Visit the architectural landmark Guggenheim Museum and see works of contemporary art by Spanish and international artists.
  • Bilbao: Join your Local Expert for sightseeing and take the funicular to Mount Artxanda to enjoy panoramic views of the town below.

Insight Experiences

  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.

Make Travel Matter

  • Barcelona: Dine at La Pau, an acclaimed restaurant for the quality of its seasonal menu and social impact. This social initiative generates quality employment to young people and guides them through their transition to adult life. This experience advances United Nations’ Sustainable Development 10: Reduced Inequality. La Pau gives a voice and life opportunity to young people who have been marginalised from the traditional educational and social systems.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows.
  • Barcelona: With your Local Expert, drive along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture as you journey through the Eixample district to see Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerizing Sagrada Família.
  • Zaragoza: Appreciate the city's two millenia of history as you see the four towers of El Pilar and passing Rio Ebro.
  • Pamplona: The city is home to Cafe Iruna, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.
  • San Sebastián: Led by your Local Expert, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion.
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Segovia: Visit the medieval streets of this fortified city to see the 14th century Alcazar Palace and extensive Roman aqueduct.
  • Burgos: See the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

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