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Best of Spain

15 Days 1 Country 11 Cities

Explore Spain's best regions on this trip, including Madrid, Santander, Barcelona and Valencia.

"A fabulous way to see a country"

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About this trip

Ditch your siesta and embrace the spirit of Spain - the vibrant cityscapes of Madrid, Seville and Barcelona, running of the bulls in Pamplona, the smell of orange zest en route to Valencia yours to discover as you indulge in Spain's intense flavours and explore the Roman and Moorish influences that have shaped its distinct art, architecture and culture.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: SBES

14 Nights


21 Meals
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Madrid

Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid. Relax after check-in or go for a walk through the bustling streets before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights followed by a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception
Rafael Atocha

2. Madrid – Burgos – Santander

Journey over the Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos. Visit El Cid's tomb in the vast Gothic cathedral. Cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains to the coast. Arrive later in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region, where you dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

3. Santander – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Pamplona

This morning in Bilbao view the Guggenheim Museum, a striking building by US architect Frank Gehry which houses a vast array of modern art. Continue along the coast to San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach during your orientation drive. In the city of Pamplona, famous for the Running of the Bulls, walk the ancient streets before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
NH Iruna Park

4. Pamplona – Zaragoza – Barcelona (2 Nights)

Return to the Ebro Valley and view the Cathedral of El Pilar and the Cathedral La Seo in Zaragoza. Rising gently from the sea, Barcelona is Spain's most dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Your home for the next two nights, this fascinating metropolis dates back to Roman times and boasts a rich artistic and architectural heritage. Enjoy panoramic views across the city from Montjuïc before arriving at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Ayre Gran Via

5. Barcelona Sightseeing

This morning see Gaudi's architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as 'La Moreneta'.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Mystical Montserrat

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Adult Price: €40.00

Gothic Quarter and Dinner

Work up an appetite with a walking tour of the old Gothic Quarter, where Barcelona was born. Meander through the beautiful medieval streets and century-old architecture with your Local Specialist. Then we’ll take you to the marina of Port Olympic, where you'll enjoy Mediterranean food in one of our favourite local eateries.

Adult Price: €60.00

6. Barcelona – Peñiscola – Valencia

Drive past orange and almond orchards to Peñiscola and see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue through the 'huertas' to sunny Valencia, the third-largest city in Spain. Here your orientation includes the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the cathedral. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie 'Tomorrowland'.

Buffet Breakfast
Silken Puerta

Optional Experiences

Paella Experience

Spain's famous rice dish "The Paella" originated in Valencia. This evening, we'll travel to a seafront restaurant where we'll sample several of its many variations. We'll also enjoy great beach views and a drive through the new yachting marina, home of the America's Cup 2007.

Adult Price: €50.00

7. Valencia – Granada

Travel via the jagged Mora Pass to the city of Granada. Here your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Alhambra Palace with wonderful views across the town and surrounding hills. Admire extraordinary Moorish architecture and the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Later check in to your hotel where you dine tonight.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Albaicin And The Royal Chapel

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaiceria quarter.

Adult Price: €35.00

8. Granada – Costa del Sol (2 Nights)

This morning enjoy a leisurely start or consider taking an Optional Experience to explore the delightful Moorish quarter of the city of Granada called Albaycin and The Royal Chapel. Later travel to the Costa del Sol where you can relax for the next two nights. Spend the balance of the day as you wish; take a stroll along the beachside promenade, relax at one of the nearby beach cafes or perhaps visit the white washed village of Mijas.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Mijas and Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hill top village perched high up with splendid views of the coastline. While here, you’ll experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, unusual donkey taxi service, square bullring, and shoppers will find some hidden gems. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.

Adult Price: €62.00

9. Costa del Sol

Today relax on the Sunshine Coast. This is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain but was once a series of quiet fishing villages. Shop for souvenirs in the old town of Torremolinos, spend time relaxing on the beach or maybe consider an Optional Experience visit to the bustling city of Malaga.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Sightseeing and Wine-tasting in Malaga

Come with us to the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga, with its lively harbour and long sandy beaches. Your Local Specialist will take you to the Moorish castle of Gibralfaro, the house in which Picasso was born, the old Jewish quarter and the 2,000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre. To round off your trip, we’ll take you to a local wine cellar, where you’ll get to enjoy some of its well-known Malaga wines.

Adult Price: €38.00

10. Costa del Sol – Gibraltar† – Seville (2 Nights)

A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire's resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore. Consider joining an Optional Experience to St. Michael's Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez - famous for sherry production - to Seville. Tonight you might like to experience a fiery flamenco show.

Buffet Breakfast
Las Casas De La Juderia Authentic Accommodation

Optional Experiences

A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra, visit St. Michael`s cave and see the famous Barbary apes.

Adult Price: €31.00

Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

Adult Price: €53.00

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialities, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Adult Price: €69.00

11. Seville Sightseeing

Travel through Seville's tree-lined streets on a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Visit Seville Cathedral and see the Giralda Tower, a former minaret converted to a bell tower. Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the cathedral. See the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Your guided tour finishes with a walk through the former Jewish quarter. Tonight join your companions for a delicious Be My Guest dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from the 6,000 olive trees.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Adult Price: €40.00

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America

On this trip, you’ll begin with a visit to the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. You'll then journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza America which is a must for any visitor to Seville.

Adult Price: €38.00

12. Seville – Córdoba

In Córdoba meet your Local Specialist and visit of the Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

13. Córdoba – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)

Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Arrive later in Madrid.

Buffet Breakfast
Rafael Atocha

Optional Experiences

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Adult Price: €61.00

14. Madrid Sightseeing

Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid. See Plaza España, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before your visit of the world-famous Prado Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of European art in the world, including masterpieces by Velazquez. Later enjoy free time to explore the city at leisure. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Explore Segovia UNESCO Heritage Site

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.

Adult Price: €45.00

15. Depart Madrid

Say 'adios' to your travelling companions at the end of a memorable Spanish holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia comprises a collection of elegant 15th century Andalusian townhouses and flower-filled courtyards in the heart of Seville

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you'll learn how to produce and get to sample after a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Barcelona, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid

    • Orientation of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Valencia

    • View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Castle of Peñiscola, Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia

    • Visit The Tomb of El Cid in Burgos, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar, Cathedral in Seville, the Mosque of the Caliphs in Córdoba, the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo and the Prado Museum in Madrid

What's Included


    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 70 Reviews

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    Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Coach was comfortable. Taking a break from travel every couple of hours was helpful.

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    At times our tour director was a bit disorganized. A few times she changed meet times and would ask us to spread the information with other travelers...not everyone would get the message. One day she put the wrong wake-up/leave times wrong on the bulletin. We also received a wake-up call when we

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    Service rating : I saw a lot;overall, the commentaries were interesting by local guides and the Tour Director;comfortable hotels,foods not so great however.Product : It covered the essentials sites and most of the monuments,architecture,significant destinations. But I felt like I was on a

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    Service rating : Our travel director Tania Csomos was so knowledgeable about Spain. I enjoyed listening to her daily history lessons. She was very accomodating.Product : I would have liked to stay in Costa del Sol another night. The city of Cadiz should have been included

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    Service rating : great bus, hotles and meals and excellent tour director plus places to seeProduct : The stops were great to see and it was good to have so many 2 night stops

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