In Spain, a country that?s filled with flavour, artistry, and passion, there?s no such thing as going halfway. Start in the south, where the Andalucian capital of Seville will introduce you to the most firey of dances ? the flamenco. Head north and get a taste of Spain?s Basque and Catalan provinces: vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebasti?n, Logro?o's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid, and the mighty Pyrenees. Each region of Spain has their own distinct character, style, and language to offer. Get it all here.
What's Included: G Adventures for Good: Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona
Hands-On: Rioja Region Wine Tasting, Logro?o. Granada orientation walk. Albaicin quarter visit. Alhambra guided tour. Seville orientation walk. Flamenco show performance. Mezquita Mosque and Jewish quarter visit in Cordoba. Free time in Valencia. Free time in Barcelona. Casa rural' stay with traditional meals. San Sebasti?n day trip. Madrid orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Highlights: Explore Moorish palaces, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, taste a traditional paella, witness Gaud?s Barcelona with your own eyes, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life.
Group Size Notes: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.
Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.
For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Transport: Walking, bus, train.
Minimum Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Physical Grading:2 - Light
➕ Day 1 Madrid
Arrive any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
➕ Day 2 Madrid/Granada (1B)
Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival in Granada. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with its narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.
Albaic?n (El Albayz?n) Visit
➕ Day 3 Granada (1B)
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the historic town.
In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.
Alhambra Guided Tour
➕ Day 4 Granada/Seville (1B)
Head towards Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalucia. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.
➕ Day 5 Seville (1B)
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alc?zar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter? a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.
Seville is home to the world?s largest gothic cathedral ? climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueol?gico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de Mar?a Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alc?zar of Seville.
➕ Day 6 Seville/Valencia (1B)
Visit Cordoba's famous Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century into a Christian cathedral. After, stroll through Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish Quarter. Continue onwards to Valencia and opt for a traditional paella dinner.
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit
Mezquita de C?rdoba (Mosque) Visit
➕ Day 7 Valencia/Barcelona (1B)
Enjoy the morning in Valencia before travelling to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant youth followed by a group dinner to round out the day.
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park G?ell, Casa Batll?, and Casa Mil?.
Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner
➕ Day 8 Barcelona
Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer, or choose to journey further afield to the surrounding beaches and countryside to get a true taste of Catalan life.
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
➕ Day 9 Barcelona/Pyrenees (1B, 1D)
Explore a bit of Barcelona before an afternoon departure north. Travel to the Pyrenees by local bus and van to reach a 'casa rural', or converted farmhouse, near the town of Ainsa. Indulge in delicious local meals and time to explore the beautiful landscape.
➕ Day 10 Pyrenees (1B, 1D)
Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.
➕ Day 11 Pyrenees/Bilbao (1B)
Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.
➕ Day 12 San Sebastian (1B)
The real treat in this part of the country is the eating. Basque cuisine is famous in Spain and around the world, with many believing this is the best food in the country. While San Sebasti?n didn't invent tapas, they are well-acknowledged to have perfected them. Wander through the streets before lunchtime or in the evening and check out what each bar has on offer.
Stop in each place for some wine or beer and sample their tapas (pintxos in Basque) selection. Move on to the next bar and repeat!
Delicious seafood abounds here as well. Looking for more than just pintxos? Head to the harbour and hole up in a traditional simple tavern. Don't leave San Sebasti?n without trying the famous jamon iberico.
The specialty drink in this area is called the Kalimotxo ? half wine (usually red table wine) and half Coca Cola.Take some time to wander through the plazas, marvel at the buildings, and spot the art sprinkled throughout the city. And, as always, try the pintxos.
➕ Day 13 Bilbao/Logro?o (1B)
With tons of churches, roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, there's no shortage of sights to be seen when wandering around this city.
Rioja Region Wine Tasting
➕ Day 14 Logro?o/Madrid
Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.
➕ Day 15 Madrid (1B)
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.