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Tailor Made Spain: Inspiring Iberia


10 days from $12,695

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Venture across the Iberian Peninsula, experiencing art and architecture, diverse cities, numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful landscapes, and wonderful gastronomy — the very best Spain has to offer.

A&K Advantages

Explore the highlights of Spain, visiting Barcelona, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville and Granada

Discover the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada and the unique Great Mosque of Córdoba

Savor the gastronomy of Spain with an evening tapas tour in Barcelona

Enjoy day trips to captivating sites like El Escorial or Toledo

See the dazzling works of master architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
ARRIVE BARCELONA, SPAIN
Day 2
BARCELONA | GAUDÍ’S GREATEST & TAPAS TOUR
Day 3
BARCELONA | INTO THE GOTHIC QUARTER
Day 4
MADRID | CITY TOUR & PRADO MUSEUM
Day 5
TOLDEO OR SEGOVIA | YOUR CHOICE OF EXCURSIONS
Day 6
CÓRDOBA | JEWISH QUARTER & MEZQUITA
Day 7
GRANADA | HERITAGE OF MOORS & MONARCHS
Day 8
RONDA & SEVILLE | INTO THE ARENA
Day 9
SEVILLE | FROM THE CATHEDRAL TO THE BARRIO
Day 10
DEPART SEVILLE

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Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Day 1
ARRIVE BARCELONA, SPAIN

Arrive in Barcelona, where you are met by your Guardian Angel, transferred to your hotel and assisted with check-in. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

El Palace
Day 2
BARCELONA | GAUDÍ’S GREATEST & TAPAS TOUR

Accompanied by your private guide, discover the masterpieces of Catalonia's famed architect, Antoni Gaudí, starting with the Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera. Next, visit the visually arresting Sagrada Familia Basilica. Started in 1882 and still not complete, it combines Gothic influences with Art Nouveau. Finally, stop at Parc Guell, a beautiful municipal garden with a gatehouse where Gaudí lived during his later years, to view furnishings he designed as well as personal memorabilia. This evening, enjoy a tapas tour, strolling between several of Barcelona's most interesting tapas bars to sample the savory snacks.

El Palace
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
BARCELONA | INTO THE GOTHIC QUARTER

Discover the true heart of the old city — its medieval Gothic Quarter, where you explore narrow, labyrinthine streets and quiet squares that are quite distinct from the rest of the city. Take in the magnificent 13th-century cathedral, notable for its fine Gothic chapels, medieval choir stalls and shady cloister. Then, visit the spectacular Palau de la Música Catalana, a symphony of stained glass, ceramics, ironwork, stone and brick created by Gaudi’s great contemporary Domènech i Montaner that is now classified as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

El Palace
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4
MADRID | CITY TOUR & PRADO MUSEUM

This morning, transfer to the rail station to board the AVE train to Madrid, where you are met on arrival and privately transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, tour Spain’s capital city, visiting the Royal Palace, its rooms filled with art treasures and antiques. Continue to the world-famous Prado Museum to admire works by Spain's three great masters: Goya, Velazquez and El Greco.

The Westin Palace, Madrid
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5
TOLDEO OR SEGOVIA | YOUR CHOICE OF EXCURSIONS

Today, you may choose a full-day excursion to Toledo, visiting its sixth-century Cathedral, and proceeding to the church of Santo Tome, to view El Greco’s The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Stop at the 14th-century El Transito Synagogue, and tour the House and Museum of El Greco. Alternatively, head out of the city today and travel through the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range to explore one of Castile y Leon’s most enchanting cities, Segovia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, taking in its marvelous Roman aqueduct and its narrow streets. You also visit the Alcazar, an archetypal fairy-tale castle with gabled roofs, turrets and crenellations. You may like to enjoy a lunch on your own of the traditional suckling pig for which Segovia is famous. Continue your explorations just outside Segovia with a visit the sumptuous royal palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, with its delightful gardens and elegant rooms.

The Westin Palace, Madrid
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6
CÓRDOBA | JEWISH QUARTER & MEZQUITA

Privately transfer to the Madrid rail station to board a train to Córdoba, one of Spain's oldest cities. On arrival, meet a local guide to walk through the flower-filled streets of the Jewish Quarter and visit the medieval Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From its humble beginnings as a small Christian Visigoth temple, the site was greatly expanded by the Muslims who conquered Spain in 711 and is today considered a superb example of Moorish architecture. View its Christian Baroque nave, in the heart of the former mosque. This afternoon, ride through spectacular countryside to Granada.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7
GRANADA | HERITAGE OF MOORS & MONARCHS

Visit the Alhambra, a remnant of the Muslim occupation of Andalusia. Admire the Alcazaba fortress and Royal Palace of this once mighty citadel, and then stroll through the lovely gardens of the nearby Generalife Palace. Continue to the city for a walking tour that includes the Royal Chapel, burial place of the Catholic Monarchs who financed the explorations of Christopher Columbus, as well as the cathedral. Time permitting, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Albaicín to learn about its Moorish history or the Sacromonte area, noted for its cave houses.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8
RONDA & SEVILLE | INTO THE ARENA

Journey to Seville, stopping en route in Ronda, a city dramatically perched high above a deep gorge, where you join your local guide on a stroll along narrow streets and visit the Plaza de Toros (bullring), an impressive arena with Moorish architecture. Continue to Seville and settle into your luxurious hotel. This evening, transfer to Tablao El Arenal for an authentic flamenco show. The Tablao El Arenal is situated in a building dating from the 17th century and its architecture and decoration are typically Andalusian. Enjoy a complimentary beverage during the show, and afterward, return to your hotel.

Hotel Alfonso XIII
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
SEVILLE | FROM THE CATHEDRAL TO THE BARRIO

Explore the historic heart of Seville, starting with the immense 15th-century Seville Cathedral, a breathtaking jewel of medieval Christendom. Then, behold the delicately carved La Giralda, a soaring Moorish minaret from the 12th century. Visit the magnificent 14th-century Alcázar and enjoy a walk through the charming Barrio de Santa Cruz.

Hotel Alfonso XIII
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10
DEPART SEVILLE

This morning, transfer to the Seville airport to board your homebound flight.

Enhance Your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

Cook Like a Barcelona Local

Join your expert chef at the world-famous Boquería market, where you select ingredients for your lunch. After a short walk, begin your cooking class on the iconic La Rambla, preparing Spanish classics paired with fine local wine.

Explore the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat

Visit a Benedictine abbey nestled among the striking pink peaks of Serra de Montserrat. Venture within its domed basilica to reveal the shrine of the Black Virgin of Montserrat and a museum exhibiting masterworks by El Greco and Caravaggio.

Visit a Local Guitar Workshop

Meet one of Madrid’s legendary guitar luthiers in a small, traditional workshop in the historic Malasenas district. A traditional bookbinder, violin maker and mandolin maker share the workshop, culminating in an inspiringly creative space.

Cycle Madrid

Embark on a leisurely cycling tour of Madrid, pedaling past the grand Plaza de Oriente, the Teatro Real, the Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, Puerta del Sol, Retiro Park and the Crystal Palace.

Learn to Dance the Flamenco

After a tour of Seville’s Flamenco Museum, take a primer in this captivating dance, learning the basic steps with expert instruction accompanied by live music.

Basque Country Post-Tour Extension

Spain Basque

5 days from $6,195

Jul–Sep; Priced from $7,595
May–Jun, Oct; Priced from $6,195

Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published for 2020 travel, and subject to availability.
Pricing reflects A&K's recommended months of travel of this itinerary. Supplements may apply over holiday periods, festivals and special events. International air not included.
 

Day 1

Arrive at Bilbao Airport, where you join your expert guide to explore the city. Visit the Guggenheim Museum, the masterpiece of Frank Gehry, with its gleaming titanium structure. Apart from the works that form the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, it offers an array of intriguing temporary exhibits. Visit the historic Siete Calles district, beautifully restored after catastrophic floods. Wander through its boutiques, small bars and restaurants before checking in to your hotel in San Sebastian.

Hotel Maria Cristina
Meals: Breakfast
Day 2

This morning, explore San Sebastian with your expert guide, taking in the fascinating Old Town, the iconic Comb of the Wind sculpture on the horseshoe bay of La Concha, and the promontory of Monte Igeldo. Continue to the nearby fishing village of Getaria. Visit the Balenciaga Museum, dedicated to dress designer Cristobal Balenciaga, who was born in the village. On the hills overlooking the sea are several of the most important vineyards producing small-batch txacolí. Take a tour and enjoy a tasting before returning to San Sebastian. This evening, experience the real soul of Basque cuisine in its small bars and restaurants that throng the narrow streets of the Parte Vieja — the oldest district in town — accompanied by your local guide. Along the way, you may sample a wide variety of pintxos (local tapas), for which the region is known.

Hotel Maria Cristina
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3

The Pays Basque Français is an enchanting area of small villages, lush green landscapes and the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees. First, visit the charming fishing port of Saint Jean de Luz with its unspoiled center of narrow streets, quayside and old churches, a short distance over the frontier. From there, continue inland to explore villages like Ainhoa, filled with quaint stone houses and delightful parish churches. Perhaps continue to the capital of Bayonne, where the beautifully restored half-timbered houses are a superb example of how to bring an old town back to life. You may prefer to visit the coast again and explore the once-exclusive coastal town of Biarritz. Return to your hotel in San Sebastian.

Hotel Maria Cristina
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4

Depart San Sebastian today and drive to the medieval walled hilltop town of Laguardia, little changed in hundreds of years. Here you can visit a bodega where the grapes are still trodden in a great tank and then left to ferment by the age-old carbonic maceration technique. Take lunch on your own in Laguardia before continuing to one of La Rioja's most historic wineries, where you enjoy a tour and tasting, savoring the contrast from the local, homegrown vintage you sampled earlier. Return to San Sebastian with your driver and guide.

Hotel Maria Cristina
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5

This morning, you are transferred to the airport for your international departure.


May–Jun, Sep–Oct; Priced from $13,395
Jan–Apr, Jul–Aug, Nov; Priced from $12,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published for 2020 travel, and subject to availability.
Pricing reflects A&K's recommended months of travel of this itinerary. Supplements may apply over holiday periods, festivals and special events. International air not included.
 

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