Day 1 BARCELONA, SPAIN.
Bienvenido—welcome! Time to relax or to begin exploring Spain’s second-largest city, and the capital of Catalonia. Your Local Host is on hand to help you maximize your time
Day 2 BARCELONA
Morning guided sightseeing, starting from Plaza Catalunya, includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera, and to visit Gaudí’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion
Day 3 BARCELONA
A full day to enjoy this splendid city at your own pace. Spend time at the Olympic Port with its modern sculptures, restaurants, and bars; or visit the Camp Nou football (soccer) stadium. Your Local Host can help you organize your day
Day 4 BARCELONA–MADRID.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Madrid
Day 5 MADRID.
Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM to admire one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Also see Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, and Puerta de Alcalá monument. Your Local Host will have suggestions for your afternoon at leisure
Day 6 MADRID. EXCURSION TO TOLEDO.
Enjoy a special HIGHLIGHT EXCURSION TO TOLEDO, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. See the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ, home to El Greco’s painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz
Day 7 MADRID–SEVILLE.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Seville. During your guided sightseeing, learn about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. Stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER; and enjoy views of Maria Luisa Park with its Plaza de España, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame
Day 8 SEVILLE.
Your Local Host will have suggestions for things to see and do, such as a visit to Casa de Pilatos, an Andalusian palace adorned with precious azulejos tiles; and where to shop for locally produced food items
Day 9 SEVILLE–CORDOBA.
Journey by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Cordoba. During your guided sightseeing, pass by the Roman Bridge and this city's Alcazar (royal castle). Begin your walking tour at the Puerta de Almodóvar, main entrance to the medieval Jewish Quarter. Visit the magnificent 8th century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. End your tour on pedestrian-friendly Gran Capitan Avenue with shops and restaurants
Day 10 CORDOBA–TORREMOLINOS.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Málaga, then transfer to your hotel in the resort town of Torremolinos to relax, soak up the atmosphere, and sample the seafood restaurants for which this resort is famous
Day 11 TORREMOLINOS.
Your Local Host will have many ideas for your day at leisure, such as a trip to the botanic garden with its massive stone water wheels, or a visit to the local amusement park, Tivoli World
Day 12 TORREMOLINOS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Málaga.)