Culinary treats, renowned culture, and architectural marvels

In Spain, historic treasures and culinary treats combine with stunning seashores and architectural marvels. Delve into the local culture with visits to art galleries and a chef-led paella cooking class. Our Insider Experts introduce us to a captivating history, as Spain and its many wonders come alive during this adventure in motion.

Highlights

  • Make Paella during a chef-led cooking class

  • Explore the cities of Segovia and Avila with expert guides

  • Visit a Valencian barraca house

  • Take a boat ride on the Albufera Lagoon

  • Dive into the Tapas scene in Barcelona

Itinerary for Spain

DAY 1: Madrid

Day 1: Madrid Welcome to Spain. After transferring to our hotel, we’ll join our Local Leader this evening to preview the journey ahead. Later, we’ll dine at a favorite local restaurant. (d)

  • Transfers are shared among travelers in our group. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to your hotel. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in Madrid: Hotel Petit Palace Preciados
  • Dinner tonight is at local restaurant, walking distance from our hotel

DAY 2: Madrid

Uncover the hidden parts of Madrid during a walking tour of the city, led by an Insider
Expert. Spain’s stirring history makes strolling the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol a moving experience. After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to explore the city as you wish. Perhaps visit one of the world-famous museums or simply relax and enjoy tapas at a nearby café. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Madrid: Hotel Petit Palace Preciados

DAY 3: Madrid > Segovia > Avila > Madrid

Traveling to the World Heritage City of Segovia, we’ll enjoy a guided tour that includes a visit to the Royal Mint of Segovia and the famous aqueduct, which is a landmark monument. Later,  in Avila, see the striking medieval walls, towers and gates that dramatically surround this historic city. (b)

  • Today is a full touring day
  • Our hotel in Madrid: Hotel Petit Palace Preciados
  • Breakfast is full buffet

DAY 4: Madrid > Cuenca

Leaving Madrid, we journey to the small town of Cuenca. Originally built as a defensive fortress, the charming town is now best known for its hanging houses. Walk across the stunning San Pablo Bridge and visit one of the houses before taking time for independent discovery. Perhaps an abstract art museum or local café will be part of your day’s story. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cuenca: Parador de Cuenca

DAY 5: Cuenca > Valencia

Today we’ll explore the Enchanted City (Ciudad Encantada). Thousands of years of water, wind and ice erosion have created unique formations in this national park, making it one of Spain’s most spectacular places. This afternoon, we’ll venture to the coastal city of Valencia. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Valencia: Hotel Dimar

DAY 6: Valencia

Join the locals this morning with visits to the Mercado Colon and Valencia’s famous Mercado Central, one of Europe’s oldest fresh food markets. Here, we’ll find ingredients to be used during our paella cooking class. Continuing to the village of El Palmar, we’ll put our skills to the test with a local chef who will show us how to cook authentic paella. Our action-packed day finishes with a picturesque boat ride around the tranquil Albufera Lagoon, and a visit to a traditional farm house. Return to Valencia for an evening at leisure. (b, l) 

  • Lagoon boat ride is approximately 1 hour
  • Our hotel in Valencia: Hotel Dimar
  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • There will be a vegetarian option for the paella cooking class

DAY 7: Valencia > Barcelona

Journey up the coast to Barcelona, where Catalan cuisine mixes seamlessly with Gothic architecture and quirky character. An unscripted afternoon lets you write your own adventure. Wander the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter or visit the Picasso Museum. This evening, dive into the local tapas scene at one of our Local Leader’s favorite
spots, where you can try escalivada, patatas bravas or bunyols de bacallá. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Barcelona: Hotel Catalonia Segrada Familia
  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • There is no included touring today until 8pm when the tapas evening begins

Day 8: Barcelona

Your adventure ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Transfer are not included in the price of your tour, but are available for purchase at time of booking

Things to know before traveling to Spain

This tour includes 10 meals. We’ve allotted time for you to experience the local cuisine on your own accord. When eating on your own, please note that lunches typically cost $25USD and dinners range from $30USD per person. All breakfasts are included in this tour.

The official currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR).

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.

Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 100°F), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please also note that not all hotels in Europe would have Air Conditioning system, but only fans. It may be uncomfortable for some in summer heat. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

SPANISH SIESTA:
Please note that shops, attractions, sights and businesses may be closed for up to 5 hours in the middle of the day for siesta time. This gives the locals time to escape the heat and spend time with their families, eat a large lunch or simply sleep through the most uncomfortable time of day. This means of course that people work later into the evening and dinner time can seem quite late: 9.30pm is not uncommon for family dinner time.

One of the great things about our trips is that we encourage every member of the group to spend time interacting with local people. In order to best be able to do this in Spain, we recommend that you try to do as the locals do – avoid the heat of the day, and stay out later at night.

Food in Europe is varied and differs significantly between countries and regions. Expect to sample delicious local meals in almost every location you’ll visit on this trip. However, if you do not feel like having a local delicacy, world type food is also widely available, especially in bigger cities. European diet is mostly meat based; vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and choices may be limited to soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets will find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

European breakfasts are often basic and may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar.)

Mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 21:00 and 21.30.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Spain

Pre-Night Add-ons

MADRID
$325 USD per room, double occupancy
$300 single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

BARCELONA
$285 USD per room, double occupancy
$250 single occupancy


Optional Tours

  • Madrid Tapas Adventure – Urban Adventure
  • Abono Paseo del Arte (3 museum combo voucher)
  • Museo del Prado
  • Royal Palace-Madrid

8 days, from $2,699 USD