7 Days Taste of Spain
7 Days, 2 Countries. Discover the highlights of northern Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Pamplona & San Sebastian
Get a taste for all things Spain on this 7-day introduction to the food, culture and history of this amazing country! Spain is one of Europe's most popular travel destinations, and this unique itinerary takes you to some of the most amazing sights in the country. Starting from the capital Madrid, you'll travel through the diverse and historic regions of northern Spain, including Castilla Y Leon, the Basque, Navarra, Catalonia and Castilla La Mancha (home of Don Quixote), to name just a few.
Start in: Madrid
Holiday Inn Madrid Calle Alcala,
End in: Madrid
Madrid train station, 19:30 hrs
Holiday Inn Madrid Calle Alcala, 21:30 hrs
Duration: 7 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 2 Countries
DAY 1: Arrive in Madrid
Welcome to the start of your Spanish adventure! Your tour leader will meet you at our hotel during the afternoon. After everyone's checked in, we'll enjoy an included dinner where you can get to know your fellow travellers and learn a bit more from your tour leader about what incredible experiences the next 7 days will bring!
DAY 2: Madrid - Segovia - San Sebastian
This morning we’ll depart Madrid and make our way to San Sebastian on Spain’s northern coast. Along the way we’ll enjoy a comfort stop in Segovia, a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site city which offers the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in Europe, as well as an incredibly well-preserved Roman aqueduct that runs into the heart of the city. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive in San Sebastian, a charming city with a beautiful beach and vibrant nightlife. A foodie’s paradise, San Sebastian is known for its Basque gastronomy, so this evening is best spent exploring the beachfront bars and indulging in pintxo, northern Spain's version of tapas!
DAY 3: San Sebastian - Pamplona - Zaragoza
Our first stop today is Pamplona, the historic city made famous by “the running of the bulls” during the San Fermin festival. Packed with history, you’ll have some free time to explore the beautiful medieval city centre and see the city walls and citadel. We’ll then head to Zaragoza, enjoying a wine tasting along the way, before taking a walking tour of the city. The city has experienced a long and varied history, with Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian communities leaving their marks over the centuries, as seen in the Basílica del Pilar cathedral, Aljafería Islamic palace and the Roman theatre.
DAY 4: Andorra - Barcelona
On our way to Barcelona we’ll take a comfort stop in Andorra, a tiny independent principality with a population of just 85,000, located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore Andorra la Vella, the highest capital city in Europe and a popular ski resort. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region, Barcelona. Your tour leader will acquaint you with the city’s vibrant energy with a driving tour, so keep your eyes open for the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, and some of the spectacular examples of Antoni Gaudi’s eclectic art and architecture.
DAY 5: Barcelona - Free day
Today is all yours to do with as you please! The best views of the city can be had from Park Guell, and you can take in the panoramic splendour and skyline of Barcelona. The park itself offers a very interesting design which is a product of Anton Gaudi’s challenging architectural visualisations. Barcelona is home to many of Gaudi’s building designs and you could spend the whole day simply locating each one. One of his most famous works is that of the unfinished Sagrada Familia - an interpretation of a Gothic cathedral which is unlike any building you will have ever seen. You can’t miss it from Park Guell, or most other vantage points in the city. Harbour tours, La Ramblas, the ‘Old Town’, museums, art galleries and some of Europe’s best shopping - there is much to do in this incredible city. If you wish to participate in our optional excursion, we can organise tickets for you to see a traditional Flamenco show! The dance of passion is performed with style, flair and energy, and is a real experience not to be missed.
DAY 6: Peniscola - Valencia
Leaving Barcelona behind we’ll make our way south down the coast towards Valencia, stopping off along the way in Peniscola. With a historic old town, beautiful promenade and sandy beach overlooked by an imposing castle built by the Knights Templar, there are few more picturesque places in Europe to enjoy a lunch stop. Once we’ve arrived in Valencia we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of this thriving port city, which retains plenty of historic charm despite the decades of development that have given it a distinct space-age feel. As our last night on tour, we’ll round off the day with a farewell paella dinner this evening.
DAY 7: Valencia - Madrid
Enjoy some free time this morning to explore Valencia - why not visit the cathedral or stroll through the Turia River Bed Gardens? Our journey then continues through the historic La Mancha region, made famous by the legend of Don Quixote. Later, we’ll explore Castillo de Belmonte, with entrance to this medieval castle included in your tour package. The interiors are dominated by spectacular stucco works in the Gothic and Moorish styles, and a beautiful Neo-Gothic courtyard. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive back in Madrid for the end of the tour.
6 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
Services of your Expat tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see the 'Essential Information' tab for more details.
6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
All taxes and fees
Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
12 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.
Optional tours are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
Flamenco show and dinner
Catalan tapas dinner
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Start Date / End Date
12 Aug 2018 - 18 Aug 2018
09 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
07 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018