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Discover the allure of Spain on this 11-day rail journey from Amsterdam and Paris! There’s a reason why Spain is considered one of the world’s favorite vacation destinations. From vibrant Barcelona to the capital of Andalusia in Málaga and the sunny city of Madrid, you’re sure to create memories and experience moments that will prompt you to continue traveling and getting to know new places. Before visiting the memorable cities of Spain, spend two nights in Amsterdam with plenty of time to check out the Van Gogh Museum and stroll along the picturesque canals. In Paris, your sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city’s famed attractions and landmarks, such as the Champs-Élysées and the Louvre Museum.

Highlights

  • Explore the iconic canals of Amsterdam
  • Experience the charm and history of Paris
  • Feel the Gaudi magic in Barcelona
  • Visit the Picasso Museum and learn about Moorish history in Malaga
  • Get a true taste of Spain with a tapas and wine tour in Madrid

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • High-speed rail travel as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Amsterdam
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Paris
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Barcelona
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Malaga
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Madrid
  • Sightseeing and Amsterdam 24-hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour
  • Paris 24-hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
  • Small group tour of Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló in Barcelona
  • Malaga City 24-hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
  • Tapas and Wine Tasting tour in Madrid
Trip Map

Why Not...

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 - AMSTERDAM
Welcome to Amsterdam! Upon arrival, check into your hotel and start exploring Europe’s most diverse destination. Check out some of the city’s world-class art museums, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, or the Stedelijk, and stroll along the picturesque canals lined by trees and unique houseboats. (Overnight in Amsterdam)

DAY 2 – AMSTERDAM
After breakfast this morning, begin sightseeing with your included 24-hour hop-on, hop-off bus and boat tour. Experience unlimited cruises through the historic canal district and climb onboard the famous red buses when and where you want. This is the most comfortable and convenient way to explore all that Amsterdam has to offer. Stop by the “I Amsterdam” letters and many more wonderful attractions and landmarks. (Overnight in Amsterdam) B

DAY 3 - AMSTERDAM TO PARIS
Take a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris following your included breakfast. When you arrive, check into your hotel and begin exploring the charms of Paris. Why not start with visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower in the Champ de Mars park? Then there’s the Champs-Élysées, the most famous avenue in the city—and perhaps more famous than New York’s Times Square or London's Piccadilly Circus. Other must-see places include Ile Saint-Louis for shopping and Rue des Martyrs, Paris’ 200-year-old bustling street market packed with fromageries, boulangeries, and boucheries. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 4 - PARIS
Following your included breakfast, continue exploring Paris with your 24-hour hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Visit the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, Grand Palais, the Paris Opera House and more! In the evening, stroll around the city and find a great place for an authentic Parisian meal and some delicious wine. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 5 - PARIS TO BARCELONA
Today, take a high-speed TGV train through the Pyrenees to Barcelona. Upon arrival, travel on your own to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. Then, step out to explore the colourful city. You can choose to bask in the sun amidst the mosaics of the Parc Guell, catch a boat out on the ocean, or ride the cable car to the top of Montjuïc hill, where you'll be treated to delightful views over the city as well as a plethora of grand museums. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 6 – BARCELONA
After breakfast take a small group tour of the fascinating Casa Batlló and then onto the majestic Sagrada Familia. At your leisure, spend time wandering along the city’s most famous shopping street, Las Ramblas. This tree-lined boulevard is packed with plenty of street artists, shops and great places to sit and people watch. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a glass of locally made sangria and delicious tapas. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 7 - BARCELONA TO MÁLAGA
Catch a morning train from Barcelona directly to Málaga, the capital of Andalusia. When you arrive in the late afternoon, travel on your own to your hotel and check in. Then, step out and enjoy what the evening has to offer. The Spanish stay up late, so there is plenty to see and do! (Overnight in Málaga) B

DAY 8 – MÁLAGA

On your second day in Málaga, enjoy your included breakfast then continue exploring Costa del Sol with your 24-hour hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. There are many things to see, do and experience, including the Alcazaba fortress (built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century) or relaxing on Malagueta, the most popular beach in the region. You could also stroll along the vibrant port or visit the Picasso Museum (Picasso was born in Málaga) on your own. When it comes to the food and wine culture, you’re in luck. Málaga offers both Michelin starred restaurants and small fish shacks serving up delicious fare. (Overnight in Málaga) B

DAY 9 - MÁLAGA TO MADRID
Travel on your own to the station and board your direct train from Malaga to Madrid. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. In the afternoon, why not take a stroll around the impressive Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in all of Madrid, and a wonderful spot for people watching, architecture spotting and even boating on the shimmering lake. Later, you may wish to enjoy a drink along the Paseo de la Castellana or maybe the Gran Via, an elaborate and upmarket shopping street. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 10 – MADRID
This morning head to the Plaza Mayor where you will find the beating heart of this great city.  Then enjoy some refreshments and perhaps relax in the Casa del Campo for the rest of the day. Here you will find a large green oasis, a lake, zoo and a cable car offering fantastic views of the city. Stop by the Plaza de Cibeles and admire the grand architecture of its buildings and be entertained by live musicians and street performers. For your final night embark on a journey of culinary discovery this evening, with a small group tour led by an expert local guide who will lead you to some of the city's finest eateries for 3 hours of delicious tapas and local wine. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 11 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN MADRID
Enjoy breakfast before checking out of your hotel and continuing with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional night in one of these destinations, one of our Rail Specialists would be happy to help you with all the arrangements. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Barcelo Sants Hotel

The new Barceló Sants**** hotel is now ready, having been totally reformed. Prepare to enjoy a unique stay in the completely refurbished Orbital Rooms. Situated above Sants station, the hotel has direct access to the AVE, to the metro lines and theBarcelona railway.

NH Sants Barcelona

The NH Sants Barcelona hotel, formerly known as NH Numancia, is located in the heart of Barcelona’s financial district, just a few steps from the trade fair and the Sants train station. You can get to the city center in 15 minutes on the metro and Camp Nou, the home ground of Barcelona’s soccer team, is only 20 minutes away on foot.

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia

The NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel, formerly known as NH Madrid Suecia, is in the heart of the city’s historic center. A trendy hotel on Madrid's Broadway, Gran Vía, it's ideal for shopping and musicals allike. Renovated in 2016, the hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s and the revolutionary Che Guevara's Madrid home.

Quatro Puerta del Sol

Quatro Puerta del Sol

If you’re looking for a hotel with its own personality in the heart of Madrid, you’ve come to the right place: Hotel Quatro Puerta del Sol is your best choice.

Barcelo Torre de Madrid

The new Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel is located in one of the most iconic buildings in the capital: the Torre de Madrid. This designer hotel is the most convenient place to stay to discover Madrid, thanks to its excellent location in the Plaza de España, a few steps from the Gran Vía, a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace of Madrid and a 15-minute walk from the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. It has first class facilities, including a stylish bar on the ground floor, restaurants where you can try exquisite dishes, and a Wellness Zone with a fitness studio.The Plaza España metro station is located just in front of the hotel, enabling you to easily reach other part of the city in just a few minutes.

NH MÁLAGA

NH MÁLAGA

Completely renovated in 2018, the NH Málaga hotel is right in the center of Málaga, a short walk from the city’s shops, restaurants and tourist attractions.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Louison Hotel Paris

Treat yourself to an authentic getaway in the heart of Paris' Left Bank. In the 6th arrondissement, a short walk from Luxembourg Gardens, the Hôtel Louison reserves a thoughtful and courteous welcome for you: in this old royal family residence, you will feel at home.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

NH Amsterdam Museum Quarter

You’ll find the NH Amsterdam Museum Quarter hotel just outside Amsterdam’s center, sandwiched between a scenic canal and the city’s famous Museum Square. We have 163 spacious guest rooms, many of which overlook rows of traditional Amsterdam houses.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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