Get a real taste of the classic cities of Spain on this immersive 14-night train journey. Travel from the grand capital of Madrid south to beautiful Seville, then on to historic Córdoba, Granada and Málaga, and finally to the coastal, Gaudi-inspired Barcelona. Enjoy time in each city uncovering the main attractions and hidden gems, including sightseeing tours, and special guided tours of historic monuments, including the Alcazar in Seville and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. From jaw-dropping scenery to sprawling historic sites and lively city centers, this exploration of Spain will take your breath away!
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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.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN MADRID
Welcome to Madrid! On arrival, check in at your hotel for a three-night stay and begin exploring this vibrant city. Perhaps take a stroll to the Plaza Mayor, where you can relax and people watch at one of the many cafes lining the square. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Bakery House, which dominates the area, or just soak in the lively atmosphere. (Overnight in Madrid)
DAY 2 - MADRID
After breakfast this morning, why not take advantage of your included skip-the-line tour of the Prado Museum. Skip the queues and head straight into the museum for a fascinating guided tour. Your guide will take you through this large collection of European art. Head to the Plaza Mayor after your tour where you will find plenty of bars and cafes to 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. (Overnight in Madrid) B
DAY 3 – MADRID
Continue your exploration of the city today with your included hop-on, hop-off tour. There are 37 stops along two routes transporting you to the city's main sights, and onboard commentary. You can hop on and off the tour at any time and change between the routes enabling you to create your own itinerary at your own pace. Don't miss the Archaeological Museum or the beautiful Palacio de Cristal park. (Overnight in Madrid) B
DAY 4 – MADRID TO SEVILLE
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then board the train for Seville. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Seville is a beautiful city, boasting ancient architecture and fragrant orange groves. Spend the afternoon discovering the city at your leisure, taking in the Moorish influenced architecture and the vibrant Andalusian culture. In the evening, be like a local and enjoy some local tapas at a pavement bar. (Overnight in Seville) B
DAY 5 – SEVILLE
Discover the best of Seville today with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city’s top sights. The tour stops at 14 major attractions, including the Plaza de Espana, San Jacinto, Acuario de Sevilla. You’ll also receive free admission and discounts to the city’s top museums and attractions. Enjoy this special day touring Seville! (Overnight in Seville) B
DAY 6 – SEVILLE TO CÓRDOBA
Journey by train to Córdoba today, and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. A smaller city than its Andalucian neighbors of Seville and Granada, Córdoba makes up for its lack of size with history, charm and more than a few spectacular sights. Make your way to Córdoba’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, with its glorious Mezquita, and in the evening discover the Plaza de las Tendillas with its excellent bars and restaurants. (Overnight in Córdoba) B
DAY 7 – CÓRDOBA
After breakfast this morning, explore one of Spain’s most celebrated historic monuments on a guided tour of the Great Mosque Cathedral of Córdoba. Hear the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage site from a local guide and marvel at the well-preserved architecture from many eras of Córdoban history. (Overnight in Córdoba) B
DAY 8 – CÓRDOBA TO GRANADA
After breakfast at your hotel this morning, board the train for a scenic ride to Granada, which includes a transfer in the pretty city Andalucian city of Antequera. On arrival in Granada, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the city of Granada and the surrounding Granada province is steeped in medieval history, and its fascinating Moorish architectural heritage draws thousands of visitors every year from around the world. Enjoy a meal of delicious tapas at a local bar, happen upon a spontaneous flamenco performance, or admire the street art that lines the narrow cobblestone boulevards. (Overnight in Granada) B
DAY 9 - GRANADA
Immerse yourself in Spain’s Moorish past today with your included skip-the-line entrance to the Alhambra Palace, the most popular attraction in the city and one of the most beloved monuments in all of Spain. With construction starting in the 11th century, and numerous additions and revisions over hundreds of years, the palace is now a painstakingly restored love letter to Moorish architecture. (Overnight in Granada) B
DAY 10 – GRANADA TO MÁLAGA
Following breakfast, board a direct train for 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 11 – MÁLAGA
On your second day in Málaga, enjoy your included breakfast then use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour and Málaga experience card to discover the city. Included with your ticket, enjoy entry into the Automobile Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the House and Picasso Foundation, Tapas and Wine at the Pimpi Restaurant or Toro Restaurant, and much more. (Overnight in Málaga) B
DAY 12 – MÁLAGA TO BARCELONA
Take the train from Málaga to Barcelona today and make your way to your hotel for a three-night stay. Once you've settled in, why not head down the tree-lined boulevard of Las Ramblas and mingle with the street performers and experience the colorful market stalls. And don't miss the chance to indulge in more tasty tapas for dinner! (Overnight in Barcelona) B
DAY 13 – BARCELONA
Spend a full day exploring Barcelona today. Combine sightseeing with traveling and create your very own city tour with your hop-on, hop-off tour. You'll be treated to panoramic views and running commentary onboard. You can hop on and off the bus at any time to explore the top attractions of the city on the three different routes. From the beaches to the myriad mosaics of the Parc Guell and the bohemian Gothic Quarter, enjoy discovering the highlights of the city at your own pace. (Overnight in Barcelona) B
DAY 14 – BARCELONA
After breakfast, spend another full day at your leisure in the city. In the morning, head to the Picasso Museum for some artistic indulgence and then in the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour by the famous Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia. Regardless of beliefs, this cathedral is striking for its architecture, art and history. During your tour, you will see the facades and the interior of the basilica, you will acquire essential knowledge that only your guide can give about the symbolism representing the Holy Family as an expression of Christian ideology and faith through the construction in stone. Don't forget to check out the views of the city when you ride the elevator to the top! (Overnight in Barcelona) B
DAY 15 – DEPART BARCELONA
Check out of your hotel today and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation with additional nights in a particular destination, or if you wish to enjoy this itinerary in reverse, one of our Rail Specialists can help with all the details. B
LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner
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.
The NH Barcelona Centro hotel enjoys one of the best locations in the city. We’re right in the heart of Barcelona – in the Ciutat Vella neighborhood, near the historic Gothic quarter, and close to the best shopping spots. The hotel has 156 rooms, which are spacious and tastefully decorated. These offer plenty of natural light, while windows are soundproofed to ensure a good night’s sleep.
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.
The Hospes Palacio de los Patos is a luxury boutique hotel set across two buildings, one a listed 19th century palace; the other a modern glass-fronted building with an alabaster tiled lattice façade. The hotel features 42 contemporary bedrooms and the Bodyna Spa with indoor swimming pool offers treatments and massages. Enjoy a meal at the Senzone Restaurant, featuring regional dishes created using the freshest local produce. The hotel is located in heart of historic Granada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set within traditional 17th and 18th century houses, and featuring gorgeous gardens, fountains and patios, the Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia occupies a prime position in Cordoba, just a few metres from the Mezquita itself. The hotel’s 64 rooms all boast classic decor, original features and en suite bathrooms. Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or snack on traditional Andalusian fare at the Patio de Mudéjar bar.
The Hospes Palacio del Bailío in Cordoba is a stylish luxury hotel, housed within a 16th century building with four patio areas. The hotel is a balance of history, design, light and space. The hotel also features the BODYNA SPA with indoor Roman baths and an outdoor swimming pool, the Senzone restaurant and a Tapas Bar offering a mixture of traditional and modern style tapas. The hotel is located in the centre of the historic Moorish city of Cordoba, and a 15 minute walk from the train station.
A truly unique location, the NH Collection Amistad Córdoba is a piece of living history sensitively renovated to the finest contemporary standards. Composed of two 18th-century palaces, its romantic courtyards, arches and ornate carved ceilings conjure up the essence of Córdoba.
The H10 Corregidor is a charming Boutique Hotel located in Seville’s historic centre and shopping district, next to the city’s main tourist attractions. The hotel keeps the essence of Seville alive through its arabesque and Andalusian architecture. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant for breakfasts and a terrace in an Andalusian courtyard featuring a typical Andalusian fountain, a late 19th-century wrought-iron gate and ceramic tiles from the 1929 Seville World's Fair.
The Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is a historic boutique style hotel. The decor combines the finest elements of Arabic and European design that have influenced Seville over the centuries. Enjoy the unique views of the historical city centre from the roof top swimming pool, and taste the best of Andalusian cuisine from one of the hotel's two restaurants. The Hospes is situated on Jesús de la Redención Square, in the historic centre of Seville.