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Spain’s Balearic Islands: Menorca & Mallorca

10 days |  12 days with Valencia extension
10 days |  12 days with Valencia extension
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Find out why island living is one of Spain’s best-kept secrets.

When it comes to island vacations in Europe, Greece gets a whole lot of attention—and for good reason. But for travelers who want to experience island life off the beaten path, Spain’s Balearic Islands are the answer. On this guided tour, get a taste of Spain’s own unique brand of island living, and find out why sleepy Menorca and bustling Mallorca perfectly complement each other. Along the way, take in the islands’ sunny beaches, coastal villages, succulent seafood, and laid-back way of life.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
  • 6 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Sagrada Família
  • Talayot de Trepuco
  • Mahon sandal workshop visit
  • Ciutadella
  • Cuevas del Drach boat ride
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona.

Barcelona2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • Stop at Montjuïc, site of the 1992 Olympic Games, and take in the panoramic views at Mirador de l’Alcalde Park.
  • Pass Plaça d’Espanya, where many of Barcelona’s main roads intersect.
  • Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress.
  • Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, passing Gaudí’s iconic Casa Batlló, or House of Bones.

Spend a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Park Güell & La Pedrera

From $149 per person

Menorca2 nights
Day 4: Flight to Menorca, sightseeing tour of Mahón & Megalithic sites
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Menorca, the most laid-back of Spain’s Balearic Islands, which is known for its variety of unspoiled beaches and pine-fringed coastlines.

  • Visit Trepucó, one on Menorca’s largest Talayotic sites.
  • Walk among the remains of the prehistoric culture featuring burial mounds, walls, and monuments.

Afterward, set out on a walking tour of Menorca’s capital city, Mahón, which is situated atop a bluff overlooking one of the Mediterranean’s deepest harbors.

  • Stroll through the city’s historic center and take in its colorful architecture.
  • View the Santa Maria Cathedral, Teatro Principal, and local food market brimming with fresh fish and local produce.
  • Enter a Menorcan sandal shop and learn more about the island’s iconic avarcas.
  • Learn about the craftsmanship that goes into the handmade shoes—and pick up a pair for yourself, if you’d like.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Free day on Menorca
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day on Menorca or add excursions.

Menorcan Cheese Farm, Coastal Lunch & Nature Walk

From $159 per person

Sunset Cruise of Menorca

From $125 per person

Northeast Mallorca2 nights
Day 6: Ciutadella, ferry to Northeast Mallorca & Cuevas del Drach
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before departing for Mallorca, spend the morning in the port city of Ciutadella, passing Menorca Cathedral, Bord Square, and the Castle of St. Nicholas, a defensive tower built from sandstone.

Then, board a ferry to Mallorca, the largest and most urban of the Balearic Islands, where ancient history, modern, urban living, and jaw-dropping coastal landscapes meet. Please note: The walking tour of Ciutadella is dependent on ferry schedule.

  • Upon arrival on Mallorca, travel to Cuevas del Drach, an enormous network of underground caves.
  • Descend into the network of limestone caverns, which feature jagged stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over the course of many centuries.
  • Take a boat ride across majestic Lake Martel, a massive, underground lake considered to be one of the largest of its kind.
  • Admire the otherworldly sight while enjoying a live, classical music concert.

This evening, enjoy an included dinner.

Day 7: Free day in northeastern Mallorca
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in northeastern Mallorca or add excursions.

Mallorca Olive Oil Tasting & Farmhouse Wine Dinner

From $159 per person

Mallorca Coastal Cruise, Snorkeling & Lunch

From $185 per person

Palma de Mallorca2 nights
Day 8: Palma de Mallorca via Sóller & Valldemossa
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way into the Serra de Tramuntana Range to discover Mallorca’s scenic mountain villages.

  • Visit the lush town of Sóller, nicknamed Valley of Oranges for its abundant citrus groves.
  • Enjoy free time to explore what is regarded as one of Spain’s most beautiful towns.
  • Climb aboard the town’s historic tram and descend down the mountains to the Port of Sóller.

Later, make your way through the Serra de Tramuntana Range to Valldemossa, a village brimming with old-world charm. On the way, make a photo stop in Deià, a picturesque village where some of the world’s biggest stars have gone to seek refuge from prying paparazzi.

  • Upon arrival in Valldemossa, enjoy free time for lunch and on-your-own exploring.
  • After lunch, join your group for a guided tour of the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa.
  • Learn about the monastery’s history, including its construction in the 14th century for the King of Mallorca’s son.
  • Find out why Polish composer Frédéric Chopin temporarily called the monastery home.
  • Listen to a piano concert featuring music composed by Chopin.

Continue on to Palma, the island’s capital city, and enjoy a free evening.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Palma
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

Join a local guide for a walking tour of Palma—Mallorca’s capital and cultural hub and the Balearic Islands’ largest city. Now a popular resort destination thanks to its location along an azure bay, Palma has been home to Roman, Moorish, and Catholic communities, whose cultural influences—and architectural treasures—remain present.

  • Enter Bellver Castle, one of Europe’s few circular castles.
  • Walk through Palma’s old town and pass Plaza Mayor, Passeig del Born, and the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.
  • Stop by a local bakery to taste the island’s famous ensaimada pastry.
  • Head inside the spectacular and sprawling Cathedral of Mallorca, whose construction began in the 13th century and was completed in the 1630s.

This evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay and visit Valencia.

Extension to Valencia
Known for being the birthplace of paella, Valencia is often overlooked in favor of bigger Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona. That means travelers who venture to this city on Spain's east coast can enjoy its wide beaches, eclectic mix of architectural styles, sprawling green spaces, and many paella, seafood, and tapas spots free from stifling crowds.
Valencia2 nights
Day 10: Flight to Valencia
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to the mainland city of Valencia this morning.

Spend the rest of the day enjoying free time or add an excursion.

Valencia Cooking Class & Dinner

From $159 per person

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Valencia
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Discover Valencia on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Make a photo stop at The City of Arts and Sciences, a symbol of Spain’s modernist architecture.
  • See the Torres de Serranos, the Mercado de Colón, the National Museum of Ceramics, and the charming El Carmen neighborhood.
  • Admire the UNESCO-listed Llotja de la Seda as you walk through the Old Town to Plaza de la Virgen.
  • Admire the unique architecture of Valencia Cathedral, which was built on an ancient Roman temple in the 13th century.
  • Stop to taste horchata, a creamy drink typically made from a strained mixture of soaked and ground tiger nuts, water, and sugar.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.3 out of 5

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    4/5/24 by 1st-time traveler Karen

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    4/16/24 by 2nd-time traveler Richard

    Visited many amazing sites in Spain. Changing hotels every other was a bit exhausting. The One Village Cala hotel was dissapointimg. The water was disgusting, and the breakfast was awful. The hotel in Velencua was in a terrible location. Not a nice neighborhood at all. The day we left Palma...

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    Richard, thank you for your review. We are so sorr...

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    3 out of 5 stars

    4/16/24 by 5th-time traveler Richard

    I have been on 6 go ahead tours. it seems like go ahead had to stretch to find a new place to take tours. they had to cancel most of the excursions because no one signed up for them. we finally went on one that included dinner because there was nothing else to do. it ended up being very good. that w...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera
    Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera

    This contemporary hotel is located in the Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool, restaurant, and WI-Fi. Nearby, you'll find ...

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    Grupotel Aldea Cala’n Bosch
    Grupotel Aldea Cala’n Bosch

    This village style hotel is located on the eastern side of Menorca. Guests enjoy private direct access to the beach, large gardens, and spacious accom...

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    Grupotel Aguait Resort & Spa
    Grupotel Aguait Resort & Spa

    This adults only hotel is located on Mallorca’s northeastern coast. Guests enjoy direct access to Ratjada Beach, impressive views of the Mediterranean...

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    Catalonia Majórica
    Catalonia Majórica

    This seaside hotel is located on Palma Bay on the island of Mallorca. Guests enjoy the sun terrace, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness center. Near...

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    Silken Puerta Valencia
    Silken Puerta Valencia

    This modern hotel is located in Valencia’s Camins al Grau neighborhood. Guests enjoy bike rentals, a cafe, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the P...

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