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Spain for Solo Travelers: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville

9 days |  12 days with Granada & Málaga extension
9 days |  12 days with Granada & Málaga extension
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One week. Three vibrant Spanish cities.

Get to know three distinctly different sides of Spain as you spend a week exploring a trio of exciting cities alongside other solo travelers. Barcelona, the cosmopolitan, coastal capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, bursts at it seams with whimsical works of art by greats such as Picasso and Miró, and architectural icons by Antoni Gaudí. Madrid, Spain’s sprawling capital, is chock-full of bustling food markets, world-class museums, and royal history. And in Seville, the Andalusian capital, historic churches, grand palaces, Moorish buildings, and flamenco dancing await. Want to experience a more laid-back side of Spain, too? Extend your tour and head south. You’ll visit Granada—a city nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains—and Málaga, a charming port city on the Costa del Sol.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 food tastings
  • 1 cooking class
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Included highlights

  • Sagrada Família in Barcelona
  • Royal Palace in Madrid
  • Madrid’s Prado Museum
  • Spanish tapas cooking class
  • Córdoba
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Spain! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner in Barcelona. This cosmopolitan, coastal city is the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region and is celebrated for its spectacular art and architecture—particularly works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Antoni Gaudí.

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.

  • Enjoy a drive along the city’s waterfront.
  • View the towering Mirador de Colom, a nearly 200-foot-tall monument to Christopher Columbus, who disembarked in the port of Barcelona following his voyage to the Americas.
  • Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress.
  • Make your way down Passeig de Gràcia and past Gaudí’s colorful Casa Battló, or House of Bones, widely considered to be one of the architect’s masterpieces.
  • End with a walk through the Gothic district and along Las Ramblas, a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Park Güell & La Pedrera

From $149 per person

Madrid3 nights
Day 4: Train ride to Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Journey by high-speed train to Spain’s capital, Madrid, a bustling city that’s latticed with elegant boulevards and blanketed with vast, manicured parks.

Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Please note: Porterage is not included for the train transfers. Travelers must be comfortable lifting and carrying all luggage over steps, onto platforms, and into luggage storage.

Traditional Spanish Evening

From $165 per person

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Madrid & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get acquainted with Spain’s cosmopolitan capital city with the help of a local guide.

  • View the Royal Palace, Spain’s largest royal residence.
  • Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt.
  • View the city’s many squares, including Plaza Colón and Plaza Neptune.
  • Explore the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy and is home to the works of Goya, Velásquez, and more iconic artists.

This evening, head to a local culinary school for a hands-on cooking class, during which you’ll craft Spanish tapas under the guidance of an experienced chef. Then, sit down for an included dinner and enjoy what you’ve prepared.

Day 6: Free day in Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Madrid or add an excursion.

Toledo

From $145 per person

Seville2 nights
Day 7: Seville via Córdoba & olive oil farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Settle in aboard a high-speed train and enjoy the ride to the Andalusian city of Córdoba, once an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages.

Please note: Travelers should feel comfortable managing their own luggage while getting on and off the train.

Then, discover the history of Córdoba—once home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths, and 70 libraries—and the cuisine of Andalusia.

  • Pass by Córdoba’s Roman Bridge, which was built in the first century BC and features 16 irregularly patterned arches.
  • View the medieval Albolafia Mill, one of several historic watermills in the city.
  • Enter the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the eighth century as a mosque and then transformed into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236.

After exploring Córdoba, board your coach and continue on to a family-owned olive oil farm for a tour and tasting.

  • Join a local guide for a tour of the farm’s olive groves, mill, and cellar.
  • Learn how olives are grown, harvested, and turned into olive oil, one of Spain’s major exports.
  • Sample some orange-infused olive oil drizzled on top of chocolate gelato.
  • Enjoy free time to shop for made-on-the-farm products.

Continue on to Seville and spend a free evening in the city.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Seville & flamenco show
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

Uncover the beauty of Seville—Andalusia’s capital city, which is known for its historic churches, palaces, and Moorish buildings—on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • View the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España, a massive, semi-circular brick building built in Renaissance and neo-Mooristy styles for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition.
  • Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz, a popular neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets, narrow alleys, and tiled benches.
  • See the Gothic Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world.
  • Enter the Royal Alcázar, a palace that was once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
  • Stop to enjoy a tasting of several types of tapas dishes.

Tonight, get a taste of old Seville during a live flamenco show.

  • Join your fellow travelers for a celebratory farewell dinner.
  • Sip an included drink as you watch the authentic performance, which comprises expressive lyrics, moving instrumentals, and passionate choreography.
  • After discovering why UNESCO has declared flamenco to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, enjoy free time to explore the vibrant Santa Cruz neighborhood.
Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to visit Granada and Málaga.

Extension to Granada & Málaga
Join your fellow solo travelers and head south to experience the mountains and Costa del Sol. Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Andalusian city of Granada is home to a dazzling array of medieval structures dating to the Moorish period, most notable among them the Alhambra. Stop to explore charming mountain villages, and sample specialties like Jamón Serrano, as you make your way to Málaga, a port city and Pablo Picasso’s hometown. There, marvel at the ruins of an ancient Roman theater and perhaps duck into a cozy bar or restaurant to sample some of the flavors for which the city is known.
Granada1 night
Day 9: Transfer to Granada & sightseeing tour of Alhambra
Included meal: Breakfast

Head south toward Granada, then take a guided tour of the UNESCO-recognized Alhambra, the Moorish sultans’ last stronghold in Spain.

  • Walk along the Cypress Promenade to view the upper and lower gardens of Generalife Palace, once the Nasrid dynasty’s summer home.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Granada and its surrounding countryside.
  • View the unique curved, Roman-style courtyard inside the Palace of Charles V.
  • Admire the blend of Western art and Islamic design as you stroll through ornamented courtyards.
  • Enter the Nasrid Palaces and see the Mexuar, where the Council of Ministers met.
  • See where the royal family lived during visits to Comares Palace and the Palace of the Lions.

Please note: The order of activities is subject to change.

Málaga2 nights
Day 10: Málaga via Alpujarra villages of the Sierra Nevada Mountains & sightseeing tour of Málaga
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Visit several Alpujarra villages in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which is home to the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Meet your local guide in the town of Órgiva, a bustling market town that has become a melting pot of various communities living the Spanish lifestyle.
  • Travel to Pampaneira, a mountain village known for its ceramics, leather, and clothing.
  • Make your way to Trevélez, one of the highest villages in the Sierra Nevadas and a region known for its ham, or jamón, production.
  • Stop for a tasting of locally produced Jamón Serrano.

Continue on to Málaga and get to know the port city on a sightseeing tour.

  • View the Málaga Cathedral, nicknamed the One-Armed Woman for its incomplete second tower.
  • Learn about the city’s history as you view its ancient Roman theatre.
  • Marvel at the hilltop, fortified Moorish palace of Alcazaba, which was built in the 10th century and has served as a royal residence and military structure.
Day 11: Free day in Málaga
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Málaga or add an excursion.

Rejoin your group this evening and celebrate your trip together over tonight’s farewell paella feast.

Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas

From $109 per person

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    A Spain Celebration of a Milestone Birthday!
    1/13/24 by 10th-time traveler Fanny

    From Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Granada, Toledo, Malaga and Ronda- no better way to celebrate my milestone Birthday than taking my 10th GoAhead tour to bring in a new age and no better way to see the world, cook and taste the country’s flavors, and meet and make new friends while doing so than this...

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    Spain top to bottom
    1/13/24 by 2nd-time traveler John

    For a first visit to Spain for me it was a great way to get a look and feel for the country.

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    España
    1/13/24 by 1st-time traveler Ivy

    Our tour guide Marchello was wonderful!! He made sure we were happy and comfortable. His knowledge of the history of Spain was amazing!!! I would travel anywhere Marchello is heading ❤️

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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.
    Radisson Blu 1882 Hotel
    Radisson Blu 1882 Hotel

    This sleek hotel is located in the Camp d’en Grassot i Gràcia Nova neighborhood in Barcelona. Guests enjoy a gym, outdoor pool, and massage services. ...

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    Novotel Madrid Center
    Novotel Madrid Center

    This spacious hotel is located in the heart of Madrid. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a fitness center. Nearby, you'll find the Prado ...

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    Novotel Sevilla
    Novotel Sevilla

    This centrally-located hotel is in the Nervión district of Seville. Guests enjoy a restaurant, rooftop swimming pool, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find t...

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    Gran Hotel Luna de Granada
    Gran Hotel Luna de Granada

    This modern hotel is located close to the shopping area of Granada. Guests enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and restaurant options. Nearby you’ll ...

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    H10 Croma Málaga
    H10 Croma Málaga

    This modern hotel is located in the center of Málaga. Guests enjoy the rooftop bar, plunge pool, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find the Carmen Thy...

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