7-day Tour in Spain

Day 1 in Barcelona

Arrive in Barcelona and waste no time getting acquainted with the city. Our Spain vacation itinerary begins with exploring the top city sights. Start in the heart of the city on Las Ramblas, the city’s wide pedestrian path lined with shops and street entertainers, and walk to La Rambla del Mar on the waterfront. Follow the coastline north past the harbor full of sailboats to Barceloneta, the city’s best beach town. Next, venture into Parc de la Ciutadella and wander the paths to waterfalls, ponds, and monuments before exploring the streets of the La Ribera and Barri Gothic neighborhoods.

Day 2 in Barcelona

On the second day of your 7-day trip to Spain, get an early start and hike up Montjuic (Jewish Mountain) to the hill-topping castle for views of Barcelona and the sea. The Montjuic Castle dates to 1640 and was built as a military fortress (and can be visited for a fee). Bring a picnic lunch and dine al fresco. Retrace your steps back down the hill and spend the afternoon visiting the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalyuna) art museum.

Day 3 in Barcelona

A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without contemplating the works of the city’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi – and that is exactly what you will do on Day 3 of your 1 week trip to Spain. His unique works are scattered throughout the city, but he is best known for his unfinished Sagrada Familia church. Join a Gaudi tour to best learn about his life and work. In the afternoon, wander through more of Barcelona’s picturesque neighborhoods, like L’Eixample (or the La Ribera and Barri Gothic quarters, if you didn’t have time to see them on your first day). Spend the evening tapa-hopping and bar crawling to experience the local cuisine.

Day 4: Seville

Begin Day 4 of your one-week trip to Spain on board the morning AVE train (6 hours) from Barcelona to Seville in the Andalucia region. After checking into your Seville accommodations, head straight for the city center. Visit the landmark Seville Cathedral, which was built between 1401 and 1519 and is one of the largest Medieval churches in the world. Climb the 12th century La Giralda tower, then enter the Alcazar Palace that stands opposite the cathedral (where scenes for Game of Thrones have been filmed). Spend the evening tapas-tasting and then seek out a spot for Flamenco dancing.

Day 5: Seville

For day 5 of our Spain itinerary, we’ll spend time soaking up the charm of Seville by discovering the quaint neighborhoods of the city. See more of the city center, then step into Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter. Cross the river and get lost in the colorful lanes of Tirana. Go south of the Seville Center to the ornate Plaza de Espana and Parque de Maria Luisa…but don’t miss Macarena (and the Basilica de la Macarena) on the north side of the city!

Day 6: Madrid

Take the morning train (3 hours) to Madrid for your final two days of your 7-day tour of Spain. Discover the top sights in the city on your own walking tour (or join a guide for a tour of Madrid!). Linger over a long lunch in Plaza Mayor before visiting two of the city’s top sights: the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Take a leisurely stroll while window shopping on Gran Via, Madrid’s high-end shopping street.

Day 7: Madrid

In the morning, peruse the goods at the Mercado San Miguel and (resisting the temptation to consume the tapas on-site) gather items for a picnic lunch. Walk to the east side of town to 300-acre royal park, Retiro Park, and find a nice spot to enjoy lunch among the lush gardens. Spend the last hours of your time in Madrid examining the prestigious artwork at the world-renowned Prado Museum.