Originally chanted at the toreros during bullfights, “Olé!” is now a term used to congratulate anyone’s exceptional performance in sunny and live-in-the-moment Spain. Prepare for those two happy syllables to roll off your tongue as you discover the past and modern-day feats of everyone from artists and architects to chefs and winemakers throughout this lively tour of Spain. Our most in-depth look at the land of the nonstop fiesta, this 14-day tour leads you from city to city and coast to coast for Picasso and paella, fortresses and flamenco, and Gaudi and the great Rioja wines. Equally satisfying is seeing the legendary backdrops used for some of classic literature’s finest prose—from Granada’s Moorish Alhambra complex to Pamplona’s famous Calle Estafeta, the famous street where the annual “running of the bulls” takes place. Olé!
Highlights of Spanish Fiesta
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
6 guests in a party: $3,118*18 guests in a party: $726*
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.
Alhambra and Generalife Granada|Burgos Cathedral (See only)|Historic Centre of Cordoba|La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia (See only)|Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct|Works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona|Works of Antoni Gaudi: Sagrada Familia
Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
MADRID Masterpieces in Madrid MADRID Guided sightseeing includes the Prado Museum and sights of the Cibeles Fountain and Calle Alcala. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTART & ARCHITECTURE The Prado Museum houses one of the world’s largest art collections, including its amazing assortment of masterpieces by historic artists like Velasquez, Goya, and El Greco. The famous museum also displays the works of renowned European masters, including Rubens and Rembrandt, along with a stunning collection of Greco-Roman statues.
MADRID–SEGOVIA–BURGOS–VITORIA Spanish Treasures SEGOVIA See the Roman Aqueduct.BURGOS Take an orientation walk and see the Cathedral of Santa Maria.VITORIA Free time late afternoon to browse. (B,D) 286 mi / 460 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE The Cathedral of Santa Maria is a wonderful example of the flamboyant Gothic- style which gives her an unmistakable profile. This revered stop along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route is also the final resting place of the legendary Castilian folk-hero El Cid.
VITORIA–BILBAO–SAN SEBASTIAN–PAMPLONA Walk, Don’t Run BILBAO Take a guided visit of the Guggenheim Museum.SAN SEBASTIAN Enjoy free time to browse and for lunch.PAMPLONA [LF] Walk along the Calle Estafeta, followed by a Rioja wine-pairing dinner at Basaburua restaurant. (B,D) 168 mi / 270 kmLOCAL FAVORITELOCAL TASTES Best known as the narrow cobblestone gauntlet where the running of the bulls takes place in Pamplona, Calle Estafeta is a haven for food lovers where tapas and wine are always on the menu at Restaurante Basaburua in the heart of the city.
PAMPLONA–SARAGOSSA–BARCELONA Going for Baroque in Aragon SARAGOSSA An orientation walk includes Plaza del Pilar. Enjoy free time for lunch. Scenic drive en route to Barcelona. (B) 311 mi / 500 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURE & TRADITION Loved for its folklore, fantastic food, and fascinating landmarks such as the Basílica del Pilar, Saragossa delights with brilliant Baroque architecture that have earned the capital of Spain's Aragon region the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
BARCELONA Gaudi’s Masterpiece BARCELONA Guided sightseeing includes sights of the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and panoramic views of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHT CUTURAL GEM The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia stands in Barcelona as a monument to the Holy Family and a testament to the masterwork of Antoni Gaudi. Built on the reliance of donations since the first stone was laid more than 130 years ago, the iconic church remains an unfinished masterpiece and the world’s longest-running construction project – slated for completion in 2026 on the 100th anniversary of the architect’s death.
BARCELONA–VALENCIA Vibrant Views of Valencia VALENCIA Guided sightseeing features a photo stop at the Arts and Sciences Complex and a traditional Horchata (rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon drink) tasting. (B,D)230 mi / 370 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Marvel at the architecture of La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences) in Valencia. This gleaming, ultra-modern complex is the largest of its kind in Europe, with its strikingly futuristic design mirroring the surrounding water park, and a stunning symbol of the Spanish city, which houses a planetarium, an oceanarium, and an interactive museum.
VALENCIA–GRANADA Grand Granada Scenic drive toward the mountains past cave dwellings near Guadix and Purullena en route to Granada.GRANADA Enjoy free time in the late afternoon, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 336 mi / 540 kmFREE TIME TIPS EXPLORE MORE Take in the Renaissance architecture and unmistakeable Moorish influence mixed with modern style in Granada, one of eastern Andalusia’s most fascinating cities. Poised at the foot of the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada lies between the Darro and Genil rivers with a wealth of grand Islamic architecture, endless tapas, cold beer, and lively streets.
GRANADA–COSTA DEL SOL Splendid Spain GRANADA Guided walking tour includes the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife. (B) 103 mi / 165 kmNOTE:Day 9 Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteedTOUR HIGHLIGHTARCHITECTURAL GEMS Granada’s Alhambra Complex stands as one of the largest ancient aristocratic sites of Western Muslim culture. Its leafy lanes and streams enhance the grand water gardens of Generalife at the once summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid rulers.
COSTA DEL SOL. EXCURSION TO MÁLAGA Time for Tapas COSTA DEL SOL [LF] Join an excursion to Málaga for a guided walking tour through the Old City and tapas tasting at the famous El Pimpi Bodega. Free time to explore. (B)22 mi / 35 kmLOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES El Pimpi occupies an 18th-century home on an ancient Roman road in Málaga. Converted into a wine cellar in 1971, this popular place for tapas and wine maintains its enchanting atmosphere in its halls and patios. Named after the legendary Málaga character, “Pimpi,” who assisted sea crews and passengers arriving at the historic Málaga port, this popular bodega is also owned in part by actor and native of Málaga, Antonio Banderas.
COSTA DEL SOL–GIBRALTAR–SEVILLE La Plaza de Toros Border crossing to Gibraltar.GIBRALTAR Guided sightseeing includes St. Michael’s Caves.SEVILLE [LF] Visit the famous Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, the royal bull ring. (B,D) 199 mi / 320 kmLOCAL FAVORITE CULTURE & TRADITION Step into the ring of Spanish history and heritage, the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla (Royal Bullring), where over the centuries matadors have confronted bulls in a show of pageantry and pride.
SEVILLE The Squares of Seville SEVILLE Visit the Plaza de España. Guided sightseeing includes Casa de Pilatos, and a walk through the Santa Cruz quarter. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC SPOT Walk through Seville’s picturesque Plaza de España, originally built for Seville's Ibero-American Expo at the 1929 World's Fair, the 540,000-square-foot plaza features a sprawling mosaic patio – an architectural tour de force. Explore the historic Santa Cruz quarter in a magical maze of tapas, flamenco, and cafés.
SEVILLE–CORDOBA–MADRID Treasures of Cordoba CORDOBA Guided walking tour includes the Mosque of the Caliphs. Free time to browse.MADRID Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 360 mi / 580 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE The Mosque of Córdoba (Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba in Spanish) today is a Catholic but was originally a mosque built for Muslim prayer by Abd ar-Rahman I in the 8th century. The mosque’s architecture is rich in dazzling detail, with over 800 granite and marble pillars supporting its beautiful brick and stone arches - a major focal point in the mosque along with the soaring bell tower – the tallest structure in the city.
MADRID Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|1||Riu Plaza España||Located directly on the famous Gran Via and facing Plaza de España, this Hotel is walking distance from The Royal Palace of Madrid and The Temple of Debod. Amenities include a rooftop bar with unique views over the city, a terrace with a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool and a fitness center. All 585 guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, minibar satellite TV, in-room safe and mini-fridge.||Madrid||Calle Gran Via 84||Deluxe|
|2||NH Canciller Ayala||Modern hotel with meeting rooms, bar-cafeteria and restaurant; in a park and garden setting, overlooking the Cathedral.||Vitoria||Ramon Y Cajal, 5||First-Class|
|3||Tres Reyes||This property enjoys a unique location situated next to Taconera Park gardens, a stone's throw from Plaza de Castillo and just ten minutes from Plaza de Toros and surrounded by the city's cultural attractions. The hotel offers 160 air-conditioned modern guestrooms, which come with free Wi-Fi access and televisions with satellite channels. A lovely outdoor swimming pool is at guests' disposal during the summer, while sport lovers can find a well-equipped gym. Other amenities include a gourmet restaurant and an elegant piano bar.||Pamplona||Jardines De La Taconera||Superior First-Class|
|4||Catalonia Barcelona Plaza||A large modern 338 room property, located within easy access to many of the city's major sights and attractions. Facilities include a choice of two restaurants a gym and a seasonal rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace with panoramic city views.||Barcelona||Plaza De Espana 6-8||First-Class|
|5||NH Center||The stylishly decorated NH Center hotel offers 192 spacious, modern rooms, including rooms specially designed with handicapped accessibility.||Valencia||Ricardo Mico' 1||First-Class|
|6||Andalucia Centre||This property is strategically located, between the Conference and Exhibition Centre and the city's Science Park, with easy access from the main entrance artery to Granada. The city center is a 15-minute walk from the hotel, which offers 115 large guestrooms with wooden floors and traditional furnishings. All rooms are air-conditioned and are equipped with a satellite TV and a minibar. A rooftop pool and hot tub are at guests' disposal during the summer, as well as a barbecue restaurant overlooking the Alhambra Palace and Sierra Nevada mountains. A café-restaurant, serving seasonal Mediterranean cuisine can also be found. Free-Wi-Fi is available throughout.||Granada||Avda. America, 3||Superior First-Class|
|7||Melia Costa Del Sol||A contemporary 9-story hotel right on the oceanfront promenade opposite the popular El Bajondillo Beach. Leisure facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and fitness center, the Thalasso spa with saltwater relax pool, sauna and steam bath can also be enjoyed (an additional fee is payable locally for the spa). A mix of Mediterranean and international specialities are offered at both the buffet and à la carte restaurants, there is also a Central bar serving a wide variety of drinks all day and complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.||Torremolinos-Malaga||Playa De Bajondillo||Superior First-Class|
|8||Melia Sevilla||Located in the heart of Seville opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa, this contemporary 365 room property boasts a stunning seasonal outdoor pool with large sun terrace overlooking Plaza España, a spa and fitness area. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout, unique rice dishes are served in the designer Mediterranean restaurant and cocktails and snacks can be enjoyed in the sophisticated lounge bar or at the outdoor poolside bar.||Sevilla||Doctor Pedro De Castro 1||Superior First-Class|