New Year's in Barcelona: Spanish Road Trip
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New Year's in Barcelona: Spanish Road Trip

11 days, 5 cities14
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Why Go?

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona! Eat, explore, experience, hop on the bus and move on to the next place. On this road trip, travel through five cities in 11 days, and discover the true highlights of Spain without wasting time. Get ready for world-famous museums in Madrid, unique Moorish architecture in Granada and Seville, and a cathedral straight out of a Dr. Seuss book in Barcelona. Keep your eyes, mind (and mouth) open as you learn what it means to live like the Spaniards do. Who knows—you might even get used to eating dinner at 9 p.m. ¡Vamos!

What are the top highlights?

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
  • Immerse yourself in Spanish culture, cuisine, and customs
  • Fall in love with buildings (you didn't think that was possible, did you?)
  • Dance the night away at beachside nightclubs in Barcelona
  • Gawk at the immense Alhambra fortress/palace in Granada
  • Visit world-class galleries at The Prado and Reina Sofia
  • Taste-test tapas and wash them down with a glass of cava (and more tapas)
  • Learn to dance flamenco/embarrass yourself in Seville

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner with drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to select attractions


You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Spain, where food and nightlife (and Felipe VI) are king. Cafes and restaurants line the streets of Barcelona, which is good because Spanish tapas are must-try. And then try again. You know, for quality-testing purposes.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Barcelona

    Welcome to Barcelona! Older than Rome and the largest city on the Mediterranean—Barcelona’s influence on fashion, entertainment, and the arts extends around the world. Prepare for stunning architecture, friendly people, and an incredible variety of fresh seafood.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
    • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
    • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
    • Bask in the unique culture and style of the city during on introductory tour with your Tour Director.
    • Head down Las Ramblas, the central boulevard of Barcelona once described by a Spanish poet as “the only street in the world I wish would never end.”

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

  • Day 3: Explore Barcelona + Optional Beach Day + NYE in Barcelona

    Another day, another chance to see more of this wonderful city. Make sure your camera is handy because it won’t take long to see why Barcelona is the only city to receive a Royal Gold Medal for architecture—the buildings are basically art.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Enter Park Güell, one of Antoni Gaudi’s greatest works of modernist art.
    • Check out the progress on the Sagrada Familia cathedral, an unfinished project by Gaudí that began construction in 1882.
    • Go for the gold at Olympic Park, the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics that offers spectacular views of the city.
    • Count down to New Year’s in style—with dinner, drinks, and a toast at midnight. Then, keep the party going as late as you want.

    Barcelona Beach Day & Paddleboard Lesson (extra cost)

    When in Barcelona, go the beach. Head to Barceloneta, one of the city’s most popular sandy spots to have some fun in the sun learning to paddleboard with a professional instructor and chilling on the beach.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 4: Travel to Valencia + Free Time in Valencia

    Your time in Barcelona has come to an end. But never fear, because you’re on your way to the coastal city of Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, home to thousands of years of history, and a zoo where they let you walk around in the freakin’ animal habitats.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Enjoy a scenic bus ride down the coast of Spain before arriving in Valencia.
    • Get to know your new stomping grounds.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Beaches: Head to some of Valencia’s most picturesque beaches, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. La Malvarrosa is a local favorite that we would 10/10 recommend checking out.
    The City of Arts and Sciences: The City of Arts and Sciences is an architectural wonderland that is as fun to look at as it is to explore. Visit Oceanogràfic, Europe’s biggest aquarium, or stroll through The Umbracle, a huge, open-access garden.

  • Day 5: Travel to Granada + Optional Alternative Granada & Alhambra

    Continue your tour into southern Spain with a visit to Granada, which belongs to the region known as Andalucía. This part of the country is famous for flamenco dancing, Islamic architecture, and tapas on tapas. Excited? Hungry? You should be. Get to it!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Enjoy a bus ride through the heart of Spain to Granada.
    • Arrive in Granada and check into your accommodation, then get to know the area with your Tour Director.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Albayzin: Perhaps the most interesting neighborhood in Granada, Albayzin sits on the hill opposite the Alhambra, and is a maze of cobblestone streets filled with monuments dating back to the Nasrid period and Renaissance era.
    Darro river: Walk along the Darro river to Paseo de los Tristes, and grab a table at a nearby café. Look up and see the Alhambra looking right back down at you. Not in the creepy way, though.

    Alternative Granada & Alhambra (extra cost)

    Upon arrival in Granada, Spain’s medieval and Moorish city, embark on a guided walking tour to see all this city has to offer! Learn more about top-rated attractions like the Granada Cathedral, walk through the winding Moorish alleyways, and get your camera ready for select sites around the Alhambra, such as Palacio Carlos V.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 6: Travel to Seville via Córdoba

    On your way to Seville, make a pit stop in Córdoba for a tour of the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, and views of stunning architecture, and the second-largest historic center in Europe. And then it’s on to Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalucía region, and its biggest city. Seville is full of students that have definitely adopted the "study hard, play hard" lifestyle. And lucky for you, you get to skip the "study" portion.

    Today’s Highlights:

    • Stop in Córdoba before continuing on to Seville.
    • Follow a local guide through the expansive Great Mosque and Cathedral of Córdoba, regarded as one of the most impressive Moorish architectural structures and is essentially a massive mosque that functions as a cathedral. It’s okay, we’re confused, too.
    • Check in to your accommodation in Seville and explore the surrounding area on your own.
  • Day 7: Explore Seville

    Today is all about you, Seville, and a local guide. Your guide will show you the best of the best when it comes to Seville.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Wander through the lavish Plaza de España and admire the Neo-Moorish architecture.
    • Visit the Moorish Alcázar, which was built in the 14th century for a king named Pedro the Cruel. Hmm...wonder if people liked him?
    • Wind your way through Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter and most picturesque neighborhood in Seville.
  • Day 8: Free Day in Seville or Optional Day Trip to Morocco

    Seville is all yours today. Get out and enjoy some free time in your new favorite Spanish city. Let nothing get in your way (except for the pigeons, maybe).

    Free Time Suggestions
    Plaza de Toros: Visit Plaza de Toros, the oldest bullring in Spain. Only the best of the best are invited to fight here. Can you imagine going head to head with a 2,000-pound animal in front of 12,000 people? Whoa.
    Las Setas: Check out the massive wooden canopies of The Metropol Parasol, known locally as “the Mushrooms”. Once you see them, you’ll understand why. Lounge on the steps, or head to the roof for stunning views of the city.

    Day Trip to Morocco (extra cost)

    Take a ferry ride to Morocco to experience a jam-packed day in Tangier with a local guide. Walk through the turquoise & white old town, gawk at opulent Dar el Makhzen palace, and enjoy an included Moroccan lunch.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 9: Travel to Madrid via Toledo

    All aboard! Today you’ll leave Seville behind as you travel by bus to Madrid. Spain’s capital is famous for its world-class art museums, live music scene, and never-ending nightlife. It seems people never sleep here (except for two hours after lunch). Madrid is a city that definitely knows how to relax and have fun.

    Today’s Highlights:

    • Stop in Toledo to explore the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city.
    • Arrive in Madrid and get to know the area with your fellow travelers.
  • Day 10: Sightseeing Tour of Madrid + Farewell Dinner

    A nearly endless amounts of tapas, sangria, and Spanish Golden Age architecture will greet you in this city located at the very center of Spain. Discover many of the most popular destinations before getting cultured at one of the world’s leading art museums.

    • Journey to the very heart of Madrid at the Puerta del Sol, aka the “Gate of the Sun.”
    • Shop, walk, and enjoy the outdoors and a bronze statue of King Phillip III at Plaza Mayor (Main Square).
    • Check out the Picassos and Dalís at the Reina Sofia, or see the works of the old Renaissance masters at the Prado

    Free Time Suggestions
    El Retiro Park: Once belonging to the Spanish Monarchy, this now public park contains a variety of statues and museums, the famed Rosaleda rose garden, the Palacio de Cristal, and Retiro Pond—a great spot for watching people and street performers alike.
    Malasaña Neighborhood: This happening area is known for a large student population and streets filled with coffee shops, bakeries, and vintage clothing stores. Then at night, edgy dance and rock clubs come to life so you can dance the night away.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 11: Fly Home

    ¡Adiós, amigos!
    Translation: Goodbye friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    – OR –


    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Simple, flexible booking

Lock in your spot, then pay over time. If you change your mind, we’ll help you change your trip—no fees, no fuss. It’s really that easy.


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 14 authentic traveler reviews
  • Can I hit rewind and do it again?

      Alice, traveled Sep. 2021

    Spain was absolutely magical! Of course traveling during an ongoing global pandemic can leave one a little apprehensive but EF definitely hooks it up and makes this first return to travel as easy as it can be. Our tour guide, Matt, was amazing. Having him around was like holding a VIP/ skip-the-line pass for all of Spain. You’d be extremely lucky to have him... See more

  • A grand adventure!!

      Brianna, traveled Aug. 2021

    Since I was young I've dreamed of going to Spain, and I was not disappointed! This trip was absolutely amazing. I loved getting to see different cities in Spain and the differences in culture. Overall this trip was thoroughly enriching, and I enjoyed everything from architecture, history, food, nature, and beaches. I went alone, but I made some new friends a... See more

  • Best way to do Spain

      Ariel, traveled Sep. 2021

    You definitely get a big bang for your buck with this trip. 7 cities in 10 days. Felt like we got to see almost everything Spain had to offer. Our tour guide, Matt, was great. You could tell he knew Spain. Great recommendations for spots to eat and drink. He even organized a couple extra excursions that were probably the highlights of the trip for me. Probab... See more

  • First trip abroad as an adult

      Hudson, traveled Sep. 2021

    Went on this trip with my fiancé and had a fantastic time. We had a great group and made some awesome friends. Our tour guide Elena was amazing! The trip was a fantastic combination of the "well planned out" and "drop in blindly and figure things out as you go" traveling methods. 10/10 would recommend.

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