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

11 days, 5 cities24
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Why go?

Time for the royal Spanish treatment, New Year's edition: explore world-famous museums in Madrid, travel through time in ancient Moorish neighborhoods in Granada and Seville, then top it off with the intoxicating Catalan culture of Barcelona. And yes, plenty of tapas, too.

Picture yourself

  • Winding through the immense collection of art in Madrid

  • Feeling regal as you wander Spain’s many royal palaces

  • Moving your hips just like the Flamenco dancers…kind of

  • Falling in love with buildings in Barcelona (thanks, Gaudi)

  • Drooling over Catalan cuisine on the Mediterranean coast

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers

  • 9 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • A New Year's Eve celebration in Barcelona

  • 3 insider tours with local guides

  • Admission to Great Mosque in Córdoba

  • Entrance to Park Guell in Barcelona

Full trip itinerary

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 Dinner

    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.

    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!

    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.”
  • 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. *Ability to swim is a pre-requisite for this optional*

    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 (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.

    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 –

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    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.

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Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 24 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

  • The greatest trip of all time

      Anonymous, traveled Jun.. 2022

    I love love love this Spain road trip. We visited 7 cities in 10 days with a jam-packed trip. It was definitely worth it as we truly experienced everything Spain had to offer, from its culture, to food, to history and much more. Our tour director Alina was the sweetest and best person ever. She made us all feel comfortable and scheduled so many extra excursi... See more

  • Tapas, sangria, paella, SCENERY!

      Anonymous, traveled Jun.. 2022

    What a great experience for my first time abroad! Never-ending tapas and sangria, meeting new people, incredible scenery- I could go on forever. Road-tripping all throughout Spain was a great way to become familiar with the landscape and culture, and seeing so many cities showed how diverse this country is. I had a great time!

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