Spanish Road Trip
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Spanish Road Trip

11 Days  •  5 Cities

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Why Go?

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?

  • 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 Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to select attractions

Accommodations

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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Flights

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.

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 Madrid, which is good because Spanish tapas are must-try. And then try again. You know, for quality-testing purposes.

Day 2: Arrive in Madrid

Welcome 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. Get ready—your life is about to get loco.


Today's Highlights:


  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
  • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.

In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Madrid

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. And remember, there’s always room for more tapas.


Today's Highlights:


  • 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 Park: 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.

Day 4: Travel to Seville via Toledo

Continue your tour into southern Spain with a visit 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 Toledo to explore the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city.
  • Check in to your accommodation in Seville and explore the surrounding area on your own.

Day 5: 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 6: 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 Tangier(extra cost)

Want to cross another continent off your list? Great! Because on this full-day excursion (it’s a long one, but SO worth it), you’ll be trading paella for couscous in Africa. Hop on the bus from Seville to Tarifa, and then take a ferry ride from the southernmost point in Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. Once in Tangier, a local guide will show you what a day in Morocco is really like. Walk through the old town, admire the turquoise and whitewashed buildings, and gawk at the opulent Dar el Makhzen palace. The best part? A typical Moroccan lunch is included.


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

Day 7: Travel to Granada via Córdoba + Optional Alhambra at Night

On your way to Granada, 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. Continue loving life in Andalucía, known for flamenco dancing, Islamic architecture, and tapas on tapas. Excited? Hungry? You should be. Get to it!


Today's Highlights:


  • Enjoy a scenic bus ride through the heart of Spain, making a pit stop in Córdoba before continuing on to Granada.
  • 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.
  • Arrive in Granada and check into your accommodation, then get to know the area with your Tour Director.

Alhambra at Night(extra cost)

The Alhambra is one-part palace, one-part fortress, and all parts awesome. After the sun goes down, join a local guide and experience its darker side (because nighttime) on a two-hour tour. Walk through the Generalife palace and gardens, then learn all about Moorish culture and Islamic architecture. Gawk at the illuminated structures, and make sure to take a few moments to appreciate the city of Granada down below.


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

Day 8: Free Morning in Granada + Travel to Valencia

After a relaxing morning in Granada, 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:


  • Travel to Valencia via private coach
  • Sniff out some paella—the iconic dish of rice, spice, and everything nice was invented in Valencia.
  • Forget everything you learned in Spanish class—er, actually, maybe just expect to hear both Spanish and Valencian.

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.

Day 9: Travel to Barcelona + Sightseeing

All aboard! Today you’ll leave Valencia behind as you travel by bus to another amazing Spanish city. 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:


  • Travel by bus to Barcelona.
  • 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.

Day 10: Free Day in Barcelona + Optional Beach Day & Stand-up Paddleboarding

New neighborhoods, restaurants, and sights beckon on this free day to explore in Barcelona. But if you can’t decide what you’d like to do, we recommend heading for the coast and enjoying some time on the beach before finding the largest plate of paella you can get your hands on.


Free Time Suggestions
Arc de Triomf: Built as the main entrance for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair, the intricate brickwork of this gate now leads to Ciutadella Park.
Castle Montjuïc: Gaze down on the Mediterranean from this old fortification that once guarded the harbor below and is named for the hill on which it sits.


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

Barcelona Beach Day & Paddleboard Lesson(extra cost)

Fact: When you’re in Barcelona, you go the beach. Pack your sunscreen, your favorite bathing suit, and maybe a few snacks—you’re headed to Barceloneta, one of the city’s most popular sandy spots. Have some fun in the sun while you learn to paddleboard with a professional instructor and a small group of fellow travelers. Afterwards, take the rest of the afternoon to relax on the beach.


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

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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Date: July 29, 2020
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