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Best of Spain

(Winter)

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The one that gives you the best of Spanish culture, from beaches to palaces to tapas

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  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 3 Regional Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 53 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Madrid, Bilbao, Pamplona, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Burgos, San Sebastian, Zaragoza, Toledo

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About this trip

There's no better chance to live your best Spanish life than just under 2 weeks drifting around Spain. Together we'll explore Spain's most iconic cities - think Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia & Granada – along with the smaller cobbled-street towns of Burgos, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Pamplona & Toledo. Between paella-making classes, evening flamenco, locally guided tours of Albaicin & Alhambra, plus plenty of tapas, we'll feel like Spanish locals in no time.  


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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Madrid

  2. via via

    Burgos

  3. 1 1 night

    Bilbao

  4. via via

    San Sebastian

  5. 1 1 night

    Pamplona

  6. via via

    Zaragoza

  7. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  8. 1 1 night

    Valencia

  9. 2 2 nights

    Granada

  10. via via

    Toledo

  11. 1 1 night

    Madrid

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DAY 1 - Start Madrid

Madrid

Welcome to Spain! Join up with your new crew tonight over your first Spanish dinner in the metro magic of Madrid. Tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery, so you'll be thankful for your hotel sleep. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Madrid Centro Lavapies (or similar)

DAY 2 - Madrid to Bilbao via Burgos

Madrid

The first leg of our Iberian roadtrip kicks off this morning as we travel north in search of Burgos and Bilbao.

Burgos

We couldn't race to our night's stop without letting you in on the pretty medieval town of Burgos. We'll marvel at the French Gothic cathedral with its intricate spires before rolling on to Bilbao.

Bilbao

Bilbao might get bragging rights to being an up-and-coming cultural hub of Spain, but that hasn't diminished its uber laid back spirit. Home of one of the world’s most famous museums, the Museo Guggenheim, you're free to use your afternoon to play art critique and absorb Bilbao's pretty surrounds and architecture. Tonight we'll join up for an included dinner, feasting on regional delicacies at one of Bilbao's local restaurants.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Derio (or similar)

DAY 3 - Bilbao to Pamplona via San Sebastian

Bilbao

Adiós Bilbao! Thanks for a delicious evening in your super cozy, culture buzzing nest. Next stop, ocean hangs.

San Sebastian

What a way to start your day - dipping in the Bay of Biscay. San Sebastian is a postcard town where cobbled lanes slope towards pristine beaches. Take a dip, do some shopping, or sit in a bar eating endless plates of pinxtos (the basque word for tapas).

Pamplona

Our next stop is the colourful Pamplona. Opt to venture through the well-preserved old town and its incredible gothic cathedral on our walking tour, maybe ending the historical fix with a spot of fresh trout and red peppers - a regional specialty.

Stay

El Toro Hotel and Spa (Special Stay)

DAY 4 - Pamplona to Barcelona via Zaragoza

Pamplona

This morning we spread our wings and take metaphorical flight once again, this time in the direction of Zaragoza with an end goal of none other than bustling Barcelona.

Zaragoza

A colourful cathedral & traditional Spanish churros will set our hearts aflutter in Zaragoza, as we roam the casco (old town) soaking up historic architecture and good vibes aplenty. Even the pit stops are amazing on Contiki. 

Barcelona

With 2-nights in Barcelona, you'll be pronouncing Barcelona's C with a "tthh" like a true local by the time we make tracks. We'll kick things off with a walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district - two of the city's must-do's for an instant look at this pretty spot, and a sure way to feel like a local in no time.

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

DAY 5 - Barcelona

Barcelona

Today is up to you to explore your way. You could take a wander through the colourful buildings & gardens of Gaudi's iconic Parc Güell, or those wanting to explore the city can sign up for an optional bike tour. At lunchtime you'll have the option to join a cooking class at Espai Mescladis, one of our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER™ experiences here in Barcelona. Not just a cute cafe, this is the flagship project of a social enterprise using food and drink as a way to foster social inclusion and hospitality training.

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy a cooking class & lunch at Espai Mescladis, a not-for-profit using food and drink as a way to foster social cohesion (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 35.00

DAY 6 - Barcelona to Valencia

Barcelona

This morning you’ll have the chance to join a guided bike tour of the city, before getting ready for a change of scene -  the port city of Valencia is calling, where beach meets culture in the happiest way possible. 


Valencia

It’s hard not to be enchanted by Valencia. With one night here in the land that invented paella it would be crazy not to sign up for an optional paella-making class tonight with the crew. Who's in? 


Stay

Hotel Mas Camarena (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour

    EUR 24.00

  • Take a cooking class and whip up paella in its home of Valencia

    EUR 35.00

DAY 7 - Valencia to Granada

Valencia

It's been short but sweet, Valencia, and we won't forget you, but this morning we're seeking the very different vibes of Granada. How are all these places in just one country?

Granada

Granada is brimming with romance and offering an eclectic mix of Arab and Spanish feels only to be found in Andalusia. This is one place you may never want to leave! We'll join up tonight for an included dinner with the crew.

Stay

Los Angeles Hotel Granada (or similar)

DAY 8 - Granada

Granada

We start the morning with free time to explore. You can fill yours by opting for a guided tour of the Muslim quarter of Albaicin & the Capilla Real, and while you're at it, fill up on some of Granada's incredible food, like its famous Arab pastries. This afternoon we head to Spain's number 1 visited attraction, the Alhambra Palace. We'll discover the breathtaking beauty and history of this Moorish Palace, with its intricate patterns and detailed architecture that will leave you spellbound, and wondering why you haven't been here sooner. To top it off, Alhambra offers the best views of the city. Feel the Spanish rhythm and style by opting for a traditional flamenco and tapas night with your Contiki family. Que beuno!

Stay

Los Angeles Hotel Granada (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally Guided Tour of the Alhambra

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided Tour of Albaicin & Capilla Real

    EUR 19.00

  • Traditional Flamenco and Tapas

    EUR 48.00

DAY 9 - Granada to Madrid via Toledo

Granada

Bouncing out of bed should be no problem this morning, given the scenic adventures we have planned today on route to Madrid.

Toledo

Mosques, churches and medieval buildings sit atop the hill town of Toledo. We'll uncover the city's gothic cathedral, the famous Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect El Greco’s house and the site of sieges, revolutions and treason. Just another pit-stop in our life in glorious Spain.

Madrid

Here we are, back where the party started 10 life-changing days ago. You're free to spend the evening your way tonight and Madrid's nightlife is pumping, so grab some tapas, sangria and your dancing shoes for a night out on the town.

Stay

Hotel NH Madrid Paseo de La Habana (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the charming medieval city of Toledo and see the Alcazar Fortress and Gothic Cathedral

DAY 10 - End Madrid

Madrid

Can you believe we started our Spanish adventures just shy of two weeks ago? Now that we're flooded with new memories & friends, it feels like a lifetime has passed. We'll say a sad adiós after breakfast this morning and be sure to start planning the reunion.

Top Experiences

3 included & 5 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Enjoy a cooking class & lunch at Espai Mescladis, a not-for-profit using food and drink as a way to foster social cohesion (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 35.00

    Barcelona

  • Take a cooking class and whip up paella in its home of Valencia

    EUR 35.00

    Valencia

Best of Spain (Winter)

3 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Locally Guided Tour of the Alhambra
  • Visit the charming medieval city of Toledo and see the Alcazar Fortress and Gothic Cathedral

5 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Enjoy a cooking class & lunch at Espai Mescladis, a not-for-profit using food and drink as a way to foster social cohesion (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) EUR 35.00
  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour EUR 24.00
  • Take a cooking class and whip up paella in its home of Valencia EUR 35.00
  • Guided Tour of Albaicin & Capilla Real EUR 19.00
  • Traditional Flamenco and Tapas EUR 48.00

Where You'll Stay

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  • Pamplona - El Toro Hotel and Spa

    El Toro Hotel and Spa

    Pamplona, Spain

    Set in rural surroundings, this low-key hotel has four centuries of history and great artistic and cultural value. The facilities, restaurant, casual bar and its stunning location make this an idyllic place for those looking to enjoy Pamplona and its surroundings.

    1 night

  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay

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