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9 Night Gastronomy & Heritage Barcelona, Valencia & Madrid Tour

9 Night Gastronomy & Heritage Barcelona, Valencia & Madrid Tour

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Experience a smooth and private 9-night tour of Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid with every land service you need for an unforgettable journey. Totally Spain handles everything from essential transportation and private guiding to pre-booked entrance tickets and quality accommodations. Just arrive and relish the adventure! ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS ...

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Trip Summary:

Customizable 9 Night tour featuring: 4 Nights BARCELONA 2 Nights VALENCIA 3 Nights MADRID     ...

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Daily Departures. Fly into Barcelona International Airport. Depart from Madrid International Airport.  Or vice versa. Totally Spain does not arrange International flights so you have the flexibility to book the flights you prefer. We can recommend a US travel agent with whom you can book your international flights if require...

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Tour Itinerary

Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona and meet your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally located 4-star Barcelona hotel.

Barcelona is without doubt one of Europes most exciting cities.  It is a place of extraordinary architectural dazzle, achieved by what has been called both Catalán Art Nouveau and Modernisme, by architects Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch.  Monumental sculptures by local masters like Joan Miró adorn public spaces, and museums house extraordinary treasures ranging from works of the ancient Romans to those of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.  The city is further enhanced by brightly colored outdoor markets, a magnificent Mediterranean port , and a plentiful array of stylish restaurants.  Needless to say, the nightlife is splendid.

This afternoon is at leisure to settle in, rest and enjoy some free time to yourself. 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transportation from Barcelona Airport to your hotel
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Barcelona, Spain

Enjoy a hearthy breakfast before meeting your expert private guide and driver.  Today you’ll see why Barcelona is the heart of architectural modernism and experience the work of Antoni Gaudi, the maximum exponent of this spectacular artistic movement.

You’ll visit the remarkable Sagrada Familia - one of the most famous and spectacular of Gaudi’s works. It’s a Christian temple where Gaudi worked on fulltime from 1915 until his death in 1926 – even living on-site in the year leading up to his death. His remains are buried in the crypt. Work continues to this day on the building!

You’ll also visit Parc Guell – adored for brightly coloured mosaic tiles in animal forms and its great views over the city. Gaudi lived here from 1906 until 1925 – his former residence is now the location for the Gaudi Museum. Finally you’ll see the private residences Gaudi worked on in downtown Barcelona including Casa Mila- La Pedrera  on the Passeig de Gracia. This last building you will visit the interior on your own.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.   You might like to visit Montjuic or the Picasso Museum or head down to the Barceloneta area for a seafood lunch by the sea.

This evening, you’ll take part in a guided small group tapas tour with all food & drinks included. It’s a great way to commence your trip to Spain and experience Barcelona's most interesting and authentic bars and restaurants without the research or guesswork. Your guide will recommend the wines and other drinks to try and order the speciality tapas at each bar or tavern. Your guide will talk about the history of tapas, the types of tapas served in Catalonia and elsewhere in Spain and will also give you a history of the neighbourhood you are visiting as well.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day tour in Barcelona with expert, English speaking guide
  • Private driver and transport for half-day
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for Sagrada Familia
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for Park Güell
  • Guided Gastronomic walking tour with a small group. Includes delicious tapas and drinks (10 participants maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas and drinks. Will constitute an evening meal.

Barcelona, Spain

This morning, embark on a private walking tour of Barcelona led by our expert guide. Wander through the enchanting Gothic Quarter, exploring its narrow winding streets and impressive squares steeped in history. Marvel at the architectural gems tucked away in this ancient part of the city.

Next, stroll along the lively Ramblas walkway, a bustling tree-lined pedestrian mall stretching 1.2 kilometres. Here, vibrant street entertainers captivate passersby while market stalls brim with local crafts and goods. Just off the Ramblas, immerse yourself in the sensory feast of the renowned Boqueria Food Market. As one of Europe’s largest and most celebrated food markets, it dazzles with its array of fresh produce, delectable tapas, and fine wines, offering a glimpse into Barcelona's rich culinary culture.

 

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day walking tour in Barcelona with expert, English speaking guide
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Barcelona - Daytrip to Montserrat & Winery, Spain

Today you'll enjoy a daytrip in a small group (16 maximum) from Barcelona to visit the Monastery of Montserrat and afterwards, a charming winery.  You'll make your own way to the departure point which is very centrally located although a transfer can be arranged if required..

Montserrat is the most important mountain in Catalonia. A unique massif, famous for its gothic shapes and beautiful views. On the way to Montserrat your guide will introduce you to this “magic mountain” where Mother Nature meets religion, history and the identity of the catalan peopple. Enjoy the stunning landscape of this Natural Park. The guided tour includes a short walk to the monastery where you can enjoy spectacular views and get a true feel of spirituality Montserrat has to offer.

After Montserrat continue to the winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  Learn how the wine is created there, enjoy a tasting with tapas and time exploring the castle and seeing where the wines are aged.

Return to Barcelona in the late afternoon.  Rest of the day at leisure.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Guided excursion to the Monastery of Montserrat and afterwards a charming winery with a small group. Includes guide, transport, delicious tapas lunch and drinks (16 people maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas and wine lunch

Valencia, Spain

TRAVEL FROM BARCELONA TO VALENCIA BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN

Today following breakfast you'll be transferred from your hotel to Barcelona train station for your high-speed train to Valencia famous for its futuristic architecture, bustling markets, and the famous Fallas festival.

Arrive in Valencia. You’ll be met at the train station by your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally-located 4-star Valencia hotel for 4 nights.

Valencia stands at the very centre of the Mediterranean coast of Spain – geographically, culturally, and historically. This city not only offers the culture and vibrant atmosphere of a modern, coastal city but also retains the charm and elegance of its ancient origins. Among the splendid attractions of Valencia are the City of Arts and Sciences; an architectural masterpiece hosting Europe’s largest aquarium, a science museum, an opera house, and more; the historic Valencia Cathedral, home to the Holy Grail; the bustling Central Market, one of Europe’s oldest food markets; and the beautiful Turia Gardens, a park spanning the length of the city in the old riverbed.

This afternoon, you’ll be met at your hotel by your expert local Valencia guide who will take you on a private tour of the historic city center and its surrounding areas. Your guide will start by showing you Malvarrosa Beach, sharing the history of one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite places in the world.

Next, you will explore the City of Arts and Sciences, an architectural marvel. The tour continues with a visit to the original medieval city gates before entering the bustling, pedestrian-friendly historic city center. Here, you’ll discover ancient Roman ruins, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the Central Market, and La Lonja Silk Exchange, a prized UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s greatest examples of Gothic architecture.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Barcelona Hotel to Barcelona train station
  • High Speed from Barcelona to Valencia.
  • Private transfer from Valencia train station to your Valencia hotel
  • Private guided tour in Valencia with expert, English speaking guide. Includes transport and private driver.
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Valencia, Spain

IMMERSIVE SMALL GROUP COOKING CLASS AND MARKET VISIT

Start your morning with an unforgettable culinary adventure in Valencia's vibrant Ruzafa market. In an intimate small group setting, you'll handpick the freshest ingredients for an authentic Spanish Seafood Paella, guided by a local expert. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and aromas of the market, gaining insight into the heart of Valencian culture.

Next, take your treasures to a nearby cooking school, where you'll step into the shoes of a Spanish chef. Under expert instruction, you'll transform your market finds into a sumptuous Seafood Paella, learning traditional techniques and secrets passed down through generations. The hands-on experience ensures that by the end of the class, you'll have mastered the art of creating this iconic dish.

Finally, savor the fruits of your labor in a shared meal with your fellow food enthusiasts. Relish the flavors of your homemade Paella, enjoying the culmination of your culinary journey in a convivial and relaxed setting.

Your evening is free to explore the enchanting city of Valencia at your own pace. Wander through the historic Old Town, where every corner tells a story, and make your way to the bustling Mercado Central. As one of Europe’s oldest and most vibrant food markets, it's a feast for the senses with its dazzling array of local produce and lively atmosphere. Whether you choose to indulge in more culinary delights or simply soak in the ambiance, your time in Valencia promises to be a memorable experience.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Paella cooking class in Valencia with a small group (4 hrs approx)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request.


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Madrid, Spain

TRAVEL FROM VALENCIA TO MADRID BY FAST TRAIN

Today following an early breakfast you'll be transferred from your hotel to Valencia train station for your fast train to Madrid.

You’ll be met at the train station by your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally-located 4-star Madrid hotel for 3 nights.

Madrid stands at the very centre of Spain –geographically, culturally and politically. This capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. Among the splendid attractions of Madrid are the Prado Museum; home to masterworks of Goya, Velazquez and El Greco: the 19th century Villahermosa Palace now the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum; the Reina Sofia Art Centre showcasing more than 300 modern works by Dali, Miro & Picasso among others; the 18th century Royal Palace on the lovely Plaza de Oriente; the bustling Puerta del Sol with its many shops, restaurants and tapas bars; Rastro Market on Sundays one of the oldest outdoor markets in Europe; and Retiro Park for strolling while admiring local artists and buskers.

Early evening you’ll take part in a fun guided small group tapas tour with all food & drinks included. It’s a great way to experience one of Madrid’s most interesting neighbourhoods, with authentic bars and restaurants. Your guide will recommend the wines and other drinks to try and will order speciality tapas at each bar or tavern. Your guide will talk about the history of tapas, the types of tapas served in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain and will also give you a history of the neighbourhood you are visiting as well.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Valencia hotel to train station
  • High speed train Valencia to Madrid. Tourist Class.
  • Private transfer from Madrid train station to hotel.
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Royal Palace
  • Guided Gastronomic walking tour with a small group. Includes delicious tapas and drinks (10 people maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas style dinner

Madrid, Spain

After savoring a delightful breakfast, prepare to embark on a journey through Madrid's historic heart. Your expert local guide will meet you at your hotel, ready to lead you on an exclusive private tour of this vibrant city.

You'll explore iconic streets and squares, such as the bustling Plaza del Sol, the charming Plaza Santa, and the majestic Plaza Mayor. Delight in the flavors and atmosphere of Mercado San Miguel, Madrid’s renowned food market, where culinary wonders await.

The adventure continues with visits to the picturesque Plaza de la Villa and the elegant Plaza del Oriente. Here, you'll discover the magnificent Royal Palace, a true architectural gem. Built on the remnants of an ancient alcazar fortress and a former Moorish castle, this stunning edifice, completed in 1764, boasts 3,418 rooms. Each one tells a story, showcasing the diverse styles and legacies of the monarchs who have resided within its walls.

Immerse yourself in the rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture of Madrid on this extraordinary guided tour.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Madrid with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Royal Palace

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Daytrip to Toledo, Spain

Today your destination is Toledo. You'll be transferred from your hotel to Madrid train station to board the high speed train to Toledo.  Upon arrival you’ll meet our expert local guide who will first take you by taxi to the Cigarrales area for some magnificent panoramic views of Toledo city over the Tagus River.

The city of Toledo is the capital of the province of the same name, and is also the capital of the Autonomous Community called Castilla-La Mancha. The city is located at 529 metres above sea level, in the Castillian meseta (plateau), practically in the centre of the Iberian peninsula. and just 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Madrid.  The monumental city centre sits atop a craggy rock, which is almost entirely encircled by the Tagus river.  UNESCO declared Toledo a World Heritage city in recognition of its uniqueness and its past as a host to Christian, Islamic and Hebrew culture which the splendid architecture of the city still relects - being almost impossible to walk its streets without stumbling on a Gothic or Mudejar church, an ancient mosque, a Romanesque or Visigothic structure, a former synagogue or a Renaissance palace.

Your guide will lead you on a walking tour exploring the old city while you learn about the three cultures that lived side by side during the Middles Ages and see the most important sights in Toledo including Zocodover Square, Alcazar of Toledo, Santo Tome Church,Transito Synagogue, Santa Maria La Blanca and cathedral (entrance included).

Free time for lunch and sightseeing at your leisure before returning to Madrid by high speed train where you will be met by your driver and transferred back to your hotel.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Madrid Hotel to Madrid train station
  • High speed train from Madrid to Toledo - Tourist class
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Toledo with expert, English speaking guide
  • Private transfer from Toledo train station to the city center with panoramic views along the way
  • Pre-booked entrance tickets to the cathedral.
  • High speed train from Toledo to Madrid - Tourist class
  • Private transfer from Madrid train station to your Madrid hotel
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Departure,

After breakfast you’ll be collected at your hotel by a private driver who will transfer you to Madrid International Airport for your departure.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your Madrid hotel to Madrid Airport

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Please note that this tour can also be done in reverse, starting in Madrid and finishing in Barcelona. Additionally, it can serve as a template for a custom trip, allowing you to modify, add, or subtract days to fit your schedule.

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What's included

Accommodation (based on 2 people sharing)

  • 9 nights accommodation in quality 4-star hotels in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request.

Meals

  • Full Buffet breakfast daily
  • Tapas style dinner in Barcelona. All food and drink included.
  • Tapas style lunch the day of the trip to Montserrat. All food and drink included.
  • Paella lunch at cooking class in Valencia. All food and drink included.
  • Tapas style dinner in Madrid. All food and drink included.

Private Guided Tours

  • Private Walking tour in Barcelona with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Valencia with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Madrid with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Toledo with expert English speaking guide

Transport

  • All private transfers from airport / stations as indicated above
  • Half-day private driver in Barcelona (Day 11)  
  • Half-day private driver in Valencia (Day 7)
  • High Speed Trains (tourist class – upgrades available on request)
  • Barcelona to Valencia
  • Valencia to Madrid
  • Madrid to Toledo roundtrip
     

Pre-Booked Entrance Tickets

  • Barcelona – Sagrada Familia & Park Güell, Montserrat
  • Madrid – Royal Palace & Prado Museum
  • Toledo – Cathedral, Santa Maria La Blanca, & Santa Tome

Group Guided Tours

  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Barcelona. All food and drink included.
  • Guided excursion with a small group to the Monastery of Montserrat and a Catalan Winery. All food and drink included.
  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Madrid. All food and drink included.
  • Guided tour with a small group to Madrid Wine Countryside. All food and drink included.

Special Highlights

  • Paella cooking class in Valencia with a small group (4 hrs approx)

Other

  • Comprehensive personalized trip documentation including local maps, guides and tourist information
  • Totally Spain's specialist trip planning service and support
  • Spanish Government tax


NOT INCLUDED
Flights, Personal Travel Insurance, Porterage (not commonly available in Spain), Tips, Meals, drinks or hotel extras other than those described above. Anything else not specified above.

Please note that in Catalonia/ Barcelona they charge visitors a tourist tax per night which is not included. It must be paid locally at your hotel. See here link for more details but note that this is for informational purposes only and may be subject to change without notice.

 

 

 

 

 

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So I got back from Portugal and Spain about 3 weeks ago and the experience was truly incredible. Belen did an incredible job setting everything up from the tours to the drivers and everything in between. I could not believe how professional her an...

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2022-08-13

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