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Barcelona & Madrid



First student trip to Spain? Our itineraries to Barcelona and Madrid are the perfect start! With our customizable itineraries that combine culture, architecture, the Mediterranean way of life, music, and of course, the amazing food, this tour is sure to satisfy any travel appetite! 

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Sample itinerary for Barcelona and Madrid trips

Day 1

  • Overnight flight to Spain.

Day 2

  • Arrival in Barcelona. Let's get this trip started!
  • Get a first glimpse of the city during a panoramic coach tour. 
  • Walk up to the top of Montjuic and enjoy the magnificent views.

Day 3

  • Get ready for a fully-documented guided tour of Modern Barcelona.
  • Walk along the colorful alleys of Park Guëll and enter the world of Gaudi, the genius architect. 
  • Learn everything there is to know about the ongoing work happening on the sites of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Follow your tour leader through the architecturally beautiful streets of the Barri Gòtic.
  • Is there a better way to discover a new culture than through its food? Roll up your sleeves and let's partake in a paella workshop! 

Day 4

  • Hit the road for a morning excursion to the impressive Montserrat Monastery, including a ride via rack railway.
  • Practice your Spanish as you order some delicious fresh food at the Boqueria Market.
  • Soccer is like a religion here. Visit Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona stadium, to proof-check that claim.
  • You can't travel to Barcelona and not spend some free time on the Ramblas.

Day 5

  • It's time to make way to Madrid! All aboard the train.
  • Stretch your legs on an orientation tour of the historic district with your tour leader.
  • Stroll through the amazing Parque del Buen Retiro, the lung of the city! Or if you prefer it, make it a bike tour to make the experience that much more special.

Day 6

  • Meet a local guide to head out and explore the city. See Plaza Mayor, la Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Cibeles, and so much more.
  • Walk along the alleys of the Mercado de San Miguel. Good luck choosing what to taste, the options are endless!
  • Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Ribera, there's no lack of talent in the collections of the famous Prado Museum.
  • Clap your hands and stomp your feet to the beat, you're about to participate in your very-own Flamenco class.

Day 7

  • All aboard for a half-day excursion to Toledo! On the program, the 13th century cathedral, the Iglesia de San Tomé and the Alcázar.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own pace or do some shopping on the Gran Via, known as the ''Spanish Broadway.''
  • Let's make this final meal worth it and dig in to a tapas dinner! 

Day 8

  • With your head and luggage full of memories, make your way to Madrid Airport to catch your flight home. ¡Adiós España!
Our destination recommendations 
8 to 10 Day trip
Year-Round Travel
Group of students in ParK Guëll
Students in front of the Sagrada Familia
View on Madrid at sunset

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