8 or 10 days
Spain, extension to Portugal

How can two cities that share so much history still have their own unique cultures and character?

In bustling Barcelona step inside the playful and imaginative mind of Antoni Gaudí. In elegant Madrid the scene is just as artistic and lively, as you'll discover at the Prado (arguably the world's best museum) and during your very own flamenco lesson.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain

  • Day 2: Barcelona

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Las Ramblas

  • Day 3: Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • La Sagrada Família 
    • Park Güell 
    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Montserrat

    Montserrat

    Journey northwest of Barcelona on a half-day excursion to Montserrat. Its mountain setting provides a dramatic backdrop for the 9th-century monastery whose basilica houses the Black Virgin Mary of Montserrat. Legend has it that Benedictine monks could not move the statue to construct their monastery, so instead they built around it. You may even hear the renowned boys' choir during your visit.

  • Day 4: Barcelona

    Take a walking tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Gothic Quarter
    • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Day 5: Barcelona • Zaragoza • Madrid

    Travel via Zaragoza to Madrid 

    Visit Basílica del Pilar

  • Day 6: Madrid

    Visit the Royal Palace

    Tour Madrid with an expert local guide

    Take a flamenco dance lesson

    See a flamenco show

  • Day 7: Madrid

    Visit the Prado

    Take a walking tour of Madrid

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Puerta del Sol
    • Plaza Mayor
    • Market of San Miguel
    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Toledo

    Toledo

    This guided half-day excursion takes you to Toledo, the “city of the three cultures.” Explore its diverse artistic and cultural legacy on a panoramic drive around the city, stopping at the iconic cathedral and the famed Church of Santo Tomé. Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 8: Madrid • Mérida • Lisbon

    Travel via Mérida to Lisbon

    Free time in Mérida 

    Visit the Mérida Roman Ruins

    Tour Mérida with an expert local guide

  • Day 9: Lisbon

    Take a guided tour of Lisbon

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Padrão dos Descobrimentos
    • Tower of Belém

    Visit the Castle of São Jorge

    Visit the Jerónimos Monastery

    Take a walking tour of Lisbon 

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lisbon fado evening

    Lisbon fado evening

    Enjoy a performance of traditional music known as "fado" during this memorable evening excursion. Talented performers present a program of centuries-old ballad-like songs that tell stories of the hardships of everyday life. A beverage is included in this one-hour performance.

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain

  • Day 2: Barcelona

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Las Ramblas

  • Day 3: Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • La Sagrada Família 
    • Park Güell 
    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Montserrat

    Montserrat

    Journey northwest of Barcelona on a half-day excursion to Montserrat. Its mountain setting provides a dramatic backdrop for the 9th-century monastery whose basilica houses the Black Virgin Mary of Montserrat. Legend has it that Benedictine monks could not move the statue to construct their monastery, so instead they built around it. You may even hear the renowned boys' choir during your visit.

  • Day 4: Barcelona

    Take a walking tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Gothic Quarter
    • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Day 5: Barcelona • Zaragoza • Madrid

    Travel via Zaragoza to Madrid 

    Visit Basílica del Pilar

  • Day 6: Madrid

    Visit the Royal Palace

    Tour Madrid with an expert local guide

    Take a flamenco dance lesson

    See a flamenco show

  • Day 7: Madrid

    Visit the Prado

    Take a walking tour of Madrid

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Puerta del Sol
    • Plaza Mayor
    • Market of San Miguel
    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Toledo

    Toledo

    This guided half-day excursion takes you to Toledo, the “city of the three cultures.” Explore its diverse artistic and cultural legacy on a panoramic drive around the city, stopping at the iconic cathedral and the famed Church of Santo Tomé. Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 8: Madrid • Mérida • Lisbon

    Travel via Mérida to Lisbon

    Free time in Mérida 

    Visit the Mérida Roman Ruins

    Tour Mérida with an expert local guide

  • Day 9: Lisbon

    Take a guided tour of Lisbon

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Padrão dos Descobrimentos
    • Tower of Belém

    Visit the Castle of São Jorge

    Visit the Jerónimos Monastery

    Take a walking tour of Lisbon 

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lisbon fado evening

    Lisbon fado evening

    Enjoy a performance of traditional music known as "fado" during this memorable evening excursion. Talented performers present a program of centuries-old ballad-like songs that tell stories of the hardships of everyday life. A beverage is included in this one-hour performance.

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach; AVE train with extension

  • Hotels

    6 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (8 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    European breakfast and dinner daily

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides (4 with extension); 2 walking tours (3 with extension)

  • Entrances

    Parque Guell; La Sagrada Familia; Palacio Real; Madrid Flamenco Lessons and Show; Prado; With extension: Mérida Roman Theater; Castelo de São Jorge; Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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