Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid are spectacular Spanish cities: Barcelona, home of great artists Gaudi, Picasso, and Miro; Valencia with its contemporary architecture matched only by its fantastic food, fun, and beach life; and Madrid, the elegant city of sophistication and lively atmosphere. Begin your escorted vacation in Spain with three nights in Barcelona with your days free to discover and enjoy. Cosmos Lite gives you à la carte options to spend your vacation the way you want. Maybe select an optional tapas walking tour or a wine tasting to sample Spanish fare and vintages. Your Tour Director is on hand to point you in the direction of the best sights, food, and attractions. On your way to Valencia, you’ll see the Peñíscola coastline and castle—a filming location for Game of Thrones. Continue on while admiring the magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea, to visit Valencia and Madrid. Lovers of art, food, and colorful history are sure to find lots to discover—with optional excursions in the heart of Spain’s most fascinating locales. Your guided tour of Spain is yours to shape each day with Cosmos Lite optional excursions. With MyCosmos, you’ll find the perfect way to experience Spain’s legendary cities just the way you like—from museums and markets to cathedrals, coastlines, and fantastic Spanish cuisine. Explore the treasures of España your way, every day!
DAY 1 - Arrive in Barcelona, Spain.
Enchanting City by the Sea
If you arrive early, get a head start in exploring this lively city with the help of your CosmosGO app. In the late afternoon, meet your Tour Director who will give you some helpful hints on how to make the most of your free time in Barcelona.
DAY 2 - Barcelona.
Meet Madrid for the First Time Again
Museums, Markets, and the Mediterranean
There are many choices for how you could shape your stay in Barcelona. Choose an optional panoramic drive and walking tapas tour, or discover the many museums, markets, and shops. If you have a day at the beach in mind, Barceloneta is the place to go.
DAY 3 - Barcelona
Delicious Cuisine and Cava Wine
More time to discover. Sample the culinary traditions of Catalunya and visit a food market like the Boqueria, located in the Ramblas. We suggest an optional excursion to the Spanish countryside with a winery visit for a Cava wine-tasting session. Reservations are easy with MyCOSMOS.
DAY 4 - Barcelona—Tarragona—Peñíscola—Valencia
Roman Ruins and a Castle by the Sea
Tarragona is the perfect combination of seaside resort and sightseeing destination with an abundance of shops and cafes, Roman archaeological sites, and the medieval town center. Next, see the Peñíscola coastline, dominated by the walled “Pope Luna” Templar castle—a filming location for Game of Thrones. Visit the castle or simply stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets and enjoy the magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea.
DAY 5 - Valencia.
Arts, Science, and Paella
Valencia is a city to discover your way! Tap on your CosmosGO app for ideas and directions. Highlights are the City of Arts and Science and the Silk Exchange. Explore the lively and beautiful modernistic Central Market, and don’t miss the paella! This Valencian rice dish is a must to experience the staple of Spanish kitchens for centuries. You may also choose from a variety of exciting optional excursions. Signing up is simple on MyCOSMOS.
DAY 6 - Valencia—Cuenca—Madrid.
Abstract Art in Hanging Houses
On your visit to Cuenca, you may spend free time visiting the casas colgadas (hanging houses). Dating back to the 1300s, these cliffside dwellings now house the Spanish National Museum of Abstract Art. You’ll arrive in Madrid in the late afternoon, with time to enjoy an evening out in this buzzing city.
DAY 7 - Madrid.
For Art Lovers and Lovers of Life
Stroll around the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor areas, in the city center, for a taste of the joyful life in Madrid. There are plenty of museums to visit. Immerse yourself in local life by joining us on a stroll through a lively market, followed by brunch. Visit the Royal Palace or spend free time in the Sabatini Gardens, then pick a traditional taverna for authentic Spanish fare.
DAY 8 - Madrid
A Fusion of Food, Fútbol, and Festivities
Browse the El Rastro flea market or one of the revamped food markets in the revived barrios of Madrid, or visit the Bernabeu soccer stadium, home of Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. Enjoy time to explore Madrid’s colorful fusion of cultures, with your Tour Director’s suggestions.
DAY 9 - Madrid
Today concludes your Spanish adventure.