Connections Boutique Group Journeys: Boutique-style travel in inspiring destinations
Experience the best of Spain on a journey that includes a visit to Barcelona's Boquería market, a tour of the Alhambra in Granada, a sherry tasting in Jerez and a horse-drawn carriage ride to a palace in Seville.
Day 1: Arrive Barcelona, Spain
Upon arrival, you are met by our representative and escorted to your trend-setting hotel. Get to know your fellow guests at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Day 2: Barcelona / Heart of Catalonia
Embark on a panoramic tour of culture-driven Barcelona. Walk the Boquería — one of Europe’s finest food markets — explore the cobblestone streets of the Gothic Quarter and its fantastic Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall, and experience a tasting of Spanish olive oil. Enjoy more of this captivating city with an afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: Granada / The Edge of Andalusia
Discover more of vibrant Barcelona. See hilltop Montjuïc with its sculptural gardens and castle before stopping at Antoni Gaudí’s most notable creations, including the wild Sagrada Familia Basilica. After lunch along the waterfront, fly to Granada, where you enjoy dinner on arrival.
Day 4: Ronda / Spanish Paradise
Visit the ancient palace and glorious gardens of the Alhambra, an incredible example of Moorish influence and Islamic architecture. Explore Granada at leisure before departing for cliff-top Ronda, where you check in to your parador, a boutique hotel housed in a historic Spanish landmark.
Day 5: Gibraltar, United Kingdom / Last Outpost
Travel west to the Rock of Gibraltar, visiting St. Michael’s Cave and observing Gibraltar’s Barbary macaques, the only wild monkeys in Europe. Return to Ronda with time to relax and explore one of Andalusia’s most beautiful Pueblos Blancos(White Villages).
Day 6: Seville / Ronda and Jerez
Begin your day with a walking tour that introduces you to the rich history of Ronda, famous for its legacy of bullfighting. Then, travel through the mountains to Jerez, home of golden sherry, where you visit a bodega to learn about sherry and taste its different varieties. Continue to Seville, where you embark on an evening tapas tour through the city’s finest taverns as part of an A&K Culinary Connection.
Day 7: Seville / Sunny Santa Cruz
Explore the sites in this uniquely lovely city: the Royal Palace of the Alcázar, the enormous Gothic cathedral and, of course, the flower-filled Santa Cruz district. The afternoon is at leisure to venture out on your own. Tonight, celebrate a Musical Connection when you ride a horse-drawn carriage to a palace, where the owners host your private dinner. Then, enjoy a performance of flamenco dancing and singing on the patio of this historic home.
Day 8: Cordoba / Streets of Flowers
Set out for Córdoba to visit the extraordinary Mezquita, the cathedral and former great mosque of Córdoba, and walk the city’s flower-lined streets. In the afternoon, board your high-speed AVE train to Madrid.
Day 9: Madrid / Masterful Art & Architecture
View works by Spanish masters El Greco, Velázquez and Goya in the Prado Museum. Then, visit the Royal Palace, followed by a short walk to the Plaza Mayor, and the marvelous iron-and-glass San Miguel market, where locals have been hawking and buying since the early 19th century. Later, join your Resident Tour Director for a farewell dinner.
Day 10: Depart Madrid
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.