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The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid

Find out what makes Barcelona and Madrid two of Europe’s most unique cities as you discover bold architecture, world-renowned museums, ancient monuments and celebrated cuisine. Olé!
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Program No. 21336EHZ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,599
Flights start at
750
Spain

The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid

Find out what makes Barcelona and Madrid two of Europe’s most unique cities as you discover bold architecture, world-renowned museums, ancient monuments and celebrated cuisine. Olé!
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,599
Length
10 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,599
Flights start at
750
Program No. 21336EHZ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 16 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
2,799
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Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Sept. 24, 2022 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2022
Starting at
2,799
Sep 30 - Oct 9, 2022
Starting at
2,799
Oct 14 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
2,799
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Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Oct. 22, 2022 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Oct 21 - Oct 30, 2022
Starting at
2,799
Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
2,599
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 12, 2022 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
2,599
Mar 3 - Mar 12, 2023
Starting at
3,099
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 11, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 10 - Mar 19, 2023
Starting at
3,099
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 18, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Apr 21 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
3,099
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding April 29, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

May 5 - May 14, 2023
Starting at
3,099
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding May 13, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

May 12 - May 21, 2023
Starting at
3,099
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding May 20, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

May 26 - Jun 4, 2023
Starting at
3,099
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding June 03, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2023
Starting at
3,099
Sep 8 - Sep 17, 2023
Starting at
3,249
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Sept. 16, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Sep 15 - Sep 24, 2023
Starting at
3,249
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Sept. 23, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Oct 13 - Oct 22, 2023
Starting at
3,249
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Oct. 21, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Oct 20 - Oct 29, 2023
Starting at
3,249
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Oct. 28, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 3 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
2,949
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 11, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 10 - Nov 19, 2023
Starting at
2,949
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 16 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
3,499
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Sept. 24, 2022 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2022
Starting at
3,499
Sep 30 - Oct 9, 2022
Starting at
3,499
Oct 14 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
3,499
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Oct. 22, 2022 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Oct 21 - Oct 30, 2022
Starting at
3,499
Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 12, 2022 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Mar 3 - Mar 12, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 11, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 10 - Mar 19, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 18, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Apr 21 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding April 29, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

May 5 - May 14, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding May 13, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

May 12 - May 21, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding May 20, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

May 26 - Jun 4, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding June 03, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Sep 8 - Sep 17, 2023
Starting at
3,949
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Sept. 16, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Sep 15 - Sep 24, 2023
Starting at
3,949
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Sept. 23, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Oct 13 - Oct 22, 2023
Starting at
3,949
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Oct. 21, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Oct 20 - Oct 29, 2023
Starting at
3,949
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Oct. 28, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 3 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
3,559
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 11, 2023 departure of “The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today” (#20983) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 10 - Nov 19, 2023
Starting at
3,559

At a Glance

Gaudí and Picasso. Paella and Tapas. Mediterranean chic and capital-city grandeur. There are no other cities in the world like Barcelona and Madrid. Join us to learn about what’s new in these two dynamic cities and reflect on what’s been around since antiquity, from fanciful architecture to wind-swept Roman ruins. With special insight from our local experts and plenty of time to discover on your own, you’ll get the most of these two bold European cities.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking around 3-4 miles per day; cobblestones and many unavoidable stairs. Public transportation and subway with no elevators used throughout the program. Looking for the same great program but at a more leisurely pace? Check out "Unhurried Spain: The Best of Barcelona and Madrid (#22311).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about the incredible fairytale-like curved roofs and bright colors of one of the world's most intriguing parks and heritage sites: Parc Guëll.
  • Attend expert-led lectures and gain insight into Spain's fascinating historical and artistic roots.
  • Explore two of Europe’s most renowned art museums in Madrid with top-notch instructors.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials. You may be interested in a more leisurely version of this program, "Spain at a Slower Pace: The Best of Barcelona and Madrid" (#22311).
Featured Expert
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Teresa de la Vega
Teresa de la Vega studied history and geography at Complutense University of Madrid and has received degrees in American anthropology, ancient history, and art history. She has taught courses in art history throughout her career.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Gracia Gonzalez del Rio View biography
Gracia Gonzalez del Rio was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Spain in 2001 after earning her master’s degree in corporate communication. Three years later, she began working as an educational group leader, introducing Spanish groups around Central Europe and educating groups from North America around Spain and Portugal. She greatly enjoys interacting with travelers and introducing them to European and Iberian cultures. Gracia currently resides in Sitges, near Barcelona, with her husband and children.
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Sandra Velazquez View biography
Sandra Velazquez was born in Valladolid, Spain. She has always had a passion for travel, history and performing arts. She did her undergraduate work in Madrid, spent a summer in London working on English, and continued her education in Los Angeles, California. Sandra brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her group leading through her acting, passion for learning, and embrace of new traditions and cultures.
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Elena Lomban View biography
Elena Lombán began leading educational programs 12 years ago and loves the thrill of meeting participants at the start of each new adventure. Elena is an English teacher and licensed Galicia expert and is passionate about both education and travel — so leading groups allows Elena to share her love of linguistics, literature, history and art with Road Scholar participants. Fluent in Spanish, Galician, English, Italian and French, Elena has traveled all over Europe and North America and enjoys cooking, film, literature and hiking.
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Silvia Riera View biography
Silvia Riera was born and raised in Barcelona, where she developed her passion for arts and the Catalan culture. In addition to Spanish and her native tongue, Catalan, Silvia is fluent in French, Italian, English and Portuguese. Silvia has lectured about modernism and Gaudi since 1988. Beyond arts, Silvia is — like most Barcelonians — a big fan of FC Barcelona, the world-renowned soccer team.
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Cecilia Ceriani View biography
Cecilia Ceriani has been an art teacher and critic for nearly three decades. She holds degrees in art history and English philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Cecilia spent four years in South America as an art critic and book reviewer for newspapers in Montevideo and Buenos Aires before returning to her native Spain in 1986. Since then she has been lecturing on Road Scholar programs and at the U.S. Cultural Center in Madrid and writing for respected Spanish publications.
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Teresa de la Vega View biography
Teresa de la Vega studied history and geography at Complutense University of Madrid and has received degrees in American anthropology, ancient history, and art history. She has taught courses in art history throughout her career.
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Mayra Noguerales View biography
Mayra Noguerales was born on the Canary Islands and moved to mainland Spain as a teenager. At 16, she moved to the US, and after four years in several states, headed to the UK to finish her university degree. Returning home, she moved to beautiful, historic El Escorial and became an educational Group Leader. Mayra enjoys time in her workshop creating all types of arts and crafts. Her passion and most rewarding experiences come from meeting people and sharing her knowledge of Spain and Portugal.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Food and Wines of Spain
by Penelope Casas
This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry.
The Arts in Spain, From Prehistory to Modernism
by John Moffit
From the cave painting at Altimira through the Golden Age, to the works of Picasso and Miro, this book documents the course of art in Spain, with 150 illustrations.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interview, anecdote and observation.
Barcelona
by Robert Hughes
This big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to the present.
Adventures in Spain
by Catherine Petit
From Madrid north to Santiago and south to Granada, join Catherine Petit as she shares her journeys through the countryside, hills, mountains and quaint cities and towns of the breathtaking country of Spain. Catherine serves as your personal guide through cathedrals, museums, parks, gardens, and architectural delights as she treks her way through the enchanting landscape. The photographs will bring the experience of Spain right to your door. The friends she made, the people she met, and the cultural extravagance she witnessed will ensure you make Spain your next destination.
Love and Revolutionary Greetings: An Ohio Boy in the Spanish Civil War
by Laurie E. Levinger
Follow the story of a boy name Sam Levinger who travels to Spain in 1937 to join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Based off of letters home to his mother, this story will captivate and educate it's readers of the American involvement during the Spanish Civil War.
Cadogan Guide Barcelona & Catalonia
by Dana Facaros
This savvy guide combines practical details and maps with illuminating background on history, culture and sightseeing.
Gaudi, A Biography
by Gijs van Hensbergen
A vivid account of the architect and his work.
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
by Juan Bassegoda Nonell
This lavish little collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.
Barcelona Map
by Borch Maps
A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference.
Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city’s dangerous underworld.





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