Spain at a Slower Pace: The Best of Barcelona and Madrid
Madrid and Barcelona are two of Europe’s most culturally fascinating cities. Join our experts for an insider’s perspective of these Old World gems, all at your own comfortable pace.
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Program No. 22311RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

First, enjoy the city of Barcelona, with its modernist architecture and considered the gateway to Europe and the Mediterranean. Then, visit Madrid, the great capital of Baroque culture and art, basking in the power and excitement of this historic city. Today, both cities boast magnificent architecture, prolific legacies of culture and cuisine, considered some of the best in the world. Come join experts to explore these two treasures of Spain as you learn their individual and connected stories, enjoying plenty of opportunities to explore at your own leisurely pace.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Climbing on and off the motor coach for city visits, 1.5 miles of walking, plus standing at sites and museums. Looking for the same great program but a more challenging activity level? Check out "The Best of Barcelona and Madrid" (#21336).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about and see the architectural masterworks of Antoni Gaudi.
  • Take part in a culinary demonstration and enjoy the meal you prepare.
  • Attend an authentic Spanish “Tablao” to witness a traditional Flamenco performance.

General Notes

You may be interested in a more active version of this program, "The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid" (#21336).
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Sonia Formoso
Sonia Formoso is of Swiss-Spanish heritage and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. She has 14 years of experience leading education travel programs under her belt. Sonia studied at the Universities of Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid Complutense, where she earned degrees in politics, social sciences and communication. She brings her signature energy, enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge to every Road Scholar program she leads.

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

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Sonia Formoso
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