11 or 13 days
Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Madrid, extension to Mérida and Lisbon
Program designed to: Provide an in-depth appreciation for Spain’s multicultural past and present with visits to its most iconic cities: Catalonian Barcelona, Andalusian Seville, Castilian Madrid…Each metropolis boasts its own distinct regional flair, cultural traditions, cuisine—even language. Yet all have played a critical role in forming Spanish identity. Learn more as you connect with locals in sun-drenched plazas, seaside markets, and corner tapas bars.

Highlight: Explore Granada’s medieval Albaicín neighborhood—a UNESCO World Heritage site—to experience how 700 years of Muslim rule influenced Spain’s language, culture and cuisine.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain

  • Day 2: Barcelona

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Las Ramblas, a pedestrian mall where you’ll find endless entertainment, restaurants, markets, monuments and shopping

    Enjoy dinner in Barcelona

  • Day 3: Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s masterpiece cathedral that is over 130 years in the making
    • From the top of Montjuïc, enjoy panoramic views of the harbor below
    • Gothic Quarter, a memory of the Roman Empire, now lined with shops and restaurants
    • Barcelona Cathedral, a Gothic Revival church known for its gargoyles and other mythical animals

    Visit Park Güell, a vast public park designed by Antoni Gaudí that features colorful mosaics and remarkable architecture

  • Day 4: Barcelona • Valencia

    Spend a half day exploring Barcelona on your own

    Travel to Valencia, a vibrant Spanish city situated on the banks of the Turia river

  • Day 5: Valencia • Granada

    Take a walking tour of Valencia, Spain’s third largest city on a walking tour with your Tour Director

    Travel to Granada
  • Day 6: Granada • Costa del Sol

    Tour Granada with an expert local guide and take in its laid-back atmosphere, Moorish architecture, and the history and culture of this unique city

    Visit the Alhambra, Granada’s crowning jewel widely recognized as the world’s premier example of Moorish architecture, and built as an all-in-one alcazaba (fortress), alcazar (palace) and small medina (city)

    Enjoy dinner in Costa del Sol

  • Day 7: Costa del Sol

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Córdoba

    Córdoba

    Take an excursion to the city of Córdoba, located in Andalusia. Córdoba is home to La Mezquita, a mosaic-filled mosque turned Catholic church. Wander the bright and charming streets of Córdoba and take in the flower-filled courtyards before returning to Costa del Sol.

    Enjoy dinner in Costa del Sol

  • Day 8: Costa del Sol • Seville

    Travel to Seville, the city of bullfights, flamenco, and delicious food

    Take a guided tour of Seville 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • María Luisa Park and admire the mosaics and fountains of Plaza de España
    • Barrio de Santa Cruz, home to picturesque whitewashed houses, flower-filled patios, and tiled benches 

    Visit Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world that took more than a century to build

    Enjoy dinner in Seville

  • Day 9: Seville • Madrid

    Travel by the high speed, energy efficient AVE train to Madrid

    Take a guided tour of Madrid

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Puerta del Sol, one of the city’s busiest squares
    • Plaza Mayor, the center of old Madrid where you’ll learn about the grand square’s history of bullfights, royal weddings, and public executions
    • Plaza de Oriente, the Royal Palace square, located across from the Royal Palace

    Visit the Royal Palace and get a glimpse of regal Madrid, where you’ll wander the fabulous palace interior

    Visit the Prado, Madrid's famed art museum where you can behold Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s paired canvases

  • Day 10: Toledo • Madrid

    Take an excursion to Toledo, the former Spanish capital where Muslims, Jews, and Christians peacefully coexisted for centuries

    Tour Toledo with an expert local guide

    Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to a famous El Greco painting

    Visit a synagogue and explore the history of multiple religions that coexisted in Toledo

    Visit the Toledo Cathedral, a spectacular example of Gothic architecture

    Enjoy dinner in Madrid's Old Town, Puerta del Sol

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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  • Day 11: Madrid • Mérida • Lisbon

    Travel via Mérida, a former Roman capital, on your way to Lisbon 

    Visit the Roman Theatre in Mérida, constructed in 16 B.C. with statues and marble columns that will transport you back in time

    Enjoy dinner in Lisbon

  • Day 12: Lisbon

    Take a guided tour of Lisbon

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Tower of Belém, from which many navigators set sail
    • Monument to the Discoveries, a series of statues commemorating the many explorers of Portugal

    Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, a monastery built by King Manuel to honor the country’s great voyagers 

    Visit São Jorge Castle, an 11th-century fortress located atop a hill

    Take a walking tour of Lisbon and get to know the city better with insights from your Tour Director

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lisbon Fado evening

    Lisbon Fado evening

    This evening, enjoy a performance of traditional music known as fado. Talented performers present a program of centuries-old ballad-like songs that tell stories of the hardships of everyday life. (Please note: Entrance includes a complimentary beverage.) 

  • Day 13: 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, a pedestrian mall where you’ll find endless entertainment, restaurants, markets, monuments and shopping

    Enjoy dinner in Barcelona

  • Day 3: Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s masterpiece cathedral that is over 130 years in the making
    • From the top of Montjuïc, enjoy panoramic views of the harbor below
    • Gothic Quarter, a memory of the Roman Empire, now lined with shops and restaurants
    • Barcelona Cathedral, a Gothic Revival church known for its gargoyles and other mythical animals

    Visit Park Güell, a vast public park designed by Antoni Gaudí that features colorful mosaics and remarkable architecture

  • Day 4: Barcelona • Valencia

    Spend a half day exploring Barcelona on your own

    Travel to Valencia, a vibrant Spanish city situated on the banks of the Turia river

  • Day 5: Valencia • Granada

    Take a walking tour of Valencia, Spain’s third largest city on a walking tour with your Tour Director

    Travel to Granada
  • Day 6: Granada • Costa del Sol

    Tour Granada with an expert local guide and take in its laid-back atmosphere, Moorish architecture, and the history and culture of this unique city

    Visit the Alhambra, Granada’s crowning jewel widely recognized as the world’s premier example of Moorish architecture, and built as an all-in-one alcazaba (fortress), alcazar (palace) and small medina (city)

    Enjoy dinner in Costa del Sol

  • Day 7: Costa del Sol

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Córdoba

    Córdoba

    Take an excursion to the city of Córdoba, located in Andalusia. Córdoba is home to La Mezquita, a mosaic-filled mosque turned Catholic church. Wander the bright and charming streets of Córdoba and take in the flower-filled courtyards before returning to Costa del Sol.

    Enjoy dinner in Costa del Sol

  • Day 8: Costa del Sol • Seville

    Travel to Seville, the city of bullfights, flamenco, and delicious food

    Take a guided tour of Seville 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • María Luisa Park and admire the mosaics and fountains of Plaza de España
    • Barrio de Santa Cruz, home to picturesque whitewashed houses, flower-filled patios, and tiled benches 

    Visit Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world that took more than a century to build

    Enjoy dinner in Seville

  • Day 9: Seville • Madrid

    Travel by the high speed, energy efficient AVE train to Madrid

    Take a guided tour of Madrid

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Puerta del Sol, one of the city’s busiest squares
    • Plaza Mayor, the center of old Madrid where you’ll learn about the grand square’s history of bullfights, royal weddings, and public executions
    • Plaza de Oriente, the Royal Palace square, located across from the Royal Palace

    Visit the Royal Palace and get a glimpse of regal Madrid, where you’ll wander the fabulous palace interior

    Visit the Prado, Madrid's famed art museum where you can behold Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s paired canvases

  • Day 10: Toledo • Madrid

    Take an excursion to Toledo, the former Spanish capital where Muslims, Jews, and Christians peacefully coexisted for centuries

    Tour Toledo with an expert local guide

    Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to a famous El Greco painting

    Visit a synagogue and explore the history of multiple religions that coexisted in Toledo

    Visit the Toledo Cathedral, a spectacular example of Gothic architecture

    Enjoy dinner in Madrid's Old Town, Puerta del Sol

  • Day 11: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 11: Madrid • Mérida • Lisbon

    Travel via Mérida, a former Roman capital, on your way to Lisbon 

    Visit the Roman Theatre in Mérida, constructed in 16 B.C. with statues and marble columns that will transport you back in time

    Enjoy dinner in Lisbon

  • Day 12: Lisbon

    Take a guided tour of Lisbon

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Tower of Belém, from which many navigators set sail
    • Monument to the Discoveries, a series of statues commemorating the many explorers of Portugal

    Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, a monastery built by King Manuel to honor the country’s great voyagers 

    Visit São Jorge Castle, an 11th-century fortress located atop a hill

    Take a walking tour of Lisbon and get to know the city better with insights from your Tour Director

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lisbon Fado evening

    Lisbon Fado evening

    This evening, enjoy a performance of traditional music known as fado. Talented performers present a program of centuries-old ballad-like songs that tell stories of the hardships of everyday life. (Please note: Entrance includes a complimentary beverage.) 

  • Day 13: Depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get



Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Parque Guell, Alhambra, Royal Palace, Seville Cathedral, Prado, Toledo Cathedral, Church of Santo Tome, Synagogue; with extension: Roman Theater, Castelo de São Jorge, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Museum

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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