11 or 13 days
Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Madrid, extension to Mérida and Lisbon

Millennia of cultivation finds synagogues, mosques and cathedrals sitting side by side.

In a country composed of 17 autonomous states, five official languages and three distinct religions, there is a lot happening that isn’t as simple as just “Spanish.” Dive into this unexpected melting pot, where a history of international influence has formed a land of many cultures.
  • 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
  • Day 5: Valencia • Granada

    Take a walking tour of Valencia

    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

    Take a guided tour of Seville 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • María Luisa Park
    • Barrio de Santa Cruz

    Visit Seville Cathedral

    Enjoy dinner in Seville

  • Day 9: Seville • Madrid

    Travel by 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

    Tour Toledo with an expert local guide

    Visit the Church of Santo Tomé

    Visit a synagogue

    Visit the Toledo Cathedral

    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 to Lisbon

    Visit the Roman Theatre in Mérida

    Enjoy dinner in Lisbon

  • Day 12: Lisbon

    Take a guided tour of Lisbon

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Tower of Belém 
    • Monument to the Discoveries

    Visit Jerónimos Monastery 

    Visit São Jorge Castle 

    Take a walking tour of Lisbon
    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
  • Day 5: Valencia • Granada

    Take a walking tour of Valencia

    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

    Take a guided tour of Seville 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • María Luisa Park
    • Barrio de Santa Cruz

    Visit Seville Cathedral

    Enjoy dinner in Seville

  • Day 9: Seville • Madrid

    Travel by 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

    Tour Toledo with an expert local guide

    Visit the Church of Santo Tomé

    Visit a synagogue

    Visit the Toledo Cathedral

    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 to Lisbon

    Visit the Roman Theatre in Mérida

    Enjoy dinner in Lisbon

  • Day 12: Lisbon

    Take a guided tour of Lisbon

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Tower of Belém 
    • Monument to the Discoveries

    Visit Jerónimos Monastery 

    Visit São Jorge Castle 

    Take a walking tour of Lisbon
    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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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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