Spain’s remarkable history makes it a compelling destination for travellers. Its origins go back to at least the 11th century BC, when Greek and Phoenician settlers first encountered indigenous Iberian tribes. As the Roman province of Iberica, Spain was the birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, before becoming a substantial Visigoth kingdom.
Seven centuries of Moorish Islamic civilization – unique in Europe – created an artistic legacy of glittering palaces and mosques. By the early 16th century Spanish rulers controlled most of Europe and the New World, heralding a period of unprecedented wealth, and an explosion of building and artistic patronage. In the 19th and early 20th centuries a new dynamism and independent spirit emerged, expressed in exuberant modernista art and architecture.
This magnificent heritage is surveyed in Academy Travel’s 18-day tour of Spain from south to north, through the regions of Andalusia, Castille-Leόn and Catalonia. The itinerary commences with three nights each in the southern cities of Granada, Córdoba and Seville, home to Roman and Moorish treasures. Our four days in Madrid are an art-lover’s dream, with visits to outstanding galleries and royal palaces of the imperial period. The tour ends in Barcelona, a thoroughly modern city, but one with ancient roots.
Many of Spain’s historical cities can be explored on foot, and we have selected centrally-located hotels throughout to allow for individual exploration.
Listed below are some of Academy Travel’s carefully selected four-star hotels for the popular Grand Tour of Spain:
Each of the hotels in our itinerary have been selected principally for their character and central location and are 4-star in standard.
A stylish adaptation of an original 19th-century building.
Academy Travel is an Australian-owned travel company, dedicated to providing tailored small group journeys for individuals and associations. Academy Travel is a qualified travel agency. As well as managing your tour booking, our experienced consultants are happy to assist with all aspects of your travel, including international flights, pre and post-tour accommodation and travel insurance.