Take a comprehensive tour of Spain and discover its fascinating history, art and traditions. The tour begins by exploring Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla – great medieval cities whose cosmopolitanism is preserved in their Moorish architecture – and then travels forward in time to Madrid, capital of a unified Spain whose impressive palaces and museums reflect the power of an empire that once spanned the Atlantic. The tour concludes with three days in exuberant Barcelona, home to Spain’s finest modernist art and architecture. The tour also showcases the outstanding culinary traditions of each region.
The 13th-century Alhambra in Granada, a complex of palaces and water gardens
Cordoba’s renowned Mesquita (mosque), a blend of Visigothic and Islamic art
Visiting the mighty cathedral and wandering the lanes of Sevilla, the city of Carmen and Don Juan
The art collections of the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums in Madrid
Philip II’s monastery-palace of El Escorial, the epitome of Spanish imperial power
Segovia’s ancient Roman aqueduct, proudly dominating this historic town
Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, in the context of his other works
Days 1–3: Discover Granada, from the Alhambra to the lime-washed alleyways of the Albaicin and Flemish art in the magnificent cathedral.
Days 4–6: In Cordoba, explore the Mesquita and Moorish sophistication at Medina Azahara.
Days 7–9: Three nights in Sevilla. Visit the Alcazar, dazzling seat of the Christian kings, and relax in atmospheric plazas.
Days 10–13: In Madrid, tour the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza, Philip II’s El Escorial and Segovia’s Roman acqueduct.
Days 14–17: Travel to Barcelona, centre of Catalonian art and culture, from the Romanesque at MNAC to Gaudi’s flourishing Modernisme.
Start & Finish
The tour begins at our hotel in Granada and ends at our hotel in Barcelona. Emirates and Qatar Airways offer the best connections in and out of Barcelona from most Australian cities. A connecting Vueling flight is required from Barcelona to Granada to begin the tour, which will coincide with airporthotel transfers. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the published itinerary once available, please register your interest below and we will be sure to email you a copy. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9235 0023.
A practicing artist and expert on the art of Spain, with degrees from the University of Sydney and the National Art School.
Elena Ortega has a Master of Fine Art (Painting) from the National Art School where she also completed her Bachelor of Fine Art. She has won numerous academic prizes for her study in art history and theory, including a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.
Elena is a practicing artist and also a host at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, where she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm about art. She has taught Spanish language, culture and society at the University of Sydney, UTS and UNSW, as well as WEA and Instituto Cervantes. She lived in Granada for a number of years and loves this region, immortalised by Ernest Hemingway and Gerald Brenan, but she has also spent time living in Madrid and Barcelona – as well as her native Zaragoza, of course!
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate, taxis or public transport are also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required and when stated as included
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
What is not included in the tour price?
Our tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.
A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.
If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:
More than 60 days before departure: $500*
60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due
*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.
Unused Portions of the tour
We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.
Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.
Will the tour price change?
If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.
Will the itinerary change?
Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.
Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.
Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller. We aim to be fair and reasonable in all our dealings with our clients. We aim to provide full and accurate information about our tours and promptly provide information of any changes or alterations that take place before departure.