Best of Spain Private 10 Day Luxury Tour
Our best of Spain 10 day itinerary has been designed to introduce you to key locations and sights and enable you to get a taste of what makes Spain so endlessly fascinating.
Experience Madrid’s old-world charm, Barcelona’s creative heritage, amazing Alhambra, splendid Seville, tasty tapas & paella cooking class, rustic Andalucia medieval villages, fine olive oils, wine & cheeses, fairy-tale castles, and exotic Moorish ambiance await.
Our tour planning team would love to discuss tailoring this itinerary to be even more reflective of the types of activities and events you desire from your Spanish vacation. Get your complimentary customized itinerary by making an online inquiry.
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10 Day Customizable Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Private Tour of Madrid
Upon arrival to Madrid by your flight or train, our friendly, professional chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall.
Bienvenidos a España! Your 10 day Spain private tour is on!
Discover the majesty of Madrid with your private guide. Madrid is a uniquely fun European capital that mixes sophistication, aristocracy, hedonism, and world-class art. Many of our tours start in Madrid, as it’s a lovely city to visit with excellent luxury hotels and a wide variety of culinary attractions from historic old town restaurants and mesons, to classic tapas & wine bars to avant-garde gourmet Michelin-starred restaurants.
On your first night, you may want to get familiar with the city on a private guided walking tour of the old town. Later perhaps a private Rioja wine tasting then dine at a Michelin starred restaurant and get to meet the chef.
Day 2: Madrid Art Triangle & Prado Private Tour
Madrid is a city of contrast: ostentatious fountains, marble statues, splendidly beautiful plazas, a shopping mecca, and happy well dressed people strolling aside wide tree-lined boulevards to beautiful and stress-busting parks like El Retiro.
Our clients for this 10-Day Private Luxury Tour of Spain have many Madrid favorites they wish to explore with their guide: the incredible art of the Prado & Reina Sofia Museums, gorgeous Plaza de Oriente, old town plazas and cobblestoned lanes, and the Royal Palace to name a few.
To feel the urban vibe of Madrid, don’t miss the Gran Via Boulevard inspired by New York’s Broadway or world-class soccer of legendary teams like Real Madrid or Athleticó de Madrid.
“I urge everyone who values unforgettable vacations to contact Magical Spain and talk to Dan or Rachel.
Beyond the personalized planning and fine 24-7 tour support, we loved the quality and care of the licensed guides, the delicious tapas, the exotic ambiance of Seville and Granada, Madrid’s majesty and art, medieval Toledo, and meeting the olive oil estate owners, artist, chef & winemaker.”
Day 3: Private Day trip to Toledo or Segovia
Option 1: Toledo
Just 70 kilometers from Madrid lies Toledo – the city of three cultures. Your transfer will be on the high-speed train with a journey time of only 30 mins.
Toledo was formerly the capital of Spain and earned its nickname as the city of three cultures due to the influence of its successive Moorish, Jewish and Christian occupants.
Its historic quarter –a UNESCO World Heritage Site– still preserves its original medieval layout, making it a fascinating place to visit. On a tour through its narrow, winding streets you will discover a series of incredible buildings, still very much alive both inside and out.
Option 2: Timeless Segovia
An impressive aqueduct from the days of the Roman Empire marks the entrance to this fairy-tale Castilian city, with the Sierra de Guadarrama in the background.
After the initial amazement at this magnificent feat of engineering, with 167 arches held together only by the balance of forces, it’s time to visit towers, Romanesque churches, synagogues, Renaissance palaces, convents, gardens, hidden courtyards.
You just need to stroll around the town to see why the old quarter of Segovia and the Aqueduct make up a World Heritage site. In a walk along the city walls you can see the Casa de los Picos, the Alhóndiga, Torreón de Lozoya, the church of San Martín… The first must-see is the Cathedral, known as the “lady of the cathedrals”, and the sensation of traveling through time continues with the mansions of noble families in the Caballeros district and the narrow streets of the former Jewish quarter.
The Alcázar, is a castle with hidden passageways that seems straight out of a novel. We strongly recommend climbing the 152 steps of the spiral staircase in the Tower of Juan II. When you get to the top, the views are unique, and you begin to understand why some people compare this tower with the prow of a boat cutting through the waves.
Day 4: Captivating Córdoba
Although it was inhabited by Iberians for centuries, the beautiful city of Córdoba was founded by Romans in the 2nd century BC. After the Moorish conquest of the peninsula, it enjoyed its greatest splendor as their first capital city in Iberia.
In 929 AD, Abd-al-Rahman III of the Umayyad dynasty (family of Mohammed), proclaimed himself Caliph of Córdoba and declared the city’s independence from the rest of the Islamic empire. Al-Andalus became the primary Muslim power in the Western Mediterranean, and the Mezquita, built on the foundations of a 6th-century Visigoth basilica, became the most important mosque in the entire West.
Turned into a Christian cathedral in 1238 by Fernando III, its Byzantine mosaics and the extraordinary system of two-tone horseshoe-shaped arches underwent several expansions that emulated both Renaissance and Baroque styles. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. it is the best-preserved building from its period, as it is one of the most spectacular that can be visited in Spain, and probably the world.
The Mosque increased in both size and beauty as the city became more politically and socially important and was even spared during the Christian Reconquest. It was converted into a Christian cathedral in 1238, and its Byzantine mosaics and the extraordinary system of two-tone horseshoe-shaped arches underwent several expansions, emulating both Renaissance and Baroque styles.
Day 5: Stunning Seville Guided Tour
Seville is known for the passion for the flamenco guitar & dance, the scent of the orange trees that line many streets as well as the love for the good life of food, drink, sunshine, and a type of good humor known as cachondeo.
Seville is the world capital of tapas cuisine. On your insider’s tour of Seville, discover the Moorish fortress, palaces, and gardens of the Alcazar where Game of Thrones was filmed. Don’t miss the Plaza de España or the largest Gothic Cathedral, the Tomb of Christopher Columbus, the food markets, modern architecture like Las Setas (the local name), artist studios, ceramics workshops, fine 16th-century art from Spain´s Golden Age, and some of the most fun-loving locals in Europe awaits you in Seville.
We can offer touring via carriage rides of the Maria Luisa Park, private flamenco dance or guitar lessons, excursions to wineries, olive oil mills, Roman ruins, medieval hilltowns Pueblos Blancos, or Royal Horse School, or real working bull ranches.
Upon request, Magical Spain can arrange a variety of activities like cooking classes, paella with a family, tickets to soccer matches or flamenco concerts, hiking and biking, or wine & tapas dining.
“Thanks for the great work during our Spanish Food and Wine Adventure…. you guys really know your stuff and are great guides & hosts! We’ll be back for northern Spain in the future!”
Day 6: Seville Like a Local: Tasty Tapas Tour & Flamenco
Today you’ll do Seville like a local, experiencing the authentic spirit of southern Spain’s romantic Andalusian spirit in one of its most unforgettable places, Seville. Your guide will take you to some of the best tapas (Spanish small plates) bistros to sample the best of each place. You’ll walk in the shadow of ancient towers, like the Giralda Tower, once a medieval Moorish minaret back 700 years ago! This is part of the gigantic Seville Cathedral recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
After a number of delicious tapas stops (with wine, beer, or soft drinks) to put the icing on the cake of your time in ancient, beautiful Seville, we have an authentic cultural treat that is also listed on UNESCO’s World Culture List. Get ready to feel and see the art and passion of an authentic flamenco show with live song, dance, percussion, palmas & excellent Spanish guitarist or two!
Day 7: Private Guided Tour of the Alhambra in Granada
The Moor’s last outpost in Spain is all about the mind-blowing Alhambra, a hilltop citadel, palace, and gardens that bring to life many fantasies of 1001 Arabian Nights. With our expert guides, your adventure will go beyond the mass market by adding their insider savvy, legends, and history that most visitors might never discover on their own.
This includes the Alcazaba, Nazarí Palaces, Palace of Charles V, and Generalife Gardens, all with a fantastic view over the small city of Granada down below the Alhambra citadel.
Our luxury Magical Spain private tour of 10 days can be expanded or shortened to fit your schedule if booked well in advance. The Alhambra Citadel in Granada includes amazing palaces, gardens, and a medieval fortress. Don’t miss the insights, legends, and care of the TOP expert guides we have selected for our VIP customers.
Day 8: Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, Santa Maria del Mar & Sagrada Familia
After your short morning flight from Granada to Barcelona, our expert local guide and driver will collect you to enjoy an exclusive private tour of the top highlights of Barcelona.
This includes the unforgettable Mediterranean views from the Montjuïc hill and the amazing 2000-year-old heritage of the old town of Barcelona including Roman remains from the 3rd century in the Gothic Quarter and the exquisite yet simple beauty of the Santa Maria del Mar. Stroll timeless stone alleyways to the pretty plaza Sant Jaume.
Finally, your tour is topped off with a private visit to the world-famous, one-of-a-kind UNESCO-listed Sagrada Familia Basilica of Barcelona with skip-the-line access. Without a doubt, the most unforgettable masterpiece shows the genius and obsessions of the one and only Spanish architect Anton Gaudi. This is without a doubt the prime symbol of Barcelona.
“Outstanding, seamless planning with a very personalized itinerary executed perfectly…..
In Spain, we felt like VIPs as we met the winemakers in La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, the chefs, the village mayor and flamenco dancer in Sevilla! The unique experiences and memories beat that of 4 or 5 cruises. We will be back to do Andalucia or Portugal in a few years”
Day 9: Barcelona's Sacred Mountain Shrine & Wine County Tasting & Meal
Our driver and guide will pick you up in a comfortable, deluxe vehicle for this private tour. Leave behind the bustle of the big city as time slows down as you’re driven into the ancient Catalan countryside.
Our destination is Montserrat, a magical mountaintop monastery. While just an hour from Barcelona, many feel that time slows down here. You’ll step in the footsteps of fellow pilgrims as you enjoy one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage destinations over the last 1100 years!
Like all our private tours, you are given options to choose from with your guide. Maybe see the Montserrat Museum, do an energizing trail walk, or try the cable car. We urge you to not miss the sanctuary where the ‘Moreneta’ (the black virgin) is housed. By prior request, we may be able to arrange for you to see the memorable Montserrat boys choir performance directed by an order of Benedictine monks.
Finally, you’ll depart Montserrat and head to a small family-owned winery. You may enjoy a private tasting of some of the best wines and a meal can be arranged there or in a fine wine village restaurant. After your meal, sit back and relax in comfort as our driver zips you back to your Barcelona hotel.
Day 10: Hasta La Proxima! Private VIP Transfer To The Barcelona Airport
With so much to see and do in Spain, it’s very easy to feel that you cannot even scratch the surface in 10 days. Whilst we think the ten-day plan above is a terrific introduction to Spain we understand that it won’t suit everyone, that’s why our passion lies in providing the best possible experience for our clients by creating tour itineraries completely tailored to their tastes and needs.
Meet the Founder of Magical Spain
Hola! I’m Dan O’Beirne C.E.O of Magical Spain, and an American family man who settled here over 20 years ago.
At the heart of Magical Spain lies my two passions in life, travel, and family. After working in the Health and Wellness sector back home in the U.S, my desire to travel led me to Spain where I met my beautiful wife-to-be, and where we now live with our young son. As our relationship blossomed, so did my love for the country, cultures, and people here. It was only natural then that Nuria and I should work together to create Magical Spain as a platform to share this passion and insight into Spain with our American clients.
Contact our Complimentary Custom Itinerary Team Today
For your complimentary itinerary simply let us know how many days you will be here and what type of activities, sights, locations, events or exclusive experiences interest you, and let our experienced team do the rest. With over 20 years of planning and delivering exquisite luxury tours of Spain, we are certain that your bespoke itinerary will be full of Spanish delights that you will adore.
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