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: Exploring Madrid
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: 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: Granada Old Town Walking Tour
Enjoy a relaxed, informal exploration of the Albaicín district, the one-time Moorish quarter of Granada, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Setting out from your hotel on foot, your resident private guide will show you how this medieval Islamic city has kept its identity into the modern age, explaining its social history and character in anecdotal style.
In the historic “Albayzín” life still oozes remnants of a popular history that serves as an echo to its palatial neighbor. Some say that it takes its name from the Muslim population of Baeza, who settled there after the defeat of the battle of the Navas of Tolosa.
The name soon designated a district in height, disassociated from the city, that in Granada is a set of white slopes of homes & villas in contrast with the green of the Valparaiso Valley. And on the reddish, dry hill, full of agave and prickly pears, the caves of Sacromonte, the cradle of flamenco, are grouped around ravines, forming streets.
As you walk through its twisting alleyways, you’ll come across stunning views of the city, the majestic Alhambra palaces and, beyond, the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. You will pass by churches built on the sites of mosques, stroll underneath the walls of the scented gardens of cármenes, and stop in squares to take in the slow rhythms of daily life in this most traditional and yet singular neighborhood. After your 3-hour walking tour we have a tapas option by prior request:
Optional Add On:
If you opt for the tapas options your guide will show you to a restaurant with a delightful terrace featuring a stunning view of the Alhambra Palace, where you’ll be served a lovely dinner, sampling an exclusive tasting menu of local specialties paired with wines from Granada and Andalusia.
Day 7: Private Guided Tour of the Alhambra
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.
Arrive in Granada with our chauffeured transfer on a comfortable drive of 1:15 min from Málaga on Spain’s newish highway system. 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: Transfer from Granada to Barcelona
Magical Spain will arrange your flight which will be a very comfortable 1.5 hours. This is ideal for you to sample some of the culture and lively streets of Barcelona. Enjoy some of the effervescent cafe culture on Las Ramblas and ensure you partake in some particularly Catalan gastronomy experiences.
“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: Guided Tour of Barcelona
Barcelona is a dynamic city known for its eclectic designs, regional pride, and world-class gastronomy.
Check out the designer architecture of Anton Gaudi and his creative structures that led some to call him a genius and others a madman. You might enjoy the popular monuments like Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, the Jewish quarter, or hilly Parc Guel. There is also the bustling Barrio Gotico old town.
Like the rest of Spain, Barcelona has a deep devotion to the good life of eating, conversing, and drinking well with your favorite people whenever possible. Private chauffeured excursion options: include Girona, Tarragona, or Dalí art museum.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport for your flight home
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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