Best of Spain in Two Weeks Itinerary
Looking for a complete taste of Spain taking you on a journey across different cultures and visiting the most iconic sights and sounds of España? Then our two-week itinerary will be perfect for you.
Enjoy medieval castles and modern designs, timeless traditions, tasty tapas, cobblestoned and colonnaded plazas, innovative cuisine, and wines. Experience art and architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and beautiful sunsets.
Celebrate a culture cherished on both sides of the Atlantic, as our American tour planning specialists deliver the best of Spain in two thrilling weeks as you discover Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca, Avila, Segovia, Toledo, and Seville.
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Two-Week Custom Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Gaudí Private Tour of Barcelona Including Sagrada Familia & Parc Güell
Come on a magical architectural journey with your private guide as we discover Modernisme, Catalan Art Nouveau, and some of the major works of its most renowned and international master: Antoni Gaudí.
The Expiatory Temple of Sagrada Família is Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. His conception of the basilica was based on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals. He achieved a symbiosis between form and Christian iconography and designed a very personal architecture through new but thoroughly logical structures, shapes, and geometries, all inspired by nature and in which light and color played a central role.
We will also visit the magical Park Güell, a testament to Gaudí’s vision and imagination. Commissioned by Catalan entrepreneur Eusebi Güell, it is considered one of Barcelona’s greatest tourist attractions. Its large square was often used for staging traditional Sardana dancing and other social events. Gaudí’s design is a perfect match for this recreational space.
In the tour, we will also gaze upon Passeig de Gràcia’s façades and exteriors, including the main Gaudí houses, such as Casa Milà (“La Pedrera”) and Casa Batlló, which contribute to making Barcelona the truly unique city it is.
Day 2: Barcelona Private Walking Guided Tour of the Gothic Quarter
Two hundred years before the Christian period, Barcelona’s heart began to beat as Barcino, a Roman colony. From that moment on, the city grew at an unstoppable pace, contained only by successive walls until, in the 19th century, it became the modern city we know today.
Barcelona is one of the cities in Europe that co-exists most naturally with its vestiges of the past, and whose origins it also superbly preserves. Embark on a fascinating journey in time where we will slowly reveal the secrets of its history: the remains of the Roman Temple of Augustus; the splendor of wonderfully preserved Romanesque churches and monasteries; the outstanding example of Catalan Gothic that is the Church of Santa Maria del Mar; the old Jewish Quarter; public buildings and palaces belonging to the new social classes that emerged with the wealth brought by the sea, or the walls that stifled the city.
Around old Barcelona, from Plaça de Sant Jaume to Plaça Reial, from the Cathedral to the Liceu opera house or the Palau de la Música Catalana, cobbled streets and charming corners will tell us fascinating tales of this beautiful Mediterranean city. Come with us and fall in love with its intense history and its beautiful sceneries in stone.
“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: Transfer with Private Driver: Barcelona - Salamanca
Day 4: Castile & Salamanca
Salamanca is one of the most beautiful cities in the Castile and León region. Its origins take us back to pre-Roman times, and its long, fascinating history is imbued with peoples and cultures that left their mark, from the Vettones (inhabitants of the peninsula prior to Romanization) to the Romans, the Visigoths, and the Muslims.
In this guided visit to the old city, declared a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO in 1988, we will discover the main vestiges of Salamanca’s rich history. The silhouettes of its magnificent cathedral —the Old and the New—crown the city’s skyline. The “Catedral Nueva” is of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style, while the Old one was built in Romanesque style. It is one of the most impressive and dignified sights in the city.
The “Casa de las Conchas”, built in the late 15th to early 16th century, is a very popular and charming palace, a wonderful example of Spanish secular and domestic Gothic architecture, where the “conchas” (seashells) are the main ornamental element in the façade. We will also discover the Plaza Mayor, a harmonious and proportioned typical Castilian square built in the 18th century where many activities took place: religious, cultural, and secular… even executions.
The city is also home to Spain’s oldest university, the University of Salamanca. Founded in the 13th century, it was one of the most prestigious universities in the West during its splendor in the 15th and 16th centuries. Fray Luis de León and Miguel de Unamuno, essential names in the history of Spanish culture, were both students at the university and later held important positions there. Be sure to find the frog hidden in the façade’s reliefs—traditionally, students looked for it as a way of finding luck in passing their exams!
Day 5: Private Guided Excursion to Ávila, Historic, & Mystic
Ávila was named a World Heritage Site in 1985, and its cultural heritage is a reflection of its history, architecture, people, and characteristic Castilian landscape.
Enclosed within impressive medieval walls, its historic quarter is home to palaces, temples, convents, and residences, the result of a history shaped by the cultures that lived there together: the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities left their mark, and all three are a living part of Avila’s cultural legacy.
Ávila is also a mystic, spiritual city. All roads lead to Saint Teresa, Doctor of the Catholic Church. We can follow her journey, from the house where she was born to the place where she was buried, including the convents where she was hidden away early in life and those she founded after creating the Order of the Discalced Carmelites.
Day 6: Transfer to Madrid with Private Driver
Day 7: Private Guided Madrid Tour with Royal Palace & Tapas
Madrid is a city in full swing, with the noise, traffic, and crowded streets that are inherent to any modern-day metropolis. But for madrileños, this beautiful chaos is the cure for daily routine… Today, let your local guide lead you through and show you the history and the magical corners of the real city.
Since its founding as Mayrit by the Arabs in the 9th century, through the reigns of the Habsburg and Bourbon dynasties, to the latest, crucial events of the 20th and 21st centuries, life in Madrid seems like a Cervantes novel: intertwining sleep and sleeplessness, art is mistaken for life. We will explore the corners of the historical district, known as Austrias due to its connection with the Habsburgs. The old city will pop up around us through the Plaza Mayor and the stone-cobbled streets in the area, and proudly reveal corners that preserve the flavor of times gone by.
We will also step into a historical city you can’t miss: the magnificent Royal Palace. Built over the foundations of the medieval Arab fortress, over the centuries different monarchs have left their mark both in the décor and the design of its gardens. A stroll through the Royal Palace’s halls is a journey to the last 400 years of Spain’s history.
During the tour, we will also taste Madrid’s vibrant cuisine. Our local host will take you to some of the best establishments to try local “tapas”, small bites full of history. In Madrid, tapas are not just another way of eating, they are a way of life. Experience the city in all its glory: losing yourselves in its streets, allowing it to overwhelm each of your senses.
“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 8: Private Guided Visit to Segovia
Madrid’s enviable geographic location allows us to visit historical cities, such as the beautiful Segovia, in the nearby Castile and León region, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
Between the verdure of the mountains and the brown Castilian plains, the Roman aqueduct soars above Segovia, welcoming us. The city’s streets twist and turn, leading us almost accidentally to its three main landmarks: the Roman aqueduct, built in the 1st century under the Flavian dynasty; Saint Mary’s Cathedral, built at the end of the 16th century; and the Alcázar, a fortress overlooking the historical Castilian fields of the city where Isabel I of Castile, crucial monarch in the history of the county, was crowned queen. To finish off the day, we’ll enjoy a traditional Segovian lunch, with lamb or bush meat.
The winds of Castile, its beautiful lands, the quietly melancholic fields that fill our poets’ dreams, its fascinating history, will unfold before us around delightful Segovia. A perfect getaway.
Day 9: Madrid Art Triangle Walk With Prado Museum Private Guided Tour
Located in the heart of Bourbon Madrid, which inaugurated an era of great ornamentation inspired by Italian Baroque styles and motifs, Paseo del Prado is surrounded by the city center’s most significant natural landscapes (the Royal Botanical Garden and the Retiro Park) and is nicknamed “Paseo del Arte”, the art boulevard. Along and around the charming Paseo del Prado —its real name— are Madrid’s three main museums: Reina Sofía, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo del Prado.
Spain’s national gallery opened in 1819 and, as one of the world’s most important art museums, the quality of its collection is truly singular. With an overwhelming concentration of Spanish painting and European masters from the 16th to the 19th century, we will enjoy gems such as Goya’s Black Paintings and La Maja Vestida, Durer’s Self-Portrait, Mantegna’s Death of the Virgin, El Greco’s The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest, Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, and, of course, Velázquez’s Las Meninas.
Today we propose enjoying a leisurely, expert-guided walk of the museum and its surroundings, exploring its impressive concentration of historical buildings, sculptures, green areas, and fountains, and discovering the treasures of the Museo del Prado and its collection.
Day 10: Private Guided Toledo Excursion with Guide & zip-line experience
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Toledo became the capital of the Visigoth realm. Later, when it joined Al-Andalus, it grew so much in importance that it became the cultural center of the Western Mediterranean. Muslim tolerance was such that peaceful coexistence thrived with the large Sephardic Jewish community, as well as the Christians, known as Mozárabes, creating a model that is still considered exemplary today.
Cultural city par excellence, in the 15th century Toledo was known for its important School of Translators, becoming referential for scholars around the globe. Afterward, the Catholic Monarchs expanded and beautified the city, commissioning the magnificent San Juan de Los Reyes Monastery, one of the most emblematic buildings that can be visited in the city, in addition to its impressive Cathedral, beautiful Jewish quarter and synagogues, or Santa Cruz Hospital, currently a museum.
Today, this unusual cultural encounter still lends the city a unique character that makes it possible to imagine the splendor of the Middle Ages, while bestowing it with the name “the city of three cultures”.
“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 11: Transfer to Seville with private driver
Day 12: Private Guided Tour: Alcazar Palace & Santa Cruz
Seville, a charming capital city of the Andalucía region, is a city of great beauty and rich monumental heritage. Ancient Hispalis in Roman times; Spali for the Goths; Ixbilia during the Early Middle Ages, its architectural richness is magnificent.
The Royal Alcazar began in the early 10th century under the Córdoba caliphate. The building, erected on the site of Abd al-Rahman II’s palace and linked to the city’s port, captures the very essence of Seville and the imprint of the many cultures that have inhabited it.
Behind the Alcazar’s mighty walls, we will find exotic spaces, beautiful gardens, delicate patios, water flowing from its corners, and remains of the communities that brought it to life and made it a central space for the city.
History and legend make up this masterpiece of Mudéjar art, which has recently become more famous as a filming set for the “Game Of Thrones” show. During our discovery of Seville’s history, we will also walk around the beautiful Barrio Santa Cruz, the historical quarter of the city, where the whitewashed façades, the stone-cobbled patios, and the vestiges of the old Judería will come before our eyes under our expert’s knowledgeable guidance.
Evening Flamenco Lesson in Private with Flamenco Show
Listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010, flamenco is quintessential to grasp how rich and complex Spanish cultures are. It is a fusion of dance, instrumental and vocal music, with an immense range of moods and feelings —from fear to tragic grief to the utmost happiness—, expressive melodies, and sincere deeply felt lyrics.
The powerful baile that accompanies flamenco to its fullest expression leaves no one unmoved by its breathtaking energy.
Palmas, taconeo, rhythm, and the Duende —the elusive magic that characterizes flamenco’s fascination and mystery, are all part of an experience you can’t miss.
You can see flamenco in an auditorium or a theater, but the best way of experiencing it is by watching a live show at a Tablao, flamenco venue. Today, we invite you to enjoy an outstanding live performance at one of our favorites. Be carried away by amazing artists and powerful performances.
Day 13: Sevilla Cooking Class lunch including Market Visit
Meet your friendly guide at Triana Market, where vendors sell colorful produce, succulent meats, fresh cheese, and a variety of other local delicacies. Everything you need to prepare an exceptional Spanish feast can be found here. Two menu options – either traditional Spanish cuisine or tapas:
Our 3-hour hands-on Spanish cooking class consists of a 4-course menú, taught by a professionally trained chef in English.
During the class, guests have the chance to get involved in the preparation of the dishes, as classes are designed for both novices and experienced cooks that will be able to learn and develop new techniques and skills.
All ingredients or utensils are provided by the school. Sangria and table olives are served during class, and at the end, guests eat what has been cooked, accompanied by up to two drinks (Spanish wine, beer, or soft drinks) and a final dessert wine.
Once back home, you will be able to practice what you have learnt. We will give you written recipes and lots of tips!
Day 14: Transfer to airport for your flight home
Well, we are sure you will agree that’s a pretty busy 2 weeks in Spain, however, we are acutely aware that no two guests are ever the same. Here at Magical Spain, we believe our attention to the guests sets us apart from other luxury private tour operators. That’s why we would love for you to get in touch so that we could tailor a bespoke itinerary just for you, and centered around the exact type of locations and activities that fascinate you.
Whether you are here for a few day, two weeks or even longer, simply get in touch and we can get started planning your dream vacation!
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.
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