A Family Adventure Across Spain

  • 12 Days , 5 Cities
  • From $3,820
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This itinerary offers a wonderful overview of the abundance of family-friendly activities available in a beautiful country. Active kids will enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and swimming, while those who wish to explore Spain differently will be delighted by the abundance of art, history & culture. There are horses to ride, flamenco dresses to admire, natural pools to swim in, and impressive wildlife to track down.
Countries Visited Spain
Places Visited Madrid, Córdoba, Seville, Ronda
Suggested Duration 12 days
Travel Styles Cultural Tours, Family Vacations, Wine Tours, Food Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Spain!

    Upon arrival in Madrid, we will arrange for a private transfer to your hotel in the city center.
    In the afternoon and evening, free to rest and get acquainted with this cosmopolitan city and its vibrant atmosphere.

    What's included?

    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Madrid - A Taste of Madrid

    In the morning, enjoy a fun & interactive private walking tour of Madrid's city center designed just for families. Get ready for games, wonder-filled stories, and even a little Spanish practice. While exploring, there’ll be stops for two kid-approved snacks: Spanish-style ham sandwiches and chocolate and churros!

    This private walking tour explores the city’s historic center: You’ll pass through Madrid’s main sights: the Royal Palace, Plaza de la Villa, San Miguel Market, Plaza Mayor, and the Puerta del Sol. Your dynamic guide will keep your children engaged throughout with stories of Spanish history. Think explorers, kings and queens, princes and princesses, knights, artists, and more! Your kids will get to see Madrid as never before, especially while looking all over the city for as many examples of its mascot (the beloved oso, or bear) as they can find!

    About an hour into the tour, it’s time for a mid-morning snack: Your first stop will be for a tasting of prized Iberian ham and other cured meats at a family-run ham shop. Adults and children will enjoy a beverage of choice (cava, wine, beer, soft drinks, or water) and kids will learn the art of making (and eating!) Spanish sandwiches, called bocadillos. They’ll also learn all about Spanish culture and how kids their own age live in Spain.

    Towards the end of the route, you’ll make your second food stop at Chocolatería San Ginés, the city’s most famous spot for piping hot churros and chocolate. Coffee and tea are also on offer as a pick-me-up before continuing the day. And don’t worry, they won’t ruin your appetite for lunch—but you will get lots of tips for where to grab a bite after the tour. When it’s time to say goodbye, your kids will leave with a new understanding of Madrid—and a memory that’ll stay with them for years to come!

    In the afternoon, discover art at the Prado through a treasure hunt! This interactive visit to the Prado Museum is designed to foster children’s curiosity and stimulate their visual memory. Children will learn about artistic techniques and mythological themes that were popular from the age of the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. Together, you will discover monsters and heroes and explore themes such as family units, patronage, history of taste and fashion, the representation of girls and women, and the (very!) influential role of animals in a series of paintings. A truly engaging learning experience for children of all ages!

    The Prado Museum houses one of the finest art collections in the world. It displays thousands of European paintings, sculptures, and other works of art throughout its halls. Featuring more than 8,000 works of art, the museum can be overwhelming to visit independently, but our knowledgeable guide will lead you to the most significant and admired paintings and sculptures, including works by Spanish, Dutch, and Italian masters. The most famous piece in the collection on display at the Prado is Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez. He dedicated many of his pieces to the museum and had a hand in obtaining several works from great Italian painters. In tribute to Velazquez, his statue is one of the few marking the entrances to the museum.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 3

    Madrid - Discovering Toledo

    Your private driver and art historian guide will take you to Toledo for a full-day guided tour of this historic and imperial city. In Toledo, you will first enjoy a short panoramic tour of the city, stopping along the way at the most spectacular viewpoints. This will be followed by a walking tour of the historic center. During this tour, you will visit the Cathedral, widely considered one of the high points of Gothic art; a large number of renowned artists left their mark on the church: from Pedro Berruguete to Enrique Egás, Petrus Petri and Juan Guas.

    You will then discover the beautiful Jewish quarter where you’ll visit the El Tránsito, a synagogue that houses one of the best Mudejar coffered ceilings in Toledo, along with walls richly decorated with geometrical and botanical designs as well as Hebrew inscriptions. Nowadays, it is where the Sephardic Museum is located. The tour will also include a visit to the San Juan de Los Reyes Monastery, a superb example of flamboyant Gothic style outstanding for its great ornamentation and its cloister, of great sculptural value.
    After the guided tour, you will have some free time to have lunch and to stroll the narrow streets of the old town, and visit some other interesting sites on your own, before retuning to Madrid.

    Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs, and Jews lived together here for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques, and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of Castile - La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site. If there is one person's name that defines Toledo it is that of El Greco. His House-Museum, a palace with the atmosphere of the period, exhibits some of the best works of the painter who made the city world-famous.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 4

    Cordoba - Don Quixote’s Windmills & Cordoba

    After check-out from your hotel in Madrid, your private driver will pick you up to head to Consuegra, famous for its charming white windmills, the same ones that Don Quixote mistook for giants and attacked...!
    Each windmill has a name, one of which is in fact named Sancho after one of the main characters in the novel. The windmills stopped being used for grinding grain in the 1980s though one is now used as an ice-cream shop, and another as a tourist office.
    You'll have some free time to visit one of these windmills and to admire this unique location's beautiful iconic views. You will then head to the town where you'll find Consuegra's perfectly restored Castle which offers lovely views of the windmills. You'll have some free time here to visit the castle and its grounds as well as the town itself.
    Free time for lunch, and transfer to your hotel in Cordoba.

    OPTIONAL: Evening Equestrian Show
    Marvelous equestrian exhibition in which purebred Spanish horses are the main protagonists. The stage, an emblematic and magical historical building, once the birthplace of the Andalusian Horse and now an unparalleled setting for this enchanting equestrian show.
    One of the sights you can't miss when visiting the city of Córdoba is the Royal Stables, home to the Cordoba Equestrian Show. This emblematic and historical building was founded in 1570 by King Felipe II, a great horse lover with the dream of making a pure Spanish thoroughbred. The structure of the Royal Stables is quite grand, with vaulted ceilings and archways. The performance is a chance to marvel at the beauty and magic of these animals in various disciplines as well as the extraordinary skills of the riders. You will enjoy an enchanting evening of music, lights, and dancing combined with majestic horse dressage.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 5

    Cordoba - Olive Oil Tasting & Cooking Experience

    Today, we will venture out into the countryside to explore the beautiful hills of Montilla (still a very unspoiled wine region south of Córdoba). Olive oil, gastronomy, and wine are part of Andalusia's popular wisdom and with this tour, you will delve into this fascinating world.

    Your first stop will be a family-run olive oil mill where you will discover the full process of olive oil making, and enjoy a tour of the family groves and learn about the different characteristics, culinary uses, and health benefits of olive oil. After a visit to the mill and the on-site museum, you will enjoy a very interesting short video about oil production followed by a tasting of two of their delicious varieties along with freshly baked bread made by the very same family!

    The second experience of the day is a visit to a local family-run winery located right in the heart of the Sierra de Montilla, a stunning rural landscape with endless vineyards and rolling hills. You will learn about winemaking and the grown-ups will get to taste some of the unique wines of this region before enjoying an authentic hands-on cooking class! You will learn how to prepare a regional specialty called "Salmorejo" (a cold tomato cream) and a national specialty "the Paella".

    This day of adventure ends with you enjoying the food you have prepared in a friendly and casual atmosphere. A truly exceptional experience!

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 6

    Seville - Moorish Castles & Roman Ruins

    Today, on your way from Cordoba to Seville with your private driver, we invite you to take an exciting trip in time, back into the Middle Ages at the incredible Castillo de Almodóvar! The towers and battlements, the dungeons, the parade-ground, and the hexagonal chapel will transport you back to centuries gone by, giving you a first-hand view of the roots of Andalusian history.

    You will enjoy a guided tour of this Moorish 8th century castle which was featured as Highgarden in Game of Thrones' season 7! For those GOT lovers, Highgarden of House Tyrell is of vital importance for House Lannister in keeping the Crown of Seven Kingdoms. The great fortress will witness the war where Jamie Lannister sacks Lady Olenna of House Tyrell and ends the Tyrell bloodline. Blood, death, poison, gold, dungeons, treason, and victory await you in these towers and walls.

    You will then be transferred to Italica, where your "exploration of history" tour continues by taking you back in time, after some free time for lunch. Immerse yourselves into the culture and heritage of past civilizations to re-live the glory of the Roman Empire in the Iberian Peninsula. Your private guide will meet you at the entrance of the Italica Roman ruins archaeological complex, where you will enjoy a one and a half hours guided tour of these remarkably preserved ruins, which date back to 206 BC. You will explore the grand bath complex, where city dwellers would come to bathe in the thermal waters, and visit the House of the Planetarium, famous for its beautifully preserved mosaics. You will learn how Italica was the birthplace of legendary emperors like Trajan and Hadrian and will hear about the games held in the impressive amphitheater, the significance of the Trajan monument, and the use of the birdhouse, gym, and bread oven.

    The Roman Amphitheatre is the greatest building in this complex and you might recognize it as Game of Throne's Dragonpit. Who could have imagined that 20 centuries after its creation, huge dragons would be flying over these ruins while Jon Snow, Daenerys, Cersei, and a dozen other characters met to hash out their differences in the face of the greater enemy...!

    Then, it’s on to Sevilla.

    Optional: Evening Flamenco Venue
    This evening, you have the option of enjoying an exciting musical evening at the Flamenco Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco), the brainchild of Sevillian flamenco dancer Cristina Hoyos. The one-hour performance will be held on the charming patio of this historic building. You will also have time to visit the museum before the flamenco performance begins. Excitement and enjoyment are guaranteed! The Museo del Baile Flamenco (Museum of Flamenco Dance) in Seville is an impressive venue for some of Seville’s best flamenco. Located in the Santa Cruz quarter and just a few steps from the Plaza Alfalfa, the museum offers daily flamenco shows. The central patio of the museum has been specially designed to stage performances for a small number of spectators. Under the direction of Cristina Hoyos, the museum shows, of course, attract some of the best talents in Seville and Spain. Equally impressive is the Flamenco Museum itself, perhaps one of the most technologically advanced museums in Spain. Interactive exhibits show the origins and evolution of flamenco, covering the various styles of music and dance.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 7

    Seville - Exploring Seville by Bike

    Your art historian guide will take you on an exciting bike tour of approximately two and a half hours. This guided bike tour is the perfect way to see Sevilla and explore those areas where it is rather difficult or tiring to get to on foot. You will explore the many sites and neighborhoods of this charming city such as the Guadalquivir riverside, the iconic Plaza de España, the spectacular Maria Luisa Park, and the authentic Triana district.

    Optional: Afternoon Kayaking on the Guadalquivir
    You have the option of getting active on this exciting group kayaking tour on the legendary Guadalquivir river! You will first get an introduction lesson to kayaking before getting into the water. Enjoy nature and the city at the same time as you explore River Guadalquivir in Seville on this fun 2-hour sightseeing kayak tour. Admire the most important landmarks in Seville from the river while enjoying an easy-going kayaking experience. You’ll get to see the Torre del Oro, Triana Bridge, Betis street, the Maestranza and so much more from an entirely new perspective while navigating down the Guadalquivir River.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 8

    Ronda - Picturesque Town of Ronda & Surroundings

    After check-out, your private driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel and will drive you to the picturesque town of Ronda.

    Ronda is a mountaintop city that sits in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda. Set dramatically above a deep gorge and surrounded by lush river valleys, it is a place that is absolutely breathtaking. The gorge, El Tajo, separates the city’s 15th-century new town from its Moorish old town. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering stunning views and the new town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th- century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

    Your guide will take you for a panoramic introductory tour including the Old Town, the cliffs, the New Bridge, and the bullring, and then have some free time to have lunch.

    For the afternoon, we recommend a horseback riding in the lovely Grazalema Natural Park, which will thrill kids & teens. Your private driver/guide will take you to the pretty town of Grazalema where you will visit a family-run stable located within the protected area of Tambor del Llano part of the Grazalema natural park. Here, you will enjoy a nice horseback ride of about 2 hours through the surrounding countryside and forest.

    Grazalema is a pretty town whose immaculately kept cobbled streets are lined with whitewashed houses adorned with wrought-iron rejas on their windows and plant pots spilling over with colorful flowers. It is the most popular base for hikes into the Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema and is an age-old producer of blankets, honey, cheese, meat-filled stews, and an adrenaline-filled bull-running festival.

    Alternatively, you can opt for an exciting experience of driving a 2 or 4-seater buggy off-road through the Ronda countryside! Follow your guide through Ronda's beautiful landscapes. This mostly off-road trip on narrow and uneven tracks is great fun for both experienced buggy drivers and novices. During the rainy season, you may happen upon muddy puddles that you'll be able to splash through if you're brave enough! As you speed across the region's beautiful untouched fields, you'll discover old traders' routes and will get to see Ronda from all sides. The most exciting moments will be when you head down the Tajo gorge and admire a breath-taking view of the Puente Nuevo bridge from this truly unique point of view...

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 9

    Nerja - Surf or Turf on the Way to the Coast

    After checking out from your hotel, your private driver will transfer you to your next destination, the pretty Mediterranean town of Nerja. On the way, you have the option of enjoying one of the following two optional activities. Discuss with your Zitango Destination Specialist to include the one that your family will like best, in your itinerary .

    OPTION 1: Hiking on the Caminito del Rey
    El Caminito del Rey is an impressive walkway, pinned along the steep walls of the Gaitanes narrow gorge in El Chorro with the Guadalhorce River flowing below it. The route, which is 7.7 km long and linear (not circular), is divided into 4.8 km of accessways and 2.9 km of boardwalks. It should take around 2 to 3 hours to complete.

    Its name translates to The King's Little Pathway as it was originally built in 1901 as part of King Alfonso XIII’s ambitious hydroelectric energy project to unify three rivers. It swiftly fell out of use and into disrepair, though – and soon became a magnet for climbers and adventurers, lured by the one-off views and the adrenaline-fueled challenge. By the 1990s, the long-since disappeared handrails and missing chunks of concrete created eye-popping stretches of the path that were only inches wide or non-existent. For over a decade, the walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed. After four years of extensive repairs and renovations, the walkway was re-opened in 2015. The new path is genuinely like few other places on earth. Far from the touristy beach towns that line the shores, this part of Malaga province looks like a set from an epic fantasy adventure film. The trail gives both a thrilling and awe-inspiring experience as you traverse along the rocky cliff-faces and cross footbridges. The entrance is a 100m borehole through the rock face before the path gently ascends past azure reservoirs and small thickets. Those who dare to tackle the walkway are rewarded with all sorts of wildlife: griffin vultures, golden eagles, and honey buzzards fly above, wildflowers and fossils line the pathways and native frogs and toads blithely bake near rocky pools along the way. As the path snakes upwards, you quickly find yourself cheek-to-cheek with the cliff face, and the Guadalhorce river a long way below. The suspension bridge boasts the best views of the five-mile walkway. At the highest point, you can stand and take pictures on a spine-tingling glass-bottomed viewing platform and dare to look down. If you can open your eyes, that is...

    After free time for lunch, your driver will drive you to you to Nerja.

    OPTION 2: Sea Kayaking in Nerja - as Part of a Group
    You will meet with your tour guide & group at Burriana Beach in Nerja where you will be given the option to either go in a single or double kayak. Before getting into the water, there will be a small lesson on how to paddle, steer, and stay safe. The tour will begin with a guided visit to the Cueva del Lobo Marino after which you will head to Cascada de la Doncella, a fresh spring water waterfall. The third stop is in the zone called la Roca Caida (Fallen Rock), where you will have the chance to admire birds flying around the cliff. You will also visit the Caletilla Barranco de Maro and Caleta de Maro beaches before ending this exciting experience at la Cascada de Maro (the sea waterfall) where you will discover the seabed and get to swim under the waterfall!

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
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  • DAY 10

    Nerja - Day at Leisure to Relax in Nerja

    Full day to enjoy Nerja and the surroundings, or simply relax at your hotel.

    Nerja is well known across Spain for its beaches, with many of its coves frequently featured amongst the candidates for the best beach in Spain. It sits at the mouth of the Chillar River and is wedged in between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Sierras de Tejeda. The abundance of water in this area gives Nerja a tropical feel, a lushness that contributed to its significance in the sugar cane industry in the early 20th century.

    If you want an active day, discuss two recommended activities with your Zitango Destination Specialist:

    OPTION 1: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling in La Herradura - as Part of a Group
    Led by your expert guide, this one-hour experience starts with a short introductory lesson on snorkeling. Then follow your snorkeling guide as they show you where to swim and where to look to see the best variety of fish and flowered coral formations and to spot the camouflaged ones! After the tour, spend some time on the shore relaxing and enjoy complimentary soft drinks and snacks!

    OPTION 2: Nerja Caves & Frigiliana Day Trip
    You will be driven to Nerja Caves where you will go on a 45-minute audio-guided visit through the different halls of the Cave. Afterward, you will enjoy a very scenic drive to the charming white village of Frigiliana. Stroll along the narrow streets, take pictures at breath-taking viewpoints, shop for local wine, leather and ceramics. For lunch, please ask your Zitango Destination Specialist for reservation on the terrace of a highly-recommended restaurant with spectacular views.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
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  • DAY 11

    Madrid - Day Trip to Granada & Train to Madrid

    Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Granada, where you will discover one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture: the magnificent Moorish Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens.

    The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture, a place where fountains trickle, leaves rustle, and ancient spirits seem to mysteriously linger. Part palace, part fort, part World Heritage site, part lesson in medieval architecture, the Alhambra has long enchanted a never-ending line of expectant visitors.

    You will also have some free time to further explore this beautiful city. Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonized southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Alibris. The Arabs, invading the peninsula in the 8th century, gave it its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.

    Late afternoon, your driver will drive you to Granada's train station for your afternoon train to Madrid. Upon arriving in Madrid, private transfer to your hotel.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
    • Train Train
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  • DAY 12

    Madrid Airport

    After breakfast, you will take a free shuttle bus to the airport for your flight home.

    Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end... We hope you enjoyed your stay with us here in Spain.
    Hasta pronto!

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
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Starting from $3,820 per person

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The rate is based on 4-star accommodation
The rate is for a minimum of 4 people
Price excludes international flights
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What’s Included?

  • 11-night central 4-star hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 1-Lunch, 1-Snack
  • All transfers & travel between cities as indicated throughout the tour by private car & driver
  • All the excursions indicated in the program with English-speaking guides
  • Train tickets Granada to Madrid
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned
  • 24×7 support & assistance during your trip

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Enjoy a fun & interactive private walking tour of Madrid’s city center designed just for families.
  • Treasure hunting at the Prado Museum in Madrid.
  • Discover the history and the imperial city of Toledo.
  • Visit the famous windmills of Don Quixote in Consuegra.
  • Sample and savor the local gastronomy and learn about olive oil production by visiting family-run farms in Cordoba.
  • Admire the stunning 8th century Moorish Castle, which was featured
    as Highgarden in Game of Thrones
  • Explore the many charming sites and neighborhoods of Sevilla.
  • Visit the picturesque town of Ronda, set dramatically above a deep gorge and surrounded by lush river valleys.
  • Discover one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture: the magnificent Moorish Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens.

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