11 or 13 days
Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Granada, Seville, Madrid, extension in Madrid
Program designed to: Provide an in-depth appreciation for Spain’s multicultural past and present with visits to its most iconic cities: Catalonian Barcelona, Andalusian Seville, Castilian Madrid…Each metropolis boasts its own distinct regional flair, cultural traditions, cuisine—even language. Yet all have played a critical role in forming Spanish identity. Learn more as you connect with locals in sun-drenched plazas, seaside markets, and corner tapas bars.

Highlight: Explore Granada’s medieval Albaicín neighborhood—a UNESCO World Heritage site—to experience how 700 years of Muslim rule influenced Spain’s language, culture and cuisine.

🔹 Curated experiences: Every program is intentionally designed to feature guided learning, cultural engagement, and independent exploration experiences to drive global competency development, denoted on each itinerary with a blue diamond. Learn more about these experiences.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain

  • Day 2: Barcelona

    Meet your Field Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Las Ramblas, a pedestrian mall where you’ll find endless entertainment, restaurants, markets, monuments and shopping

    Enjoy dinner in Barcelona

  • Day 3: Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s masterpiece cathedral that is over 130 years in the making
    • From the top of Montjuïc, enjoy panoramic views of the harbor below
    • Gothic Quarter, a memory of the Roman Empire, now lined with shops and restaurants
    • Barcelona Cathedral, a Gothic Revival church known for its gargoyles and other mythical animals

    Visit Park Güell, a vast public park designed by Antoni Gaudí that features colorful mosaics and remarkable architecture

  • Day 4: Barcelona • Valencia

    Travel to Valencia, a vibrant Spanish city situated on the banks of the Turia river 

    Take a walking tour of Valencia, Spain’s third largest city on a walking tour with your Field Director

    Take a cooking class and make paella, a traditional rice dish with seafood, meat, vegetables, and saffron

  • Day 5: Valencia • Alicante

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Valencia on your own 

    Travel to Alicante

    Take a walking tour of Alicante, a vibrant beachside city

  • Day 6: Alicante • Granada

    Enjoy free time exploring Alicante on your own

    Travel to Granada

    Enjoy dinner in Granada

  • Day 7: Granada

    Visit the Alhambra, Granada’s crowning jewel widely recognized as the world’s premier example of Islamic architecture, and built as an all-in-one alcazaba (fortress), alcazar (palace) and small medina (city)

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Granada on your own

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Granada flamenco evening

    Granada flamenco evening

    This evening, enjoy a performance of traditional music and dancing known as flamenco. Talented performers present a program of folkloric music traditions that have roots in southern Spain, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

    Enjoy dinner in Granada

  • Day 8: Granada • Seville

    🔹 Cultural engagement: Visit a local olive oil farm to learn about the history of olive oil and to try some for yourself

    Take a guided tour of Seville 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • María Luisa Park and admire the mosaics and fountains of Plaza de España
    • Barrio de Santa Cruz, home to picturesque whitewashed houses, flower-filled patios, and tiled benches 

    Visit Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world that took more than a century to build 

    Enjoy dinner in Seville

  • Day 9: Seville • Madrid

    Travel by the high speed, energy efficient AVE train to Madrid 

    Take a guided tour of Madrid

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Puerta del Sol, one of the city’s busiest squares
    • Plaza Mayor, the center of old Madrid where you’ll learn about the grand square’s history of bullfights, royal weddings, and public executions
    • Plaza de Oriente, the Royal Palace square, located across from the Royal Palace

    Visit the Prado, Madrid's famed art museum where you can behold Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s paired canvases

  • Day 10: Madrid

    Visit the Royal Palace and get a glimpse of regal Madrid, where you’ll wander the fabulous palace interior

     🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Madrid on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Madrid's Old Town, Puerta del Sol

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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  • Day 11: Madrid • Toledo

    Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to a famous El Greco painting

    Visit a synagogue and explore the history of multiple religions that coexisted in Toledo

    Visit the Toledo Cathedral, a spectacular example of Gothic architecture 

  • Day 12: Madrid

    Visit the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home to Real Madrid 

     🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Madrid on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Madrid's Old Town, Puerta del Sol

  • Day 13: Depart for home

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain

  • Day 2: Barcelona

    Meet your Field Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Las Ramblas, a pedestrian mall where you’ll find endless entertainment, restaurants, markets, monuments and shopping

    Enjoy dinner in Barcelona

  • Day 3: Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of Barcelona

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s masterpiece cathedral that is over 130 years in the making
    • From the top of Montjuïc, enjoy panoramic views of the harbor below
    • Gothic Quarter, a memory of the Roman Empire, now lined with shops and restaurants
    • Barcelona Cathedral, a Gothic Revival church known for its gargoyles and other mythical animals

    Visit Park Güell, a vast public park designed by Antoni Gaudí that features colorful mosaics and remarkable architecture

  • Day 4: Barcelona • Valencia

    Travel to Valencia, a vibrant Spanish city situated on the banks of the Turia river 

    Take a walking tour of Valencia, Spain’s third largest city on a walking tour with your Field Director

    Take a cooking class and make paella, a traditional rice dish with seafood, meat, vegetables, and saffron

  • Day 5: Valencia • Alicante

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Valencia on your own 

    Travel to Alicante

    Take a walking tour of Alicante, a vibrant beachside city

  • Day 6: Alicante • Granada

    Enjoy free time exploring Alicante on your own

    Travel to Granada

    Enjoy dinner in Granada

  • Day 7: Granada

    Visit the Alhambra, Granada’s crowning jewel widely recognized as the world’s premier example of Islamic architecture, and built as an all-in-one alcazaba (fortress), alcazar (palace) and small medina (city)

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Granada on your own

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Granada flamenco evening

    Granada flamenco evening

    This evening, enjoy a performance of traditional music and dancing known as flamenco. Talented performers present a program of folkloric music traditions that have roots in southern Spain, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

    Enjoy dinner in Granada

  • Day 8: Granada • Seville

    🔹 Cultural engagement: Visit a local olive oil farm to learn about the history of olive oil and to try some for yourself

    Take a guided tour of Seville 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • María Luisa Park and admire the mosaics and fountains of Plaza de España
    • Barrio de Santa Cruz, home to picturesque whitewashed houses, flower-filled patios, and tiled benches 

    Visit Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world that took more than a century to build 

    Enjoy dinner in Seville

  • Day 9: Seville • Madrid

    Travel by the high speed, energy efficient AVE train to Madrid 

    Take a guided tour of Madrid

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Puerta del Sol, one of the city’s busiest squares
    • Plaza Mayor, the center of old Madrid where you’ll learn about the grand square’s history of bullfights, royal weddings, and public executions
    • Plaza de Oriente, the Royal Palace square, located across from the Royal Palace

    Visit the Prado, Madrid's famed art museum where you can behold Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s paired canvases

  • Day 10: Madrid

    Visit the Royal Palace and get a glimpse of regal Madrid, where you’ll wander the fabulous palace interior

     🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Madrid on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Madrid's Old Town, Puerta del Sol

  • Day 11: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 11: Madrid • Toledo

    Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to a famous El Greco painting

    Visit a synagogue and explore the history of multiple religions that coexisted in Toledo

    Visit the Toledo Cathedral, a spectacular example of Gothic architecture 

  • Day 12: Madrid

    Visit the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home to Real Madrid 

     🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Madrid on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Madrid's Old Town, Puerta del Sol

  • Day 13: Depart for home


Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
See the resources you get
EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get


What's Included

  • Transportation

    Various modes of transport are tailored to your program. While some transfers are included, others may come at additional cost.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable lodging will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Select meals

    Enjoy a combination of included meals and the freedom to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • End-to-end support

    Your dedicated EF team helps secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides enrollment tools, and helps establish your program’s ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    We offer various tools to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Field Director

    Your Field Director is on the ground with your group, providing deep local insights while handling program logistics.

  • Guided exploration

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides: natural historians who provide cultural insights to enhance learning moments throughout the program.

  • Field Visits

    Experience academics in action during engaging visits with relevant organizations, thought leaders, and partners.


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