Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain

Ho
Heart of Travel
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36 reviews
Sep 9 - 25, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12
Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain
Spain

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

Sep 9 - 25, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

**Scroll down to read complete day by day itinerary**


Join us for an incredible opportunity to explore Spain's past, revel in her present, and look forward to the future on our 17-day/16-night trip enjoying art, music, dance, culture, food, and spirits, while appreciating Spain's impressive architecture and gorgeous countrysides. 


Our trip to Spain will include time in Barcelona, Granada, Málaga, Sevilla, and Madrid with a diverse schedule of activities to meet everyone's interests. Be it guided city tours to learn about history and architecture, cooking classes and farm visits to learn about agriculture and gastronomy, a day at the beach, or a hike in the mountains our Spain trip will not disappoint! 


Steps back into the past will be juxtaposed with street art tours, sailboat rides with young Spanish entrepreneurs, and nights out enjoying tapas. Don't miss this opportunity to explore Spain with us this September and October 2021!


**Please note, that due to COVID-19, this trip, in particular, has a chance of being postponed to Spring 2022 or later, if deemed necessary**

Learn more on our free Discovery Calls!

For those interested in joining our Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain call, we will be hosting two Discovery Calls via Zoom.  These calls consist of a brief presentation as we walk through the itinerary together before opening up the session to questions and general conversation. 


Join us on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm PST here


Join us on Saturday, April 9th at 11:00 am PST here.

What’s included

  • 16 nights accommodations
    16 nights in boutique hotels
  • Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets, local guides for all activities indicated on itinerary
  • Transportation
    All transportation within Spain including domestic flights, private shuttles, trains, busses, boats, etc.
  • 24/7 Assistance
    Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
  • Meals
    16 breakfasts + 18 additional meals
  • Spanish immersion
    Opportunities for those interested in practicing their Spanish, just let us know!
  • Airfare assistance
    We will help you find the best flight deal for your trip
  • International airfare
    To/from Barcelona & Madrid
  • Meals
    Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Additional tours
    Extra activities done individually during your free time
  • Tips
    Tips to local guides and tour leaders, while not mandatory, are met with deep gratitude

Available Packages

Double Occupancy 17 day/16 night
Available until May 19, 202212 left

Per person price when booking double occupancy for a 17 day/16 night trip in Spain



$3995
Deposit: $1000
Single Occupancy 17 days/ 16 nights
Available until May 19, 202212 left

Per person price when booking single occupancy for a 17 day/16 night trip in Spain.

$4795
Deposit: $1000


Itinerary

Day One
Arrival in Barcelona

Participants will be flying in from a variety of different places, therefore, travelers are welcome to choose the flight path that best suits their travel preferences and needs. That being said, we encourage participants to book flights that arrive in Barcelona early enough that they have time to get settled before the welcome dinner that evening. If you need assistance booking your international airfare please let us know!


Upon arriving at the airport one of our Program Directors will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it to escort you to our charming boutique hotel via private shuttle. You’ll then be checked into your hotel and be given a brief orientation of the city. If you need any assistance going to the bank, store, pharmacy, etc. your program director will be more than happy to accompany you. In the event, you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests.


Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
36 reviews
The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.

Reviews

From my very first contact with her, Chelsea impressed me with her professionalism. responsiveness, and enthusiasm for ethical and sustainable exploration in Guatemala. She provided me with two itinerary proposals for a family visit to Guatemala in July 2021 and then tailored the one we chose to our family's needs and preferences. We opted to stay within a limited area to minimize in-country travel time and give us a few days to relax on Lake Atitlan. Our family of 4 (me, my husband, and our 2 boys, ages 13 and 18) enjoyed our trip immensely. The destinations and accommodations Chelsea booked for us were all excellent, and -- even more importantly -- the guides and local partners she chose were all outstanding. I'm a nervous passenger, and our drivers navigated both the traffic of Guatemala City and the winding mountain roads of the Highlands with equal calm and competence. Our guide Selvyn was unfailingly kind, patient, and knowledgeable (also a good, safe driver). A highlight was our visits to producers and artisans -- from Don Jose, the coffee grower outside of Antigua, and Joaquin, who gave us a cooking lesson on our first night (a do-not-miss experience), to the home cooks and textile artists in the Highlands and in San Juan on Lake Atitlan, everyone we met taught us something new and showed us something beautiful, moving, or delicious. At all of our accommodations, Chelsea had made all necessary arrangements, and our rooms met or exceeded our expectations. Chelsea was also an invaluable aid when it came to getting things like tipping and other local details right. She also arranged for covid testing on the eve of our departure; basically, she provided all the support we needed to ensure that our visit to her adopted home would be smooth and safe without feeling like we were just parachuting in for some R & R. After our eleven days in Antigua, the Highlands, and Atitlan, I hope to get back to Guatemala and Central America soon. When and if we do, Chelsea at Heart of travel will be the first person I'll contact.
By Elizabeth P for Liz Philips: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 28 Jul, 2021
I can't say enough about our custom trip to Guatemala. We changed our itinerary a few times before we even traveled and Chelsea was fantastic about all of our modifications. All of the information that we received prior to travel was amazing and had us very prepared when we arrived. Once we got there, everything was just as expected. All of the places chosen were beautiful, the local guides we had were the absolute best and our experience was nothing short of amazing. Given that we decided to go in June, during rainy season and the rainiest month of the year, we expected to have some potential weather issues. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather for the majority of the trip. However, for the one issue we did have, we asked to re-route our trip due to a weather issue and Chelsea and our fantastic local guide Selvyn made all of the changes for us last minute. We never would have known that we decided to take a completely different itinerary for 2 days if we hadn't requested them because everything went so smoothly. We learned so much about the country and the culture from Selvyn, saw everything we asked to see plus some, and truly enjoyed every moment we were there. They are truly the best and I wouldn't travel with anyone else if you go to Guatemala.
By Jodi W for Jodi Whitehead: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 25 Jun, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my 11-day/10-night trip to Guatemala and highly recommend Heart of Travel. The itinerary Chelsea planned for me was perfect. The pricing was very reasonable. Her communication and support before and during the trip was exceptional. She went above and beyond in helping me solve a couple of SNAFU’s of my own making. I look forward to traveling again with this company in the hopefully not too distant future. I consider myself a well-traveled (104 countries), fairly adventurous, 61-year-old. My previous trips have ranged from completely self-planned to high-end travel companies, solo to small group. I seek unique, authentic experiences. Probably more so than most travelers my age, I enjoy being active and even physically challenged. However, like most travelers my age, I have become old and spoiled and place great value in a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed in a safe environment.
By Kent M for Kent Miller: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 27 May, 2021
This trip exceeded my already high expectations. The itinerary was planned and crafted with such care to allow for an immersive experience. Chelsea and the Heart of Travel allow you to experience Guatemala like a local while touching on the experiences all tourists want to have. Chelsea welcomed us to Guatemala with open arms and we left with full hearts. An 11/10 experience; highly recommend.
By Julie I for Transportation and Tours Services: Julie Irwin on 18 May, 2021
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Heart of Travel thinks of every possible scenario and detail and made every thing so effortless for us so we could just enjoy our trip. Will be using heart of Travel again and again! Great guides, shuttle drivers, and support through out the trip.
By Flow Yoga Adventures for Transportation and Tours Services: Suzanne on 10 May, 2021
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