- Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Barcelona! Sit back, relax, and practice saying, ‘una jarra de sangría,’ and be ready to order sangria upon arrival.
- Day 2: Arrive in Barcelona + Welcome Dinner
Welcome to Barcelona, a city of endless parties, wacky architecture, premium beaches and the beloved FC Barcelona futbol team. If you thought you were a dedicated sports fan, wait ‘till you meet the futbol-obsessed citizens of Barcelona (that’s soccer, for us Americans). Get ready to fiesta all night, because this city truly doesn’t sleep (except during siestas, because let’s face it, adults need naps, too).
In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
- Day 3: Tour Barcelona
Experience Barcelona’s unique architecture and atmosphere with a local guide as you wander the streets of this enchanting Spanish city. This historic city is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven of which were built by Gaudi (he’s kind of a big deal around here). Take in the impressive sites, and understand why Barcelona is the only city to receive a Royal Gold Medal for architecture—the buildings are basically art.
- Explore the Gothic Quarter with your guide. Don't forget your black eyeliner (cue crickets).
- Visit one of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works of modernist art, Parque Güell. This colorful park is adorned with tilework, dreamlike structures and not a straight line anywhere.
- See the 1992 Olympic Park which lines the Mediterranean Sea.
- Check out the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, where construction started over 100 years ago by Gaudí.
- Take the evening to revisit any of the sights, hit the beach, or explore on your own.
- Day 4: Optional Barcelona Beach Day or Free Day in Barcelona
The day is yours to experience Barcelona as you please. Whether that means exploring a new neighborhood, lounging on a beach, or kicking back with some tapas and a pitcher of sangria, you really can’t go wrong. Feeling adventurous? Join the Stand Up Paddle Board & Beach day excursion in Sitges.
Free time suggestions
Market Down: Visit La Boqueria, the famous market just off of Las Ramblas, with everything from fresh fruits to meats, flowers and sweets.
Playa Long: Barcelona’s coast is lined with beaches, each with its own personality. Try party-centric Barceloneta, tranquil Caldetes or water sports at Mar Bella.
Comer Little Closer: From paella, a traditional rice dish, to Basque-style tapas, Barcelona has gastronomy locked down.
Barcelona Beach Day & Paddleboard Lesson (extra cost)
When in Barcelona, go the beach. Head to Barceloneta, one of the city’s most popular sandy spots to have some fun in the sun learning to paddleboard with a professional instructor and chilling on the beach. *Ability to swim is a pre-requisite for this optional*
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
- Day 5: Transfer to Valencia
Your time in Barcelona has come to an end. But never fear, because you’re on your way to the coastal city of Valencia, the third largest city in Spain and home of La Tomatina Festival. Explore the city with a local guide, and then head to a La Tomatina pre-party, because it’s never too soon to get the good times rolling.
- Enjoy a scenic bus ride down the coast of Spain before arriving in Valencia.
- Get to know your new stomping grounds with a guided sightseeing tour of the city.
- Snap some selfies in front of a few of Valencia’s most famous monuments, including Valencia Cathedral, Torres de Serrans, and Llotja de la Seda (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
- Start celebrating La Tomatina a day early with a pre-party at an exclusive, outdoor nightclub.
- Day 6: Throw Tomatoes at La Tomatina Festival
Prepare to get messy—you’re headed to La Tomatina Festival. Each year, more than 220,000 pounds of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. Yeah, let that sink in for a bit. This whole crazy event started back in 1945 when a scuffle broke out during a parade, and people started pelting each other with tomatoes (why settle things with your words when you have tomatoes?). And the rest is history. If you’ve ever fantasized about throwing a big, mushy tomato at someone, here’s your chance.
- Board a bus to Buñol, the Valencian town where you will spend your afternoon basically swimming in tomato juice.
- Think disposable: bring a change of clothes for after the festival, and wear clothes you would be willing to toss. Unless tomato-stained clothes are the next new fashion trend.
- Volunteer as tribute (kidding, please don’t). The festival technically doesn’t begin until one fearless person has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased wooden pole with a ham at the top. We told you this party was weird.
- Grab your tomatoes! Once the ham has been obtained, or the first cannon has been fired, the tomato-throwing begins.
- Get cleaned up and head to a post-party in Valencia to celebrate your participation in the world’s biggest food fight.
- Day 7: Enjoy a Free Day in Valencia
Today’s your day to hang out in Valencia and shop, eat, beach, relax, explore, or whatever other verb you feel like doing. Then, tuck in to a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Free time suggestions
Beach, please!: Head to some of Valencia’s most picturesque beaches, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. La Malvarrosa is a local favorite that we would 10/10 recommend checking out.
Get cultured: The City of Arts and Sciences is an architectural wonderland that is as fun to look at as it is to explore. Visit Oceanogràfic, Europe’s biggest aquarium, or stroll through The Umbracle, a huge, open-access garden.
Go Medieval(ish): Old meets new in Barrio del Carmen, a trendy area in medieval old town. This is the go-to place for hip restaurants, cozy cafes, and bustling nightlife in Valencia
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
- Day 8: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
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Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5
Based on 7 authentic traveler reviews
so funBrittany, traveled Aug.. 2019
Never though Id have so much fun having tomatoes thrown at me.
I 1000% recommend EF Ultimate Break!Ashley, traveled Aug.. 2019
I 1000% recommend EF Ultimate Break! They make paying and preparing for the trip super easy, the tour guides are awesome, they plan a ton of fun stuff for you AND you still have quite a bit of free time to truly explore the cities you go to. And on top of it all, you get to meet so many fantastic people! So far I haven't found anything not to like about EF ... See more
This was my first tripNilliam, traveled Aug.. 2018
This was my first trip and I was really nervous about being a solo traveler but I'm so happy I decided to go. Sangrias and paella are now my addictions. It was the greatest experience ever and I'm thrilled I got to have my Cheetah Girl's moment!! The group I was with was nice and we all looked out for one another! Our tour guide Serai was wonderful as well. ... See more
- Brittany, traveled Aug.. 2018
This trip was a whirlwind! So quick and amazing. I wish it could have been longer and would have liked another stop. Be prepared to throw away everything you wear to La Tomatina and don’t bring anything you care about losing. Valencia is beautiful and I loved every bit of it.