The dynamic cities of Madrid and Barcelona come to life on this in-depth adventure. The thrilling AVE high-speed train transports you between your leisurely 3-night stays in each city. Travel to Toledo, the former capital of medieval Spain. Choose to explore Madrid's famed Prado Museum -OR- take a Hapsburg Madrid walking tour. In Barcelona, explore the most popular monument in Spain, Antonio Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia. Choose to discover Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter and 13th-century cathedral -OR- stroll through La Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest open-air market, and tour a few of Gaudi's architectural treasures. Explore the flavors of the country during a paella culinary workshop with locally acclaimed chefs. Dine on regional cuisine and sample local wines at every included dinner. Countless cultural adventures are ahead as you make your way through these two amazing cites.
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- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 7 Days
|Day 1||Madrid||Overnight Flight: Delve into two of the grandest cities in Spain. You will have plenty of time to explore, get to know their charms and savor the atmosphere of each of these magnificent cities.|
|Day 2||Madrid||Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins: Welcome to Madrid! Spain's dynamic capital possesses a modern infrastructure which has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.|
|Day 3||Madrid||Choice of Prado Museum or Hapsburg Madrid Walking Tour: It's your choice! Join a local expert who introduces you to Madrid's architectural treasures on a panoramic tour before exploring the priceless masterpieces of Madrid's Prado Museum,* home to the world's finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya -OR- take a walking tour of Madrid featuring sites of the Hapsburg era; discover the Puerta Del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the famous Andalusian tavern "La Torre del Oro;" Mercado San Miguel, the last remaining market constructed in forged iron; Arco de los Cuchilleros (the Arch of the Knifemakers); and Plaza de la Villa with its historic Baroque and Mudejar-style buildings. The remainder of your day is at leisure.|
|Day 4||Madrid||Madrid - Toledo - Madrid: Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the intricacies of Madrid. This afternoon we visit Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. Visit a local damascene artist to see the hands-on crafting of inlaid metals into jewelry and other products emblematic of Toledo. A comprehensive walking tour** highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the 13th-century synagogue, a testament to Toledo's Jewish heritage. We'll also stop at the Church of Santo Tome to view El Greco's masterpiece painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. Enjoy free time in the old town before returning to Madrid for some time at leisure. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a locally-inspired dinner.|
|Day 5||Madrid||Madrid - AVE High Speed Train - Barcelona: Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque landscapes of Leon, Castilla and Catalunya as you travel via high-speed train*** to Spain's modern city of culture and architecture, Barcelona. Get acquainted with one of the liveliest cities in all of Europe on a locally guided tour. Discover Parc Guell, one of the most impressive public parks in the world and one of Antoni Gaudi's masterpieces, where he let loose his imagination with amazing buildings, sculptures and tile work. Next, explore the most popular monument in Spain, Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, still under construction after more than 100 years. Later, see the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuic, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites linked to Gaudi including the unconventional Casa Mila building and Batllo House.|
|Day 6||Barcelona||Barcelona: It's your choice! Take one of two locally guided walking tours. You may choose to begin by visiting the 14th-century basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, created in pure Catalan Gothic style, followed by a leisurely paced walking tour of Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter, a beautifully preserved neighborhood with medieval squares set inside a labyrinth of streets leading to the 13th-century La Seu Cathedral -OR- meet the locals while exploring La Boqueria, Barcelona's largest and oldest open-air market, portions of which date back to the Middle Ages; then head to Las Ramblas Boulevard, the most famous pedestrian street in Barcelona; discover famous landmarks such as Gran Teatre del Liceu, Plaza Real, Palau de la Virreina, before visiting one of Antoni Gaudi's architectural treasures - Guell Palace. Enjoy some free time this afternoon or take an optional excursion to Montserrat, a spectacular mountaintop monastery. Tonight, venture to the city's gourmet quarter where the best Catalan cuisine is right at your fingertips during a paella culinary workshop with locally-acclaimed chefs!|
|Day 7||Barcelona||Barcelona: Enjoy a day at leisure to create your own adventure in this fascinating city. You may choose an optional excursion to Figueres and the famed Dali Theatre-Museum* for insight into the surrealist world of Salvador Dali. This evening, toast the end of a memorable trip while enjoying the flavors of regional cuisine.|
|Day 8||Barcelona||Barcelona - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today.|
- NH Madrid Principe de Vergara Madrid, Spain
- H10 Casanova Barcelona, Spain
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.