Barcelona & Madrid
In Barcelona and Madrid, surrender to the Spanish culture’s unending love of life. Surround yourself with gorgeous architecture, savour the best of Spanish cuisine, and unleash your inner artist on a tour of these fantastic cities. Vamanos!
Spain is a country with two capitals: Madrid, the country’s capital city, and Barcelona, the capital of the autonomous Catalonia region. On this tour, experience both. Barcelona is a boisterously independent city that is full of life. Thanks to the imagination of architects like Antoni Gaudí, the architecture here is positively whimsical, and totally unlike anywhere else on Earth. Join the pulsing energy in this city and feel free to let your hair down.Barcelona is a city built for dreamers. Then, travel by rail to Madrid. Enter a city with a regal spirit and a distinctively Spanish style that can be felt in every corner of the city. Madrid is one of Europe’s capitals of culture. Visit the Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the world’s finest art museums. Explore the city’s many grand plazas surrounded by stunning Herrerian architecture. Immerse yourself in the rich, ebullient Spanish culture on this 8-day tour.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- Full buffet breakfast for 7 days
- First-class rail transportation aboard the high-speed AVE from Barcelona to Madrid
- Local Host service in each city
- Destination Guides
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation per itinerary
- Transfers to/from train stations.
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Passeig de Gracia
- Gaudi's Casa Batlló
- Prado Museum
- Retiro Park
- Cibeles Fountain
Day 1- International Flight to Barcelona
Embark on your transatlantic flight to Barcelona from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included)
Day 2 - Barcelona, Spain
Bienvenido—welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.
Day 3 - Barcelona
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation starting from Plaza Catalunya includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudi's Casa Batilló. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.
Day 4 - Barcelona
A full day to enjoy Spain's most cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Your Local Host may recommend an excursion to Montserrat, a trip to the Aquarium, a guided walk through La Boqueria market and tapas tasting, a visit to the Palau de la Musica, a stroll through the Picasso Museum—and much more!
Day 5 - Barcelona-Madrid
This morning, travel by High-Speed Ave Train (first-class) to Madrid, arriving in the early afternoon.
Day 6 - Madrid
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation features a visit to the palatial Prado Museum to admire one of the world's finest collections of European art. Also see the Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat), and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.
Day 7 - Madrid
Today you may choose to journey out of town to Seville or Toledo; discover the Las Ventas bull ring on a guided tour; or relax at the Arab baths. This evening, maybe attend a popular Flamenco show or Zarzuela operetta. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for you.
Day 8 - Madrid
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Catalonia Ramblas, Barcelona
This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna and Jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.
A luxury 423 room modern hotel with a distinguished atmosphere. Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms with a fee (payable locally). Leisure facilities include a fitness center with indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath. The relaxed 24-hour café offers a great selection of meals and tapas and light snacks can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace or in the hotel bar.
Dates & Prices
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|30th April 2016||$1,630||Please call for availability.|
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