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 locally-hosted 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 locally-hosted vacation, 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. 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 locally-hosted tour.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First-class rail transportation aboard the high-speed AVE from Barcelona to Madrid
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- Full buffet breakfast for 6 days
- Local Host service in each city
- Destination Guides
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation per itinerary
- Transfers to/from train stations.
- Passeig de Gracia
- Gaudi's Casa Batlló
- Prado Museum
- Retiro Park
- Cibeles Fountain
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
International Flight to Barcelona*
Embark on your transatlantic flight to Barcelona from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included)
*For departures in 2019, Day 1 reflects your overnight flight. For departures in 2020, Day 1 reflects your arrival in Barcelona.
Day 1 - 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 2 - Barcelona
Your morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façades of Gaudì’s Casa Batllò and La Pedrera. Pass through the central Eixample district to reach the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. See the Arc de Triomf and stop at Ciutadella Park to begin a walking tour through the medieval streets of the trendy El Born district, home to the Picasso Museum and Santa Maria del Mar church. Your city discovery continues to the Old Port area and Columbus Monument, arriving at magnificent Montjuic Hill with time for a photo stop at Miramar lookout point for breathtaking views of the city.
Day 3 - Barcelona
A full day to enjoy Spain's most cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Your Local Host will have many suggestions such as a visit to the Catalan National Art Museum ot where to relax on the beach.
Day 4 - Barcelona-Madrid
Travel by High-Speed Ave Train (first-class) to Madrid.
Day 5 - Madrid
Morning guided sightseeing 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, and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.
Day 6 - Madrid
Today you may want to try a walking route to discover Madrid’s literary side or a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum , a converted 18th century hospital which now houses contemporary and modern art. Your Local Host has all the information you need to plan your day.
Day 7 - Madrid
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
A modern 314 room hotel located in the heart of Barcelona with Free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms and public areas. Delicious snacks can be enjoyed at the Tapas Bar whilst the lobby bar serves refreshing drinks and cocktails.
Novotel Madrid Center
A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid's elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas.
Additional departures are available upon request. Speak with a rail specialist for details.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Dates & Prices
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|24th October 2019||$1,718||Please call for availability.|
|31st October 2019||$1,725||Please call for availability.|
|28th March 2020||$1,575||Book Now|
|4th April 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|11th April 2020||$1,858||Book Now|
|18th April 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|25th April 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|2nd May 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|9th May 2020||$1,858||Book Now|
|16th May 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|23rd May 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|30th May 2020||$1,903||Book Now|
|6th June 2020||$1,858||Book Now|
|13th June 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|20th June 2020||$1,858||Book Now|
|27th June 2020||$1,803||Book Now|
|4th July 2020||$1,788||Book Now|
|11th July 2020||$1,788||Book Now|
|18th July 2020||$1,788||Book Now|
|25th July 2020||$1,788||Book Now|
|1st August 2020||$1,788||Book Now|
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|15th August 2020||$1,788||Book Now|
|22nd August 2020||$1,788||Book Now|
|29th August 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|5th September 2020||$1,924||Book Now|
|12th September 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|19th September 2020||$1,879||Book Now|
|26th September 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|3rd October 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|10th October 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|17th October 2020||$1,967||Book Now|
|24th October 2020||$1,835||Book Now|
|31st October 2020||$1,566||Book Now|
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: Departs 24th October 2019 from $1,718 - Please call for availability 31st October 2019 from $1,725 - Please call for availability 28th March 2020 ($1,575), 4th April 2020 ($1,835), 11th April 2020 ($1,858), 18th April 2020 ($1,835), 25th April 2020 ($1,835), 2nd May 2020 ($1,835), 9th May 2020 ($1,858), 16th May 2020 ($1,835), 23rd May 2020 ($1,835), 30th May 2020 ($1,903), 6th June 2020 ($1,858), 13th June 2020 ($1,835), 20th June 2020 ($1,858), 27th June 2020 ($1,803), 4th July 2020 ($1,788), 11th July 2020 ($1,788), 18th July 2020 ($1,788), 25th July 2020 ($1,788), 1st August 2020 ($1,788), 8th August 2020 ($1,788), 15th August 2020 ($1,788), 22nd August 2020 ($1,788), 29th August 2020 ($1,835), 5th September 2020 ($1,924), 12th September 2020 ($1,835), 19th September 2020 ($1,879), 26th September 2020 ($1,835), 3rd October 2020 ($1,835), 10th October 2020 ($1,835), 17th October 2020 ($1,967), 24th October 2020 ($1,835), 31st October 2020 ($1,566)
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Transfers may be purchased along with additional sightseeing. Additional departures are available, please speak with a rail specialist for details.