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!
About the Tour
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.
- 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:
Day 1 - Barcelona, SpainBienvenido-welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.
Day 2 - BarcelonaYour 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 - BarcelonaA 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-MadridTravel by High-Speed Ave Train (first-class) to Madrid.
Day 5 - MadridMorning 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 - MadridToday 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 - MadridYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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.
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