Explore Madrid; home of the Royals, where you can visit the enormous city center public garden known as El Retiro, the Prado museum and the Plaza Major - one of the finest squares in Spain which also has many alluring qualities to attract the visitor. Enjoy a number of days in Madrid, with local English speaking Guides and exploring by yourself. Immerse yourself in the city and discover the beauty of its culture. Use a 24 hrs art pass - allowing you free admission to more than 40 museums in Madrid, visit the Royal Palace and the famous El Prado museum, and enjoy a three course Spanish dinner with Flamenco show. Then escape the city to the tranquility of the recently converted Parador de Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO site, which is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building, the former Santo Tomás Dominican Convent and School. Located only 26km from the city, it will give you a totally different experience of Spanish culture.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Arrival flight US740 @ 8:15am
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), a SIM card with 1Gb of data, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Built at the direction of King Alfonso XIII in 1912, the Westin Palace (5*) was recently restored to its original splendor. Set near the Prado, notable museums, and historic monuments, it was ranked as the #1 hotel in Spain in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2008 Gold List. The magnificent building, highlighted by an enormous stained glass dome, has long been a center of Spanish society. Among the many amenities are meeting rooms, restaurants, and a newly renovated fitness center overlooking the city. The 468 guest rooms and spacious suites have been updated with all modern conveniences and are exquisitely decorated with antique furnishings and original mahogany and plaster details.
See and do exactly what you feel like today with your 48 hour Madrid Card. The Card is an electronic smart card offering free admission to more than 40 museums in and around Madrid, including the major ones. Your ticket can be used on the 'Madrid Vision' sightseeing bus, allowing you to get on and off the bus as many times as you wish for a day. The card also entitles you to visit the Planetarium, a guided walking tour from the "Discover Madrid Program", use of a Cable Car, visit Faunia Biologic Park, Imax Cinema or the Royal Palace. You can also benefit from discounts in more than 100 establishments including shops, restaurants, shows, rent a car and leisure centres for adults and children. You will also obtain a guidebook with information on the museums and establishments that are included on the scheme and a map of the city. Exchange your voucher for a Madrid Card at: Madrid Tourist Board, Plaza Mayor 27 between 9.30am and 8.30pm or at Metro Travellers Information Centre. Your pass is valid from 9am until 7pm.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you through the narrow and steep streets of the oldest part of Madrid, discovering the history and emblematic locations such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Sol and Plaza de la Villa. (No entrance fees included).
Enjoy a three course typical Spanish dinner with wine and mineral water before watching a breathtaking perfomance of Flamenco. Located in the Old Quarter of Madrid, Corral de La Moreria Flamenco is an authentic tablao (place where flamenco is performed) where singers, guitarists and dancers share their talent to make you feel the art of 'Flamenco'.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Madrid to Toledo.
Fontecruz Toledo Hotel (5*) located in historic city center of Toledo, is a luxury, exclusive and elegant hotel. It is conveniently situated only 200 meter away from the Catedral of Toledo. It has 40 comfortable double rooms and a few luxurious suites which offer excellent lodging conditions, probably it's the most exclusive and luxury hotel in the city center. The hotel's Fitness Club & Spa is the only one in the historical city center, offering a wide selection of health & beauty treatments, massages and wraps. It possesses a fascinating feature by integrating elements of the ancient Roman hydraulic system along with various walls from the Arab-rule period. In addition, the Fontecruz Toledo Hotel has a great gym equipped with the latest technology sport equipment and a bar specialising in preparing delicious coctails. The hotel's restaurant, Belvis, managed by chef Adolfo Muñoz offers excellent modern and elaborated cuisine.
Enjoy a half day walking tour through the streets of Toledo and learn the history of this UNESCO heritage site.
"Holy Toledo" isn't just an expression! A unique and richly diverse city, Toledo features Arab, Jewish, Christian, and even Roman and Visigothic elements. A beloved national landmark, the Toledo that so inspired El Greco in the 16th century has remained relatively unchanged since his time. Old churches and houses fill the city, where you can still stroll through streets barely wide enough for a man and his donkey, let alone an automobile. (No entrance fees included.)
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Toledo to Madrid.
Depart Madrid (Barajas) Airport. End of itinerary.
February 19, 2014
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