(Alcala de Henares)
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.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) 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.
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).
The five-storey hotel is located in a historic building on Plaza de la Independencia in the centre of Madrid, 200 metres from Retiro Park and 15 kilometres from the airport. Hospes Madrid's 42 modern guestrooms are decorated in warm shades, and include Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes, satellite television, wireless Internet, and pillow menus. The hotel spa offers treatments to relax and revitalize including massages and facials, and the onsite Senzone Restaurant and Terrace Bar provides a modern setting to enjoy cocktails.
Enjoy an unforgettable Shopping experience in Madrid in the company of a Personal Shopper. On this tour, you will explore the Gourmet Trades of Madrid discovering local cheeses,oils, chocolates, wines and a pleasant visit to a traditional market with culinary delicatessen and specialties. Please note that no transportation is included in this service. Please speak to your Kensington Tours Sales Advisor if you would like to have transportation pre-arranged.
Enjoy a three course typical Spanish dinner 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 a three course dinner including wine and mineral water before the performance.
Start your private half day tour with the El Prado museum. Your guide will meet you at the gallery (please see Welcome Pack for meeting point). With your private guide, visit the most important rooms of the most relevant Spanish painters, and, of course, Las Meninas by Velázquez, Las Majas by Goya and the Adoración de los Pastores by El Greco. Continue your tour by walking over to visit the Royal Palace, approx 20min on foot. (If you'd prefer to hop in a taxi and pay for this locally, please just let you guide know or alternatively we can organise a private transfer - please ask and we will re-quote you). The Royal Palace was built during the XVIIIth Century and is housed in the building of the old Alcázar of Madrid. It is one of the richest in Europe and is very well preserved. It is used by the Spanish Crown in Official Receptions, Presentation of Credentials and Official Events, such as State Meetings. Its rooms are full of artistic works belonging to the Royal Family.
Avail of a private transfer from Madrid to the Parador de Alcala de Henares.
Located a mere 35km from Madrid city, the Parador de Alcalá de Henares is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building, the former Santo Tomás Dominican Convent and School. It is one of the city’s landmarks along with Hostería del Estudiante, in the former Minor School of San Jerónimo, founded by Cardinal Cisneros in 1510 and overlooking the beautiful Patio Trilingüe at the University of Alcalá de Henares. These monuments form a complex that was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Around the cloisters at the Santo Tomás School-Convent there are the restaurant, the bar, the breakfast room, the guests’ lounge, and the night bar. A spa is currently being built on the premises. The property perfectly marries the historical features of the building with modern architecture using natural materials - especially stone and wood. The rooms are modern and airy in feel with clean lines and contasting furnishings and furniture. The hotel features modern spa facilities and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.
Relax and rejuvinate poolside in the Parador, or find yourself a cosy spot to read a book and sip on a glass of sangria. if you feel like exploring the town, Alcala de Henares, a UNESCO designated area, has many interesting sites to visit including Cervantes House Museum, Outdoor Modern Sculpture Museum, Chapels of Oidor, University and S. Ildefonso, Magistral Church of Santos Justo y Pastor, and the Bernardas Monastery.
Relax as you are transfered from Alcala de Henares to the Madrid Barajas Airport. The distance is approximately 20 km.
Depart Madrid (Barajas) Airport. End of itinerary.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Spain for the most up to date visa information.
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