Spain Explorer

7 days from $1,680 per person*
  • Explore the highlights of Madrid at your own pace.
  • Visit the Montserrat Monastery in Barcelona with expert guide.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Toledo.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Revel in the land of fiestas and flamenco on this on this Spanish exploration of history, food & culture. See the best of Barcelona and Madrid with an expert guide and driver.

The seaside city of Barcelona radiates with style and optimism, and its cutting edge arts scene, culinary hotspots and otherworldly architecture make it a perennial favorite. Visit Gaudi’s quirky masterpieces such as La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, stroll Las Ramblas, and take in panoramic views of the Catalonian city from Montjuic Hill. Find sanctuary in the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat nestled in a 1,200-meter-high mountain and experience a breathtaking view across the great landscape of Catalonia. You'll go beyond the typical tourists hotspots and get a feel for the real Spain as you explore Madrid with your expert guide. The proud Spanish capital is home to more paintings than you could admire in a lifetime, housed in countless world-class museums. Sample local wines and indulge in the late night tapas bars of Cava Baja. Discover the beauty of nearby Toledo, the spiritual capital of Spain and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Live life to the fullest like the Madrileños do, and create memories to last a lifetime. ... Show More »

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. Includes a mix of shared and private tours. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant(15)
    • Spain - Welcome Package(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Barcelona Highlights (5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Morning at leisure
    • Shared - 1/2 Day Monastery of Montserrat (4 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Barcelona to Madrid
    Barcelona to Madrid
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Barcelona - Madrid [3 hrs] - 2nd Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day City Sights (3hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Madrid to Toledo
    Madrid to Toledo
    • Madrid - Toledo [33 mins] - 2nd Class Train Ticket
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide/Taxi(2)
    • Toledo - Madrid [33 mins] - 2nd Class Train Ticket
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Self-Guided - 24hr Madrid Card - 24 hr Card
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Barcelona

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.

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), 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.

Accommodation: Balmes (3*)

The Balmes is a modern hotel just steps away from Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal in the city’s Eixample neighborhood. Minutes from Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel combines its central location with the tranquility of its pool and interior garden. An oasis in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district with a sauna, spa and exclusive services. Guestrooms are modern and comfortable, including all amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. Enjoy one-of-a-kind dining at Balmes restaurant which offers a wide selection of gourmet market-fresh cuisine. The hotel features a collection of African art that showcases three-dimensional wooden African masks and sculptures which can be found at the unique coffee shop; Bar Bal. Guests can relax in the interior garden, and cool off in the outdoor swimming pool.

Balmes Hotel
Balmes Hotel

Day 2: Barcelona

Enjoy a 5 hours shared guided tour on a deluxe coach to admire the city's landmarks and places of interest, including a general sightseeing tour to give you an overall impression of Barcelona. Discover all the best sites in Barcelona: Gaudí’s famous buildings – Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera – the waterfront with the Columbus monument and old port, and Montjuic Hill with its panoramic views over the city and finishing with a visit of the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) where you will have free time for lunch. Entrance fees to Sagrada Familia and Poble Espanyol are included.

Accommodation: Balmes (3*)
Parc Guell
Parc Guell

Day 3: Barcelona

Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.

This afternoon enjoy a shared guided tour on a luxury coach to Montserrat Monastery and mountain: spectacular mountains and views, an ancient monastery and a holy shrine. The monastery is a unique place not to be missed. Take in the picturesque scenery during the drive along the Llobregat River to the foot of the spectacular Montserrat mountain (its name means serrated, a reference to its jutting peaks), a natural park, and then up to the Sanctuary 725 meters (2380 feet) above sea level. The return journey will be an alternative route accompanied by recordings of a variety of traditional Catalan music. Montserrat is a mountain, a unique Natural Park, and a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with unusual shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky; there are paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered over the mountain, extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views. The Benedictine monastery is Montserrat nearly 1000 years old, perched half way up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. On arrival to Montserrat your guide will give a tour to orient you to the main places of interest: monastery, basilica, museum with a marvelous collection of paintings, Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops and home products market. Entrance fees are not included and to be paid upon arrival.

Accommodation: Balmes (3*)
Monserrat Monastery
Monserrat Monastery

Day 4: Barcelona - Madrid

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Enjoy your train ride from Barcelona to Madrid. The train ride takes approximately 3 hours.

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

The best tour to get acquainted with the city, performed with air conditioned motor coaches you will see the most important buildings, avenues and squares with an expert official guide who will explain about the monument sand its history. During the different historical periods the city grown from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present city: Gran Vía, Plaza de España, University, Moncloa, Habsburg old quarter, calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, the bull ring, Columbus square with a brief stop at Madrid Hard Rock Café for a free soft drink refreshment, Paseo de la Castellana and the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabeu (Tour of the stadium available), Plaza Castilla, Fountain of Cibeles, and back to the bus terminal. This tour is performed with air conditioning motor coaches and conducted by official guides.

Accommodation: Regente (3*)

The Hotel Regente is located in the heart of the Gran Vía in Madrid, close to the Puerta del Sol, the famous Km. 0 of the city and emblematic monuments of the city such as the Royal Palace or Almudena Cathedral. Guestrooms have recently been renovated and decorated in a personal and cozy way, so clients feel at home. A fitness center is available for guests use, as well as in room massage service. The hotel is surrounded by theaters, cinemas, restaurants and boutiques and public transport, either by metro or city bus is close and convenient.


Hotel Regente
Hotel Regente

Day 5: Madrid - Toledo

Enjoy your day trip to Toledo by train. The train ride takes only 33 minutes one-way.

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.)

Enjoy your visit to Toledo. The quick journey takes only 30 minutes one-way.

Accommodation: Regente (3*)
Toledo
Toledo

Day 6: Madrid

See and do exactly what you feel like today with your 24 hour Madrid Card. The Card is an electronic smart card offering free admission to more than 50 museums and monuments in Madrid, including the major ones. 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.

Accommodation: Regente (3*)
El Prado
El Prado

Day 7: Madrid

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Madrid. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Balmes (3*): Barcelona

The Balmes is a modern hotel just steps away from Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal in the city’s Eixample neighborhood. Minutes from Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel combines its central location with the tranquility of its pool and interior garden. An oasis in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district with a sauna, spa and exclusive services. Guestrooms are modern and comfortable, including all amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. Enjoy one-of-a-kind dining at Balmes restaurant which offers a wide selection of gourmet market-fresh cuisine. The hotel features a collection of African art that showcases three-dimensional wooden African masks and sculptures which can be found at the unique coffee shop; Bar Bal. Guests can relax in the interior garden, and cool off in the outdoor swimming pool.

Balmes Hotel
Balmes Hotel
Lobby
Lobby

Regente (3*): Madrid

The Hotel Regente is located in the heart of the Gran Vía in Madrid, close to the Puerta del Sol, the famous Km. 0 of the city and emblematic monuments of the city such as the Royal Palace or Almudena Cathedral. Guestrooms have recently been renovated and decorated in a personal and cozy way, so clients feel at home. A fitness center is available for guests use, as well as in room massage service. The hotel is surrounded by theaters, cinemas, restaurants and boutiques and public transport, either by metro or city bus is close and convenient.

Hotel Regente
Hotel Regente
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Karen S. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    My trip to Scotland was absolutely wonderful. All the hotels were perfectly located, clean, and had wonderful amenities. The guides were exceptional and really knew Scotland and so much of the history. My Kensington representative, Lynne, was very helpful, very responsive, and was tremendously patient while I made numerous changes to the itinerary. It was a superb experience and one that I will never forget.

  • Ronald D. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Christian was our driver/guide. He was knowledgeable, thorough, caring/considerate and gave of his time greatly.

  • Meghan B. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    My husband and I had the time of our lives in the UK and Ireland! The tours that were set up for us were exactly what we hoped for and more. We learned so much and saw so much! Very impressed! I have already told others about Kensington tours. If you book, you won't be disappointed! Thank you, Kevin!

  • Diana G. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Our tour guide in Roma,Francesco, was the best guide we ever had on this and our last trip that was provided by Kensington. Our other guides were also very good, but Francesco was outstanding.

  • Darron J. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Our guides were excellent. Noel Clawson in Wales was friendly, knowledgeable, and just a pleasure to be around. Glen Jones for our day with him was also excellent and I would highly recommend a guided tour of London. Much more efficient than the hop on/hop off tour.

  • Edward G. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    All of the guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and conducted themselves in a professional manner. Both Dino Quaas and Andreas Zurner were extremely helpful and added significantly to the tour.

  • Major J. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    Our honeymoon that was setup and organized by Kensington Tours was absolutely amazing. All the details were taken care of and made our trip pleasant and stress free. Our accommodations were top notch with beautiful views located close to our destinations. Our guides and trip advisors were very knowledgeable. I would recommend Kensington tours to all my friends and family for future use as a travel agency as well as they will be our first choice in our future travel plans.

  • Sara G. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    Chantal designed an amazing trip for my sister and I! She was so helpful from start to end! Always answered me so promptly and walked me thru everything when booking! I can't wait to plan my next trip with Chantal and Kensington Tours

  • Terry G. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    Thanks to Kensington Tours, this trip could not have been better! The tour guides were the very best making our experience absolutely wonderful. Our accommodations were wonderful, and the logistics went like clockwork. Thank you for making our trip a once in a lifetime experience. I have already recommended Kensington to others.

  • Arthur F. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    I loved the vacation.. Your guides were fabulous and you put me into Hotels that were exactly where we wanted to be. Will contact you for our next trip!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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