Spain Explorer

7 days from $1,687 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.

Barcelona
Barcelona
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.
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    Thank you very much for all of your efforts. We had a wonderful trip to France. This was our third trip with Kensington. Once again it was perfect. The guides, hotels, drivers, suggestions, everything was lovely. It was rewarding to be able to plan the trip together. Thank you for your flexibility and expertise.

  • William C. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    We had a great time. Loved Amboise and Le Choisel and the chateau tour. Thanks

  • Betty H. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Once again Kensington did a magnificent job for us. They planned the tour around just what we wanted to see. The guides were very knowledgeable. The drivers were always on the dot and excellent as well.

  • Connie P. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    The sunset cruise on the island of Santorini was fabulous!

  • Elijah S. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Once again, Kensington Tours did not disappoint. Our accommodations in Greece were marvelous, the private vehicles were comfortable, and the selected itineraries were well planned. What truly made our vacation memorable were the tour guides. Everyone was professional, courteous, friendly, and possessed an impressive knowledge of history and culture. Our guides added a new level of appreciation and depth to our travels through Greece. We're already planning a repeat visit. Highest possible recommendation and bravo!

  • Andrea H. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    We really enjoyed our experience. Our guides were fantastic in each place we went and the hotels were also superb. Great experience.

  • Glen G. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Theresa planned a wonderful trip for us. The additional stopovers in Bratislava and Cesky Krumlov were fantastic. Guides were exceptional and really made the travel day worthwhile. All hotels were excellent. Well located within easy walking distance of prime city tourist areas, excellent breakfasts, very clean and comfortable. All of our guides were good - feel Monica in Vienna was exceptional - she really knew her stuff and was a wealth of knowledge.

  • Catherine B. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Andreia and Jose, our driver, were very professional. Andreia was knowledgeable, spoke very good English, and was very understanding and very helpful. Jose was an excellent driver. The car was very clean and very comfortable. We enjoyed and appreciated the personal attention and the tours provided at our own pace.

  • David J. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    The hotels were 3 star and in the center of the most interesting parts of the cities - just as I prefer. Guide Ion Dima was 5 star and a pleasure to be touring with.

  • Connie S. — May 18, 2016 — Europe

    Both my guides were extraordinary in their knowledge, rapport and professionalism.

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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