Discover the unique flair for life in the two cultural capitals of Spain; Madrid and Barcelona.
Forever vying for the accolade of being the 'Number 1' city of Spain, Barcelona and Madrid are neck and neck when it comes to what they have to offer visitors. Strategically located on the Mediterranean, Barcelona enjoys a temperate climate, a magnificent historical gothic center, is the epicenter of all things gastronomic, and is somewhat of an architect's dream with the many art deco buildings scattered throughout the city. Madrid, home of the Royals, the enormous city center public garden known as El Retiro, the Prado gallery and the Plaza Major (one of the finest squares in Spain) also has many alluring qualities to attract the visitor. Enjoy three days in Barcelona, before making your way to Madrid by train. Here, spend two days and a half immersing yourself in the city and discovering the beauty of nearby Toledo, one of the oldest cities in Europe.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona.
A porter who will be waiting for you inside the baggage claim area with your name written on our sign board will look after your luggage.
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.
Visit the art galleries and/or museums of your choice in Barcelona with this Articket which entitles you to free admission to seven of the most important and remarkable museums and art centres in Barcelona: Picasso Museum, Fundacion Joan Miro, Casa Mila, Fundacion Antonio Tapies, Museo Nacional de Arte de Catalunya (MNAC), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona (MACBA), and Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB). The Articket can be used once at each museum and at any time during a period of six months, so you can use it whenever you like throughout your stay in the city. Exchange your voucher for the Articket at any of the included museums during their opening hours.
Balmes (3*) is an economy class hotel, situated next to Paseo de Gracia, is located in the Eixample area. A location 25-kilometers from the airport makes this hotel perfect for international travelers. Guests will enjoy easy access via the metro to a myriad of historical, cultural, and tourist attractions, including the Ramblas, Born Quarter, the Olympic Village, and La Sagrada Familia Church. The Liceo Theatre, Guell Park Gothic Park, and the Picasso Museum, are only a stroll away. The hotel features 100 cozy rooms that are adorned with standard amenities, and a distinctive color scheme that uses neutral hues to promote peacefulness. The Balmes Hotel is perfect for travelers that want central city accommodation for a reasonable price.
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.
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.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy your train ride from Barcelona to Madrid. The train ride takes approximately three 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.
The Hotel Regente (3*) is a hotel in Madrid located on Gran Vía street and only a few minutes walk from the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Madrid de los Austrias old. Featuring 154 rooms, this hotel displays traditional hispanic charm. The hotel is surrounded by theaters, cinemas, restaurants and boutiques and public transport, either by metro or city bus is close and convenient.
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 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 and Imax Cinema. 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.
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 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.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Arrival flight US740 @ 8:15am
A porter who will be waiting for you at the entrance gate of the airport will look after your luggage.
February 19, 2014
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