Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer

9 days from $4,527 per person*
  • Experience Valencia, the lesser-known gem of Spain with its masterful displays of architecture.
  • Dissect Toledo’s complicated roots on a private guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Trace the legacy of the Habsburgs & Bourbon dynasties on a walking tour of Madrid.
  • Explore the sacred mountaintop monastery of Montserrat.
  • Featuring private transfers & an expert selection of premium hotels throughout.
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Spain is an exhibit of culinary excellence, ambitious architecture, and captivating history, and there has never been a better time to discover this unique country. Experience the finest offerings of Spain’s three largest cities, starting in Madrid and making your way through Valencia to Barcelona. This expertly curated itinerary is the perfect journey, filled with highlights and lesser-known masterpieces.

Madrid, Spain’s capital, is a city brimming with life, an art lover’s dream, filled with countless world-class museums full of works by Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Discover the city on a private walking tour, getting an understanding of this colorful metropolis from the perspective of a local. Learn the history of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its Arabic, Jewish, Christian, and even Roman roots. Next up is Valencia, Spain’s third largest and most overlooked city. Often in the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is a beautiful city where a fascinating past goes head-to-head with modern innovation. A private city tour will take you along the drained river bed that has created a green oasis lined with modern architecture. Travel by train to Barcelona, a storied Mediterranean utopia packed with modernista architecture. While there, get an incredible view from high atop the majestic Montserrat monastery, visit Gaudí’s famed Sagrada Família, and walk the city with a private guide.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Spain - Welcome Package
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Madrid to Toledo
    Madrid to Toledo
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Madrid - Toledo [30 mins] - Standard Class
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide/Taxi
    • Train - Toledo - Madrid [30 mins] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Madrid to Valencia
    Madrid to Valencia
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Madrid - Valencia [2 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Valencia
    Valencia
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Valencia to Barcelona
    Valencia to Barcelona
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Valencia - Barcelona [3 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Gothic Quarter Walking Tour with Cathedral & Sagrada Familia (5 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 8 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Montserrat (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Madrid

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer. 

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.

For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby to ensure a smooth check-in, and to walk you through your welcome package documents.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlantico

Hotel Atlantico is perfectly located on the buzzing Gran Via, in Madrid's city center, often compared to New York City's Broadway Avenue. Decorated in a neoclassic style with tapestries, furniture, sculptures and period windows, the hotel offers guests modern facilities with all of the amenities one would need for a pleasant stay in the capital. Guest rooms are comfortable and spacious, relaxing with neutral colors, and provide free wifi internet connectivity. Relax in the evening with a cocktail, taking in the spectacular view of the city from the hotel's 9th floor terrace.

Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Atlantico
Hotel Atlantico
Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cafe
Cafe

Day 2: Madrid

Departing on foot with a private guide, enjoy a half-day walking tour that will take you through Madrid's oldest quarters, tracing the legacy of the Habsburg and Bourbon dynasties. Admire the many churches, convents, inns, palaces, theaters, narrow medieval streets and traditional shops, all steeped in history that no visitor should miss. Discover the capitol’s key sights like Puerta del Sol, renowned as the bustling heart of Madrid since the 17th century, and Calle Mayor or Plaza Mayor, a porticoed square that will take you back to the times of swashbuckling swordsmen and medieval rogues. Scamper through the Arco and Calle Cuchilleros where you'll find centuries-old taverns dug into caves under the square, and the Plaza de la Villa with excellent examples of Spanish architecture. Marvel at the impressive Royal Palace, the largest in Western Europe, and the elegant Plaza de Oriente, lined by gardens and grand statues of Spain’s early rulers.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlantico
Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor

Day 3: Madrid - Toledo

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Madrid to Toledo. The train ride takes approximately 30 minutes.

With a private guide, depart on a 3-hour walking tour through Toledo. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toledo is Spain's medieval capital, and home to a treasure trove of famous artworks by 16th-century master, El Greco. Surrounded by the River Tajo, the atmospheric walled town is crammed with churches and museums. You'll discover a glorious city filled with amazing medieval architecture, taking a walk into the past along its cobblestone alleyways. Take your time as you stroll meander past sites like the stunning Toledo Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece of the 14th century, the 16th century Hospital de Santa Cruz (now a museum), and the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, the oldest still-standing synagogue in Europe. Your guide will take you by taxi to reach a fantastic viewpoint over Toledo, an impressive photo opportunity. Never far from view is the imposing Alcazar of Toledo, a historic fortress with its strategic stance gazing out over Toledo to the River Tagus and lands beyond. 

Depart by train from Toledo to Madrid. The train ride takes approximately 30 minutes.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlantico
Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Toledo
Toledo

Day 4: Madrid - Valencia

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Madrid to Valencia. The train ride takes approximately 2 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Please note, drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to add an English-speaking assistant or guide on your transfer, please speak with your Travel Consultant.

Accommodation: Barcelo Valencia

The Barcelo Valencia hotel oozes urbanism and modernity in the city of Valencia, offering a unique experience by the Turia River. Boasting 187 light and modern rooms and suites, guests can expect design and comfort with cutting-edge facilities. In addition to excellent gastronomy, the hotel offers a magnificent terrace with views of the city, bar service, and a new plunge pool. Also located on the 10th floor, check out the fantastic 5,400 sq.ft. U-Wellness center, with a host of rejuvenating treatment options in a discreet and soothing environment.

Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Valencia
Valencia
Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Barcelo Valencia
Barcelo Valencia

Day 5: Valencia

You will be met at your hotel by your private guide for a tour of Valencia, a lively Mediterranean city. The city is almost split in two, with its historical centre inland and its drained river bed creating a green haven from the hustle and bustle leading to the coastal area, which was re-developed when the city hosted the Americas Cup in 2007.

Accommodation: Barcelo Valencia

Day 6: Valencia - Barcelona

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Please note, drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to add an English-speaking assistant or guide on your transfer, please speak with your Travel Consultant.

Depart by train from Valencia to Barcelona. The train ride takes approximately 3 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Barcelona Center
Hotel Barcelona Center
Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel

Day 7: Barcelona

Meet your private guide and depart on foot for a half-day walking tour of Old Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter. Take a journey back in time, and discover Roman remains and medieval palaces in the heart of the city. You'll stroll past medieval Roman walls and towers dating back to the 4th century, meander through narrow stone alleyways of the old Jewish Quarter, and stand at the center of the governmental square Plaça de Sant Jaume. Walk past the 15th century Casa de l'Ardiaca, former residence of the archdeacon, and enjoy visit of the 13th century Barcelona Cathedral, with its stunning neo-Gothic facade, and delightful stained glass windows. After soaking up Barcelona's historic core, travel like a local as your guide hails a taxi to bring you to famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi's iconic Sagrada Familia, where you'll get to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and monumental masterpiece of architecture - still under construction over 100 years after building commenced. One of Barcelona's must-see sites, it's the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the entire world, and its unique style is not to be missed. After your visit, you'll have another taxi ride back to your hotel, though you can choose to continue exploring on your own if you wish.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)
Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

Day 8: Barcelona

Meet your private driver and guide for a half day tour through Catalunya countryside to the sacred mountaintop monastery, Montserrat. Located nearly an hour outside of Barcelona, Montserrat has remained one of Spain's most significant pilgrimage destinations for nearly 1,000 years, and is home to an order of approximately eighty Benedictine monks. Upon arrival, you'll be guided through the monastery complex, as well as a Renaissance Basilica from the 16th century. Here you can view the 12th century carving of the Black Madonna, the Patron Saint of Catalunya. Perched on a protruding piece of rock, the Monastery of Montserrat offers stunning views out over the surrounding landscape.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)
Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Montserrat Monastery
Montserrat Monastery

Day 9: Barcelona

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport, flight not included. End of itinerary.

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.

Hotel Atlantico : Madrid

Hotel Atlantico is perfectly located on the buzzing Gran Via, in Madrid's city center, often compared to New York City's Broadway Avenue. Decorated in a neoclassic style with tapestries, furniture, sculptures and period windows, the hotel offers guests modern facilities with all of the amenities one would need for a pleasant stay in the capital. Guest rooms are comfortable and spacious, relaxing with neutral colors, and provide free wifi internet connectivity. Relax in the evening with a cocktail, taking in the spectacular view of the city from the hotel's 9th floor terrace.

Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Atlantico
Hotel Atlantico

Barcelo Valencia : Valencia

The Barcelo Valencia hotel oozes urbanism and modernity in the city of Valencia, offering a unique experience by the Turia River. Boasting 187 light and modern rooms and suites, guests can expect design and comfort with cutting-edge facilities. In addition to excellent gastronomy, the hotel offers a magnificent terrace with views of the city, bar service, and a new plunge pool. Also located on the 10th floor, check out the fantastic 5,400 sq.ft. U-Wellness center, with a host of rejuvenating treatment options in a discreet and soothing environment.

Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Barcelo Valencia
Barcelo Valencia

Barcelona Center (4*): Barcelona

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Barcelona Center
Hotel Barcelona Center

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport, flight not included. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Sandra S — August 11, 2019 — Europe

    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kimberly E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

  • Sara L — June 29, 2019 — Europe

    Our Iceland trip was fantastic. From planning with Melissa (many times over until we had it right) to being greeted in Iceland and all of the wonderful tours we took, we had a fabulous time. Our guide, Sigga, was excellent. She guided us, told us tales of Iceland, was extremely accommodating with my elderly mom. We enjoyed being with her very much. Inke, our guide to the glacier, was also wonderful. We had a great time and felt Kensington did a fabulous job. Thanks!

  • Dawn K — July 18, 2019 — Europe

    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

  • Diana B — June 23, 2019 — Europe

    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

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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