Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Explorer

9 days from $4,599 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.
  • John C — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    Jiri, our driver/guide in Slovenia, really made our trip. He is knowledgeable, flexible, and responsive. Even has a university degree in art history! He connected many of the dots between Slovenia and what has been going on in the rest of Europe over the past centuries!

  • Diana S — May 25, 2019 — Europe

    The itinerary was perfect, considering we only had 5 days to fit in this extension of our 22 day Transatlantic Cruise. Hope did a great job in coordinating for us the highlights of Sicily. All the guides and drivers are always helpful and knowledgeable from Kensington. In Agrigento, our guide was an archaeologist who teaches at universities. He had notebooks with diagrams and maps to show us exactly what we were looking at. He answered questions so thoroughly, we felt that we had a tour and a history lesson. It was amazing and the pace of all the tou

  • Kathleen K — May 15, 2019 — Europe

    We enjoyed working with Jamie Boar. She was knowledgeable, communicated well, friendly, and professional. We got all we wanted from the personal tours planned and were impressed with the high quality of the guide. We will certainly use Kensington Tours again.

  • Cynthia D — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    I found Kensington Tours on Google. At my first visit to the site, I was contacted immediately by Julie Couturier. She made my inquiry seem like we were having coffee, and she just happened to know everything I needed to make me choose her as my representative and travel expert. I was recommended to other tour companies, by friends, but it was Julie that made me realize Kensington was the best choice. We started our discovery in 2018 and because I was traveling with my grandchildren, I wanted to ensure the trip was perfect. We had to make changes as we went along, first because we were able to confirm a suite at the Marriott Grand Residence on Park St. with reward points. Julie was quick to make all the necessary changes in our tours. We felt privileged to have had the tour guides that Julie set for us, each one was so very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour which kept our 13 and 11 years old interested. Julie suggested a play and what child can say the saw “Matilda” in London. We certainly would not have enjoyed our trip as much if we had tried to do this on our own. Julie suggested a visit to Warner Bros Harry Potter and it was worth every moment. I would have never gone there, so congrats again to Julie. She was also able to advise us as to where to purchase groceries for our room, having lived in London previously. I have had many friends travel around the world and I don’t know of one that speaks as highly of their tour company or their travel expert the way my family has. Thank you Kensington Tours and especially Julie.

  • Rena K — April 06, 2019 — Europe

    We were extremely impressed with every aspect of our trip. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. Chantal, our Destination Expert, worked with us to make sure that my physical limitations were not a problem. Each guide and driver took such good care of us. They were so knowledgeable and helpful. We plan on booking with Kensington again in the future. The service and amazing itinerary could not have been better. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Clark S. — November 10, 2018 — Europe

    We booked a trip to Paris for our 20th Anniversary. The trip was wonderful! We were able to customize our trip with our tour expert, Julie, and our trip was great.

  • David W. — November 21, 2018 — Europe

    I absolutely loved our two guides, Robert (Cardiff Walking Tour) and Noel Clawson, our guide throughout our trip. They are two very special people. The tour in Wales was perfect!

  • Wanda P. — October 13, 2018 — Europe

    Our entire trip was very well designed to fit our schedule and preferences. The on-site guides and drivers were excellent. They were very professional and friendly. We asked for guides that were knowledgeable of Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and we were very satisfied with both guides. Thank you for making our trip one of the best we have experienced.

  • Patricia M. — October 17, 2018 — Europe

    The hotels, guides, transportation, food and city tours of Barcelona, San Sebastián, Bilbao and Madrid were amazing! I would highly recommend the Kensington Culinary Trip to Spain to others.

  • Thomas R. — October 02, 2018 — Europe

    We really enjoyed our tour guide in Rome that took us to Vatican City - very friendly and informative.

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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