Spain Explorer

7 days from $3,738 per person*
  • Explore the highlights of Madrid with a private guide.
  • Visit the monastery atop Montserrat in Barcelona with expert guide.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of fascinating Toledo.
  • Sample tapas on a private tasting tour in Madrid.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of comfortable accommodations
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See the best of Barcelona and Madrid as you revel in the land of fiestas and flamenco on this Spanish exploration of history, food & culture.

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 Gaudí’s masterpiece Sagrada Família on a privately guided walking tour, stroll Las Ramblas, and the stunning Gothic Quarter. Find sanctuary in the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat nestled atop a 4,000-foot mountain, and experience a breathtaking view across the great landscape of Catalonia. You'll go beyond the typical tourist hotspots and get a feel for the real Spain as you explore Madrid with your private guide, sampling tapas at restaurants who are leaving their mark on the city. The proud Spanish capital is home to more paintings than you could admire in a lifetime, housed in countless world-class museums. 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 »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Spain - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Gothic Quarter Walking Tour with Cathedral & Sagrada Familia (5 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Montserrat (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Barcelona to Madrid
    Barcelona to Madrid
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Barcelona - Madrid [3 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Tapas Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide (Weekdays)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Private Tour - Walking Tour with Prado Museum & Royal Palace (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Madrid to Toledo
    Madrid to Toledo
    • 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
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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 private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer. 

For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will meet you at your hotel lobby to walk you through your welcome package documents, and assist with hotel check-in, if required.

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

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, creating an oasis in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district. Comfort and modernity span the hotel's 97 guestrooms and suites, with all necessary amenities to ensure a pleasant stay - including free wifi internet. The on-site Balmes Restaurant offers a wide selection of gourmet market-fresh cuisine, and the unique B Bar coffee shop provides a special environment to grab a coffee, snack or meal.

Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Balmes Hotel
Balmes Hotel
Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Day 2: 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: Balmes
Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

Day 3: 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: Balmes
Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Montserrat Monastery
Montserrat Monastery

Day 4: Barcelona - Madrid

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

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

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

Setting out on foot for three hours with a private guide, you'll visit the bars that are innovating and leaving a mark on Madrid’s tapas scene. Whether it be through using new techniques, incorporating new or forgotten ingredients, or by taking inspiration in cuisines from around the world, the gastronomic culture in Spain, and Madrid, is always evolving. You'll visit three restaurants, and within each you'll be treated to a drink and tapas. The restaurants included in this tour are aiming for the unexpected; they are looking to surprise their guest by presenting a classical dish and putting their own twist to it. Dig in!

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.

Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Spanish Tapas
Spanish Tapas
Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Atlantico
Hotel Atlantico

Day 5: Madrid

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and set out on foot for a pleasant walking tour which reveals the secrets of the two must-see attractions of the Spanish capital: the Prado Museum, and the Royal Palace. Along the way, you'll get to discover the most important buildings and avenues of the vibrant Madrid, from the time of the Habsburgs and the Bourbons up until today. The Prado Museum is one of the most important art galleries in the world. Its main corpus is nourished by the royal collections treasured for centuries by different imperial dynasties. Together with Las Meninas de Velázquez and Goya’s May 3rd 1808, the galleries are full of masterpieces from the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools. After your visit of the Prado, you'll be treated to a coffee break to recharge your batteries and take in the local ambiance. From there, you'll follow your guide on a walk to Madrid's Royal Palace, the largest in all of Western Europe. Built during the 18th century by Felipe V, the first king of the Bourbon dynasty, it is used in modern times by the Spanish Crown. As you visit, admire the official reception rooms, the museum area, the Royal Chapel, the Throne Room and the private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II. After your tour, you may continue your Palace visit at leisure before independent return to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlantico
Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Royal Palace
Royal Palace

Day 6: Madrid - Toledo

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlantico
Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Toledo
Toledo

Day 7: Madrid

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer. 

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

Depart from International Airport. 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.

Balmes : 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, creating an oasis in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district. Comfort and modernity span the hotel's 97 guestrooms and suites, with all necessary amenities to ensure a pleasant stay - including free wifi internet. The on-site Balmes Restaurant offers a wide selection of gourmet market-fresh cuisine, and the unique B Bar coffee shop provides a special environment to grab a coffee, snack or meal.

Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Balmes Hotel
Balmes Hotel

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.

Spain Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Atlantico
Hotel Atlantico

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

Depart from International Airport. 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.
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    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!

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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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