Spain Explorer

7 days from $1,904 per person*
  • Explore the highlights of Madrid with a private guide.
  • 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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See the best of Barcelona and Madrid as you revel in the land of fiestas and flamenco on this 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 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 private 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
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Spain - Welcome Package
    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
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Madrid to Toledo
    Madrid to Toledo
    • Train - Madrid - Toledo [30 mins] - Standard Train Ticket
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide/Taxi
    • Toledo - Madrid [33 mins] - Standard Train Ticket
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Transfer - Private - 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 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 (4*)

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 viewed at the unique coffee shop, Bar Bal. Guests can relax in the interior garden and relax in the outdoor swimming pool.

Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 (4*)
Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 (4*)
Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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.

Enjoy a private guided walking tour that will take you through Madrid's oldest quarters to trace the legacy of the Hapsburgs 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 city’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 will 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 which is Western Europe’s largest palace and the elegant Plaza de Oriente, lined by gardens and grand statues of Spain’s early rulers (No entrance fees included).

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.

Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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*)
Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Toledo
Toledo

Day 6: Madrid

There are so many things to see ad do in and around Madrid that you will be spoit for choice! Consider any of the following (most available on a private or shared basis); See the main sights of the city of a guided tour, enjoy a guided tour of the El Prado museum and the Royal Palace, take in a guided walking tour, enjoy an afternoon shopping with an expert and visiting some of the great boutiques in the city. Further afield, consider an excursion to Avila, Segovia (with its impressive aquaduct which is still intact), El Escorial (a magnificent cathedral and where the King spent a number of years under Franco's thumb as he was educated), The valley of the Fallen (where Franco is buried in a cavernous tomb, and the pretty town of Toledo. For some self exploring, consider getting a Madrid card which allows you access to numerous museums across the city. At night time, consider a dinner and Flamenco show. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in any of these optional activities.

Accommodation: Regente (3*)
Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Escorial
El Escorial

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: 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 (4*): 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 viewed at the unique coffee shop, Bar Bal. Guests can relax in the interior garden and relax in the outdoor swimming pool.

Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Balmes Hotel
Balmes Hotel
Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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.

Spain Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Regente
Hotel Regente

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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    Everything was perfect. The scheduling of drivers, trains and guides was perfect. Hotel accommodations (rooms) were the best at each hotel. Superb. Kensington Tours out did themselves.

  • Curtis M — October 25, 2017 — Europe

    Our trip experience was excellent. We are very likely to use Kensington again to plan our next trip to destinations that are new to us.

  • Betty Berke — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Our trip was well organized and paced. Guides and drivers were all knowledgeable and friendly. Trip agent was also quite helpful.

  • Cynthia B — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Amazing attention to detail and personalizing the experience for each of us. The tours provided Historical information specific to each of our interests.

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    We totally appreciate the quality of the guides, knowledge, expertise, history of family and relationship, attention to detail. I especially appreciate the personal touch.

  • Kimberly M — September 15, 2017 — Europe

    Fiona was fabulous and planned a dream vacation for us from start to finish. Our guides and tours were all very personable, knowledgeable, and comfortable. Our drivers were very punctual and professional. Our itinerary and tickets kept us knowing exactly where and when we needed to be somewhere. The weather, food and hotels were amazing. We truly had our dream vacation and now need a beach vacation to recuperate from the fast paced vacation we just returned from! Would recommend your agency to anyone! Thank You!

  • James M — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    The information exchange in planning the tour went very well. The tour information and itinerary provided for the trip was the best and most complete for any tour we have taken. All drivers and tour guides were available at the exact minute scheduled. The guide in Athens, particularly, was excellent and answered all of our many questions as well as being very in tune to our needs. We had several questions for local staff and they responded immediately. In addition, we recommend the Hotel Kouros in Mykonos to anyone. A beautiful well maintained hotel with an excellent staff on all levels.

  • Elizabeth N — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I appreciated the flexibility in catering to elderly travelers. We got so much more out of the trip with a private driver and guide. Worth the money. A memorable success!

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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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