MADRID YOUR WAY

  • Duration:7 nights / 8 days
  • Countries Visited: Spain
  • Highlights:
    The Affordable – Flexible Madrid Tour Visit the Highlights of the City and create your own thematic educational program.
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Madrid/NYC
    • Accommodations in tourist class or first class hotels
    • Airport transfers
    • Breakfast and dinner daily (beverages are not included)
    • Professional English speaking tour director throughout.
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions as listed
    • Full day tour to Madrid
    • Transportation by private air-conditioned motor coach during sightseeing.
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person no more than 50lbs.
    • Select International Travel Portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART USA

Tonight depart on an overnight flight from your hometown to Madrid.

DAY 2: MADRID

Welcome to Spain! You are greeted at the airport by your English speaking professional tour escort who will transfer you to the Old Quarter, which includes the Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s most famous square, and the Puerta del Sol, where we will view the Kilometre Zero marker and Madrid’s symbol, the Madrono. You are then settled into the hotel where the tour director will have an informative orientation session, briefing you on the customs, transportation system, exchange rates and much more. Overnight Madrid. (D)

DAY 3: MADRID – CITY TOUR

We begin our exploration at the Plaza de Espana, where we will view the monuments to Columbus and Don Quixote, before walking past the gardens and statues that lead up to the richly decorated Palacio Real, the home of Spain’s Bourbon monarchs until 1931. We then see Puerta de Alcala, the ceremonial gateway to Madrid erected by Carlos III, followed by a walk along the Calle de Alcala to the Plaza de Cibeles, with its exotic fountain. In the afternoon we take in the masterpieces of art found in the Prado, one of the world’s finest art museums, featuring works by: Raphael, van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Titian, El Greco, Caravaggio, and a fabulous collection of works by the Spanish masters, Velazquez and Goya. Overnight Madrid. (B.D.)

DAY 4: TOLEDO

Our full day excursion takes us to Toledo, where we have a tour exploring the city’s narrow streets. During our walk, we will have the opportunity to visit shops that produce and sell Damascene gold jewelry, as well as medieval swords. Our day continues with a brief visit to the Iglesia de Santo Tome, where we will view El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Toledo is the capital of Sephardic Judaism and we will visit the Sinagoga del Transito, which features elaborate Mudejar architecture. Our visit will also include the adjoining Museo Sefardi, with fascinating tombstones, costumes and sacred objects. We conclude our afternoon with a visit to the Toledo Cathedral, the spiritual heart of the Spanish church, and the seat of the Primate of all Spain. Overnight Madrid. (B.D.)

DAY 5 / 6: MADRID Optional day tour to SEGOVIA & LA GRANJA

This morning we travel to historic Segovia, where we will view the impressive Roman Aqueduct, an architectural marvel built by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago. We have a walking tour including a visit to Segovia Cathedral, the last Gothic church built in Spain. Our morning concludes with a visit to the fairytale Alcazar, a castle dating from the 12th century, resplendent with tales of romance and intrigue. This afternoon we will visit La Granja de San Ildefonso, the summer palace of the Bourbon kings of Spain, which was designed to replicate the grandeur of Versailles in the province of Segovia. The palace is filled with valuable antiques, paintings, and a remarkable collection of tapestries based on Goya cartoons from the Royal Factory in Madrid. After a relaxing stroll through the spectacular Gardens, we return to Madrid. Overnight Madrid. (B.D.)

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DAY TRIP TO EL ESCORIAL MONASTERY and VALLEY OF THE FALLEN

Today we travel just outside of Madrid and begin our day with a visit to El Escorial, a massive monastery-palace commissioned by Philip II. During our visit we will explore: the Royal Apartments, many decorated with fine tapestries, the Pantheon of the Kings, which contains the mortal remains of all the Spanish monarchs from the time of the emperor Charles V, the Art Gallery, featuring works by Bosch, Titian and El Greco, the Basilica, and the spectacular Library, with over 40,000 original books from Felipe II and a ceiling by Tibaldi. We continue with a visit to nearby Valley of the Fallen, a memorial built by General Franco to commemorate those that died in the Spanish Civil War. Our visit will include the Basilica, which is carved into the mountain, and a view of the giant cross dominating the sky. Overnight Madrid. (B.D.)

DAY 7: MADRID

We start this morning with a visit to the Templo de Debod, a 4th century Egyptian temple rescued from the area flooded by the Aswan Dam. The temple was gifted to Spain as a tribute to Spanish engineers who worked on the project. We then take a walk down the bustling Gran Via, one of Madrid’s liveliest streets, and finest areas to shop. In the afternoon we visit the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which houses the greatest repository of 20th-century art in Spain. The museum places special emphasis on the great artists of 20th-century Spain: Juan Gris, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso, including his masterpiece, Guernica, which immortalizes the shameful blanket bombing of the Basque town by the German Luftwaffe, fighting for Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Overnight Madrid. (B.D.)

DAY 8: DEPART FOR USA

This morning after breakfast we are transferred to the airport and the flight to hometown. (B)

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