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Spanish Splendors: Madrid, Barcelona, and Beyond

Spanish Splendors: Madrid, Barcelona, and Beyond

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Embark on an unforgettable private journey with Totally Spain and our team of expert private guides and drivers to explore the enchanting beauty of Spain, with a special focus on Madrid and Barcelona. In Madrid, your adventure includes a guided visit to the awe-inspiring Royal Palace accompanied by an...

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Trip Summary:

4 Nights MADRID with daytrip to TOLEDO included. 3 Nights BARCELONA with daytrip to MONTSERRAT and a winery Private Transfers and high speed train Expert Private Guides Food & Wine Experiences, Flamenco, Gaudi, UNESCO heritage sights, World class museums and more ...

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Daily Departures. This is a private trip and can be customized to suit your travel dates.

Fly into Madrid International Airport. Depart from Barcelona Airport. This tour may also be done in reverse.

Totally Spain does not arrange or include flights in our tours. You have the flexibility to book the flights and dates you prefer. A website such as Skyscanner is very useful for checking up-to-date flight schedules and prices.

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Madrid, Spain

Arrive in Madrid. You’ll be met at the airport by your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally-located Madrid hotel for 4 nights.

Take your time to settle in. Take a stroll in your neighbourhood that is bustling with atmospheric cafes, bars and restaurants.

For Madrid and for all the other places on this tour, we’ll provide you with our Totally Spain City Guides which highlight the best cafes, bars, restaurants along with museums, parks and other cultural spaces you can explore in your free time.  Your Totally Spain agent will also make personal recommendations based on your final choice of hotel and the size of your party.

We can also assist with restaurant reservations and booking other attractions to avoid queues.

 

Madrid, the heart and soul of Spain, welcomes you with open arms. This magnificent capital city embodies the essence of the country´s rich history, culture, and vibrancy. For those seeking an unforgettable journey, Madrid offers a perfect blend of sophistication and nostalgia, making it an enchanting destination like no other.

Cultural Treasures:

Madrid´s cultural tapestry is a testament to its glorious past and vibrant present. The Prado Museum beckons art enthusiasts with masterpieces by the likes of Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco. Step back in time at the 19th-century Villahermosa Palace, now the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum, housing an extensive collection that tells the story of European art. Explore the Reina Sofia Art Centre, where more than 300 modern works by iconic artists such as Dali, Miro, and Picasso await your admiration.

Historic Splendors:

The 18th-century Royal Palace, situated on the picturesque Plaza de Oriente, is a majestic architectural wonder that transports you to a bygone era. Stroll through its regal halls and gardens, soaking in the opulence of Spanish royalty.

City Buzz:

The bustling Puerta del Sol is the vibrant heart of Madrid. It´s a place where you can indulge in shopping, savor exquisite cuisine in charming restaurants, and sample authentic Spanish tapas in bustling bars. The lively atmosphere here is infectious and sure to awaken your sense of adventure.

Market Magic:

Experience the enchanting Rastro Market on Sundays, one of Europe´s oldest outdoor markets. Wander through its labyrinthine lanes, brimming with antiques, trinkets, and curiosities. It´s a treasure trove of memories waiting to be discovered.

Nature´s Respite:

For those seeking tranquility amidst the urban hustle and bustle, Retiro Park is a serene oasis. Here, you can meander through beautifully landscaped gardens, admire the talent of local artists, and enjoy the melodic tunes of street performers. It´s a place where time seems to slow down, allowing you to relish every moment.

Madrid is more than just a city it´s an enchanting journey through the ages. It´s a destination that seamlessly blends the elegance of its early years with the excitement of modernity.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Madrid Airport to your Madrid hotel
  • 4 star quality, centrally located, handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included. Upgrade available on request

Madrid, Spain

After breakfast you’ll be met at your hotel by your expert local Madrid guide who will take you on an private tour of the historic city centre. You’ll enjoy visiting such places as the principal streets and squares including the Plaza del Sol, Plaza Santa, Plaza Mayor as well as the Mercado San Miguel, one of Madrid’s famous food markets.  Remember this tour can be tweaked if you have other special interests. You only need to let your Totally Spain representative know this.

You will continue with your guide to Plaza de la Villa and the Plaza del Oriente. Visit the Royal Palace that stands on the site of an old alcazar fortress and a former Moorish castle. The current building was completed in 1764. With 3,418 rooms there’s something to represent every style (and every monarch) since its construction.

 

This afternoon visit the Prado Museum at your leisure as you have included pre-booked tickets that avoid you standing in line.  The museum is a wonderful space dating back to 1785 that now houses art from the 12th to the 19th century including large permanent collections by Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Bosch, Titian, Van Dyck and Rembrandt. Should you prefer to be accompanied by one of our expert guides in the museum, just let us know and we can add that service for you.

This evening take part in a guided small group tapas tour with all food & drinks included. It’s a great way to experience Madrid’s most interesting and authentic bars and restaurants without the research or guesswork. Your guide will recommend the wines and other drinks to try and will order speciality tapas at each bar or tavern. Your guide will talk about the history of tapas, the types of tapas served in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain and will also give you a history of the neighbourhood you are visiting. A fun evening is guaranteed.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Madrid with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Royal Palace
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for the Prado Museum (open date & entry time plus skip-the-line)
  • Guided Gastronomic walking tour with a small group. Includes delicious tapas and drinks (10 people maximum)
  • 4 star quality, centrally located, handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas style dinner

Madrid, Spain

This morning you're in for a delightful half-day stroll through history as you explore with your local guide the Reina Sofia museum and the charming Atocha station. Your adventure begins at the Reina Sofia Museum, where you'll discover a treasure trove of 20th-century art, a true reflection of our generation's creativity. This museum is housed in a historic gem, an old XIII century general hospital with Francisco Sabatini's architectural touch, recognized as a historic-artistic monument since 1977. In 1986, it transformed into an art haven and even underwent a significant expansion in 2005, thanks to the ingenious French architect Jean Nouvel. 

The Reina Sofia Museum boasts a remarkable collection of 20th-century art that offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of artistic expression during this pivotal era. It features iconic works by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and many more. Picasso's powerful and emotionally charged "Guernika" stands as a centerpiece, symbolizing the horrors of war. The museum also houses an extensive collection of works by the great surrealist Salvador Dalí, including his iconic painting "The Persistence of Memory." With a diverse range of styles, from abstract and cubist to surreal and avant-garde, the Reina Sofia Museum provides a comprehensive exploration of the innovative and groundbreaking art that defined the 20th century.

Afterwards, head over to nearby Atocha Train Station (you'll be taking a train from here tomorrow to Toledo) which first opened its doors back in 1851. It's incredible how it has evolved over the years! Renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo gave this station a makeover, turning it into a modern railway hub. But here's the surprise – the original building has been transformed into a bustling shopping haven, and there's an enormous botanical garden to explore. It's an amazing  fusion of the past and the present.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants for which Madrid is famous. We'll provide you with suggestions.

This evening you'll discover the exciting musical form known as flamenco. Flamenco is a highly expressive and passionate art form that originated in the Andalusian region of Spain and encompasses various elements, including music, singing, dance and rhythm. Flamenco is a reflection of the rich cultural and historical influences that have shaped Spain over the centuries, including Romani, Moorish, Jewish, and Andalusian traditions.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Madrid with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for Reina Sofia Museum
  • Flamenco performance (1 hour)
  • 4 star quality, centrally located, handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Daytrip to Toledo, Spain

Today your destination is Toledo. You'll be transferred from your hotel to Madrid Atocha train station to board the high speed train to Toledo.  Upon arrival you’ll meet our expert local guide who will first take you by taxi to the Cigarrales area for some magnificent panoramic views of Toledo city over the Tagus River.

The city of Toledo is the capital of the province of the same name, and is also the capital of the Autonomous Community called Castilla-La Mancha. The city is located at 529 metres above sea level, in the Castillian meseta (plateau), practically in the centre of the Iberian peninsula. and just 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Madrid.  The monumental city centre sits atop a craggy rock, which is almost entirely encircled by the Tagus river.  UNESCO declared Toledo a World Heritage city in recognition of its uniqueness and its past as a host to Christian, Islamic and Hebrew culture which the splendid architecture of the city still relects - being almost impossible to walk its streets without stumbling on a Gothic or Mudejar church, an ancient mosque, a Romanesque or Visigothic structure, a former synagogue or a Renaissance palace.

Your guide will lead you on a walking tour exploring the old city while you learn about the three cultures that lived side by side during the Middles Ages and see the most important sights in Toledo including Zocodover Square, Alcazar of Toledo, Santo Tome Church,Transito Synagogue, Santa Maria La Blanca and cathedral (entrance included).

Free time for lunch and sightseeing at your leisure before returning to Madrid by high speed train where you will be met by your driver and transferred back to your hotel.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Madrid Hotel to Madrid train station
  • High speed train from Madrid to Toledo - Tourist class (30 mins)
  • Private transfer from Toledo train station to the city center with panoramic views along the way
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Toledo with expert, English speaking guide
  • Included entrance tickets to the monuments you visit..
  • High speed train from Toledo to Madrid - Tourist class (30 mins)
  • Private transfer from Madrid train station to your Madrid hotel
  • 4 star quality, centrally located, handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Madrid - Barcelona (by High Speed Train), Spain

Today following breakfast you'll be transferred from your hotel to Madrid Atocha train station for your high-speed train to Barcelona.  A driver will meet you upon arrival and transfer you to your centrally located hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona: Where Europe´s Charm Meets Architectural Marvels

Prepare to be swept off your feet by the sheer enchantment of Barcelona, a city that effortlessly blends centuries of history with cutting-edge excitement. This Spanish gem boasts an architectural landscape that´s nothing short of spellbinding, where the likes of Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner, and Puig i Cadafalch have sculpted a world of whimsical beauty. You´ll find yourself wandering the enchanting streets, feeling as if you´ve stepped into a fairytale with its Catalan Art Nouveau and Modernisme influences. The city´s iconic landmarks, like the mesmerizing Sagrada Familia and the Casa Mila, are living testaments to the genius of these visionaries. Stroll through its enchanting streets, and you´ll discover monumental sculptures by local masters like Joan Miro, adorning charming public spaces. If you crave a deeper connection with art, the city´s museums are treasure troves. Marvel at the ancient Roman artifacts or lose yourself in the brilliant strokes of Picasso and the surreal world of Salvador Dalí. As the sun bathes the city in golden hues, you´ll be captivated by the vibrant outdoor markets, where fragrant spices, colorful textiles, and local crafts beckon. And let´s not forget the Mediterranean port, a bustling hub of activity that offers a refreshing escape from the urban bustle. For the discerning palates, Barcelona is a gastronomic delight. With its plentiful array of stylish restaurants, you can savor authentic tapas, fresh seafood, and delectable Spanish cuisine. Whether you´re sipping sangria at a charming outdoor cafe or indulging in a gourmet meal, your taste buds will dance with delight.

This afternoon rendezvous with your expert local guide for an exclusive half-day private walking tour in the heart of Barcelona. Your journey will commence in the enchanting Gothic Quarter, a neighborhood steeped in history and named for its Roman origins, which still bear witness to its illustrious past. As you meander through these ancient cobblestone streets, your guide will unveil the secrets of the Gothic Quarter, revealing its hidden treasures and captivating stories.  Explore centuries-old architecture, meandering alleyways, and charming squares that resonate with the echoes of bygone eras. Strolling along the iconic Ramblas, a tree-lined pedestrian promenade stretching 1.2 kilometers, you'll immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Barcelona. This bustling thoroughfare is not only a magnet for tourists but also a beloved haunt for locals. Along the way, encounter a captivating array of street entertainers who add a touch of magic to your journey. A short detour from the Ramblas will lead you to the vibrant and lively Boqueria Food Market, one of Europe's largest and most renowned culinary hubs. Here, your senses will awaken as you explore a kaleidoscope of colors, flavors, and aromas.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your Madrid Hotel to Madrid train station
  • High speed train from Madrid to Barcelona .
  • Private transfer from Barcelona train station to your Barcelona hotel
  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Barcelona with expert, English speaking guide
  • 4 star quality, centrally located, handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Barcelona, Spain

Enjoy a hearthy breakfast before meeting your expert private guide and driver.  Today you’ll see why Barcelona is the heart of architectural modernism and experience the work of Antoni Gaudi, the maximum exponent of this spectacular artistic movement.

You’ll visit the remarkable Sagrada Familia - one of the most famous and spectacular of Gaudi’s works. It’s a Christian temple where Gaudi worked on fulltime from 1915 until his death in 1926 – even living on-site in the year leading up to his death. His remains are buried in the crypt. Work continues to this day on the building!

You’ll also visit Parc Guell – adored for brightly coloured mosaic tiles in animal forms and its great views over the city. Gaudi lived here from 1906 until 1925 – his former residence is now the location for the Gaudi Museum. Finally you’ll see the private residences Gaudi worked on in downtown Barcelona including Casa Mila- La Pedrera  on the Passeig de Gracia. This last building you will visit the interior on your own.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

This evening, as in Madrid, you’ll take part in a guided small group tapas tour with all food & drinks included.  Experience Barcelona's most interesting and authentic bars and restaurants. Your guide will recommend the wines and other drinks to try and order the speciality tapas at each bar or tavern that are typical to the Catalonia region.  

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day tour in Barcelona with expert, English speaking guide
  • Private driver and transport for half-day
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for Sagrada Familia
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
  • Pre-Booked Entrance tickets for Park Güell
  • Guided Gastronomic walking tour with a small group. Includes delicious tapas and drinks ( 10 people maximum)
  • 4 star quality, centrally located, handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas style dinner

Barcelona - Daytrip to Montserrat & Winery, Spain

Today you'll enjoy a daytrip in a small group (16 maximum) from Barcelona to visit the Monastery of Montserrat and afterwards, a charming winery.  You'll make your own way to the departure point which is very centrally located although a transfer can be arranged if required..

Montserrat is the most important mountain in Catalonia. A unique massif, famous for its gothic shapes and beautiful views. On the way to Montserrat your guide will introduce you to this “magic mountain” where Mother Nature meets religion, history and the identity of the catalan peopple. Enjoy the stunning landscape of this Natural Park. The guided tour includes a short walk to the monastery where you can enjoy spectacular views and get a true feel of spirituality Montserrat has to offer.

After Montserrat continue to the winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  Learn how the wine is created there, enjoy a tasting with tapas and time exploring the castle and seeing where the wines are aged.

Return to Barcelona in the late afternoon for your final evening in this magical city. 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Guided excursion to the Monastery of Montserrat and afterwards a charming winery with a small group. Includes guide, transport, delicious tapas lunch and drinks (16 people maximum)
  • 4 star quality, centrally located, handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Departure,

Following breakfast you will be met by your private driver and transferred to Barcelona International Airport for your departure.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your Barcelona hotel to Barcelona airport

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Additional Information

 

SUGGESTED MADRID & BARCELONA TRIP EXTENSIONS

  • Extra Nights in Madrid

See more of fine city and / or enjoy additional daytrips to exciting historical places such as Segovia, Salamanca, Cuenca, Aranjuez and Alcala de Henares.  Ask us about this option.

  • Extra Nights in Barcelona

Discover more of this amazing city, do a cooking class perhaps, and/ or enjoy additional daytrips to places such as the Costa Brava, Girona, Figueres & the Dali Museum, Priorat & Penedes wine region, ​Tarragona and more.

  • 3 Nights Zaragoza: Culture, Wine & Gastronomy

Wine and food lovers will especially enjoy this! 

For something a little different and authentic, add a 3-night stay in picturesque Zaragoza city, situated just one hour south of the mighty Pyrenees!   Nestled conveniently between the buzz of Madrid city and the mediterranean vibes of Barcelona city, Zaragoza offers a delightful respite via the swift and efficient AVE high-speed train. Let our charming local guide, someone who is steeped in culinary tradition (his family proudly runs a local cooking school), whisk you away through the rich tapestry of Zaragoza. Marvel at the grandeur of the iconic Basilica and delve deep into the city's bustling food landscape.

Immerse yourself in a private cooking class and a vibrant market tour, showcasing delectable regional Aragonese delicacies. But that's not all! Embark on a private day trip with your guide to the DO Carinena wine region, one of Europe's most ancient protected growing areas, and savor the exquisite flavors from a local winery.

And for art aficionados, a special treat awaits as you trace the footsteps of the legendary native artist, Francisco Goya. Zaragoza will captivate your heart.

 

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What's included

Accommodation (based on 2 people sharing)

  • 7 nights handpicked accommodation in quality 4-star centrally located hotels in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request.

Meals

  • Full Buffet breakfast daily
  • Tapas style dinner in Madrid. All food and drink included.
  • Tapas style dinner in Barcelona. All food and drink included.

Transport

  • All private transfers  (airport, train station) as indicated above
  • Half-day private driver in Barcelona (Day 6)
  • High Speed Trains (tourist class – upgrades available on request)
  • Madrid to Toledo roundtrip
    Madrid to Barcelona
     

Private Guided Tours

  • Two Private Walking tours in Madrid with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Toledo with expert English speaking guide
  • Two Private tours in Barcelona with expert English speaking guide (includes transport + private driver) 

Pre-Booked Entrance Tickets

  • Madrid – Royal Palace, Prado Museum & Reina Sofia Museum
  • Toledo – Cathedral and former synagogues
  • Barcelona – Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera (Casa Mila) & Park Güell

Group Guided Tours

  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Madrid. All food and drink included.
  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Barcelona. All food and drink included.

Special Highlights

  • Flamenco show in Madrid (1 hr duration)

Other

  • Comprehensive personalized trip documentation including local maps, guides and tourist information
  • Totally Spain's specialist trip planning service and support
  • Spanish Government tax


NOT INCLUDED
Flights, Personal Travel Insurance, Porterage (not commonly available in Spain), Tips, Meals, drinks or hotel extras other than those described above. Anything else not specified above.

 

 

 

 

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