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Magnificent Madrid & Beautiful Barcelona

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until March 2023
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Immerse yourself in the culture, history and architecture of Spain's most iconic cities: Madrid & Barcelona! Begin in the capital of Madrid to discover its elegant architecture and amazing food scene. Take a high-speed train to the northern region of Catalonia to explore the artistic heritage of vibrant Barcelona, famed for the architecture of Gaudi and its beautiful Mediterranean beaches!

8 days trip including flights*

7 days and 6 nights in destination

1

NYC - MAD

2

NYC - MAD

Madrid

3

Madrid

4

Madrid

5

Barcelona

6

Barcelona

7

Barcelona

8

BCN - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Ready to explore the historic cities and vibrant culture of Spain? Arrive at your US departure airport, ready for a flight* to Madrid. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Madrid

Touch down in Madrid, the enigmatic capital city of Spain, known for its fast-paced atmosphere, classical architecture and beautiful plazas and parks. Private transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace. Madrid is well-known for its brilliant gastronomic scene and lively nightlife, so be sure to get out after dark to experience the amazing atmosphere of the capital. Overnight stay in Madrid.

3rd Day: Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a one-hour walking tour through the historic streets of central Madrid. Head to the designated meeting point and set off on a guided stroll through Plaza de la Villa, the famous Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Plaza
de Oriente before boarding the air-conditioned bus for a guided panoramic tour of the city. See the magnificent Puerta de Toledo and pass along the River Manzanares for fantastic views of the Royal Palace and the incredible Almudena Cathedral. Pass by Calle Mayor and the upmarket Las Cortes quarter on your way to leafy Paseo del Prado, flanked by some of the most important buildings in the city such as the famous Prado Museum. Admire the architecture of the Old Madrid in the historic Las Letras Quarter before passing by Cibeles Fountain and Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the
five ancient gates into the city. The final sights of the day are Santiago Bernabéu stadium and Colon Square. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the world-class cuisine, excellent shopping and limitless cultural treasures of Madrid at your leisure. Overnight stay in Madrid.

Included
Walking & Panoramic Tour of Madrid
4th Day: Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day to discover Madrid at your leisure. Why not soak up a little culture at the incredible Prado Museum or go shopping along the Gran Via? For an afternoon stroll, we recommend El Retiro Park, home to a beautiful boating lake, stone fountains and the elegant Crystal Palace. As night falls, be sure to get out and enjoy Madrid's vibrant nightlife! The city is known for its many rooftop bars where you can enjoy sunset drinks alongside excellent views of the city! Overnight stay in Madrid.

Optional Half-Day Excursion to Toledo: Set off this morning for the historic city of Toledo, known as the 'City of Three Cultures' for its fusion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian histories. Discover this once powerful Imperial City and its eclectic mix of architectural styles, from the Gothic-era Cathedral to its 10th-century mosque and historic synagogues. Enjoy a walking tour through the UNESCO protected old town and step inside the fascinating San Juan de los Reyes Monastery and enjoy some free time to explore at your leisure.

** Optional Excursion to Avila & Segovia: Set off for the charming city of Avila, one of the best-preserved medieval fortified cities in Spain. Enjoy a walking tour through the old town to discover its Gothic palaces, fortified cathedral and Romanesque-style churches. Visit the incredible Walls of Avila and enjoy free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Next, set off for Segovia, where you'll stop for a gastronomic lunch before continuing the day with a guided tour of the exterior of Segovia Cathedral and an atmospheric walk through the old Jewish Quarter. Finally, enjoy a guided visit to the magnificent Alcazar of Segovia, a castle said to have inspired Walt Disney and one of the most enchanting medieval fortifications in Europe!

Please note: you can only choose one of the optional excursions on this day. Why not upgrade your trip by adding one of our optional excursion packages in the next step of the booking process? Choose between our Cultural Excursions or Incredible Cities packages!

Optional
Half-Day Excursion to Toledo
Optional
Full-Day Excursion to Avila & Segovia with lunch
Optional
Incredible Cities Excursions Package: Avila, Segovia & Gaudi's Barcelona
Optional
Cultural Excursions Package: Toledo & Gaudi's Barcelona
5th Day: Madrid - Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind as you a private transfer to the train station to catch a high-speed train to Barcelona. Arrive in the Catalonian capital and private transfer to your hotel.  A vibrant city, known for its artistic heritage and the amazing architecture of Gaudi, spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the historic streets of the Barrio Gothic or strolling along the seafront in the old fishing neighborhood of Barceloneta. Overnight stay in Barcelona.

6th Day: Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city today on a combined walking and bus tour of Barcelona. Head to the meeting point at Barcelona's Estació del Nord to meet your guide and set off on a walking tour of the historic neighborhoods of Born and the Gothic Quarter. Stroll along some of the most emblematic streets in the city before reaching the incredible Barcelona Cathedral, famed for its magnificent Gothic architecture. Enjoy entrance to the cathedral and time to explore the interior on your own before continuing the walking tour to uncover the secrets of one of the oldest parts of the city. Next, board an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic tour of Barcelona's most important sights. See the beautiful Mediterranean Coastline and Port Olympic, pass by the old fisherman's quarter of Barceloneta and head inland to the leafy neighborhood of Montjuïc. Famous as the stage for the 1992 Olympic Games, learn how this event transformed the city. Take the Montjuïc cable car for amazing views across the entire city and visit MNAC Viewpoint for captivating panoramas of Barcelona. On the way back to the meeting point, drive along spectacular Passeig de Gracia to see some of the most emblematic architecture of Gaudi, such as Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. End the tour and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, making the most of the city's incredible beaches or indulging in Barcelona's many tapas bars. Overnight stay in Barcelona.

Please note: the Montjuïc cable car is under maintenance between January and early March. If you visit during this time, this cable car ride will be replaced by a ride on the Port Cable Car instead. 

Included
Walking & Panoramic Tour of Barcelona with Cable Car Ride
7th Day: Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. A final day in Barcelona to explore at your leisure! Why not get to know the vibrant neighborhood of El Raval or pay a visit to Park Guell in Gracia, the fantastical creation of architect Antoni Gaudi? For an afternoon stroll be sure to visit Parque de la Ciudadela, one of the most popular green spaces in the city. On the other hand, don't miss the chance to visit the world-famous La Sagrada Familia, perhaps the most famous of all of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces! Overnight stay in Barcelona.

*Optional visit to Sagrada Familia & Park Guell: Enjoy a guided tour with fast-track entrance of the legendary Sagrada Familia and fantastical Park Guell, two of Gaudi's most incredible creations! Witness the symbolism behind Barcelona's famous cathedral before heading up to the colorful world of Park Guell, for spectacular views of the city alongside incredible architecture!

Why not upgrade your trip by adding one of our optional excursion packages in the next step of the booking process? Choose between our Cultural Excursions or Incredible Cities packages!

Optional
Fast-track Guided Visit of Sagrada Familia & Park Guell
8th Day: Barcelona - US

Breakfast at the hotel.* Sadly, it's time to bring your journey through Spain to an end. At the indicated time, private transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.**

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the US the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 9 days.

Accommodation: 6 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 3 in Madrid

Duration 02:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Moderate

Walking & Panoramic Tour of Madrid

Discover the sights of Madrid on a combined walking and bus tour. Begin with a 1-hour walking tour through the city centre before enjoying a guided panoramic bus tour of Madrid's most important sights and neighborhoods.

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Included

Included activity for day 6

Duration 02:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Moderate

Walking & Panoramic Tour of Barcelona with Cable Car Ride

Begin with a walking tour through the historic neighborhoods of Born and the Gothic Quarter. Visit Barcelona Cathedral before embarking on a panoramic tour, including the Olympic Port and Montjuic. Cable Car ride in Montjuic included.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Duration 08:00h Approx.

Full-Day Excursion to Avila & Segovia with lunch

Visit two of Spain's most historic cities. Enjoy a walking tour through Avila's old town and explore its historic city walls. Visit Segovia, stroll through the old Jewish Quarter and enjoy a guided visit to the magnificent Alcazar. Lunch included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Cultural Excursions Package: Toledo & Gaudi's Barcelona

Enjoy a great-value package of optional excursions in Spain to uncover the treasures of Toledo on a half-day visit from Madrid and the architecture of Gaudi in Barcelona with a fast-track guided visit of the Sagrada Familia & Park Guell.

What's included: Half-day tour to Toledo from Madrid & fast track guided tour of the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell in Barcelona.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Duration 05:00h Approx.

Half-Day Excursion to Toledo

Set off this morning for the historic city of Toledo, known as the 'City of Three Cultures' for its fusion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian histories. Discover this once powerful Imperial City and its eclectic mix of architectural styles.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Incredible Cities Excursions Package: Avila, Segovia & Gaudi's Barcelona

Enjoy a great-value package of optional excursions in Spain to uncover the medieval cities of Avila and Segovia from Madrid and the architecture of Gaudi in Barcelona with a fast-track guided visit of the Sagrada Familia & Park Guell.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Madrid - Barcelona - US.
  • High-speed train from Madrid to Barcelona.
  • 6 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
    See hotels included
  • 6 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Guided walking tours and panoramic bus tours in Madrid & Barcelona.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of 3 months validity required.
  • Visa
    Visa not required for stays of up to 90 days.
  • Currency
    Euro
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Electricity
    Type C & F 230V 50Hz
  • Health
    No vaccines required.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 1
  • Other useful information
    Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in Spain.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://www.spain.info/en/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Children: 4 - 11 years old.

 

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At time of booking
40%
60 days before departure
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