Day 1: Flight
Take an overnight flight from the U.S. to Madrid.
Day 2: Arrive Madrid
Arrive in Madrid and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. A welcome dinner at a local restaurant will be included tonight.
Day 3: Madrid
Morning sightseeing takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. This afternoon join an excursion to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen.
Day 4: Toledo, Flamenco Show and Dinner Option
Via Castilian landscapes, this morning’s focus is on splendid Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more sightseers from all over the world than any other Spanish town. An expert takes you to the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, and the church of SANTO TOMÈ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Then visit a Damascene steel workshop before returning to Madrid. Tonight you can choose to take an optional excursion to a flamenco show and dinner at a cost of $190 per person. You will learn about and see the elegant song and dance that has its roots in southern Spain.
Day 5: Barcelona
Today we will transfer from Madrid to Barcelona by bus. Arrive by late afternoon and check into the hotel.
Day 6: Barcelona
Today will be a full day of sightseeing with a tour guide. You will visit the famous Olympic Stadium, the Art Museum of Catalunya, and the Picasso Museum.
Day 7: Barcelona
Full day guided sightseeing features a drive along elegant Passeig de Gracia to see the Stock Exchange, and visits to PARK GÜELL, to see Gaudi’s amazing experiment in residential planning, and to his SAGRADA FAMILIA. You will have a farewell dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 8: Flight
Take a flight home from Barcelona.