Tour departs from Madrid
Arrival to Madrid.
ARTISTIC MADRID. HALF DAY CITY TOUR WITH THE ROYAL PALACE AND THE PRADO MUSEUM
This visit is to the two most famous structures of the city: the Royal Palace, the home of Spanish Royalty from the 18th century until the time of exile of king Alfonso XIII. Today it is used as the setting for official receptions by the present King of Spain, Juan Carlos I. The Prado Museum is one of the world’s great art galleries. It displays paintings from the 12th to the 18th century. The most famous exhibits are those of Velázquez, Goya and El Greco.
CULTURAL MADRID. HALF DAY CITY TOUR
Visit the museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia of Modern Art (closed on Tuesday) inagurated by the Spanish Kings Juan Carlos I and Sofia the 10th September 1992. Permanent collections of the most important spanish artists: Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Gargallo, Gutiérrez Solana, Tápies, Chillida and Julio González. The Retiro Park, Plaza de la Independencia, Plaza Carlos V and Paseo de la Castellana.
MADRID TAPAS TOUR (Wine & Tapas)
A Tapas tour through the city center to taste the famous Spanish Tapas. The bars should not be forgotten because they are where one of the most deeply-rooted of all traditions of Spain is carried out: the tapeo (Tapas are essentially snacks. Bigger portions that are ordered to make up part of a meal are called raciones).
TOLEDO. HALF DAY EXCURSION
One of the oldest and most interesting historical cities of Europe, reflects the many cultures that have formed it, and perhaps better than any other city reflects the many moods of Spain’s art and history. Visits are made to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral, the ancient Jewish Synagogue and the jewish quarter.
Avila and Segovia. Full day excursion
Avila, a fortified city situated on an hilltop in the heart of Castile, is best known as the birthplace of Santa Teresa and for the impressive medieval walls, the oldest and best preserved in Spain. A visit will be made to the Convent of Santa Teresa, built on the site where the Saint was born, the old jewish quarter, the Royal Monastery of Santo Tomas, founded by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel and the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral.
Continue to Segovia, universally famous for the Aqueduct, an imposing engineering marvel dating from Roman times. Here there is also a visit to the Alcazar, an enchanting fairytale fortress castle and the jewish quarter.
Arrival to Barcelona.
Historic Barcelona. Half day tour
Visit the Santa Eulalia Cathedral, the Gothic and Jewish Quarters, the old Synagogue, las Ramblas walking promenade, Santa Maria del Mar and the Ribera medieval quarter. Drive to the Montjuic Mountain with lovely views over the city and Ports.
GAUDI BARCELONA. HALF DAY CITY TOUR
Visit the Casa Milá La Pedrera inside, a beautiful and charming monument of great fantasy with its famous roof-top chimneys resembling medieval knights. The incredible Casa Batlló from outside, an architectural gem with a mosaic façade and a tiled roof. The Sagrada Familia magnificent church inside (The Temple of the Holy Family) Gaudi´s unfinished masterpiece and the lovely Park Güell.
FLAMENCO SHOW EVENING
(dinner & show or show & drink)
Driving through the streets of Barcelona by night, you may admire the illuminated fountains, monuments and plazas. A dinner will be enjoyed at a Tablao Flamenco including wines and coffee. Afterwards watch a typical Flamenco Show where a performance of flamenco folklore will thrill you. OR just to watch the Show with one drink included.
MONTSERRAT HALF DAY EXCURSION
Drive through countryside villages to the Benedictine abbey of Montserrat Monastery which contains the most revered image in Catalonia, the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of the catalan people. You will be able to attend to a recital by the Escolania, one of the oldest choirs in Europe (if available) and visit the museum.
GIRONA, FIGUERES & DALÍ THEATER-MUSEUM. FULL DAY EXCURSION
Drive along the highway to Girona to visit this important medieval city, with the old Call Jewish quarter, the Bonastruc ça Porta jewish center, the arab baths and the gothic cathedral. Afterwards to Figueres to visit the Dali fascinating surrealist Theater-museum, a monument to the artist´s fervid imagination.