Madrid and Barcelona (7 Days, Standard)

A 7-Day Collette Tours tour starting from $1,999

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Tour Length: 7 Days
Countries Visited: Spain
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Tour Category: Escorted Tour
Tour Operator: Collette Tours
Tour Code: CV-386-S-7
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The dynamic cities of Madrid and Barcelona come to life on this in-depth adventure. The thrilling AVE high-speed train transports you between your leisurely three night stays in each city. Travel to Toledo, the former capital of medieval Spain. Choose to explore Madrid’s famed Prado Museum or take a Hapsburg Madrid walking tour. In Barcelona, explore the most popular monument in Spain, Antonio Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia. Choose to discover Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter and 13th-century cathedral or stroll through La Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest open-air market, and tour many of Gaudí's architectural treasures. Explore the flavors of the country when dining on regional cuisine and sampling local wines at every included dinner. Countless cultural adventures are ahead as you make your way through these two amazing cites.

 

Hotel Details:

  • NH Collection Abascal - Madrid, Spain
  • H10 Casanova - Barcelona, Spain
 

Day 1: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins
Welcome to Madrid! Spain’s dynamic capital possesses a modern infrastructure which has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
(Meals: Dinner)

Day 2: Choice of Prado Museum or Hapsburg Madrid Walking Tour
It’s your choice! Join a local expert who introduces you to Madrid’s architectural treasures on a panoramic tour before exploring the priceless masterpieces of Madrid’s Prado Museum,* home to the world's finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya. Or, take a walking tour of Madrid featuring sites of the Hapsburg era; discover the Puerta Del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the famous Andalusian tavern "La Torre del Oro;" Mercado San Miguel, the last remaining market constructed in forged iron; Arco de los Cuchilleros (the Arch of the Knifemakers); and Plaza de la Villa with its historic Baroque and Mudéjar-style buildings. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3: Madrid - Toledo - Madrid
Today we visit Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. A comprehensive walking tour** highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the 13th-century synagogue, a testament to Toledo’s Jewish heritage. We’ll also stop at the Church of Santo Tome to view El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. Enjoy free time in the old town before returning to Madrid for some time at leisure. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a locally-inspired dinner.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Madrid - AVE High Speed Train - Barcelona
Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque landscapes of Leon, Castilla and Catalunya as you travel via high-speed train*** to Spain’s modern city of culture and architecture, Barcelona. Get acquainted with one of the liveliest cities in all of Europe on a locally guided tour. Discover Parc Güell, one of the most impressive public parks in the world and one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, where he let loose his imagination with amazing buildings, sculptures and tile work. Next, explore the most popular monument in Spain, Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, still under construction after more than 100 years. Later, see the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuic, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites linked to Gaudí including the unconventional Casa Mila building and Batllo House.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Barcelona
It’s your choice! Take one of two locally guided walking tours. You may choose to begin by visiting the 14th-century basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, created in pure Catalan Gothic style, followed by a leisurely paced walking tour of Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter, a beautifully preserved neighborhood with medieval squares set inside a labyrinth of streets leading to the 13th-century La Seu Cathedral. Or, meet the locals while exploring La Boqueria, Barcelona’s largest and oldest open-air market, portions of which date back to the Middle Ages; then head to Las Ramblas Boulevard, the most famous pedestrian street in Barcelona; discover famous landmarks such as Gran Teatre del Liceu, Plaza Real, Palau de la Virreina, before visiting one of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural treasures – Güell Palace. Enjoy some free time this afternoon or take an optional excursion to Montserrat, a spectacular mountaintop monastery.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 6: Barcelona
Enjoy a day at leisure to create your own adventure in this fascinating city. You may choose an optional excursion to Figueres and the famed Dalí Theatre-Museum* for insight into the surrealist world of Salvador Dalí. This evening, toast the end of a memorable trip while enjoying the flavors of regional cuisine.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Barcelona - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
(Meals: Breakfast)

 
         
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Madrid
Madrid is the capital and the largest city in Spain. Madrid sits on the Manzanares River, just northeast of the center of the Iberian Peninsula. It is estimated that the origins of Madrid can be traced back to the 2nd century B.C. Madrid is home to the head of the Spanish government, the Spanish royal family and the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization. Madrid’s influence on politics, education, entertainment, fashion and culture make it one of the world’s major global cities.

Choice of Prado Museum or Hapsburg Madrid Walking Tour
You will have a choice of joining a local expert who introduces you to Madrid’s architectural treasures on a panoramic tour or perhaps you'll choose a walking tour of Madrid. The panoramic tour explores the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum and boasts the world's finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya. The walking tour features sites of the Hapsburg era where you may discover the Puerta Del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the famous Andalusian Tavern “La Torre del Oro;” the Mercado San Miguel, the last remaining market constructed in forged iron; Arco de los Cuchilleros (the Arch of the Knifemakers); and Plaza de la Villa with its historic Baroque and Mudéjar-style buildings.

Toledo
Toledo is a municipality located in central Spain, about 43 miles south of Madrid and is the capital of the Toledo province. The history of Toledo dates back to the Roman occupation circa 192 B.C. The old city of Toledo is located on a mountain surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River, and medieval walls on the fourth side. From the top of the mountain it features a 150 degree view of the rest of the city.

AVE High-Speed Train

Barcelona
Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene. Barcelona's architectural treasures span 2,000-plus years. Towering temple columns, ancient city walls and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino. Fast forward a thousand years to the Middle Ages by taking a stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. In other parts of town bloom the sculptural masterpieces of Modernisme, a mix of ingenious and whimsical creations by Gaudí and his Catalan architectural contemporaries for which this city is so well known. Barcelona has also long-inspired artists, including the likes of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, whose works are in bold display in the city's myriad museums.

Parc Guell
Parc Guell is a park located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona, Spain. It is comprised of gardens and other architectural elements. The park was designed between 1900 and 1914, and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. Designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí, Parc Guell is famous for its intricate stone structures, fascinating buildings and stunning tiling. The focal point of the park in the main terrace, which overlooks the city. This terrace features a long bench in the form of a sea serpent, and the wall of the back of the bench is made up of intricate tile work.

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family, is a church of the people, built by the people, with the money of the people. While it is not the cathedral of Barcelona, it is widely known due to its unique architecture and phenomenal design initiated by architect Antoni Gaudí. Works on the exploratory church began in 1882 and continue to this day but with modern technology and the rising number of visitors and donations, the church’s completion date has rapidly become closer. The facades of the church are breathtaking in their intricate and artistic details all of which were inspired by Gaudí. The church is divided into parts including the apse, chapels, cloister, crossing and transepts, crypt, glory façade, the nativity façade, the passion façade, the main nave and the sacristies.

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