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Madrid & Barcelona

Our trip to the heart of the Iberian Peninsula is also a journey through time. As we explore the streets and buildings of Toledo, Segovia and Madrid we'll walk in the footsteps of Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Jews, Christians, and Moors. From Madrid we travel to Barcelona, a city founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago and now one of the richest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

Highlights of our stay in Madrid include a guided walk through old Madrid, exploring inside the Royal Palace, studying the works of Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Bosch at the Prado before comparing them with works by Picasso and Dali at the Museo Reina Sofia, an excursion out to El Escorial with its tombs of Spanish Monarchs, Estadio Bernabeu, Templo de Debod, a picnic in Parque del Retiro and a Flamenco evening. Our hotel in Madrid, located in the heart of the city, is walking distance from the best flamenco, tapas, churros, paella, and jamón ibérico in Madrid.

Highlights of our stay in Barcelona include a harbor cruise, the medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter, the remarkable works of Antonio Gaudi and the Modernista movement, and the renovations for the 1992 Olympic Games, most evident along the waterfront.

Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1AirborneMeet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Spain!
2MadridArrive in Madrid and navigate to the hotel using public transportation. Explore the city from Puerta del Sol to Plaza de Oriente visiting Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, Calle del Arenal and Plaza de Isabel II. Lunch, then experience shopping at El Rastro. Enjoy a late-afternoon visit to Museo Reina Sofia. Visit Templo de Debod at Parque de la Montana then return to the hotel and freshen up for a Tapas banquet.
3MadridClimb to the cupola of the Cathedral de la Almudena for a panoramic view of Madrid, then tour the Palacio Real. Enjoy a professionally guided walking tour of the city, and then grab lunch. Tour Estadio Bernabeu, then enjoy a late-afternoon visit to the Museo del Prado. Relax over dinner in Madrid.
4El EscorialTravel to the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama to tour El Escorial, then return to Madrid for a picnic in Parque del Buen Retiro. Shopping along Gran Vía then relax over dinner before an evening of Flamenco.
5BarcelonaHigh-speed train to Barcelona, navigate to the hotel, and enjoy lunch at Plaça Reial. Explore La Rambla, finding the Modernista Dragon and Mosaic at Plaça de la Boqueria, shopping at Mercat de Sant Josep, tasting the water at Font de Canaletes and then relaxing at the foot of the Columbus Monument before a Catamaran Harbor Cruise.
6BarcelonaExplore Barri Gòtic, visiting the Cathedral and Casa de la Ciutat. Visit Palau de la Música Catalana. Lunch. Explore the Quadrat d’Or, finding Gaudi’s Casa Milà and visiting Casa Batlló. Late afternoon and evening exploring Gaudi’s Park Güell.
7BarcelonaVisit Sagrada Familia. Walk through Parc de la Ciutadella and visit the Arc del Triomphe. Lunch/shopping on Port Vell Marina. Explore Born Neighborhood, visiting Museo Picasso and Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. Afternoon in Port Olímpic.
8BarcelonaFlight Home. ¡Adiós España!

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