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Madrid & The Basque Country

Highlights of this comprehensive itinerary include exploring the Royal Palace in Madrid, an excursion out to the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama to visit the tombs of Spanish Monarchs at El Escorial, the view of Madrid from the dome of the Almudena Cathedral, a tour of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium, studying the works of Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Bosch at the Prado, and Picasso’s “Guernica” at the Reina Sofia. Our hotel, located in the heart of the city, is walking distance from the best flamenco, tapas, churros, paella, and jamón ibérico in Madrid.

From Madrid we travel north to explore the Basque Country from our hotel in San Sebastian. Located on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay, this small, cosy and readily walkable city has one of the best in-city beaches in Europe, the best tapas in Spain (in other words the best food in the world) and is close enough for a day trip to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim and the Seven Streets.

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 around Plaza Mayor and El Rastro, then tour the Palacio Real. Watch the sunset from Jardines de las Vistillas.
3MadridClimb to the cupola of the Cathedral de la Almedena for a panoramic view of Madrid. Enjoy a professionally guided walking tour of the city, and then grab lunch at Mercado de San Miguel. Enjoy a late-afternoon visit to the Museo del Prado. Stroll to Parque de la Montaña along Gran Via and catch the sunset at Templo de Debod.
4El EscorialTravel to the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama to tour El Escorial, then return to Madrid and see Estadio Bernabeu, home of the Real Madrid soccer team. See the works of Picasso and Dali at the Museo Reina Sofia.
5San SebastianEarly morning flight to the Basque Country. Mount Igeldo Funicular, Bahía de la Concha, Chateau de la Mota, Pintxos Bar Crawl.
6BilbaoDay trip to Bilbao! Urban Regeneration Walking Tour, Guggenheim Museum and Las Siete Calles.
7San SebastianMirimar Royal Palace, Old Town, Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Kursaal, Beach, Sunset.
8AirborneFlight Home. ¡Adiós España!

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