Town on cliff rocks in Cuenca, Spain

The Art Lover’s Tour of Spain: From Goya to El Greco

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Cuenca...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

During this 13-day art tour of Spain, you will explore the country's renowned museums and galleries, exploring an unrivaled artistic heritage and inimitability. Blur the romance of Goya with the unusual expressionism of El Greco and celebrate the thick seduction of the Golden Age before it merges old masters with influential upstarts like Picasso and Dali. Art masterclasses and art historians will guide you on this tour for art lover’s.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend time in Madrid, visiting some of the world's finest galleries, including Museo del Prado and the Thyseen-Bornemisza Collection
  • Be inspired by what you see and enjoy two private art classes with local painters, Spain's myriad of styles embellishing your own canvas
  • Marvel at some of the most influential art in world history, including an El Greco dedicated tour of Toledo and a tour of Picasso's birthplace and hometown museum
  • Enjoy both Cuenca and Toledo, stunning medieval towns that float on a blanket of old-world charm
  • All art tours are conducted by specialist art historians, helping provide a context and history to the famous works that fill the walls
  • Discover the artistic treasures of Andalusia and allow the journey to wander into Arab and Roman art, before picking a path to cubism and finishing the tour in Picasso's birthplace, Malaga
  • Exceptional and influential works of famous Spanish artists that span the schools and styles: Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Zurbaran, Ribera, Murila, Dali, Picasso, Miro, Tapies, Sorolla, Titian, Chillida, and many more
  • Explore the lesser-known artistic delights, like the Goya frescoes that cover San Antonio de la Florida or the Spanish masters that decorated the Gothic Toledo Cathedral

Detailed Description

Spain's art ripples across the centuries; a dozen styles and schools fill canvases with vibrant blurs and experimental expressionism. The names ignite the imagination, promising splendor and surrealism: Picasso, Dali, Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. But these are just the start, the famed sons who forever influenced the world of art. Delve deeper and the country is a treasure chest of galleries and locally renowned artists, their work spreading across cathedral domes, convent walls, and world-famous museums. This art lover's tour magnificently represents the great Spanish painters, while also leading the eye through artistic niches and subtle delights. A specialist art historian guides you through every gallery and museum trip, helping to provide a rich context and history to the works. As you travel from Madrid to Malaga you piece together your own narrative of the country's art heritage and distinct style.

Madrid is one of the world's great art capitals and your base for the first five days. Visit the astonishing collections of renowned galleries like the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyseen-Bornemisza Collection. But also discover the city's lesser-known delights, like Goya's frescos in the San Antonio de la Florida and Lazaro Galdiano's collection of Velazquez and Zurbaran. For every world-famous canvas, like Picasso's Guernica, there's a local treasure that unveils artists' early work. Madrid is also where you take your first art master class, with another one being enjoyed later on in Cordoba.

Days six to nine are spent in Cuenca and Toledo, quaint medieval towns that you marvel at in the magnitude of their history. The old mixes with the new here, from a day dedicated to the ethereal work of El Greco, to the late 21st century Spanish work found in Cuenca's Museum of Abstract Art. Cathedrals and churches feature staggeringly elaborate frescos, some of the old masters' finest work found in the Gothic and Renaissance monuments of yesteryear. Like Madrid, expert local guides show you around, combining galleries and museums with evocative medieval architecture.

On day ten you travel by first-class train to Andalusia and the exotic remains of Cordoba. The buildings have a distinctively Eastern feel, grand displays of wealth that present an alternative side to Spain's historical art. The Fine Arts Museum and Museo Julio Romera de Torres feature a more classical side to Andalusia before you complete the vacation in Malaga, birthplace of Picasso. The painter's blossoming style can be read in his early work, on display at the Picasso Museum, and another specialist guide helps to unlock the hidden corners of his art.

Starting Price

$4,051 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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