Discover the elegance of Madrid and the allure of Barcelona during your custom-tailored Spain tour for senior travelers. From strolling through the exuberant interior of La Sagrada Familia Basilica to pausing to enjoy the incredible technique of a work displayed in the Prado Museum, your senses will be engaged. You will enjoy the view over ethereal domes crowning the basilica in Zaragoza, and the colorful images of Toledo as captured by the artist El Greco as your tour of Spain immerses you in...
Madrid – Arrive in Madrid with a Visit to the Capital’s Gran Via
The fascinating city of Madrid carries mesmerizing energy through the bustling streets lined with museums filled with masterpieces by Goya and Velázquez, as well as restaurants serving the local community for centuries fostering what many gastronomes believe to be the culinary centerpiece of Europe. The architecture captures the splendor of time with medieval mansions, royal palaces, and extravagant Baroque designs dating back to the Belle Époque showcasing how Madrid has no singular classic monument and instead glistens with a backdrop of urban wonderment.
Your flight will land at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon arrival. The city will swirl around you as you settle into the comforts of your luxurious accommodations. A warm introduction to Madrid takes place on the Gran Via, the center of the city often referred to as the “Spanish Broadway,” due to the number of theaters once situated on the nearly one-mile long avenue. 20th-century architecture decorates the skyline and sidewalks with Vienna Secession, Plateresque, Neo-Mudéjar, an Art Deco styles captured in the iconic Metropolis Building. Settle in and then wander the streets a bit before an early night as you get ready for what is ahead.
Madrid – Discover the Highlights of Madrid on a Private Guided Tour
Madrid – Traverse the Splendid Medieval Lanes and Gates of Toledo
Barcelona – Explore the Basilica del Pilar and the Monastery of Poblet
Barcelona – Visit Las Ramblas and the Renowned Gothic Quarter
Barcelona – Bask in Fantastical Architecture with an Antoni Gaudi Tour
Barcelona – Depart for Home
- Discover the bright and captivating styles of Spanish masters and Western European artists alike on display inside the splendid Prado Museum
- Explore the brilliant aesthetics and whimsical designs of architect Antonin Gaudi, exemplified in the renowned Sagrada Familia Basilica
- Relish the welcoming and enthusiastic ambiance of Las Ramblas in Barcelona as it feeds into the aisles of La Boqueria Market
- Traverse the medieval cobbled lanes and take in the culture of preserved Toledo where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived harmoniously for centuries
- Experience the grandeur of the Basilica di Nostra Signora del Pilar in Zaragoza with a view of gorgeous mini-cupolas decorated with lavish tile
- Wander along the famous Gran Via in Madrid, where the elaborate architectural designs symbolize the city’s status as the contemporary capital
- Step back into classic Barcelona when visiting the stunning 14th-century architecture and iconic artwork of the celebrated Gothic Quarter
Madrid and Barcelona are the highlights of the Iberian Peninsula during your 7-day senior’s tour of Spain that will encompass the grandeur of the capital, the natural splendor of the Mediterranean, and the combined adulation achieved through art, architecture, and cuisine that define the broader Spanish culture. Indulge in the fascinating culture of Spain that rises from Roman ruins and medieval walls, Renaissance artists and contemporary city designs. Antique monasteries tell remarkable histories, and lively cafés offer a glimpse into the past as you travel from Madrid to Barcelona unveiling the true treasures along the way.
Three nights spent in Madrid offer plenty of time to get acquainted with Spain’s capital city. The marvels range from the contemporary skyscrapers of along the Gran Via to the tranquil lake where couples abscond in Buen Retiro Park. The Royal Palace exudes exuberance, and the Prado Museum embodies the evolution of Western European art. The majesty of Madrid derives from visitors enjoying a stroll through the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor as much as spending time inside the Contemporary Art Museum in search of works by Picasso and Salvador Dali. Outside of Madrid stands the city of Toledo, where for centuries Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived as neighbors shaping the architecture, cuisine, and culture of the city over a half-millennium later.
Before spending three nights in Barcelona, you can spend time exploring the city of Zaragoza to view the exceptional Pilar Basilica, as well as visiting the largest Cistercian abbey in Catalonia, the 12th-century Monastery of Poblet. Barcelona is a city of wonder that beckons to visitors from around the world with promises of lively nightlife, excellent culinary traditions, and incredible history exemplified within the architecture connoting the ages. Las Ramblas acts as a meeting point for locals, a display of gastronomic integrity, and an outdoor art gallery while the Gothic Quarter embodies Barcelona’s past. The various Antonin Gaudi structures define an era of change and a new aesthetic alongside the captivating Mediterranean Sea, contemporary artworks, the likes of Pablo Picasso, and the slopes of famous Montjuïc. Read some Zicasso travelers’ Spain travel reviews to gain further inspiration for your own trip.
$2,179 per person (excluding international flights)
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