Open your eyes to the beauty of Spain. The awe-inspiring art, magnificent monuments, convivial culture, and unbelievable nightlife will dazzle you. Celebrate the moment and discover the country’s grandiose past. This tour offers a wonderful insight into the fascinating contrasts of Spain. The bustling modern city of Madrid immerses you into the vibrant energy of Spanish culture, while the perfectly preserved ancient city of Toledo transports you to another era.
Madrid – Arrive in Spain
The tour begins with your arrival at the Madrid airport. To ensure that you have a stress-free start to your vacation, you’ll be greeted at the airport by your driver who will provide a private transfer to your hotel. Today after you’ve checked in to your hotel and have taken some time to relax, you can begin your discovery of Madrid.
Spain was the most powerful country in the world in the 16th and 17th centuries—during the Age of Exploration. As Spain’s capital city, Madrid became the center of the world. Although the Spanish empire declined in following centuries, Madrid has recently reemerged as a great city. Ever since Spain joined the European Union, there has been a renaissance of culture and cuisine in Madrid. The city boasts world-class art museums, from the Museo Nacional del Prado that was created as the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculptures for King Ferdinand VII, to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza that opened in 1992 to display two remarkable private art collections. There are also many new culinary landmarks where you can sample the finest, most innovative Spanish gastronomy.
Madrid is a lively place to visit and tapas is one enjoyable tradition that you can’t miss. The Spanish equivalent of the American happy hour or pub-crawl, meeting for tapas is a casual social gathering. Friends may decide to meet at a bar in the late afternoon or early evening to enjoy a glass of wine. In Spain, wine is always accompanied by “tapas,” small snacks such as fried anchovies, specialty ham, canapés and olives. Ask the locals where to go and experience the Spanish social life from an insider’s point of view. The Madrilenos are friendly and open people, and you’ll find it’s easy to strike up a conversation even though it’s a big city. Immersion into the culture becomes more interesting when you get to know the people.
Day 2 - 3
Madrid – Guided Tour of Madrid’s Habsburg Quarter
Day 4 - 5
Toledo – Guided Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Toledo
Madrid – Day of Leisure
Madrid – Tour Concludes with Departure from Madrid
- Visit world-class art museums in Madrid
- Enjoy innovative gastronomy at fine dining establishments
- Live like the locals and get into the fun-loving Spanish culture
- Experience the convivial Spanish tradition of tapas
- Take in the vibrant energy of Madrid’s amazing nightlife
- Madrid entertainment: Flamenco, live music and jazz lounges
- Guided visit to the medieval walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO site
- Take a tour of Toledo’s fairy-tale palace and magnificent Cathedral
- Soak up ancient ambience as you stroll Toledo’s cobblestone streets
This tour gives you a taste of Spain’s cultural highlights. You’ll visit two of the country’s most important cities, each of which represents a totally different aspect of Spain. Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a dynamic modern city that buzzes with excitement. As a perfect contrast, the nearby historic city of Toledo has a magical aura. Strolling around Toledo takes you back in time to a world that existed several centuries ago.
Madrid is pure energy. Fun-loving people, amazing sites and nonstop nightlife await you. You’ll discover world-class art, tour the amazing royal palace and enjoy the finest cuisine—all in the same day! Adjust your schedule to sync up with Spanish time, so that you can enjoy the leisurely late lunches and dinners. If you’re visiting in summertime, you’ll want to do as the Spaniards do and take a siesta in the afternoon. Stroll the impressive grand boulevards, meet the locals at tapas bars and visit a fashionable casino or jazz lounge.
Toledo is often described as the “soul” of Spain or the “essence” of Spain. This ancient walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is steeped in history. High above the city looms the foreboding Alcázar, the ancient Moorish fortress that was later converted into the palace for Christian kings. From a distance, the Alcázar appears to be a fairy-tale castle. When you arrive up close, you can feel the magic of centuries gone by. Take in the inexplicable sense of mystery and history. You will feel the ambience of another era, as you stroll the ancient streets.
$1,675 per person (excluding international flights)
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