Your tour begins in the capital of Spain and you’ll have the day free to discover this vibrant European city. Check in to your accommodations at the Hotel Hospes Madrid and you’ll be greeted with a refreshing welcome beverage. In a beautifully renovated building, this elegant hotel offers a wonderful central location near Madrid’s Retiro Park, the Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
After settling in and freshening up, you can begin exploring the city. Your vacation package includes an entry ticket to both museums, so you may want to spend some time this afternoon with a tour of Madrid’s most important museum, El Prado. With its exceptional collection of Spanish masterpieces, this museum is one of the most visited sites in the world. The Prado Museum’s boasts over 4,800 pieces of Spanish paintings. To get the most out of your visit, follow one of the museum’s recommended “routes.” On your self-guided tour, you’ll see the most important highlights, such as masterpieces by Goya, El Greco and Velázquez. The Prado Museum also has galleries that focus on art from other countries, such as Italian, Flemish, French and British paintings. For those who prefer contemporary art, a visit to the Reina Sofía Museum is recommended. Madrid also offers countless other museums, such as the Real Academia de Bellas Artes and the Archaeological Museum. However, be sure to save some energy for this evening if you want to enjoy the city’s legendary nightlife.