DAY 1: MADRID
Welcome to Madrid! Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to discover the city at your own pace.
DAY 2: MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will enjoy a Walking tour with Royal Palace. Discover in this walking tour the most emblematic buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque period of Madrid. Habsburg’s Madrid is the name given to Madrid when the Habsburg dynasty reigned in Spain. This reign began with Charles I, who enriched the city with palaces and monuments. Later on, Philip II made it the capital of Spain and the city grew dramatically. The journey through the Renaissance and Baroque style buildings of this era is perhaps one of the most picturesque and representative of Madrid. During the tour, we will stop at a Café in this popular area of Madrid, where you will enjoy a break. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this wonderful city and surroundings. Meals: B
DAY 3: MADRID
Start the tour of a central location in Madrid where we take the coach and head to the Plaza de Oriente, then we will arrive at the Debod Temple of must where we will stop for a walk and taking some pictures accompanied by your guide. After this visit, you will return to the coach to head towards the Plaza Mayor where we make a new stop and we will be able to visit la Plaza de Villa and Puerta del Sol.
We will return to the coach to continue our visit Carrera de San Jerónimo Street, Las Cortes (Spanish Parliament), Neptuno’s Square (Famous artistic fountain), Paseo Del Prado (Walk of Art: Thyssen, Prado & Reina Sofía Museums), Atocha Railway Station, Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid, Cibeles Square (Famous artistic fountain), Alcalá Street, Alcalá’s Gate, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (Bullring) where we will make our last stop, To conclude we will return to the coach and end up seeing Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Home of Real Madrid CF), Paseo de la Castellana Street, Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square), National Library, Gran Vía Street, Plaza de España and Plaza de Oriente.
We will make convenient stops to rest and take pictures at Plaza Mayor, Debod’s Temple and Las Ventas Bullring, if the weather permits and always accompanied by your guide. Discover the Prado Museum and enjoy a guided tour without queues. During the visit, you will see some of the most important artworks from renowned artists such as el Bosco, El Greco, Velazquez and Goya. At the end of the guided visit, you will be able to stay inside the museum as long as you like.
DAY 4: MADRID
Today we will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage Site; and the Valley of the Fallen, a basilica that stands out for its gigantic size.
Royal Monastery of El Escorial: We will start our visit at El Escorial, the symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also a mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered for years the eighth wonder of the world. The visit includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House and the Basilica.
Valley of the Fallen: Located 9 kilometres away from El Escorial, this enormous monument was built between 1940 and 1959 to honour the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1350 meters of altitude, where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range.
DAY 5: MADRID
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Madrid airport for your onward journey. Adiós! Meals: B