Experience many different feelings traveling from Madrid to the Mediterranean. Feel regal in Madrid. Feel quirky in Barcelona. Feel the sand in your toes in Mallorca. This is sunny Spain at its finest.
- Depart for Madrid, Spain:
- Arrive in Madrid: Meet your tour director and check into your hotel. Then enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
- Tour Madrid: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour with whisper headsets of Prado Museum, home of works by Spain's great masters, including Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Then visit the Plaza Colon, Plaza de España, Royal Palace, and Reina Sofia Museum. Officially recognized as Spain’s National Museum of 20th Century Art, The Sofia—as it is more commonly known—is home to an impressive collection from Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters. Hosting works of both Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, it’s no wonder that The Sofia has risen to such a prominent place in the world of art. Certainly the most famous piece in the museum is Picasso’s Guernica, but in addition to this wonderful masterpiece, you’ll also find a vast library, archive, bookstore and restaurant.
Create some of Spain’s most popular and iconic dishes and discover firsthand what makes these dishes enduring classics of Spanish cuisine.
- Optional Toledo half day excursion: Christian, Moorish and Jewish culture converge in the medieval capital of Spain. During your visit to Toledo, see one of the greatest Gothic buildings in Europe - the incredible Toledo Cathedral. Travel the winding streets and explore the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca and the Church of Santo Tome to observe El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.
First, take part in the passionate Flamenco dance style and experience the connection between a dancer, musician, and singer. Then, watch while your instructors and accompanists show you how it’s done in a live performance.
- Barcelona: Travel to Barcelona via high-speed AVE train. Then enjoy a walk of the city. Flowers, pedestrian boulevards, and decorative pavement make Barcelona a great walking city, and your Tour Director will show you where to stroll. See the Mercat de la Boquería, where the bright colors of fruits and vegetables, spices, fresh seafood and meat -- not to mention about a hundred different types of cheese -- vie for space in the market stalls. In the city center you'll see the Monument a Colom, a towering statue of Christopher Columbus. Gaze at the city stretched out before you, the mountains in the distance, and the Mediterranean Sea at your back. Then it's on to the best walk in the city, Las Ramblas, a mile-long pedestrian street that offers up the carnival of urban Barcelona. Have your palm read or browse through the strip's famous open-air shops. Enough walking for one day? Pull up a chair, order a café con leche, and watch the parade of street performers from your seat.
- Tour Barcelona: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Park Güell, Barri Gotic, and the Olympic Stadium. Then visit the famous Sagrada Familia. This breathtaking church, said to be the master-work of architect Antoni Gaudí, has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be completed until 2026! Despite its unfinished state, the church has 18 spindle-shaped towers that soar above the church itself, making for a striking addition to Barcelona’s skyline and more than worth the visit. Then visit the Casa Milà (La Pedrera). This magnificent building is the epitome of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical style. See how he uses twisted pillars, curved archways and warped metal balconies to create a totally unique design all his own.
- Tour Palma de Mallorca: Fly to Mallorca then enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Bellver Castle, Old Quarter, and Cathedral of Santa Maria (La Seu).
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- Depart Palma for home: