Board your flight from the United States to Madrid, Spain.
Days 2 to 4:
Arrive in Madrid.
Three nights in Madrid. Breakfast provided.
Days 5 to 7:
After breakfast in the hotel, check-out and make your way to Madrid's Barajas Airport, and then catch your brief flight to your Barcelona's El Prat Airport. Upon arrival to Barcelona, proceed to your hotel.
Three nights in Barcelona. Breakfast provided
Bid farewell to Spain as you board your return flight to the United States.
Hotel notes: Check-in times are generally at 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Should you arrive beforehand, the hotel's reception staff would be happy to store your baggage for you so you can set out and begin exploring.
Transportation notes: As Madrid's Barajas Airport is located outside the city center, to reach your hotel add an airport transfer for a few dollars more; alternatively, you can take a taxi or catch the metro. To reach your hotel from Barcelona's El Prat Airport, add an airport transfer or take a taxi, the Aerobús, the metro or the train. One affordable way to take in the city's best sights at your own pace is with our Barcelona Card (available for 3, 4 or 5 days), which covers all your public transportation needs in Barcelona and offers discounted rates to over 80 museums.
Our suggestions of things to do and see in:
Madrid is known throughout Europe for its art museums; three in particular are world-renown: the famed Prado National Museum, the more contemporary Reina Sofía National Art Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. (All the attractions mentioned above are covered by the Madrid Card.) Other interesting sights include the Las Ventas Bullfighting Ring, the Royal Palace and Bernabéu Stadium (for all you Real Madrid soccer fans!) Be sure to take a stroll through Madrid's beautiful Retiro Park and to attend a flamenco show one evening; while flamenco originated in the southern region of Andalusia, many of the country's best acts perform in Madrid. We offer day tours to several World Heritage Cities found on the outskirts of Madrid: Ávila and its stunning Old Town; Segovia, the location of one of the world's best preserved Roman aqueducts; San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a Spanish Renaissance monastery; and Toledo – one of Spain's most historically-fascinating cities.
Barcelona is a wonderland for art, architecture, history and gastronomy fans. If you like expert guiding, we have a wealth of great tours like the Picasso Walking Tour, the Gothic Quarter Walking Tour and the Gourmet Walking Tour. Learning about the city's most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, is a must-do; his modernista works like the Sagrada Família Basilica, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Park Güell have become symbols of the city itself. We offer guided tours of the Sagrada Família as well as an Artistic Barcelona Gaudí Tour. Barcelona is home to truly excellent museums, many of which are free with the Barcelona Card including the Chocolate Museum, the kid-friendly CosmoCaixa Science Museum, the Fundació Joan Miró, the contemporary MACBA and the Barcelona City History Museum, which houses incredible excavations of Barcelona's ancient Roman Forum. Other quintessential Barcelona "things to do" include exploring the Boqueria food market, walking Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya and enjoying a seaside paella lunch. You also have plenty of time to make a day trip - great choices include the Monastery of Monserrat, cava wine country, the ancient city of Girona, the Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the spectacular Costa Brava, and the seaside resort town of Sitges.
"Our suggestions of things to do and see" are not included in the package price and may be at an additional cost. To make the most of your trip and avoid the disappointment of "sold out" tours, contact our travel experts at (800) 227-3235 up to two weeks prior to departure to add transfers and sightseeing.