Madrid, Segovia & Toledo
6 days from £839 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Madrid is a lively modern city with elegant buildings which tell the story of its history. Known for a wonderful array of art galleries including the world famous Prado, stunning plazas, churches, the Royal Palace and atmospheric markets. Our tour takes in the best of the city along with visits to nearby Toledo, a medieval city full of charm, and Segovia with its extraordinary castle and the monastery at El Escorial.
We take our coach to the airport for our flight to Madrid. Our guide and coach will collect us from the airport and transfer us to the hotel. Dinner included at the hotel this evening.
This morning we take an orientation tour of Madrid. Our guide will point out the main attractions of the city, including the Royal Palace, Plaza Major, Puerta del Sol, Templo de Debod and Madrid Cathedral and give us the background and history to this wonderful place. This afternoon we visit the Museo del Prado with audio-guide and explore at our own pace. The Prado museum is home to fine arts dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Major masterpieces include The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet by Tintoretto, Las Meninas by Velazquez and Jacob’s Dream by Ribera. The Royal Collection of Decorative Arts exhibits Dauphin’s Treasure, Talavera ceramics, Alcora pottery and Buen Retiro porcelain.
Today we have the chance to visit Thyssen- Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia. The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum is set in a Neo-classical mansion from 1806 and houses one of the most important private art collections in the world. The collection was assembled by Baron Heinrich Thyssen- Bornemisza and his son Hans Heinrich, the works illustrate the history of western art from primitive Flemish and Italian painters to 20th century pop art. Madrid’s 18th century hospital was remodelled and converted into the Reina Sofia museum in 1992. The museum exhibits contemporary, abstract, pop, minimal and modern art. Highlights include Picasso’s Guernica and Woman in Blue. We enjoy time at leisure to visit any additional attractions in the city as you wish.
Today we head to Toledo for some free time to explore and a guided visit to the Alcazar. Toledo’s Old Town is decorated with churches, museums, synagogues and mosques set in a labyrinth of narrow streets and plazas. Toledo plays a significant role in Spanish history and consciousness as a religious centre, stronghold of the Spanish church and once-flourishing symbol of a multicultural medieval society. The cathedral reflects the city’s historical significance as the heart of Catholic Spain and is one of the most extravagant cathedrals in the country. The foreboding Alcazar looms over the city. Rebuilt under Franco, it has been reopened as a vast military museum, displaying an indepth view of Spanish history and exhibiting military uniforms and medals.
After breakfast we leave for our excursion to Segovia, including entry to the Cathedral and Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso. UNESCO World Heritage site Segovia has an air of legend about it, with myths that it was founded by Hercules or by the son of Noah. The city’s most recognisable feature is the Roman aqueduct, an 894 metre long engineering wonder that was constructed in 1st century AD. It was originally part of a complex system of aqueducts and underground canals that brought water from the mountains over 15km away. Started in 1525, Segovia’s gothicstyle cathedral took almost 200 years to complete. The attached Museo Catedralicio exhibits religious art. The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso is an 18th century baroque-style palace and former summer residence of the Kings of Spain. The site was purchased from the monks by Philip V in 1719 who constructed a new palace and gardens, modelled on his grandfather’s Palace of Versailles. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening.
After breakfast we check-out of our hotel and visit El Escorial. San Lorenzo d’ El Escorial is a historical residence of the King of Spain, and functions as a monastery, Royal Palace, museum and school. The palace houses an art gallery with masterworks by Titian, Velazquez and Tintoretto while the library contains thousands of priceless manuscripts including the collection of the sultan, Zidan Abu Maali. We then transfer to Madrid Airport for our flight back to the UK.
Tryp Hotel Atocha
The 4* Tryp Hotel Atocha is a 20th century hotel retaining its original architecture and is located in the historic centre of Madrid. Just a short walk from the museum triangle and many of the historic sites as well as cafes, restaurants and shops. Rooms are equipped with a minibar, satellite TV, air con, hairdryer, free internet, a safe and en suite bathroom. The lobby bar and restaurant serve international cuisine, typical Spanish tapas and drinks.
• Return flights from the UK
• Return airport transfers
• 5 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Madrid
• Dinner on the first night at the hotel
• Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
• Excursions as detailed in itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
• Meals other than those specified
• Tips & gratuities
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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