Madrid & Salamanca

Experience the romance of the Spanish Golden Age

With glowing medieval cities emerging from the vast Castilian plain, truly enviable collections of art, and a sense of sophistication that has been refined over centuries, central Spain is a feast for the senses. The city of Madrid has an energy and vibrancy like no other, which hums amongst some of the world’s finest art museums, most innovative gastronomic experiences and a wonderful architectural backdrop. Beyond the capital, ancient Toledo is surely one of Spain’s most glorious cities – dramatically situated and studded with historic gems from an amalgamation of cultures, it entered the popular imagination via the paintings of its adopted son, El Greco. Dreamy Ávila embodies Golden Age romance, and stunning Salamanca is a graceful city which evokes Spain’s grand and prestigious past.


Art & history in central Spain

  • Madrid – enjoy the refinements of the Spanish capital
  • Wonder at the Paseo del Arte in the Prado and the Reina Sofía galleries
  • Toledo – explore the grand cathedral and the Museo del Greco
  • Ávila – discover this evocative town on a walking tour
  • Salamanca – this honey-hued city is a bastion of history and learning
  • Get to the heart of Salamanca with visits to its dramatic cathedral & ancient university
  • Casa Lis – a wonderful collection of art deco & art nouveau design
  • Return flights included
  • Dinner included on the first night of the tour
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Madrid
  • 2 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Ávila

From £1,199
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

March, April, May, September, October, November

Suggested Hotel

Hotel Emperador, Madrid

  • A classic & historic 4-star hotel
  • Situated on Gran Vía, in the heart of Madrid
  • Bedrooms are elegant & comfortable with modern amenities
  • Close to Madrid’s top attractions
  • Features its own restaurant, a rooftop swimming pool and a terrace

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.

Suggested Hotel

Hotel Palacio de los Velada, Ávila

  • A wonderful 4-star hotel within a grand 16th century palace
  • Located in the heart of Ávila, opposite the cathedral
  • Cosy & elegant bedrooms with all modern facilities
  • The hotel has its own restaurant and two different style bars

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


  • Museo del Prado
    Prado Museum Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio

    The Prado is not just the jewel in the crown of Madrid’s art museums; it is also one of the finest collections of western art in the world. The astounding works of the Spanish masters Goya and Velázquez form the essence of the Prado, but the pieces it holds number in the thousands and it displays thousands of dazzling masterpieces from the Spanish Golden Age as well as the Italian and Flemish schools.

  • Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
    Reina Sofia Museum Library Mario Martín

    The contemporary Reina Sofía is a bright and graceful building, which holds Spain’s national 20th century art collection. With over 22,000 pieces in its collection, the exhibitions here are dynamic and fascinating. Works by Dalí and Miró are a highlight, but it’s Picasso’s Guernica which is the Reina Sofía’s undisputed centrepiece.

  • Toledo Cathedral
    Toledo Cathedral

    The mighty Toledo Cathedral is one of Spain’s grandest, and an interesting example of Spanish Gothic style. The current enormous structure dates back to the 13th century, but the site was a place of worship for centuries before this. The flamboyant architecture shows Mudéjar and Renaissance influences, and inside its illustrious alterpiece is complemented by the works of El Greco, Goya and Velázquez.

  • Museo del Greco

    Toledo was immortalised by the Golden Age painter El Greco, and this 16th century house in the town's Jewish Quarter holds an extensive collection of works by the artist, as well as pieces by his followers. The museum also has a pretty courtyard and garden.

  • Ávila
    Avila in sunset 1451200 1

    With 11th century walls, 88 watchtowers, turrets twisting high out of the Castilian plain, and a mountainous backdrop, Ávila truly is a sight to behold. Evoking the romance of Old Spain, this fascinating medieval city harbours stunning churches and mysterious palaces.

  • Salamanca Cathedral
    Salamanca 2 Photo by Jose A Warletta

    Salamanca’s cathedral is in fact two conjoined churches. The Romanesque Old Cathedral dates back to the 12th century; its interior is exquisitely adorned and features an extravagant alterpiece. The New Cathedral is a Gothic construction with an imposing baroque dome and exceptional ceilings.

  • Salamanca University
    Salamanca University

    Founded in 1218, this ancient centre for learning encompassed the burgeoning intellect of Golden Age Spain during the 15th and 16th centuries. A feast for the eyes, this historic institution has an astonishing façade, and inside a magnificent collection of antiquarian books hints at the university’s academic splendours.

  • Museo Casa Lis

    Situated within a stunning Modernista house, this unique museum hosts a wonderful collection of decorative arts in the art deco and art nouveau styles. With stunning stained glass features throughout, the museum’s interior is bathed in tranquil, aqua light.


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