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Madrid Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

6 Days
Gran Via

Countries Visited

Spain

Locations Visited

Madrid, Toledo, Segovia
  1. Day 1 Arrive Madrid

    Live it up in the soulful Spanish capital of Madrid—a city that truly never sleeps and whose creativity, rich traditions and vibrant lifestyle are yours to explore today. On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10:30 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Later, meet with your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an evening orientation drive past the city's iconic sights, followed by a memorable Welcome Reception of traditional Spanish tapas to kick-start our in-depth exploration of this remarkable city and its surrounds.

    meals Welcome Reception
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  2. Day 2 Madrid Sightseeing with Chocolate and Churros Tasting and Prado Museum

    Enjoy a mesmerizing encounter with centuries of history and cultural highlights as you embark on a sightseeing tour of Madrid with your Local Specialist. View Plaza de España, stroll along Gran Vía, and see the Royal Palace. After our city tour, we'll dive into culture and visit a historic chocolatería to indulge in the spicy, sugary flavors of churros. We'll visit the renowned Prado Museum, with one of the finest collections of European art dating back to the 12th century. View the likes of 'Las Meninas,' Francisco Goya's haunting collection of 'Black Paintings' and the whimsical art of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. The rest of the day is yours to embrace la buena vida and soak up the passionate atmosphere of Madrid's vibrant streets.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Toledo Excursion

    Travel to the clifftop city of Toledo today, where you'll join your Local Specialist for a guided walking tour. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, the oldest synagogue in Europe and home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings, 'Burial of Count Orgaz.' Spend some time ambling through the city's streets and shopping for ceramics and leather before returning to Madrid. This evening, we enjoy a Regional Meal at a well-known eatery that has been a meeting place in Madrid for intellectuals, writers and artists since 1888.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  4. Day 4 At Leisure or Optional Experience to Ávila

    Today is yours to soak up the spirit of Madrid. Indulge in local flavors and aromas at the Mercado de San Miguel or to take a stroll through Buen Retiro Park. Once a royal garden, this retreat is the green heart of the city, lined with beautiful sculptures and monuments and almost impervious to the bustle of Madrid's surrounding streets. Alternatively, consider a full-day Optional Experience to Ávila, the 'Town of Stones and Saints.' so named for its exquisite churches that lie within this UNESCO listed fortified city's walls.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Segovia Excursion

    Journey to the walled town of Segovia today to explore its victorious origins. Your Local Specialist will show the extraordinary Roman Aqueduct, by far the most impressive Roman structure in Spain—delivering drinking water across its 160 arches to the people of Segovia in ancient times. We'll view the Alcázar of Segovia and the medieval and Moorish architecture that has shaped this city. We return to Madrid this evening, joining our Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a memorable Spanish paella Farewell Dinner and celebration of a mesmerizing encounter with Madrid and the iconic cities that surround it.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  6. Day 6 Depart Madrid

    For now, it's time to say a fond adiós to Spain and your newfound friends as your Spanish vacation comes to an end. Return transfers will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8:30 am and 11 am. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Meal Summary

8 meals: 5  Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Dinners with local wine. 

Insider Experiences

Dive into Culture

  • Indulge in the traditional flavors of churros served with delicious chocolate, a time-honored Spanish tradition

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Madrid, Toledo

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Segovia
  • Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Church of Santo Tomé and Toledo Synagogue in Toledo
  • View Plaza España in Madrid, the Roman Aqueduct and Alcázar in Segovia
  • See the Gran Vía, the Royal Palace, the Cibeles Fountain
Thank you for your interest in this tour. If no dates are displaying, please call our reservations line at 1-877-622-9109 for more information
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Madrid

Royal Palace and Debod Temple

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit and enjoy one of the best-preserved palaces in Europe. King Felipe VI's ancestors lived there for 200 years. We'll see the Royal Apartments, Banqueting Hall and the Throne Room still in use today for special occasions. Marvel at the furniture, clocks, paintings and tapestries. We'll also admire the 2,200 year old Debod Temple which affords magnificent views of the city.
Adult Price: €39

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before experiencing the traditional flavour of the old city. We'll see where the locals come together and have a chat over their aperitifs, before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Adult Price: €61

Ávila Excursion

Join us for a full-day journey to the 'Town of Stones and Saints', Ávila. The town is so named for the exquisite churches located within this UNESCO-listed fortified cities walls.
Adult Price: €43

Eatwith Experience

Eatwith is the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals in over 130 countries. Choose between our hand-selected hosts and dine like a local with a local. Fully immerse yourself in food and culture while meeting other travelers at your table and experience the magic of social dining. Transport is not included in this optional experience. Note: Bookings cancelled within 48 hours will not be refunded.
Adult Price: €45 - €65

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, June 15, 2018
Service
This trip was not “leisurely” as advertised. If the amount of walking had been prominently advertised, we would not have taken this trip. Te guide did not keep track of his travelers the first night, and the trip was a huge disappointment. We felt cheated out of what we had hoped would be an enjoyable experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry for any misunderstanding regarding the pace of the trip. A Leisurely coded trip means there are 3 or more nights in each destination. While all of our trips require a great deal of walking, there is no reason for anyone to be left behind. We do apologize for the inconvenience and will be certain to follow up on your feedback.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Vacation
The actual purchase of the trip was a good experience. Te agent from GET was professional and easy to work with. He organized the details of the trip quickly and made the transaction go smoothly.
Thomas Hinderliter
Travel date: Friday, June 15, 2018
Service
Pay attention if group members are unable keep up with group.
Vacation
Tour was pretty much a disaster, leader had no idea we were left behind, missed initial dinner, had to take taxi back to hotel, half of subsiquent dinner that we did make it to were bad. There was an impossible amount of walking.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry to hear this. While all of our Guided Vacations require a great deal of walking, there is no reason for anyone to be left behind. We will be happy to reimburse the cost of your taxi to the hotel. Our Guest Relations team will be in touch shortly to get more details. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Friday, June 15, 2018
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