Spain: Madrid

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Spain

Madrid

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Madrid offers all the pleasures of a European city—vibrant history, world-class art, and rich culture—in an easily walkable area. From a stylish, centrally located hotel, you explore its grand squares and extensive parks on an electric bike accompanied by a local guide. Set off with an art historian to trace the history of Spain through the city’s great art collection. In between, you can sip café cortado at an outdoor table in the iconic Plaza Mayor, tour the Palacio, or rub elbows with madrileños at a cheese stand in San Miguel Market.

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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes:

  • Three breakfasts and one lunch (day 3)
  • Accommodations fin a boutique hotel
  • Private walking and museum tour of Madrid with expert bilingual guide
  • Madrid visitor card that provides priority entrance to the city’s main museums and monuments.
  • Private guided tour of Madrid by electric bike and on foot with expert bilingual guide
  • Private guided visit and lunch at San Miguel Market
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Day 1

Madrid

Arrival in Madrid

Upon arrival in Madrid, you check into your stylish four-star retreat in the heart of the Spanish capital’s central museum district, just steps from the “Golden Triangle” of exceptional repositories of art—the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. You can settle in and begin your explorations of this exciting city with dinner at your hotel’s excellent restaurant or recommendations for nearby restaurants.

Hotel De Las Letras

Madrid, Spain

In the heart of Madrid on the Gran Via, this early 20th-century hotel that was originally built as an aristocratic residence is on the historic register and blends old and contemporary design from its 2005 renovation. Spacious guest rooms feature oak floors, warm colors, and custom-designed linens and blankets. In addition to a convivial restaurant, chic lounge bar, and a plush café, additional amenities include a library and gym. A complimentary upgrade to the next room category (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 2

Madrid

Private guided-walking and museum tour

Today, after breakfast at your hotel, you set off with your expert guide to trace the history of Spain through Madrid’s great art collections. One of Europe’s major art centers, its best-known museums complement each other in the scope of their collections. The Prado Museum contains one of the best collections of European art from the 12th to 19th centuries—showcasing the Spanish masters Goya, El Greco, and Velázquez. The Reina Sofia, the national museum of 20th-century art, houses the works of Picasso, Miró, and Dalí among others. Carefully designed, the tour focuses on 10 great works of Spanish art, located in both the Prado and Reina Sofia museums. Through these pieces, the history of Spain is presented from 1492, the date of the “re-conquest” from the Moors, to the Catholic Monarchs, to the Spanish Civil War. This private tour is an excellent way to understand Spain’s history as it has fluctuated between greatness and insularity, using artistic masterpieces as a unifying theme.

With recommendations for lunch, the afternoon is yours to explore Madrid at your own pace, facilitated by an included Madrid visitor card that provides priority entrance to the city’s main museums and monuments. Your appetite whetted, you may not be able to resist visiting the third side of the “Golden Triangle,” the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, with its wide-ranging collection of European and American art. Or you may choose to stroll past the Puerta del Sol and on to the arcades of Madrid’s expansive Plaza Mayor square and enjoy a drink at one of the outdoor café tables.

Hotel De Las Letras

Madrid, Spain

In the heart of Madrid on the Gran Via, this early 20th-century hotel that was originally built as an aristocratic residence is on the historic register and blends old and contemporary design from its 2005 renovation. Spacious guest rooms feature oak floors, warm colors, and custom-designed linens and blankets. In addition to a convivial restaurant, chic lounge bar, and a plush café, additional amenities include a library and gym. A complimentary upgrade to the next room category (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 3

Madrid

Private guided tour of Madrid by electric bike and on foot; Lunch at San Miguel Market

Today you get the big picture of the Spanish capital on foot and by electric bicycle. A perfect way to take in the key neighborhoods and monuments of the city, an electric bike is easy to use in this fairly flat city, providing a little power boost if needed. Bicycle lanes flank some wide avenues or you take car-free streets or bike paths through the city parks. Start with the Belle Époque grandeur of the Gran Via. Then, step back in time to Madrid of the 18th-century Bourbon royal dynasty, when King Charles III of Spain implemented his vision of making the city a great European capital with important urban planning and the construction of grand buildings and monuments such as the Prado Museum, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Puerta de Alcalá. The bicycle portion of this tour transitions to walking as you head on to explore the oldest part of the city, associated with the Hapsburg dynasty. The La Latina neighborhood is a fascinating and integral part of Madrid, with artisan workshops and boutiques sitting alongside bustling restaurants and tea rooms on narrow, cobbled lanes. The relaxed stroll ends at the enticing San Miguel Market, a treat for the senses with artisan foods and wines served in a lively market environment. As a reward for the morning’s exertions, your guide leads you on a culinary journey, tasting some of the best products from around the country such as hams, cheeses, wines, and seafood. Concluding the tour and lunch in the later afternoon, your guide offers suggestions to continue your evening explorations and dinner options.

Hotel De Las Letras

Madrid, Spain

In the heart of Madrid on the Gran Via, this early 20th-century hotel that was originally built as an aristocratic residence is on the historic register and blends old and contemporary design from its 2005 renovation. Spacious guest rooms feature oak floors, warm colors, and custom-designed linens and blankets. In addition to a convivial restaurant, chic lounge bar, and a plush café, additional amenities include a library and gym. A complimentary upgrade to the next room category (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 4

Madrid

Departure from Madrid

Enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you check out and depart Madrid at your leisure.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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