Welcome to Spain

Spain’s majestic capital is renowned for its artistic heritage and Madrileño culture. The city’s architectural history provides a varied backdrop to our trip, and includes medieval mansions, royal palaces and sweeping city squares. Madrid is also home to a number of world-famous art museums, exhibiting works by Picasso, Goya, Dali and many more. The city also has a reputation for culinary creativity and its tapas bars are unrivalled, with many dishes such as the ‘cocido madrileño’ being traditional to the city. A common Spanish saying is ‘If you’re in Madrid, you’re from Madrid’ and over the course of our trip we will experience some of the city’s finest sights, stories and tastes as if we were true Madrileños. Our break will also include a day in Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage city, where we will explore ancient streets and learn about the fascinating history of the former Spanish capital.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the hidden history of Madrid as we stroll with a local guide
  • Embrace exciting new tastes on an evening tapas tour
  • Discover exquisite artworks in Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle of Art’
  • Explore Toledo’s ancient streets on an intimate walking tour
  • Visit ‘El Rastro’, the largest flea market in Europe
  • Dates & Prices

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    March 23 - March 27, 2017 (5 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £898 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £449 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 698 698 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 349 349 Contact us for availability

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    Toledo - the 'Imperial city'. Illuminated at dusk with the Alcázar of Toledo palace towering over the city in the background.
  • A central Madird square. Quaint garden with a statue in the center surrounded by historic buildings

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4-star accommodation
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Madrid City walking tour
    • Toledo City walking tour
    • Evening Tapas tour
    • Visit to Palacio Real
    The royal palace of Madrid. Ornate architecture, an extensive courtyard and a clear blue sky

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 23rd March

We’ll touch down in Madrid and transfer to our city centre hotel.

Overnight in Madrid.

Friday 24th March

On our first full day in the capital we will discover the hidden past of Madrid as we stroll around some of its landmarks and key districts. The city originally gained importance while under Arab occupation, and during the Middle Ages it was passed back and forth between Muslims and Christians. In 1561, the city became Spain’s new capital city when the Spanish Court was transferred there from Toledo. Today, the city is brimming with architectural treasures that reflect this rich heritage, some of which we will discover on our tour.

After the tour finishes, the rest of the day will be yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps take the opportunity to relax in El Parque del Buen Retiro, the most famous of Madrid’s parks, or visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, built by King Carlos III in 1774.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Madrid.

Saturday 25th March

Journey by train to the famed UNESCO World Heritage city of Toledo. Known as the ‘City of Three Cultures’ due to the influence of co-existing Christian, Jewish and Islamic culture on the former Spanish capital, Toledo has exactly the same street layout as in the Middle Ages and remains a living historical monument. Our tour will explore the remnants of all three of these cultural groups, including the historic monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the medieval Gothic Cathedral. After a break for lunch, the afternoon will be free for you to explore this ancient city. One option would be to discover the abundance of traditional shops in the town, including Mazapanes Santo Tomé, a marzipan shop which is home to a gigantic marzipan cathedral!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Madrid.

Sunday 26th March

Sunday in Madrid is market day so we highly recommend a morning visit to Europe’s largest flea market, El Rastro. Originally, this market primarily sold meat, hence it’s rather gruesome name (‘rastro’ means stain and refers to the trail of blood left behind as animals were dragged down the hill). Nowadays however, the market is a maze-like magnet for bargain hunters and visitors to the city. With old flamenco records, photos of days gone by and vintage furniture, a Sunday morning at El Rastro is a Madrid institution.

Also nearby is the famed Mercado de San Miguel, a beautiful covered food market which has recently been renovated. Here, amongst the thirty-three stalls, you’ll find any Spanish delicacy you desire, from ambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) to banderillas (small skewers of olives, cucumbers, peppers and pickled onions).

Alternatively, Sunday is a great time to visit some of Madrid’s world-renowned art museums. The Museo del Prado is Madrid’s premier art gallery, and houses over 7000 paintings from all over Europe. Built in 1785, the building has previously served as cavalry barracks for Napoleon’s troops during his occupation of the city. Today it’s varied collection of art ranges from grand royal paintings to Las Pinturas Negras (The Black Paintings) of Goya. Another esteemed art museum, and home to one of Spain’s most famous pieces of art, Picasso’s Guernica, is the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Here, you will find a wealth of contemporary Spanish art including many other pieces by Picasso, as well as Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró and many others.

The highlight of the day will no doubt be our tapas tour of Madrid. As the sun begins to fall, we’ll rendezvous for an evening of tapas and festivity. The tour will take us through winding narrow streets whilst experiencing some of the capital’s finest culinary offerings. All you need to bring is an empty stomach!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Madrid.

Monday 27th March

Today we’ll discover Spain’s regal side with a visit to the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). Used only occasionally for royal ceremonies as the royal family live in the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela, the Palace is the jewel in Madrid’s crown. Originally planned to be an unbelievable four times as large as it is now, the colossal building contains 2800 rooms, however, our visit will thankfully include just 50 of these fine rooms. The complex is also home to the Farmacia Real (Royal Pharmacy) and Armeria Real (Royal Armoury) as well as crimson covered Throne Room and various Salons filled with exquisite treasures.

We shall then have time for one last lazy lunch in Madrid before we prepare for our journey home.

Breakfast included.