From Madrid to Barcelona in 7 days
We have tried to include in this private tour the two main capitals that cannot be missed in a visit to Spain. It is a general vision of Madrid and Barcelona, which will allow you to have a better idea of these two essential and different cities in history, architecture and lifestyle. Being only an itinerary proposal, everything can be customized for the interests of the travelers, such as choosing to extend their visit to other regions.
Day by Day Itinerary and suggested Accommodation
Day 1: Arrival in Madrid. Private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, we suggest you make a tapas route through the food markets and taverns of the historical center of Madrid with our guide. You can finish with the entry in the best flamenco show in the capital.
3-night accommodation at Hotel Urso *****
Day 2: Visit Madrid. From the door of your hotel, our driver and our local guide will accompany you on this full-day tour of Madrid. You can visit the most emblematic areas of the town, such as Paseos del Prado and Recoletos, where the three main museums of the capital are located, as well as the Plaza de Cibeles, the Retiro Park or the Puerta de Alcalá. Going up the Gran Via, Madrid's "Broadway", you can contemplate the palatial architecture of Madrid, and reach the historic center, where Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Oriente are located with the majestic Royal Palace. A flexible itinerary that our professionals will adapt to your tastes and desires.
Day 3: Visit Toledo. In this full-day tour with driver and guide, not only can you enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the birthplace of the painter El Greco from the Tagus River, but you can also enter its narrow streets to visit its many monuments, which are footprints visible of the three religions that for centuries coexisted tolerably: Christians, Arabs and Jews. Our guide will suggest the best place for lunch.
Day 4: Transfer to Barcelona. Today, our private driver will take you to Madrid-Atocha Station to take your high-speed AVE train to Barcelona. It's a trip of about 2:30 to 3 hours. Upon your arrival, another of our drivers will pick you up to take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we suggest making a bicycle route through the most curious corners of Barcelona where our guide will also accompany you to take some tapas. Do not miss the Catalan cuisine!
3-night accommodation at Hotel Neri *****
Day 5: Visit Barcelona. After a good rest, you will start your private full-day tour to Barcelona with our guide and our driver. They will take you to know not only the masterpieces of Gaudí's modernist architecture, such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell or the façades of the Casa Milá and Casa Batlló, but also accompany them on a tour through the Gothic Quarter, the old part of Barcelona and where the Jewish community left its mark in this medieval part of the city. During the day, our guide will suggest the best place to have your lunch.
Day 6: Visit Montserrat. One hour from Barcelona stands the imposing mountain of Montserrat, mystical and surrounded by Nature. Our driver and guide will take you to know the Monastery and its museum, as well as the surroundings. You can visit a family winery where they make the "cava" (or sparkling wine) for decades. Enjoy a tasting of this unique wine in Catalonia. During the day, our guide will recommend the best place to take your lunch.
Day 7: Private transfer to the airport in Barcelona. Our driver will pick you up three hours before your flight to drop you off at the airport. We hope you enjoyed your trip!
CITIES AND TOWNS ON THE ITINERARY
If you wish to know a bit more about the places to go
Madrid: Strategically located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, it is the Capital City of Spain and therefore, one of the most touristic and important cities of the country. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is a city of great monuments. Among its highlights are the medieval center dating back to the Habsburg Empire and the Prado Museum. As the capital, Madrid is home to the Royal family, the Spanish Government and many other national institutions. The town has a long and fascinating history and all over Madrid, there are monuments and museums of great artistical value. Enjoy the street life and the numerous tapas bars and cafes where you will enjoy the “madrileños” love of life lifestyle.
Toledo: Located on the banks of the river Tagus, was known as Toletum during the Roman presence before the 2nd century BC. A very important area for a long period in history, Toledo became known as the “city of the three cultures”, for Christians, Arabs and Jews dwelled together here for centuries. This accounts for the incredible cultural legacy to be found here, which led to the declaration of World Heritage by UNESCO. In Toledo, you can admire several monuments with influences from these different cultures, such as the Gothic Cathedral, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, the church of Santo Tomé, where you can find a famous painting by El Greco, and the Alcazár Fortress.
Barcelona: Capital of Catalonia, is located at the Mediterranean Sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. With an old historical heritage, here you will find monuments of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods. From the legendary modernist architecture legacy by Antoni Gaudí to the spectacular coastline that opens the city to the Mediterranean, Barcelona and the leader in leisure and cuisine seduces the visitor in numerous ways. Strolling around the streets will bring surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character. Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future. A city that is always pulsating creativity and life.
Montserrat: Montserrat Natural Park, which emerges as if from a dream, protects the spiritual essence of Catalonia. For almost 1,000 years, a Benedictine community has lived in these mountains located 60 km away from Barcelona. Their Basilica houses the serene image of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia.
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