This 8-day tour takes you through the historic districts of Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona, starting with a tapas tour and visit to the famous El Prado Museum in Spain's capital. Enjoy a day trip to a medieval city near Madrid before driving to the coast and eating paella in Valencia. End the trip in Barcelona by sailing its coastline and exploring its culinary scene.
As you explore the Prado Museum, you'll stop to admire about 20 masterpieces that highlight Spain’s storied past. Your guide, an expert in art and history, will help you discover the characters and events that inspired these works of art. Some of the most prized pieces are those by Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), and Peter Paul Rubens. You'll also find famous works by Rembrandt, Pieter Bruegel, Bosch, Caravaggio, El Greco, and more.
From the Prado, enjoy a stroll through the picturesque Literary Quarter, known as the stomping grounds for many of Spain’s literary greats. You’ll pop into a century-old tavern to enjoy Madrid’s most traditional aperitif before making your way to Botín for lunch. Your guide will walk you through hidden escape tunnels and history-filled dining rooms before sitting down for a three-course meal. The highlight of lunch is the roasted suckling pig, made in 300-year-old ovens, paired with market-fresh vegetables, and followed by dessert.
Itineraries with Prado Museum Visit & Lunch at Botín in Madrid
In 10 days you can experience the highlights of two incredible European countries. The adventure kicks off in Portugal with visits to two historic medieval cities: Lisbon and Porto. You'll then jet off to Madrid and immerse yourself in Spain's capital before hitting Barcelona, capping the experience with a beautiful hike along the Mediterranean on the famous Costa del Sol.
If you really want to do Spain differently, you'll not only visit the famous sights but you'll opt for cultural tours as well. This 10-day itinerary offers just such an authentic experience as you'll not only visit the plazas of Madrid and Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, but you'll take foodie tours and road trips to country villages. For a finishing touch, you'll enjoy a luxury sunset cruise on the Mediterranean Sea.