07D IN SPAIN: MADRID VALENCIA & BARCELONA takes you on a discovery of the expansive boulevards and manicured parks in Madrid, and the stunning City of Arts in Valencia with its range of futuristic structures created by the world-renowned Santiago Calatrava and the rich culture and modern architecture of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.
Madrid is the capital of Spain. It hosts elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for European art, including the works by famous Spanish painters displayed in Prado Museum. The portico-lined Plaza Mayor, the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry are other attractions.
Valencia is a port city. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures created by the world-renowned Santiago Calatrava. The complex includes a planetarium, an oceanarium, and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
Barcelona is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by the famous Spanish masters. City history museum MUHBA includes several Roman archaeological sites. A trip to the famous football team Barcelona FC museum is an added attraction.
This package will enrich you with the modern architectural wonders of the best Spanish modern architects and some great memories of really good times.
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Madrid | 02 Nights
Valencia | 02 Nights
Barcelona | 02 Nights
Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.
In the 1970s Madrid became the epicenter of La Movida, a burst of expression in the arts. The Prado forms a “Golden Triangle” with the Reina Sofía Museum (home to Picasso’s “Guernica”) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Sunday flea market El Rastro is in the medieval La Latina neighborhood, popular for nightlife, theatre and tapas bars. Central square Puerta del Sol houses the statue of the Bear and Strawberry Tree from the city’s coat of arms, while the Museo Arqueológico Nacional displays a vast collection of historic artifacts. Real Madrid, the dominant soccer club, plays at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
This is a year-round destination, with more visitors arriving in the warmer months Apr-Oct, though the city tends to empty in Aug when temperatures soar and shops and restaurants may be closed. Major local events include the San Isidro Festival (2 weeks in May), celebrated with parades, street parties and bullfights; and Madrid Pride Week (Jun or Jul). New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja) is celebrated by thousands in the Puerta del Sol square.
The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium, and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
Established in Roman times, Valencia has buildings dating back hundreds of years, including medieval city gate (and former prison) the Serranos Towers. The 16th-century Silk Exchange was built when the city was a wealthy and powerful mercantile hub. Opposite stands the vast Mercado Central (a covered market), built in 1914. In the medieval center, Valencia Cathedral is home to a 1st-century holy chalice and the octagonal Miguelete bell tower. The Turia Gardens form a green ribbon linking the Bioparc Zoo with the port and Malvarrosa Beach. The Museum of Fine Arts houses works by El Greco and Goya.
Most visitors arrive Mar–Aug when the weather is warm to hot and mostly dry. Popular local events include the celebration for Holy Week/Semana Santa (Easter varies) and the Fallas festival (Mar) commemorating St. Joseph, featuring parades of paper-mache puppets, street parties, and bonfires.
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA includes several Roman archaeological sites.
Barcelona's medieval roots are seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter. The bustling central promenade, La Rambla, is lined with cafes. North of La Barceloneta, a neighborhood with a wide beach and seafood restaurants, Parc de la Ciutadella is home to the Zoo Barcelona. Parc Güell is a hilltop garden with colorful Gaudí mosaics and panoramic views. A funicular climbs to the top of Montjuïc, where the Magic Fountain presents light and music shows, and the Palau Nacional displays Catalan art. The culinary scene, anchored by La Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tapas bars. Vibrant nightlife can be found in El Born and Eixample.
Apr-Oct is peak travel season in Barcelona. Spring (May-Jun) brings the popular Sónar electronic music festival (Jun) and Verbena de Sant Juan (Jun 23), celebrated with fireworks and beach bonfires. Summer (Jul–Aug) can be hot and humid. The Grec Festival (Jul) features theatre, dance, music, and other performing arts.
DAY 01: Arrival in Madrid
On arrival at Madrid’s International airport, get transferred to your hotel and check-in. Rest of the day is on leisure. Spend the evening sampling tapas. It is the ideal way to experience Spanish culture and discover its enchanting bars and taverns. You can gorge on authentic Spanish treats. Overnight in Madrid.
DAY 02: Madrid
After breakfast, enjoy the Madrid hop-on-hop-off city tour of the Renaissance and Baroque-style buildings. Admire the Royal Palace, the Sabatini Gardens, Campo del Moro and many more. Admire Jose Bonaparte's architectural work of the 19th century, including the world-famous Prado Museum. Visit the modern and contemporary avenues of Madrid.Overnight in Madrid. The rest of the day is on leisure for independent activities or you can opt to visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home to the legendary Real Madrid football team. Explore virtually all areas of the arena, including the tunnel to the changing rooms, the press room, the trophy room, and the presidential box and enjoy a snack at the stadium café. Overnight in Madrid.
Day 03: Madrid - Valencia
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel in Madrid to the train station to board the train for Valencia. On arrival in Valencia, get transferred and check-in to the hotel. The rest of the day is on leisure to explore the city. Overnight in Valencia.
DAY 04: Valencia
After breakfast, explore the city of Valencia on a hop-on-hop-off tour. Explore the beautiful beaches, City of Arts and Sciences, gaze at the gothic grandeur of the Cathedral; and absorb the ancient history of the Serrano Towers& incredible Oceanography. Overnight in Valencia.
DAY 05: Valencia - Barcelona
After breakfast, take a transfer from the hotel to the train station in Valencia to board the train for Barcelona. On arrival in Barcelona, get transferred, and check-in to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day on leisure to explore the city on your own. If you are a super soccer fan opt to visit the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona soccer club stadium, have the best experience exploring the Museum, multimedia area, commentary boxes, press room, changing rooms, player’s tunnel, and the pitch. After, continue to the FC Barcelona Museum to enjoy interactive exhibits that speak of the football club's prosperous past and present. See photographs, sports equipment, team kits, and signed memorabilia; watch clips of iconic matches, and gaze at the club's shining collection of trophies. Overnight in Barcelona.
DAY 06: Barcelona
After breakfast, discover Barcelona on a hop-on-hop-off city tour. Admire the famous Gaudi structures and enjoy a cable car ride for a panoramic view of Barcelona(from the end of January to the beginning of March, the cable car doesn't work due to maintenance tasks). Later, visit Poble Espanyol an open-air Spanish architectural museum and the Barcelona Cathedral. Enjoy your hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour at any of the conveniently located stops on the East and West Route. Go shopping at Las Ramblas. In the evening enjoy the Flamenco Night At Tablao Cordobes With Dinner And Drinks. Overnight in Barcelona.
DAY 07: Departure
Departure from Barcelona after breakfast will be transferred from the hotel to the airport in Barcelona for your return flight.