THE BEST OF MADRID in 4 days (3 nights)
An ideal offer for individualists who want to enjoy the very best of Madrid and know the major sights and attractions of the city and its surroundings, while having enough free time to explore Spain's capital on their own.
This offer includes:
All the hotels selected for this offer are very recommendable 4*-hotels ideally located in the city center and with excellent connections by public transports
* The quoted prices are per person in double room (breakfast included). A single room can be booked at an additional cost.
Discover the sights of Madrid during a trip in a two-storeyed tourist bus with information in English (via headphones).
During two days you can get off and on at all stops as desired, visit a sight individually (or simply take a coffee break) and then continue the journey.
You will also receive a map of Madrid with information on all major attractions to make orientation in the city easy
There are two routes which cover all the important monuments, your ticket is valid on both and you can freely hop on and off all the busses.
On this route you will discover the historic Madrid, with sights including the Royal Palace, the Gran Vía, the city's most important historic boulevard, and many splendid buildings from the Belle Epoque such as the Casino of Madrid and the Hotel Palace (+ info)
This route shows you the modern Madrid which has grown from the 19th century on, like the quarter "Barrio de Salamanca" or the great boulevard "Paseo de la Castellana" with its impressive skyscrapers. It was in particular during this period when Madrid became one of the most cosmopolitan and modern cities in Europe (+ info).
This excursion leads us to the mighty and majestic Monastery "El Escorial", a World Heritage Site, and the huge sculptures in the "Valle de los Caídos" ( Valley of the Fallen ), a monumental memorial to the fallen of the Spanish Civil War.
The bus takes us from Madrid 45 km northeast to the monastery "El Escorial" , built in the 16th Century under King Philip II. The building was at the same time a monastery, royal residence and Panteon of the royal family and soon became a symbol of the Spanish Empire
After visiting the Escorial, the journey continues to the "Valley of the Fallen", located just about 10 kilometers to the north. Located in a valley surrounded by a mountain chain, the monument consists of a Basilica sculptured out of the rock and the famous, more than 150 meters high cross.
Then the journey takes us through interesting landscapes back to Madrid.
Duration of the trip: about 5 hours, skip the line access to the sights, all entrance fees are included.
MADRID BY NIGHT PANORAMA TOUR AND FLAMENCO SHOW WITH DRINK INCLUDED (40 EUR)
After a panoramic tour of the illuminated Madrid the bus brings us to one of the most established Tablao Flamenco in town. With a beverage of your choice you can enjoy one of the most remarkable flamenco performances Madrid has to offer.
Many of the most important figures of flamenco have acted in this Tablao, the stage of which is modeled after the Alhambra of Granada, and have made it a legend in the country and around the world: Niño Ricardo , Manolo Caracol , Chato de la Isla, Fosforito , La Paquera, Mario Maya, La Chunga , Ramón de Algeciras, Paco Cepero , Pansequito , Paco de Lucía , Camarón , Enrique de Melchor , Jose Mercè , Juan Habichuela Nieto , ... and also the current ensemble of course guarantees Flamenco of the highest quality.
If desired, you can have a dinner during the show at an additional charge of 30 EUR. The meals offered are traditional Spanish cuisine of high quality ingredients, and with a touch of avant-garde.
After the show, you will be taken back to your hotel or a nearby location.
HALF DAY TRIP TO ARANJUEZ (49 EUR)
The former royal summer residence of Aranjuez is located around 50 km from Madrid, on the banks of the River Tajo. The cultural landscape of Aranjuez, where the architecture was ideally embedded in the surrounding gardens and forests, is today a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We visit the Royal Palace with its magnificent halls, the throne room of Isabel II, the oriental porcelain cabinet and of course the beautiful gardens of Aranjuez, which have always served poets, musicians and painters as an inspiration.
Half day trip, departure about 3 p.m., skip the line access, all entrance fees are included.
DAY TRIP TO TOLEDO WITH LUNCH INCLUDED (81 EUR)
The former Spanish capital Toledo, located about 70 kilometers from Madrid, is a veritable open-air museum with numerous magnificent buildings of all styles showing off the past splendor of this city: Mudejar, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, ... Christians, Moors and Jews here once lived together in harmony, peace and prosperity.
Toledo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A comfortable bus takes us from about 9 a.m. from Madrid to Toledo. After a city tour we will visit the magnificent fortified palace "Alcazar", located on a hill above the city. (Wednesdays the Alcazar is closed, during trips on a Wednesday we visit the church "Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz", a former mosque, instead.
A tour through the old town leads us to the grand Gothic Cathedral , on it goes through the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter "Barrio Judio" to the church "Santo Tomé," in which we will see the perhaps most important work of the painter El Greco, "The Burial of Count Orgaz".
Furthermore, we will visit the synagogue "Santa María la Blanca", the monastery "San Juan de los Reyes", and the museum dedicated to the artist Victorio Macho.
By bus we then go to a lookout point at the other bank of the river, and visit a manufactory where the famous Toledo-"Damasquinado" (damascene) is produced.
This 8 hours day trip also includes a lunch consisting of regional specialties. A vegetarian menu is served on request.
DAY TRIP TO ÁVILA AND SEGOVIA WITH LUNCH INCLUDED (92 EUR)
Among the most remarkable destinations in the surrounding area of Madrid are the two World Heritage Cities Avila and Segovia.
The journey takes us from Madrid 112 kilometers to Avila. As we get close, this town which is surrounded by a mighty Romanesque wall with 90 towers is a truly magnificent sight. Its massive fortifications have been preserved in a unique state.
Other highlights of the city tour are the fortified Gothic cathedral from the 12th Century and the Romanesque "Basilica de San Vicente".
The journey continues to Segovia, about 70 kilometers from Avila, where we can admire one of the most important ancient Roman monuments in Spain: the enormous aqueduct of Segovia, with a height of 28 meters and a length of over 700 meters with 118 arcs. This impressive building was built in the 1st and 2nd Century AD.
Then there are the famous "Alcazar" of Segovia, one of the most important medieval palaces in all Spain from the 11th Century, and the late-Gothic cathedral of the city.
Segovia is also known for its excellent gastronomy, so here we have the included lunch with typical regional specialties. Also a vegetarian menu is served on request.
Duration of the trip about 9 hours, skip the line access, all entrance fees are included.
TOUR BERNABEU STADIUM & MUSEUM OF REAL MADRID (20 EUR)
The temple of the football club Real Madrid since 1947, the Santiago Bernabeu is a first-rate stadium that has hosted countless important matches including the FIFA World Cup 1982 and several recent European Cups.
Can you imagine crossing it at your own leisure, visiting all corners and legendary places you knew in pictures only? Can you imagine this without any haste, taking yourself the time you deem necessary? Indeed, you may spend as much time as you want inside the stadium within the opening hours.
You'll enjoy great panoramic views from the terrace, walk through the tunnel which leads to the locker room in the footsteps of great sportsmen like Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, sit on the bench where they sat, walk on the field, ... You'll even visit the most exclusive areas normally reserved for managers of both teams, officials and special guests.
What a feeling to stand on the place where the captains of Real Madrid have raised so many of the trophies they won throughout history.
The visit to the Museum gives you the opportunity to travel back in time with this great team and commemorate the legendary triumphs of Real Madrid. It contains treasures of greatest interest for anyone who loves football. The circuit ends in the official club shop.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (7.30 p.m. from June, 15 to September, 14); 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
On match days, the stadium closes 5 hours before the match begins. The trophy room is open until 2 hours before the match, but is not possible to access the locker room.
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