Featured tour 3 nights Barcelona / 3 nights Madrid from $1484 per person (based on November 2019 departure)
Includes buffet breakfast daily, high speed AVE train (first-class) from Barcelona to Madrid and transfers to/from train stations, local host service with destination guides and local maps, guided sightseeing in BOLD included. Centrally located 4-star hotels in each city (hotel upgrades available but not included)
With Your Way you can customize your tour ! Shortening or lengthen your stay in each city! Choose from 2 to 5 nights in each city.
Each package to Barcelona & Madrid includes a guided visit inside the Prado Museum, which houses one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Hear the history and get insights into the Prado’s great works of art.
Egypt’s Great Pyramid took 20 years to build without modern machinery. Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia Basilica…over 130 years and counting. Talk about procrastination! But don’t you procrastinate—Monograms has made it easy for you to travel to sunny Spain and the great cities of Barcelona & Madrid! On this 7-day package, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing in both cities, daily breakfast, transportation via high-speed train (first-class) between the cities, transportation to/from the train stations, and materials to familiarize you with both cities. But that’s not all…we’ve also arranged for you to have a Local Host® in each city—someone to translate for you, offer you suggestions, answer questions, and help your vacation run smoothly.
Start your vacation in Barcelona, where your Local Host helps you get familiar with this cosmopolitan and Mediterranean city. Enjoy included breakfast before we pick you up at your hotel for exclusive sightseeing that features works by the famous architect Gaudí, including Casa Batlló and the unfinished La Sagrada Familia Basilica. Touring with an expert local guide, you’ll hear the inside stories of the must-see sights, and you’ll have VIP access, allowing you to skip the lines! You’ll also have plenty of leisure time to experience Barcelona on your own (with the support of your Local Host of course). Perhaps take an excursion to Montserrat with its unique natural park and 1000-year-old Benedictine monastery; wander around the most popular food market, La Boqueria; and enjoy tapas at a local restaurant.
Then you’re off to Madrid, Spain’s capital, via high-speed train. In Madrid, your guided sightseeing with a local expert guide includes a visit to the Prado Museum, one of the world’s best-endowed museums with paintings by Spanish artists as well as renowned masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. Be sure to ask your Local Host where you can best capture the spectacular, panoramic views of Madrid in a photo. In your free time, your Local Host can also provide you with many suggestions on places to go and things to see. Perhaps enjoy a Flamenco show; take an excursion to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Roman aqueduct and Alcazar, an 11th-century medieval castle; or relax as you stroll through El Retiro Park, dating back to the 1600s. With all of this and more, this vacation is sure to delight!
Bienvenido—welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.
Starting from Plaza Catalunya, morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudí’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.
Upgrade option: An elegant 253-room hotel with a prestigious location just off Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard in central Barcelona and is only one block away from Gaudi’s famous Casa Batlló, Plaça de Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter, luxury brand shops with many restaurants and tapas bars within walking distance. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. The gourmet restaurant offers an exclusive selection of local produce and Catalan specialities whilst the 11th floor indoor-outdoor bar serves World class cocktails complete with 360º views. The hotel has a large rooftop swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views of the city and a gym.
A full day to enjoy Spain’s most cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Your Local Host will have many suggestions such as a visit to the Catalan National Art Museum or where to relax on the beach.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Madrid.
Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM to admire one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Also see Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.
Included Hotel – A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid’s elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas. Close to the majestic Retiro Park and just a few minutes walk from a metro station which will easily connect you with the rest of the city. Bustling cafés, designer boutiques, fine restaurants and designer tapas bars can be found in the surrounding area.
Today you may want to try a walking route to discover Madrid’s literary side or a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum, a converted 18th century hospital which now houses contemporary and modern art. Your Local Host has all the information you need to plan your day.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Travel by high-speed AVE train (first class) Barcelona-Madrid; transfers to/from train stations