Spain Rail Tour

Madrid  Barcelona by Train

8days/7nights  
1 Oct 2016- March 2018

Visit the major cities of Spain during this independent rail tour from Madrid using high-speed trains. Discover Madrid the Royal capital, with its famous museums, like the world well known Prado Museum and Barcelona, city of modernism with Gaudi and Picasso.

Day 1. Madrid
Arrival Madrid on your own, Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for own activities or optional tours. Overnight in Madrid
 
Day 2. Madrid
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a morning Madrid panoramic city tour. See the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, drive through the Hapsburgs district with its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, view the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Drive by the Prado Museum, Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial zones of Modern Madrid. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 3. Madrid -Toledo
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to Toledo located 70km away from Madrid it is one of the oldest towns in Europe; drive southward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus river, the impressive Imperial city-museum of Toledo “World Heritage City” where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together peacefully during the Middle Ages. The entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The panoramic City tour will take you around building of great importance representing different buidling styles of  Moorish, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style architecture. Walk along the narrow streets of Medieval Spain and view the famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron works). Return to Madrid. Rest of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 4. Madrid- Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Madrid “Puerta de Atocha” train station to depart by AVE, high speed train, at 9:30 am to Barcelona. Enjoy the journey with the comfort and operating speed of this AVE train. Arrival at 12:48 pm. Transfer from station to your hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 5. Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from your hotel for a morning Highlights tour of Barcelona. We will start with a sightseeing tour from the bus that will take you up the elegant Paseo de Gracia, where you will see the most famous Gaudi houses, casa Batlló and La casa Milá (La Pedrera) as well as other majestic buildings of the Modernism era. We will be able to admire the intense changes the city underwent with the organisation of the Olympic Games in 1992. You will drive by the Olympic Village, the Olympic Port, the beach and the fisherman’s quarter, called Barceloneta, the Port Vell, Plaza (square) de Colon with its famous Columbus monument. This point is also the beginning of the famous Ramblas of Barcelona. We will continue the visit driving up Montjuïc where you will enjoy a cable car ride with precious views of the city. The bus will pick you up at the last station and we will continue our Montjuïc visit passing by the sports facilities built for the 1992 Olympic Games: the Lluis Companys stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Olympic swimming pool Picornell until we get to the Spanish Village. We will visit this charming place where you will admire a collection of traditional buildings from all over Spain, and a demonstration of a selection of the handcrafts made in this country. Afterwards, we will leave the Montjuïc behind and go back down to the city centre. During the drive back to the city centre you will be able to admire the Venetian Towers, the Montjuïc fountains, the MNAC and the mall Las Arenas rebuilt over the ancient Plaza de Toros (bullring).
We will arrive at the Plaza de Catalunya, the starting point of the guided walking tour of the old city centre. Our guide will take you to the Gothic Cathedral, threw the narrow street of the Gothic quarter and plaza Sant Jaume where the City hall is located and the headquarters of the Catalonian government.Our tour finishes at the Plaza de Catalunya, in front of the Hard Rock Café, in the city centre at a 10min walking distance from our office.
Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this wonderful city and surroundings. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 6. Barcelona - Monserrat
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from your hotel for a morning tour to Montserrat. The mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter). You will go up to Montserrat with cog–wheel train. It is a 15-minute trip with a privileged and spectacular view of the mountain. The rocks of Montserrat formed by natural cement of sand during the centuries affected by the wind and rain who shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat has been founded at 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery’s Royal Basilica. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized tocontinue attending to the needs to pilgrims one thousand years after it was originally founded. You have included the entrance to the audiovisual exposition about the fascinating history of Montserrat and you will have the opportunity to taste 4 Montserrat typical liquors. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that this city has to offer. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 7.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Barcelona’s airport. END OF OUR SERVICE.

Tour Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Madrid with breakfast
  • Arrival airport transfer in Madrid
  • Panoramic City tour of Madrid
  • Excursion to Medieval Toledo
  • Transfer to Madrid railway station
  • Speed train ticket from Madrid to Barcelona
  • Transfer in Barcelona fro railway station to Barcelona hotel
  • 3 nights accommodation in Barcelona with breakfasts
  • City tour of Barcelona
  • Excursion to Monserrat
  • Transfer to Barcelona aiorport

Prices: per person in Euro ($ rate depending the exchange rate)*

Category (see name of hotels below price chart) 1 Oct 2016- 31 March 2017 1Apr 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
double single double single
Superior Tourist class hotels 882 1352 987 1532
First Class hotels 1085 1715 1159 1764

*US$ rate varies depending the exchange rate

** Surcharge may apply during Xmas, New Years, special holidays and fair periods PLUS see also surcharges below the hotel categories for Barcelona hotels

(*) Prices are not valid during certain fairs, congress or special events. Please ask for supplement during the following periods: 13-15 Apr.; 12-14 May.; 19-24 May.; 09-11 Jun.; 26-30 Jun.; 01-10 Sep.; 22-27 Sep.; 15-19 Oct.; 28-30 Oct.

Hotels Used:

Madrid : Superior Tourist class: Mayorazgo or Florida Norte,
First class: Madrid Princesa, Catalonia Gran Via, Courtyard Marriott

Barcelona: Superior Toursit class: Catalonia Barcelona 505 or Evenia Rokaford,
First class: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza or Evenia Rosello


 

 

 
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