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Art and Museums in Madrid Tour Details

When Phillip II named Madrid as the capital city of his kingdom, it was just one more city among many. Churches, convents and palaces were soon added, and slowly a more definitive urbanism resulted in creations that appear from the Plaza Mayor to the great Bourbon walkways. But the most singular attractiveness of Madrid is having been the center of Spanish culture since the Golden Age, which has resulted in the city boasting the best museums in all of Spain and among the best in Europe. But Madrid is also one of the most dynamic metropolises of the continent. One of the reasons the royalty decided to settle down here was its location, situated on a vast plain with no topographical borders.

Departure & Return Location

Madrid

Duration

5 Nights / 6 Days

Price depends on number of guests, accommodation choices, time of year, tour customization and other factors.

5 Nights / 6 Days Madrid, Toledo, Madrid
Itinerary

Day 1MADRID

Arrival in Madrid and overnight.

Day 2MADRID

A scenic tour will allow us to appreciate the dimension and beauty of this city of three million inhabitants and its urban development over the last 150 years. We will see the Paseo de la Castellana, the Manzanares River, Alcalá Street and Gran Vía. Then the Salamanca district with urban expressions from the Arturo Soria garden-city to the more recent Plaza de Castilla district. After that we visit the Colón, España and Atocha squares, and extensive green areas. The Reina Sofia Museum will be the first of three great Madrid museums that we will visit. Ensconced within a former Neoclassical hospital facility from the 18th century, its wide spaces are dedicated to the exhibits and rather complete display of contemporary Spanish artists, from works of Zuloaga, Regoyos and many others, to the culmination of works by Dalí, and Picasso’s Guernica. Overnight in Madrid.

Day 3MADRID

Today we will complete our visit along the famed Mile of Art in Madrid. The Prado Museum, recently expanded, houses the former royal collections in an early 18th century building. The focus is on the great masters of Spanish art: El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, and displays the fine taste that the royal family had for Italian (primarily Tiziano and Tintoretto) and Flemish art from El Bosco to Rubens. The collection at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum somehow complements that of the Prado. The masters of Italian art from Trecento and Cuatrocento, and avantgarde paintings from the 19th century. The three great art museums of Madrid are situated in an area known as the Madrid of the Bourbons which also includes the Botanical Gardens, the Paseo del Prado avenue and its fountains, and the Retiro Park.
Possibility to organize a tapas lunch. Overnight in Madrid.

Day 4EXCURSION TOLEDO

Toledo, the 1st capital of Spain, is the Spanish city that best represents the religious ideals of the Middle Ages. From the Visigoth period which emanated the idea of a united, independent and Catholic Iberian Peninsula, to the medieval cohabitation of three religions. The Cristo de la Luz Mosque, the Tránsito and Santa María la Blanca Synagogues, and the Cathedral. We arrive at the controversial Spanish Renaissance: the Santa Cruz hospital and El Greco. Despite the overlapping of cultures, wandering the narrow streets of Toledo continues to evoke this Mediterranean and Semitic origin of so many Spanish cities. Possibility to organize a visit to a local producer with manchego cheese and wine taste. Return to Madrid and overnight.

Day 5MADRID

Today we will get to know the Madrid of the Habsburgs, that is, the city that became the capital in 1561. Originally an Arab fortress that later became the Alcázar of Carlos V, today it is the Royal Palace, a Bourbon design from the 18th century. Next to it is the Cathedral, a temple begun towards the end of the 19th century when Madrid finally had a bishop. From there our steps will take us down Calle Mayor, the Plaza de la Villa square and the San Miguel market to the Plaza Mayor, a reference for many other Castilian squares from the 17th and subsequent centuries. Calle Toledo takes us to the San Isidro church and from there to the Plaza Santa Ana and the Puerta del Sol square. There are many hidden places that will evoke the Spanish history over the last five hundred years. Finally, we will visit two royal convents of Madrid: the Encarnación and the Descalzas monasteries, expressions of the religious sentiment of the Habsburg Counterreformation. Possibility to organize a special farewell dinner or attend a flamenco show. Overnight in Madrid.

Day 6MADRID

Transfer to the Madrid Airport.

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