Beyond Art & Architecture: Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona

Explore the Prado National Museum with our local expert, one of Europe’s most renowned art museums. Discover the Guggenheim Museum designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Learn about and see the masterpieces of Catalonian artists such as Antoni Gaudí and Dalí.
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Your Tour:

9 nights

10 days

14 meals

Up to 4 miles miles / day

Tour overview

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Discover northern Spain and immerse yourself in the Spanish culture through a unique journey while visiting Madrid, capital of Spain, along with two of the largest and most important cities of the Basque country and Catalonia: Bilbao and Barcelona. Feel and taste each city with this exquisite combination of art, lectures, museums, wine tasting and of course, the opportunity to enjoy the delicious food of the country.

Program activities, schedules and personnel may change due to local circumstances.

In such an event, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

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Day 1
Arrive in Madrid, Orientation & Welcome Dinner. (D)
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Day 2
Royal Palace, Lectures on Spanish Masters of Art & 20th Century Spanish Painting (B)
Day 2
Day 3
Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum (B)
Day 3
Day 4
Transfer to Bilbao, Burgos Cathedral (B, L)
Day 4
Day 5
Panoramic Bus Tour, Guggenheim Museum, Independent Exploration (B)
Day 5
Day 6
Transfer to Barcelona, Winery visit and Tasting (B, L)
Day 6
Day 7
Lecture on Modernism, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell (B)
Day 7
Day 8
Dalí Theatre-Museum & Gala's Castle (B,L)
Day 8
Day 9
Gothic Quarter Walking Tour, Independent Exploration, Farewell Dinner (B,D)
Day 9
Day 10
End of program (B)
Day 10

Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight: Madrid

The tour coordinator will greet everyone and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions.After orientation we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel.At a restaurant, we´ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.

Day 2

Overnight: Madrid

After breakfast we will depart from the hotel by private bus towards the Royal Palace where we will meet a local expert who will lead our visit through this marvelous Palace. Although it is no longer the Royal Family’s Home, it continues to be the site of official ceremonies and state events. Built in the 18th Century it was inspired by Bernini’s sketches for the Louvre in Paris with courtyards, galleries and a parade ground.

In the afternoon at the hotel meeting room a local expert will join us for a presentation on Spanish Masters of Art where you will learn about artists from the 17th and 18th centuries and the masterpieces of Velazquez and Goya. After a short break we will have a second presentation where we will reach the 20th century of Picasso and Dalí.

Day 3

Overnight: Madrid

After breakfast we will take a private bus to the Prado Museum for an expert-led visit. The Prado National Museum is one of the world’s leading galleries with a superb collection from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Among the masterpieces are works by Bosch, El Greco, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Van Eyck, Velázquez, and many more. The Prado has become a prized destination for art lovers. 

In the afternoon, we will join a local expert for a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum. The Reina Sofía opened its doors in 1990 and is considered Madrid’s Contemporary Art Center. Its collection of more than 21,000 works includes masterpieces by Dali, Miro and Picasso among others. Its most famous piece is Picasso’s “Guernica”.

Day 4

Overnight: Bilbao

Breakfast at hotel. After check-out, we will transfer by bus to Bilbao. On route, we will stop in Burgos for an expert-led city walk, where we will visit the Gothic Cathedral, World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the most representative Cathedrals in the country. Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we will continue to Bilbao and we expect to arrive late afternoon.

After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk.

Day 5

Overnight: Bilbao

After breakfast we will enjoy a panoramic bus tour through Bilbao’s historic center and visit sites such as the Plaza Moyua, Jardines de Albia and Teatro Arriaga among others. Afterwards, we will spend some time at the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, designed by Canadian American architect Frank Gehry.

In the afternoon we will have free time to explore the city, your tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.

Day 6

Overnight: Barcelona

Breakfast at hotel. After checkout, we will transfer by private bus to Barcelona. On route, we will stop  at a winery where we will enjoy an expert led visit and a wine tasting session. Then we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Logroño, capital of La Rioja region. After lunch we will continue to Barcelona.

Upon arrival, after checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk.

Day 7

Overnight: Barcelona

After breakfast a local expert will join us at the hotel for a presentation on Modernism as an Art and Architecture Movement. Then we will depart from the hotel by private bus for a visit to two of Antoni Gaudí´s masterworks, the enormous basilica known as La Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family) and the exotic Parque Güell, Gaudí’s outdoor residential project.

Day 8

Overnight: Barcelona

After breakfast we will set out with a local expert for a day trip to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Upon arrival, we will visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum, the world’s largest surrealist art object. Then we will transfer to Púbol to have lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch we will continue to Gala Dalí Castle Museum-House where we will enjoy an expert-led visit.  Afterwards we will return to Barcelona with approximate arrival late afternoon.

Day 9

Overnight: Barcelona

After breakfast we will meet with a local expert for a walk through the Gothic Quarter and visit treasures such as the Plaza Felipe Neri, the Roman Columns, and Plaza del Pi.

Then, we will have the afternoon free to pack, explore or just relax. We will gather again later at the hotel to have our farewell dinner.

Day 10

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport at one designated time.

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Tour Inclusions

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Tour Pricing

Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $650.

For a minimum of 15 pax.

Additional Experiences

Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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view of embankment of river Nervion O de Bilbao, district Uribitarte, Bilbao, Spain

Ría de Bilbao by Boat

We will start our boat trip in the center of Bilbao. During the trip we will see the following places: the Deusto Canal, the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete, the town of Getxo and the fishing port of Santurtzi while listening to the commentary of the audio guides.
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National Museum of Catalan Art

Be amazed by the historical building where the museum is located, built on the occasion of the international exhibition of 1929. Once there, an expert will guide us through a selection of the most representative works of the museum’s collections of Romanesque and Gothic art. We will conclude the visit on the terrace where we will enjoy one of the best panoramic views of Barcelona.
Casa Batllo and Ametller on April 26, 2012 in Barcelona. Buildings wese restored and constructed by Antoni Gaudi, Josep Maria Jujol, Josep Puig i Cadafalch  between 1877 and 1906

Casa Museu Amatller

Discover this jewel of Catalan modernism, designed in 1900 and on which façade you will see the reinterpretation of different architectural styles. An expert will lead a guided visit to its interior where we will see the original furniture and decoration.
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Spanish Civil War Bomb Shelter

Learn about one of the most tragic periods of the city’s history visiting one of the spanish civil war bomb shelters. More than 1,400 bomb shelters were built in Barcelona to protect citizens from the constant bombardments.