From Quixote to Columbus

Explore the Prado National Museum, one of Europe’s most renowned art museums. Learn about Don Quixote, the knight with the fantastic imagination. Visit the place and exact location where Christopher Columbus began his voyage to the New World and climb aboard replicas of the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María.
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Barco Columbus

Your Tour:

10 nights

11 days

16 meals

Up to 4 miles / day

Tour overview

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Barco Columbus
Discover Spain through a unique experience visiting a selection of cities directly related with two important figures in the history of Spain: Cristopher Columbus and in literature, the famous fictional character, Don Quixote de La Mancha of Cervantes. From Madrid with the Prado Museum or medieval Toledo, passing through Guadalupe Monastery, to Seville and Granada with The Alhambra. An opportunity to immerse yourself in the Spanish Culture traveling in time by the hand of local experts, visiting historical sites and monuments, museums, flamenco, gastronomy, lectures and more. A combination of elements that will provide you with an outstanding artistic, historical and cultural experience.

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)
Day 1
Day 2
Prado Museum, Lectures on Geography & Contemporary Spain (B)
Day 2
Day 3
Day trip to Toledo (B,L)
Day 3
Day 4
Day Trip to Consuegra, La Muela Castle, Consuegra Mills (B)
Day 4
Day 5
Transfer to Merida, Guadalupe Monastery and Walking Tour (B,L)
Day 5
Day 6
Transfer to Seville, Roman Ruins, Roman Art Museum (B, L)
Day 6
Day 7
Cathedral, Alcazar Royal Palace, Lecture on Flamenco, Flamenco Show (B)
Day 7
Day 8
Half Day Trip to La Rabida, La Rabida Monastery, Independent Exploration (B)
Day 8
Day 9
Transfer to Granada, Royal Chapel, Albayzin Walking Tour (B,L)
Day 9
Day 10
Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, Independent Exploration, Farewell Dinner (B)
Day 10
Day 11
End of program (B)
Day 11

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 brakfast we will take a private bus to the Prado 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 at the hotel, a local expert will join us for a presentation on Geography and Early History of the Iberian Peninsula and after a short break we´ll have a second presentation on Contemporary Spain given by the same expert.  

Day 3

Overnight: Madrid

After breakfast we will depart from the hotel by private bus for a full-day field trip to explore some of the most important sites in medieval Toledo with its heritage of three co-existing cultures: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.A local expert will lead our walk through the walled city including the Cathedral, the Sephardic Jewish Museum, and the Church of Santo Tomé which holds a painting by El Greco. These visits will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Short free time in Toledo to explore on your own and return to Madrid late afternoon.  

Day 4

Overnight: Madrid

After breakfast we will depart from the hotel by private bus for a full-day field trip to Consuegra. We will learn about the fascinating adventures of the most famous Spanish literary character: Don Quixote de la Mancha, as we visit the hidden interior of a windmill.  Afterwards we will visit La Muela Castle where we will learn about the history of the castle. Then, we will have some free time to have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will return to Madrid.

Day 5

Overnight: Merida

Breakfast at hotel. After check-out we will begin our transfer by private bus to Merida. On route, we will stop in the historic town of Guadalupe. Upon arrival we will meet a local expert who will lead us inside the Monastery. The monastery was built in the XIV century and directly related to Christopher Columbus and his expedition to America. The visit will be followed by an expert-led walk where we will learn about the history of the city. Then, at a restaurant we’ll enjoy a delicious set menu. After lunch we will continue to Merida with approximate arrival late afternoon.

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

Day 6

Overnight: Seville

Breakfast at hotel. After check-out, we will meet a local expert who will accompany us through the Roman Ruins and the Roman Art Museum. During these visits we will learn more about the Roman culture and history of the Peninsula. These visits will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we will be transferred by private bus to Seville. We expect to arrive late in the afternoon.

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

Day 7

Overnight: Seville

After breakfast we will meet with a local expert who will lead us inside one of the world´s largest Cathedral, enriched with historical treasures and art. Then, with the same expert we will visit the extraordinary Alcazar Royal Palace.

In the afternoon, we will walk to Alandis Travel headquarters, a 18th century old mansion, and participate in a lively discussion with an expert on the Art of flamenco Dance and Music. Afterwards we will walk to a local “tablao” for a special flamenco music and dance show.

Day 8

Overnight: Seville

After breakfast we will depart by private bus to the Monastery of La Rabida, where Columbus´ expedition departed from for the New World. We will have the opportunity to use our imagination and travel in time, as we climb aboard replicas of the ships they sailed on – the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Afterwards, we will return to Seville to have the rest of the day free to explore the city.

Day 9

Overnight: Granada

Breakfast at the hotel. After check-out we will be transferred by private bus to Granada. After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk followed by a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will meet with a local expert for a walk through the Albayzin, with its well-preserved Moorish streets. The Albayzin is Granada’s oldest Arab district, situated on the hill across from the Alhambra. Afterwards we will walk with the same expert on a field trip towards the Royal Chapel, final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

Day 10

Overnight: Granada

Breakfast at hotel. Afterwards, we will spend the morning at the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens with a local expert. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most significant examples of Islamic art.

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 11

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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Monasterio de la Cartuja in Granada Andalusia Spain in Wetsern Europe

Monastery of La Cartuja

This monastery, active from the 16th to the 19th century, is unique in its kind. An expert will guide our visit to this marvelous monument. We will observe the contrast between the austere common rooms and the decorative exuberance of the church with some of the masterpieces of the Spanish baroque.
WW3GRN Calle del Esp’ritu Santo, Malasana district, Madrid, Spain

El Rastro Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the famous Rastro neighborhood of Madrid. An expert will explain how the Rastro began and how the first slaughterhouses in Madrid and tanneries were. We will learn about the history of Madrid’s “corralas”, analyzing their architecture and learning more about how the people of Madrid lived in the past. We will visit the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions where we will learn about the crafts and the industrial past of Madrid. A visit that will surprise you and will help you to have a deeper knowledge of Madrid.
Jardín Botánico Madrid

Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid

Enjoy the calmness of nature in the very heart of Madrid. An expert will introduce us to the knowledge of botanical science and guide us through more than two centuries of history, helping us to have a greater understanding of the garden.
Museo Sorolla

Sorolla Museum

Discover the last home and workshop where the well known Valencian impressionist painter lived. A local expert will lead us throughout the workshop and the rooms of the house while admiring his most outstanding works.