Madrid and Barcelona are two of Spain’s most beautiful, popular and iconic cities – and this 7-night vacation enables you to experience them both!
Your vacation begins in Spain’s unique capital of Madrid. Madrid is in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula and a city of great monuments, world-class museums and modern boulevards. The contrasts of the old and new merge with gleaming skyscrapers set close to 17th-century chapels. Explore all that the famous Prado art museum has to offer, enjoy tapas as you hop from one bar to the next, or revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting. In Madrid you will spend three nights in style at the Hotel Tryp Atocha. This former 20th century palace retains its original architectural detail and beauty, with a warm ambiance and modern style, bright and spacious guestrooms, extensive breakfast buffet, and outstanding location in the historical heart of the city's Arts district.
Your exploration of Spain continues as you take a scenic train ride to Barcelona, a charming and diverse city set on the northeastern Mediterranean coast. A temperate climate, sandy beaches, excellent cuisine, plus wonderful art and architecture make it an enticing getaway. There you will spend your last four nights at the Tryp Condal Mar. This award-winning hotel is a contemporary oasis that combines innovative design and chic modern decor. It features 178 quiet and comfortable guestrooms, a 24-hour fitness center, spa services, premium breakfast buffet, and rooftop pool with terrace and stunning panoramic city views.
- Roundtrip economy class airfare from New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD), and from Barcelona (BCN)
- 3 nights at the Hotel Tryp Atocha, Madrid (buffet breakfast included)
- High-speed train transportation from Madrid to Barcelona
- 4 nights at the Hotel Tryp Condal Mar, Barcelona (buffet breakfast included)
- All local taxes, hotel service charges, carrier and government taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare. Meals (unless otherwise specified) and gratuities are NOT included.
For only $200 more per person add an extra night at the Hotel Tryp Atocha and an extra night at the Hotel Tryp Condal Mar. Click Here.
For only $150 more per person add the Barcelona Highlights Classic City Tour and the Madrid City & Royal Palace Tour. Click Here.
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The capital of Spain since 1562, Madrid is in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula and a city of great monuments, world-class museums and modern boulevards. The contrasts of the old and new merge with gleaming skyscrapers set close to 17th-century chapels. Explore all that the famous Prado art museum has to offer, enjoy tapas as you hop from one bar to the next, or revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting.
What to see:
Casa de la Villa
The old town hall and former prison of Madrid is situated in the charmingly historic Plaza de la Villa. Although the government left the building in 2007, visitors can pop in to take a tour of the many rooms decorated with 17th-century frescoes, including work by Goya.
Casa de Cisneros House
Next to Casa de la Villa (and connected by an arched passageway) in the Plaza de la Villa is this 16th-century palace that was restored at the beginning of the 20th century. Take a look inside the Tapestry Room, which contains an impressive collection of textile art.
Jardines del Buen Retiro
At the edge of the city center, the 350-acre Jardines del Buen Retiro is the largest park in the city of Madirid. Once owned by the Spanish Monarchy, today it is a public park filled with sculptures, monuments and a peaceful lake.
Museo Nacional del Prado
A one-time Spanish Royal art collection is now recognized as one of the world's finest collections of European art. The Spanish Masters collection is a must-see including Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez and works by Goya, El Greco and Murillo.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Catalan architect Oriol Bohigas called this sprawling modern art museum "the ugliest building in Spain," but inside is a world-class collection with emphasis on 20th-century Spanish artists including Dalí, Miró, and Picasso, and also including the work of other international artists.
Madrid's Royal Palace is the official residence of the King of Spain, though it's only used for state ceremonies today. A handful of the palace's 2,800 rooms are open to the public. Visitors can view the Royal Armory and artwork by masters such as Caravaggio, Veláquez and Goya. Don't miss the well-manicured gardens.
This famous plaza in the heart of Madrid stood outside the city wall during medieval times. The square has seen a long list of public spectacles over the years, including burning of heretics, bullfights, and festivals. Numerous cafes and restaurants line the square today, with street performers adding to the lively scene.
Puerta de Alcalá Gate
Important Italian architect Francesco Sabatini designed this granite neoclassical gateway in 1774, and the monument marked the eastern edge of the city until the mid-1800s. Angels and cupids hover over the gateway's five arches.
The collection at this art museum compliments both the Prado and the Reina Sofia. On display are Italian primitives, works from the English, Dutch, American and German schools, as well as plenty of works from the Impressionists and Expressionists.
Mention Barcelona and most people think of architect Antoni Gaudi and his fairytale-like creations including the Sagrada Família church and Parc Güell, several included in a UNESCO World Heritage site. But Spain's second largest city also has plenty of other must-dos: Walk down Los Ramblas, one of the most famous streets in the world, follow in the footsteps of Picasso and savor the local Catalan cuisine.
What to see:
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Designed by Antoni Gaudí, construction on this large gothic-inspired Roman Catholic church began in 1883 and is still unfinished today. The church boasts grand, detailed facades and eight spires. Gaudí's original plan calls for 18.
Casa Milà "La Pedrera” House
Commonly known as "La Pedrera" (The Quarry), this apartment building was designed by Antoni Gaudí with massive, curvaceous walls that give a cave-like appearance. Don't miss the view from the spectacular rooftop.
Fundació Joan Miró
Joan Miró, one of Spain's greatest artists, is honored at this museum designed by one of his close friends, Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert. Some 10,000 works by the artist are part of the collection including paintings, graphics and sculptures. The rooftop terrace serves as a sculpture garden and affords wonderful views of the city.
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Barcelona's renowned opera house opened in 1847 and was such a symbol of the city's bourgeoisie that a member of the proletariat threw two bombs into the audience in 1891. A devastating fire in 1994 destroyed the original building, but the theater has since been restored to its former glory, and tours are offered.
Los Ramblas in central Barcelona is one of the most famous boulevards in the world. Besides plenty of places to shop and eat, visitors will also find a renowned opera house, a monument to Christopher Columbus, museums and the city's most iconic market, Mercat de la Boqueria.
One of the most extensive displays of the art by Pablo Picasso is located in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona's La Ribera quarter. More than 3,500 works make up the permanent collection, and the museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Barcelona.
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
With a collection that dates from the mid-20th century onward, this modern art museum focuses mostly on the Catalan artistic movements, but also includes work by modern international artists such as Klee, Broodthaers and Basquiat. Designed by American artist Richard Meier, the building is a work of modern art in itself.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
This museum was built for the 1929 World's Fair is the leading venue for Catalan art. The Romanesque paintings are particular must-sees, although the Gothic collection is also extensive.
Spread over seven acres on a hill, this garden complex was designed by Antoni Gaudi and built between 1900 and 1914. After taking in some of the wonderful views, be sure to stop by the house where the famed architect lived from 1906 to 1926, now a museum housing many of his original works.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Inaugurated in 1908, this concert hall was built for the Orfeó Catalá choral society. Designed by Lluis Doménech i Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudí, the UNESCO-recognized building is best known for its high embellished atrium.