The Spanish capital of Madrid is a cosmopolitan city that exudes the essence of Spain. Strategically located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid has one of the most important historic European cities and one of the great capitals of the Western world. The historic center, also known as the "Madrid of Los Austrias" (in reference to the Hapsburg monarchs), and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square are a living example of the splendor of the city in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Art and culture also plays a key role in Madrid's life with highlights such as the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia National Art Center. Of course this modern city offers lively nightlife, including a variety of bars, pubs, clubs and flamenco halls.
Activities while in Madrid:
> Madrid Old Quarter and Royal Palace Walking Tour
Marvel at the rich history of Madrid on your private walking tour of Madrid’s historic center and the Royal Palace. Meet your licensed English-speaking guide at your hotel and set off together through the historic streets of Madrid. Discover the old quarter, the Barrio de la Moreria, and learn about the city’s Moorish roots then take in the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of the Habsburg era in Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. After our walking tour through Madrid old quarter visit the impressive Royal Palace, former residence of the Spanish Kings. The palace is adorned with the royal family’s exquisite collection of tapestries, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and artworks. Admire priceless paintings by Goya and Velazquez, as well as the official Reception Hall, the Royal Chapel, Hall of the Throne and the private room of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.
> Toledo Full Day Tour
Set off today for Toledo, known as the city of three cultures, where Christians, Jews and Arabs lived together in harmony for centuries. Upon arrival, begin your tour by entering the old quarters where you will visit the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and admire the facade of the Primate Cathedral, the old Place of Justice and the City Hall. Continue on foot through the old Jewish quarter with its narrow streets to visit the Church of St.Tomé home to El Greco’s famous painting "The Burial of Count Orgaz", the old Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca, which remain as a symbol of the coexistence of the "Three Cultures", Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. You will also visit the house Museum Victorio Macho, which is located over River Tagus and holds works of the famous sculptor. Following your walk through the city, enjoy a panoramic tour around the outskirts and admire the views of the beautiful landscape from across the river. Your tour will end with a visit to a typical factory of Damasquino, a well known handicraft art of Toledo.
> Madrid Tapas Discovery
This walking tour is the best introduction to the laid back Madrileño lifestyle. Together with your private local guide visit Madrid's tucked-away corners that you would never discover on your own, leaving you with a lasting feeling for Madrid and its people, and an appetite for its fabulous food and drink!