8 Day Madrid & Barcelona by Rail (New York Special)

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. A variety of airfare options are available for this program, including some low-cost fares which may exclude complimentary checked luggage and advance seat assignments. Please read each offering to ensure you choose the option that best fits your wishes. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Independent Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Madrid, Barcelona-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 3 nights Madrid
    • 3 nights Barcelona
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transportation between cities via Standard Class high speed rail with reserved seats

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. A variety of airfare options are available for this program, including some low-cost fares which may exclude complimentary checked luggage and advance seat assignments. Please read each offering to ensure you choose the option that best fits your wishes. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Half Day Royal Monastery of El Escorial from Madrid 8.30 AM

Enjoy a visit to what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world." El Escorial is, perhaps, Philip II's most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. This austere monastery, erected by King Philip II in 1584, was intended to be a memorial to his father, King Charles V, and to commemorate Spain´s victory at Saint Quentin in 1557. It has since become the burial place of subsequent Spanish kings and queens. You will have free time to visit the site Gardens and surrounding area. Continue with a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen, a monumental complex, located in Sierra de Guadarrama. Visit the underground basilica, built into the mountain, that is topped with the world's largest cross, which can be seen from miles away.

Departs at 8:30 am from c/ San Nicolás 15 (next to Plaza de Ramales). Tour ends at Plaza de Oriente, 2. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #3 13 Oct 2021 - 23 Dec 2021 $69.00
26 Dec 2021 - 30 Dec 2021 $69.00
02 Jan 2022 - 07 May 2022 $69.00
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Half Day Toledo from Madrid 8:45 AM

Visit Toledo, the former capital city of Spain that still retains its medieval atmosphere and charm, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a walking tour among the most famous monuments, visiting the St. Tome Church with its El Greco masterpiece and Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. Stroll amid the courtyard cloisters and royal coats of arms at the San Juan de los Reyes Monastery. Conclude the tour with views of the Cathedral of Toledo. Then, you will have free time to explore Toledo on your own before returning to Madrid.

Departs at 2:30 pm from c/ San Nicolás 15 (next to Plaza de Ramales). Tour ends at Plaza de Oriente, 2. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #3 20 Sep 2021 - 23 Dec 2021 $69.00
26 Dec 2021 - 30 Dec 2021 $69.00
02 Jan 2022 - 04 Jan 2022 $69.00
06 Jan 2022 - 30 Apr 2022 $69.00
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Half Day Montserrat Tour 9:30 AM

Enjoy a relaxing drive along the picturesque villages of the province to reach magical Montserrat Mountain. World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat beautiful scenery was declared National Park. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, with its Gothic and Renaissance details. View the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta." Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. Spend some free time before returning to Barcelona.

Departs at 9:30 am from Estació del Nord, ground floor, platform 19. Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 and a half hours.

Day #6 08 Nov 2021 - 24 Dec 2021 $72.00
26 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021 $72.00
02 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2022 $72.00
01 Apr 2022 - 05 Nov 2022 $89.00
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Half Day Sagrada Familia with Fast Track & Park Guell with lunch 11:00 AM

Take a guided tour of Park Guell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's largest urban parks, a colorful and playful Gaudi creation. On arrival, admire the multi-colored mosaic dragon and learn about the park's history. Continue on to visit the iconic symbol of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece; a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished. Marvel at the astonishing interior, rich in symbolism inspired on natural wonders.

*Please note that there is a dress code to enter the Sagrada Familia. Shoulders, back, and stomach must be covered and shorts and skirts should come to mid-thigh. See-through clothing will not be permitted. Hats will not be permitted except if worn for health or belief-related purposes.

Departs at 11:00 am from Gaudí Experience, Larrard street n. 41. Tour ends at Sagrada Familia. Approximate tour duration is 4 and a half hours.

Day #6 01 Nov 2021 - 31 Mar 2022 $119.00
01 Apr 2022 - 05 Nov 2022 $87.00
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