8 Day Madrid & Barcelona by Rail, Thanksgiving Special

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$1229*

Air & Land

8 Day Madrid & Barcelona by Rail, Thanksgiving Special

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$1229*

Air & Land



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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $300
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
$1229*
2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $400
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
$1419*

Not Included:
Transfers, optional tours and gratuities.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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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Additional Nights

Flight Details




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 01 Nov 2022 - 24 Dec 2022 $70.00
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Half Day Madrid Highlights 9:00 AM

Take a walking tour of the historic city center of Madrid. Stroll around Plaza de la Villa, the famous Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Oriente. From here, board a bus and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. See the oldest bridge in Madrid and drive next to the Manzanares River, from where you will have great views of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Pass by Mayor Street, Puerta del Sol square and the Las Cortes quarter on your way to the Paseo del Prado. Admire the architecture of Old Madrid arriving into the Las Letras Quarter and continue to Cibeles Fountain. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. The last sights you will see on the tour are the Santiago Bernabéu stadium through Paseo de la Castellana street and Colon square.

Departs at 9:00 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 3 hours.

Day #4 01 Nov 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 $35.00
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Half Day Panoramic Barcelona 8:15 AM

Embark on a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. Begin with a visit to the impressive Cathedral of Barcelona. Afterward, continue the walking tour through the oldest part of the city and learn about its historic significance. Stroll down the narrow streets of the Born neighborhood, and view Santa Maria del Mar Church. Then, board the bus for a panoramic tour through the city. See the Olympic Port, the beach and the fisherman's quarter, called Barceloneta. Head to Montjuïc Mountain, home to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Ride the cable car up the hill, for spectacular views over Barcelona. At the MNAC viewpoint, admire panoramic views of the city. Conclude the tour with a drive through Passeig de Gracia to see some of the most emblematic Gaudi buildings such as Casa Batlló and la Pedrera.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #6 01 Nov 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 $55.00
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Half Day Sagrada Familia with Fast Track & Park Guell 10:00 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 #7 06 Nov 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 $90.00
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