The beguiling energy of Madrid and the enchantment of seaside Barcelona beckon to you; these are cities that offer rich and varied histories, buzzing nightlife scenes, fascinating architecture and culinary adventures around every corner. Listen out for Madrileños’ unique accent (exchanging their D’s for Z’s) as you walk with locals down narrow streets, taste the tapas on a food tour, and get ready for fun at a flamenco show! The charm, secrets, and gorgeous climate of Barcelona welcome you to one of Spain’s most exciting and bewitching cities, where you’ll immerse yourself in the Catalan culinary scene and discover Modernist art on a walking tour.
Few cities boast artistic pedigrees like Madrid. Francisco de Goya is one of the most renowned Spanish painters, a singular force at the end of the 18th century. Although he wasn’t born in Madrid, he came to live and work there at the Royal Tapestry workshop in 1775 and later became a court painter for King Carlos III. The Museo del Prado houses what’s considered to be one of the world’s finest collections of European art, with pieces dating back to the 12th century. Dive right into the heart of Madrid’s history and culture while delighting in a variety of culinary treats that the city has to offer on a half-day tour. Learn about the curious food culture of Spain, and sample delicious dishes while wandering past the city’s most well-known monuments. Bring your appetite since this tour will bring you to four different food stops with drinks. To cap off your visit in Madrid, enjoy a fun, typical Flamenco show in one of the most famous spots in the capital! Discover the Latina passion through one of the most sensual dances in the world during this spectacular show, while you dine on a top quality Spanish meal, with one drink included.
A few hours to the south, Barcelona is one of the top tourist destinations in the world thanks to its great climate, history, architecture and food! But if you just want to soak up the Spanish sun, the beach is a few short miles away! Once the sun sets, stroll the Spanish streets for the city’s unabashed wild side. Antoni Gaudi, visionary architect during Barcelona’s modernista (art nouveau) period early in the 1800s, graced the beachside city with extraordinary architecture and beautiful buildings. In fact, no fewer than seven have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO! Your half-day market tour includes a culinary immersion with a chef who has experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants, and who follows the Slow Food movement, who will encourage you to slow down and savor the simple and delicious flavors at the dining table. Visit the market to learn all about the local fare, followed by a hands-on cooking class with lunch. The half-day guided walking tour of Barcelona allows you to discover Gaudi and Modernist Barcelona, and explore one of the most innovative and unique styles that architecture and design has ever known. And the best part is – skip-the-line access gives you more time to explore!
Your trip for four includes:
• 3 nights accommodations in a two-bedroom apartment in Madrid
• 3 nights accommodations in a two-bedroom apartment in Barcelona
• A half-day Madrid history and culinary tour
• A Flamenco show, including a Spanish meal in Madrid
• A half-day market tour, followed by a hands-on cooking class with lunch in Barcelona
• A half-day guided Gaudi and Modernist Barcelona walking tour, including skip-the-line admission
• All room-related taxes (including VAT)