This city trip starts in the heart of Spain, Madrid, where modern dynamism and historical splendour go hand in hand. Stroll the majestic boulevards, admire the treasuries of art at the Prado Museum and soak up the Spanish capital's lively atmosphere in its squares and tapas bars. A short train journey will take you to Toledo, a city known as the 'City of Three Cultures'. Here you will experience the unique fusion of Moorish, Jewish and Christian heritage. Wander the cobbled streets, discover historical monuments and enjoy panoramic views of the meandering Tagus River. During this city trip you will discover the best of both Spanish cities.
Day 1: Tour Madrid
After checking into a Caractère hotel, you're all set. Get to know the highlights of Madrid with a private tour where you will discover Madrid through the eyes of a local for three hours. The tour is in your own language and you will discover the main sights such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Along the way, you will explore hidden gems and city secrets showing you the authentic side of Madrid.
Day 2: Prado and Mercado de San Miguel
Your second day starts in one of Madrid's most famous museums, the Prado. Together with a guide, you will get to know the highlights of the art museum for three hours. Here you will discover works by Botticelli, Raphael and Rembrandt, among others. When you start to feel a little hungry, you continue to Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid's most famous foodhall full of delicious food stalls. In the afternoon, explore the city by bike. Together with a guide, you will get to know Madrid in a different way.
Day 3: Toledo and Mirador del Valle
Today you will discover another important city of Spain, Toledo. An express train connection was put in between Madrid and Toledo, allowing you to be in the other city in less than an hour. Toledo is a wonderful city for culture lovers. Walk around the city and discover its highlights such as Toledo Cathedral, the Alcázar de Toledo and the Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes. For the best views of the city, head to Mirador del Valle. Outside the city limits, on the other side of the river, discover this lookout point where you can enjoy breathtaking views. In the evening, you will return to Madrid.
Day 4: Tapas tour and going home
Today you will taste the authentic flavours of Madrid on a gastronomic tour. You will explore the Chueca and Malasaña neighbourhood where it buzzes with tapas bars. Along the way, you stop several times to feast on different delicacies. You will return home with a well-filled stomach and great memories.
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