Madrid, Spain's central capital is a city of elegant boulevards and vast green spaces. The largest park is El Retiro, home to many monuments from the past including the majestic ballroom of Cason del Buen Retiro, now part of the Museo Prado, where you will find artworks by Goya, Velázquez and Bosch.
This forms part of the city’s Art Triangle, the other museums being the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Museo Reina Sofía, home to Picasso’s famous depiction of the Spanish Civil War “Guernica”. Also worth seeing, especially as the sun goes down, is the Temple de Debod, an Egyptian temple rescued and rebuilt in Madrid stone by stone after the construction of the Aswan Dam. In the heart of old Madrid is the 17th Century Plaza Mayor with it many porticos and arches, and nearby is the 18th Century baroque Palacio Real, with the recently consecrated Almudena Cathedral directly opposite.
Another landmark in the city is the Puerta de Alcala, one of the five original entrances to the city, and this is illuminated at night to stunning effect. Madrid’s most popular place to meet, and home to a large number of shops, hotels, restaurants and cinemas, is the long boulevard of Gran Via, which starts in Plaza Espana and ends 1.3 km later away at Calle Alcala.
This will lead you to the Puerta del Sol, home to one of the city’s largest statues “The Bear and the Strawberry Tree”. If you are in Madrid over a weekend, a Sunday trip to El Rastro flea market is a must, where you can find anything from antique costume jewellery to rare vinyl records on its stalls, followed by a relaxing drink in the nearby La Latina neighbourhood.
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord station, either in standard or Standard Premier class.
On arrival in Paris, transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon station and board the TGV train Barcelona Sants station, travelling in either 1st or standard class. On arrival in Barcelona, transfer to check in to your chosen hotel for an overnight stay.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Barcelona Sants station for your journey to Madrid Atocha station by AVE train, travelling in either standard or 1st class.
Once in Madrid, transfer to your chosen hotel for the 1st night of your break.
Sightseeing at your leisure in Madrid.
4 Sightseeing at your leisure in Madrid.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Madrid Atocha station for your return journey to Barcelona Sants station by AVE train, travelling in either standard or 1st class. Transfer to your chosen hotel for an overnight stay.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Barcelona Sants station for your return journey by TGV train to Paris Gare de Lyon. On arrival in Paris, transfer to Paris Gare du Nord station and board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras International.
The itinerary for this tour is offered as a suggestion for a short break, however should you wish to add additional nights in any of the locations provided these can be arranged for you to extend your stay.
Should you also wish to either change your times of travel from those suggested and/or change your hotel accommodation to a property not suggested, we will be happy to arrange this for you.
For Eurostar services, this will give the choice to travel in either standard or Standard Premier class, and for all other European trains you will have the choice to travel in either standard or 1st class.
Enroute to Madrid, choose to stay at either the 3* Azul Barcelona, 4* H10 Itaca or 5* Melia Barcelona Sarria in Barcelona.
On arrival in Madrid, choose to stay at either the 3* NH Madrid Atocha, 4* AC Hotel Atocha or 5* Villa Real.
All hotels are hand-selected for their central location near to the train station and for their excellent customer reviews.
Please also make us aware of any additional requests required, ie arranging transfers between the train station and your hotel.
We are also able to arrange excursions and other transportation tickets for your destination if required.
Prices start from £770.00 per person, and are based on the current exchange rate.
All prices are based on two people travelling in standard class and sharing a 3* double bedroom, are subject to availability and alteration, and to terms and conditions.
Trade fairs and public holidays may also affect these prices.