An Upscale Group Tour for Women
Women’s Tour to Spain In A Small Group Setting to Explore Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia, Sitges and More.
GROUP SIZE – 8 TO 12 PEOPLE
WOMEN’S SPAIN TOUR
Destinations: Madrid & Barcelona Plus Segovia, Toledo, Penedes, Sitges, Monteserrat
Our women’s Spain tour is fully escorted, small and upscale. This Spain tour takes to you Mardrid, Barcelona, Segovia, Toledo, Penedes and Sitges. Accommodations are at boutique and 4 Star hotels.
Single Supplement: €
NOTE: We reserve the right to re-organize the order of sites covered.
Pre-tour and post-tour accommodations are available. Arrive early or depart later. We’ll make all the arrangements for you.
Spain Tour Inclusions:
Arrival Airport: Madrid
Departure Airport: Barcelona
Spain Tour – Women’s Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Madrid, Royal Palace, Tapas Tour, Overnight in Madrid
The first destination of our Spain tour is Madrid, the largest city in Spain and its capital since the mid-16th century. Madrid came to rise under the Arab occupation of the Iberian Peninsula and passed from Muslim to Christian hands several times in its history, paving the way for the mixture of cultures and architecture that still characterizes the city today.
Your driver will pick you up at Madrid’s airport and take you to your hotel. Take some time to check in and get settled.
Your Spain tour starts off with a late afternoon stroll and visit to the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. With 3,418 rooms, the Palace is the largest in Europe. Our guide will take us on a tour of the Palace’s highlights, including the Main Staircase, with over 70 steps; the Throne Hall featuring velvet walls and an elaborate ceiling fresco painted by Tiepolo; the Baroque-style Gasparini Room, whose walls are covered in silk with gold and silver embroidery; and the Royal Chapel, which houses a collection of string instruments made by the legendary Antonio Stradivari. The Palace also includes masterpieces by such notable Spanish artists as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Francisco de Goya, in addition to rare collections of porcelain, watches, furniture, and silver from various periods.
After working up an appetite walking the city sights, this evening we will embark on a culinary expedition sampling Madrid’s famous tapas. We’ll start at the Mercado de San Miguel, a beautiful Beaux-Arts, iron and glass building with dozens of vendors offering high quality food. You will have a chance to sample traditional small plates like tortilla (omelet), chorizo sausage, salted cod, or more adventurous dishes like callos (beef tripe). This is a great introduction to the local cuisine and the first of many adventures in Spanish food and wine we will enjoy together. (Dinner)
Day 2: Morning Walking Tour of Madrid, Afternoon Guided Tour of Prado Museum, Overnight in Madrid
Today, our tour guide will take us to some of Madrid’s highlights: the spectacular Plaza Mayor, virtually unchanged since the Hapsburg dynasty; the Prado museum, home to masterpieces of Diego Velazquez and Goya; and the old quarters and much more.
Our tour will begin at the Plaza Mayor, a huge square in the center of Madrid and a popular meeting point for local Madrileños. Other sites we will visit include Puerta del Sol, a 15th century gate that formed part of the original walled city. The square is home to the city’s famous new year’s celebration, whose the famous clock tower rings in the new year and marks the tradition of eating twelve grapes at the bell’s strike of midnight.
We will continue our guided tour at the Museo del Prado. The Prado is the crown jewel of Madrid’s Art Walk, a triangle of galleries west of the historic Parque Del Buen Retiro. The museum houses one of the greatest collections of Spanish painting from the 12th to 19th centuries, most notably the works of Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. Our guide will provide a unique tour of the Prado, focusing on selected works from Spain’s key artists.
We then head to the residential neighborhood of Huertas, where we will find a place for our lunch stop. You will have leisure time after the tour. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Day Trip to Segovia, Tour of a Castle, Roman Aqueduct, Overnight in Madrid
Today our Spain tour takes us to Segovia. We will travel by train to nearby Segovia, one of Spain’s most historic cities. Segovia’s many well-preserved sites stand testament to its many eras and civilizations, from ancient Romans to the Moors, Christians and Jews who lived together peacefully in the Middle Ages.
We will enjoy a guided tour of the city’s highlights, including the Roman Aqueduct, an incredible feat of early civil engineering built around the 1st Century AD to supply water to a hilltop military fort. Its 221 colossal piers represent one of the greatest aqueducts in Spain, and is one of the few to have survived. We will visit Azoguejo Square, where the aqueduct reaches its highest point of nearly 100 feet.
We will also tour Alcázar, an 11th century castle atop a rocky crag overlooking the city. The Alcázar’s interior is decorated in a mash-up of styles, including Romansque, Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar. The current facade was built by Phillip II, who wed his fourth wife, Anne of Austria, here.
Other sites we will visit include Casa de los Picos (The House of the Points), a Renaissance-era house decorated with pyramid-shaped points, and Segovia’s beautiful Gothic cathedral.
We will return in the afternoon, leaving you time to relax or explore more of Madrid on your own. (Breakfast)
DAY 4: Day Trip to Toledo, Overnight in Madrid
Today we travel by train to Toledo, a World Heritage Site boasting more than 2,000 years of history and was the capital of Spain for hundreds of years under the Visigoths and the Christians. Toledo was held by the Iberians, Moors, Romans, Visigoths and Christians. Known as the “City of Three Cultures” as Arabs, Jews and Christians have all existed here in harmony for centuries. These civilizations left many diverse artistic treasures: palaces, mosques, fortresses, synagogues, a Roman bridge, and amazing works of art. Our local guide will take us to through all Toledo’s important sites. We’ll also pop into the Gothic Cathedral and the Church of Santo Tome, home to the famous painting by El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Group lunch is planned. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 5: Train Travel to Barcelona, Panoramic Driving Tour of Barcelona with Gaudi’s Parc Guell, Overnight in Barcelona
Our Spain tour takes us to Barcelona next. Though Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city, it still retains its character as an important Roman town. The old center has one of the greatest concentrations of Gothic architecture in Europe. Our guide will take us on a panoramic driving tour of Barcelona for to see it’s important sites: boulevard, squares and various neighborhoods (Barceloneta and Eixample)and architectural gems including a few of Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, the breathtaking Sagrada Familia church and Parc Guell. Explore with your tour manager for the balance of day. Group lunch is planned. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6: Morning Walking Tour of Barcelona, Leisure Afternoon, Overnight in Barcelona
This morning you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Barri Gotic and Gracia with your local, expert guide.
We also visit Las Ramblas, a long promenade to the port bustling with performance artists, and Portal del Angel, a well-heeled shopping strip. Other interesting sights here include the nearly 200-year-old Mercat de Sant Josep (la Boqueria) produce market.
For your leisure afternoon we recommend to explore Barcelona’s liveliest and trendiest neighborhood, El Borne (La Ribera), or Paseo del Borne. Once the site for executions and witch burning in medieval times. Today think Soho – tiny boutiques, art galleries, cool bars. Keep an eye out for unusual jewelry, shoes, clothing and art on Carrer de Argenteria. Afterwards, hit the bars and restaurants on Passeig de Born for drinks and eats to recharge.
Other suggestions include a visit to the Picasso Museum, containing thousands of works from throughout the artist’s prolific career. The museum is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces, where you will see his most complete collection of works. You may also visit the Joan Miró museum, dedicated to the works of this Surrealist painter, sculptor, and ceramicist and one of Picasso’s most celebrated contemporaries. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Day Trip to Penedes with Wine Tasting, Overnight in Barcelona
Today, our guide will take us to Penedes wine region for the famous Cava. We will visit one of the biggest producer in the area. Balance of the day is on your own or with the guide , if you want company to explore and to have dinner.(Breakfast)
Day 8: Day Trip to Sitges, Leisure Late Afternoon and Evening, Farewell Dinner, Overnight in Barcelona
The last destination of our Spain tour is Sitges, a charming artistic coastal town in Catalunia with an interesting historical center with cobbled streets, cafes and boutiques. Farewell group dinner is planned. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9: Departure Day
Our women’s Spain tour has ended. Prepare for your flight home or to your next destination. (Breakfast)