9 Days Amazing Madrid Valencia and Barcelona Explorer Tour

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Spain is an exhibit of culinary excellence, ambitious architecture, and a historical past, and there has never been a better time to discover this phenomenal country. Experience the finest offerings of Spain’s three largest cities, starting in Madrid and making your way through Valencia to Barcelona.

This expertly curated itinerary is the perfect journey full of highlights and lesser-known masterpieces.

Spain’s capital Madrid is a city brimming with life, an art-lovers dream, filled with countless world-class museums full of Picasso’s, Dalí’s, and Miró’s. Your private walking tour will help you get to know every nook and cranny of this colorful metropolis.

Learn the history of UNESCO world heritage site, Toledo, with its Arabic, Jewish, Christian, and even Roman roots. Next up is Valencia, Spain’s third largest and most overlooked city.

Often in the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is a beautiful display of a historical past going head on with modern innovation. A private city tour will take you along the drained river bed that has created a green oasis lined with modern architecture.

Travel by train to Barcelona, a storied Mediterranean utopia packed with Modernista architecture. Your private guide will tailor your city tour to your exact taste, maximizing your time spent in this epic city.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. 

Day 1: MADRID

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Madrid. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlantico (4*)

Hotel Atlantico Madrid is perfectly located on the main street in Madrid city center. The hotel is decorated in a neoclassic style with tapestries, furniture, sculptures and period windows.

Guest rooms are comfortable and spacious, featuring all amenities needed for a pleasant stay. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning and relax in the evening with a cocktail taking in the spectacular view of the city on the terrace.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel Atlantico (4*)
Day 2: MADRID

Enjoy a private guided walking tour that will take you through Madrid's oldest quarters to trace the legacy of the Hapsburgs and Bourbon dynasties.

Admire the many churches, convents, inns, palaces, theaters, narrow medieval streets and traditional shops, all steeped in history that no visitor should miss. Discover the city’s key sights like Puerta del Sol, renowned as the bustling heart of Madrid since the 17th century, and Calle Mayor or Plaza Mayor, a porticoed square that will take you back to the times of swashbuckling swordsmen and medieval rogues.

Scamper through the Arco and Calle Cuchilleros where you will find centuries-old taverns dug into caves under the square and the Plaza de la Villa with excellent examples of Spanish architecture.

Marvel at the impressive Royal Palace which is Western Europe’s largest palace and the elegant Plaza de Oriente, lined by gardens and grand statues of Spain’s early rulers (No entrance fees included).

 

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel Atlantico (4*)
Day 3: MADRID - TOLEDO

Enjoy your day trip to Toledo by train. The train ride takes only 33 minutes one-way.

Enjoy a half day walking tour through the streets of Toledo and learn the history of this UNESCO heritage site.

"Holy Toledo" isn't just an expression! A unique and richly diverse city, Toledo features Arab, Jewish, Christian, and even Roman and Visigothic elements. A beloved national landmark, the Toledo that so inspired El Greco in the 16th century has remained relatively unchanged since his time.

Old churches and houses fill the city, where you can still stroll through streets barely wide enough for a man and his donkey, let alone an automobile. (No entrance fees included.)

Enjoy your visit to Toledo. The quick journey takes only 30 minutes one-way.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel Atlantico (4*)
Day 4: MADRID - VALENCIA

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Enjoy your train ride from Madrid to Valencia. The train ride takes approximately two hours.

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Accommodation: AC Hotel Valencia (4*)

AC Hotel Valencia is located just next to the Formula 1 street circuit, right next to the Oceanographic Park and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, and very close to the La Malvarrosa beach and the Port of Valencia.

It’s ideal location, together with its comfort and first-rate service, makes it the perfect hotel for leisure and business in this ever so dynamic city. Air-conditioned guestrooms have minimalist decor with dark wood furniture; all include satellite television and minibars.

Guests can relax with a drink in the bar, work out in the fitness center, unwind in the Turkish bath, or enjoy Mediterranean food at the hotel restaurant.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : AC Hotel Valencia (4*)
Day 5: VALENCIA

You will be met at your hotel by your private guide for a tour of Valencia, a lively Mediterranean city.

The city is almost split in two, with its historical centre inland and its drained river bed creating a green haven from the hustle and bustle leading to the coastal area, which was re-developed when the city hosted the Americas Cup in 2007.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : AC Hotel Valencia (4*)
Day 6: VALENCIA - BARCELONA

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Enjoy your train ride from Valencia to Barcelona. The train ride takes approximately three hours.

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona.

With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest.

Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Barcelona Center (4*)
Day 7: BARCELONA

Your private English-speaking guide will show you the central highlights of Barcelona.

If you are interested in a certain era in history or have an interest in a particular artist, let your Sales consultant know in advance so we can tailor your tour or enjoy some culinary delights with a gastronomy tour.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Barcelona Center (4*)
Day 8: BARCELONA

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

This afternoon enjoy a shared guided tour on a luxury coach to Montserrat Monastery and mountain: spectacular mountains and views, an ancient monastery and a holy shrine. The monastery is a unique place not to be missed.

Take in the picturesque scenery during the drive along the Llobregat River to the foot of the spectacular Montserrat mountain (its name means serrated, a reference to its jutting peaks), a natural park, and then up to the Sanctuary 725 meters (2380 feet) above sea level.

The return journey will be an alternative route accompanied by recordings of a variety of traditional Catalan music. Montserrat is a mountain, a unique Natural Park, and a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with unusual shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky; there are paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered over the mountain, extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views.

The Benedictine monastery is Montserrat nearly 1000 years old, perched half way up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. On arrival to Montserrat your guide will give a tour to orient you to the main places of interest: monastery, basilica, museum with a marvelous collection of paintings, Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops and home products market.

Entrance fees are not included and to be paid upon arrival.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Barcelona Center (4*)
Day 9: BARCELONA

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.

Accommodation: Depart (B) (Int`l Airport)

 

  • Depart from Barcelona international airport. End of itinerary.

9 days from $3,078 per person*

  • Experience Valencia, the lesser-known gem of Spain with its masterful displays of architecture.
  • Dissect Toledo’s complicated roots on a private guided tour of this UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Trace the legacy of the Hapsburgs & Bourbon dynasties on a walking tour of Madrid.
  • Enjoy a customizable tour of Barcelona’s city center catered exactly to your taste buds.
  • Featuring private transfers & an expert selection of premium hotels throughout.  

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

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    Kensington Tours

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Reviewed by Cedric SE   18 Sep 2016
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We found the itinerary to be very pacey- a couple of big days on the coach, but to be fair they were when we had lots of distance to cover. There was a good variety of places and things we experienced mixed in with a bit of free time and left to ourselves to organize if we chose. Kensington Tours is a very professional company well organized also. Yes, I would recommend them to other travelers.
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Reviewed by Audrey & Dave PT   28 Oct 2016
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Excellent tour, driver, and coach. Very good hotels. Optional experiences good except for the quality of food. We did not have to worry about anything all was perfect. This tour was amazing!
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Reviewed by Catherine 张 CN   10 Mar 2017
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我和我老公是去年夏天参加的这个旅行团,为了庆祝我们的结婚纪念日,也算是从繁杂的生活中逃脱一阵子,去感受一下完全不同的风土人情,也是想让巴塞罗那的热情再次点燃我们生活的热情。 当地导游也是非常的专业和友善。为了接待中国团队,导游还专门学了几句中文。这让我感触很深。他们不光热情好客,而且对待工作也是一丝不苟。专业又不乏幽默。很庆幸我跟老公选择到这里来度过我们的五年纪念日。绝对是一次很值得的旅行。我跟我老公都大力推荐。
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Reviewed by CHUN XIAO CN   10 Mar 2017
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非常开心自己参加了马德里到巴塞罗那九日游。 我也是通过朋友推荐才知道的这个团,当时听朋友称赞,自己也是半信半疑的报了团,决定试一下看看究竟怎么样。因为自己曾经有过失败的跟团旅游经历,所以没敢轻易做决定。但是结果却让我很满意。 整个行程安排的很恰当,既不会让人感觉行程很满在赶场子,也不会偷工减料省略景点。从导游司机到酒店餐厅,一切都很舒心,让我很满意。我也会推荐给其他朋友,这样的旅行团真的是不可错过。给个大满分!
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Reviewed by Mathieu US   21 Mar 2017
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We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and recommend this tour.
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Reviewed by Kate D US   09 Apr 2017
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THIS WAS A WONDERFUL TRIP – ONE I WILL REMEMBER FOREVER. OUR GUIDE WAS WONDERFUL, THE HOTELS WERE NICE, THE TOURS WERE INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING, AND OUR FELLOW TOUR COMPANIONS WERE GREAT. THANK YOU FOR THIS TRIP. IT WAS ALSO A GOOD VALUE.
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Reviewed by ANA US   20 Apr 2017
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Absolutely fantastic!
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