Madrid, the capital of Spain and one of the largest cities in Europe that over centuries has played a significant role in shaping the world's history. This vibrant modern cosmopolitan city offers a wide range of activities, including history, culture, language and art.
- 4 days
- Approx. 1 hrs
- Prado Museum
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
- Plaza de Espana
- Palacio Real
- Puerta del Sol
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This sample itinerary is offered as a guideline. The trip focus, length and itinerary/activities can be tailored to meet your learning objectives.
Day 1 - Welcome to Madrid
Arrive Madrid and transfer to your accommodation by coach.
This day you will enjoy a visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, one of the world's largest private art collections. The Thyssen Museum, is part of the so called "Golden Triangle of Art", a set of the most representative museums in Madrid. Should you wish to have a guided tour, w e would be happy to arrange this for your group.
In the evening, enjoy dinner and relax at your accommodation.
Day 2 - Guided Walking Tour of Madrid, Royal Palace and Temple of Debod
Start your day with a guided walking tour of Madrid main sights. You will walk through the heart of the city and learn about the traditions and history while wandering around the Habsburg streets. We will take a close look at the Royal Palace, La Almudena Cathedral, Plaza de Oriente, Plaza Mayor, San Miguel Market and Puerta del Sol. Your tour will end at The Temple of Debod, the ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid as a gift from the Egyptian government in 1968.
In the afternoon, experience the authentic Spanish culture by participating in a Flamenco or Castanets class. You could also try a cooking class to learn traditional Spanish dishes or learn about the uniqueness of the Spanish guitar, its history and influence on the Spanish musical heritage.
Finish off the day witnessing the magic of the Spanish Flamenco dance and music by attending a traditional Flamenco show at one of the local restaurants.
Day 3 - Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Retiro Park
Today, get acquainted with Madrid's most iconic museums. You will start by visiting the Prado Museum, the main Spanish national art museum which reflects the history of Spain and Europe from 12th to the 20th century. Prado Museum offers a collection of works by world-famous artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, Diego Velázquez and many others.
This afternoon, continue immersing into Spanish art by visiting the Reina Sofia Museum, which focuses on the 20th century and is most famous for exhibiting the Pablo Picasso's Guernica.
Later on, enjoy a stroll in Madrid's largest former royal gardens of Retiro Park, one of Madrid's largest and liveliest parks.
This evening return to your accommodation for your evening meal. We could also arrange a fun bowling evening for your group (not included).
Day 4 - Fly Home
Depending on your flight time, spend your last morning in Madrid shopping for souvenirs and local specialities, at Calle Mayor or Mercado de San Antón.
Return to your accommodation to collect your luggage and transfer to the airport by coach.
Full TCBC support from the moment you book until you return home
Full itinerary flexibility to ensure the perfect tour for your students
We'll source the best available flights based on your school's location
You'll have all our necessary contact details to hand should the need arise
Knowledgeable TCBC guide ready to bring your walking tours to life
Detailed itinerary, with all entrance fees included, no hidden costs
Return flights, 1 piece of hold luggage per person, airport taxes and security charges and ATOL Protection Contribution
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure. We can also arrange your UK airport transfers if you wish
Experienced local TCBC guide in Geneva for your included walking tours
3 nights' hostel accommodation, with multi rooms for students and single rooms for teachers
Breakfasts and dinners daily at hostel, but we can arrange meals in local restaurants if preferred
Guided walking tour of Madrid, incl. Royal Palace and Temple of Debod (if open), visit to Prado Museum visit, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Retiro Park. Activity of your choice (Flamenco, Castanets or Cooking Class or Spanish Guitar Lecture)
There will be no hidden costs on tour, everything will be clearly explained before departure
24 hour emergency contact details of TCBC's office and your local guide's mobile number
The normal free staff place ratio is 1:10 but this is flexible and we'll work to whichever ratio you require
Free to download tour app to take with you on tour, providing you and group with important tour info
We support the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund and make a small contribution to their organisation from each tour that travels with us
Please check at school to ensure you are covered by an adequate travel insurance policy which we will need to see a copy of. We can help you source cover if you need
We generally don't include lunches unless requested. We prefer to let the students explore the local options and choose for themselves
If you feel you have received excellent service, then our local guides and drivers will appreciate being tipped. Guidelines will be outlined in your quote
We generally don't include public transportation tickets in Madrid unless requested
Event availability isn't usually known at the time of booking. We will inform you of options and ticket prices closer to departure
Whether you teach History, Art, Design, Languages - we can design a Madrid itinerary to suit your curriculum requirements.
We regularly use the same properties in Madrid who are used to working with our school groups and meet our high standards
TOC Hostel Madrid
TOC Hostel is a hostel chain based in Spain, which aims to provide affordable and comfortable modern accommodation conditions close to the centre, sightseeing and shopping grounds.
Hostel Room 007 Ventura
Hostel Room 007 is another small Spanish chain of hostels. This urban hostel is dedicated to create an eco-friendly and comfortable living environment within the walking proximity from the main sightseeing places and hustle and bustle of the city.
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