In addition to its famous museums, bustling streets dotted with all kinds of shops, restaurants featuring world-class cuisine and traditional specialties; and unbeatable nightlife, Madrid will surprise you with its tranquil historic spots that charm everyone walking by. Immerse yourself in the culture of this lively, Iberian city during your optional pre-trip extension.
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Fly to Madrid
Board an overnight flight to Madrid today, arriving on Day 2 of your optional pre-trip extension.
Arrive in Madrid and check in to your hotel
Welcome to Spain! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport to assist with transfers to your hotel. Following check-in, you’ll have time to settle in and get acclimated before joining your fellow travelers for a Welcome Briefing and Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Enjoy a taste of Spain today
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will head out on a panoramic tour of Madrid. In addition to its renowned museums, Madrid is also well-regarded for its impressive historic architecture and respected cultural scene. You’ll be able to walk around the city center and savor tasty tapas at the Central Market. Enjoy lunch on your own before continuing your discoveries with a guided tour of the Prado Museum, hosting one of the finest museum collections in the world.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before heading out to dinner at a local tablao, including a thrilling Flamenco performance.
Madrid at your leisure
Craft your own itinerary today with a day at leisure to do as you wish. Head back to the Prado Museum to see more of its extensive collection, or visit the Reina Sofía National Art Centre to see Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica. When hunger hits, there’s no shortage of places to dine, from casual tapas at a laid-back castizo to cutting-edge restaurants offering multicourse meals. The day is yours to make your own.
Head to Barcelona and join the base tour
Following breakfast this morning, you will check out of your hotel and board a high-speed train to Barcelona, where you will join your fellow travelers for Day 2 of your base journey.