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Madrid & Old Castille

Madrid 6 nights Price from £1,998 per person
Departs: 03 Oct 2022
Departs: 03 Oct 2022

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Madrid not only has some of the finest art collections in the world at its many museums and galleries, it is also a wonderful base from which to explore the surrounding region. Our tour spends three days in the capital along with three visits further afield, to El Escorial, Toledo and Segovia. Naturally, Spanish art dominates the tour but we also see many works by Flemish masters, reminding us that the Spanish realm embraced the Low Countries. Charles V and Philip II were important patrons of Titian and we see several works by the artist during the tour.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners at local restaurants
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer


  • Day 1 - Fly to Madrid

    We fly to Madrid and transfer to the Hotel Emperador, located on the Gran Via in the very centre of Madrid.
  • Day 2 - The Prado & Sorolla Museum

    This morning is spent in the Prado where see Flemish masterpieces as well as the world’s greatest collection of art by Spanish painters. In addition to works by Goya and Velazquez we will see important paintings by other artists from the 12th to the 19th centuries. After time for an independent lunch we will enjoy a complete change of mood at the Sorolla Museum where the artist Joaquin Sorolla (1863 – 1923) lived and worked. Sorolla’s bright and airy canvases depict an idealised and romanticised image of his native country.
  • Day 3 - Toledo

    Today is spent in Toledo, once the country’s leading artistic, religious and intellectual centre. Toledo was made the capital of the Spanish Empire in 1085 and remained so until the end of the 16th century. El Greco lived in Toledo and we see his works in the eponymous museum as well as in the magnificent Cathedral and the famous altarpiece ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ at the Church of Santo Tomé.
  • Day 4 - Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

    Back in Madrid we spend the morning enjoying the stunning Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on display in the 18th century Palacio de Villahermosa. Masterpieces spanning more than eight centuries take us on a journey through the entire history of art up to the 20th century.
  • Day 5 - Segovia

    Segovia is our destination today. Here we see the cathedral, Segovia is our destination today. Here we see the cathedral, the Alcázar and the 800 metre long Roman aqueduct, still inuse today. During the afternoon we visit La Granja, a pretty small town where we see the palace built by the French born Philip V in the image of Versailles. The surrounding 18th century garden and park by Robert de Cotte is one of the finest 18th century landscapes in Europe.
  • Day 6 - Royal Academy of Fine Arts & The Reina Sofia

    Today, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts we see works by Today, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts we see works by Goya, Zurbarán, Ribera and Murillo. In the afternoon we go to the collection of 20th century works at the Reina Sofia. Here we see paintings by Tàpies, Miró and Dalí and, of course, Picasso, whose Guernica is a permanent reminder of the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Day 7 - El Escorial

    The morning is spent in the sprawling and once remote El Escorial in the Sierra de Guadarrama. This austere monastic complex was the residence of Philip II. The king died here inSeptember 1598. After our visit we drive direct to the airport for the flight to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart London Heathrow 13.05 arrive Madrid 16.35
Depart Madrid 17.25 arrive London Heathrow 18.55

Departure Dates and Prices

03 Oct 2022

Status Limited

Price from£1998

Single Supp.£385

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Madrid, Spain, Europe

Located at the top of the Gran Via, the Emperador is a short walk from Plaza Mayor, Puerto del Sol and Madrid’s main shopping streets.

Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton

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