Art And Culture In Madrid And Toledo

5 nights starting from

  • Two visits to Madrid’s magnificent Prado Museum

  • Real Academia be Bellas Artes de San Fernando

  • Museo Sorolla – Spain’s greatest Impressionist

  • Toledo including El Greco House and Cathedral

Spain’s capital, Madrid and nearby Toledo have a wondrous collection of museums, churches and cathedrals with peerless art collections.  This superb new tour, in the company of erudite art expert, Peter Higginson, will enhance your understanding and appreciation of Spanish art with a series of illuminating visits and lectures, including two visits to the renowned Prado, El Greco’s house in Toledo, the Museo Sorolla, which showcases Spain’s finest Impressionist painter, and much more. 

Available Departures


21 - March - 2022 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 21st March 2022 at 07:35

Returning: 26th March 2022 at 19:55


Day 1: Fly from LHR to Madrid and transfer to the hotel for 5 night stay.
Evening lecture – ‘Spanish Painting of the Golden Age’ and dinner with wine.

Day 2: Full day Madrid.
This morning is our first of two visits to the incomparable Museo del Prado for masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo and their contemporaries. Afternoon visit to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum for its the rich collection of Spanish and European paintings from the Renaissance modern period. Evening lecture: El Greco: A Candiote in Spain and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 3: Full day to Toledo
Today we head out of Madrid to the stunning city of Toledo, where we will visit the El Greco House and Museum, Santo Tomé to see El Greco’s Burial of the Count of Orgaz, Toledo Cathedral, where highlights include El Greco’s Disrobing of Christ, a series of Apostolados, and The Miracle of St Ildefonso and the Hospital de la Caridad

Day 4: Madrid.
Today starts with a short morning lecture: Joaquín Sorolla: Spain’s greatest Impressionist. We then head into the city to vsit the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida for Goya’s frescoes of The Miracle of St Anthony, followed by a short walk to the burial chapel of victims of 3rd May 1808, which commemorates Spanish resistance to Napoleon's armies during the occupation of 1808 in the Peninsular War. Afternoon visit to the Museo Sorolla - the Impressionist artist’s beautiful house, garden and studio, complete with examples of his landscapes, beach scenes, and portraits.

Day 5: Madrid.
The day starts with a second visit to the Museo del Prado to examine later Spanish paintings, and most especially the works of Goya. We head out of the city this afternoon to see El Escorial, the colossal 16th century palace, seminary and royal mausoleum complex built by Philip II, which includes important works by El Greco and Velázquez.

Day 6: Madrid.
Morning visit to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, which houses an important collection of Spanish paintings, together with works focusing on Goya and the Enlightenment. This afternoon, we head to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain’s national museum of 20th century art with major highlights by Picasso (including the world famous Guernica from 1937)and works by Salvador Dalí. After a packed 6 days it is then time to head to the airport for the return flight to Heathrow, with a much better understanding and appreciation of Spanish art.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.


  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
  • Five nights’ bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Agumar Hotel, Madrid
  • Welcome drink, two lectures and two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Peter Higginson throughout


  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities


Agumar Hotel, Madrid

Modern four-star hotel located close to the Retiro Park and famed Museum area of Madrid.  Facilities here include bar, restaurant and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities, including fee wifi.

Our view
Excellent hotel in a great location, close to the museums and main sights and across the road from the old Atocha station, which now houses an indoor botanical garden well worth visiting. The hotel has a special place in Travel Editions’ folklore as being the location for our first ever press trip, back in 1995.

Hotel Website

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Your lecturer and tour guide - Dr Peter Higginson

Dr Peter Higginson specialises in the art and culture of early modern Europe, and the modern period. He has taught numerous university courses abroad and has wide experience in leading cultural tours to different parts of Europe including Bilbao, Rome, Venice, Florence, Paris and further afield to Cuba. His enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment have earned him rave reviews from the many clients who have travelled with him on a Travel Editions’ tour over the past seven years.

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