Art And Culture In Madrid And Toledo

5 nights starting from
£1445

  • 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 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

From

31 - October - 2022 £ 1445.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 31st October 2022 at 07:35

Returning: 05th November 2022 at 17:15

27 - March - 2023 £ 1445.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 27th March 2023 at 07:20

Returning: 01st April 2023 at 19:40

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Madrid and transfer to the hotel for five-night stay.
Evening welcome drink and lecture by Dr Peter Higginson – ‘Spanish Painting of the Golden Age’ followed by dinner with wine at the hotel.

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 from Peter – ‘El Greco: A Candiote in Spain’ followed by 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 visit 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.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
  • Five nights’ bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Agumar Hotel, Madrid, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome drink, two lectures and two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Peter Higginson throughout


NOT INCLUDED

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

HOTEL

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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As ever Peter's talks and commentary were excellent, the organisation was great and we visited some lesser-known places and art works. I had not been to Madrid before so would have liked a bit more free time to explore the city but I think most of the group had already visited. I would have loved 2 whole days in Toledo as there was so much to see and enjoy.

Review by Handley who travelled 21-March-2022


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We enjoyed this trip very much. The only "complaint" might be the first dinner in the Hotel Agumar! They must have been very oof form that night because it was awful. The second dinner later in the week was excellent! Manager and Guide were a delight. Thank you

Review by Carrington who travelled 21-March-2022


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Excellent presentations and guiding from Peter Higginson and in Toledo from Fernandes. On reflection, timetable too intense - needed a mid-week half-day break to get to know Madrid (and to rest!). tour manager Anita was good company and caring, though occasionally appeared flustered. Good to know what a five footprint tour involves - the walking was ok but a lot of standing - very few seats in museums; should be highlighted. Covid management of hotel was excellent.

Review by Lawder who travelled 21-March-2022


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General a good tour but possibly lecturer tried to fit to much in and days were often very tiring but fortunately Peter did not mind if people dropped out for half a day. I understand it is the lecturers who decide itinerary and I really think a free half day could be included or an optional visit, If this is not possible then return to hotel should be no later than 4.30 to allow for rest or doing your own thing for a couple of hours. Would have preferred a more central hotel which served better food. The two hotel meals were fairly poor! Full marks to Peter who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Review by Ward who travelled 21-March-2022


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The hotel was ok but not great. The breakfast was reasonably good but dinner was decidedly average. The day trip to Toledo would have benefited from being broken up. It was ok physically but there was an awful lot of information to take in and my brain was overloaded before we left. It would have been better if a small break could have been built in to give our brains a chance to assimilate.

Review by Burton who travelled 21-March-2022


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Excellent lecturer and tour manager who went that extra mile to assist navigating through scary Madrid Airport.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 21-March-2022


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This is no reflection on the tour itself, just an observation. I was not aware that some Madrid galleries e.g. reina sofia have NO seating in the main galleries. Standing for over an hour after 4 days of similar experiences was too much for me and others. Can the travel industry lobby Spain's cultural people to make these places a bit more people friendly please. I wanted to see the art, not spend time looking desperately for a seat.

Review by Poole who travelled 21-March-2022


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Expert art guide excellent. Food in hotel poor. Flight times could have been better - later in the morning to leave and an afternoon departure from Madrid

Review by Glasspoole who travelled 21-March-2022


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