From Madrid to Toledo: Trade, Treasure & The World Of Philip II
1 Jun — 8 Jun 2020 | Tour Director: Lars Tharp
• Explore three spectacular capitals from across the ages: Madrid, Toledo and Valladolid
• Investigate the themes of trade and power through visits to the royal centres of La Granja de San Ildefonso and El Escorial
• Spend a morning among the treasures of the extraordinary Prado Museum in Madrid
Danish-born art historian, lecturer and broadcaster
Depart London Heathrow 1135 on Iberia, arriving Madrid 1500. Transfer to hotel for seven nights.
Visits in Madrid including National Archaeological Museum and Naval Museum of Madrid (subject to confirmation). Evening introductory lecture.
Whole day excursion by train to Valladolid: National Sculpture Museum, Palacio de Pimentel (birthplace of Philip II – exterior) and Oriental Museum (Royal College of the Augustinian Fathers). Free evening.
Morning: Royal Palace of El Escorial (Philip II’s spiritual and administrative power centre). Afternoon: La Granja de San Ildefonso (spectacular Flemish tapestries, gardens with ‘Baths of Diana’ cascade). Free evening.
Morning: Palace of Aranjuez (focusing on 18th century porcelain room). Afternoon stroll through Jardin del Principe (views of Fuente de Narciso, Estanque de los Chinescos and Casa del Labrador – exteriors).
Whole day excursion to Toledo: cathedral (Gothic architecture, works by El Greco and Titian), Alcazar (court of Carlos V - exterior), Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca, Museo El Greco.
Morning: Museo del Prado. Free afternoon.
Depart Madrid 1335, arriving Heathrow 1500.
1 Jun — 8 Jun 2020
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Please note that this tour will involve a significant amount of walking, including over cobbled and hilly areas, and some sites do not have lifts and will involve navigating steps. Our walk through the Jardin del Principe will cover approximately 2.7km, taken at a slow pace with time to stop and view monuments.
Cost of £2595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £495.
Flight reduction: £150