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Madrid Magic: A Memorable 4 Days and 3 Nights Journey through Spain’s Capital

by Christian Petzold - updated December 21, 2023

Inclusion

  • All tours and transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Accommodation for three nights in three-star hotels with breakfast
  • 24h assistance and emergency phone
  • Map of Madrid

In these four days, you will see the gorgeous and monumental capital of Spain – Madrid and its surroundings. You will explore all the beautiful places and monuments like the Royal Palace,
try traditional Spanish cuisine and wine and experience world heritage cities like Toledo.
Just enjoy this wonderful city.

  • Guides are licensed and experiences
    (by default guide included is English speaking, but of course other languages are available)
  • Vehicles are very modern and air-conditioned.

Accommodation

The three-star hotel is located in a residential and safe area in Madrid. This offer is made for double rooms, but of course they can also be booked optional a single room. In the price included is the breakfast, which will be an excellent buffet. The guests will be picked up for their tours during these days directly at the hotel and of course drop-off there as well.

Price

Based on a group of 25 persons, the price of the program will be per person in a twin or double room will starting from 295 €.
The whole program can be 100% customized to your requirements, your budget, and your flight schedule. We can also adapt the room types if you prefer single or family rooms.

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Madrid 4 days / 3 nights (pdf file)

Day 1

After you arrive in Madrid for the Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights experience, the group will board a modern bus and head to their hotel. Upon arrival, there will be time to check in and relax before embarking on the first tour of your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights adventure.

This four-hour sightseeing tour around Madrid is the perfect introduction to the city. The tour kicks off at the Royal Palace, a significant building used for government events and ceremonies. Constructed in the 18th century, the palace’s architecture and history are integral to understanding Madrid’s royal past, a key component of your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights journey.

The palace spans over one million square feet, housing over three thousand rooms richly decorated with statues and artwork. Notable features include the two famous plazas, America and Oriente, and the stunning Campo del Moro and Sabatini gardens, all of which enhance the Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights experience with their beauty and historical significance.

Next on your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights tour is the Park Retiro, Madrid’s most beloved open space. Initially a royal park, it was opened in 1632, becoming public in 1868. This vast park, covering almost one and a half square kilometers, is a must-see destination in your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights itinerary.

Retiro Park is more than just green spaces; it houses historical buildings now serving as museums, and the central feature is the stunning Retiro Lake. The park also hosts the Palacio de Cristal, a glass palace over a century old, alongside other attractions like the rose garden and significant statues.

Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights

Your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights tour continues to the Puerta del Sol, the city’s most famous landmark. This bustling square is a hub of activity and history, housing the Real Casa de Correos with its iconic clock tower and other important monuments.

Puerta Del Sol

Another highlight of your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights tour is Plaza Mayor, located in the heart of the city. This expansive square, surrounded by residential buildings with over two hundred balconies, is a significant historical and cultural site in Madrid.

Plaza Mayor Mandrid

The Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights tour will also take you past the Cathedral, Plaza de la Vila, Puerta del Alcala, Gran Via, Plaza de Cibeles, and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, offering a comprehensive first impression of Madrid’s charm.

To conclude the day of your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights adventure, enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional Spanish restaurant, offering a full meal course with local delicacies. After dinner, you’re free to explore Madrid at your own pace or relax at your hotel, ready for the next day of your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights journey.

Day 2

After the refreshment at the buffet breakfast the day begins with full day trip (9 hours) to tow amazing cities in the surrounding of Madrid: Avilla and Segovia. Avila is a Spanish town with walls and 90 towers, which is surrounding the Old City with its monumental treasures. Segovia is famous for its Alcazar and is a beautiful medieval fortress.

Segovia1

Avila is one of the most picturesque cities in all of Spain. It is most famous for its medieval walls that close in the city. They surround Avila and considered the largest, totally illuminated monument in the world.

Avila Spain

Over 12 meters tall and 2500 meters long, the walls are impossible to miss. They were built in between the eleventh and fourteenth Centuries and have managed to still stand the same way they did one thousand years ago. Built in the Romanesque style, these walls are unique to Avila in all of Spain.

The city is also famous for its tremendous number of churches and cathedrals. The most famous of which is the Cathedral of Avila. Over seven hundred years old it is a must see in Avila. There are many other things to see in your visit including the Basicila de San Vincente, Palacio de Don Diego del Aguila and the Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas.

The excursion continues with a visit to Segovia, which is one of nine towns that make up the state of Castile and Leon. UNESCO named Segovia a World Heritage City in 1985. Segovia has two defining features, both of which are nothing short of stunning.

The first is the Aqueduct. Built around 100 A.D. it is a prime example of Roman engineering. Spanning 818 meters, the Aqueduct is a sight for the eyes and was used for almost two thousand years to bring water into the city. With one hundred and sixty six arches composed of over twenty five thousand granite blocks it is one of the most impressive structures in all of Spain. It can be found in the Plaza del Azoguejo but can be seen from all over the city.

Plaza Del Azoguejo

The second feature is the Segovia Cathedral. This is the last gothic cathedral built in Spain and one of the most beautiful. Over four hundred years old, the Cathedral is another icon of Segovia. Its bell tower, at 90 meters high, is the highest structure in the city and can be seen from anywhere. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest structure in all of Spain.

Segovia Cathedral

There is much more to see in Segovia, aside from these two incredible pieces of architecture. The Alcazar of Segovia is an ancient royal palace over one thousand years old. The Alcazar gardens should not be missed either. With many museums, arches, churches and tons of other things to absorb, Segovia is a memorable and unique day trip from Madrid.

After this amazing day trip the bus drives you back to the hotel and you can enjoy the rest of your day in Madrid.

Day 3

Today you will explore another city in the surroundings of Madrid. Just 50 minutes outside from Madrid there is the medieval capital of Spain: Toledo, which should not be missed. Although it is now a place for tourists to come and see, five hundred years ago it was the bustling city center of Spain for centuries.

Toledo 3

Given the honour of a World Heritage city, Toledo is as important as any other place in Spain and equally beautiful. The old city walls border Toledo and its winding, stone roads and picturesque buildings.

Toledo has been populated for thousands of years by almost every major empire to conquer what is now central Europe. Because of this there are remains of each dynasty sprinkled throughout the city. When you are in this city you are truly in the middle of history.

The city is famous for being the main place of co-existence for Jews, Christians and Muslims from seven hundred A.D. until fourteen hundred A.D. Many different religious monuments and buildings stood next to one another and people were free to practice whatever religion they wanted to. During the 16th Century it was home to the Spanish monarchy and was the capital city.

The first thing you see when entering Toledo is the Puerta Bisagra, the main entrance to the fortified city. When you pass through this gate you are actually passing through fifteen hundred years of history!

Puerta Bisagra

Alcazar is a spectacular castle, but was once a fortress and because of that has been rebuilt numerous times due to conflict and fires. There are many old cathedrals, mosques, synagogues and monasteries all over the city. Other highlights include an assortment of interesting museums, a walk along the river Tajo and if you are lucky some amazing Fiestas.

After this excursion the bus will drive you back to the hotel and you can enjoy your free time during the rest of the day. Of course there are also some options, which can be added if you wish:

1. Visit to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium:

Real Madrid is famous for being the richest football club in Spain. Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is the home to Real Madrid and has been since 1947. It is one of the largest football stadiums in the world holding over eighty-five thousand people at one time.

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

2. Visit to the Prado Museum:

There is no better place in the world to see Spanish art than the Museo del Prado. It is the largest and most well-known art museum in Spain, which was originally built in the 1700s in the Neo-Classical style. Some of the paintings found here date back over nine hundred years ago and are still on display today. The Prado is considered one of the most impressive art galleries and museums in the world, ranked seventh in Europe, and is the most visited gallery in Europe besides those in London and Paris. The day ends with a full meal and farewell dinner in a restaurant where you can enjoy the typical Spanish food and wines.

Prado Museum1

Day 4

On the last day, you can enjoy your free time and explore Madrid on your own. You can use it to make some shopping in the famous street Gran Via, take a delicious cocktail in an insider bar or walk along the streets – just enjoy the charm of this city.

 

According to your flight time, there will be a later transfer to the airport and your flight back home, but one is for sure: You will never forget your memorable visit to Madrid.

  • Watch a bullfight: On Sundays from March to October, we can arrange a visit to a bullfight for your group. From 10€ per person, depending on the venue and the seats.
  • Lunch in a typical Spanish restaurant – from 15€ per person
  • Choice of freshly prepared lunch boxes including salad, sandwich, and drink for a lunch break during your tour – 15€ per person

Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights Beyond The Itinerary

Madrid, the vibrant core of Spain, stands tall and resplendent in countless Spain itineraries. A snapshot of Madrid 4 days and 3 nights offers just a teaser of the city’s vast riches. But to genuinely feel its heartbeat and absorb its cultural richness, one needs a deeper immersion. Let’s journey together, maximizing every moment of these Madrid 4 days and 3 nights.

1. Parks and Gardens: The Green Soul of Madrid

No standard Madrid itinerary is complete without a stroll through the verdant expanses of el Retiro park. A haven in the midst of bustling Madrid Spain, its green stretches and serene corners provide a delightful respite to weary travelers. But beneath its tranquility lie tales of heroism, love, and Madrid’s evolution. 

The park, known fondly as el retiro, is not just about relaxation. It’s a living history lesson. Standing tall amidst its green is the crystal palace, a glowing testament to Madrid’s architectural finesse. Reflecting sunlight in myriad colors, it narrates tales of eras gone by. Just a few steps away, the sabatini garden unveils itself, blending nature with royal aesthetics in an intricate dance of shadows and light.

2. The Historic Neighbourhoods

As part of your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights venture, the historic charm of La Latina and las letras will effortlessly draw you in. These areas resonate with tales from bygone eras, and every cobblestone seems to hold secrets. 

As you traverse these neighborhoods, the vibrant hues and murmurs of the Calle mayor offer a vibrant tapestry of Madrid’s past. And when hunger beckons, the San Miguel market, or as it’s locally known, mercado San Miguel, opens its arms. Not merely a marketplace, it’s a culinary journey. This place represents a true Madrid food tour, where each tapa introduces you to a facet of Spain’s rich gastronomic legacy.

3. Museums Galore

The second day of your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights should be earmarked for Madrid’s illustrious museums. The city’s artistic fervor finds a home in iconic places like El Prado and Reina Sofia Museum. These repositories of art hold timeless masterpieces that have captivated audiences for centuries. 

Yet, beyond these giants lies the equally compelling thyssen bornemisza museum. Here, the artistic spectrum spans from the haunting strokes of El Greco to avant-garde masterpieces, inviting visitors to lose themselves in a world where paint and emotion blend seamlessly.

4. The Historic Edifices

The rich tapestry of Madrid’s history unfolds in its majestic buildings and on the third day of your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights exploration, these edifices await. The towering Palacio real stands as a testament to Madrid’s regal past, where grandeur and legacy coalesce. 

Its walls have been silent witnesses to history’s many turns. In contrast, the Almudena cathedral offers spiritual solace. Its architecture is a harmonious blend of Gothic and Romanesque styles. Another gem worth exploring is El Escorial, a monumental ode to Spain’s golden age. Serving once as the royal residence, it now stands as a reminder of the country’s power and influence in bygone days.

5. A Different Kind of Shopping

On the final day of your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights of sojourn, el rastro beckons with its unique allure. Madrid’s most famous flea market offers a tantalizing array of trinkets, antiques, and local crafts. But more than purchases, it’s the vibrant atmosphere, a potpourri of sights, sounds, and scents, that makes a visit worthwhile. 

And as the day wanes, a sweet surprise awaits. The iconic San Gines is not just a churro joint; it’s a Madrid institution. Serving these sweet delicacies for centuries, it’s the perfect place to round off your shopping day with a delectable treat.

6. Sports Enthusiast’s Paradise

For those who pulse with the rhythm of sports, Madrid has a special treat. The iconic Santiago Bernabéu stadium is not merely an architectural marvel; it’s where football dreams come alive. 

Home to legendary matches and iconic players, its history is as rich as the city itself. Even if you’re not a die-hard football fan, stepping into this arena during your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights is exhilarating. The energy, the passion, and the roars of triumph and despair resonate with everyone. 

A guided tour of the stadium provides a behind-the-scenes look into locker rooms, the pitch, and even the trophy room, where the club’s rich history of victories is proudly displayed. A visit here, combined with the story of its legends and the tales of its iconic matches, ensures that the stadium becomes more than just a sporting venue in your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights journey—it becomes a pilgrimage.

7. Extending Your Stay

While the allure of Madrid’s 4 days and 3 nights is undeniable, Spain’s diverse tapestry often tempts travelers to stretch their stay. If you find yourself yearning for more, the neighboring regions beckon. 

Experience the culinary delights of the Basque country, where food is an art and every meal, is a masterpiece. The pristine beaches and rich history of San Sebastian offer a coastal retreat, and the sun-drenched landscapes of southern Spain immerse you in a warmth that is both literal and cultural. Each of these places promises a unique Spanish narrative, adding depth to your overall experience.

8. Smooth Transitions

An integral part of your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights itinerary is the seamless transitions between your adventures, and that’s where the Madrid airport comes into play. More than a transportation hub, it’s a symbol of Spanish efficiency and hospitality. 

With state-of-the-art amenities, art installations, and a range of dining and shopping options, your journey—whether starting, ending, or merely transiting through Madrid city—is set to be comfortable and memorable.

9. Guided Experiences

To get the most out of your Madrid 4 days and 3 nights adventure, sometimes it’s best to let a local show you the way. Opt for a guided tour that delves deep into the city’s secrets. 

Explore the traditions of las ventas, understanding the art and intricacies of bullfighting. Discover alleyways and hidden gems of Madrid city that remain elusive to the average tourist. These curated experiences offer profound insights and often leave you with anecdotes and stories that aren’t found in typical guidebooks.

Enrich Your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights

Culinary Delights of Madrid

During your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights adventure, immerse yourself in the city’s diverse culinary landscape. A highlight is the historic Chocolatería San Ginés in central Madrid, famed for its indulgent churros and rich hot chocolate. 

As you explore the quaint streets of old Madrid, uncover hidden tapas bars where each dish offers a burst of traditional Spanish flavor. 

Enhance your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights experience by visiting a local bodega to sample an array of Spanish wines, perfectly paired with fine cheeses and Iberian ham. This gastronomic journey is a testament to Madrid’s vibrant cultural mosaic.

Day Trip to Northern Spain

Enhance your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights itinerary with a day trip to the captivating northern regions of Spain. Experience the contrasting beauty of Asturias or the dynamic streets of Bilbao.

Northern Spain, easily accessible during your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights stay, boasts scenic landscapes, unique architecture, and a rich cultural fabric that differs markedly from Madrid’s urban allure. 

This excursion is a splendid addition to your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights tour, offering a refreshing glimpse into the diverse cultures and natural beauty of Spain.

Exploring the Royal Legacy

Incorporate a touch of royal history into your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights journey by visiting the renowned Teatro Real, an epitome of Europe’s rich operatic tradition. Also, explore the historical legacy of Philip II with a trip to El Escorial, a monumental site near Madrid. 

This majestic complex reveals Spain’s Golden Age and the ambitious vision of its monarch, adding a historical dimension to your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights experience.

Discovering Casa de Campo

A visit to Casa de Campo is a must for your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights itinerary. Once a royal hunting estate, this vast public park offers a plethora of activities including boating and hiking.

It’s a perfect getaway from the bustling central Madrid, providing a serene environment to relax. This inclusion in your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights tour allows for a delightful balance between urban exploration and natural tranquility.

Immersive Cultural Experiences

Madrid’s cultural vibrancy is an integral part of the Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights experience. Attend an opera at the Teatro Real or witness the traditional yet controversial bullfighting, a deep-rooted aspect of Spanish heritage. 

These activities provide a deeper understanding of Madrid’s cultural fabric, enhancing your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights journey with unique and memorable experiences.

Sustainable Tourism in Madrid

Throughout your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights stay, engage in sustainable tourism practices. Opt for eco-friendly local businesses, show respect at cultural sites, and strive to minimize your environmental footprint. 

This approach not only enriches your Madrid 4 Days and 3 Nights experience but also contributes to preserving Madrid’s and Spain’s cultural and natural beauty for future generations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Did you know?

One fun fact about Madrid is that it is the highest capital city in Europe in terms of altitude. Madrid is located at an elevation of approximately 650 meters (2,133 feet) above sea level. This high altitude gives the city a unique climate, with hot summers and cold winters. It’s interesting to think that while Madrid is not situated near mountains, it still boasts a significant elevation compared to other European capitals, which are often located closer to sea level. This fact adds to the city’s distinctive character and climate.

Bottomline

To conclude, Madrid 4 days and 3 nights might initially seem like a brief encounter with the city, but with the right approach and a thirst for discovery, it can unfold into a deep and lasting relationship. This Spanish metropolis, with its blend of history, art, culture, and modernity, ensures that every moment is infused with wonder and every memory etched with fondness.

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