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Madrid: City Experience

Madrid: City Experience

7 days, 1 city25
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From $1339 without flightsPayments as low as $32

A bustling city street with ornately detailed buildings lit up at night with a pink sunset in the background
A bustling city street with ornately detailed buildings lit up at night with a pink sunset in the background
A building with many glass details situated next to the water with a fountain in front of the building
Large outdoor displays of ancient ruins surrounded by water
A plate of intricately plated food on a table
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Why go?

You haven’t really been to Spain until you’ve roamed the streets, savored the tapas, and danced ’til dawn in the capital city of Madrid. Authentic, immersive, unforgettable—this trip is all that and a plate of patatas bravas.

Picture yourself

  • Winding through the immense collection of art in Madrid

  • Drooling over handmade tapas

  • Dancing the night away in the city’s massive nightclubs

  • Sipping coffee and wandering through Retiro Park

  • Getting medieval in the picturesque city of Toledo

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 5 nights in handpicked, city-center accommodations

  • 5 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Wine and tapas tour

  • Insider tour of Madrid with local guide

Map for the Madrid: City Experience tour
Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight flight

    Board your overnight flight to Madrid, where old and new mix together like booze and fruit salad. Yes, we’re talking about sangria, and yes, it’s delicious.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Madrid

    Welcome to Madrid! Spain’s capital is famous for its world-class art museums, never-ending nightlife, and the best (only?) calamari sandwich you’ve ever had.

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative and fellow travelers as they arrive at the airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with your group.
  • Day 3: Tour Madrid + wine and tapas tour

    Today you'll see all the best Madrid has to offer with a local guide on a tour of the city. And in the evening, discuss your plans to stay in Spain forever over some tapas and wine.

    Today's highlights:

    • Journey to the heart of Madrid at Puerta del Sol, aka the “Gate of the Sun.”
    • Enjoy the outdoors and a bronze statue of King Phillip III at Plaza Mayor.
    • Check out the Picassos and Dalís at the Reina Sofia museum.
    • Take down tapas, wine, and more tapas with your group.
  • Day 4: Free day in Madrid + included dinner

    You’re free, amigos! Spend today getting to know some new parts of the city by foot or by metro (it’s easy to navigate, we promise). Oh btw, tonight you have an included dinner with your group—nom.

    Free time suggestions

    The Prado Museum: Snag tickets to this world-renowned museum with paintings and sculptures from Rembrandt, Monet, Velázquez, and so many more.

    Retiro Park: Central Park but for Madrileños, this public space is massive, green, and begging to be explored.

  • Day 5: Optional Toledo day trip or free day in Madrid

    Up for a short road trip? Head to nearby Toledo for an optional outing, or stay behind and enjoy more time in Madrid.

    Free time suggestions

    Círculo de Bellas Artes: Have a drink and/or simply enjoy the panoramic views at the rooftop of this Spanish cultural center.

    Temple of Debod: Located in Parque del Oeste (Western Park), this Egyptian temple was donated to Madrid in 1968, and also happens to be a fantastic spot to catch the sunset.

    Medieval Toledo (extra cost)

    Toledo is a stunning cliff top medieval fortified city. It is often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City) since it once was the capital of Spain. Check out the city's massive Gothic cathedral, which is home to 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Explore the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, and then visit the Santo Tome Church and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa Maria la Blanca.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 6: Free day in Madrid + Farewell Dinner

    One last chance to see the sights, eat the bites, and ignore tomorrow’s flights. Get out and seize the day before enjoying a final meal with your group.

    Free time suggestions

    Mercado de San Miguel: Stunning from the outside and delicious from the inside, this must-visit market is a great spot to follow your nose to some traditional Spanish eats.

    Santiago Bernabéu Stadium: In Spain, soccer (or fútbol) is life. And nowhere is that more evident than at Real Madrid’s stadium. Book an immersive tour to sit in the players’ seats, see trophies up close, and feel the luxury of the presidential box.

  • Day 7: Fly home

    ¡Adiós, amigos!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5
Based on 25 authentic traveler reviews
  • Amazing

      Anonymous, traveled Jan. 2024

    This trip was a lot of fun! But way to fast, experience the culture was truly amazing. Especially if you like to party!

  • Amazing trip!

      Anonymous, traveled Jan. 2024

    My trip was great! Manuel was a fantastic guide- helpful and kind and very organized. I loved all the optional activities, especially the day trip to Toledo.

  • Madrid City

      Anonymous, traveled Dec. 2023

    Most of the food in Madrid/Toledo was delicious. Additionally, citizens/residents were very kind and helpful.

  • The Extra Days Really Make the Difference!

      LaQuisha, traveled Dec. 2023

    This is the best trip I have taken so far! At the last minute, I was concerned that I booked the trip in the cold season, but it didn’t turn out to be bad at all! So don’t hesitate to book this trip during the winter; just bring a good coat and scarf with you! Overall, this trip was packed with fun! By the second day, I felt like I had done a LOT within the ... See more

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