09. MADRID ROMA
Art, entertainment, history of two European cities
Info - Madrid
Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin.The city is located on the Manzanares river in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages). As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of National museums,and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which completes the shortcomings of the other two museums.Cibeles Palace and Fountain have become the monument symbol of the city.
Info - Roma
Rome is a city and special comune ("Roma Capitale") in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and the capital of Lazio. With 2.8 million residents in 1,285.3 km2, it is also the country's largest and most populated comune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy.
Rome's history spans two and a half thousand years. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which was the dominant power in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean for over seven hundred years from the 1st century BCE until the 7th century CE and the city is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization. Since the 1st century CE Rome has been the seat of the Papacy and, after the end of Byzantine domination, in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.
After the Middle Ages, Rome was ruled by popes such as Alexander VI and Leo X, who transformed the city into one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance, along with Florence. The current version of St Peter's Basilica was built and the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo. Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Bernini and Raphael resided for some time in Rome, contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations (the Vatican Museums receiving 4.2 million tourists and the Colosseum receiving 4 million tourists every year). Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics.
Stroll through history as you visit Madrid and Rome; visit their museums of international renown where you may view numerous masterpieces of Europe.
Package price inclusions
PACKAGE PRICE INCLUSIONS
BRONZE - SILVER - GOLD
- Flight: New York – Madrid; Madrid - Rome; Rome - New York
- Departures from other cities will incurr additional add-on fee
- Transfer from Airport to and from Hotel via private motorcoach
- Long distance transfer via private motorcoach
- Transportation within cities, via buses and trains and walking
- Accompanying Tour Leader for duration of the tour 24/7.
- Basic travel insurance
ACCOMMODATION - MEALS - TOURING
- 8 nights: Student Hostel (Spain) or 3* Hotel
(Supplement is $500 for single room, and $ 180 + $ 180 for double room)
- Lunch or dinner (with water, other beverages NOT included)
- Entrance fees to 5 museums specified in tour
- Specialized English local guides for entrance to specified museums and city tour. (The guides are certified by the Association of Professional Guides)
Tour cost does NOT include:
- Room supplement for single or double
- Optional Trip Protection/Cancellation Insurance
- Excess baggage fee
- Lunch and beverages other than water
- Tips and gratuities - Suggested fees are listed in the final price quote
- Personal expenses: purchases, phone cards, hotel minibar
Business class upgrades or flight deviations (from departure date/location or return date/location) must be requested and confirmed with the carrier. Any and ALL additional costs are the responsibility of the requesting participant/teacher.
- Visits to cities of art usually require considerable walking as they offer much to explore, learn and enjoy. We recommend you pack comfortable walking shoes.
Museums and Churches, above all, require modest attire. Shorts and bare shoulder blouses or tops, are not permitted. We recommend carrying a light sweater, shirt, or shawl to cover the shoulders.
- Museums also require visitors to pass through a metal detector, and all backpacks and large bags must be stored. Your Tour facilitator will give the pertinent instructions daily for each of your stops.
- Tour buses are not permitted into the cities' historical center and groups will be required to use mass transit or to walk. Your Tour Leader will also address these issues daily.
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DAY 1: DEPARTURE
DAY 12: WALKING CITY TOUR IN MADRID
Arrival in Madrid and city sightseeing
DAY 3: THE OLD MADRID
The Old MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
DAY 4: THE BOURBON MADRID
The Bourbon Madrid
DAY 5: HALF DAY TRIP TO ESCORIAL
Half day trip to Escorial
DAY 6: TRANSFER TO ROME AND CITY TOUR
Arrival in Rome: walking among the roman fountains
DAY 7: IN THE HEART OF ANCIENT ROME
Coliseum and Roman ForumColosseo e Fori Romani
DAY 8: VATICAN CITY
Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine ChapelMusei Vaticani: Cappella Sistina
DAY 9: ENJOY ROME
Enjoy your last day in Rome!
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
In the morning: departure