– 4 days and 3 nights
Tuesday 17th to Friday 20th April 2018
Led by: Carol Mantle & Norman Peterken
This Trip has been arranged for April to take advantage of the clement weather in Madrid. It can be either extremely cold or extremely hot in Madrid. Therefore, this time of the year will give the best opportunity for seeing the sights in comfort – not to mention keeping the costs within an acceptable level.
Accommodation in Madrid will be half board including wine and water. We will be staying at the Hotel Ganivet in the centre of the city. On our way to Madrid we will visit Aranjuez for lunch. As an option extra you can visit the Royal Palace.
We will leave Moraira and have a stop for coffee en route, arriving in Aranjuez with its famous Royal Palace and gardens. In 1560 it was the Palace of Philip II of Spain who was the Consort of Queen Mary daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Arunjuez has a grid layout of streets for the cultivation of strawberries and asparagus. Aranjuez also inspired the composer Joaquin Rodrigo to compose the Concierto de Aranjuez. There will be plenty of time to visit the Palace and gardens. There is also a tourist train which will give further opportunities to explore Aranjuez. On leaving Aranjuez we will head towards Madrid where our accommodation includes half board.
After breakfast there will be a guided tour of the city including the districts of Austrias and Bourbones, the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Fuente de la Cibeles, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerte de Alcalá the Parque del Retiro. After which there will be free time to explore some of the important sights, monuments and museums.
Visit the imposing and magnificent Plaza Mayor, which was originally constructed in 1577 and commissioned by Philip II. The name of the plaza has changed over time. Originally it was called the “Plaza del Arrabal” but later became known as the “Plaza Mayor”….
….. or the Royal Palace where you will find the famous works of Goya, Lucas, Jordán and the Throne Room and Porcelain room etc.
After breakfast there is an optional tour which will depart from Madrid for a visit to San Lorenzo del Escorial. It was originally constructed by Philip II, where there is a monastery, palace, pantheon, basilica, library and an impressive monument of Philip II.
The entry cost and guide are extra depending on the number of people who wish to go on the tour. The tour will continue on to …..
The Valley of the Fallen (if the authorities permit), which is a commemorative monument to the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. It has a Basilica carved into the rock and the monumental cross.
After the tour you will return to Madrid for dinner and accommodation.
After breakfast there will be a couple of hours to see anything you think you may have missed in Madrid before we head off to La Mancha. We will visit a bodega in Alcazar de la San Juan to taste the wine on offer and to have a tapas lunch. After which we will stop to get a closer look at the La Mancha Windmills before returning to Moraira.
The cost per person will be about €375
depending on the number of people taking part.
Single room supplement: €75.
Optional extras on this trip include: Entrance to the Escorial with Guide and Entrance to the Palace at Aranjuez with guide. The price depends on the number of people wishing to go to either of these venues.
To secure a place, please pay a deposit of 60 euros per person at the Travel Desk at the next general meeting.