Barcelona, Madrid & Lisbon

10 Day Package from Barcelona to Lisbon

Fado—the traditional music popular in Lisbon—is characterized by its melancholy and mournful nature. But while you may enjoy being like the locals and listening to the music, your trip to Lisbon will not be melancholy. That’s because Monograms has made traveling to Lisbon, as well as Barcelona and Madrid, easy and hassle-free. To ensure your happiness throughout your vacation, we’ve even arranged for you to have a friend in each city—a Monograms Local Host®—who will be there to help your vacation run smoothly and answer your questions. In addition to the Local Hosts, on this 10-day vacation package, we’ve also arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, sightseeing with local experts, transportation between cities, and intra-vacation transfers.

Your vacation begins in Barcelona, where your Local Host will present you with a destination guide to acquaint you with the city and will be on hand to answer your questions. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. You’ll hear the insider secrets as you visit the must-see attractions, such as Casa Batlló, architect Gaudi’s masterpiece of modernism. In each city, we’ll take you to the sights you can’t miss, such as the famous Prado Museum in Madrid, with a collection of masterpieces of European art; the Alfama in Lisbon, the ancient Moorish quarter characterized by narrow streets and cobblestone alleys; and Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, dating back over 500 years and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, Monograms gives you VIP access, which is why you’ll get to skip the lines at Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona and spend your time inside this amazing, still-unfinished cathedral rather than outside waiting in line!

You’ll have a full day in Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon to explore on your own (with help from your Local Hosts of course). In Barcelona, you may want to take a guided tour of the Picasso Museum, sample tapas on a walking tour, enjoy one of Barcelona’s beaches, or take an excursion to Montserrat, with its 1,000-year-old Benedictine monastery and paintings by El Greco, Dali, and Picasso. In Madrid, how about taking an excursion to Toledo, one of the oldest towns in Europe; relaxing at the Arab baths; enjoying a Flamenco show; or strolling through El Retiro Park, one of Madrid’s largest parks? Be sure to listen to fado music in Lisbon and perhaps climb to the Castle of São Jorge, the highest point in the city; taste a pastel de Belém, a sweet pastry; or visit one of the many museums. Your Local Host in each city will have plenty of suggestions and can help arrange activities to ensure your vacation is all you want it to be.

And did we mention we’ve included transportation and transfers in your vacation package? We’ll pick you up at your Barcelona hotel and take you to the train station, where you’ll travel first-class via high-speed train to Madrid. In Madrid, we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you to your hotel. When it’s time to travel to Lisbon, we’ll take you to the Madrid airport, where we’ve arranged for you to catch a flight to Lisbon, where we’ll pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Add the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve reserved, and the breakfasts we’ve included, and it’s a vacation of a lifetime!


Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2017 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your vacation package includes VIP access to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica. You won’t have to wait hours in lines like all the other tourists or deal with the stress of trying to get online tickets, which sell out quickly! Instead, you’ll be inside the cathedral enjoying it thoroughly.

DAY
1
Barcelona, Spain

Bienvenido—welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.

DAY
2
Barcelona

Starting from Plaza Catalunya, morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudi’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.

DAY
3
Barcelona

Your Local Host has many recommendations for your day—perhaps a visit to whimsical Tibidabo amusement park or where to find a Sardanes folk dancing performance.

DAY
4
Barcelona–Madrid

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (First class) to Madrid.

DAY
5
Madrid

Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM to admire one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Also see Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat), and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.

DAY
6
Madrid

Today, you may wish to visit the church of San Francisco El Grande with the largest dome in Madrid or enjoy a Zarzuela operetta. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day.

DAY
7
Madrid–Lisbon, Portugal

Travel by AIR on selected flights to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

DAY
8
Lisbon

Morning sightseeing features the Baixa city center, and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of ALFAMA, the ancient Moorish quarter. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square and stop to take photos of Belém Tower and the Monument of Discoverers from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its tomb of Vasco da Gama.

DAY
9
Lisbon

Your Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure, such as a visit to the Design & Fashion Museum and where to shop for souvenirs.

DAY
10
Lisbon

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on July 2, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Barcelona
Madrid
Lisbon

NH Collection Barcelona Podium

Bailen, 4-6
Barcelona, Spain

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This modern 145-room hotel, which has preserved its early 20th-century facade, is conveniently located and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout. Dining options include a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, café and cocktail bar. A highlight is the pretty rooftop terrace and bar with seasonal outdoor swimming pool, complete with sun loungers and parasols. Other amenities include a sauna, solarium and gym.

Location & Highlights

This hotel's location in the city's Eixample district is well known for its modernist landmarks, including Gaudi's famous Casa Milà building and Sagrada Familia Church. The city center and La Ramblas are within walking distance and there are many different boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants in the surrounding area.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
Colorful, modern, bright guestrooms.

H10 Puerta Del Alcala

Alcalá 66
Madrid - Barrio De Salamanca, Spain

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district, next to the beautiful Retiro Park, this 146-room modern property enjoys a privileged central location with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout. The welcoming restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean and international dishes and the garden view bar offers the perfect place to relax with drinks and snacks.

Location & Highlights

Just a stone's throw away from select boutiques with a great variety of traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars nearby, there is also a convenient metro stop which offers easy access to all the historic sights and of this vibrant capital city.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
Elegant air conditioned, soundproofed rooms with stylish wooden floors.

Marques De Pombal

Avenida Da Liberdade 243
Lisbon, Portugal

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

This 123-room modern hotel is located in the most prestigious quarter of Lisbon, directly on the tree lined Avenida da Liberdade with exclusive shops and the Marquês de Pombal Metro Station just meters away. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. The hotel's restaurant serves a range of international dishes and after-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the adjacent bar. There is also a gym, sauna and steam bath.

Location & Highlights

Close to the picturesque Edward VII Park, the city center and vibrant restaurant haven of Barrio Alto are also easily accessible, where a good choice of cafés and restaurants can be found.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
Uniquely decorated guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling black and white images of Lisbon and feature ipod docking stations.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Barcelona

Catalonia Ramblas

Calle Pelayo 28
Barcelona, Spain

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.

Location & Highlights

An unbeatable location, just a few steps away from La Rambla and Plaza Catalunya offering convenient access to the metro and bus routes. Designer boutiques, tapas bars, and excellent restaurants are all in close proximity.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
Modern guestrooms are designed with elegant class and offer maximum comfort including coffee/tea making facilities.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

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Madrid
Lisbon

Barcelona

Flamenco

Experience the excitement of a flamenco show, a genuine Spanish art expressing passion and intensity. A must-see by anyone visiting Spain!

Price Range: $

Hop-on Hop-off

Hop on the Barcelona Bus Turistic and you'll discover all the sights that make this city unique.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Zoo

One of the most interesting and unique zoos in Europe. Each animal has its own unique area, designed to replicate their natural habitat. Explore each continent through its wildlife and learn much more about the flora and fauna that makes them unique.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Aquarium

The largest Mediterranean-themed acquariums in the world, the L' Aquàrium de Barcelona is home to a vast number of species, and includes two re-creations of Spain's protected coastline.

Price Range: $

Spanish Dinner in Barcelona

In the heart of Barcelona, framed in the Olímpic Port, enjoy a 3-course meal, including local specialties and drinks, in a typical Spanish restaurant. Dine in one of the many air conditioned rooms inside the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Barcelona.

Price Range: $$$$

I Love Tapas

You cannot leave Spain without trying famous Tapas! Spanish cuisine offers a wide variety of appetizers or snacks. They may be cold or hot and in selected bars, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine.

Price Range: $

Life Style and Shopping Tour

Your own personal shopper will be your guide and translator as you live out your shopping dreams.

Price Range: $$$$

Tapas Walking Tour

You will explore Barcelona's most popular and exotic market, the Boqueria Market. Together with your private guide, you'll discover that its actually much more than a market: it's a view into the lifestyle of the people of Barcelona and the Spanish way of life.

Price Range: $$

Photographic Tour

Experience the city through the lens of a professional photographer as your guide. Sharpen your skills and capture memories for a lifetime.

Price Range: $$$$

Montserrat

Visit spiritual Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery.

Price Range: $$

Cooking class in the old town

Hands-on cooking experience consisting in the preparation of a 4-course seasonal, Catalan and Spanish meal.

Price Range: $$

Spanish Lunch at the Marina

Enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the most popular restaurants at the former Olympic Port. This place offers his guests the opportunity to taste Mediterranean cuisine prepared with special care and expertise.

Price Range: $

The Dali Museum and Girona tour

Join us on a short high-speed train ride from Barcelona to Dali's home of Figueres, where you'll experience one of the largest and most interesting collections of his works. The day doesn't stop there, as you'll experience Girona, a jewel of culture and history.

Price Range: $$$$

The Montjuic & Panoramic Tour

Visit the waterfront with the old port. View the fisherman's old port and the Columbus monument, built in his honor in 1888. From the mayor's lookout, Mirador de Miramar, enjoy spectacular views over Barcelona, the harbor and the Mediterranean.

Price Range: $

The Dali Museum Tour

Join us on a short high-speed train ride from Barcelona to Dali's home of Figueres, where you'll experience one of the largest and most interesting collections of his works.

Price Range: $$$

Walking Tour Picasso and Gothic Quarter

This experience gives you VIP access to the Picasso Museum, where you'll discover the bond between Picasso and Barcelona.

Price Range: $

Bike Tour

Difficulty: medium. Please be sure to be able to ride a bike. We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes. In winter, warm clothes and in case of rain appropriate clothing. Rain ponchos are available, should they be needed. Helmets and child seats are available

Price Range: $

Madrid

Hop-on Hop-off

The easiest and most fun way to get to know Madrid. You will be given a map of the city and discount checks for different shops and restaurants in the city.

Price Range: $

Las Ventas tour - Bullring

Welcome to Madrid bullring, the Plaza Monumental de las Ventas del Espíritu Santo, the international center of bullfighting. Feel the heartbeat of Spanish culture and tradition in this unique venue.

Price Range: $

Flamenco

Live the excitement of a flamenco show at the well renowned flamenco house. Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art that expresses intimate and passionate feelings. A must-experience for anyone who visits Spain!

Price Range: $

Traditional Dinner in the Heart of Madrid

Enjoy the traditional "cocido madrileno" dinner at one of the best restaurant located in the hearth of Madrid.

Price Range: $

Arab Bath and Relaxing Massage

The Arab baths of Madrid are the best alternative to reduce the daily stress and one of the most appealing ways to get to know the essence of the Andalusian culture.

Price Range: $$

Bernabeu Stadium Tour

Welcome to the Bernabeu Stadium, where you will be treated to a behind-the-scenes experience of one of Europe's great sporting venues, home to the worldrenowned Real Madrid Soccer club.

Price Range: $

Atletico de Madrid Museum and Stadium Tour

Club Atlético de Madrid´s Museum is considered one of the five best Sports Museum in the world. Visitors could discover the sense, magic and culture of our Club through the valuables exhibited in the showcases.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Madrid. Make the most of your Madrid experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

Price Range: $$$$

Wine Tasting and Iberian Ham Tapas Tour

Learn about Spanish wine and discover traditional Iberian Ham houses in Madrid.

Price Range: $$

Paella, Tortilla and Sangria Cooking Experience

Enjoy this fun introduction to the Spanish gastronomic culture. You will learn how to cook Paella,Tortilla, Sangria, and more Spanish food. After taking this class you will be ready to prepare these most famous Spanish recipes at home.

Price Range: $$

The Majestic City of Toledo

The panoramic view of the city is an awesome experience, and visiting Spain's main Cathedral is truly unforgettable. See one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the church of Santo Tome.

Price Range: $$

Segovia and the Medieval Town of Pedraza

Enjoy an exciting excursion to Pedraza and Segovia, two cities rich in history and Spanish tradition.

Price Range: $$$

Excursion to Avila and Segovia

Together with your local guide, visit the beautiful and historic towns of Avila and Segovia.

Price Range: $$

Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, El Escorial is a historical residence of the King of Spain. Then stop at the Valley of the Fallen to contemplate the magnificent Basilica and the wonderful views of the Sierra de Madrid.

Price Range: $$

Full Day Excursion to Seville by Ave Train - Historic Tour

Travel by AVE train to magical Seville, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a unique guided tour.

Price Range: $$$$

Bike Tour

Whether travelling alone or with friends, our bike tour is the perfect way to spend some hours in Madrid.

Price Range: $

Lisbon

Fado Music and Dinner

Treat yourself to an evening of Fado music and dinner at a local restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Nostalgic Tram Tour of Lisbon and "Ginginha" Tasting (Small Group)

Enjoy a nostalgic ride throughout Old Lisbon in a traditional Tram. After the ride through the most typical quarters of Lisbon you will taste the famous "ginginha" cherry liquor.

Price Range: $$

Full Day Excursion to Sintra, Cape Roca, Cascais and Estoril

Drive along the coast, admiring the beaches, passing the well-known village of Estoril and the mouth of the Tagus River. Enjoy fine views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Price Range: $$$$

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Lisbon

Barcelona

Barcelona Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Barcelona and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Barcelona and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Barcelona insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Barcelona

Hello, my name is Francesca and I am a Monograms Local Host in Barcelona. I would like all Monograms visitors to enjoy this amazing city as much as possible; my goal is that they depart loving Barcelona as much as I do.

La Pedrera Secreta

Antoni Gaudí's last residential building, and one of his most innovative landmarks, is a work of art in its own right. The Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (Catalan for quarry), was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. “Secret Pedrera” will allow you to discover the secrets hidden inside the building when night falls.

Catalan National Art Museum

Housed in the National Palace, the Catalan National Art Museum includes one of the most important Romanesque painting collections in the world.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Take a short train ride from the center of Barcelona, then catch a funicular train from the half-way point, to reach the top of the mountain and Tibidabo Amusement Park. It was built in 1889 and many of its 25 rides date back to this time, giving the park a whimsical feel.

Magic Fountain

Enjoy this spectacular show of water, lights, and music held in an area which stretches from the National Palace to Plaza de España. Ask your Local Host for details about days and times of this entertaining attraction.

Football Club Barcelona Stadium (Camp Nou)

If you're a football (soccer) fan, ask your Local Host for directions to view the stadium of the world-famous team. Maybe even see a match!

Cosmo Caixa Science Museum

A museum, for people of all ages, designed to stimulate knowledge and opinion of science through exhibitions and a wide variety of activities.

Sardanes Folk Dancing

La Sardana, sometimes also called the "sardanes" dance, is the traditional group folk dance of Catalonia. The music is provided by a "cobla" woodwind band. Ask your Local Host for more information.

Miró Foundation

Contemporary art lovers should visit the Miró Foundation, located on Montjuïc hill, to view the permanent collection of Joan Miró.

Port Olimpic

Barcelona's Port Olimpic was built to coincide with the 1992 Olympic Games, and its appearance on the city landscape is perhaps the most notable of the building projects the sporting event left behind; one of the most attractive areas of the city to visit, full of bars, restaurants, leisure facilities and modern sculptures.

Catalan Cuisine

Among the most typical dishes, you will find Escudella i carn d'olla (a delicious soup of pork, beef, & chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, & potatoes); Butifarra (Catalan sausage); and Arroz a la cazuela (similar to paella). Seafood specialties include La zarzuela (a mixture of halibut, monkfish, prawns, squid & mussels); or Suquet de peix, (cod fish soup). Two of the most popular dishes of the region are Escalivada (grilled eggplant & red peppers in an olive oil & garlic sauce); and Esqueixada de bacalao (a cold codfish salad). For dessert, taste the famous Crema catalana (custard); Mel i mato (cottage cheese with honey); and Postre de músico (the traditional Catalan “musician's dessert” nuts). In Barcelona, you can also enjoy a fine selection of wines from the nearby Penedès region.

Traditional Souvenirs

Take home Cava, a local sparkling wine similar to champagne. It can be white or rosé - both are delicious; Anís del mono, an anise-based liqueur is also popular. Spanish sausages such as Fuet or Chorizo; Carquinyolis, artisan crunchy almond biscuits; a handcrafted Gaudí keepsake; a souvenir of the legendary FC Barça football team; or the traditional porrón, a Catalan glass wine pitcher.

Barcelona Beaches

Barcelona's coastline is over 4 km. long and offers a wide variety of excellent beaches. Barceloneta beach, nearest to the city center, is located in the traditional fishing district “La Barceloneta” and is one of the city's best-loved beaches due to its sandy beach and many restaurants and nightclubs along the boardwalk.

Madrid

Madrid Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Madrid and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Madrid and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Madrid insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Madrid

Hola! My name is Nieves. I was born and raised in Madrid, and I am in love with this city! It is full of beautiful things, and I will be happy to help you discover them. Also, conveniently nearby are several UNESCO World Heritage sites including Toledo and El Escorial.

Habsburg Period

Ask your Local Host about a walking route to see architecture of the Habsburg Period of Madrid; discover the old convents, churches and narrow lanes of the city that was the capital of a world empire in the 16th century. Stop at a café, pub, or old market-turned-into-gourmet center, and end at Plaza de Oriente, next to the Royal Palace.

Bourbon Period “Age of Enlightenment”

When Phillip of Anjou was chosen as the new Spanish King, with the name of Felipe V, in 1700, he became the first Bourbon king of Spain. With the support of his famous grandfather, French King Louis XIV, he brought new spaces, modern infrastructures, splendid arches, monuments, and fountains to the city. Puerta del Sol is a good starting point to see what the Age of Enlightenment gave to Madrid. Your Local Host will have details about this walking route.

Literary Madrid

Madrid has been the inspiration for some of Spain’s best literature. The literary district is a beautifully preserved 17th century area. Strolling along Huertas’ street brings to mind writers like Quevedo and Góngora. Cervantes lived in the area, and you can visit the beautifully preserved home of the great Lope de Vega nearby. Pass streets that hold memories of Echegaray and Moratín; and Plaza de Jacinto Benavente in honor of 1922 Nobel Prize winner for literature. Eventually reach Plaza Mayor, which has been immortalized in the novels of Benito Perez Galdós.

Green Madrid at El Retiro Park

Madrid is considered a "green city" with more than 617,000 acres of parks, and some beautiful historic gardens. One of the best options to enjoy Green Madrid is El Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) which dates back to the 1600s. It is the one of the largest parks of the city and belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. It features a lake, rose garden, statues, fountains, and museums. Around the lake, Retiro Pond, many puppet shows perform, and all manner of street performers. Rowboats can be rented and horse-drawn carriages are available.

Royal Palace

Built in the 18th century under Philip V, the Royal Palace of Madrid is a truly magnificent example of palatial architecture in Europe. The halls open to the public contain superb fresco paintings, tapestries, furniture, porcelain and all kind of sumptuous objects reviving the past. The Royal Armory and the Royal Pharmacy are also well worth a visit.

Church of San Francisco El Grande

A neoclassical masterpiece with the largest dome in Madrid, its walls and ceilings are decorated with superb frescoes. The church is designed with an unusual floor plan, the nave is circular and surrounded by chapels guarded by imposing marble statues of the 12 apostles; 12 prophets, rendered in wood, sit above them at the base of the dome. The San Bernardino chapel contains a fresco painted by Goya in the early stages of his career – unusually, Goya has painted himself into the scene (he’s the one in the yellow shirt on the right).

Reina Sofía Museum

Madrid's 18th century hospital was beautifully remodeled and converted into a museum in 1992, with two panoramic glass lifts standing out in the façade. Its official name is now the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and it's a treasure-house of contemporary and modern art. A highlight is the 20th century's most famous painting, Picasso's "Guernica". Another highlight is "Woman in Blue" also by Picasso. Miró and Dali are two other influential artists well represented in the collection.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

An overview of art from the 13th century to the present day - in the nearly one thousand works on display, see first class works of international art created by two generations of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, including the private collection of Baroness Thyssen.

Shopping in Madrid

Madrid is a shopper’s paradise. You can find everything from luxury goods and antiques to religious items. See its exclusive shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Your Local Host can suggest a walking route with specialty shops (some of them more than 100 year’s old), including a wonderful cake store which supplies the Spanish Royal Family. Typical souvenirs to take home include saffron, a bota bag (leather wine bottle), jamon Iberico (cured ham), a Flamenco music CD, olive oil, and hand-held fans.

Cuisine - Tapas, Cocido

There is a healthy pastime in Madrid: having your aperitif with a small side order of food, the tapa. This wonderful pursuit is one of the most important chapters in fully understanding and enjoying the pleasures of dining out in Madrid. Another traditional local food is Cocido madrileño, a chick-pea based stew, with a combination of different meats and vegetables - it is not a dish for the faint-hearted!

Local Wine & Sangria

Madrid boasts excellent local wines from the nearby regions of Arganda, Navalcarnero (historically famous for its’ rosé wines), and San Martin de Valdeiglesia. Sangria is a delightful and refreshing drink with origins that date back hundreds of years when the locals were searching for a flavorful drink that contained alcohol, so they set about making a fruit punch out of red wine.

El Botin Restaurant

The Guinness Book of Records calls this the world's oldest restaurant (est. 1725), and Hemingway was a frequent visitor. There are four floors of tile and wood-beam dining rooms. The specialties are cochinillo (roast pig) and cordero (roast lamb). It is rumored that Goya washed dishes here before he made it as a painter.

Opera, Zarzuela Operetta

Ask your Local Host for information about opera performances or the “Zarzuela” a type of Spanish musical play or operetta that started as a popular court entertainment in the mid 17th century.

Lisbon

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lisbon. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Lisbon and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Lisbon insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Lisbon, Portugal

My name is José. I’m a Lisbon native and passionate about Portugal, especially the culture and amazing landscapes. After spending a few years traveling around the world, I decided to dedicate myself to my homeland and help guests discover the uniqueness of this fairy-tale city.

Igreja de Santa Engracia e Panteao Nacional (National Pantheon)

A Baroque marble church with pink and brown marble interiors, built over almost 300 years (1681 to 1966). Since the beginning of the 20th century, many rulers and national heroes have been buried there. Entry is free, but you can pay a small fee to climb 181 shallow steps to the inside of the great dome and onto the roof for a 360-degree view.

Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George’s Castle)

From the millennium-old battlements of this castle you have a bird's-eye view of the city in the company of roaming peacocks. Inside is a small archaeological museum and down the hill are a couple of terraces with perfect postcard views over Alfama, the city's medieval village-like neighborhood.

Parque das Nacoes (Park of the Nations)

Contrasting with the city's oldest neighborhoods is this 21st-century district showcasing striking contemporary architecture with Europe's longest bridge as the backdrop. It includes a state-of-the-art aquarium, a casino, and a wonderful waterfront promenade.

Berardo Museum

A Portuguese millionaire has put together one of Europe's greatest modern art collections which includes works by Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Dali among others. Best of all, it's free.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Treasures from the East and the West, collected by one man, are now one of the world's finest private art collections. It includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and René Lalique.

Madre de Deus Convent

The Madre de Deus Convent was built in 1509, at the orders of the Queen Dona Leonor, and nowadays houses the very interesting National Azulejo (Glazed Tile) Museum.

Shopping

Port, the fortified sweet wine for which Portugal is famous, makes for a marvelous souvenir to bring home. Hand-painted tiles and cotton embroidery are other classics. Another favorite is Portugal’s cork products -- which could include anything from shoes and belts to handbags and furniture. If you're looking for upscale boutiques, head to Chiado, where Rua do Carmo and Rua Garrett are lined with big international shops as well as a few local favorites -- such as Bertrand, the world's oldest bookstore (opened in 1732). The narrow streets of Bairro Alto are a good spot to browse antique stores (especially Rua Dom Pedro V) and fashion boutiques. The Baixa and Rossio districts are the central shopping and tourist areas. Several attractive parallel streets run between Rossio Square and Praca do Commercio, Some of the older storefronts are simply beautiful, with art nouveau facades.

Portuguese cuisine

Features lots of fish, soft-shell crabs, and meat and rice dishes. Some traditional dishes include Cozido a Portuguesa (stew for meat lovers!), Caldo Verde (Portuguese soup with onions, potatoes, kale), Bacalhau a Bras (shredded codfish), Bolinhos de Bacalhau (codfish fritters), Alheira de Mirandela (sausage dish), Arroz de Pato (duck rice). Ask your Local Host for more information.

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Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $295. Required intra-vacation air segment: Madrid/Lisbon. Air prices were effective on September 14, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).