Driving approx. 9 miles total. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; steady pace. Sturdy comfortable footwear is highly recommended.
At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items including egg dishes, breakfast breads and meats, cereals, fresh fruit, milk juice, coffee, tea and water.
We will depart from the hotel by private bus for the Royal Palace to meet a local expert. They will lead our field trip to explore the stunning Royal Palace, the largest in Europe by floor area, with 3,418 rooms covering 1,450,000 square feet (135,000 square meters). It is no longer the royal family's home, but continues to be the site of official ceremonies and state occasions. Built in the 18th Century on the site of the old Alcázar fortress, it was inspired by Bernini’s sketches for the Louvre in Paris with courtyards, galleries and a parade ground. Particularly notable are the Royal Armory, the Hall of Mirrors, masterpieces by Caravaggio, El Greco, de Flandes, Goya, Madrazo, Morales, Rubens, Sorolla, Velázquez, and many more.
At a restaurant in the city center, we’ll have a tasty set menu with a choice of one beverage included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will return to the hotel where we will be joined by a local expert on Spanish Culture for a presentation on the geography and early history of the Iberian peninsula. After a short break we´ll have a presentation on contemporary Spain given by the same expert.
On your own to enjoy what you like. On-site staff will be happy to make suggestions.