Corporate Insider’s Madrid Full Day Excursions

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Our guides share their love, knowledge, and passion for these remarkable cities and towns, visiting at the pace our guests are comfortable with and making sure they are equipped with local knowledge for the rest of their time here. Optional additions to the day (or night) trips: wine tastings in local wineries as well as restaurant recommendations and reservations. Prices are based on a 20 person minimum.

The Aranjuez Winery Visit

Just a 40-minute drive from Madrid, we visit two contrasting bodegas in the nearby town of Aranjuez, a World Heritage Site, known for its Summer Palace and 18th-century French-style Baroque gardens. We visit the world’s only Royal winery built by Charles III in 1782, still used for aging the wine today, its wine cellar runs for nearly 300 metres. Following a wine tasting, we drive past the lush market gardens to our privileged setting for our second winery visit set on a butterfly reserve. The winemaker takes us on a tour of the vineyards and the bodega before we enjoy a paella lunch outside enjoying the country air. Optional upgrade: gourmet lunch overlooking the Aranjuez Palace gardens.

El Escorial, a World Heritage Site Excursion

Built in 1584 by Philip II as a final resting place where he could be close to God, El Escorial is perhaps the finest example of Herrerian architecture. This extraordinary regal complex comprises palace, basilica, monastery, school, and pantheon to the Spanish Monarchs. Our guided tour of El Escorial is followed by a stroll through its pretty town of San Lorenzo and lunch at a well known local favourite restaurant. On our way back to Madrid, we stop to visit Francisco Franco’s controversial Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen.

Toledo, a World Heritage Site Excursion

The former capital of Spain with its layers of civilization; founded by the Romans and where Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths have lived side by side. We walk down its cobbled streets to visit the gothic cathedral, the Primate cathedral in Spain, which took 263 years to build. From here we visit the Santo Tome church to see the El Greco masterpiece of the Burial of the Count of Orgaz and then walk into the former Jewish quarter with its Tránsito synagogue and Sephardic museum. We visit the elaborate cloisters of San Juan de los Reyes, built by the Catholic Monarchs as their final resting place and take a panoramic tour around the city walls with lunch in a 15th-century mansion house with its walled garden forming part of the Muslim city wall of Toledo.

Segovia, a World Heritage Excursion

Home to one of the great examples of Roman engineering in the form of its aqueduct, Segovia was made a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985 and combines its historic sights with the day to day hustle and bustle as a charming living and working city. We see both medieval and renaissance architecture on our guided walk through the streets, visiting the lavish House of Picos and the former synagogue, the Corpus Christi church. We visit the impressive Alcazár castle, a former residence of the Catholic Monarchs, and said to have inspired the Walt Disney castle. Lunch is at a well-known restaurant and Segovian landmark. Free time before heading back to Madrid.

Avila, A World Heritage Site Excursion

Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, Avila is the highest city in Spain, known for its impressive 11th-century city wall and home to the mystic and Roman Catholic Saint, Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross. It also claims to have the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in the country. Our guided visit includes a walk along the city walls, a visit to the Convent of Saint Teresa and the Basilica of San Vicente, Sabina y Cristeta. Lunch is at the Parador, the former Piedras Albas Palace, dating back to the 16th century.

Optional upgrade: wine tasting of the high-altitude grenache wines, the latest style to enter the Spanish wine scene

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All tours can be adapted to any group size.
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Because small things matter.
With Soul
… it’s about how it makes you feel.
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Showcasing the essence of Spain while adapting to your group.
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- John Steinbeck

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