A luxurious survey of Spain’s rich and diverse architecture and art, with some of the best museum touring available anywhere.
Superbly elegant hotels in Madrid and Barcelona, and a parador above Toledo.
Madrid is Europe's fourth largest city (after London, Paris and Milan) and its highest capital, at 2,132 feet above sea level.
Three nights in Valencia. Valencia’s compact historic center bears the marks of a spectacular two-thousand-year mix of Roman, Muslim, and Christian civilizations.
This tour affords a luxurious survey of Spain’s rich and diverse architecture and art, with some of the best museum touring available anywhere. In addition to operatic performances at some of the finest houses—historic and new—in the world, we will stay in superbly elegant hotels in Madrid and Barcelona, a parador above Toledo with one of the finest vistas in Spain, and one of the premier seaside resorts in the world for our three nights in Valencia.
Madrid is Europe's fourth largest city (after London, Paris, and Milan) and its highest capital, at 2,132 feet above sea level. Its architectural gems abound, and the museum experiences to be had are perhaps the finest in the world, with the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen-Bornomisza on the celebrated Art Walk, Paseo del Arte. Here we will see a David McVicar production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at the magnificent Teatro Real. As well, we visit the Prado, explore the Madrid of the Habsburgs, and enjoy a day trip to the majestic El Escorial.
Toledo is a true gem, a meeting point of Jewish, Christian, and Moorish cultures. We rarely spend only one night in any city, but the quality of the touring and our accommodations make it a very worthwhile, albeit brief, stop en route to Valencia.
Valencia’s compact historic center bears the marks of a spectacular two-thousand-year mix of Roman, Muslim, and Christian civilizations. The gorgeous buildings, historic sights, squares, gardens, museums and charming little streets are a delight to get lost in. Valencia’s Latin name means “strength” or “valor,” qualities still evident in the city’s art, architecture, and many of its native sons and daughters. It is the birthplace of paella, yes, but also of poets, painters, politicians, composers, and architects—namely Santiago Calatrava, whose Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències has become the landmark of the city. This magnificent complex of buildings contains the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, one of the world’s most distinctive opera houses. Under the administration of Helga Schmidt, formerly of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and the artistic direction of Lorin Maazel, it is becoming one of the world’s strongest companies.
We end in Barcelona, which has become something of a Mecca for the world's top architects, who have flocked here to conjure up an array of modern structures and avant-garde designs. Here, a contemporary glass-and-steel office block can rest happily within striking distance of a gothic cathedral, a city where the old port has been rejuvenated without losing any of its charm. We will enjoy a performance of Alban Berg’s Lulu at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, experience the city's architectural history from Gothic to Gaudí, and absorb the sights, sounds, and tastes of Catalonia.
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