We offer three Spanish itineraries. One focuses on the extraordinary concentration of great art in Madrid, which began with the collections of Hapsburg and Bourbon monarchs at the Prado, and now includes the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia museums. Much of the work is Spanish, and stretches all the way from vivid pre-Roman sculpture, to Picasso’s Guernica. But the city’s collections contain many other wonderful paintings – including masterpieces by Rubens, Gauguin and Van Der Weyden.
Our second trip focuses on the magnificent art and architecture of Castile and León. It was here, in the furnace of the Reconquista, that the religious and cultural identity of medieval Spain was forged – and the region is littered with stout castles, soaring cathedrals and stunning late-Gothic sculpture. In just six days, we take in the highlights, from honey-stoned Salamanca to the royal tombs at the Cartuja de Milaflores.
Our third itinerary is a dazzling seven-day tour of Andalucia, which reveals a diverse and many-layered artistic heritage. Everything from Roman mosaics to Picasso’s later works are considered, but the main focus is on the glories of Islamic Al-Andalus, and the energetic Christian kingdom that replaced it. Most remarkable are the monuments in which the two cultures overlapped – often with exquisite results.