Vantage celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!
Here’s your chance to discover more of Spain’s stately and iconic capital. On this 3-night extension, let Vantage introduce you to this energetic, artistic metropolis — and one of Europe’s most indulgent culinary capitals. Get your fill of tapas on a walking tour that leads you to the bustling Mercado de San Miguel and see the city’s exquisite sights, from the grandeur of Plaza Mayor to leisure opportunities to seek out museums. Come experience Madrid in true Vantage style!
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Fly to Spain
Today, you’ll board an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Madrid.
Bienvenidos a Madrid! Welcome to Spain
Arrive in Madrid today. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport by a representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, enjoy time at leisure before tonight’s Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
Get to know Madrid on a walking tour and tapas tasting
Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore. Tonight, enhance your tapas discoveries with a chance to have dinner on your own in this city of gastronomical delights.
Explore Madrid at your leisure
Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your Cruise Director. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. The evening is at leisure with dinner on your own.
Seek the panoramic delights of Madrid, then board a high-speed train to Barcelona
Enjoy a panoramic tour that shows you even more Madrid highlights on your way to the train station. Here, you’ll embark on a high-speed train to Barcelona, where you’ll join Day 2 of the base tour.
Featuring year-round balmy weather and a trademark fortified wine, the Portuguese island of Madeira boasts a lush beauty that earned its label as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” During your three-day stay in the lovely island capital of Funchal, you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour and immersion into local island life, plus a chance to peruse the covered market at the edge of the Old Town. Raise a glass to this oceanic outpost — the perfect complement to your Mediterranean cruise!
Fly to Madeira, and an orientation walk
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Funchal, historic capital of the lush “Garden Island” of Madeira, Portugal. In the early 1400s, the discovery of the island 323 miles off the coast of Africa was a catalyst for the Age of Discovery. Embark on a short orientation walk alongside your Cruise Director, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the highlights of this lovely town, including its 15th-century cathedral and the scenic Santa Caterina Park, and stopping at a café to sip some of the island’s eponymous wine.
Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town
Set out this morning for a half-day city tour. Cultural Discovery: Browse the fragrant stands of the marketplace brimming with produce carted in from all over the fertile island and stroll the cobbled lanes of the Old Town. Then ascend to the town of Monte, 1,800 feet above the sea. Splendid views greet you from here, but you might thrill more to the mode of transport you’ll use to return to Funchal: a traditional two-seater wicker toboggan or “basket sled.” A pair of pilots — skilled and expert carreiros — guide you downhill for the steep mile-long journey. Back in the city, enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, experience more of Funchal on your own with a night at leisure.
Explore more of Madeira on your own
Today, you’ll have a day at leisure to craft your own itinerary.
Tonight, you’ll enjoy an evening of lively folkloric entertainment and delectable local cuisine when you join fellow travelers for an espetada evening at O Lagar Restaurant. Lively music and dancing set the perfect ambiance for an evening of fun and camaraderie as you savor traditional Portuguese delights.
Head to the Funchal airport for your flight back to the U.S.
Madrid 4 days from $1,399 ($350 per day)