Madrid is the cinderella of school tour destinations for Irish schools – right under our noses but we never seem to notice that it has everything you could want forom your school’s trip abroad. Culture (and how!), top-notch theme park, compact city centre, great accommodation options, fabulous football stadium, great guided tours and even some top-class shopping! The only question is – why hasn’t your school travelled here before?
Madrid is quintessentially Spanish; it’s the capital of Spain and home to the Spanish Government and Royal family.
Its landmarks include the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor and some of the world’s finest art museums, such as the Prado and the Reina Sofia.
Puerta del Sol is the precise centre of the capital city, from here all roads
Cornerstones are the attractions that should form the core of any itinerary – the “do not miss” items!
Walking tour of Madrid: Despite being home to more than 3 million people, Madrid is easily explored on foot – Ogo Tours will show you its quirky side.
Art museum(s): The Golden Triangle of the Prado. Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza art museums leaves you with only one dilemma – do you leave any out?
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu: There isn’t a trophy collection like this anywhere in Europe – how could you not visit the home of Real Madrid?
Parque Warner: Every tour needs a fun day and Parque Warner is exactly that! A useful tip is to include your adventure park towards the end of your itinerary – students will go home on a high!
There are some fascinating places to visit within an hour or so of Madrid – the secret is in combining the right combinations to make the most of your day!
Segovia and El Escorial: Segovia offers a trio of historic sites in close proximity to each other – the Roman aqueduct, the cathedral and the Disney-inspiring Alcazar castle. Continue to El Escorial to feel the weight of centuries of Spanish royalty.
Toledo and the windmills: Toledo is a former Spanish capital and famous for its steel swords, Jewish quarter and a variety of stunning vistas. Continue to see the windmills of Consuegra – typical of Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote.
You cannot get a better location for your accommodation than staying with our preferred partners at Generator Madrid – Gran Via is at the heart of the city.
That opens up a variety of possible add-ons to your tour, these are just a flavour of what’s possible!
We really don’t feel the need to go much beyond our accommodation partners in Generator Madrid!
Situated just off Gran Vía, the city-centre location can’t be beaten; you can visit many of Madrid’s finest attractions without ever having to hire a coach. Gran Vía is Madrid’s shopping district – home to Primark’s flagship European store and a host of international brands – your only problem might be getting the teachers (never mind the students) to return home!
Generator is a hostel in name but a hotel in design. All the dorms are ensuite and small in size and there are twin rooms for teachers too. They also serve your group’s meals so it really is a one-stop shop when looking for the best accommodation available n Madrid.
Flight routes change all the time, but currently the options all involve flying from and back to Dublin. The route is well served though; operators include:
One advantage is that there’s usually an option of early morning flights out and late evening flights back, meaning that you can cram a lot into a 2 or 3 night trip.
All our itineraries are designed to make the best use of the time available to you – the above itinerary is just a sample of what’s possible.
For our Madrid tours, we have teamed up with Ogo Tours to guide you around the city (and beyond). Javier and Tatiana will bring the city to you and help you notice the little details and the quirky scenes that you just won’t spot from a guide book or with external guides.
San Gines’ famous chocolatería, the El Vecino Curioso statue, the biscuits made by a silent order of nuns, the brass plates in the ground indicating a business is over 100 years old, the 5 centuries of architecture at Plaza de la Villa, where the locals eat bocadillos de calamares and so on – it will be a treasure trove of local knowledge!