The Royal Site of Aranjuez, is located about 50 kms from Madrid over the Tagus river. Old recreational place for the Kings of Spain, which reached its peak during the reign of the Bourbons in the eighteenth century. The ideas coming out of the Enlightenment, influenced the urban development of this lush place that was declared a Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site by UNESCO, integrating the architecture of its palaces to the design of beautiful gardens and woodland. We will visit the Royal Palace, with its beautifully decorated rooms, the throne room of Isabel II, oriental style Porcelain Cabinet, and beautiful palace gardens that inspired poets, musicians and painters.
ARANJUEZ - The Real Sitio y Villa de Aranjuez (Royal Site and Town of Aranjuez) is the perfect spot for tourism, a true pleasure for the senses. It well deserves its 2001 recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Cultural Landscape. The old quarter and historic area are surrounded by spacious, leafy gardens, uniting the beautiful landscape and buildings. The tour includes: Royal Palace and Royal Barges Museum (museum visit not included in October and when museum hours vary). Highlights of the Royal Palace include the Porcelain Room, constructed on the orders of Charles III, and the Throne Room of Isabella II. The Gardens of Aranjuez surrounding the palace were considered the most beautiful of their time. Today they continue to delight visitors with such areas as El Parterre and La Isla, featuring a wide variety of plant and tree species. The Museum of Royal Barges (long, narrow, light vessels generally used in ports and on rivers) was rebuilt in 1966. It presents the vessels used by kings and queens to travel along the Tagus River. Highlights include the gondola of Philip V, although the vessel actually dates from the reign of his predecessor Charles II, and the boats used by Charles IV, Ferdinand VII and Isabella II.
Included services: • Air-conditioning buses • Official guide • Ticket to specified museums and monuments • OPTIONAL: FREE PICK-UP SERVICE AT SOME HOTELS IN THE CENTRE OF MADRID. CHECK HOTELS AND SCHEDULES ON PAGE 49