1. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour
Meet your bilingual guide at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, officially inaugurated in September 1992 and named for Queen Sofía. Dedicated to Spanish art, highlights of the museum include superb collections of Spain's 3 great 20th-century artists - Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Get a close look at Picasso's "Guernica" mural-sized oil painting, regarded by many as one of the most powerful anti-war works of art in history. Get explanations in English and Spanish about 20th-century art movements, such as abstract art, cubism, surrealism and modernism. See important works by principal artists in a beautiful museum that was formerly an elegant hospital building. Take a look at the vaulted hallways, and enjoy a walk in the gardens to admire the building from the outside. Explore the hallways and galleries of the museum with your guide, and learn how and why the talented artists on display created their art. End inside the museum, where you are free to stay and explore independently. Along with stunning works from Spain, the museum puts on temporary exhibitions by international artists in its many galleries, making it one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art.