A rare glimpse of the art world behind the scenes…
Fine Art Connoisseur magazine Behind the Scenes art trips are legendary. You'll see art from a new perspective with excursions to museums, visits with artists, and iconic art experiences which take advantage of our deep contacts in the art world. Guaranteed to create a lifetime memory. We've chosen two incredible "art-rich" cities to give you a world class experience.
Hosted by Fine Art Connoisseur Publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor-in-Chief Peter Trippi, this is a continuation of our eleven year tradition.
You are a traveler who loves to see things up-close and personal. You aren’t bothered by standing or walking for long periods of time (1-2 hours) and can navigate uneven surfaces. You can handle the rigors of exploring the world in a hands-on way, even if that means getting up early or staying up late!
Highlights & Inclusions:
Round-trip airport transfers in Stockholm and Madrid on scheduled arrival/departure dates
Nine (9) nights total accommodations in luxury hotels: 4 nights in Stockholm & 5 nights in Madrid
Meals, as referenced in the itinerary, including wine, beer, soft drinks, water & coffee/tea
All transportation within Stockholm and Madrid in deluxe, climate-controlled vehicles
Economy class flight from Stockholm to Madrid
Excursions and tours as outlined in the itinerary (subject to change)
Expert guides with passion and personality
Basic gratuities included
Assistance with air booking (service fee of $75)
Basic emergency medical insurance
Lectures by Fine Art Connoisseur Editor-in-Chief, Peter Trippi
The experience and expertise of CTP Group professional travel staff during entire program
International airfare (fare will be quoted upon request)
Extra hotel nights, if requested
Meals not noted in itinerary
Incidental charges (shopping, spa, food and beverage not included in the itinerary, etc.)
We’ve been able to do a massive upgrade on our hotel in Madrid for five nights, at no additional cost. Instead of staying at the Gran Melia Fenix, we are now staying at the stunning Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid!
We are coordinating a private pre-opening visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid
We are working closely with other museums in both Stockholm & Madrid to coordinate private openings.
DAY ONE – Friday, October 20 – Arrivals in Stockholm
Independent arrivals at Stockholm International Airport. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel where your room will be waiting for immediate check-in at the beautiful Grand Hôtel. Welcome cocktails followed by dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at leisure. This morning we’ll begin with a presentation/lecture by the one-and-only Peter Trippi, Editor-In-Chief, of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, who will regale us on all things art focused in Stockholm. Next, depart for our first full day of exploration in Stockholm. Our visits will include The Royal Palace, Nationalmuseum, and Svens-Harrys Art Museum. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Tonight dinner is on your own. We’ll give you recommendations for some of the best eateries in Stockholm.
After breakfast, we’ll regroup and head off for another wonderful day of all things art related. Today we’ll focus on local galleries, an auctioneer & the studio of a painter. Stops will include Åmells Gallery, Bukowskis fine auction house & the studio of famous Swedish painter Alexander Klingspor. We’ll break for an independent lunch at the restaurant of your choice. After a full day of amazing touring, we’ll head out for a traditional Swedish dinner at a local restaurant.
And just like that, today is our last full day in beautiful Stockholm. After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll commence our expedition of Stockholm. We’ll spend our time on the island of Djurgarden. Some of the venues today include Thielska Galleriet, Prins Eugens Art Museum & the small but surely lovely Rosendal Palace. We’ll lunch together during the tour and then you’ll have time for independent exploration. You might want to consider visiting either the Vasa Museum or the fun and not to be missed Abba Music Museum. Your last night in Stockholm will be dinner on your own. Perhaps gather with some of your traveling companions for dinner at a local restaurant or have a quiet night alone.
DAY FIVE -Tuesday, October 24 – Stockholm to Madrid
It’s time to say goodbye to Stockholm, Sweden and Hola to Madrid, Spain. Enjoy breakfast and a morning at leisure before check-out and transfer to Stockholm Airport. Our flight to Madrid will be: Iberia Airlines #3315 departs Stockholm at 2:50 PM, arriving in Madrid at 6:55 PM, nonstop (4-hour flight time). Economy class airfare is included in your package.
Upon arrival in Madrid, transfer to the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, our home-away-from-home for the next five (5) nights. After settling in, we’ll go out for our first Spanish dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, we’ll once again gather for a lecture by Peter Trippi, this time focusing on the splendid city of Madrid. Next, we set off for a full-day visit to the gem of Madrid, the spectacular Museo Nacional del Prado. Enjoy lunch at the cafe located inside the museum. By the end of the visit, we will certainly have a much better understanding of why this is one of the world’s leading art museums! Return to our hotel this evening for a well-deserved rest. Enjoy a night of room service or step right outside of our hotel to enjoy dinner at one of many fantastic restaurants within walking distance.
Start the morning with breakfast at leisure. With so much to see and do in Madrid, we’ll set off for another exciting full day of touring. Today we’ll spend time at the following venues; Sorolla Museum to enjoy works by Joaquín Sorolla, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, San Fernando Fine Art Royal Academy, and Museo Lázaro Galdiano. Time permitting, we’ll make another stop or two. Today lunch will be on your own during the tour. This evening gather with your friends for a traditional dinner and Flamenco show!!
Enjoy breakfast before we head out on a full-day excursion to one of the suburbs of Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Today we’ll focus our attention on the Palace and Monastery of El Escorial. The building is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance. Construction of El Escorial began in 1563 and ended in 1584. Lunch is included during the tour. After a long but rewarding day of sightseeing, return to the hotel for dinner on your own.
Breakfast at leisure. On our last day in Madrid, we’ll cover any of the highlights we have not seen yet and of course, you’ll have free time for independent exploring and shopping. Madrid is known for it’s. gorgeous parks and tree-lined wide boulevards. Lunch included. This evening it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers and to Madrid. Gather for our wonderful farewell dinner.
The Grand Hôtel in Stockholm has been home to celebrities, high-profile events, and everyday bon-vivants since 1874. Situated in the best waterfront location imaginable, the hotel overlooks the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town.
Room Category: Deluxe room, courtyard, or side-street view
Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid is a luxury Belle Époque palace located in the famous Golden Triangle of Art of Madrid. For over 110 years, the hotel has hosted royalty, dignitaries and some of the most distinguished guests from around the world. We are being upgraded to this luxury hotel at no additional cost.