Recent change (09.03.2017): Museum Day in Spain on May 18, 2017
Due to the announcement of the Museum Day in Spain on May 18, 2017, it will not be possible to visit with groups any of the Spanish museums. Please note that the order of the venues to be visited on May 18 and 19 did change, however all events that were originally planned to visit will be presented during the two days for the partner tours. Please check out the updated schedules for the day on May 18 and 19 below.
During the event, the Madrid Convention Bureau will be present at the BIBM registration desk in front of the exhibition to assist with proposals for gastronomy, sightseeing, entertainment etc. The registration desk will be opened as follows Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 16:00-20:00; Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9:00-18:00 and Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10:00-16:00.
18.05. Full Day Madrid City Tour incl. lunch
The route starts by bus at the Hotel with a guide explaining all areas of Madrid and the history of the city. The main views that the bus will drive are: Puerta de Alcalá, Cibeles Fountain (Real Madrid Celebrations place), Gran Vía Street, Plaza de España and a short stop in one of the emblematic places like Debod Temple to take a photo. The bus will continue to Plaza de Oriente and the tour will continue from there (walking) to see the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral and the Opera. The route will continue with tasting tapas and wine in a nice and traditional bar of Madrid. After those tapas the tour will continue to go to Mercado de San Miguel and to Plaza Mayor, and finally return by bus to the Hotel.
In case of bad weather conditions, the city tour will extended by bus to make sure that the participants will see and learn about the sights without being exposed to rain. Inside the Royal Palace the visitors will receive an extended tour before having the tapas lunch. After the lunch, there will betransportation provided to go to the Mercado de San Miguel (covered market) before the group will return to the hotel.
18.05. BIBM Gala Dinner – Palacio del Negralejo
In 1790 and on the ruins of a castle named “De Negrales”, in an estate on the banks of the Jarama River, a noble family built a country palace. The name of such beautiful palace comes from the woods where it was located, locals tell. A pine forest of the ones called “Negrales” in Castilla with dark trunks and high tree tops. Until 1980 the estate was devoted to agriculture and it was in 1986 when El Palacio del Negralejo initiated its current journey. Full of hopeful excitement the estate owners Mrs. Laura Satrustegui Figueroa and Mr. Javier Acha Valle decided to join the Palace and the estate with their other passion: Gastronomy; meticulously caring to keep the essence of the place they inherited.
[Please note: The dinner will take place outside if the weather forecast is dry and approx 20+ degrees until 22:00. Should this situation not be prospected, the dinner will take place inside.]
19.05. Half Day Madrid City Tour with Prado Museum and Royal Palace visit incl. lunch
The group will leave the Hotel in the morning to drive to the Prado Museum. The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. The Museum’s first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time ist collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum’s collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs. Nowadays the guests can contemplate in the Museum as greates masterpieces as „The Garen of Earthly Delights“ by Bosh, „The Nobleman“ with his hand in his chest by El Greco, „Death of the Virgin“ by Mantegna, „The Holy Family known as The Pearl“ by Raphael, „Emporer Carlos V on Horseback“ by Titian, The „Foot Washing“ by Tintoretto, „Self-portrait“ by Durër, „Las Meninas“ by Velásquez, „The Three Graces“ by Rubens, and „The Family of Carlos IV“ by Goya. The group will have Tapas lunch in a famous restaurant and then visit the Royal Palace, before returning to the hotel by bus.
In case of bad weather conditions, the tour will drive along different sights in the Literary Quarter of Madrid before stopping at the Prado Museum where the participants will have enough time to see the collection of exceptional paintings and exhibits. The group will take the bus to go to the lunch restaurant before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.
20.05. Optional Tour: Madrid Segway Tour incl. lunch
Discover an interesting way to cruise through the heart of Madrid with a Segway! The Segway is one of the most advanced transportation devices to move around in pedestrian environments. It is safe, easy to drive and a lot of fun. After being picked up at the Hotel and brought to the Segway meeting place downtown, the tour starts with a safety briefing and some basic training before setting off on a route through central Madrid, driving from Plazuela de Santiago and passing by Madrid of the Habsburgs, Plaza de Oriente, the cathedral, the Templo of Debod, Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor, Barrio de las Letras, Retiro Park, Puerta de Alcala and return to Mayor street.The participants will enjoy sharing Tapas and wine in a traditional restaurant before returning to the hotel.
20.05. Optional Tour: Bernabéu Stadium Tour incl. lunch
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was inaugurated in December 1947 and since then, this stadium is connected to the history of Real Madrid, one of the most famous soccer teams of the world. The participants will be picked up at the hotel to be transported to the Stadium for a memoriable visit of the stadium, including the marquee forthe players, the playground, the Royal box and the exhibition of the trophies Real Madrid won in the past until today. After a a typical rice menu (Paella) in a traditional restaurant, the participants will be brought back to the hotel.