Social Event

Highlights of Madrid Coach Tour, Royal Palace Tour, and Traditional Spanish Dinner

Special Offer:

Book for both the tour and dinner and save £10. Book both the Tour and Conference Dinner together and save £10. A combination ticket for both events is just £60.

AAA is offering this subsidised combination ticket to delegates to provide a great opportunity to take in the delights of Madrid.


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There are a limited number of Tour tickets remaining which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact if you would like to book.

Tickets for the Conference Dinner will be available to purchase on-site at the Registration Desk until the morning of Friday 28 February.

If you would like to reserve a ticket please let Derry know (

Highlights of Madrid and The Royal Palace Tour:

Plaza de EspanaThe ‘Highlights of Madrid’ coach tour will give you an opportunity to see the iconic roads, monuments and buildings of the beautiful city of Madrid and learn something of its remarkable history from a local experienced guide. Amongst the sites you will see are the Bernabeu Stadium of Real Madrid; Paseo de la Castellana, which is the largest and widest avenue in Madrid; Plaza de Colon, built to commemorate Christopher Columbus; Cibeles Square and Palace with its striking marble fountains; Gran Via also known as “Spanish Broadway”; Plaza de España where you will see the monument to the Spanish novelist and poet Miguel de Cerrantes Saavedra and Plaza de Oriente featuring an impressive statue of Philip IV of Spain and bronze statues of Don Quixote and Sandro Panza amongst others. The coach will then drop you at The Royal Palace where your entrance ticket will allow you to explore this magnificent building.

Madrid Royal PalaceMadrid's Royal Palace was built in the 18th century by order of Philip V on the site of the old Alcázar fortress, a former Moorish castle. Sachetti began the works in 1738, and the building was completed in 1764. Sabatini designed the southeast wing and the great staircase, also known as the staircase of honour. The Palace has a square floor plan with a large central courtyard. The Puerta del Príncipe gateway on the east side gives access to the central courtyard. The Sabatini and Campo del Moro Gardens are among the Palace's considerable attractions, as well as its several different façades. There is some debate as to its artistic style; it is thought by some experts to belong more to the Baroque, and by others to the Neo-classical style. Of particular note among its numerous rooms are the Royal Guards' Room, the Columns Room, the Hall of Mirrors and King Charles III's room. It also contains paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco and Caravaggio.

Schedule: Friday 28th February, 2014

14.30    Depart from the Melia Castilla Conference Centre and Hotel
14.30    Guided sightseeing tour of the city by coach
16.00    Arrive at The Royal Palace
18.30    Coaches depart from the Royal Palace for the conference dinner

Those not attending the dinner can make their own way back to their hotels at their leisure.

Tour ticket includes:  

Coach from Melia Castilla
Guided coach tour of the city
Entrance ticket and guided tour of the Royal Palace

Conference Dinner:

Social EventLa Pesquera: Around the old gate of the Pavilion of the Country Fair in Toledo, the emblematic building of La Pesquera has been built as a recreation of the neoclassical manor houses in Toledo and is regarded as one of the leading restaurants in Madrid.  The impressive entrance to La Pesquera is an exact replica of the one in Toledo and invites diners into "El Patio", where a water fountain completes the scene.

Social EventA welcome reception of canapés and drinks will be served in this area prior to dinner giving you time to soak up the Andalucian atmosphere.



Social EventAfter the welcome reception, diners will make their way to the Salon Principado a private dining room decorated to resemble a Madrid 18th century room in the style of Rafael Doblas and John Paris.



Here you will be treated to a three course traditional andalucian meal giving an opportunity to taste some favourite dishes of Spain (including vegetarian dishes) and sample the local wines (soft drinks will also be available).

The evening will end at approximately 22.15 when coaches will return to the Melia Castilla Hotel.


Schedule: Friday 28th February, 2014

18.30    Coaches depart The Royal Palace (at the end of the Tour)
18.30    Coaches depart Melia Castilla Conference Centre Hotel (for those not on the tour)

19.00    Welcome reception in El Patio
19.45    Dinner in Salon Principado
22.15    Coaches return to Melia Castilla

Dinner ticket includes:  

Coach transfer to Le Pesquera restaurant (from Royal Palace or Melia Castilla)
Welcome reception in the Patio Andaluz
3 course dinner with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee
Coach transfer back to Melia Castilla




Combined Tour & Conference Dinner Ticket


City Sightseeing & Royal Palace Tour


Conference Dinner Ticket