Multi-Day Tour

Best of Spain and Portugal end Madrid (Winter 2017-18) (16 days)

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Your Journey Begins To Madrid, Spain

Best of Spain and Portugal end Madrid (Winter 2017-18) (16 days)

Day 1

Your Journey Begins

Day 2

Welcome To Madrid

Day 3

Madrid Of The Bourbons

Day 4

Toledo And Golden Salamanca

Day 6

Holy Fátima, Obidos And Lisbon

Day 7

Lisbon And The Age Of Discovery

Day 9

Free Time In Seville

Day 10

Gibraltar And The Costa Del Sol

Day 11

At Leisure On The Costa Del Sol

Day 12

Granada And The Alhambra

Day 13

On To Valencia.

Day 14

Peñíscola And Barcelona

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Your Journey Begins
None None
Your Journey Begins:Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day 2
Welcome To Madrid
Barceló Torre, Madrid None
Welcome to Madrid:At Madrid Airport, transfers depart for your tour hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a beautiful evening of dinner and wine.(WD)
Day 3
Madrid Of The Bourbons
Barcelo Torre, Madrid None
Madrid of the Bourbons:(Relaxed Start) Guided sightseeing takes you along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana past Madrid’s most famous fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Gran Vía to the Royal Palace and Cervantes Monument before crossing the Puerta del Sol. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum to admire the paintings of Velázquez, Goya and many others.(BB)
Day 4
Toledo And Golden Salamanca
Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca None
Toledo and Golden Salamanca:The morning is devoted to Toledo. With your Local Expert, walk through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets. See El Greco's painting in the Church of Santo Tomé. Join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Later, pass the ancient walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca, with its handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings.(BB)
Day 5
Porto, Portugal
Hotel Nh Collection Porto Batalha, Porto None
Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro:(Relaxed Start) Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. See the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores that house the famous wines. Walk along corridors of casks and get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges (or ‘Eiffel Towers on end’ according to one Frenchman).(BB / DW)
Day 6
Holy Fátima, Obidos And Lisbon
Dom Pedro Palace, Lisbon None
Holy Fátima, Obidos and Lisbon:Head south for a visit to miraculous Fátima. See the basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Then continue to the hilltop town of Obidos, where you'll walk inside the city walls to explore the flower-bedecked houses and narrow, medieval streets. Your next destination is the Portuguese capital.(BB)
Day 7
Lisbon And The Age Of Discovery
Dom Pedro Palace, Lisbon None
Lisbon and the Age of Discovery:(Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belem Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Stop by an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high and dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. The afternoon is free, perhaps join us for an optional experience to the Portuguese Riviera, visited by surfers, royalty, and even James Bond?’(BB)
Day 8
Seville, Spain
Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms) None
Seville, the City of Carmen:Leave Lisbon via a modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. With your Local Expert, tour the immense cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus, and the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar. At night, settle back for a Signature Evening of dinner and entertainment featuring a fiery flamenco show.(BB / SE)
Day 9
Free Time In Seville
Ayre Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms) None
Free Time in Seville:(Relaxed Start) The following day is completely yours to relax, explore, or continue sightseeing in this fascinating city. Our suggestion is an optional experience to the ancient city of Cordoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop.(BB)
Day 10
Gibraltar And The Costa Del Sol
Melia Costa Del Sol, Torremolinos None
Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol:Head south to Gibraltar, attached to Spain yet an overseas territory under British... along the Costa del Sol through exclusive resorts where the rich and famous holiday.(BB / DW)
Day 11
At Leisure On The Costa Del Sol
Melia Costa Del Sol, Torremolinos None
At Leisure on the Costa del Sol:(Relaxed Start) Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.(BB)
Day 12
Granada And The Alhambra
Vincci Albayzin, Granada None
Granada and the Alhambra:(Relaxed Start) Drive through the green hills above the Costa del Sol to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace. With a Local Expert, see the Lion Court, as well as the water gardens of the royal summer residence. In the evening, choose your own personal ambience and cuisine from our Dine-Around selection of restaurants.(BB / DA)
Day 13
On To Valencia.
Barcelo Valencia None
On to Valencia.:Journey to Valencia the 'City of Arts and Sciences'. Circumnavigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos, to reach your hotel. In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Learn the authentic recipe in a fun cookery demonstration with a local chef and savour the flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria.(BB / SE)
Day 14
Peñíscola And Barcelona
Hilton Barcelona None
Peñíscola and Barcelona:Follow the coast to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada, to your hotel in Barcelona.(BB)
Day 15
Barcelona, Spain
Hilton Barcelona None
Barcelona Sightseeing:(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to drive along the Passeig de Grcia. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família Basilica. In the afternoon, maybe experience the great Monastery of Montserrat and see the Black Madonna? At night, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine in true Catalan style.(BB / CD)
Day 16
Madrid, Spain
None None
Depart Madrid:Your journey ends after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport early evening, followed by the Madrid tour hotel.(BB)

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Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art. An ideal journey of discovery in autumn, winter or spring.

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