The Best of Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal — these are two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures, and on this affordable Best of Spain & Portugal tour, you’ll see their fascinating highlights. In Spain, you’ll overnight in Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca. In Portugal, you’ll stay in Lisbon and Oporto.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Praga

Day 2: Madrid – Toledo – Granada

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century Church Of St. Tome, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.

Hotel: Alixares

Day 3: Granada – Montilla – Cordoba

Granada was the Moors’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the Alhambra Complex, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local Wine Cellar and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

Hotel: Selu

Day 4: Cordoba – Seville

With a Local Guide visit the magnificent Mezquita, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.

Hotel: Don Paco, 2 nights

Day 5: Seville

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcazar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the “Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo”, from Star Wars, and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne”, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de Espana and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

Day 6: Seville – Evora, Portugal – Lisbon

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.

Hotel: Roma, 2 nights

Day 7: Lisbon

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera.

Day 8: Lisbon – Fátima – Coimbra – Porto

Stop in Fatima to visit its world-famous Sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?

Hotel: Portus Cale, 2 nights

Day 9: Porto

Discover Porto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a Port Wine Cellar along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimaraes, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Porto – Salamanca, Spain

Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.

Hotel: Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas

Day 11: Salamanca – Ávila – Segovia – Madrid

Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers and visit St. Theresa’s Convent before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.

Hotel: Praga, 2 nights

Day 12: Madrid

The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

Day 13: Depart Madrid

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 24$2,739.00$3,545.00
April: 07$3,169.00$3,975.00
April: 14$2,879.00$3,685.00
April: 21$2,979.00$3,785.00
April: 28$3,129.00$3,935.00
May: 05, 12, 19$2,909.00$3,715.00
May: 26$2,999.00$3,806.00
June: 02$2,939.00$3,745.00
June: 09$2,909.00$3,715.00
June: 16$2,879.00$3,685.00
June: 30$2,809.00$3,615.00
July: 14, 28$2,809.00$3,615.00
August: 11, 18$2,809.00$3,615.00
August: 25$2,839.00$3,645.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$2,909.00$3,715.00
October: 06, 13$2,909.00$3,715.00
October: 20$2,879.00$3,685.00
October: 27$2,809.00$3,615.00
December: 14$2,599.00$3,405.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Sensational Spain

Your 14 Day Sensational Spain affordable tour begins and ends in marvelous Madrid. In between, you’ll discover Spain’s sensational sites and legendary locales of history, culture, and cuisine. You’ll visit the Basque Country in the cities of Bilbao, San Sebastian, and on to Pamplona—city of the running of the bulls, toreadors, and Hemingway’s famous novel, The Sun Also Rises. Venture through the vistas of wine-growing region on your way to Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. You’ll visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Pillar before arriving in Barcelona. Take two days to explore the beauty and history of Barcelona, including a guided driving tour of its famous sights and panoramic views. See Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces before venturing along the Costa Dorada and Costa del Azahar to vibrant art nouveau and modern style of Valencia—and the home of paella!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Praga

Day 2: Madrid – Segovia – Ribera Del Duero – Burgos

The first visit of the day is Segovia, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its soaring Roman aqueduct and breathtaking fairytale fortress. Travelling through Castille and Leon, we reach the Ribera del Duero area, which follows the course of the Douro River and is noted for producing some of Spain’s best wines. Get a taste at a Wine Cellar, then on to Burgos with its landmark cathedral.

Hotel: Almirante Bonifaz

Day 3: Burgos – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Pamplona

The day is dedicated to discovering the Basque Countries as we visit the city of Bilbao, with its contemporary architecture, and San Sebastian, with its beautiful sandy beach. On to Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls.

Hotel: Maisonnave

Day 4: Pamplona – Saragossa – Barcelona

Vistas of the Rioja wine-growing region greet you this morning as you travel towards Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Here, visit the baroque Sanctuary Of Our Lady Of The Pillar before arriving in Barcelona, Catalonia’s lively capital.

Hotel: Catalonia Sagrada Familia, 2 nights

Day 5: Barcelona

This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and to marvel at the incredible panoramic views of the port and city. On to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces.

Day 6: Barcelona – Valencia

Travel along the Costa Dorada today and on to the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) to arrive in Valencia, birthplace of paella! Combining striking modern architecture with Art-Nouveau-style buildings and the Old Town, Valencia is one of the most innovative Spanish cities enjoying a very high quality of life.

Hotel: Sercotel Acteon Valencia

Day 7: Valencia – Granada

Spectacular scenery unfolds as you travel inland towards Granada, beautifully situated at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada and at the confluence of four rivers. Granada is a compelling city where Moorish influence, old-style tapas bars, and historical sites coexist with a young population of university students, graffiti, and exotic tea houses in the Albazyn quarter.

Hotel: Don Juan, 2 nights

Day 8: Granada

Today, your Local Guide will bring to life the world-famous Alhambra Complex*, which Moorish poets described as a “pearl set in emeralds.” Built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, this magnificent hilltop palace-fortress features lavish gardens, and is the epitome of architectural beauty.

Day 9: Granada – Cordoba – Seville

Visit Cordoba, known for the white-washed houses of the Jewish quarter, but also for its magnificent 8th-century Mezquita, a mosque in which a Cathedral was built following the Reconquista. Admire its splendid giant arches, domed shrine of Byzantine mosaics and 856 jasper, onyx, marble, and granite pillars. Continue your journey through picturesque Andalusia, on to vibrant, festive Seville! Tonight, a chance to join an exciting optional Flamenco show to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Hotel: Don Paco, 2 nights

Day 10: Seville

An included city tour reveals the best of this colourful Andalusian capital today: see the majestic cathedral; beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcazar palace with its extravagant Moorish architecture; and the landmark Plaza de Espana, built for the ibero-American Expo in 1929. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11: Seville – Cáceres – Salamanca

Stop in medieval, walled Caceres, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its blend of Roman, islamic, Northern Gothic, and italian Renaissance styles. Later, cross the Tagus River and the Guadarrama mountains to arrive in Salamanca. Here you will experience the ambiance and unique Spanish Baroque beauty of Plaza Mayor, heart of the city and one of the most extraordinary public squares in the country.

Hotel: Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca

Day 12: Salamanca – Ávila – Madrid

On to Avila, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its imposing city walls, monumental gates, 88 watchtowers, and 2,500-plus turrets. This city is the essence of Castilla and the epitome of old Spain. Upon arrival in Madrid, enjoy a guided tour of the city, discovering its royal elegance and its vibrancy. You’ll enjoy the abundance of museums and cultural livelihood.

Hotel: Praga, 2 nights

Day 13: Madrid

Spend the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace or to join one of our optional excursions or activities.

Day 14: Depart Madrid

Your 14 Day Sensational Spain tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$2,502.00$3,169.00
April: 18$3,059.00$3,822.00
April: 25$3,029.00$3,792.00
May: 02, 09, 16$2,939.00$3,702.00
May: 30$2,999.00$3,762.00
June: 06$2,999.00$3,762.00
June: 13, 20$2,939.00$3,702.00
July: 11$3,139.00$4,089.00
July: 18$2,879.00$3,642.00
August: 08$2,879.00$3,642.00
August: 22$2,939.00$3,702.00
August: 29$2,929.00$3,692.00
September: 05$2,939.00$3,702.00
September: 12$2,999.00$3,762.00
September: 19$2,969.00$3,732.00
October: 03, 17$2,879.00$3,642.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Northern Spain

Your pilgrimage through Northern Spain begins in the colourful Costa Brava city of Barcelona. Then we weave our way through bull-fighting territory. Visit the culinary capital of San Sebastian and Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Museum. Marvel at the lush northern peaks of Picos de Europa and visit the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela and bask in the golden glow of ancient Salamanca.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Barcelona

Trace the treasures of the north on this grand expedition from Barcelona to Madrid, easing yourself into la buena vida as only the Spaniards can. Delve into centuries of history and the cosmopolitan culture of Barcelona, rambling up Las Ramblas, people watching in Plaça de Catalunya and admiring the whimsical architecture of Gaudí. Later, you’ll meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening drive to see the city’s iconic sights.

Hotel: Senator Spa, 2 nights

Day 2: Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

The unfinished La Sagrada Família is our first stop this morning. We join a ‘Local Specialist’ to see the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name. Later, spend the rest of the day on your own to explore the city’s enchanting barrios, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna – affectionately known in Catalonia as La Moreneta.

Day 3: Barcelona – Pamplona

The feisty former capital of Navarre takes centre stage today. We follow in the footsteps of thousands of exhilarated runners and hot-blooded bulls, see Pamplona’s ancient city walls and Plaza del Castillo, the heart of the city where markets, tournaments and even bullfighting has taken place.

Hotel: Tres Reyes

Day 4: Pamplona – San Sebastián – Bilbao – Santander

Today, we journey to the sophisticated culinary capital of San Sebastián. See the beautiful Bahía de la Concha beach or stroll along la calle 31 de Agosto in the Old Town. Our next stop is Bilbao to view the modern Guggenheim Museum, designed by talented architect Frank Gehry. We arrive in Santander later this evening for a two-night stay.

Hotel: Santemar, 2 nights

Day 5: Santander Free Day

Spend the day at leisure in elegant Santander. Relax on the sun-kissed shores of one of the nearby playas, amble through the charming Old Town or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the coastal town of Comillas, with its cobbled streets. Here you will explore Gaudí’s El Capricho, built in the late 19th century as a summer villa, then carry on to Santillana del Mar to visit the museum dedicated to the impressive UNESCO-listed Altamira Caves.

Day 6: Santander – Picos de Europa – Covadonga – Oviedo

Spectacular scenery awaits today as you travel through the dramatic Picos de Europa which sits between two main pilgrim routes along which you will encounter several quaint historic market towns. Visit the grotto of ‘Our Lady of Covadonga’, a famous Marian pilgrimage site, and the pink-hued basilica made from the marble of the surrounding hills. Later we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ and enjoy a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ lunch and cider tasting with the Castañón family at their Cider Mill. This evening is free for you to explore Oviedo at leisure.

Hotel: Exe Centro

Day 7: Oviedo – Luarca – Santiago de Compostela

The Asturian fishing village of Luarca is our first stop today. Soak up its seafaring atmosphere en route to the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, renowned as the end of the ‘camino’ pilgrimage route that has its origins dating as far back as the 9th century.

Hotel: Tryp Santiago, 2 nights

Day 8: Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share insights into the ‘Way of Saint James’ and explain why thousands of people attempt the life-changing pilgrimage annually. Visit the vast Cathedral, reputed to be the final resting place of Saint James the Great, and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four architectural styles. Consider an Optional Experience to the Rías Baixas for soul-stirring views of the Galician coast. The region has long waterways stretching inland that are said to be the mark left by God’s hand when he cleansed himself after creating the world.

Day 9: Santiago de Compostela – Zamora – Salamanca

Journey through the lush Galician landscape and Castile-Leon to Zamora, a veritable open-air museum of Romanesque art. We continue to Salamanca – its golden-hued façades providing an air of mystery and majesty. We join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour including views of Spain’s oldest university and the Cathedral, as well as a walk through the imposing Plaza Mayor, built in the Spanish Baroque style.

Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

Day 10: Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing

Travelling east, we arrive in the fiery Spanish capital, Madrid, for an afternoon of sightseeing with a ‘Local Specialist’. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and visit the Prado Museum, which houses the largest collection of European art in the world. Then, see the Royal Palace, Gran Vía and the neoclassical Cibeles Fountain that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine, toasting to a magnificent journey through northern Spain.

Hotel: AC Cuzco

Day 11: Depart Madrid

For now it’s a fond hasta luego to your newfound friends as our Spanish adventure comes to an end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$3,395.00$4,235.00
April: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,425.00$4,335.00
April: 25$3,525.00$4,365.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23$3,525.00$4,365.00
May: 30$3,425.00$4,265.00
June: 06, 13, 20$3,425.00$4,265.00
June: 27$3,550.00$4,390.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,550.00$4,390.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22$3,595.00$4,435.00
August: 29$3,550.00$4,390.00
September: 05, 12$3,550.00$4,390.00
September: 19, 26$3,375.00$4,215.00
October: 03$3,375.00$4,215.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Spain & Portugal

Kick off your Iberian adventure in Madrid before heading to the hanging houses in Cuenca and devouring delicious paella in Valencia. See the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Visit the 14th century Alhambra Palace and experience the passionate Flamenco in Seville before heading to Portugal’s Algarve. Then on to its hilly capital, Lisbon, and Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the vibrant city atmosphere, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city’s iconic sights.

Hotel: NH Collection Eurobuilding

Day 2: Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca, before your journey continues to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th-century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening, consider indulging in Valencia’s fragrant flavours and aromas of paella.

Hotel: Tryp Oceanic

Day 3: Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Our journey takes us through the sierra of Spain, before arriving in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Catalonia

Day 4: Granada – Córdoba – Seville

Tread in the footsteps of Spain’s last emirs, joining your ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, with its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ to visit the mesmerising Cathedral of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is alluring Seville, our home for the next three nights.

Hotel: Meliá Lebreros, 3 nights

Day 5: Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Seville takes centre stage today as we explore this charismatic city. We’ll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a ‘Local Specialist’, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition. The park was built in a Moorish style and features half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We’ll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance.

Day 6: Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion

We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launch pad to the ‘New World’, and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city, said to have been brought here by him upon his return.

Day 7: Seville – Évora

Leaving the zesty scents of Seville behind, we head to the golden landscapes of the Alentejo, where the Brito Paes family await our arrival for a special ‘Connect With Locals’ experience on their traditional Stud Ranch, which has been rearing Lusitano horses since the 18th century. Enjoy a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ lunch in the home of their ancestor before continuing to Évora for a guided sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ to its cathedral, Roman temple and Chapel of Bones. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: M’Ar de Ar Muralhas

Day 8: Évora – Lisbon Sightseeing

We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon, where we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights including the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery and the Belém Tower.

Hotel: Olissippo Marquês de Sá, 2 nights

Day 9: Lisbon Free Day

Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon’s seven hills. You may choose to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Day 10: Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage, where we will visit its 18th-century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.

Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

Day 11: Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid

See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walk through its streets. We’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ and the former Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Later, ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness local craftsmen at work creating inlaid steel the traditional way. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon, 2 nights

Day 12: Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we’ll see the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the royal family. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your own terms. Admire the world’s finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed City of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13: Depart Madrid

For now it’s time to say a fond adiós to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,850.00$4,820.00
May: 03, 10, 17$3,850.00$4,820.00
May: 24, 31$3,875.00$4,845.00
June: 07, 14, 21$3,875.00$4,845.00
June: 28$3,895.00$4,865.00
July: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,895.00$4,865.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,895.00$4,865.00
September: 06, 13, 20$4,025.00$4,995.00
September: 27$3,975.00$4,945.00
October: 04, 11$3,975.00$4,945.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Grand Spain & Portugal

Enjoy an in-depth portrait of the local people, their cultural heritage and their multifaceted countries; this trip includes adventuring in Santander, San Sebastián and Barcelona.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid

Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of good food and wine. During your time in Madrid you will travel along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive will take you through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city.

Day 2: The old Capital of Toledo and on to Granada

Venture south to meet a master craftsperson in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Continue to the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain’s capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco’s famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.’ Your journey continues to Granada.

Day 3: The Alhambra Palace and Seville, City of Carmen

‘There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada’, cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits – a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert and also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville where a Local Expert will guide you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar to see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, but now the cathedral bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and see his tomb enriched with the spoils of the New World.

Day 4: Free Time in Seville

This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city’s romantic aura and explore as you wish. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Córdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. Visit Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With some free time for dinner, head next door to Triana market and stroll through the many colourful stalls where vendors are selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet?

Day 5: To Lisbon

Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop in Huelva for a demonstration of ham cutting and a tasting of fresh jamón ibérico.

Day 6: Lisbon

During your stay, a guided orientation of the city with your Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter and enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful Portuguese Riviera?

Day 7: Holy Fátima and Salamanca

Travel into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Cross the border, returning to Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings and the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Across the River Tormes, see the Puente Romano with 15 of its 26 arches dating from the time of the ancient Romans.

Day 8: Ávila and on to Madrid

Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Walk within the ancient city that is still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls, a unique occurrence in Europe. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a lively Highlight Dinner.

Day 9: Madrid of the Bourbons

Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. A highlight of your escorted journey will be a visit to the Prado Museum. Discover countless works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others as you are guided by a local art historian. The afternoon is free for you to relax at a cafe or shop in the boutiques.

Day 10: Through Rueda to Santiago

Journey through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castile and continues past the impressive Castillo de la Mota, conquered by Queen Isabella. Some of Spain’s most fashionable white wines are produced in Rueda and this morning we have the opportunity to learn how they are made and sample the delights of the Verdejo grape. Travel on to Santiago de Compostela, where the tomb of the Apostle St. James was miraculously discovered in the Middle Ages.

Day 11: Saintly Santiago de Compostela

Explore Santiago de Compotela with Insight Choice. Choose between joining a city tour with a Local Expert and visit Praza do Obradoiro to admire the cathedral facade festooned with architectural frills. Alternatively, embark on a scenic walk on part of the Way of St James, through parks and gardens that transform with the seasons. Relax during your free time or explore the narrow streets and old squares of this city.

Day 12: The Costa Verde to Oviedo

Pass through the ancient forests of Galicia and cross to the Green Coast of Asturias – one of Spain’s most beautiful, named after the colour of the sea and the pine and eucalyptus trees that line the shore. Meet a true local, Flor, who will invite you to join her for lunch. Hear about daily life as you enjoy a delicious meal, typical of the region, that Flor has freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by delicious local cider. Your route reveals glorious coastal vistas before turning inland to travel through old villages and deep valleys en route to Oviedo. Continue on to Oviedo where a Local Expert will show you the 9th century churches built when the city was the capital of Christian Spain. Visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour in the stately square of Plaza Alfonso II. Admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the finest in Europe.

Day 13: Santander

See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de Onís as you head into the foothills of the Picos de Europa, a national park encompassing spectacular mountain and gorge scenery. Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo, who achieved the first Christian victory over the Moors in 722. Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while travelling to Santillana del Mar, arguably the most beautiful village in Spain. Stroll through the rustic cobblestone streets, admiring stone houses decorated with carved, heraldic symbols and reach the delightful church square. Continue on to the sophisticated beach resort of Santander where you have free time in the evening to enjoy this luxurious hotel. Why not take the time to explore the hotel terrace with stunning views of the bay below or relax with one of the many therapy treatments offered at the hotels spa?

Day 14: Bilbao and San Sebastián

In nearby Bilbao, admire the striking modern architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, one of the world’s most spectacular buildings. Enjoy the views as you are driven along part of the Costa Vasca, dotted with small coastal fishing villages. Pause in Getaria, at the mouth of the Urola, to see El Ratón, the mouse-shaped rock. Continue to San Sebastián, pearl of the Cantabrian coast, set on its shell-shaped bay. Admire its beauty as you walk with your Local Expert through the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. Atop Monte Igueldo there are breathtaking views of the town and La Concha Bay.

Day 15: The Cantabrian Coast

Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián’s boardwalk and with the city harbour filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps you’ll want to explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, also known as Little Paris? Maybe stroll the promenade of the famous La Concha bay or enjoy the boutiques of the Old Town?

Day 16: Pamplona and on to Barcelona

Journey to the famed town of Pamplona, known for its Running of the Bulls festival. With time free for you to explore, perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street or visit Café Iruña, immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in the ‘The Sun Also Rises.’ Your travels continue to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions.

Day 17: Barcelona, City of Gaudí

Wake up ready to embrace the city’s artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, and walk through the Roman Gate to see its narrow lanes and old squares. You are driven along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to behold Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. As you venture inside, look above to see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows. With the afternoon at leisure, you are free to relax or continue your exploration on your own. In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant. Raise your glass and toast your travels during your delightful Celebration Dinner.

Day 18: Depart Barcelona or Madrid

After breakfast depart for Madrid. A stop is made at Madrid airport in the early evening, followed by the Madrid trip hotel.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18, 25$6,850.00Price on Application
May: 02, 16$6,850.00Price on Application
May: 30$6,875.00Price on Application
June: 13$6,925.00Price on Application
June: 27$7,095.00Price on Application
July: 11, 25$7,095.00Price on Application
August: 08, 22$7,095.00Price on Application
September: 05$7,095.00Price on Application
September: 19$6,895.00Price on Application
October: 03$6,895.00Price on Application
October: 17$6,750.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfast 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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