Live your passions in the intense fiery capitals of Madrid and Lisbon, the sites of religious pilgrimages and cultural icons, spanning the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula. Live your passions in the intense fiery capitals of Madrid and Lisbon, the sites of religious pilgrimages and cultural icons, spanning the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula.
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Day 1: Arrive Madrid
Kick-start your epic encounter with Spain and Portugal in Europe’s highest capital city, Madrid. Spend your day rambling along tree-lined boulevards and people-watching in the city’s lively squares before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of Madrid’s most iconic sites.
Day 2: Toledo and Madrid Sightseeing
We journey south for an excursion to the hilltop city of Toledo, where we’ll join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco’s most famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’, and visit the former synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. This afternoon, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital, which includes views of the Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family and Cibeles Fountain.
Day 3: Madrid – Segovia – Zamora
Journey to Segovia and see the Roman Aqueduct, by far the most impressive Roman structure in Spain – delivering drinking water across its impressive 160 arches to the people of Segovia in ancient times. View the Alcázar of Segovia and the city’s medieval and Moorish architecture. Travel to the city of Zamora in the Castilla y León region. Your orientation tour includes views of the cathedral and the Church of Mary Magdalene. Then, ‘Dive Into Culture’ and savour the fruity flavours of the city’s refreshingly sweet sangria.
Day 4: Zamora – Santiago de Compostela
Travel to Santiago de Compostela, where you’ll 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.
Day 5: Santiago de Compostela – Porto Sightseeing
Embark on a sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ today in Porto. Wander past Baroque churches and along the winding lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. See the remarkable bridges that span the river, the medieval Ribeira Quarter and the city port. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada’s Alhambra, before you ‘Dive Into Culture’ and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto.
Day 6: Porto – Fátima – Lisbon
Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. We arrive in colourful Lisbon later – our home for the next two nights. This evening perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.
Day 7: Lisbon Sightseeing And Free Time
Delve into Lisbon’s centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover a new world. We’ll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, and Belém Tower. Then, follow your ‘Local Specialist’ on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. Join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.
Day 8: Lisbon – Seville
We travel east through Portugal’s picturesque rural landscapes of the Alentejo – the country’s cork capital and cross into Spain, journeying through the province of Huelva, renowned for its Jabugo ham, before arriving in Seville. The fine art of olive oil production is explored this evening as we ‘Connect with Locals’ over a memorable ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from their 6,000 trees.
Day 9: Seville Sightseeing And Free Time
The charisma of Seville is unmistakable. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour through the city. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Later, we’ll visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, before taking a walk through the historic Jewish Quarter.
Day 10: Seville – Granada
Multicultural Granada takes centre stage today as we visit the magnificent Alhambra in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’. A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra complex was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the other palaces by a covered walkway across the ravine, and admire the intricate design and detail around every turn.
Day 11: Granada – Guadix – Valencia
This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you will see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged in the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area. We travel to Valencia, where we’ll stay overnight to view the Bullring and admire the architecture of its medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Quart Towers. Embrace the city’s spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Day 12: Valencia – Peñiscola – Barcelona
Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñíscola, the ‘City in the Sea’, to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, ‘El Cid’. We continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudí architecture. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ and see the unfinished La Sagrada Família then explore the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name.
Day 13: Barcelona Sightseeing And Free Time
Embrace the charm of Barcelona, ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna – affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta’ – or spend the rest of the day exploring the city’s enchanting barrios. This evening, we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 14: Depart Barcelona
For now it’s adios to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday.
Please Note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 14. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Madrid will be at the Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 6pm, depending on traffic conditions.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 04, 11, 18||$4,425.00||$5,795.00|
|May: 09, 16, 23, 30||$4,475.00||$5,845.00|
|June: 06, 13, 20, 27||$4,450.00||$5,820.00|
|July: 04, 11, 18, 25||$4,450.00||$5,820.00|
|August: 01, 08, 15, 22||$4,495.00||$5,865.00|
|September: 05, 12||$4,525.00||$5,895.00|
|September: 19, 26||$4,475.00||$5,845.00|
|October: 03, 10, 17||$4,450.00||$5,820.00|
|Meals:||13 breakfasts, 6 dinners|
|Transport:||Luxury air-conditioned coach|
|Accommodation:||13 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.