Great Iberian Cities
Allow yourself to be enchanted by Spain and Portugal’s charming cities and sun-drenched seaside towns on a Great Iberian Cities tour. From the sun-kissed Catalan city of Barcelona to the seafaring capital of Lisbon, dance your way through the fiery streets of Spain to the hilly landscapes of Portugal’s spellbinding capital. Enjoy the sweet tastes of sangria in sun-dappled courtyards, Gaudi’s fantasy world and tales of a New World discovered, along the way.
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Day 1: Arrive Barcelona
Ramble up Las Ramblas and get ready for an unforgettable discovery of the Iberian Peninsula. The fiery coastal city of Barcelona kicks off your mesmerising encounter with Spain and Portugal. Set your watch to the leisurely Mediterranean way of life, spending the day relaxing or connecting with a city that once inspired Gaudí’s imagination. Later, meet your fellow compañeros and Travel Director for an orientation drive through some of the city’s iconic sights, followed by a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Hesperia Tower, 2 nights
Day 2: Barcelona Sightseeing
We spend the morning exploring a city whose great passions include football, fashion and fairy-tale façades by famed architect Antoni Gaudí. We’ll see his masterpiece La Sagrada Familia during our guided sightseeing tour of the city with a ‘Local Specialist’, then Montjuic and Plaça de Catalunya, in the heart of Barcelona. The rest of the day is yours to delight in Spanish culture and cuisine. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, affectionately known in Catalonia as La Moreneta.
Day 3: Barcelona – Madrid
Today, we drive through the valleys and pastures of Aragón towards Spain’s capital. We arrive this evening in Madrid, renowned for its vibrant nightlife which we will have an opportunity to enjoy on our own terms.
Hotel: Barceló Imagine, 2 nights
Day 4: Madrid Sightseeing
We join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we will see trendy Gran Vía and the Cibeles Fountain, before we ‘Dive Into Culture’ visiting the world-famous Prado Museum. Admire the masterpieces of Velázquez and other Spanish greats in this extraordinary museum, said to house the largest collection of European art in the world. Spend the rest of your day exploring the city at leisure. Visit the Royal Palace or stroll through Buen Retiro Park at the heart of the city – the choice is yours.
Day 5: Madrid – Toledo – Seville
We journey south to the clifftop city of Toledo, where we’ll join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’, and visit the former synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. We arrive in Seville this evening and immerse ourselves in the effervescent spirit of Andalusia.
Hotel: Hesperia, 2 nights
Day 6: Seville Sightseeing
The charisma of Seville is unmistakable. Your ‘Local Specialist’ will take you on a sightseeing tour past the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, Maria Luisa Park and the imposing Plaza de España. Later, we’ll visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where Christopher Columbus is entombed, before strolling through the historic Jewish Quarter. Meet the Albaserrada family and their horses on their farm in the Andalusian countryside near the whitewashed village of Gerida. Here you’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner featuring fresh regional ingredients and the local sangria of course.
Day 7: Seville – Lisbon
We travel west to Portugal, meandering through the province of Huelva, renowned for its Jabugo ham. After crossing into Portugal’s picturesque rural landscapes of the Alentejo – the country’s cork capital – we arrive in colourful Lisbon where we’ll meet our ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour celebrating the grand triumphs of the Portuguese in centuries past. See the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge that spans the Tagus, and Belém Tower, once the ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. Visit the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, built in the 15th century, then spend the rest of the evening on your own exploration of the Portuguese capital.
Hotel: VIP Grand, 2 nights
Day 8: Lisbon Sightseeing
Enjoy the day sauntering through Lisbon’s grand shopping boulevards and the narrow lanes of Bairro Alto or consider joining an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and our Travel Director, toasting to an epic Iberian holiday.
Day 9: Depart Lisbon
Our journey through Spain and Portugal has come to an end. All that’s left is to say a fond adeus at the end of an unforgettable holiday.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 12, 19, 26||$3,025.00||$3,975.00|
|May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31||$3,025.00||$3,975.00|
|June: 07, 14, 21||$3,025.00||$3,975.00|
|July: 05, 12, 19, 26||$2,950.00||$3,870.00|
|August: 02, 09, 16, 23||$2,950.00||$3,870.00|
|September: 06, 13, 20, 27||$3,025.00||$3,975.00|
|Meals:||8 breakfasts, 4 dinners|
|Transport:||Luxury air-conditioned coach|
|Accommodation:||8 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.