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Portugal, Andalusia & The Mediterranean Capitals

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With this 15 days Private Package tour, you will be learning the traditions, customs and history of the main Portuguese and Spanish cites.
Spain
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Taste the classical tapas of Madrid

Take a boat ride along the river Douro

Visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe

Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show in a cave in Granada

Experience an intimate interpretation of Fado in Lisbon

Try an authentic Valencian paella

Depart from Madrid, Spain and stop by the medieval city of Salamanca before crossing the Portuguese border to reach Porto. Travel to Coimbra, a medieval old town famed for its historic university, and explore the city at your own pace before continuing to Fatima. The city’s Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima is a renowned pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary appeared a long time ago. Continue your journey to the remarkable Monastery of Batalha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then move on to Nazare and Alcobaca for more historical wonders. Reach Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and join a day tour around the ancient Olisipo.

Discover the beautiful southern region of Andalusia by exploring the Unesco Heritage Citiy of Cordoba, the capital of the region Seville with its Gothic Cathedral, Granada with its stunning Alhambra complex. Travel east towards the mordenist Valencia, also well known as birthplace of the popular "Paella". Complete your journey by visiting Barcelona, homeland of the famous architect Gaudí symbol of the Catalonian modernism. 

 

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Included

2 nights in Madrid in a 4* hotel
2 nights in Porto in a 4* hotel
1 night in Fatima in a 4* hotel
2 nights in Lisbon in a 4* hotel
1 night in Cordoba in a 4* hotel
2 nights in Seville in a 4* hotel
1 night in Granada in a 4* hotel
1 night in Valencia in a 4* hotel
2 nights in Barcelona in a 4* hotel
Private transfer from Madrid Airport to Madrid
Departure private transfer from Barcelona to Airport
Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
Daily Breakfast
4 Dinners
Guided visits in Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Valencia & Barcelona.
Tapas tour Historical-gastronomic experience in Madrid
Fado show with dinner in Lisbon
Seville Cathedral and Boat Trip on the Guadalquivir
Guided visit of the Alhambra & Generalife Gardens in Granada
Flamenco Zambra in Granada
Modernist Valencia plus dinner with Paella
Tour director during the tour

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Madrid Airport →Madrid

Meet and greet at the airport. Take a transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Madrid in a 4* hotel.

Day 2
Madrid

Morning guided city tour of Madrid; discover the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized  by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Free time for Lunch.

In the late afternoon, take part to a Tapas Tour- Historical-gastronomic experience: Stroll through the Madrid of the Austrias and discover its most curious legends and stories, we will visit several typical Madrid establishments where you can taste the most classical tapas of the capital. Taverns full of flavor and history, a living memory of traditional Madrid. In each of them we will try some of its most characteristic tapas, accompanied by local wines, pairing with the lid (our suggestion, you can request any another type of drink).

Overnight stay in Madrid in a 4* Hotel.

In the evening, strolling through the Madrid of the Austrias and discovering its most curious legends and stories, we will visit several typical Madrid establishments where you can taste the most classical tapas of the capital. Taverns full of flavor and history, a living memory of traditional Madrid. In each of them we will try some of its most characteristic tapas, accompanied by local wines, pairing with the lid (our suggestion, you can request any another type of drink).

Overnight stay in Madrid in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Day 3
Madrid→ Salamanca → Porto

After breakfast, depart from our established hotels in Madrid and drive to Salamanca. You will have some free time to explore Salamanca, a University City World Heritage of great architectural and artistic wealth. In the afternoon, departure to the Portuguese border and reach the opulent city of Porto.

Overnight stay in Porto in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Day 4
Porto

Breakfast at the hotel, then take part in a panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered a World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city along the river Douro aboard the BlueBoats Cruise and discover the historic heritage visiting one wellknown Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting included. Rest of day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Porto in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Day 5
Porto→ Coimbra→ Fatima

Breakfast. Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Free time for lunch and, then, proceed to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles.

Overnight stay in Fatima in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Day 6
Fatima→ Batalha→ Nazare→ Alcobaca→ Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time to relax and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the XII C. Last stop for the day is Lisbon where you will stey for the next 2 nights.

Overnight stay in Lisbon in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Day 7
Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue.Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of color housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past.

In the evening, enjoy a typical Portuguese dinner visiting one of the oldest Fado venues in the city and located in one of the most interesting cultural neighborhoods in the area.

Overnight stay in Lisbon in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Lisbon→ Caceres →Cordoba

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure at 07:30 hrs. to  Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architectur. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Afterwards, continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Cordoba in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Cordoba → Seville

Breakfast at the hotel. Impressive tour of its Mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride reach Seville. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Seville in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Seville

After breakfast, you will join a panoramic city tour of the stunning Seville, where you will visit the Gothic Cathedral with the largest area in the world; declared World Heritage by UNESCO is 1987. Its construction dates back to 1401 on the site where the old Aljama Mosque was located, of which the “La Giralda” Minaret symbol of Seville is preserved, with the possibility of climbing its 104-meter bell tower and contemplating the best views of the city. You will also visit the Patio de los Naranjos and the Tomb on the pedestal of Christopher Columbus. Then, continue to Santa Cruz quarter, Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España.

In the afternoon, you will take part to a one-hour boat ride on the Guadalquivir River, the river of the great waters and main Port of Spain in the Indian Campaign, which will allow us to contemplate and admire the fine silhouette of this magical city. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Seville in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Seville→Granada

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving.

Stop at the Flamenco Temple, that is an imposing cave divided into three sheds, creating a cruising shape, leading to a large central area where the stage is located, elevated one meter above the ground, to promote visibility from any point of the cave. You will enjoy a typical Flamenco show in the cave of Albaicín, full of strength and beauty. Then, take a tour of the most rhythmic sticks of this art, such as: flamenco tangos, bulerías, alegrías, guajira, soleá or bulerías or segurilla, alternating the dance moments with some contemporary flamenco singing and guitar playing.

Overnight stay  and dinner in Granada in a 4* hotel.

 

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Granada→Valencia

After breakfast, start driving looking for the Mediterranean coast. Via Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river, continue north via Alicante, the second largest city within the region of Valencia. Reach Valencia one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean coast with its modern Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex integrated by six elements: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and delicious “Paella”.

In the late afternoon, we will discover the Paseo de la Alameda, the Ensanche, with significant buildings such as the Casa Chapa or the Ortega house, to continue to the neighborhood of Colón, from which we will start a walking tour that will reveal an eclectic and original city: the Casa de los Dragones, and its commercial area, the Plaza del Patriarca and the Palace of the Marquis de dos Aguas, the street of La Paz, the most modernist city and entry point of medieval Valencia. Our tour will end at a local restaurant where we will enjoy the original and authentic Valencian paella. The menu consists of starters, Valencian paella, dessert, coffee and a drink.

Overnight stay in Valencia in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Valencia→ Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of this bright city including a drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Early afternoon departure northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Reach Barcelona principal Mediterranean city homeland of the famous architect Gaudí symbol of the Catalonian modernism.

Overnight stay in Barcelona in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Day 14
Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Barcelona well known worldwide for the Olympic Games during 1992, drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudí such as La Pedrera, Casa Milá,  – declared World Heritage buildings. – The Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city, Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. Afternoon is for you to keep on discovering this city full attractive offers as well as exquisite and varied gastronomy.

Overnight stay in Barcelona in a 4* hotel.

Breakfast
Day 15
Barcelona→Barcelona Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. End of the service.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Spanish
Local currency
Euro
Private Escorted Tour

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

Portugal, Andalusia & The Mediterranean Capitals

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01 January 2022 - 20 December 2022 Departure on Sundays

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