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Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 16, 2015 and April 25, 2017 for travel in 2017. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn at any time.
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Offer does not apply to Escapes by Globus. Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
A tapestry takes different colors and cloths, and weaves them together into a beautiful design. That is what this Spain and Portugal tour—Iberian Tapestry—does. It weaves together the sights and cultures of Spain's and Portugal's most famous cities—Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Seville—and weaves them into one marvelous vacation. You'll spend two nights each in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Lisbon, and you'll enjoy guided sightseeing in each.Fans of art and architecture are sure to be delighted by the visits to Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica, architect Gaudi's masterpiece. Begun in 1882, it is still not completed. In Madrid, visit the famous Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting and is one of the world's most prestigious art museums. In Toledo, visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral, with a spectacular altar and beautiful stained glass. In Seville, visit the Casa de Pilatos, with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures.Those interested in trying the local specialties and wines will be thrilled by the special treats Globus has arranged. In Seville, you'll enjoy a special dinner with local specialties and Flamenco entertainment, and in Portugal, enjoy wine tasting in Setúbal.Throughout this Spain and Portugal tour, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring these destinations to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the cities' histories, sights, cultures, and insider secrets. Magnificent churches and cathedrals, local specialties and wine, an expert Tour Director, guided sightseeing with Local Guides, and much more...what more could you ask for in a dream vacation to Spain's most famous cities and Lisbon?
Day 1: Arrive In Barcelona, Spain.
Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Barcelona.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlight is a visit to spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi's masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged. (B)
Day 3: Barcelona-Madrid.
Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561. (B)
Day 4: Madrid.
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available. (B)
Day 5: Madrid-Toledo-Seville.
Arrive in Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge, a visit to an early SYNAGOGUE, and the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL. Time to visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before continuing to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia. (B)
Day 6: Seville.
During your guided sightseeing tour, hear about the city's role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. This evening, [LF] a special dinner to try out local specialties has been prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment. (B,D)
Day 7: Seville-Setúbal, Portugal-Lisbon.
A scenic drive today takes you to Portugal. Stop in Setúbal and enjoy [LF] a WINE TASTING before arriving in Lisbon, proud capital of Portugal. (B)
Day 8: Lisbon.
Lisbon was the center of Europe's longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal's imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator's 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter's main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit the CHURCH with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 9: Lisbon.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Barcelona:
in single room $154-$343, in twin $86-$189, in triple $80-$149
Extra nights per person in Lisbon:
in single room $97-$117, in twin $58-$67, in triple $52-58
|Amazing Spain & Portugal (Summer 2017)||Insight Vacations|
|Amazing Spain & Portugal (Winter 2017-18)||Insight Vacations|
|Barcelona, Madrid & Lisbon 2017||Monograms|
|9 Day Affordable Portugal & Spain - Friday Departure||Gate1|
|9 Day Affordable Portugal & Spain - Monday Departure||Gate1|
Regarding accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott in Madrid was the worst, it's far by Marriotts standard in the US. Best Hotel is the Marques de Pombal in Lisbon- service & location, the rest are good.
The hotel in Barcelona was in the Business District, and wasn't walking distance to some of the best sights, but it was a nice hotel. The included meal at the hotel had soup that was so SALTY that it bordered on inedible. Many of us at the table used our glass of water to try to dilute it to no avail. The hotel in Madrid was my least favorite-a little rundown-I had a running toilet, the carpet was crushed and looked dirty, but its location was great-walking distance to the riverfront restaurants and shops. The hotel in Lisbon was quite nice as well.
The Globus tour we took was well run. The staff was very informative and friendly.
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