Best of Spain and Portugal end Madrid (Winter 2018-19)

Best of Spain and Portugal end Madrid (Winter 2018-19)


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art.

Day 1 - Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

Day 2 - Welcome to Madrid.
Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of good food and wine.(Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Barcel'' Emperatriz/Barcel'' Torre De Madrid.

Day 3 - Madrid of the Bourbons.
Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, passing Madrid'''s most famous fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Gran V''a to the Royal Palace and the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de Espa''a before crossing the Puerta del Sol. The highlight of your trip is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum to admire the paintings of Vel''zquez, Goya and many others.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation: Barcel'' Emperatriz/Barcel'' Torre De Madrid.

Day 4 - Segovia and Golden Salamanca.
Travel to the fortified city of Segovia where you will walk through the medieval streets from the ancient aqueduct to see the magnificent Alcazar fortress. Journey west, passing the ancient walls of ''vila, en route to Salamanca. During your orientation see some of the golden stone buildings the city is famous for, including the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation: Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.

Day 5 - Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro.
(Relaxed Start) Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. Visit the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores that house the famous wines and walk along corridors of casks. Get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Continue your exploration of the city, admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges (or '''Eiffel Towers on end''' according to one Frenchman).(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: NH Collection Porto Batalha.

Day 6 - Holy F--tima, Ancient Obidos and Lisbon.
Head south for a visit to miraculous F''tima. See the Basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Journey to the fortified town of Obidos and walk inside its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets with houses covered with flowers. Your travels continue to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation: Dom Pedro Palace/Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms), Lisbon.

Day 7 - Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries.
Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Bel''m Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. See the traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a taste of the famous Past''is de Bel''m. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Bel''m Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jer''nimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Portuguese Riviera? It is often visited by surfers, occasionally royalty, and even James Bond.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation: Dom Pedro Palace/Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms), Lisbon.

Day 8 - Seville, the City of Carmen.
Leave Lisbon via the modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. With your Local Expert, visit the immense cathedral to see the Tomb of Christopher Columbus and the slender Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Executive Rooms), Seville.

Day 9 - Free Time and Flamenco in Seville.
Enjoy a relaxed start and a day to relax, shop or continue exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Cordoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. In the evening you are treated to dinner, wine and entertainment featuring a fiery flamenco show.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Executive Rooms), Seville.

Day 10 - Head for Gibraltar, the Costa del Sol and Mijas.
Head south to Gibraltar, part of mainland Spain yet an overseas territory under British control since 1704. With your Local Expert, visit the Rock of Gibraltar and St. Michael'''s Cave to see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Relax as you travel the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through exclusive resorts where the rich and famous holiday. Your journey continues through the green hills to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Meli'' Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.

Day 11 - At Leisure on the Costa del Sol.
Enjoy the following day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.(Buffet Breakfast)
Accommodation: Meli'' Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.

Day 12 - Dining with Locals and the Alhambra.
Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Almazara to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread. Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet town with a population of just 500 people and surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla. In small groups, you are invited to into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert. Built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century, it is a wonder of beautiful gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Accommodation: Vincci Albayz''n, Granada.

Day 13 - On to Valencia.
Journey to Valencia, home of the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass through the Old City and see the city's ancient gates, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart. In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Or sit back to with a drink and watch the Valencian'''s go about their day. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the old town and learn the traditional recipe during a Cooking Demonstration, before savouring the delicious flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Barcel'' Valencia.

Day 14 - Along the coast to Pe----scola and on to Barcelona.
Follow the coast to Pe''''scola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada to the Cava Bodegas at Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. During a delicious freshly prepared Highlight Lunch, enjoy a tasting as you learn the sparkling secrets of Spanish bubbly. Continue along the coast to reach Barcelona.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Accommodation: Meli'' Barcelona Sarri''.

Day 15 - Barcelona Sightseeing.
(Relaxed Start) A Local Expert joins you for a drive along the Passeig de Gr''cia adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to visit inside Gaudi'''s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Fam''lia. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. At a local restaurant, join your fellow travellers to toast newfound friends and a wonderful journey as you enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Meli'' Barcelona Sarri''.

Day 16 - Depart Madrid.
Your journey ends after breakfast. Departure transfers are scheduled to arrive early evening at Madrid airport, followed by the trip hotel in Madrid.(Buffet Breakfast)

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Inclusions

Additional Included Highlights

  • Porto: See the bridges and buildings decorated in tiles.
  • Obidos: Walk inside the walls of this ancient fortified city.
  • Alfarnatejo: Walk the town and see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.
  • Mijas: Visit this white-washed village and take in views of the coast.
  • Valencia: See the ultra modern Centre of Arts and Sciences. See city's ancient gates, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • Pe''''scola: View the stone castle from the film 'El Cid.'
  • Barcelona: Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture.
  • Scenic Drives: River Douro, Costa del Sol, Provence of Malaga, Sierra Nevada, Coasta Dorada

Top Rated Highlights

  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, travel along the Paseo de la Castellana and see the Cibeles Fountain, down the Gran V''a to the Royal Palace and the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de Espa''a and cross the Puerta del Sol.
  • Salamanca: See the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings as you explore the city with your Local Expert.
  • Porto: See the iconic bridges and buildings decorated in tiles.
  • F''tima: Join the faithful at one of the world'''s holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions.
  • Obidos: Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.
  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Bel''m Quarter to see the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Bel''m Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Jer''nimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal'''s trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Seville: From the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, step inside the cathedral and pass the altarpiece dripping with gold, to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Your Local Expert will also show you the Giralda Tower and lead you through the streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter to the Alcazar.
  • Alfarnatejo: Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.
  • Mijas: Journey to this white-washed village and stroll the streets to admire the coastal views.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • Pe''''scola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Barcelona: A Local Expert will show you the narrow lanes and old squares of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter. View the lively Las Ramblas, see the wrought-iron street lamps and narrow lanes and old squares of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter. View the lively Las Ramblas, see the wrought-iron street lamps and Modernist buildings as you travel along Passeig de Gr''cia.
  • Barcelona: A Local Expert will take you inside Gaudi'''s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Fam''lia, to admire the beautiful architecture.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the scenery as you travel along the River Douro, Costa del Sol, through the Provence of Malaga, across the Sierra Nevada and along the Costa Dorada.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Notes

Notes: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Guest requiring visas for the UK will also need a separate visa for Gibraltar, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking. Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 30% reduction to the Single Supplement to the following departures, subject to availability: 6 Apr, 25 May, 26 May, 1 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 2 Nov, 8 Feb & 15 Mar. Festive Highlight Dinners: 19 Dec Christmas Day in Lisbon & New Year'''s Eve in Valencia. 26 Dec New Year'''s Eve in Lisbon.

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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