13 Day Deluxe Spain & Portugal

13 Day Deluxe Spain & Portugal


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal , Spain

Tour Itinerary

All of your needs are met on this luxury tour of Spain & Portugal. Enjoying the company of no more than twenty-six passengers per group, tour participants travel in comfort and style. Travelers are accompanied by a professional tour manager who will introduce you to delightful Spain & Portugal, as you discover stately palaces, world-renowned museums, unique architecture, soulful music and diverse culture. At the end of each day, you’ll retire to hotels chosen for their comfort, as well as location. Welcome to Spain & Portugal with Signature Collection.


DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Portugal
Depart for Lisbon, Portugal

DAY 2, Saturday - Lisbon
Welcome to captivating Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, and transfer to your hotel. Time to rest and relax before tonight's orientation meeting at approximately 7 pm with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a delectable Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Discover Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra Palace
Today, you’ll understand why Lisbon is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Our tour begins with a stop at the top of Edward VII’s Park to enjoy a magnificent view over the hills of Lisbon and the River Tagus. Next, visit the ancient Cathedral of Lisbon built by Portugal’s first king, resembling a medieval fortress. On our way to Cascais, views of the impressive Jeronimos Monastery, resting place of Vasco da Gama, and the 16th century Belem Tower, symbol of the country's Age of Discovery, both named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The views change as we drive along the Estoril coast to the summer playground of Cascais with its posh beach life, shiny marinas, and pedestrianized Old Town. Here, savor lunch at a lively seafood restaurant before continuing to quaint Sintra the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron, the summer retreat of the royal court with its storybook castles. Visit the 15th century Royal Palace and enjoy free time in the village historical center before returning to Lisbon. Tonight, perhaps explore Lisbon’s dynamic dining scene and countless taverns
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Enchanting Evora, Olive Oil & Wine Tasting, Moorish Seville
Departing Lisbon, we head south to the heart of Alentejo province. Evora, one of Portugal’s most enchanting cities, rose to prominence under the Romans and was later patronized by a succession of Portuguese kings. Inside the 14th century walls of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, view an elaborate cathedral and columns of a Roman Temple. Continuing the drive through rolling hills of the rustic Portuguese wine region we then arrive at lovely Reguengos de Monsaraz, an important wine center. Here, we’re hosted for an olive oil tasting and a superb wine pairing lunch with delectable local specialties at a popular restaurant. Crossing the border into Spain, the drive is highlighted by the picturesque Andalusian scenery before reaching Seville, with its fascinating layers of Roman and Moorish history
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Highlights of Seville, Carriage Ride, Market Visit & Cooking Class
Begin your morning with a walk through the picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, the former Jewish Quarter of the medieval city with its narrow winding cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and centuries-old gardens. Then, board a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through Maria Luisa Park to the beautiful Plaza de España. At the busy Triana Market, shop with the locals at colorful stalls to find the best seasonal ingredients for a hands-on cooking lesson. A professional chef will teach you new skills, technique and the real secrets of Spanish cuisine. Savor the delicious lunch you’ve prepared, with recipes to take back home. Afterward, visit the Cathedral of Seville, one of the largest Christian churches in the world. Built on the site of a 12th-century mosque, it is the legendary resting place of Christopher Columbus. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy marvelous Seville.
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Wednesday - The Mezquita, Cordoba’s Old City, Private Flamenco Performance, Splendid Granada
We travel to Cordoba, once the capital of Islamic Spain. Here, visit the astonishing Mezquita, surely one of the most beautiful structures in the world and a great triumph of Moorish architecture. This fascinating building symbolizes the many religious changes Cordoba has undergone over the centuries; today the Mezquita is the Cathedral of Cordoba. We enter through the exquisite Courtyard of the Orange Trees, which in springtime is perfumed with orange blossoms around its rushing fountain. Afterward, our walking tour of the historic center of Cordoba, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, begins at the Jewish Quarter, with its distinctive Moorish medieval streets. Lunch today is an Andalucian treat – a private flamenco performance at a renowned century-old bodega (tavern restaurant)! Some of the region's leading flamenco artists will introduce you to their centuries-old tradition of profound emotional expression through song and dance. Hearts filled with Spanish spirit, we drive to Granada, a spectacular city sparkling with Andalucia's most splendid architecture
Overnight: Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Thursday - Views of Granada, Private Visit at Cartuja Monastery, Moorish Influenced Alhambra
We ascend to the Upper Albaycin Quarter of the city for a morning tour highlighted by spectacular panoramic views of Granada, the Alhambra, and the Sierra Nevada. Then on to the renowned Plaza de Toros de Granada, an active bullfighting arena that also doubles as a concert venue. Here, a unique culinary experience at a restaurant built into the walls of the bullring. After lunch, an exclusive private visit of the unique 16th century Baroque-style Cartuja Monastery, built by Carthusian monks. This imposing monastery is highlighted by its outstanding sanctuary behind the main altar - view the amazing colorful marble, dazzling golden columns, profuse sculptures, and cupola, with its magnificent frescoes. The remainder of the afternoon is spent at the dramatic 13th Century Alhambra grounds,* a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we listen to the captivating history of the sultans, emirs, and kings who formerly inhabited the palace, as we tour this wondrous fortress and view the opulent rooms, vast courtyards and lavish Generalife Gardens with its fountains and exotic fragrant flowers. Your evening is at leisure in Granada*Alhambra visiting times, which may include evening hours, and which areas of the complex are accessible on the day of your visit, are determined solely at the discretion of the Alhambra. Your itinerary will be arranged by your Tour Manager to accommodate the designated time of entry.
Overnight: Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Friday - Historic Toledo, Lunch in a Vineyard, Cosmopolitan Madrid
Our journey today transports us to historic Toledo, the mesmerizing former capital city of Spain set high on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha. We stop for a delightful lunch in an award-winning vineyard restaurant overlooking the city before our afternoon of exploration. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toledo is best known for its extensive monumental heritage, the coexistence of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures and former home of the brilliant artist El Greco. Behind its daunting medieval walls lie magnificent old stone buildings, quiet cobblestone streets and some of the most important landmarks in the country. A panoramic drive takes us to the Alcazar of Toledo, a massive fortification in the highest part of the city, the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture and the St. Tome Church, with its brilliant El Greco masterpiece. We continue to the lively and cosmopolitan metropolis of Madrid, the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest writers, painters, and artists. Dinner is at the hotel’s beautiful restaurant Overnight: Madrid Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Treasures of Madrid, Early-entry Visit to the Prado Museum
An early-entry visit to the renowned Prado Museum,* one of the world’s premiere art galleries is surely a high point of the day. As we begin our visit before the crowds, we have the remarkable opportunity to quietly experience some of the astonishing collection of masterpieces by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and more. At the Plaza de Cibeles, view the spectacular rushing fountain that evokes the splendor of imperial Madrid. Continue past the striking Plaza Mayor, one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain, to the lavish Palacio Real. Inside the palace we tour the ornate rooms adorned with several Goyas, rare violins, quirky clocks and the main stairway that is a regal statement of imperial power. Admire the velvet covered walls of the Throne Room and the exquisite salons resplendent with colorful silks before continuing on the Gran Via back to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this city of great museums on your own, including admission to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum with one of the world's most extraordinary private collections of European art. Tonight, experience Madrid’s world-class cuisine and non-stop nightlife that lasts from dusk to dawn*For some departures, the Prado museum will be visited on Day 10, therefore, lunch from Day 10 will be moved to Day 9. Overnight: Madrid Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - High Speed AVE Train to Barcelona, Montjuic Hill, Gothic Quarter
In the morning, the high-speed AVE train whisks us to Barcelona in Preferente Class. In this astonishing city, our first visit is to a panoramic viewpoint of the city from atop Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Then, stroll through the Gothic Quarter’s narrow medieval lanes revealing interesting sights tucked away in little nooks and crannies along with surviving stretches of Roman walls. Time to refresh before an à la carte dinner at the hotel Overnight: Barcelona Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Montserrat Mountain, Penedes Wine Tasting
This morning, we pass picturesque villages on the way to Montserrat Mountain. At the Royal Basilica, view the world-famous 12th century Romanesque sculpture of Virgen Moreneta. Free time in Montserrat before lunch together. Afterward, continue to the Penedes region, home to a wide range of wine, including traditional sparkling white and rosé Cava. Visit one of the wine cellars for a tasting of the local wines before returning to Barcelona. Tonight, don’t miss the extraordinary tapas bars that have made Barcelona’s cuisine so world-famous Overnight: Barcelona Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Tuesday - Gaudi’s Striking Architecture - La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, Farewell Dinner
Start your day at the iconic symbol of the city - Gaudi’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished after 100 years. As you enter this incredible architectural jewel, gaze at the forest of pillars soaring toward the ceiling while sunlight pours through the windows. Then on to Gaudi’s Parc Guell, one of the most famous sights of Barcelona with its split ceramics decorating winding banks over a strange looking Roman temple. Here, Gaudi has created a fabulous forest within a park – you’ll be enchanted by his ingenuity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the city. Tonight, dinner together at an elegant modernista restaurant, the iconic architectural style that was fashionable in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Walk back to the hotel through this illuminated city, and marvel at its beauty by night. View Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, notable for its chimneys that look like sentries keeping watch over the street. Bid a fond goodbye to your newfound friends and to the magnificent journey through Spain and Portugal Overnight: Barcelona Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Depart Spain
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Your Signature Collection Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Lisbon, Barcelona-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations in well located Luxury Hotels
  • 2 nights Lisbon
  • 2 nights Seville
  • 2 nights Granada
  • 2 nights Madrid
  • 3 nights Barcelona
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Barcelona city taxes
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High speed AVE train in Preferente Class from Madrid to Barcelona
  • Maximum 26 passengers per tour
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches with soft drinks, 4 dinners with wine
  • Welcome and Farewell receptions
  • Hotel porterage and complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees per itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout plus local guides in each city
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tips for restaurant staff, drivers and local guides
  • Your Luxury Tour Highlights

    Signature Collection blends specially arranged private visits and rich cultural meetings with exceptional personalized services

  • Tour the 15th century Sintra Royal Palace, the best preserved royal residence in Portugal
  • View the medieval walls and elaborate cathedral in Evora, one of Portugal’s most enchanting cities
  • In Seville, tour the highlights of this city's fascinating layers of Roman and Moorish history
  • Visit Seville’s Cathedral, one of the largest in the world, on the site of a 12th century mosque
  • In Cordoba, visit the astonishing Mezquita, one of the most beautiful structures in the world
  • Visit 13th Century Alhambra in Granada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit historic Toledo’s Synagogue and St. Tome Church, with its brilliant El Greco masterpiece
  • Enter the lavish Palacio Real in Madrid with its ornate rooms adored with priceless treasures
  • Admission to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to view Europe’s greatest private collection
  • See inside Gaudi’s iconic symbols of Barcelona - La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell
  • At Montserrat Mountain, visit the Royal Basilica’s 12th century sculpture of Virgen Moreneta
  • Your Signature Experiences

  • Olive oil tasting and wine pairing lunch at a vineyard in Arraiolos
  • Horse-drawn carriage sightseeing ride begins your day in marvelous Seville
  • Shop with the locals at Seville’s bustling Triana Market before a hands-on cooking lesson with a professional chef as you prepare your Andalucian lunch
  • Private flamenco performance in a renowned century-old Cordoba bodega (tavern restaurant)
  • Exclusive private visit to Granada’s 16th century Baroque-style Cartuja Monastery
  • Early entry to the Prado Museum, boasting one of the world's premiere art collections
  • High speed AVE train whisks you from Madrid to Barcelona in Preferente Class
  • In the Penedes region, visit a wine cellar for a tasting of the special Cava local wines
  • Farewell dinner in a modernista Barcelona restaurant
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Prices do not include gratuities for tour managers.


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    Accommodations

    InterContinental Lisbon
    Located between Eduardo VII Park, Marques de Pombal Square and the luxurious Avenida da Liberdade, the deluxe 5-star InterContinental Lisbon is the ultimate choice for experiencing Lisbon. Featuring sophisticated design and warm refinement, the guest rooms are chic, comfortable and spacious with superb amenities. Relax at the end of the day at the chic restaurant featuring international flavors and Portuguese specialties, or, unwind at the posh cocktail bar.

    Gran Melia Colon
    A member of the prestigious "Leading Hotels of the World," the Gran Melia Colon is one of Seville's most important landmarks. This sophisticated hotel in the historic part of the city offers a striking combination of art, culture and style. Guest rooms combine contemporary touches with a wealth of fine amenities, creating a warm and elegant environment. Enjoy the Wellness Centre and sun terrace with spectacular views. Dine in the lovely Andalusian-style restaurants or linger in the bar.

    Alhambra Palace
    The luxurious Hotel Alhambra Palace offers a visual feast of gold-accented, elaborate Moorish patterns and architecture. It is located just outside the Alhambra's ancient walls, offering spectacular views over the city of Granada. The stylish guest rooms feature Moorish-inspired décor and state of the art amenities. The hotel's à la carte restaurant serves Mediterranean and International cuisine. Relax at the bar's terrace boasting stunning views of Granada and Sierra Nevada.

    The Westin Palace Madrid
    The iconic Westin Palace hotel is perfectly located in the center of Madrid in the "Triangle of Art" within walking distance to the city's most prestigious museums:-- Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia. Because of its location, in the chic Las Letras neighborhood, it's also the perfect place to enjoy Madrid's famous gastronomy. The classic guest rooms offer extraordinary comfort and elegant amenities. A wealth of restaurants includes Spanish, Cantonese and Japanese cuisine as well as a bar.

    Casa Fuster
    This Modernista mansion is one of Barcelona's most luxurious and historic hotels named one of the "Leading Hotels of the World." Created from the emblematic Modernist building known as "Casa Fuster," it was designed by the famous Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The guest rooms mix both traditional and modern furnishings. Enjoy the hotel's sleek Mediterranean restaurant, contemporary cafe and jazz bar, plus a pair of terrace bars, including one with a pool.

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