15 Day Classic Spain & Portugal - Wednesday Departure

15 Day Classic Spain & Portugal - Wednesday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal , Spain

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Portugal
Depart for Portugal

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Lisbon
Arrive in captivating Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and an orientation meeting at approximately 7 pm with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner together
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Lisbon City Tour
In Lisbon, the 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, view the treasured 16th century Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery, the city's most prominent monument, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, visit the Cathedral of Lisbon and enjoy the elegant Liberdade Avenue. Afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional tour to quaint Sintra, the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron, and ancient summer retreat of the royal court, highlighted by lavish romantic castles and stunning monuments. Visit the Sintra Royal Palace, a 15th-century royal residence, containing one of the largest tile collections in Portugal. Then enjoy some free time in the Village Historical Center before returning to Lisbon
Optional: Half Day Sintra Tour (PM)
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Travel to Seville
Depart Lisbon this morning heading South. Cross the region of Alentejo, with its rolling hills, vineyards and cork oak trees. Reach the Spanish border and enter the region of Andalucia. Continue your drive through picturesque Andalucia to Seville. After dinner, opportunity to attend an optional Flamenco Show in Seville, known as the birthplace of Flamenco
Optional: Evening Flamenco Show (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Seville City Tour
Begin the day at the beautiful Plaza de España and the fragrant gardens of Maria Luisa Park before enjoying a walking tour in the quaint Barrio Santa Cruz, the former Jewish Quarter of the city with its winding cobblestone streets. Continue with a visit to the Royal Alcázar of Seville and marvel at the many examples of Mudejar architecture in this beautiful palace, built for the Christian king Peter of Castile. The rest of the day is at leisure or, join the fascinating optional tour to Cordoba, founded by the Romans. Visit the astonishing Mezquita de Cordoba, one of the largest mosques in the world, transformed into a soaring cathedral in the 16th century. A walking tour of the city reveals the ancient Jewish Quarter with its labyrinth of winding narrow streets, shady flower filled courtyards, picturesque squares, and view of the 14th century Synagogue on Calle de los Judios
Optional: Half Day Cordoba Tour (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Ronda Sightseeing En Route to Costa del Soll
This morning, head south to the dramatic cliffside city of Ronda, considered the birthplace of modern bullfighting. Start with a tour of Ronda, home to Spain’s oldest bullring, the Plaza de Toros. Here, you can see the historic stables and museum along with displays of famous Matadors before proceeding to the Costa del Sol
Overnight: Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Costa del Sol
Spend a full day at leisure in Costa del Sol to enjoy all of the delights of this resort area or, join the optional morning tour to Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Visit the Picasso Museum with over 285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family. View the Paseo de la Alameda, Paseo del Parque & the Barrio de la Malagueta. A walking tour through this historical town is accented by views of the Malaga Cathedral, the second highest in southern Spain. Head over to Cathedral Square before returning to Torremolinos. Dinner is together tonight at the hotel
Optional: Half Day Malaga Tour (AM)
Overnight: Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Excursion to Gibraltar
Journey to the impressive Rock of Gibraltar, * a British Colony for over 300 years standing guard over the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean and Europe meets Africa. Take a tour of the area with minibuses climbing up to see St. Michael's Cave and the famous Barbary apes with dramatic views of both the Spanish and Moroccan coastline. Spend some time in the main street of town with its colonial buildings and duty-free shops. Return to the Costa del Sol for overnight*Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory independent from Spain and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for Gibraltar in addition to all other countries on their itinerary.
Overnight: Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Moorish Influenced Alhambra
Depart the southern coast and journey to Moorish Granada. Your visit is highlighted by a tour of the 13th century Alhambra,* one of Spain’s most celebrated monuments, dramatically perched atop Assabica Hill overlooking the entire city. This imposing hilltop fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s finest examples of Moorish art and architecture. During the reign of the Moors, the Alhambra served as the residence of the royal family. Walk along the lanes of the serene Generalife Gardens with its beautifully designed courtyards, waterfalls and ponds and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tonight, dinner together at a local restaurant*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, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Toledo Sightseeing En Route to Madrid
Travel via the region of La Mancha, legendary home of Don Quixote, featuring panoramic views of its famous windmills. Continue to Toledo, the former capital city of Spain that still retains its medieval atmosphere and charm. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, Toledo is known for its extensive monumental heritage and historical coexistence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. A walking tour will include a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé with its masterpiece painting by El Greco and the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. Continue to Madrid and enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Madrid City Tour
This morning take a sightseeing tour of Madrid. Drive along the Gran Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon and view the Royal Palace. Pass through Puerta del Sol Plaza and Plaza de España with its monument to the author Cervantes. The tour will end at the world-renowned Prado Museum, where you will be able to view works of art by famous artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Ribera. Spend the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional tour to Escorial.* Visit what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world". El Escorial is, perhaps, Philip II's most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. Bid adios to your fellow travelers and Tour Manager during the Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant *For the Apr 1st departure the Half Day Escorial Tour is unavailable
Optional: Half Day Escorial Tour (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - AVE High Speed Train to Barcelona
A morning transfer to Madrid’s train station to board the exciting high speed train to sensational Barcelona, Spain's second most important city with its unending choice of museums, galleries, and cafes. Upon arrival, embark on an orientation tour of the city and Montjuic Hill, home to a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics with the Olympic Stadium at its center. Transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps stroll along Las Ramblas, Barcelona's famous pedestrian walkway with its life-size animators, stalls and people watchers
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Barcelona City Tour
This morning's tour of Barcelona begins with a drive along the old Harbor to the Plaza de Catalunya, the city's bustling main square. Afterward, pass the famous works of Gaudi, the master architect, including Casa Batllo, seemingly constructed from skulls and bones. Then, view the iconic symbol of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Tuesday - Full Day in Barcelona
Full day at leisure to explore Barcelona independently or, join the optional morning tour to Montserrat. Enjoy a relaxing drive passing picturesque villages before reaching Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta." This evening, gather with your newfound friends and Tour Manager at a local restaurant for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Half Day Montserrat from Barcelona (AM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Spain
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Lisbon, Barcelona-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Lisbon
  • 2 nights Seville
  • 3 nights Costa del Sol
  • 1 night Granada
  • 2 nights Madrid
  • 3 nights Barcelona
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • AVE High-Speed Train - Madrid-Barcelona
  • 19 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Visit the Cathedral of Lisbon, the oldest place of worship in the city
  • Tour the city of Seville with its many historical sites
  • Travel to cliffside Ronda, home to the Plaza de Toros, Spain’s oldest bullring
  • Visit the 13th century Alhambra in Granada
  • Enter the Church of Santo Tomé with its El Greco masterpiece in Toledo
  • Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid and view an astonishing collection of Spanish masterpieces
  • View the exterior of Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, the iconic symbol of Barcelona
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Accommodations

    Hotel Mundial
    This first class hotel is located in the city center with views of the castle "St Jorge."

    Seville Center
    This first class hotel is located in the city of Seville, well known for its wide, beautifully landscaped areas.

    Melia Costa Del Sol
    This first class hotel is located on Bajondillo Beach near to Torremolinos.

    Gran Hotel Luna De Granada
    This first class hotel is located in the city of Granada near Parque Garcia Lorca.

    NH Principe De Vergara
    This first class hotel is located in the center of the Salamanca neighborhood, close to the science museum.

    Ayre Hotel Caspe
    This first class hotel is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona.

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.7
    Accommodations
    4.5
    Itinerary
    4.8
    Professional Staff
    4.8
    Repeat with Operator
    4.8
    Value for Money
    4.6

    Ratings based off 16 reviews - currently showing 8 reviews with comments only

    The trip was AMAZING! It checked off most of the places I wanted to go to in southwest Spain. One thing was a problem. We were supposed to see the Alhambra in Grenada. At the last minute we were told that there were no tickets. They took us up the hill to that area and substituted a visit to the small museum. NOT GOOD! Tickets for the Alhambra are purchased months in advance. Someone messed up BIG TIME! I don't blame our wonderful guide, Ercilia. She was a great guide and was truly a professional. She did a wonderful job in all respects.

    Overall our trip was enjoyable and services were excellent.

    All local guides were well versed in the subject matter.

    The tour included everything we were promised plus some extras. The tour manager was more than excellent. From start to finish every date met our expectations

    Gate One is wonderful. We appreciate the Affordable Tours assistance in booking it it, and helping us all along the way. Ercilia, our Gate One tour director was top notch.

    Gate 1 tour was an excellent way to discover Spain. Our tour guide Armand was exceptional. He was informative, but more than that he went out of his way to assist any of the participants who needed help.

    The tour manager was excellent, well informed, professional. The tour was fabulous. The itinerary was great. The local guides were all good. We all enjoyed our whole group of travelers. The trip was a 10 on a scale of 1-10.


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