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The Best of Spain & Portugal 2020

The Best of Spain & Portugal 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Spain and Portugal—these are two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures, and on this affordable Best of Spain & Portugal tour, you'll see their fascinating highlights. In Spain, you’ll overnight in Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca. In Portugal, you’ll stay in Lisbon and Porto. One of the tour highlights is a guided visit to Toledo, a treasure chest of art and historical architecture. In this old walled town, built on a hill, visit the 12th-century Church of St. Tome, which has one of El Greco's most famous paintings. You will be delighted by the included visit of the Alhambra complex, built in the 13th century by Moorish kings featuring one of the oldest decorative gardens in the Western World. In Avila—a UNESCO World Heritage walled city founded in the 11th century—visit St. Theresa's Convent, opened in 1636 on the birthplace of St. Teresa. In Portugal, visit Lisbon with a local guide, who will show you Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built circa 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama, and Porto's cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque style on a panoramic terrace overlooking the port wine cellars on the banks of the Douro River. In Spain, enjoy guided sightseeing in Toledo, Granada, Seville and Madrid. These local guides - experts in the cities' histories and cultures - will highlight the must-see sights. All of this and more—including a visit with wine tasting to a local wine cellar in Montilla—await you on this fabulous and affordable Spain and Portugal tour designed for value-minded travelers.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2: MADRID–TOLEDO–GRANADA.
Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km (B,D)

Day 3: GRANADA–MONTILLA–CORDOBA.
Granada was the Moors’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km (B)

Day 4: CORDOBA–SEVILLE.
With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km (B,D)

Day 5: SEVILLE.
Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcázar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the “Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo”, from Star Wars, and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne”, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de España and the Royal Alcazar of Seville. (B)

Day 6: SEVILLE–EVORA, PORTUGAL–LISBON.
Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km (B)

Day 7: LISBON.
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera. (B)

Day 8: LISBON–FÁTIMA–COIMBRA–PORTO.
Stop in Fátima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km (B)

Day 9: PORTO.
Discover Porto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a PORT WINE CELLAR along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimarães, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 10: PORTO–SALAMANCA, SPAIN.
Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km (B)

Day 11: SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–SEGOVIA–MADRID.
Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA’S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km (B)

Day 12: MADRID.
The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour. (B)

Day 13: MADRID.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

April 07 Departure – Easter
April 28 Departure – Feria in Seville
December 14 Departure – Christmas dinner in Madrid
*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

Sightseeing & Activities:

TOLEDO
Guided sightseeing

GRANADA
Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*

MONTILLA
Visit a wine Bodega

CORDOBA
Guided visit of the Mezquita

SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing

EVORA
Visit

LISBON
Guided sightseeing

FÁTIMA
Visit the Sanctuary

COIMBRA
Visit

PORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar

SALAMANCA

ÁVILA and SEGOVIA
Visits

MADRID
Guided sightseeingTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Porto


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$560

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Madrid: Praga
Granada: Alixares
Cordoba: Selu
Seville: Don Paco
Lisbon: Roma
Porto: Portus Cale
Salamanca: Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas Salamanca

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Questions & Answers

Question: Where does tour start?

This tour starts and ends in Madrid.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.8
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 42 reviews - currently showing 11 reviews with comments only

accomodations are uneven quality but I go-with-the-flow and like that the desk staff is very helpful to us Cosmosians!. as with last year's trip to Ireland arriving early in the morning on the international flight we could check in to the first night's hotel on both trips to get some sleep. that's worth the price of the trip. This cannot be expected or assumed but I believe Cosmos's connection to these sights is that powerful. I believe Affordable Tours' reputation is also a powerful connectionwhen making all travel plans

Very nice hotels but dindt like the bed accommodations with two beds being put together making uncomfortable to sleep with the beds separating apart while a sleep.

Stefania was very helpful and always returned my calls even on a weekend.

The Spain And Portugal experience were great. Went to see places, that if we went on our own we would have missed them. The driver Oscar and the tour director Raquel were very good and of great help. This is my second trip with Cosmos and had a very good time. Thanks

The guide could have been better but the driver was fabulous and he's the most important guy! Some of the hotels were noisy due to tour groups. Wouldn't both doing the optional dinner tours again as l didn't think, the food was that good.

Tour Guide Julian, was exceptional! Knowledgeable, professional, courteous, caring, witty, funny. My first tour experience, unforgettable. The only way to visit a foreign country is to do a tour, not on your own. Viva Cosmos and Affordable Tours--BRAVO!!!

Tour guide was very knowledgeable, organized and personable.

Our tour director - was absolutely fantastic - we loved him and he did everything to help end explain. we had a lot of previous tours, but he was the best.

The arrangements, the tour director and the driver were excellent! The tour director was extremely knowledgeable and has the rare gift of making the passengers comfortable throughout the trip.

The tour director for my trip was very good.


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