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16 Day Kaleidoscope of Spain and Portgual

16 Day Kaleidoscope of Spain and Portgual


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal , Spain

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Spain

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Madrid
Welcome to Madrid! Capital of Spain since 1562, this lively city is the birthplace of many of the world’s greatest writers, painters and artists. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 pm with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - 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 by the elegant Plaza de Cibeles and Puerta de Alcala Gate. 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. Afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy a walk in Retiro park, visit museums or join the optional El Escorial, the combination monastery-palace-mausoleum erected by King Phillip II as a memorial to his father. It has since become an enduring legacy to Spain and burial place of kings and queens *For 29 Apr departure, Prado Museum visit is moved to Day 4 **For 29 Apr departure, the Half Day Escorial Tour will not operate
Optional: Half Day Escorial Tour**(PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Segovia Sightseeing en route to Salamanca
Travel across the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama to the historic city of Segovia*. View the best preserved 1st century AD Roman Aqueduct, symbol of the city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other important monuments include the fairy-tale Alcazar with its soaring turrets, moats and magical towers and the powerful Gothic Cathedral that took almost 200 years to complete. Take a walk through the Jewish Quarter, with its remains of a synagogue, palaces and museums. Then, to stunning Avila, surrounded by imposing city walls, one of Spain's best preserved bastions with its convent that pays homage to St. Theresa, founder of the Order of the Carmelites. Drive to the lively university town of Salamanca; view the 12th century Old Cathedral, the Salina and Monterrey Palaces and the historic center of the city. Arrive at the Plaza Mayor, considered Spain's most beautiful central plaza, exceptionally memorable when illuminated at dusk. Dinner together tonight in Salamanca *For 29 Apr departure, Segovia Sightseeing is moved to Day 3
Overnight: Salamanca
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Shrine of Fatima en route to Lisbon
Depart for Portugal, via the Serra da Estrela mountain range. Drive towards Castelo Branco before arriving at Fatima, site of the famous religious visions that occurred in 1917, when an apparition of Mary appeared to three peasant children. Here, visit the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in neoclassical style, flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive convent. Continue your journey to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, over 2,000 years old, and capital of Portugal since 1147
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - 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, 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 7, Tuesday - Travel to Algarve
Depart Lisbon this morning heading south. Cross the region of Alentejo, with its rolling hills, vineyards and cork oak trees. Reach Lagos, known for its 16th century walled Old Town located along the Atlantic Ocean in Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region
Overnight: Algarve
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Lagos, St. Vincent, Sagres
This morning, explore the Old Town of Lagos. Visit the golden chapel of St. Anthony's Church, lined with some of the finest wood carvings in Portugal and view the Slave Market Museum, believed to be the first slave market in Europe. Continue to the spectacular rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. These golden sandstone cliffs, stand in stark contrast to the deep turquoise-green color of the water. The entire region is truly awe-inspiring. Head to Cape St. Vincent - the most southwesterly point of continental Europe, known as "the end of the world". Afterward, travel to beautiful Sagres with its dramatic natural scenery. Admire its stunning harbor and pass by the 15th century fortress. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the area on your own
Overnight: Algarve
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Travel to Seville
Depart Algarve this morning heading east. Reach the Spanish border and enter the region of Andalucia. Continue your drive through picturesque Andalucia to Seville with its astonishing layers of history. Leisure time upon arrival before dinner together. After, 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 10, Friday - 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 Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and legendary burial site of Christopher Columbus. 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 11, Saturday - Moorish Influenced Alhambra
The drive today takes you from Seville to Granada. Here, the highlight of your sightseeing is a visit to the 13th century Alhambra,* one of Spain’s most celebrated monuments, dramatically perched atop an Assabican hill overlooking the entire city of Granada. This imposing hilltop fortress, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the finest examples in the world of Moorish art and architecture. During the reign of the Moors, the Alhambra served as the opulent residence of the royal family. Walk along the lanes of the fragrant Generalife Gardens with its beautifully designed courtyards, waterfalls, 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 12, Sunday - Drive to Alicante
Depart Granada, and journey towards the Mediterranean coast to the seaside city of Alicante. Experience dramatic scenery, as the landscape changes from rugged mountains to arid meadows to verdant woodlands. Upon arrival in Alicante, a historic and cultural city, embark on an orientation tour. Tonight, savor dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Alicante
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Valencia Sightseeing en route to Barcelona
Today, head north through fragrant groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges to the spectacular city of Valencia. Known as the “Garden City” of Spain, it is situated on the Orange Blossom Coast where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. There are few cities like Valencia that are able to combine remnants of its past, dating back to 138 BC, with innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium. Take a tour of the city. Listen to tales about "El Cid," Spain's national hero who fought here against the Moors. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture before continuing to the gates of the city, City Hall and the Gothic Cathedral. Arrive at the dramatic Arts and Science City, an outstanding scientific and cultural complex with extraordinary futuristic architecture, designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava. After, journey along the Mediterranean coast to sensational Barcelona. Tonight, enjoy Barcelona's rousing nightlife and fabulous tapas bars
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Tuesday - 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 the 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. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic Complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Full Day in Barcelona
A full day at leisure to explore Barcelona's countless museums and superb galleries or just savor the magnificent ambience of this gorgeous city. In the morning, join the optional tour to Montserrat that takes you on a drive past picturesque villages to Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica and view the world-famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta." Tonight, a Farewell Dinner together at a local restaurant is a perfect way to end your tour
Optional: Montserrat Tour (AM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Thursday - 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-Madrid, Barcelona-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Madrid
  • 1 night Salamanca
  • 2 nights Lisbon
  • 2 nights Algarve
  • 2 nights Seville
  • 1 night Granada
  • 1 night Alicante
  • 3 nights Barcelona
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 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 Prado Museum in Madrid and view an astonishing collection of Spanish masterpieces
  • Marvel at the best preserved 1st century AD Roman aqueduct in Segovia
  • Panoramic tour of the lively university town of Salamanca
  • Admire the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world
  • Visit the Cathedral of Lisbon, the oldest place of worship in the city
  • Explore the Old Town of Lagos and visit the golden chapel of St. Anthony's Church
  • Cape St. Vincent - the most southwesterly point of continental Europe, known as "the end of the world"
  • Tour the city of Seville with its many historical sites
  • Visit the Cathedral of Seville, legendary burial site of Christopher Columbus
  • Visit the 13th century Alhambra in Granada
  • Take a tour of the coastal city of Alicante, with its whitewashed houses and cobbled streets
  • View Valencia's extraordinary Arts and Science City with its breathtaking avant-garde architecture
  • Stand in awe at the iconic symbol of Barcelona -- Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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    Accommodation Details:
    Triples at the Artheus Carmelitas in Salamanca will be accommodated as a Twin and a Single Room.Triples at the Occidental Diagonal 414 in Barcelona will be accommodated as a Twin and a Single Room.

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    Accommodations

    Catalonia Atocha
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Madrid.

    Alameda Palace
    This deluxe hotel is situated in the Plaza de España.

    Alameda Palace
    This deluxe hotel is situated in the Plaza de España.

    Hotel Artheus Carmelitas
    This first class hotel is located in the historical city center, close to many of the main monuments of Salamanca.

    Hotel Artheus Carmelitas
    This first class hotel is located in the historical city center, close to many of the main monuments of Salamanca.

    Hotel Artheus Carmelitas
    This first class hotel is located in the historical city center, close to many of the main monuments of Salamanca.

    Hotel Marques de Pombal
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Lisbon.

    Hotel Marques de Pombal
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Lisbon.

    AVANI Avenida Liberdade
    This first class hotel is situated in Lisbon's city center.

    Tivoli Lagos Algarve Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Lagos.

    Macia Sevilla Kubb
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Seville.

    Granada Center
    This first class hotel is located in the city center off Plaza Guitarrista Manuel Cano and near to many attractions.

    Melia Alicante
    This first class hotel overlooks Postiguet Beach and the Alicante marina.

    Occidental Diagonal 414
    This first class hotel is located in Barcelona's Eixample district.

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

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