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Spain & Portugal in Style - Summer 2021

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Itinerary

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Tour Itinerary

Step into the rich worlds of Spain and Portugal on this 13-Day guided tour. Explore Granada’s grand Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, who will lead you through its exotic water gardens. After wandering the white-washed alleys of Seville on a guided tour, visit an 18th century mansion, where you’ll be treated to a private-but-passionate flamenco dance performance. Marvel over Madrid’s Prado Museum, where an art historian will lead you on a private tour of Spanish masterpieces.

Countries Visited

Portugal , Spain

Cities Visited

Barcelona , Evora , Granada , Lisbon , Madrid , Seville , Valencia

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Barcelona.
    On arrival at Barcelona Airport, you will be met and transferred to your five-star hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome dinner featuring fine Barcelona seafood. Barcelona comes alive at night when the temperatures cool down and it is a beautiful way to start your adventure.Accommodation: Ohla Eixample Barcelona.
  2. Day 2
    Catalonia’s Creative Capital.
    Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, a historic cathedral, seaside splendour and gastronomic delights. The day begins as you have first entry to the Palau de la Música Catalana, the only concert hall declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and an architectural pearl of Catalan Modernism. Meet your Local Expert in the Gothic Quarter for an exploration of the medieval streets and squares, and see some of the most flamboyant buildings of the Catalan art nouveau movement. Visit Gaudí's imaginative Sagrada Família, where mosaic spires pierce the sky like a giant crown. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps strolling from your hotel to another one of Gaudí's masterpieces, Casa Batlló or Casa Milà.Accommodation: Ohla Eixample Barcelona.
  3. Day 3
    Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast. Relaxed Start
    Follow the sunny Costa Dorada to sea-lapped Peñíscola. Explore the lanes and white-walled houses clustered around the castle and featured in the film El Cid. Continue past orange groves to Valencia, where ultra-modern buildings rub shoulders with medieval town gates. For dinner, a local chef entices you with incredible traditional paella, native to Valencia.Accommodation: The Westin Valencia.
  4. Day 4
    Granada and the Alhambra Palace.
    Granada is a rich oasis of Moorish architecture and the perfect city to enjoy an evening paseo. A Local Expert will show you the exquisite Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens built by the Moors in the 13th century. Enjoy a relaxed evening soaking up the views from your hotel or take a stroll on Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.Accommodation: Hotel Alhambra Palace, Granada.
  5. Day 5
    Córdoba and Seville. Relaxed Start
    Journey through the silent sierras to Córdoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magnificent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Your Local Expert will walk you through a forest of delicate arches and pillars to the opulent Christian cathedral nestled within. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter before continuing to the stunning Andalusian capital of Seville. Dinner tonight is accompanied by the music of a classical guitarist at an elegant restaurant.Accommodation: Gran Meliá Colón, Seville.
  6. Day 6
    Seville, the City of Carmen. Relaxed Start
    Join your Local Expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter. Emerge near the cathedral. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to either visit the main chapel and tomb of Columbus or relax with a cocktail on a rooftop with views of the city. An 18th century mansion hosts you for a drink, followed by an intimate and passionate performance of fiery flamenco. Enjoy a romantic horse and carriage ride through the charming streets.Accommodation: Gran Meliá Colón, Seville.
  7. Day 7
    The Flavours of Andalusia. Relaxed Start
    Discover the flavours of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy your own creations for lunch, along with a glass or two of wine. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps bask in the sun in Parque de María Luisa?Accommodation: Gran Meliá Colón, Seville.
  8. Day 8
    Across the Alentejo to Lisbon. Relaxed Start
    Continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. This evening, take in an emotive performance of the UNESCO-recognised art of Fado at a local Fado house while enjoying a traditional Portuguese dinner.Accommodation: Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon.
  9. Day 9
    Lisbon and the Age of Discoveries. Relaxed Start
    With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower, a fortress that was originally set in the middle of the river but with receding waters, now sits on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your morning of sightseeing, drive along the coast to visit the seaside village of Cascais, known for its sandy beaches and busy marina, and enjoy a lunch by the sea. Return to your boutique hotel and the rest of the evening is yours at leisure.Accommodation: Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon.
  10. Day 10
    Forever Évora. Relaxed Start
    Continue to the university city of Evora, one of the best preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Expert for a walk around the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon head to a local winery to explore the estate, learn about their winemaking process and taste a selection of their tantalising wines. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine at the hotel restaurant.Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro, Évora.
  11. Day 11
    The Roman Ruins of Mérida and Madrid.
    Venture across patterned agricultural lands to the Spanish border and continue to Mérida, famous for its extensive Roman ruins. Visit the well-preserved Roman Theatre where a variety of plays were once performed to delight the patrons of ancient Lusitania. Journey through the sun-baked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid. With the evening at leisure to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll Calle Serrano, Madrid’s most famous and elegant shopping street, before savouring some local cuisine?Accommodation: Gran Meliá Fénix, Madrid.
  12. Day 12
    Madrid of the Bourbons. Relaxed Start
    Join your local expert to learn the history of Madrid and its famous sites before visiting the magnificent Prado Museum, where an art historian provides an in-depth look at the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to further explore the glories of Madrid. This evening, you're invited to the Michelin-starred Álbora Bar and Restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass to new memories and friendships, as you dine on classic cuisine in a stylish, modern setting.Accommodation: Gran Meliá Fénix, Madrid.
  13. Day 13
    Depart Madrid. Departure Flight
    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey.

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Inclusions

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Seville: Relax in a rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand and watch the sunset over Seville.
  • Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, see and tomb of Columbus and marvel at the intricate details of its decoration.

Well-being

  • : Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 20 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • : Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Exceptional Dining

  • Barcelona: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in this Mediterranean city, featuring fresh Barcelona seafood and traditional Spanish flavours.
  • Valencia: Tantalise your taste buds as you experience the flavours of traditional Valencian paella for your evening meal.
  • Seville: Situated at an elegant restaurant close to your hotel, you'll enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by the harmonious tones of a talented classical guitarist.
  • Seville: Relax in a rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand and watch the sunset over Seville.
  • Seville: Discover the varied flavours of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy your own creations for lunch.
  • Lisbon: Stimulate your senses with you dinner being hosted in one of the traditional Fado houses of the bohemian Bairro Alto. UNESCO granted Fado World Heritage status, as an urban Lisbon song symbolic of the city and the country.
  • Cascais: Travel to seaside Cascais, the former summer retreat of the Portuguese nobility and savour a lunch by the sea.
  • Évora: Explore a local winery and learn about their processes and enjoy a delicious wine tasting.
  • Madrid: Boasting a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant, the Michelin-starred Álbora is known for its distinct flavours and high quality dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Breakfast (B), 6 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 2 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Journey Highlights

  • Barcelona: Enjoy a walk with a Local Expert through the old lanes of the Gothic Quarter. Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to take in some of the city's daring Modernist architecture.
  • Barcelona: Once inside Gaudí's amazing Sagrada Família, look up at the detailed wonders of his famous architectural masterpiece.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • 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.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the picturesque Generalife Gardens.
  • Córdoba: See the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge with your Local Expert and you'll have time to spend exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.
  • Córdoba: Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through its forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within, led by your Local Expert.
  • Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, see and tomb of Columbus and marvel at the intricate details of its decoration.
  • Seville: Take your seat for an intimate experience where flamenco guitar and voice are paired with the raw emotion, colour and rhythmic expression of dance.
  • Seville: Go on a romantic horse and carriage ride and relax as you pass some of the city's highlights.
  • Seville: Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville's Louisa Park with your Local Expert. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its pretty squares and flower-decked balconies. You'll emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Lisbon: With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its beautiful Manueline architecture.
  • Évora: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Expert.
  • Merida: Famous for its Roman ruins, Mérida is full of history and ancient architecture. Marvel at the well-preserved Roman Theatre.
  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and the Puerta del Sol.
  • Madrid: Join an art historian and visit the Prado Museum, often called a museum of painters for its extensive collection of works by artists such as Bosch, Titian or El Greco - the favourites of Spain's 16-17th century monarchs.

VIP Experiences

  • Barcelona: Enjoy exclusive first entry in to the Palau de la Música Catalana, the only concert hall declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and an architectural pearl of Catalan Modernism.

Additional Included Highlights

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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).
  • Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Health and Safety Protocols for Luxury Gold Tours

Luxury Gold has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Luxury Gold and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Luxury Gold is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Luxury Gold will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Luxury Gold have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Luxury Gold is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Luxury Gold does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Luxury Gold only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Luxury Gold is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Is the price per person or for two people?

All pricing on our website is per person.

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.

Luxury Gold Tours Customer Reviews

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4.5
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4.3

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The guide was fabulous. The hotels wonderful.

Truly enjoyed all aspects of the Luxury Gold trip and will definitely look into more trips with them in the future.

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