Prepare to be enchanted by the white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways and easy going charm you find when touring Lisbon. See a Roman Temple and a beautifully preserved old town-center still partially enclosed by medieval walls. The scenery is equally breathtaking as you travel to Seville where you’ll explore architectural treasures in a totally relaxed environment. Your Interlude in Granada is highlighted by a visit to the famed Alhambra Palace and Generalife – noted as one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture. A tour of the Toledo Cathedral – a High Gothic Cathedral – is among the sights scheduled.
Onto Madrid and a visit to a Royal Palace. Leisure time is allotted for you to explore this modern and old-world city. A high-speed train brings you to Barcelona, reputed to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and prepare to be captivated by the architecture of Antoni Gaudi – particularly the unfinished Sagrada Famiglia Cathedral. Free time can be spent visiting Monasteries, museums and savoring Paella – a must meal when in Spain! Please read the entire itinerary and make your plans to disfruta de esta extraordinaria experiencia de viaje (enjoy this extraordinary travel experience).
For over 37 years, your Vacation Manager, Chris McCool has led tours to 127 countries and all 50 states. If you love to learn and laugh, take a tour with Chris.
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|Deposit||$350 per person|
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|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
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*Air is not included. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 136 days and earlier: full refund. 135 – 76 days prior to final payment $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund. A valid passport is required with expiration greater than 6 months from return date.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Portugal. (IFM)
Day 2:- Arrive Lisbon
Welcome to Portugal! Arrive in Lisbon and meet your Tour Director. The capital of Portugal has experienced a renaissance in recent years with a thriving contemporary culture. Lisbon enchants travelers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways and an easy-going charm that makes it a popular year-round destination. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. BessaHotel Liberdabe or similar (D)
Day 3: Lisbon / Free Time
Today enjoy a Lisbon City Tour featuring the Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Visit the Belem Tower, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy Lisbon. BessaHotel Liberdabe or similar (B)
Day 4: Lisbon / Evora / Seville
This morning travel east to visit Evora, Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring a Roman Temple and a well-preserved old town center still partially enclosed by medieval walls. Enjoy the scenery as you journey south and cross into Spain. Later arrive in wonderful Seville for a two night stay. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers tonight. Melia Lebreros or similar (B,D)
Day 5: Seville
This morning experience a Seville city tour to view the Santa Cruz Quarter, the Parque de Maria Louisa and visit the impressive Cathedral of Seville, considered the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Also see the Giralda Bell Tower. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Seville, renowned for architectural treasures, the Flamenco dance and a relaxed lifestyle. Melia Lebreros or similar (B)
Day 6: Seville – Granada
Today travel to Granada and enjoy a panoramic Granada City Tour. The highlight of this tour will inevitably be the visit to the Alhambra Palace & Generalife, Granada’s main attraction. One of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture, the Alhambra, is a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th Century. Enjoy an included dinner this evening in Granada with your fellow travelers. Hotel Corona or similar (B,D)
Day 7: Granada – Toledo – Madrid
Today travel north to visit Toledo, the capital of Spain until 1560, and one of the most important centers of European medieval history. Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage and historical coexistence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Visit the Toledo Cathedral, one of the three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. Later arrive in Madrid for a 2-night stay in one of Europe’s great capital cities and a center of art, finance, culture and history. Novotel Madrid Center or similar (B)
DAY 8: Madrid / Free Time
The capital of Spain since 1561, Madrid is a perfect blend of modern and old world. Today enjoy a Madrid city tour including the Puerta del sol, Plaza Espana, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, Paseo de Castellana and a visit to the Royal Palace. This afternoon is at leisure to explore Madrid on your own. Novotel Madrid Center or similar (B)
Day 9: Madrid – Barcelona
This morning board the High Speed AVE Train to journey from Madrid to Barcelona. The Spanish AVE system is the longest High Speed Rail network in Europe. Arrive in Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, located on the Mediterranean Sea featuring progressive and art nouveau buildings. Enjoy a Barcelona city tour to see Las Ramblas Boulevard, a beautiful tree-lined pedestrian mall, Casa Mila, a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, the Columbus Monument and Parc Montjuic. Continue to see Gaudi’s unfinished La Sagrada Famiglia Cathedral, the symbol of Barcelona. This evening on your own maybe visit a local restaurant or take in a famous Flamenco show. Catalonia Ramblas or similar (B)
Day 10: Barcelona At Leisure
Today is at leisure to experience Barcelona. Perhaps visit a museum, explore Gaudi’s famous Parc Guell and/or enjoy a Paella meal. An optional tour will be available to visit the Montserrat Monastery. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers featuring some local culture. Catalonia Ramblas or similar (B,D)
Day 11: Barcelona – Flight Home
Fly home filled with wonderful memories of Spain & Portugal. (B,IFM)