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Highlights of Spain and Portugal 9 Days


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Madrid, Caceres, Evora, Lisbon, Fatima, Porto, Bom Jesus Sanctuary, Cambados, Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, O Cebreiro & Leon

  • Gaze upon 5000 skeletons in the Chapel of Bones in Evora

  • Relax and explore with two nights in Lisbon, including a half-day guided city tour

  • Take a city tour of Madrid, and visit the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring

  • Take a ride on the world’s oldest cable car to go up to the Santuário do Bom Jesus

The Kingdoms of Leon, Castile, Aragon and Navarre took seven centuries to overturn Islamic rule, and in 1491 the Catholic Monarchs of northern Iberia, Ferdinand and Isabella, were able to claim the 'Reconquest' of the entire peninsula. The following year, Christopher Columbus got lost while looking for Japan, and discovered the Americas.

Spain and Portugal expanded into the world's first global empires. Navigation, trade, and bold combat expanded their power and wealth over centuries. Both ruled territories in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. The gold of West Africa, the silver of South America, and a global trade in slaves drove ambitious architectural works at home and abroad. Potatoes, sugar, corn, coffee, and spices transformed both the European diet and international trade. After a decline in power through ongoing European wars, the rise of the Ottoman Turks, cruel civil wars and decades of authoritarian rule, Spain and Portugal have emerged as stable and democratic nations with a cosmopolitan outlook and proud history.







Inclusions:

  • Return economy class international airfares and taxes. Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure. Some flights may depart one day later and may involve up to 2 transits per leg
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels in twin rooms with private facilities. Please Note: Hotels will vary depending on group size and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure. Double rooms and Triple share are not guaranteed and are subject to availability
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • City entrance fees + taxes
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Ticket admission: Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Chapel of Bones in Evora, and Old cellars in Porto
  • Insurance: Basic insurance cover is provided for our clients during the land component of this tour. See below for details
  • Evening Transfer: Debod Temple and Plaza de Espana/Gran Via in Madrid, Plaza de Oriente in Madrid, Praça dos Restauradores in Lisbon
  • City tours: Madrid, Lisbon, Oporto (Porto), Santiago De Compostela
  • Cruise: Wine and mussel tasting in a boat trip in Cambados
  • Cablecar/Funicular: To Bom Jesus Sanctuary in Braga

Exclusions:

  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
  • Tipping is not mandatory on this tour. Please tip guides, drivers etc. at your discretion
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses







DAY 1 USA - Madrid

Depart from the USA for the amazing city of Madrid.

Take an international flight from USA to Madrid, Spain.
NOTE: Some flights may depart one day later, and may involve up to two transits.


DAY 2 Madrid

Welcome to Madrid! Upon arrival at the airport,our driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.Towards the end of the day, we provide evening transfers to the Egyptian Debod temple, Plaza de Es­paña and Gran Via; a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.

Note: Please check the informative panels in the hotel reception area for the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers to receive information about the circuit. 



DAY 3 Madrid (B)

The day starts a comprehensive tour of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Gran Via, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. Visit Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Admission to Las Ventas Bullring is included. This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world, where we will learn about the tradition of corridas in the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon free at leisure. At sunset, transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants in which to enjoy a pleasant dinner.



  



DAY 4 Madrid-Caceres-Evora-Lisbon (B)

We leave Madrid and travel towards the Extremadura region. In Caceres you can have lunch and stroll in the historic centre, one of the best-preserved Medieval and Renaissance open complexes in the world. Once in Portugal, we will stop in Evora, a World Heritage city with its white streets, Renaissance palaces, and cathedral. We will include entry to the impressive Chapel of Bones, built using 5,000 skeletons! Arrive in Lisbon in late afternoon.



  


DAY 5 Lisbon ( B)

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Lisbon. We visit traditional neighbourhoods, and take in the Belem district, closely associated with great Portuguese navigators of the fifteenth century (and resting place of the renowned explorer-pirate, Vasco da Gama). Look around the Monument to the Discoveries. Erected in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, the monument is sculpted in the form of a ship’s prow, with dozens of figures from Portuguese history. View Belem Tower, a military outpost built to protect the Tagus Estuary from pirates and enemy attacks, and enter the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is where Vasco da Gama and his men spent the night in prayer before departing towards the Orient in 1497. In the Belem neighbourhood, we invite our travellers to try a ‘Belem cake’, an exquisite local delicacy otherwise known as a Portuguese egg tart. The afternoon is free at leisure, so that you can explore this great city independently. In the evening, transfer to Restauradores Square, full of atmosphere with its bars and cafes from where we suggest you to take the Elevador da Gloria that brings you to the Upper District and its stunning view of the city.  



DAY 6 Lisbon-Fatima- Porto (B)

We travel to the north of Portugal and visit Fatima, an important sanctuary. We will continue on our way through Porto, Portugal’s second largest city. Time for lunch and sightseeing tour of this city on the bank of Duero River and its historic centre included. We also include a visit to the city’s famed old cellars, then enjoy free time at leisure.  



DAY 7 Porto- Bom Jesus Sanctuary- Cambados- Santiago do Compostela (B)

On this day we will travel through beautiful landscapes. In the city of Braga we will get on the world’s oldest cable car to go up to the Santuário do Bom Jesus, where we will enjoy its gorgeous views. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway. We will resume our trip to Galicia. We will visit the historic town of Cambados in Rías Baixas. We include a glass bottom boat trip where we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters. Wine and mussel tasting included. We will arrive in Santiago De Compostela, a famous pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages, at lunchtime. An afternoon tour of this town with a local guide is included.


DAY 8 Santiago do Compostela- Lugo- O Cebreiro- Leon- Madrid ( B)


We will travel along Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) to Castile. We will take some time in Lugo to visit its historic centre and Roman walls which ware a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will make a stop on route in O Cebreiro, a small Galician stone village. Arrival in Leon at lunchtime. We will have time visit the Gothic cathedral with its stained glass windows and stroll through the historic centre. At around 5pm, we leave León for Madrid, arriving at around 9pm.



  


DAY 9 Madrid - USA ( B)

Today you will depart Madrid and return to the USA. You can also choose to extend your tour with another one of our European packages.



Hotel Accommodation

The hotels we use are carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All the hotels we use ont his tour are four-star rated or better, with continental breakfast included. A selection of our preferred hotels in our main destinations is listed below. As the hotels are generally not in the downtown area, we cannot guarantee that there is transportation to the city except for taxis. Please note that hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 24 hours prior to check-in.

Madrid Praga Hotel or similar 4 star local rating
Lisbon VIP Executive Entrecampos Hotel or similar 4 star local rating
Porto Sercotel Serolla or similar 4 star local rating
Santiago De Compostela Hotel Alixares or similar 4 star local rating


Departure Dates   Price (double occupancy)USD P,P
Return Date Land Only Package Price
2019/12/02 2019/12/10 N/A USD$1999.00
2020/04/06 2020/04/14 N/A USD$1999.00
2020/04/20 2020/04/28 N/A USD$1999.00
2020/05/04 2020/05/12 N/A USD$2099.00
2020/05/18 2020/05/26 N/A USD$2199.00
2020/06/01 2020/06/09 N/A USD$2199.00
2020/06/15 2020/06/23 N/A USD$2299.00
2020/06/29 2020/07/07 N/A USD$2299.00
2020/07/13 2020/07/21 N/A USD$2299.00
2020/07/27 2020/08/04 N/A USD$2299.00
2020/08/10 2020/08/18 N/A USD$2299.00
2020/08/24 2020/09/01 N/A USD$2299.00
2020/09/07 2020/09/15 N/A USD$2299.00
2020/09/21 2020/09/29 N/A USD$2199.00
2020/10/05 2020/10/13 N/A USD$2099.00
2020/10/19 2020/10/27 N/A USD$2099.00
2020/11/02 2020/11/10 N/A USD$1999.00
2020/11/16 2020/11/24 N/A USD$1999.00
Single Supplements +USD$599

  • MadridPraga Hotel or Similar

    Antonio Lopez, 65, Carabanchel, 28019 Madrid, Spain 

    Hotel Praga is a 10-minute walk from Marqués de Vadillo Metro Station, around 2.5 mi from central Madrid, and has easy access to the A-42 and M-30 Motorways.

    All air-conditioned rooms at the Praga have satellite TV, a pillow menu and mini-bar. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Free WiFi is also available.

    Café Praga offers a range of cuisine, and also serves set menus for lunch from Monday to Friday. Room service is available.

    Other facilities at the property include a tour desk, where guests can learn about all the entertainment options in the area. Car hire and private parking are available for an additional cost.

    Bus 23 stops outside and connects guests to Plaza Mayor and Caja Mágica Sports and Leisure Center in 10 minutes. Vicente Calderón Stadium is a 15-minute walk away.

    Marqués de Vadillo is just 6 stops from Gran Vía. Atocha Railway Station and the High-Speed AVE Railway can be reached in 5 minutes by car.

    Madrid's famous Art Triangle, consisting of the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums, is just 5 minutes' drive from the hotel. You can hire a car at the tour desk, and private parking is available for an extra charge.

    Carabanchel is a great choice for travelers interested in monumentssightseeingand old-town exploration.


     

  • PortoSercotel Serolla or similar

    Avenida de Las Cortes Valencianas, 58, 46015 Valencia, Spain

    Featuring a pretty terrace with an outdoor swimming pool, the stylish Sorolla Palace is located 50 m from Valencia’s Congress Center. It offers free Wi-Fi, hot tub and a gym.

    The Sercotel’s rooms feature bright, attractive décor. All rooms are air conditioned and have a flat-screen satellite TV. The upper floors of the Sorolla Palace offer impressive city views; and the outdoor pool has a retractable roof which covers it during the winter, spring and autumn months.

    The El Dossel restaurant offers Mediterranean dishes and international cuisine. There is both a main dining room and 4 private dining rooms. L’Estany café serves tapas and a range of cocktails. A buffet breakfast is served daily.

    Sercotel Sorolla Palace is a 5-minute walk from Beniferri Metro Station, which is 9 stops from the City of the Arts and Sciences. Beniferri Park is just 100 m from the hotel.

     

  • Santiago De CompostelaHotel Alixares or similar

    Paseo de la Sabica, 40, Granada City Center, 18009 Granada, Spain 

     

  • LisbonVIP Executive Entrecampos Hotel or similar

    Avenida 5 de Outubro, 295, Avenidas Novas, 1600-035 Lisbon, Portugal 

    Located a 4-minute walk from Entrecampos metro and train stations, VIP Executive Entrecampos offers accommodations in central Lisbon and facilities include an indoor swimming pool and 9 meeting rooms. Free Wifi is provided.

    All the air-conditioned rooms and suits are brightly decorated and come with a private bathroom, a seating area, a satellite TV and a mini-bar. Rooms for disabled guests are also available.

    The Ouro Preto restaurant serves fine Portuguese cuisine but International cuisine is also on the menu. For light meals and snacks, there is the News Café. Guests are invited to enjoy a drink at the Piano bar and in the morning breakfast is served at Jardim Buffet.

    Other facilities at VIP Executive Entrecampos - Hotel & Conference include a sauna, a turkish bath and a newspaper shop.

    The Santa Maria Hospital and Lisbon University are 0.6 mi from the property, while the lively Bairro Alto and is 3.1 mi away and Chiado area is 3.5 mi from the hotel. Lisbon International Airport is 2.4 mi away and easy to reach by public transport.

    Avenidas Novas is a great choice for travelers interested in foodmonuments and convenient public transportation.

     




Optional Attractions and Activities

Madrid
  • Flamenco Night with Dinner: At the end of the day, we offer you the feeling and the flamenco. Singers attending one of the most attractive shows that you can see in Spain. Do not miss the opportunity to assist with great expectation how they capture your attention. A flamenco picture composed of singers, dancers, guitarists and percussionists who make a wonderful journey through the different flamenco styles: bulerías, seguidillas, fandangos, alegrías and sevillanas. All accompanied by a delicate dinner with Spanish products in an incomparable setting.
    • PRICE: EUR60pp. Minimum participants: 10 persons. DURATION: 2h. Includes: Transfers with the roundtrip coach. Assistance by our mail guide. Entrance to the show. Dinner including three courses with water and wine


Lisbon
  • Sintra Cascasis and Estoril: In this visit, you will enjoy the landscapes of the Tagus estuary, the famous Costa del Sol, a resting place and residence of nobles in the history of Portugal. We will stop at the wonderful city of Sintra, immortalised by Lord Byron, and enjoy its microclimate and its many palaces and summer homes. We will continue to the famous Guincho beach where you will see the westernmost point in Europe, the Cabo da Roca, and we will stop in the beautiful city of Cascais. Afterwards, we will have a brief stop in Estoril with its famous casino. A varied tour with beautiful landscapes overlooking the ocean and the Tagus estuary.
    • PRICE: EUR30pp. Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 4h. Includes: Round-trip bus service. Visit to the indicated places with guide.






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