Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal, as you witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi's dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares. Along the way, take in the diversity of architectural styles - ranging from contemporary to Moorish - and taste some of the region's most iconic dishes, including paella. We'll introduce you to local historians, chefs and musicians, as you travel in luxurious comfort and stay in the heart of each spectacular destination.
Our prices start from5,995 LAND ONLY
13 Days • GUIDED • 20MealsOperated Tour
- 12 nights accommodation
- Services of a Traveling Concierge
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round-trip airport to hotel transfers (Restrictions apply)
- Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
- 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Day 1 - Welcome To Barcelona
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Barcelona airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. At 6 p.m., join your travelling concierge and fellow travelers 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.
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.
Day 3 - Relaxed Start - Valencia And The Orange Blossom Coast
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.
Day 4 - Granada And The Alhambra Palace
Granada is a rich oasis of Moorish architecture and flourishing Romany culture. 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.
Day 5 - Relaxed Start - Córdoba And Seville
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.
Day 6 - Relaxed Start - Seville, The City Of Carment
Join your local expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and lower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter. Emerge near the cathedral. Explore Seville your way with a choice 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.
Day 7 - Relaxed Start - The Flavors Of Andalusia
Discover the flavors 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.
Day 8 - Relaxed Start - Across The Alentejo To Lisbon
Continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. This evening, take in an emotive performance of the UNESCO-recognized art of Fado at a local Fado house while enjoying a traditional Portuguese dinner.
Day 9 - Relaxed Start - Lisbon And The Age of Discoveries
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.
Day 10 - Relaxed Start - Forever Évora
Continue to the charming university city of Évora, 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 wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalizing wines. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine at the hotel restaurant.
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 savoring some local cuisine.
Day 12 - Relaxed Start - Madrid Of The Bourbons
Admire the tree-lined avenues, Cibeles Fountain, Columbus Monument and Royal Palace as you explore the heart of Madrid. Continue through the Puerta del Sol to 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 Albora 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.
Day 13 - Depart Madrid
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Prices are subject to change Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on July 23, 2021 travel date.
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