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13 Day Best Value Tour Spain and Portugal

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13 Day Best Value Tour Spain and Portugal

Ramble up Las Ramblas and through the zesty Iberian peninsula, from Barcelona to Lisbon, Salamanca to Madrid. Enjoy delicious paella in Valencia, see the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix and the medieval quarter of Lisbon with its Belém Tower.

 

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Day by day

First day Welcome to Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore Spain's most cosmopolitan city.

Hotel:    Novotel Sant Joan Despi

Second Day its Sightseeing and Free Time in Barcelona

Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya and spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to Montserrat. (BB)

Hotel:    Novotel Sant Joan Despi

Third Day we drive to Peñíscola then tour Valencia 

Drive through orange groves to Peñíscola and see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue through the 'huertas' to sunny Valencia, the third-largest city in Spain, where your orientation tour includes the Town Hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the Cathedral and the modern 'City of Arts and Science' designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava. (BB),(D)

Hotel:    Abba Acteon

Fourth Day we visit Guadix then head to Granada

Travel southwest across the 'sierras' to view the cave houses at Guadix. Take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings and then cross the jagged Mora Pass to Granada. (BB),(D)

Hotel:    Macia Condor

Fifth Day we explore Granada then travel to Costa Del Sol

This morning there is time to explore the city or participate in an Optional Experience suggested by your Travel Director. Arrive later on the famous Costa del Sol for free time or consider an excursion to Mijas, one of the famous hilltop villages. (BB)

Hotel:    Tryp Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda

Sixth Day we journey to Gibraltar then onto Seville 

Enjoy a scenic coastal drive past Marbella to La Linea. Cross the border to the Rock of Gibraltar, where you have the chance to see the famous Barbary apes and possibly visit the cave of St. Michael. Then continue through spectacular Andalucian countryside to Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight you might like to experience a fiery flamenco show. (BB),(D)

Hotel:    MA Congresos

Seventh Day take in the sights of Seville with Free Time

Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist on your included morning sightseeing tour. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Explore the city at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to visit the elegant Moorish Alcazar and famous exhibition site of Plaza America. Tonight, you might like to sample some traditional tapas. (BB)

Hotel:    MA Congresos

Eighth Day see the capital of Portugal, Lisbon

Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated near where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with music. (BB)

Hotel:   Altis Park

Ninth Day its sightseeing and Free Time in Lisbon

See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure in Lisbon or maybe take an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Queluz, Cascais and Estoril. (BB)

Hotel:     Altis Park

Tenth Day we visit Fátima then go onto Salamanca 

A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view the Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. (BB)

Hotel:   Vincci Ciudad De Salamanca

Eleventh Day we travel to Madrid and enjoy Sightseeing

Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. This afternoon your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including the Royal Palace, the Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España. This evening why not visit one of Madrid's many fine restaurants where you have the chance to try some of the local dishes? (BB)

Hotel:   Tryp Leganes

Twelfth Day see Madrid at your Leisure

An entire day to explore the city. You might like to visit the Prado Museum, watch the street artists on Plaza Mayor or join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the ancient capital of Castile. Tonight dine with your companions as you celebrate a memorable holiday. (BB),(D)

Hotel:     Tryp Leganes

Thirteenth Day we bid Farewell to Madrid

Say 'adios' to your companions after a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Dining

12 buffet breakfasts (BB)

4 three course dinners (D)

Travel Highlights

  • Barcelona: Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc.
  • Costa Del Sol: Visit this renowned resort area.
  • Fátima: Visit the celebrated Shrine.
  • Gibraltar: Visit the famous rock of Gibraltar.
  • Granada: Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city.
  • Guadix: View the cave homes in "Barrio Troglodyte".
  • Lisbon: View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist.
  • Madrid: Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain.
  • Peñiscola: See the ancient castle overlooking the beach.
  • Salamanca: Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor.
  • Seville: Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower.
  • Valencia: Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and City of Arts and Sciences.

Optional Experiences

Mystical Montserrat in Barcelona

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.

Albaicin And The Royal Chapel in Granada

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaiceria quarter.

Mijas Andalucian Hilltown and Mediterranean Dinner in Costa Del Sol

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched high up with splendid views of the coastline. While here, you’ll experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, unusual donkey taxi service, oval bullring, and shoppers will find some hidden gems. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.

A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra, visit St. Michael`s cave and see the famous Barbary apes.

Experience the Best Flamenco Show in Seville

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialities, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialities. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

Gourmet Dinner And Evening Orientation in Lisbon

Your opportunity to enjoy the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.

Portuguese Fado, Folklore and Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines, watch the Portuguese demonstrate their folk dancing and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais and The Estoril Coast

We'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra before passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril. Then, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences.

Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialities at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

Visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedral and El Greco's famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewellery and craftwork.

Please note: Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

The Difference

Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

Daily breakfast.

Luxury air-conditioned coach.

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

Variety of Optional Experiences.

An expert Travel Director and separate driver.

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes.

Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.

Airport Transfers.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
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  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
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