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9 Day Luxury Spain and Portugal

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9 Day Luxury Spain and Portugal

Delve beneath the surface of these two amazing countries, sample their signature dishes, share in their culture, and marvel the legacy of their rich sea-faring history.

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Day by day

First Day Welcome to Madrid 

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Your airport transfers depart from Madrid Airport to your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 & 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine. (WR),(D)

Hotel:    Miguel Angel, Madrid

Second Day we visit Toledo then head for Granada

With a Local Expert, visit the city of Toledo and join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Walk through the cobbled streets to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Continue to Granada. (BB),(DW)

Hotel:    Vincci Albayzin, Granada

Third Day tour the Alhambra Palace then its onto Seville

'There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada', cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits: a fantasy of stone-cut lace, arabesque gardens and fountains, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. With a Local Expert, you will also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Relax here in the sunshine and enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills, before embarking upon a scenic drive to Seville. A Local Expert will guide you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar. You will see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, but now the Cathedral bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. At night, enjoy the flavours of Andalusia and share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a flamenco show and dinner. (BB),(SE)

Hotel:    Ayre Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms)

Fourth Day enjoy Free Time in Seville

This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city's romantic aura. Or you might like to join an optional experience to Cordoba for a visit to the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian Cathedral built inside it? (BB)

Hotel:     Ayre Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms)

Fifth Day we travel through the Plains of Alentejo onto Lisbon

Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop in Jabugo for an insight into the history and curing process of jamón Ibérico. The subtle differences will be revealed with a delicious tasting. Then venture across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon. (BB)

Hotel:    Turim Saldanha, Lisbon

Sixth Day Discover the sights of Lisbon

During your stay, a guided panoramic tour takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belem Quarter from where sailing ships set forth to discover unknown lands. Stop by a patisserie and enjoy a tasting of Portugal's finest pastry, 'Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high and dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Perhaps join an optional experience to the beautiful town of Sintra which was the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal? (BB)

Hotel:     Turim Saldanha, Lisbon

Seventh Day we see Holy Fatima then Golden Salamanca

Drive into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fatima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Then cross the border back into Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings. See the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor and the Puente Romano across the River Tormes – 15 of its 26 arches date from the time of the ancient Romans. (BB)

Hotel:    Alameda Palace, Salamanca

Eighth Day its Castile and Avila then stop in Madrid

Cross the rock-strewn hills of Castile, towards the city of Avila, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls and unique in Europe. Walk within the ancient city before returning to Madrid for sightseeing. Here, a Local Expert takes you along the Gran Via and through the Puerta del Sol. You'll see the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain. In the evening, bid farewell to your new-found friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB),(CD)

Hotel:     Hesperia Madrid, Madrid

Ninth Day we Depart Madrid

After breakfast, your airport shuttle service from the tour hotel arrives at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00 hours. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Seville: Tables are reserved for dinner, drinks and a fiery evening of Spanish dance and music. Get ready for throbbing guitars, lamenting solos, colourful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco.

Jabugo: In a small village dotted with chestnut trees and holm oaks, experience the lingering aroma and incomparable taste of pure Iberian ham.

Lisbon: Enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belem' - a Portuguese delicacy.

Madrid: Toast the culmination of your tour at a fabulous Celebration Dinner with wine, at a local restaurant.

8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.

Travel Highlights

  • Toledo: At a Damascene workshop, meet a master craftsman for a personal insight into this ancient craft. With a Local Expert, visit the Church of Santo Tomé and see El Greco's masterpiece.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert at the Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Muslim architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens.
  • Seville: Step inside the Cathedral, past the altarpiece, dripping with gold, to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Enjoy a walking tour through the pretty squares and narrow lanes of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. Tour the spacious avenues and elegant squares. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belem Tower.
  • Fatima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions.
  • Algarve: Drive along this sun drenched coast.
  • Salamanca: See the Plaza Mayor and Puente Romano.
  • Ávila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Madrid: Your guided tour shows you the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain and Puerta del Sol.

The Difference

An expert Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.

Enjoy the unique comfort of our luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.

A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.

Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels.

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.

From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

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

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