13 Days/12 Nights. Discover the splendor of Spain and Portugal with a great escorted tour. Acquaint yourself with the elegant towns and cities of Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Merida, Seville, Cordoba and Granada. In Portugal enjoy Viana do Castelo, Porto, Aveiro, Fatima and the capital city of Lisbon.
Day 1, Sunday: En routeDepart your home city on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight.
Day 2, Monday: MADRIDArrival at Madrid airport. After clearing simple immigration and customs formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is free. We suggest you take advantage of the free time to get to know one of Europe's most dynamic capital cities. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive Plaza Mayor. This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve the delicious "tapas". PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a Tapas Dinner tonight. Return to your hotel at your own convenience. Accommodations.
Day 3, Tuesday: MADRIDBuffet breakfast. This morning's escorted sightseeing tour will allow you to get a glimpse of some of Madrid's most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate, the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente. Time for lunch on your own. Afternoon free to explore Madrid’s famous Art Museums. Accommodation.
Day 4, Wednesday MADRID-SEGOVIA-AVILA-SALAMANCABuffet breakfast. Departure into old Castile and the magnificent medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman aqueduct and impressive Alcazar Castle. Pause in Avila to admire the perfectly preserved 11thh century city walls before continuing to the charming old university city of Salamanca. Afternoon city tour. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a dinner. Tonight a walk through the beautiful main plaza, always lively with activity, is recommended. Accommodations
Day 5, Thursday: SALAMANCA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELABuffet Breakfast and departure to the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Check into your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the old city of Santiago and its beautiful Cathedral on Obradoiro square. Tonight there is an optional traditional dinner at your hotel. (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes dinner). Accommodations.
Day 6, Friday: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA-VIGO-VIANA DO CASTELO - PORTOBuffet breakfast. Depart south along the coastal "Rias Baixas" to the port city of Vigo and continue into northern Portugal. We will visit the town of Viana do Castelo, at the mouth of the Rio Limia with its historic old town and castle. We finalize our journey in the charming city of Porto, famous for its namesake Port wines. Accommodations.
Day 7, Saturday: PORTOBuffet breakfast.This morning enjoy a guided tour of this city on the banks of the Douro river including a visit to a local Port winery. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a typical lunch. Afternoon free. Accommodations.
Day 8, Sunday: OPORTO – AVEIRO - FATIMA – LISBONBuffet breakfast and departure to Aveiro "city of canals", the Venice of Portugal. Continue to Fatima, one of the pilgrimage centers of Christianity. Free time to visit the basilica and enjoy lunchbefore continuing to Lisbon. (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch) Tonight enjoy an optional opportunity to listen to the hauntingly beautiful Fado music while enjoying a delicious dinner. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes Fado show and dinner. Accommodations.
Day 9, Monday: LISBONBuffet breakfast. Morning tour of this ancient and lovely city overlooking the Tagus River. Admire its splendid avenues and monuments like the Tower of Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery. Afternoon free, with a strong recommendation to visit the graceful hilltop village of Sintra and the vibrant seaside resort town of Cascais (this tour included in PREMIUM PACKAGE). Accommodations.
Day 10, Tuesday: LISBON – MERIDA - SEVILLEBuffet breakfast. Departure toward the Spanish border, and pause in the Roman city of Merida, founded in 25 BC as “Emerita Augusta”, to admire the impressive Roman Amphitheatre archeological site. Lunch is included in PREMIUM PACKAGE. Continue to Seville. Accommodations.
Day 11, Wednesday: SEVILLEBuffet breakfast. This morning’s tour of the “Pearl of Andalucia” will explore this gracious city, Spain's third largest. See the Tower of Gold, the tranquil and extensive Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally the huge cathedral (one of the worlds largest) with its Giralda Tower (a former minaret). Time for lunch on your own. (Lunch Included in the PREMIUN PACKAGE)The afternoon is free to continue to explore or shop. This evening an optional Flamenco Show is suggested, with the enjoyment of local wine. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes Flamenco Show and drink. Accommodations.
Day 12, Thursday: SEVILLE-CORDOBA-GRANADABuffet breakfast. Depart to Cordoba. Visit one of the world’s marvels, the former Great Mosque (now a cathedral). Time for lunch on your own. Continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes dinner tonight. This evening, an excellent suggestion would be to visit (optional) the quaint and typical Albaicin Quarter for a night view of an illuminated Alhambra and where Andalusian customs, music and wine join to create an enchanting atmosphere. (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes this visit and Zambra show).
Day 13, Friday: GRANADA-MADRIDBuffet breakfast. This morning, enjoy an escorted tour of the amazing Moorish palace and fortress complex of the Alhambra and the verdant Gardens of the Generalife. Afternoon departure to Madrid, crossing the Plains of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote. Arrival in Madrid. Accommodations.
Day 14, Saturday: En routeBuffet breakfast. Pre-arranged transfer to Madrid airport at the proper time to check-in for your return flight home. Arrival later the same day.
PricesNote: Date shown in table below includes overnight flight to arrive in Madrid one day later from departure. The actual land portion of tour begins in Madrid the day after date shown below. Prices shown are per person in US$ sharing a room (Double Room) We will provide a quote for other type or rooms (single, triple, etc) upon request. Please fill out the reservation form with your requirements.
|November , 2014
||2, 16, 30||$1675||$1820|
||14, 21, 28||$1675||$1820|
|January, 2015||11, 25
||5, 12, 19, 26
||3, 10, 17. 24, 31
||5, 12, 19, 26
||9, 16, 23
||6, 13, 20, 27
||4, 11, 18
||1, 15, 29
|December||13, 20, 27
| January, 2016
Superior Package Hotels
Hotels (or similar)
- Madrid - Rafaelhoteles Atocha (F),
- Salamanca - Corona Sol (ST),
- Santiago - NH Coolection Obradorio (D)
- Porto - Crowne Plaza (F)
- Lisbon - InterContinental Hotel (F)
Comfort Package Hotels
Hotels (or similar)
- Madrid - Celuisma Florida Norte (T),
- Salamanca - Corona Sol (ST),
- Santiago - Tryp Hotel (T),
- Porto - Ipanema Park (ST)
- Lisbon: SANA Metropolitan Hotel (F)
Note: Hotels subject to change until confirmed. (ST) = Superior Tourist Class; (F) = First Class; (D) = Deluxe
Note: Hotels subject to change until confirmed.
Your tour Includes:
- Transfers airport-hotel-airport
- Accommodations in your choice of hotels
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Deluxe air-conditioned coach transportation
- Professional multilingual tour escort throughout
- Escorted sightseeing tours with multilingual guide in Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba and Granada.
- Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
- Protection and assistance insurance while on tour
- Travel bag
OPTIONAL premium package - $430.00 per person:
- “Tapas” dinner in Madrid
- Dinner in Salamanca
- Dinner in Santiago
- Lunch in Porto
- Lunch in Fatima
- Dinner in Lisbon
- Fado show in Lisbon
- Tour of Sintra and Cascais
- Lunch in Merida
- Lunch in Seville
- Flamenco Show in Seville
- Dinner in Granada
- Evening tour/Zambra show at the Albaicin, Granada