Highlights of Spain & Portugal Winter 2019 - Leisure Holidays

Highlights of Spain & Portugal Winter 2019Spain

From RM9,138 / per person for 12 nights
Visit the Cave Houses of Guadix, the Alhambra Palace and Seville Cathedral on this Regional Explorer trip.

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Summary

Kick off your Iberian adventure in Madrid before heading to the hanging houses in Cuenca and devouring delicious paella in Valencia. See the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix, the 14th century Alhambra Palace and passionate Flamenco in Seville before heading to Portugal's Algarve, its hilly capital, Lisbon, and Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles.


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Transfer

On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own arrangement to the hotel.

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11am.

Accommodation

Day 1: Hotel Ayre Gran

Day 2: Hotel Silken Puerta

Day 3: Hotel Occidental

Day 4-6: Hotel Melia Sevilla

Day 7: Hotel Agua Riverside

Day 8-9: Hotel Olissippo Marques de Sa

Day 10: Hotel Gran Corona Sol

Day 11-13: Hotel Rafael Atocha

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Madrid
Embrace la buena vida and soak up the passionate atmosphere of Madrid's vibrant  streets before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's glorious sights as the sun sets on the capital. 


Day 2: Madrid ▶  Cuenca ▶  Valencia
Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca during our first stop today before we journey to Valencia. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences. 


Day 3: Valencia ▶  Guadix ▶  Granada
Meandering through the sierra of Spain, we arrive in Guadix. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Meal at a local restaurant. 


Day 4: Granada ▶  Córdoba ▶  Seville (3 Nights)
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs, joining your Local Specialist for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, it's amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we'll join a Local Specialist to visit the mesmerising Cathedral of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is beguiling Seville, our home for the next three nights. 


Day 5: Seville Sightseeing
Seville takes centre stage today as we spend the day exploring this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower in the company of a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park. We'll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Perhaps witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets this evening at a fiery flamenco performance. 


Day 6: Seville ▶  Jerez and Cádiz 
Excursion We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we gain a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop.


Day 7: Seville ▶  Algarve Region
We journey from Spain to the sun-kissed shores of southern Portugal's Algarve, a retreat for sun-worshippers with its spectacular natural landscapes and fascinating heritage. 


Day 8: Algarve ▶  Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Travel north to the Serra da Arrábida mountains and the golden landscapes of the Alentejo where you'll enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where Lusitano horses have been reared since the 18th century. We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon where we'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular 16th century Hieronymite Monastery, and Belém Tower, built as a tribute to Vasco da Gama's journey of discovery. 


Day 9: Lisbon 
Meander through the cobblestone lanes of old town Lisbon and the grand shopping boulevards that stretch from the shores of the Tagus and Lisbon Baixa to Rossio. Today is yours to embrace the charm of the Portuguese capital. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz.


Day 10: Lisbon ▶  Fátima ▶  Salamanca
Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca where we will view its 18th century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.


Day 11: Salamanca ▶  Toledo ▶  Madrid (2 Nights)
See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo where we'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Join a Local Specialist for a guided walk through the quaint streets and see the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe. Later enjoy a Cultural Insight into the historical steel industry while watching local craftsmen at work. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights. 


Day 12: Madrid Sightseeing
This morning we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where you will see the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Monument with its stone representations of Don Quixote's "true love". Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your terms. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.


Day 13: Depart Madrid 
For now it's time to say a fond adiós to Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available (conditions apply).

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Meals

18 Meals as per itinerary - 12 buffet breakfast, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 5 dinners with local wine

Local Specialist

Local specialist to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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