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Highlights of Spain and Portugal (Winter 2013/2014)

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Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, PortugalThe 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, PortugalRoman bridge of Córdoba, SpainAlhambra Palace in Granada, SpainCatedral de SevillaPlaza de España in Seville, SpainChurch of Santo Tomé in Toledo, Spain
Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal
The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal
Roman bridge of Córdoba, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Catedral de Sevilla
Plaza de España in Seville, Spain
Church of Santo Tomé in Toledo, Spain
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
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  • Style: Spain Portugal Morocco and France Regionals
  • Description: Stroll along tree-lined boulevards of Spain's capital, Madrid. Sightseeing highlights include the Church of Santo Tome in Toledo and the mighty Rock of Gibraltar. Unearth centuries of history in the cathedrals, shrines and architecture of Lisbon, Cordoba and Seville. Discover local delicacies as you travel through the Iberian peninsula in grand style!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Madrid.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE MADRID

    Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain! Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your travelling companions and Travel Director. Enjoy an orientation drive this evening – the perfect introduction to this magical city!


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Rafael Atocha

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  • Day 3

    MADRID – TOLEDO – BAEZA – CORDOBA

    Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Travel to Baeza and visit the olive oil museum. See the different varieties of olive, discover the different production methods used through the ages, and sample this Local Speciality during your olive oil tasting. Admire the breath-taking landscape during your drive south, through the heart of Andalusia, to Cordoba. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Ayre Hotel Cordoba

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  • Day 4

    CORDOBA – GRANADA

    Accompanied by your Local Guide, visit the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba, the former Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue. After a drive in the shadow of the dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountains, you arrive in Granada.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hotel Carmen

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  • Day 5

    GRANADA – COSTA DEL SOL (TORREMOLINOS) (2 NIGHTS)

    Your Local Guide takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient filigree, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the afternoon, arrive on the famous Costa del Sol. You might take an excursion to visit the pretty hilltop village of Mijas for a typical Mediterranean dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Melia Costa Del Sol

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  • Day 6

    COSTA DEL SOL FREE TIME

    Spend the day as you wish. Consider strolling along miles of perfect sandy beaches, or you might like to go shopping.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    COSTA DEL SOL – GIBRALTAR* – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS)

    A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire’s resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore. Consider joining an excursion to St. Michael’s Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside around Jerez – famous for sherry production – to Seville. Join your travelling companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner at an Andalusian family run Olive Oil Mill.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)

    Hotel: Melia Lebreros

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  • Day 8

    SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the Giralda Bell Tower with your Local Guide during your sightseeing tour of Seville. Visit the Maria Luisa Park, the showpiece of the 1929 World’s Fair, built in a Moorish style and featuring half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Tonight you might like to experience a fiery Flamenco show!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    SEVILLE – LISBON (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the beautiful province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo ham and copper mines. Pass the castle of Aracena and cross the Portuguese border to Lisbon, enjoying interesting scenery along the way. On arrival in Lisbon see important landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Olissippo Marques De Sa

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  • Day 10

    LISBON

    A completely free day to explore Lisbon consider an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. The evening you are free to dine in one of the city's many restaurants.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    LISBON – FATIMA – SALAMANCA

    A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Your Travel Director will also take you to see the unusual Casa de las Conchas. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

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  • Day 12

    SALAMANCA – MADRID (2 NIGHTS)

    Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid. This afternoon you have free time to explore this wonderful city. This evening why not experience typical food from some of Madrid’s fine restaurants.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Rafael Atocha

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  • Day 13

    MADRID SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit the Prado Museum with your Local Guide, featuring the largest collection of European art in the world, most notably the works of Velazquez. See the Royal Palace, official residence of the King of Spain. View the Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España. On the elegant Paseo del Prado, see the impressive Cibeles Fountain. In your free time this afternoon, consider joining an optional trip to Segovia, where you can see the Roman aqueduct and medieval palaces and castles. Tonight, join your companions and your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 14

    MADRID – CANADA

    Say 'adios' to your traveling companions, your Travel Director and these beautiful countries at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Explore the history of olive oil production and enjoy an olive oil tasting.
  • Be My Guest Andalusian dinner in an authentic olive oil mill with delicious local wine.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Guide For included sightseeing in Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Lisbon and Madrid.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ToledoAdmire the El Greco masterpiece inside the Church of Santo Tomé and visit the Synagogue.
  • CordobaVisit the Mosque of the Caliphs (Mezquita) and the 14th century synagogue.
  • GranadaVisit the spectacular Alhambra Palace.
  • Costa del SolEnjoy the holiday atmosphere along the sunny coast.
  • GibraltarVisit the famous Rock.
  • SevilleVisit Maria Luisa Park. Visit Seville Cathedral.
  • LisbonView the Monument to the Discoveries, the beautiful suspension bridge and Belem Tower. Enjoy a guided visit of the Hieronymite Monastery.
  • FatimaVisit the celebrated shrine.
  • SalamancaEnjoy an orientation of this university city.
  • MadridGuided visit of the Prado Museum. See the Cervantes Memorial and Puerta del Sol.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid.
    • 2 three-course dinners with local wine.
    • Be My Guest dinner in Seville.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Madrid.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 14 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Madrid. Enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings on this special day. A Spanish Christmas to remember forever!
    • The 21 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in the Costa del Sol with a delicious festive meal and all the trimmings. New Year's Eve will be in Salamanca. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this magical city at New Year after a delicious three-course meal with wine. And don't forget that glass of bubbly to enjoy with your newfound friends - a fantastic celebration to be enjoyed in Spain!
    • The 28 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in enchanting city of Granada. Enjoy the party atmosphere after a delicious dinner of local specialties at a local restaurant.

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

Airport Transfers

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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