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Highlights of Spain and Portugal 2014

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The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, PortugalPrado Museum
The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal
Prado Museum
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This trip shows Spain and Portugal at their best – the Alhambra Palace, the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the historic port of Cadiz and vibrant cities like Madrid, Valencia and Lisbon. It's Insider moments like… finding out why a metal feather-plumed opera house, an eye-shaped planetarium and an aquarium in the form of a water lily emerged from a dried up riverbed – you get an inside guide on a walk around Valencia's ultra-modern City of Arts and Science. It's tracing the movements of Christopher Columbus in Cadiz, as you learn about the flowers and plants he brought to the city. And it's hearing about the turbulent history of Granada's Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century by Spain's last Muslim dynasty.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to Madrid.

  • Day 2


    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: AC Cuzco

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    In Cuenca view the hanging houses which are built on the edge of the cliffs over the deep gorge. On arrival in Valencia your orientation drive will include views of the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte. Gain an Unique Insight into the striking architecture of the impressive Opera House, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Tonight, why not sample Paella, a speciality from this region?

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Confortel Aqua 4

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Travel inland through the 'sierras' to view the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Cave houses are common throughout the province of Granada, but the highest concentration is in Barrio Santiago. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight in a local restaurant for a special Regional Meal.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Hotel Carmen

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Your Local Expert 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 Cordoba visit the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba, the former mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano – Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics with a Local Expert. Later, arrive in Seville, your home for the next three nights.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Melia Lebreros

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    See the Giralda Bell Tower with your Local Expert during your sightseeing tour of Seville. Visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centre piece 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, why not experience the passion of the Flamenco?

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Visit the historic port city of Cadiz. Columbus departed from here during some of his voyages, and the exotic plants and trees are dotted throughout the city are said to have been brought here by him upon his return. Once home to the vast Spanish Navy. Cadiz was raided by Francis Drake a year prior to the 1588 Spanish Armada departure. Why not join your Travel Director for a visit to nearby Jerez to sample its famous sherry which is renowned from the region. In the evening you will experience a Be My Guest dinner at a traditional homestead and gain an insight into the family history of Olive Oil production.

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

  • Day 8


    Cross the border into southern Portugal for a leisurely afternoon on the sunny Algarve. Spend time relaxing on the beach or take a stroll along the harbour of Vilamoura.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Head north over the Serra de Arrabida mountains to Lisbon. On your included sightseeing, with a Local Expert visit UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery as well as seeing the Belem Tower. Tonight why not sample a traditional Fado show?

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Olissippo Marques De Sa

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Free time today to explore all of Lisbon's attractions. Why not explore the lively Rossio Square where street cafes overlook the baroque fountains, or the Alfama district with its medieval alleyways and outstanding views. Later, perhaps join an optional experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11


    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. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    See the walled city of Avila before arriving in Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tome, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets with your Local Expert. Later, arrive in Madrid, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: AC Cuzco

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    This morning join your Local Expert for a city sightseeing tour of Madrid where you see the Royal Palace, Puerto del Sol and the Cervantes Monument. Tonight, join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day 14


    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

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a visit to a traditional homestead and the history of Olive Oil production.
  • Local Expert in Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Madrid and Toledo.
  • Unique Insight Gain an insight into the building of Santiago Calatrava while in Valencia.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Seville, Cordoba, Lisbon, Granada, Madrid and Toledo.
  • Orientation of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve and Salamanca.
  • Visit The Cave Houses of Guadix, The Alhambra Palace, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, The Shrine at Fatima.
  • View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca.


  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

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

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