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Impressions of Spain and Portugal 2014

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The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, PortugalAlhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal
Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Costsaver 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: From Madrid you will travel south into Andalucía to visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Úbeda before visiting a traditional hacienda to see how olive oil is produced. Lounge on the beach in Costa Del Sol. In Malaga one of the oldest cities in the world and enjoy a tour of the beautiful Portuguese capital of Lisbon. You'll take a scenic drive north to the city of Oporto which sits on the banks of the Douro River before ending your trip back in Madrid, Europe's highest capital city.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Madrid! Check into your hotel then relax and unwind. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers before enjoying dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Dinner)

    Hotel: NH Ribera De Manzanares

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Travel south, across the plains of La Mancha, and stop at Puerto Lápice to visit the inn where legendary Don Quixote received his knighthood. Continue south into Andalucia to visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Úbeda. View Vázquez de Molina Square, one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in Spain. Explore the town on your own in your free time. This afternoon, visit a traditional hacienda to see how olive oil is produced and taste some for yourself! This evening sample the night life of Granada.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: San Anton

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    This morning's panoramic tour includes views of the Cathedral. Afterwards, there is time, subject to ticket availability, to join an optional visit to the magnificent Alhambra Palace and gardens. Arrive later on the famous Costa Del Sol, with time to lounge on the beach and swim in the sparkling Mediterranean or explore the many attractions of Malaga.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Tryp Alameda

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world. See the castle and cathedral during your orientation of the city, then enjoy free time to explore at your own pace. Visit the Picasso Museum, relax at the beach, or join an optional excursion to one of the famous hilltop villages, the choice is yours!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5


    This morning, take a scenic drive to the hilltop town of Ronda for spectacular views of the Sierra de Ronda. Cross the Puente Nuevo, spanning the 120m deep chasm carrying the Guadalevín River, and see the famous bull-ring, one of the oldest in Spain. Cross the border to the Algarve, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Montechoro

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Enjoy a whole day at leisure to do as you please. Relax on the beach or join an excursion to Lagos Sagres and Portimas with stunning views of the Algarve coastline.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Travel via Grândola, a small Alentejan town surrounded by cork trees and agriculture in the Setúbal district, and cross the River Tagus to Lisbon, the Portuguese capital and your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Altis Park

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    See Lisbon's landmarks during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belem Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Later, in your free time, perhaps take an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9


    A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Traverse the Buçaco National Park to the city of Oporto located on the banks of the Douro River. See the Stock Exchange and the Church of St. Francis during your orientation of the city. Why not join your Travel Director for a Duoro River Cruise with dinner tonight?

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Axis Porto Business & Spa

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Enjoy free time this morning before crossing the border back into Spain. View the Plaza Mayor during your orientation of Salamanca, the oldest university city in Spain.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Vincci Ciudad De Salamanca

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. Your Local Guide shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. See the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España. Tonight why not join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a memorable dinner in the heart of this wonderful city.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: NH Ribera De Manzanares

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Say 'adios' to your companions after a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Puerto LápiceVisit the inn where Don Quixote is said to have been dubbed a knight.
  • ÚbedaView the monumental Vázquez de Molina Square, surrounded by imposing Renaissance buildings.
  • BaezaVisit a traditional hacienda to see how olive oil is produced.
  • GranadaOrientation drive through the city with views of the cathedral.
  • MalagaSee the cathedral and castle during your orientation of the city.
  • RondaCross the Puente Nuevo bridge and see the bull-ring of this beautiful hill-top town.
  • AlgarveStay in the picturesque beach resort of Albufeira.
  • LisbonView Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide.
  • FatimaVisit the celebrated Shrine.
  • OportoSee the Stock Exchange and the Church of St. Francis on your orientation of the city.
  • SalamancaOrientation of this university city includes views the Plaza Mayor.
  • MadridSightseeing with your Local Guide includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain.


  • 11 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

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

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