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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: 13 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.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.


    • + Dinner Of Andalusian Specialties Tapas And The Atmosphere Of Old Seville First we dine on a selection of mouth-watering Andalusian specialties, so popular in this region of Spain. You will be able to enjoy a myriad of different tastes and wines before taking an atmospheric walk through the old quarter of Seville, which has a special magic in the evening.

    • + Flamenco Evening No visit to Andalucia would be complete without feeling the passion, rhythm and magic of a flamenco show. Let us take you to the best in town, and offer you 90 minutes of pure entertainment. Drink included.

    • + The Moorish Alcazar And Archives De Las Indias We begin with the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. Then, a glimpse into the historic past of Spain with a tour of the Archives de Las Indias, the ancient Merchants' Exchange of Seville, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • + Excursion to Jerez Enjoy a guided tour of one of the most prestigious sherry companies in the world, founded over 125 years ago. Then, delight in a spectacular show of horsemanship and dressage skills with the famous Andalusian dancing horses, followed by a sherry tasting. A truly complete and quintessential Spanish experience!


    • + El Escorial And The Valley Of The Fallen This guided tour takes us first to the royal city of El Escorial. This great monastery-palace was built in the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains by Philip II, in thanksgiving for his victory over the French at the battle of St. Quentin in 1557. After a break for lunch, we continue to visit the memorial built by Franco to those who fell in the Civil War. High in the mountains, with splendid views, this amazing memorial was cut into the rock face to create the largest basilica ever built. It is surmounted by a cross some 125 m (410 feet) high.

    • + Excursion To Segovia Segovia is an impressive city, standing on a rocky outcrop 1000 m (3300 ft) above sea-level between two rivers, surrounded by the beautiful Sierra de Guadarrama and colourful countryside. Designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco, Segovia is a treasure of a city. We will visit the beautiful 13th century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney as the original for his interpretation of Snow White. You will marvel at the best preserved Roman aqueduct in the world, built without one single drop of mortar, it has remained intact for 2000 years.

    • + Fountains And Plazas Of Madrid With Dinner This evening tour offers us the chance to admire the elegance of the new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before we experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a little idle chat and people-watching as they sip an aperitif before dinner. Drinks included.


    • + Excursion To Malaga And Wine Tasting A trip to Malaga, known as the capital of the Costa del Sol, with its palm-tree-lined avenues, its lively harbour busy with cruise-liners and its long sandy beaches. We visit the Moorish castle of Gibralfaro and admire the splendid views over the city from its parapets. Then we visit the old town and enjoy a guided tour of the house in which Picasso was born. We also visit the old Jewish quarter and admire the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre. We end our excursion at a local winery where we taste some of the local vintages.

    • + The White Villages Of Andalusia And Dinner Visit one of the small, white, hill top villages typical of Andalusia. Perched high up, offering splendid views of the coastline. Later we dine in a local restaurant, with drinks included.


    • + Fado With Dinner An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. Savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines. Then relish the opportunity of watching the Portuguese demonstrate their folk dancing before listening to the unequalled Fado singing.

    • + Gourmet Dinner And Evening Orientation Your opportunity to enjoy the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner, followed by an evening drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.

    • + Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialities at a local restaurant. After dinner cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.

    • + Sintra and Cascais And The Estoril Coast We leave Lisbon for the slopes of the Sierra de Sintra, an area studded with palaces. After visiting an impressive palace, we see the fashionable resort of Estoril before returning to Lisbon by way of the quaint fishing village of Cascais.


    • + Gypsy Night Out This evening we are taken to the old quarter of Granada, which affords the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. Here we will enjoy the passionate Zambra dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies - a fiery emotive performance unique to the gypsies who live in these caves around. One drink is included.

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