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Highlights of Spain and Portugal

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Visit the Alhambra Palace and the Seville Cathedral, immersing yourself in the vibrant flavours this Regional Explorer trip has to offer.

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      • Autumn, Winter, Spring (WHIG): Departures from 27 October 2019 to 22 March 2020 are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2019.
      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 09 June and 04 August include 20-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
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      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      See the hanging houses in Cuenca, devour delicious paella in Valencia and admire the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix, before heading to Portugal's Algarve and Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles.


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      Trip code: SHIG

      12 Nights

      accommodation

      18 Meals
      • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 5 dinners with local wine

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • CITY TOUR in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid

        • ORIENTATION of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve Region and Salamanca

        • VISIT the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fátima, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Santo Tomé and the Synagogue in Toledo

        • VIEW the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia and the Cave Houses of Guadix


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 5 dinners
          with local wine


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      1. Arrive Madrid

      The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the vibrant city atmosphere, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's iconic sights.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      NH Collection Eurobuilding

      2. Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

      Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca, before your journey continues to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th-century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening, consider indulging in Valencia's fragrant flavours and aromas of paella.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Tryp Oceanic

      Optional Experiences

      Paella Experience

      Spain's famous rice dish "The Paella" originated in Valencia. This evening, we'll travel to a seafront restaurant where we'll enjoy this iconic Spanish fare. We'll also enjoy great beach views and a drive through the yachting marina, home of the America's Cup 2007.

      Adult Price: €52.00

      3. Valencia – Guadix – Granada

      Our journey takes us through the sierra of Spain, before arriving in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Regional Meal
      Hotel
      Catalonia

      Optional Experiences

      Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

      Enjoy an evening in Granada’s Sacromonte quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by members of Granada's most famous gypsy clan – a fiery, emotive performance unique to these people. And we've also included a drink, too.

      Adult Price: €35.00

      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, with its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Immerse yourself in 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 alluring Seville, our home for the next three nights.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Meliá Lebreros

      Optional Experiences

      Albaicín And The Royal Chapel

      Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín, UNESCO World Heritage Site, a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaicería quarter.

      Adult Price: €37.00

      5. Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

      Seville takes centre stage today as we spend the day exploring this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition. The park was built in a Moorish style and features half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. 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. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

      Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

      Adult Price: €53.00

      Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

      Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

      Adult Price: €40.00

      The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza América

      We'll begin with a visit to the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. Then, we'll journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América - a must for any visitor to Seville. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

      Adult Price: €41.00

      Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

      After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with drinks included, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment.

      Adult Price: €69.00

      6. Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion

      We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we 'Dive Into Culture' and into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launch pad to the 'New World', and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city, said to have been brought here by him upon his return.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      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. Enjoy the delicious flavours of piri piri chicken and grilled sardines against the picture-perfect backdrop of the Atlantic, relax on its golden beaches or consider joining an Optional Experience.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Agua Riverside

      Optional Experiences

      Wonders of the Algarve

      Your opportunity to experience the coastal Algarve region, with wonderful photo opportunities at Ponta da Piedade. Next, we'll walk around Lagos and then to photogenic Praia da Rocha before you’ll enjoy free time in one of the well-known yachting marinas. This is a fully-guided tour.

      Adult Price: €34.00

      8. Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Travel north to the Serra da Arrábida mountains and the golden landscapes of the Alentejo where you'll 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch which has been rearing Lusitano horses 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. See Belém Tower, built as a tribute to Vasco da Gama's journey of discovery, before a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider visiting the hillside Bairro Alto in search of delicious Portuguese flavours or witness the melancholic tunes of the fado.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch
      Hotel
      Olissippo Marquês de Sá

      Optional Experiences

      Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation

      Your opportunity to view the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty Tagus River.

      Adult Price: €53.00

      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, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.

      Adult Price: €53.00

      9. Lisbon Free Day

      Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon's seven hills. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

      An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

      Adult Price: €66.00

      The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

      After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle we'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra.

      Adult Price: €46.00

      10. Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

      Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage, where we will view its 18th-century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Gran Corona Sol

      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 its streets and see the former Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Later, 'Dive Into Culture' and witness local craftsmen at work creating inlaid steel the traditional way. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Ayre Gran Colon

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

      This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before experiencing the traditional flavour of the old city. We'll see where the locals come together and have a chat over their aperitifs, before enjoying a delicious dinner.

      Adult Price: €61.00

      12. Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

      This morning, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we'll see the Royal Palace and 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 own. Admire the world's finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed City of Segovia. This evening, marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale Castle

      Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.

      Adult Price: €45.00

      13. Depart Madrid

      For now it's time to say a fond adiós to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

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      • Connect with Locals
        Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo. (Day 8)

      • Dive into Culture
        Sample the famous sherry tradition in the southern Spanish city of Jerez, which has been making wine since the 7th century. (Day 6)
        The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel. (Day 11)

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid

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        • CITY TOUR in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid

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        • VISIT the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fátima, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Santo Tomé and the Synagogue in Toledo

        • VIEW the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia and the Cave Houses of Guadix


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
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        • 5 dinners
          with local wine


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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