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Highlights of Spain and Portugal

13 Days 2 Countries 17 Cities

Visit the Cave Houses of Guadix, the Alhambra Palace and Seville Cathedral on this Regional Explorer trip.

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13 Days, 2 Countries, 17 Cities

Highlights of Spain and Portugal

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    • Autumn, Winter, Spring (WHIG): Departures from 29 October 2017 to 25 March 2018 are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.
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About this trip

Kick off your Iberian adventure in Madrid before heading to the hanging houses in Cuenca and devouring delicious paella in Valencia. See the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix, the 14th century Alhambra Palace and passionate Flamenco in Seville before heading to Portugal's Algarve, its hilly capital, Lisbon, and Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SHIG

12 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid

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

    • View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia and The Cave Houses of Guadix

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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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 Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate 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


Highlights of Spain and Portugal

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Day 1

Arrive Madrid

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Day 2

Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

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Day 3

Valencia – Guadix – Granada

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Day 4

Granada – Córdoba – Seville (3 Nights)

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Day 5

Seville Sightseeing

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Day 6

Seville – Jerez and Cadiz Excursion

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Seville – Algarve Region

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Day 8

Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)

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Day 9

Lisbon

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Day 10

Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

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Day 11

Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)

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Day 12

Madrid Sightseeing

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Day 13

Depart Madrid

Day 1

Arrive Madrid Day 1 - Arrive Madrid

Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

NH Collection Eurobuilding

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

NH Collection Eurobuilding

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia Day 2 - Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

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 Quart. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. Tonight why not sample paella, a speciality from this region.

Hotel

Silken Puerta

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Silken Puerta

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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 sample several of its many variations. We'll also enjoy great beach views and a drive through the new yachting marina, home of the America's Cup 2007.

Adult Price: €50.00

Day 2

Day 3

Valencia – Guadix – Granada Day 3 - Valencia – Guadix – Granada

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 in this area. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight in a local restaurant for a special Regional Meal.

Hotel

Carmen

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Carmen

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

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

Adult Price: €34.00

Day 3

Day 4

Granada – Córdoba – Seville (3 Nights) Day 4 - Granada – Córdoba – Seville (3 Nights)

Your Local Specialist 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 stucco, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In Córdoba visit the Cathedral Mosque of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs, a jewel of Hispano - Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics with a Local Specialist. Later arrive in Seville, your home for the next three nights.

Hotel

Melia Lebreros

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Melia Lebreros

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 4

Day 5

Seville Sightseeing Day 5 - Seville Sightseeing

See the Giralda Bell Tower with your Local Specialist during your sightseeing tour of Seville. Visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition, 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • 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 with a Drink

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalucian 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 America

On this trip, you’ll begin with a visit to the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. You'll then journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza America which is a must for any visitor to Seville.

Adult Price: €38.00

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

After a three-course dinner of Andalucian specialities, 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 with an included drink.

Adult Price: €69.00

Day 5

Day 6

Seville – Jerez and Cadiz Excursion Day 6 - Seville – Jerez and Cadiz Excursion

Start your day in Jerez and gain a Cultural Insight into sherry production which is renowned in this region. Later discover the historic port city of Cadiz. Columbus departed from here on many of his voyages, and the exotic plants and trees 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 Sir Francis Drake a year prior to the 1588 Spanish Armada departure.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Seville – Algarve Region Day 7 - Seville – Algarve Region

Cross the border into southern Portugal for a leisurely afternoon on the sunny Algarve. Spend time relaxing by the pool or join an Optional Experience.

Hotel

Agua Riverside

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Agua Riverside

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

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

Day 7

Day 8

Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights) Day 8 - Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)

See the Serra de Arrabida mountains and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where Lusitano horses are reared. This afternoon arrive to Lisbon and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery as well as see the Belém Tower on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Tonight why not sample a traditional fado show.

Hotel

Olissippo Marques De Sa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Olissippo Marques De Sa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

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.

Adult Price: €65.00

Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela 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. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.

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

Day 8

Day 9

Lisbon Day 9 - Lisbon

Enjoy a relaxing free day to explore all of Lisbon's attractions. Why not visit 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 Queluz.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra before passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril. Then, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences.

Adult Price: €46.00

Day 9

Day 10

Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca Day 10 - Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

Drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains to the Shrine at Fátima, 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.

Hotel

Gran Corona Sol

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Gran Corona Sol

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights) Day 11 - Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)

See the walled city of Avila before arriving in Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, 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 Specialist. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the historical steel industry while watching local craftsmen at work. Later arrive in Madrid, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel

Ayre Gran Colon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Ayre Gran Colon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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 you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Adult Price: €61.00

Day 11

Day 12

Madrid Sightseeing Day 12 - Madrid Sightseeing

This morning join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where you will see the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Monument. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city or you can take an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia. This evening join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • 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

Day 12

Day 13

Depart Madrid Day 13 - Depart Madrid

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 13

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

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

  • Cultural Insights
    Sample the famous sherry tradition in the southern Spanish city of Jerez, that has been making wine since the 7th century. 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
    Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

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Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid

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

    • View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia and The Cave Houses of Guadix

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


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Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


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Travel Highlights

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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 Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate 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


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    Service rating : Absolutely wonderful tour. Our tour director, Lydia Matitia, was brilliant. Well organised, excellent communicator and facilitator plus superb knowledge of all the places we visited including outstanding historical commentary. We scored her 12 out of 10!!Product : The tour was

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    Would definitely recommend the tour of Spain and Portugal. Our tour director, Matt Bauer, was outstanding.

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    Service rating : Tour guide was excellent. Extra excursions were excellent as well.Product : Packed a lot of experiences into 13 days. Lots of history of the area, lots of good food and drink.

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    Service rating : Very friendly & knowledgable staff with a good sense of humourProduct : Great locations. Choice of townBs was great

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    Service rating : Atttention to detailCustomizedNot as hectic as some group tours can beTour director Tiago n coach driver Jose get our thumbs upWill be back. Most probably South AmericaProduct : Whats there not to likePretty good coverageHotels roomy with good serviceCoach comfortable.

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