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Highlights of Spain and Portugal

13 Days 2 Countries 18 Cities

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

"Absolutely stunning views"

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About this trip

This trip shows Spain and Portugal at their best – the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Alhambra Palace, the historic port of Cádiz and vibrant cities like Madrid, Valencia and Lisbon.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… finding out why a metal feather-plumed opera house, eye-shaped planetarium and ‘water lily' aquarium emerged from a riverbed, as you walk around Valencia, City of Arts and Science.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: WHIG

12 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

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

    • 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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 6 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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


    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

Day 2

Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

Day 3

Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Day 4

Granada – Córdoba – Seville (3 Nights)

Day 5

Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6

Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion

Day 7

Seville – Algarve

Day 8

Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Day 9

Lisbon Free Day

Day 10

Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

Day 11

Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)

Day 12

Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

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

Ayre Gran Colon

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Ayre Gran Colon

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. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie 'Tomorrowland'. Tonight why not sample paella, a speciality from this region?

Hotel

Silken Puerta Valenica

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Silken Puerta Valenica

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 is in Barrio Santiago region of Guadix. 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 and Free Time Day 5 - Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

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 Tapas and Old Seville at Night

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 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 Andalusian 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 Cádiz Excursion Day 6 - Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion

Start your day in Jerez and gain a Cultural Insight into sherry production which is renowned in this region. Later visit the historic port city of Cádiz. 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, Cádiz was raided by Sir Francis Drake a year prior to the 1588 Spanish Armada departure. This evening experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

Seville – Algarve Day 7 - Seville – Algarve

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.

Hotel

Pestana Vila Sol Algarve

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Pestana Vila Sol Algarve

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 on the way to Lisbon. On your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery as well as seeing the Belém Tower. Tonight why not sample a traditional fado show?

Hotel

Olissippo Marques De Sa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Olissippo Marques De Sa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Portuguese Fado and 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 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 Free Day Day 9 - Lisbon Free Day

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 Sintra.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Sintra, Cascais And 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

A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you 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 Ávila 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 and Free Time Day 12 - Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

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

Explore Segovia UNESCO Heritage Site

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

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    For included sightseeing in Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid.

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy a sherry tasting in Jerez.
    Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work.

  • Be My Guest
    Traditional dinner on a ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida.

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

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

    • 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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 6 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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


    Airport Transfers

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


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    Service rating : Very confortable motor coaches, with a Travel Director and a separate driver. The tour Director David Nadal, was excellent, full of energy, a fountain of information and a very well organized and polite person. He made the tour a wonderful experience. He included many surprises

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    Service rating : Our Travel Director Isabelle and Driver Tome were amazing! Very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about what they do. Some hotels were very nice, others were average. All of them were in a great location, so no complaints on that.Product : The food was fantastic, and the

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    • Christmas & New Year’s Eve Highlights: The 18 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Lisbon. The 23 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Granada and New Year’s Eve in Lisbon. The 27 December 2016 departure will toast New Year’s Eve in Seville. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
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