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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 Cadiz 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: SHIG

12 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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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 – Cadiz and Jerez Excursion

Day 7

Seville – Algarve

Day 8

Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Day 9

Lisbon Free Day

Day 10

Lisbon – Fatima – Salamanca

Day 11

Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)

Day 12

Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 13

Depart Madrid

Day 1

Arrive Madrid

Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid. 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

Day 1

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

Primus

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

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 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

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

Day 6

Seville – Cadiz and Jerez 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 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
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 7

Day 8

Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)

See the Serra de Arrabida mountains 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 Belem Tower. Tonight why not sample a traditional fado show?

Hotel

Olissippo Marques De Sa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

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

Day 9

Day 10

Lisbon – Fatima – Salamanca

A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, 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

Day 10

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

Day 11

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

Day 12

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

Day 13

The Trafalgar Difference

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

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy a Sherry tasting in Jerez.

  • Cultural Insights
    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.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

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

    • Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Cathedral Mosque in Cordoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fatima, 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 complex designed by Santiago Calatrava 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 with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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


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