Highlights of Spain and Portugal - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from £1650 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trafalgar service was excellent"
Wayne , Jul 2014

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, eye-shaped planetarium and ‘water lily' aquarium emerged from a riverbed, as you walk around Valencia, City of Arts and Science, with an Insider.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
SHIG

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE MADRID

    Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain! Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your travelling companions and Travel Director. Enjoy an orientation drive this evening – the perfect introduction to this magical city!

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    AC Cuzco

  • 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 Cuarte. Gain a Cultural Insight into the striking architecture of the impressive Opera House, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Tonight, why not sample Paella, a speciality from this region?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Confortel Aqua 4

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Carmen

  • 4.

    GRANADA – CORDOBA – 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 Cordoba visit the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba, 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Melia Lebreros

  • 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 World's Fair, 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?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    SEVILLE – CADIZ AND JEREZ EXCURSION

    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 Francis Drake a year prior to the 1588 Spanish Armada departure. Later, in Jerez, gain a Cultural Insight into sherry production which is renowned in this region. In the evening you will experience a Be My Guest dinner at a traditional homestead and discover the family history of olive oil production.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort

  • 8.

    ALGARVE – LISBON SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS)

    Head north over 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?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Olissippo Marques De Sa

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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 visit Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Gran Corona Sol

  • 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. Later, arrive in Madrid, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ayre Gran Colon

  • 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, Puerto del Sol and the Cervantes Monument. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city before joining your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a visit to a traditional homestead and the history of olive oil production.
  • Cultural Insights

    Gain an insight into the building of Santiago Calatrava while in Valencia.
    Enjoy a Sherry tasting in Jerez.
    Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work.
  • Local Specialists

    in Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Madrid and Toledo.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid
  • Orientation of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve and Salamanca
  • View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca and The Cave Houses of Guadix
  • Visit the Alhambra Palace, 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

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
    6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Granada

  • Gypsy Flamenco Fun in Old Granada

    Adult Price: €33.00 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.

Seville

  • Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.
  • Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

    Adult Price: €52.00 Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste a myriad of flavours and different wines, before taking an atmospheric walk through the old quarter of Seville which has a certain charm, particularly in the evening.
  • The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America

    Adult Price: €36.00 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.

Lisbon

  • Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

    Adult Price: €51.00 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.
  • Gourmet Dinner And Evening Orientation

    Adult Price: €51.00 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.
  • Dinner With Fado Singing

    Adult Price: €64.00 An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines, watch the Portuguese demonstrate their folk dancing and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
  • Sintra and Cascais And The Estoril Coast

    Adult Price: €45.00 We’ll leave Lisbon for the slopes of the Sierra de Sintra, an area studded with palaces. After visiting an impressive palace, you’ll see the fashionable resort of Estoril before returning to Lisbon via the quaint fishing village of Cascais.

Madrid

  • Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

    Adult Price: €60.00 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.
  • Explore Segovia UNESCO Heritage Site

    Adult Price: €44.00 Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a Unesco World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. 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.

Valencia

  • Paella Experience

    Adult Price: €49.00 Spain's famous rice dish "The Paella" originated inValencia. We head to a seafront restaurant where we see how to prepare this dish, and then sample several of its variations. Enjoy great beach views and a drive through the new yachting marina, house of the Americas Cup 2007.

ALGARVE

  • Wonders of the Algarve

    Adult Price: €25.00 Your opportunity to experience the coastal Algarve region, with wonderful photo opportunities at Ponta da Piedade. Next, a walk around Lagos, with its Roman ruins 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.
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