Spain and Portugal World Heritage Sites Tour

  Madrid  Segovia Avila,  Salamanca Porto, Coimbra Fatima  Porto Lisbon  Merida, Cordoba Granada

13DAYS/ 12 NIGHTS    # 43
Jan 2017 - Apr 9, 2018

A popular tour of several  UNESCO World Heritage sites including Castilian Segovia and mystic Avila, the town of  saints and stones; world pilgrimage centers in Santiago de Compostela and Fatima, famous university towns and exotic castles with enchanting gardens from the era of the Moors. This tour leads you to famous historic sites of  the utmost importance in exotic Spain and Portugal at the southernmost point of the European continent. 

Spain and Portugal tour

Departure Dates on Mondays:
Nov 28, Dec 12,19, 26, 2016, Jan 9,23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 13. Every Monday from 27 Mar - 27 Nov 2017
plus Dec 11, 18, 25 2017 
and Jan 8, 22, Feb 5, 19, Mar 12,19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 2018

5% Early Bird discount on bookings made before 15 Jan 2017 on all departures starting on 27 March 2017 and after

Day 1, Monday: MADRID
Individual arrival at Madrid airport. Transfer to the hotel to recover from jet lag. if you feel up to it, we suggest to take advantage of the free time to get to know one of Europe's most dynamic capital cities. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive Plaza Mayor. This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve the delicious "tapas". PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a Tapas Dinner tonight. Return to your hotel at your own convenience. Accommodations.

Day 2, Tuesday: MADRID
After the buffet breakfast we embark on an escorted sightseeing tour of Madrid that will allow you to get a glimpse of some of  the most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate, the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente. Free time for lunch on on your own.  Free afternoon to explore Madrid’s famous Art Museums or perhaps take an optional tour to the Imperial former capital city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage city (Approximately Euro 45 per person extra) where you will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere. Visits include the interior of the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to St. Tome Church, where El Greco's masterpiece painting is displayed. There will also be some time for shopping or strolling the Medieval streets on your own. Accommodation in Madrid.

After breakfast we leave Madrid driving to the middle of the country to old Castile and the magnificent medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman aqueduct and impressive Alcazar Castle, UNESCO World Heritage sites. We also stop in Avila the city of St. Teresa to admire the perfectly preserved 11th century city walls, another World Heritage monument. Continuing to the charming old university city of Salamanca boasting one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe with the old town center also belonging to world heritage. We will have an   afternoon city tour. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a dinner. Tonight a walk through the beautiful main plaza, always lively with activity, is recommended. Overnight in Salamanca.

Buffet breakfast. Departure toward the North of Spain, entering Galicia. Arrival to the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela a world famous pilgrimage site belonging to the UNESCO World heritage list. In the afternoon guided tour of the old city and its beautiful Cathedral Tonight we can have a nice dinner at the hotel. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes dinner. Accommodations.

Buffet breakfast. Departure toward the Galician south coast towards Rias Bajas, then crossing the Portugal frontier we arrive at Viana do Castelo a to visit the historical center with the castle. Free time then continue our trip to Porto the beautiful and rich city of the north Portugal, noted for its namesake Port wines. Overnight in Porto.

Day 6 Saturday: PORTO 
Buffet breakfast followed by a guided city tour of the old town, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage, ending in one of the local winery caves. Afternoon free for own activities. Our suggestion is to walk along the Douro river with its many old buildings, restaurants and cafes. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a typical lunch. Overnight in Porto.

Buffet breakfast. Departure to Aveiro, often called: "The Venice of Portugal" due to its many canals, bridged and boats similar to the gondolas of Venice. Continue to the famous shrine of Fatima. Free time to visit the cathedral and for lunch (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch) On to Lisbon. Tonight enjoy an optional dinner event while listening to the sweet and sad Fado music, typical of  Lisbon women expressing yearnings to their men working on ships at faraway seas. The musical genre has its roots in the Age of Discoveries dating back to the 15th century. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes Fado show and dinner. Accommodation in Lisbon.

Day 8, Monday:  LISBON
Buffet breakfast. Morning tour of this ancient and lovely city overlooking the Tagus River. Admire its splendid avenues and monuments like the Tower of Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Afternoon free, with a possibility for an optional tour to visit the  charming villages of Sintra and Cascais on the west coast. (this tour included in PREMIUM PACKAGE).  Accommodation in Lisbon.

Buffet breakfast. Departure toward the Spanish border, and pause in Merida to admire the impressive Roman Amphitheatre archeological site. Lunch is included in PREMIUM PACKAGE. Continue to Seville the major city of Andalucia and land of Carmen and Don Juan. Accommodation.

Day 10 Wednesday: SEVILLE
Buffet breakfast. This morning's marvelous tour will explore this gracious and charming city, Spain's third largest. See the Tower of Gold, the tranquil and extensive Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally the huge cathedral, a UNESCO site and the burial place of Christopher Columbus; the Giralda Tower, a former minaret. After Seville's cathedral was completed in the 16th century it surpassed in size of the Byzantine Hagia Sofia in today's Istanbul that held the title for over  thousand years as the world's largest church. Free time for lunch on on your own. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch today. The afternoon is free to continue to explore or shop. Our recommendation is to visit the Alcazar Royal Palace on your own with its lace-like carved rooms and palm adorned gardens, one of the most beautiful palaces anywhere, and a UNESCO Heritage site. This evening an optional Flamenco Show is suggested, with local drink. PREMIUM PACKAGE include Flamenco Show and drink. Accommodations.

Buffet breakfast. Depart to Cordoba. Visit one of the world’s marvels, the former Great Mosque (now a cathedral), a World Heritage Site. Free time for lunch on your own. Continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes dinner tonight. This evening, an excellent suggestion would be to visit (optional) the quaint and typical Albaicin gypsy quarter, where customs, music and wine join to create an enchanting atmosphere Bohemian atmosphere. (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes this visit).

Day 12, Friday: GRANADA-MADRID
Buffet breakfast.  This morning, enjoy an escorted tour of the magnificent Alhambra and Generalife Gardes with their fountains, rose and oleander patios that are part of the Moorish palace. Departure to Madrid, crossing the Plains of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote.  Arrival in Madrid.  Overnight.

Day 13 Saturday: MADRID / DEPARTURE
Buffet breakfast.  Transfer to Madrid airport to board your outbound flight.

PRICES:  Jan 2017 - Apr 2018

Prices in Euros ($ rate varies depending on the exchange) per person based on double occupancy 13Days/12nights
Madrid to Madrid
3/4star hotels
Category Standard
4star hotels
Category Plus
Jan 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 1180 1285
Single room Supplement until March 12, 2017 455 680
Mar 27- June 19 2017 and Aug 28- Oct 16, 2017 1290 1445
June 26- Aug 21, 2017 1230 1335
Oct 30, 2017- Mar 26, 2018 1235 1345
Apr 2- Apr 9, 2018 1320 1460
Single room Supplement after March 27, 2017 475 710
Supplement until Mar 12, 2017
Supplement after Mar 27, 2017

* $ price varies depending on the exchange rate

Discount for 3rd person in a room: 10%

Discount for one child 3-11 years sharing room with 2 adults: 25%
Discount for one child 0-2 years (if sharing seat on the bus with parents) and sharing room with 2adults: 90%

In case a family is traveling together - 2 adult and 2 children (less than 12 years old) each of the two child will have 10% discount (two separate double room) - discount on request and it is subject to availability at the time of booking

Tour includes:
Tour is bilingual conducted in English and Spanish
Transfers airport-hotel-airport
Accommodations in Standard or First Class hotels 
Buffet breakfast daily 
Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation
Professional tour escort throughout (bilingual English/Spanish)
Escorted sightseeing tours with bilingual guide in Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago, Oporto, Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba and Granada.
Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
Travel bag

Optional PREMIUM PACKAGE includes:
Tapas dinner in Madrid
Dinner in Salamanca
Dinner in Santiago
Lunch in Oporto
Lunch in Fatima
Dinner and Fados Show in Lisbon
Tour of Sintra and Cascais
Lunch in Merida
Lunch in Seville
Flamenco Show in Seville
Dinner in Granada
Albaicin tour and Show in Granada

Hotels USED or similar :
Category Standard Hotels
Salamanca Grand Hotel Corona ****
Santiago Tryp Santiago****
Porto Ipanema Palace ****
Lisbon Double Tree Fontana ****
Seville Tryp Macarena or Hilton Garden Inn ****
Granada Macia Condor  ****

Category Plus Hotels
Madrid Rafael Atocha or Catalonia Goya **** 
Salamanca Gran Hotel Corona Sol ****
Santiago NH Collection ****
Oporto Crown Plaza*****
Lisbon Marriott****
Seville Melia Lebreros ****
Granada Abades Nevada Palace**** or Saray ****

 The Night of May 4 and June 8, 2017 will be spent in Vigo, not in Santiago




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