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Start with a stay in Barcelona then visit the best sites Spain and Portugal can offer from World Heritage Sites to medieval villages, historic universities and heritage sites of major importance.
11 days/10 nights Barcelona to Lisbon or 12 days/11 nights Barcelona to Madrid – Saturday Departures
Lisbon (11 days tour) / Madrid (12 days tour)
US$ Price will vary with the exchange rate
* or similar
* Night of May 31 June 28, and Oct 11, 25, 2018 will be in Vigo instead of Santiago
Independent arrival at Barcelona airport from where you will receive a transfer to the hotel in Barcelona. Rest of the day is free for your own activities in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. In the evening, you might want to join us for dinner at the Spanish Village, an atmospheric open air museum with typical buildings from all parts of Spain. Those who signed up for the Premium Package will have their dinners included. Overnight in Barcelona.
After breakfast we will have a city tour of Barcelona to visit the Gothic Quarter with its splendid medieval cathedral. We will drive to the unique Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps the world’s most famous church still being built based on the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudie’s unusual design. We will continue to Montjuich Hill for a splendid view of Barcelona and its port area. Free time for lunch on your own. Lunch included for those reserved the premium package. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Barcelona.
After breakfast departure to Madrid, Spain’s capital. We stop at Zaragoza, capital of the Province of Aragaon for lunch on your own and to visit the remarkable Basilica of El Pilar. Check into your hotel in Madrid, the rest of the afternoon is free for own activities. In the evening, we embark on a relaxing drive around the illuminated city and visit the old town ending our excursion at the center of the historic old city’s main square, the impressive Plaza Mayor, a major touristic hub and popular pedestrian area full of little shops and restaurants. This evening we will await you with a tapas dinner at one of the typical taverns. Those who booked the premium package will have the dinner included. Return to your hotel at your own convenience. Overnight in Barcelona.
City tour of Madrid with the most important attractions of this attractive city: the elegant 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 your own. Afternoon at leisure for your own activities giving you a chance to visit the Prado, Madrid’s world famous art gallery. You will also have a chance to sign up for an optional tour to Toledo, a major cultural city famous for its forward thinking during the Middle Ages. ( approximately Euro 45 per person booked locally with guide), where you will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere. Touring will 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 available for those interested in visiting a typical local artisan workshop. Overnight in Madrid.
This morning we drive to the old province of Castile the historic heartland of Spain. Visit to the magnificent medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman aqueduct and impressive Alcazar Castle. Stop at Avila, the city of saints to admire the perfectly preserved 11th century city walls before continuing to the charming old city of Salamanca famous for one of the oldest universities of Europe. 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.
After breakfast we depart towards the North of Spain, entering the province of Gallic Galicia. Arrival to the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela, another World heritage site and major world pilgrimage center since the middle ages. In the afternoon guided tour of the old city of Santiago de Compostela and its beautiful Cathedral. Tonight, we can have at our hotel a nice dinner. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes dinner. Accommodations.
Today we travel south along the sea toward the Galician south coast and the city of Vigo, then cross the border to Portugal. Arrival at Viana do Castelo at the estuary of the river Lima and the Atlantic with winding streets and lovely squares. It’s elegant houses and monuments are testimonies to its 16th century importance providing ships and navigators during the Ages of Discoveries. Free time in the city, then continue to Porto a colorful and rich city of the north of Portugal, world famous for its enriched port wines. Overnight in Porto.
Buffet breakfast. local guided city tour in the old historical center, listed on UNESCO’s World heritage list. We will also visit a local winery in one of the famous Porto caves Those who signed up for the premium package will have a typical lunch included. Afternoon free to stroll around on your own along the shores of Douro river with its many cozy cafes, restaurants and historical buildings. Overnight in Porto.
Today we depart toward Aveiro, called “The Venice of Portugal” with lagoons, bridges and the typical little boats that look like the Gondolas of Venice. Drive to Fatima where we will have free time for lunch and to visit the cathedral. PREMIUM Package includes lunch in Fatima. Continue on to Lisbon. Tonight, you will have an optional opportunity to listen to historic Fado music and songs originated during the Age of the World Discoveries. During the show enjoy a typical dinner. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes Fado show and dinner. Overnight in Lisbon.
City tour of Lisbon, an exotic and atmospheric city settled on the shores of the Tagus River. We will drive through its shaded avenues and famous monuments like the Tower of Belem and the lace-like Jeronimos Monastery. Afternoon free to continue discovering this lovely city on your own or join an optional tour to the seaside resort of Cascais and the village of Sintra with its castle of many turrets. This tour is included in PREMIUM PACKAGE. Accommodations in Lisbon.
Tour members taking the 11 day tour will have a transfer to Lisbon airport after breakfast on Day 11.
Those continuing to Madrid:
After breakfast drive toward the Spanish border and pause in Merida to admire the impressive Roman Amphitheatre archeological site. Lunch is included in PREMIUM PACKAGE. Continue to Madrid for late afternoon arrival. Overnight in Madrid.
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport. End of services or extensions to other tours in Spain or Portugal or river cruises in Portugal.