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9 days/8 nights – Saturday Departures – Apr 7- 20 Oct
Saturday Departures – Apr 7- 20 Oct
9 a.m. departure from Orient Square for Avila, a World Heritage Site and birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesus. A great Roman wall surrounds the city holding in embrace most of its monumental treasures. Free time to enjoy this jewel of the Middle Ages. Then exit to Salamanca, a university city par excellence, known worldwide for its artistic richness: cathedrals, palaces, churches of various styles. In the afternoon we will embark on a city tour to see the Plaza Mayor, Casa de las Conchas, the New Cathedral, the Old Cathedral and University. At night you can enjoy the lively atmosphere of this city. Accommodation.
Breakfast at hotel. Departure towards the border town of Ciudad Rodrigo to continue via Guarda until we reach the University city of Coimbra, one of the oldest university towns in Europe and once the capital of Portugal. Free time to admire their narrow streets, hanging houses, palaces, chapels and churches, which is a must to see. Departure to Fatima, well known for the Sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima, patroness of Portugal. Free time to visit the Basilica. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel, then continue our trip to the beautiful medieval city of Obidos with a Moorish ambiance, where we can explore the cobblestone streets and red roofed white houses sheltered by the impressive city walls. Our next stop will be in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, located on the right bank of the Tagus River. In the evening you may want to take an optional tour with dinner and Fado show, the national bitter-sweet songs of Portugal and a must to see and hear. Overnight. For Fado show advance reservation required.
Breakfast and overnight, In the morning we’ll have a panoramic city tour of Lisbon, passing through the Alfama district, birthplace of St. Anthony and once the old Moorish Quarters; the Belem Tower, symbol of Lisbon and the Jeronimous Monastery with its beautiful ornamentation typical of the Portuguese Manueline style resembling coral marine life. Afternoon at leisure. Possibility of an optional tour to see the 3 most visited towns on the outskirts of Lisbon, Sintra world Heritage Town, Cascais and Estoril seaside resort towns.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards the Spanish border to arrive to the World Heritage city of Caceres, with fortified buildings form the 14th and 16th century exemplifying the power struggles between the Moorish and Catholic kingdoms before the Reconquista. The old town is one of the 3 best conserved medieval quarters in Europe. Tour on foot to see the Plaza Mayor and the old medieval district. After our tour continue to Sevilla. capital of Andalucía and Spain’s third largest city. Overnight.
Breakfast and overnight. Morning panoramic city tour, driving through Maria Luisas Park, The University, Americas Square and The Pavilions built in 1929 for the IberoAmerican Fair. Following the panoramic tour, we will continue on foot from the Murillo Gardens towards the old “Santa Cruz” quarters. Brief stop. We will then proceed to the Cathedral (entrance included), final resting place of Christopher Columbus. We will also see the symbol of Seville, the Giralda Tower once the minaret of a Mosque and today the belfry of the Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure where you can attend an optional artistic tour or visit on your own the gorgeous Alcazar, one of the most beautiful royal palaces of Europe which is still in use. In the evening, possibility of attending the finest Flamenco Show in Spain.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Ronda, passing through the Route of the White Villages of Andalucía to arrive at Ronda. Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain, whose origins date back to the Neolithic Period. Free time to explore the main sites of Ronda. From the Tajo River Gorge enjoy a stunning view of the city and see the oldest bullring in Spain, considered the symbol and soul of Ronda. In the afternoon departure to the international beachside resort, La Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time till midmorning to then proceed to Granada at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Tour of the most visited monument in Spain declared UNESCO World Heritage, the Alhambra, a spectacular testimony to former Moorish power in Iberia. We will be seeing the Nazarite Palaces with beautiful views across the mountains and the delightful Generalife Gardens of roses, myrtle, cypress and secret fountains. (entrance included). Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Toledo, the city famous for its prosperity and forward thinking in the middle ages where members of three religions used to live in harmony. Tour of this monumental city declared a World Heritage site. On arrival panoramic drive around Toledo and then proceed on foot to visit the historical old town. We will enter the Cathedral (entrance included), Santo Tome which in its interior holds one of the masterpieces of El Greco, “The burial of the count of Orgaz” (entrance included) and finally we will proceed towards the former Jewish Quarters to see the synagogue of St. Maria La Blanca. Afternoon departure to Madrid. End of the tour in Madrid. Extra night in Madrid can be added.