Combine the best of Spain and Portugal with a 13-day tour! From Madrid, discover the ancient cities of Avila and Salamanca. Cross the Portuguese border and find yourself in the coastal city of Porto. Travel to Coimbra to see one of the oldest universities in Europe and then head to Fatima, a pilgrimage sanctuary, before heading for the picture-perfect capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Continue to Caceres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover Andalusia and its three sparkling jewels – Seville, Cordoba, and Granada. Explore the metropolis city of Barcelona before heading back to Madrid!
Departure from a central location in Madrid at 8.30 a.m. to Avila. A city that preserves its medieval wall. Enjoy a shortstop to know its walled and old town. Then to Salamanca. Free time in this University City Heritage of Humanity of great architectural and artistic wealth. Departure to the Portuguese border until you reach Porto.
After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city along the river Douro aboard the BlueBoats Cruise and discover the historic heritage visiting one well-known Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting included. Enjoy the rest of day at leisure. Meals: B
Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, the heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night you will have the possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Meals: B
Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the 12th century. Afterwards, depart towards Lisbon. Optional traditional and typical dinner including a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music. Meals: B
Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Meals: B
After breakfast, depart towards Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through the Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter.
Afterwards, continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Meals: B, D
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the Cordoba Mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after two hours, you will arrive in Seville. Meals: B, D
After breakfast, enjoy a morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavours of this active full of light city. Optional Flamenco tour is available. Meals: B, D
After breakfast at the hotel drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world-famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter is available. Meals: B, D
After breakfast at the hotel start driving looking for the Mediterranean coast. Via Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river, continue north via Alicante, the second-largest city within the region of Valencia. Reach Valencia one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean Coast with its modern Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex integrated by six elements: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and delicious “Paella”. Meals: B
After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour of this bright city including a drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Early afternoon departure northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Reach Barcelona principal Mediterranean city homeland of the famous architect Gaudí symbol of the Catalonian modernism. Meals: B
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Barcelona well known worldwide for the Olympic Games during 1992, drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudí such as La Pedrera, Casa Milá, etc. – declared World Heritage buildings. – The Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city, Olympic Ring, the monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. The afternoon is for you to keep on discovering this city full attractive offers as well as exquisite and varied gastronomy. Meals: B
After breakfast at the hotel departure southwest along an industrial and agricultural area with certain relevance within Europe. Arrive in Zaragoza, the capital city of Aragón, within the banks of Ebro River the most copious within the Iberian Peninsula. Zaragoza, known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period had an important role in Spanish history. Some free time to see the impressive Baroque architecture of the Basilic-Temple of Our Lady Pilar. Continue to Madrid and end of services. Meals: B