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The Best of Spain & Portugal: Madrid, Portugal & Andalusia

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,474

Join an escorted tour and stay in first class accommodations on this 14-day Portugese and Spanish journey. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage icons, medieval cities, fascinating history, religion and tradition as you travel in a deluxe motorcoach to Porto, Lisbon, and Andalucia.


This 14-day trip through Southern Spain and Portugal invites you to sample the unique cultural delights of both countries. On a round trip from Madrid, enjoy the rich history and beauty of Andalusia and Central Portugal.

The beating cultural heart of Spain, Madrid moves to its own busy rhythm as one of the world’s great art, culture, and architecture cities. Let a city tour take you to its historic sights and exciting neighbourhoods before enjoying an afternoon on your own to visit whatever part of the city interests you, whether it’s a deep cultural dive at the Prado Museum, a wander through Habsburg history at the Royal Palace, or a relaxing afternoon in Retiro Park.

Set out from Madrid toward Avila, Salamanca, and Portugal, stopping in each of the historic cities before settling into Porto for two nights. Take a sightseeing tour of the city’s most beautiful buildings, and visit its famous Port Wine cellars on the other side of the Douro for a tasting. Then turn south toward Coimbra, Portugal’s most famous university town, and Fatima, a place of pilgrimage for many Catholics. Then it’s time for the magical trio of Batalha, Alcobaca, and Nazare. See two of the most beautiful former monasteries in Portugal, while Nazare is a traditional fishing town with its own retro charms.

Continue on to Lisbon, Portugal’s fabled capital, for a visit to the Belem neighbourhood and its famous tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Coach Museum, the Monument to the Discoverers, and a tour of the historic Alfama Quarter, little changed since Medieval times.  From Lisbon, cut back across the border to Cordoba in Spain, stopping off at the World Heritage Listed city of Caceres to admire its unique blend of architecture. Cordoba’s main claim to fame is its Moorish history, most notably enshrined at the astonishing Mezquita Mosque. With a night here, you’ll also have time to explore the atmospheric Jewish quarter.

On to Seville, a city that captures the spirit of Andalusia like no other! See the second largest church in the catholic world, the sprawling Plaza de Espana, and opt for a Flamenco tour if you’re curious about this most Andalusian of dance arts. Then enjoy a day visiting Ronda with its spectacular views, and the Costa del Sol, a thriving tourist hub for modern Spain. Of course, no first trip to Andalusia is complete without a visit to Granada and the awesome Alhambra palace complex, your next destination.

Return to Madrid, stopping for a sightseeing tour of historic Toledo en route. You may wish to book an extra day or two to enjoy all Spain’s energetic capital has to offer.

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,474

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Day 1

Madrid

Meet and greet at the airport. Take a transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa

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    Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa



    Explore the major attractions Madrid has to offer, at the heart of it all, very close to Plaza Espana Square and Gran Via Avenue (5 minutes walking), and just a stone throw away from sites as the Debod Temple (8 minutes walking), the Royal Palace, …

    Explore the major attractions Madrid has to offer, at the heart of it all, very close to Plaza Espana Square and Gran Via Avenue (5 minutes walking), and just a stone throw away from sites as the Debod Temple (8 minutes walking), the Royal Palace, the Opera House, the Madrid Cathedral, or the Old Town Habsburg's Madrid (15 minutes walking). Courtyard Madrid Princesa is centrally located in a lively cosmopolitan and entertainment area where you can enjoy popular coffee shops, tapas bars and restaurants, and find reknown shops

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Day 2

Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Moreria, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcala. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Via, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer.

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Day 3

Madrid - Avila - Salamanc - Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from our established hotels in Madrid. Please refer to your documentation for detailed departure information. Drive to Avila. A city that preserves its medieval wall. Shortstop to know its walled and old town. Then to Salamanca. Free time in this University City World Heritage of great architectural and artistic wealth. Departure to the Portuguese border until you reach Porto.

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Duration2 Nights
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Bessahotel Boavista

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    Bessahotel Boavista



    Open since the June 2007, BessaHotel is located at the highly prestiged Boavista area, a great business and commercial centre, making it a great choice not only for business stays but also for those deserved holidays. BessaHotel incorporates an Iberian approach into the "Invicta" lifestyle, …

    Open since the June 2007, BessaHotel is located at the highly prestiged Boavista area, a great business and commercial centre, making it a great choice not only for business stays but also for those deserved holidays. BessaHotel incorporates an Iberian approach into the "Invicta" lifestyle, focusing in the well-being of its clients through modernization, quality and price. At BessaHotel we dress Oporto in design and in a new concept: The B Concept. B our Guest. BessaHotel is complemented with the BBar and the BRestaurant, specialized in Iberian cuisine with breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tapas on offer, it's the ideal opportunity to appreciate an imaginative and exclusive cuisine. *The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise your credit card prior to arrival. *Non-smoking hotel.

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Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 Blue Boats Cruise and discover the historic heritage visiting one well-known Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting included. Rest of day at leisure.

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Day 5

Porto - Coimbra - Fatima

Breakfast at the hotel. 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, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Regina Portugal

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    Hotel Regina Portugal



    The Hotel Regina is a hotel defined by a warm and familiar atmosphere. It has 84 comfortable rooms, all with private bathroom, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar and satellite TV. We have rooms adapted for persons with reduced mobility. It also has air conditioning …

    The Hotel Regina is a hotel defined by a warm and familiar atmosphere. It has 84 comfortable rooms, all with private bathroom, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar and satellite TV.

    We have rooms adapted for persons with reduced mobility. It also has air conditioning and ambient music in public areas, a large reception, bar, lounge, television and reading room, games room and a meeting room. At the restaurant you can enjoy fine dining with a menu based on guests' needs.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Game Room
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Table Tennis

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Day 6

Fatima - Batalha - Nazare - Alcobaca - Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 XII C. Then to Lisbon. Optional traditional and typical dinner including a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Lutecia

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    Hotel Lutecia



    In the heart of Lisbon, walking distance to the metro and to Gulbenkian Museum, this is modern hotel with theme floors, 175 guest rooms and many amenities. Set in the residential Areeiro district, this hotel was recently renovated and features 9 themed floors, as well …

    In the heart of Lisbon, walking distance to the metro and to Gulbenkian Museum, this is modern hotel with theme floors, 175 guest rooms and many amenities. Set in the residential Areeiro district, this hotel was recently renovated and features 9 themed floors, as well as a fusion restaurant serving Portuguese and Indian cuisine.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Gym
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24- Hour Business Centre
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 7

Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum (entrance included), 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 color housing the genuine "tabernas" where Fado sounds as a missing past.

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Day 8

Lisbon - Caceres - Cordoba

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure at 07:30 hrs. to Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city's blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Afterwards, continue towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate.

Accomodation: NH Cordoba Guadalquivir or Similar

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Cordoba - Seville

Breakfast at the hotel. Impressive tour of its Mosque (entrance included) and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride reach Seville.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Hesperia Sevilla

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    Hesperia Sevilla



    The Hesperia Sevilla hotel is near the city's major shopping area, just a 15-minute walk from the center. The old town is within easy reach too.

    The Hesperia Sevilla hotel is near the city's major shopping area, just a 15-minute walk from the center. The old town is within easy reach too.

    Facilities

    • Bar-cafe
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 10

Seville

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 Espana. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavors of this active full of light city. Optional Flamenco tour.

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Day 11

Seville - Ronda - Costa Del Sol

After breakfast at the hotel, drive south passing typical villages. Reach Ronda; free time to admire this town of Celtic origin and the marvelous view of the valley and mountain range. In the afternoon, continue on to the Costa del Sol, one of the most modern and important international tourist areas.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Sol Don Marco

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    Sol Don Marco



    The Sol Don Marco perfectly combines fun and relaxation, and is located right on the seafront promenade and beach of Bajondillo, in the resort of Torremolinos (Malaga) and together with the Sol Don Pedro and Sol Don Pablo forms part of the Don Hotels Complex. …

    The Sol Don Marco perfectly combines fun and relaxation, and is located right on the seafront promenade and beach of Bajondillo, in the resort of Torremolinos (Malaga) and together with the Sol Don Pedro and Sol Don Pablo forms part of the Don Hotels Complex.

    Sol Don Marco is an excellent option for relaxing on the Costa del Sol, and provides 182 rooms; different dining spaces (Casares Restaurant, Cordoba restaurant, Bangkok Bar, Andalucia Bar, Patio Bar, Romano Bar and Pool Bar); 8 outdoor pools and 1 indoor heated pool; WiFi internet; Internet Corner (E - point); private and public parking; spa and hairdressers; as well as a magnificent Convention Centre with 10 meeting rooms and a maximum capacity for up to 500 people.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Convention Center
    • Gym
    • Laundry Service
    • Medical Services
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 12

Costa Del Sol - Granada

Breakfast. Departure towards the city of Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex (entrance included) 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.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Catalonia Granada

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    Hotel Catalonia Granada



    The 4-star Catalonia Granada hotel enjoys a privileged location, just five minutes from the historical centre and Granada Cathedral, next to the train station (a future AVE high-speed train station). Take in the stunning views over Sierra Nevada and the city of Granada from the …

    The 4-star Catalonia Granada hotel enjoys a privileged location, just five minutes from the historical centre and Granada Cathedral, next to the train station (a future AVE high-speed train station).

    Take in the stunning views over Sierra Nevada and the city of Granada from the hotel's pool terrace and enjoy your trip!

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Day 13

Granada - Toledo - Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus River, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo - World Heritage City - where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument. Short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous "Damasquinado" (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory.

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Duration1 Night
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Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa

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    Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa



    Explore the major attractions Madrid has to offer, at the heart of it all, very close to Plaza Espana Square and Gran Via Avenue (5 minutes walking), and just a stone throw away from sites as the Debod Temple (8 minutes walking), the Royal Palace, …

    Explore the major attractions Madrid has to offer, at the heart of it all, very close to Plaza Espana Square and Gran Via Avenue (5 minutes walking), and just a stone throw away from sites as the Debod Temple (8 minutes walking), the Royal Palace, the Opera House, the Madrid Cathedral, or the Old Town Habsburg's Madrid (15 minutes walking). Courtyard Madrid Princesa is centrally located in a lively cosmopolitan and entertainment area where you can enjoy popular coffee shops, tapas bars and restaurants, and find reknown shops

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Day 14

Madrid

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport. END OF OUR SERVICE.

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DEPARTURES:

2021Apr 11; May 9;  Jun 13; Jul 11; Aug 15; Sep12; October 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  •  Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation in deluxe motor-coach with English-speaking tour manager (max 35 passengers)
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Madrid
  • 2 nights first class accommodation in Porto
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Fatima
  • 2 nights first class accommodation in Lisbon
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Cordoba
  • 2 nights first class accommodation in Seville
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Costa del Sol
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Granada
  • Guided excursions in Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo
  • Entrance fees to Lisbon Coach Museum, Cordoba Mosque,  Mosque, Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Optional Fado show in Lisbon and Flamenco show in Seville and Granada
  • Breakfast daily, 5 dinners, Wine tasting in Porto

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Local City Taxes are not included, to be paid directly to the hotel

OTHER INFORMATION: 

The above hotels listed are subject to change. Hotel selections will be similar in quality of services and overall value.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

Entrance fees to Lisbon Coach Museum, Cordoba Mosque,  Mosque, Alhambra and Generalife Gardens

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