Amazing Spain & Portugal Winter 2016-2017

Belem Tower, Lisbon
10 Days

Scratch beneath the surface of these two amazing countries, sample their signature dishes, share in their culture, and stand in awe at the legacy of their rich sea-faring history.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
  2. Your airport transfers depart from Madrid Airport to your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 & 16:00 hours. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.
    hotel:Miguel Angel, Madrid.
  3. With a Local Expert visit the the city of Toledo. Join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Walk through the cobbled streets to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Continue to Granada.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Vincci Albayzin, Granada.
  4. ‘There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada', cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits: a fantasy of stone-cut lace, arabesque gardens and fountains, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. With a Local Expert, you will also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Relax here in the sunshine and enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills, before embarking upon a scenic drive to Seville. Your guided tour will take you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar. You will see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, but now the cathedral bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. At night, enjoy the flavours of Andalucía and share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a Flamenco show and dinner.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Ayre, Seville (2 nights).
  5. This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city's romantic aura. Or you might like to join an optional experience to Cordoba for a visit to the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian church built inside it.
    hotel:Ayre, Seville.
  6. On your journey, enjoy a delightful array of seasonal experiences. During the fall, see the ripe olives being picked. In winter, taste the freshly pressed olive oil, and in spring, enjoy an insight into the history and curing process of Jamón Ibérico and a delicious tasting. Venture across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon.
    hotel:Altis Grand/Dom Pedro, Lisbon (2 nights).
  7. During your stay, a panoramic guided tour takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belém' from an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for over 100 years. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high and dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos church with its beautiful Manueline architecture. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Perhaps join an optional experience to the beautiful town of Sintra which was the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal?
    hotel:Altis Grand/Dom Pedro, Lisbon.
  8. Drive into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fatima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Then cross the border back into Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings. See the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor and the Puente Romano across the River Tormes – 15 of its 26 arches still date from the time of the ancient Romans.
    hotel:Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
  9. Cross the rock strewn hills of Castile, towards the city of Ávila, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls and unique in Europe. Walk within the ancient city, before returning to Madrid for sightseeing. Here, a Local Expert takes you along the Gran Vía and through the Puerta del Sol. You'll see the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain. In the evening, bid farewell to your new found friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Miguel Angel, Madrid.
  10. After breakfast, your airport shuttle service from the tour hotel arrives at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00 hours.

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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 three-course table d'hote Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Toledo: At a damascene workshop, meet a master craftsman for a personal insight into this ancient craft.
  • Toledo: With a Local Expert, visit the Church of Santo Tomé and see El Greco's masterpiece.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert at the Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Muslim architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens.
  • Seville: Step inside the cathedral, past the altarpiece, dripping with gold, to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jeronimo's church with its beautiful Manueline architecture.
  • Fatima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Basilica of Apparitions.

Seasonal Highlights

  • Autumn: In the Autumn, see the ripe ready olives being handpicked
  • Winter: Sample the delicate flavour of freshly pressed olive oil
  • Winter: Sample the delicate flavour of freshly pressed olive oil

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Seville: Enjoy a walking tour through the pretty squares and narrow lanes of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Algarve: Drive along this sun drenched coast.
  • Lisbon: Tour the spacious avenues and elegant squares. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belem Tower.
  • Salamanca: See the Plaza Mayor and Puente Romano.
  • See the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belem Tower.
  • Ávila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Madrid: Your guided tour shows you the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace, Gran Vía, Cibeles Fountain and Puerta del Sol.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
4 Nov 16 13 Nov 16 checkmark $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
25 Nov 16 4 Dec 16 checkmark $1,795pp
$1,795 pp
2 Dec 16 11 Dec 16 checkmark $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
19 Dec 16 28 Dec 16 checkmark $1,975$1,876pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,975 $1,876 pp
26 Dec 16 4 Jan 17 checkmark $1,975$1,876pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,975 $1,876 pp
6 Jan 17 15 Jan 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
27 Jan 17 5 Feb 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
17 Feb 17 26 Feb 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
3 Mar 17 12 Mar 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
10 Mar 17 19 Mar 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
17 Mar 17 26 Mar 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
24 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp

December 19: Christmas Highlight Dinner and gift in Lisbon. December 26: New Year's Eve Dinner in Lisbon. These additional dinners will replace dinners shown in the itinerary.

Dec 26 departure will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard in Lisbon.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $250.

*Note: There is a 40% reduction to the Single Supplement charge for departures November 4, December 2, January 27 and March 3 subject to availability.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation. 

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain and Portugal must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain and Portugal.

  • The currency in Spain and Portugal is the Euro (€).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Spain and Portugal. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Spain offers a delicious selection of cured hams, chorizo sausage, seafood, cheeses, and more.  Try traditional dishes such as tortilla española (Spanish omelet), paella, and desserts such as flan, churros, and Catalan cream. For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese.  In the evening, try a selection of tapas – small bites served in bars and restaurants that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a meal. 

    With Portugal’s long coastline, seafood is featured prominently on their menus. Popular dishes include sopa de mariscos (a shellfish soup) and bacalhau (dried codfish), and Portuguese grilled chicken prepared with chili, garlic and olive oil. For dessert, don’t miss out on the famous pastéis de nata custard pastry or arroz dolce (rice pudding) and a glass of port wine. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase.  This will also give you many options for how to dress in Spain and Portugal’s varying climates. It’s a good idea to bring a lightweight scarf to wear at religious sites and in the evening when temperatures cool off. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Spain and Portugal is much less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appreciated, although not required, to leave a few extra euros for your server, and up to 10 percent for particularly good service.  Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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