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Amazing Spain & Portugal (Winter Season)

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Salamanca, Spain
Tour Style: Premium
10 Days from $1,615 per person

Delve beneath the surface of these two amazing countries, in autumn, winter or spring. Sample their signature dishes, share in their culture and marvel 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 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to get your bearings in this stylish city. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm Welcome Reception, a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay, Madrid
  3. With a Local Expert, visit the the city of Toledo and 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 Tome, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Continue to Granada.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    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. A Local Expert will guide 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, now the cathedral's bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, enriched with the spoils of the New World. At night, enjoy the flavors of Andalusia and share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a flamenco show and dinner.

    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms)
  5. This is a free day to take your time and 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?

    meal(s):BB
  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, learn about the history and curing process of Jamon Iberico with a delicious tasting. Next, venture across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon
  7. During your stay, a guided panoramic tour takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belem Quarter where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Stop at an old patisserie that has managed to protect the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for over 100 years and enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high and dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Perhaps join an optional experience to the beautiful town of Sintra - once the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal

    meal(s):BB
  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 date from the time of the ancient Romans.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca
  9. Cross the rock-strewn hills of Castile, towards the city of Avila, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls. Walk within the ancient city before returning to Madrid for sightseeing. A Local Expert will take you along the Gran Via and through the Puerta del Sol. You'll see the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de Espana, the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain. In the evening, bid farewell to your newfound friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay
  10. After breakfast, your airport transfer from the tour hotel arrives at Madrid Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Alternative Hotel: This departure may include alternate hotels in select cities.
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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 $200 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 per person.

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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

Included Quality Dining

8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

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:

  • Explore the Alhambra Palace - the ultimate in Muslim architecture - an arabesque fantasy in stone and complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens, with your Local Expert.

SEVILLE:

  • Step inside the cathedral with a Local Expert, past the altarpiece dripping with gold, to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

LISBON:

  • Visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, and stroll through the historic Belém Quarter with your Local Expert.

MADRID:

  • Your Local Expert will show you the gems of Madrid, from the statue of Don Quixote to the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain.

Top Rated Highlights

FÁTIMA:

  • Join the faithful at one of the world’s holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions.

SALAMANCA:

  • Stroll through the iconic golden stone buildings of the city.

ÁVILA:

  • Enjoy a walking tour of this medieval city, famous for its intact imposing city walls.

Reviews

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : From the time I booked with them, they were prompt, helpful & courteous. My agent Barbara went out of her way to get in touch with our tour guide, when our plane was delayed.
Vacation : It was everything we hoped it would be & more!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The tour was very nice. I would recommend this tour to others. The only issue I have is there was not enough time to enjoy the places we visited. Some places we only had less than an hour of free time. Also the bus tour of Madrid was not needed, we had already seen most of the city.
Vacation : We thought it was a little high as far as the price was concerned.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : the service was great; this was my second trip through Grand European Travel and I would definitely recommend them and use them again for future travel.
Vacation : bought things unique to area such as cork purse and ceramic tiles
  • 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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