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Best of Spain and Portugal

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days from $4,118 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Tours of Cristina Heeren Foundation Flamenco School, Seville, Spain

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Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar ...more Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar

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Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Fátima, Obidos, Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Mijas, Torremolinos, Alfarnatejo, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona ...more Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Fátima, Obidos, Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Mijas, Torremolinos, Alfarnatejo, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Madrid

    Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over an evening of delicious food and wine.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Barceló Emperatriz, Madrid., NH Collection Madrid Suecia., Barceló Torre de Madrid.
  2. Day 2 Madrid of the Bourbons

    Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Spanish capital’s most historic neighbourhoods. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, discovering the origins of the city. Enjoy a special visit to the renowned Prado Museum with an art historian who will guide you through the collective works of Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and more.

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    hotel Barceló Emperatriz, Madrid., NH Collection Madrid Suecia., Barceló Torre de Madrid.
  3. Day 3 Segovia and Golden Salamanca

    Travel to the fortified city of Segovia. Walk through the medieval streets with a Local Expert and see the magnificent Alcazar fortress, before continuing onto the historic aqueduct. Journey west, overlooking the ancient walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca. During your guided sightseeing tour, admire the golden stone buildings the city is famous for, including the arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
  4. Day 4 Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro

    Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto. Situated on the River Douro, the city is celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. Visit the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores and walk along corridors of casks. Get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Continue your exploration of the city, admiring the multi-coloured houses, churches adorned with glazed tiles and iconic bridges.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel NH Collection Porto Batalha., Infante Sagres, Porto.
  5. Day 5 Holy Fátima, Ancient Óbidos and Lisbon

    Head south for a visit to miraculous Fátima. See the Basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the apparition of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Journey to the fortified town of Óbidos and walk inside its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets where houses are covered with flowers. Your travels continue to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

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    hotel Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon., Corinthia Hotel, Lisbon.
  6. Day 6 Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries Relaxed Start

    Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter, from where sailing ships once set forth to discover faraway lands. Enjoy a taste of the famous Pastéis de Belém from a traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years. View the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the historic Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jerónimos Church with its beautiful Manueline architecture. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Portuguese Riviera? It is often visited by surfers, royalty and, on occasion, James Bond.

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    hotel Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon., Corinthia Hotel, Lisbon.
  7. Day 7 Seville, the City of Carmen

    Leave Lisbon via the modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus.Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and enjoy panoramic views.This evening, why not join an optional experience with dinner and a horse and carriage ride?

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    hotel NH Collection Sevilla, Seville.
  8. Day 8 Free Time and Flamenco in Seville Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed start and a morning to unwind, shop or continue exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Córdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. Later this afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Their mission is to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson.

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    hotel Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville. , NH Collection Sevilla, Seville.
  9. Day 9 Head for Gibraltar, Mijas and the Costa del Sol

    Head south to Gibraltar, part of mainland Spain yet an overseas territory under British control since 1704. With your Local Expert, visit the Rock of Gibraltar and St. Michael’s Cave. See the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Relax as you travel the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through high end resorts where the rich and famous holiday. Your journey continues through the green hills to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens, taking in the views of the coast.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
  10. Day 10 At Leisure on the Costa del Sol Relaxed Start

    Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Málaga, the birth city of Picasso.

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    hotel Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
  11. Day 11 Dining with Locals and the Alhambra Relaxed Start

    Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet whitewashed village, with a population of less than 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory to taste a selection of different oils, paired with locally made farmer bread. In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert. Built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century, it is a wonder of beautiful gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Vincci Albayzín, Granada.
  12. Day 12 On to Valencia

    Journey to Valencia. Pass through the Old City to see its ancient gates, and the City of Arts and Sciences.In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Alternatively sit back with a drink and watch the Valencians go about their day.Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn how to make this local specialty during a Cooking Demonstration. Later, indulge in the delicious flavours of this classic dish at your Highlight Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Barceló Valencia.
  13. Day 13 Along the Coast to Peñíscola and on to Barcelona

    Follow the coast to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada to the Cava Bodegas at Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. During a delicious light lunch, enjoy a tasting as you learn the sparkling secrets of Spanish bubbly. Continue along the coast to reach Barcelona.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Meliá Barcelona Sarrià, Barcelona.
  14. Day 14 Barcelona Sightseeing Relaxed Start

    A Local Expert joins you for a drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to visit Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. At a local restaurant, join your fellow travellers to toast to newfound friends and a wonderful journey, enjoying a Celebration Dinner with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Barcelona Sarrià, Barcelona.
  15. Day 15 Depart Barcelona

    After breakfast departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

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Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Seville: Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.
  • Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "There is nothing quite like sampling the many varieties of tapas. Every region has its own delicacies so you can be assured that you will taste different ones everywhere you go."
  • : "No visit to Portugal is complete without a thorough exploration of its gastronomy. Our guests are delighted by the high-quality food and generous service for which the Portuguese are known."
  • : "Guests are surprised to find that Spanish is not the only language spoken in the country – there’s also Basque, Galician and Catalan, not to mention the little dialects in each province."

Authentic Dining

  • Madrid: Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
  • Porto: Sample a selection of famous Port wines at a tasting at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores.
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Torremolinos: Taste a selection of freshly pressed olive oils with locally made farmer bread when you stop at Almazara, the oldest olive grove in the region.
  • Alfarnatejo: Hear stories of local life as you join a local family for a freshly prepared traditional lunch with wine.
  • Valencia: Learn the authentic recipe of paella when you join a local chef for a Cooking Demonstration. Savour the flavours of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
  • Sant Sadurni dAnoia: Join a wine expert when you visit Cava Dorada. Enjoy a tasting at the great Cava vineyards during your delicious Highlight Lunch.
  • Barcelona: At a typical Catalan restaurant, savour a delicious Celebration Dinner that incorporates classic cooking with the freshest produce.
  • Dining Summary: 5 Dinner with Wine (DW), 14 Breakfast (B), and 2 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Insight Experiences

  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Segovia: Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace.
  • Avila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Salamanca: See the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings as you explore the city with your Local Expert.
  • Porto: See the iconic bridges and buildings decorated in tiles.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Obidos: Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.
  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the medieval Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Seville: Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.
  • Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.
  • Gibraltar: With your Local Expert, explore the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, affording magnificent views and see the meeting of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra. Visit St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes.
  • Mijas: Journey to this white-washed village and stroll the streets to admire the coastal views.
  • Alfarnatejo: Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Barcelona: With your Local Expert, drive down Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey through the Eixample district to see Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerising Sagrada Família.
  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows.

Make Travel Matter

  • Seville: The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as they perform an emotional show. The school enables students access to cultural education that otherwise may not have occurred. TreadRights sponsorship has helped students to complete their studies in advanced guitar, singing and dance. As students complete their training, they will carry on and safeguard the traditional flamenco dance, contributing to the protection of Andalusia and Spain’s cultural heritage. The Cristina Heeren Foundation advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
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Hotels were great. Everything was on time. Good driving.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Spain & Portugal. Thank you for letting us help you plan and book this wonderful tour. We appreciate your feedback. Happy Travels!
Monday, September 26, 2022
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Every thing I expected then some.
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Sunday, September 18, 2022
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Good tour. Good tour director. Some hotels too far from city center
Richard Rousseau
Saturday, July 16, 2022
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Customer Service was especially helpful with rebooking due to Covid cancellation.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Covid has definitely thrown a wrench into travel, but we are so glad we were able to help you plan your trip to Spain and Portugal. It sounds like you had a delightful time, and we are very happy to hear that. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback. Happy Travels!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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The itinerary was great! Felt like we saw the best parts of Spain and Portugal in a reasonable time
Trusted Customer
Saturday, July 16, 2022
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My husband booked the tour. He told me they went out of their way to accommodate us when we had to postpone our trip because of the pandemic.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's so awesome you were finally able to get to see Spain and Portugal. It sounds like you had a wonderful time and that it was worth the wait! We truly appreciate your business and your review. Thank you and take care!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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Insight gets the best tour directors. Each time we've traveled with Insight we've had the best tour directors.
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Saturday, July 9, 2022
Service
My booking experience did not go smoothly. The air department was not up to par and did not give the service that I expect being an employee of a former travel company. The agency in general was not on top of any changes being made. I actually called to alert them!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for your disappointing level of service during a very chaotic time for the airline industry. We do our best to notify all guests of any changes as they happen but on occasion the airlines beats us to the punch. We are pleased to see that despite the flight issues, you enjoyed your trip and the beautiful sights of Spain.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
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Patrick (tour director) was excellent and on top of any emergencies. I loved his organizational skills and keeping the group informed. Alfredo (bus driver) was great. He was friendly, helpful, and punctual. Of course, he valued our safety and kept the bus immaculate.
Margie Shahin
Friday, June 24, 2022
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GET is very responsive to any request. They worked tirelessly with us for 3 years during Covid to reschedule our trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your glowing review. We are very excited that you were able to finally take your trip to Spain and Portugal. It sounds like you had a magnificent time. Thanks for hanging in there with us during a very trying time. Best wishes!
Friday, June 24, 2022
Vacation
The itinerary was well planned, and the tour director made it more enjoyable with his knowledge of the history, culture and geography of the sites.
Melissa Grantham
Friday, May 20, 2022
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(1) Several difficulties working with GET over flights. Original flight confirmations never booked, resulting in those flights lost and less desirable flights having to be booked. Had to constantly remind agent to NOT book economy but premium. (2) GET never told us or helped us verify what papers were going to be needed to enter Spain. Found out on our own!
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Trip was SENSATIONAL!! Travel Director Brad/Well-Being Director Sophie were GREAT!!!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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Barbara make me feel very comfortable in processing the booking with alternative dates.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Barbara is one of the best! We're so happy you enjoyed your vacation to Spain and Portugal. Sounds like you will have memories that will last a lifetime! Thanks for leaving such a positive review. We appreciate your kind words.
Thursday, June 2, 2022
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It is one of our best tour that we had and it is because of the team of your director and driver that keep things going on time so we can see and experiences the sites.
Deepak Verma
Saturday, April 30, 2022
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Very responsive and helpful
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We appreciate that so much. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Friday, May 6, 2022
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Could have been 5 stars except for how COVID related issues were handled. Although a "well-being director" was on the bus, precautions were not taken to keep people safe. Because of the loose protocols, several tourists ended up with COVID by the end of the tour.
Barry Seldomridge
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Service
Tess has done a great job with the reservations process. We originally booked our trip for April 2020 and then were shut down due to covid. We rebooked for April 2022 and the reservation process was very smooth.
Vacation
The first part of our tour was excellent. We had wonderful experiences with our tour director Philippe and bus driver Georges. The optional excursions are all very well worth it. However, when people started getting sic with covid towards the end of the trip, the support for the TD and guest travel services was not what we would have expected. Information was incomplete or wrong. We had the wrong phone number and email address for emergency guest services contact. Untangling everything took a tremendous amount of work on our part. We are still not home yet but are hoping to fly on Monday May 2. We had to find resources for covid recovery certificates and make our own hotel stay extensions.
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