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Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms through their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art. An ideal journey of discovery in autumn, winter or spring.
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At Madrid Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a beautiful evening of dinner and wine.
Guided sightseeing takes you past Madrid's most famous fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Gran Via to the Royal Palace and Cervantes Monument before crossing the Puerta del Sol. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum.
The morning is devoted to Toledo. With your Local Expert, walk through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets. See El Greco's paintings in the Church of Santo Tome. Later, pass the ancient walls of Avila, en route to Salamanca.
Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto. See the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores that house the famous wines. Walk along corridors of casks and get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Admire the multi-colored houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges.
In Fatima, see the basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions. Then continue to the hilltop town of Obidos, where you'll walk inside the city walls to explore the flower-bedecked houses and narrow, medieval streets. Your next destination is the Portuguese capital.
Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town, hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco and Belem Quarter. Stop by an old patisserie and enjoy a tasting of the famous ‘Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture.
With your Local Expert, tour the immense cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus, and the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar. At night, settle back for a Signature Evening of dinner and entertainment featuring a fiery flamenco show.
The day is completely yours to relax, explore, or continue sightseeing in this fascinating city.
Head to Gibraltar, attached to Spain yet an independent colony under British control since 1704. With your Local Expert visit the Rock of Gibraltar to see St. Michael's Cave and the Barbary Apes. Later, take the scenic route along the Costa del Sol.
Enjoy the following day at leisure on the sundrenched Costa del Sol.
Drive to the white-washed village of Mijas. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace. With a Local Expert, see the Lion Court and the water gardens of the royal summer residence. In the evening, choose your own personal ambience and cuisine from our Dine-Around selection of restaurants.
Journey to Valencia the 'City of Arts and Sciences'. In the old town, pass the City Gates of Serranos and Quart. Learn the authentic recipe of paella in a fun cookery demonstration for dinner.
Follow the coast to Peniscola to view the sealapped castle used in the film El Cid.
Join a Local Expert to drive along the Passeig de Gracia. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine.
Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am. The 9:00 am transfer will continue to Madrid, scheduled to arrive early evening at Madrid Airport, followed by the Madrid tour hotel.
14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.
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|3 Nov 17||18 Nov 17||$3,150pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|10 Nov 17||25 Nov 17||$3,150pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|19 Dec 17||3 Jan 18||$3,375$3,122pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Dec 17||10 Jan 18||$3,425$3,168pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|5 Jan 18||20 Jan 18||$3,175$2,937pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|19 Jan 18||3 Feb 18||$3,175$2,937pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Jan 18||10 Feb 18||$3,175$2,937pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Feb 18||24 Feb 18||$3,175$2,937pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Mar 18||24 Mar 18||$3,175$2,937pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|16 Mar 18||31 Mar 18||$3,175$2,937pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|23 Mar 18||7 Apr 18||$3,195pp||Request Quote Book Now|
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.
Additional Visa Requirements: Passengers who require visas for the UK will also need a separate visa for Gibraltar.
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 $800 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $132 per person.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
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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