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Spain & Portugal in Style

Operated by: Luxury Gold

13 Days from $6,250 per person
Flamenco in Seville

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Locations Visited

Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Seville, Lisbon, Evora, Madrid
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Barcelona.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Barcelona airport, you will be met and transferred to your boutique, five-star hotel. At 4:00 pm join your Traveling Concierge for an after-hours, behind-the-scenes tour of the famed opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu. Visit its exclusive members’ club, Cercle del Liceu, which houses the largest private art collection in Catalonia. Enjoy a glass of cava with your traveling companions, before gathering for dinner by the seaside at Restaurant Maritim. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ohla Barcelona.
  2. Day 2 Catalonia’s Creative Capital.

    Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, a historic cathedral, seaside splendor and gastronomic delights. Meet your Local Expert in the Gothic Quarter for an exploration of the medieval streets and squares, and see some of the most flamboyant buildings of the Catalan art nouveau movement. Visit Gaudí's imaginative Sagrada Família, where mosaic spires pierce the sky like a giant crown. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps strolling from your hotel to another one of Gaudí's masterpieces, Casa Batlló.

    meals BB
    hotel Casa Fuster, Barcelona.
  3. Day 3 Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast.

    Follow the sunny Costa Dorada to sea-lapped Peñíscola. Explore the lanes and white-walled cottages clustered around the castle and featured in the film ‘El Cid.' Continue past orange groves to Valencia, where ultra-modern buildings rub shoulders with medieval town gates. For dinner, a local chef entices you with incredible traditional paella, native to Valencia.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Westin Valencia.
  4. Day 4 Granada and the Alhambra Palace.

    Granada is a rich oasis of Moorish architecture and flourishing Romany culture. A Local Expert will show you the exquisite Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens built by the Moors in the 13th century. Enjoy a relaxed evening soaking up the views from your hotel or taking a stroll to Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Alhambra Palace.
  5. Day 5 Cordoba and Seville.

    Journey through the silent sierras to Cordoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magnificent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Your Local Expert walks you through a forest of delicate arches and pillars to the opulent Christian cathedral nestled within. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter before continuing to the stunning Andalusian capital of Seville. Spend the evening at your leisure, perhaps visiting the nearby Church of El Salvador, which offers spectacular views of the city at night.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Gran Melia Colón.
  6. Day 6 Seville, the City of Carmen.

    Join your Local Expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter, to emerge near the cathedral. Explore Seville Your Way with a choice to either visit the main chapel and tomb of Columbus or relax with a cocktail on a rooftop with views of the city. Enjoy free time before a romantic clip clop through the charming streets by horse-and-carriage. An 18th-century mansion hosts you for a drink, followed by an intimate and passionate performance of fiery flamenco. Dinner tonight is accompanied by the music of a classical guitarist at an elegant restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Gran Melia Colón.
  7. Day 7 The Flavors of Andalusia.

    Discover the flavors of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy your own creations for lunch, along with a glass or two of wine. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps bask in the sun in Parque de María Luisa or visit Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, the oldest bullring in Spain.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Gran Melia Colon.
  8. Day 8 Across the Alentejo to Lisbon.

    Continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. After an afternoon at leisure, cross the mighty Tagus by ferry to the fishing port of Cacilhas for a Highlight Dinner that draws on the flavours of the sea, accompanied with the best local wines.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Pousada de Lisboa.
  9. Day 9 Lisbon and the Age of Discoveries.

    With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, a fortress that was originally set in the middle of the river but with receding waters, now sits on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening you’re invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants during Your Choice Evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Pousada de Lisboa.
  10. Day 10 Forever Évora.

    Head to a local winery to explore the estate, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalizing wines. Continue to the lively university town of Évora, one of the best-preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Expert for a walk around this city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy dinner and wine at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Convento do Espinheiro.
  11. Day 11 The Roman Ruins of Merida and Madrid.

    Venture across patterned agricultural lands to the Spanish border and continue to Mérida, famous for its extensive Roman ruins. Visit the well-preserved Roman Theater where a variety of plays were once performed to delight the patrons of ancient Lusitania. Journey through the sun-baked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid. With the evening at leisure to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll to Plaza Mayor or Plaza Santa Ana and savor some typical Castilian cuisine.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Westin Palace Madrid.
  12. Day 12 Madrid of the Bourbons.

    Admire the tree-lined avenues, Cibeles Fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace as you explore the heart of Madrid. Continue through the Puerta del Sol to the magnificent Prado Museum, where an art historian provides an in-depth look at the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to further explore the glories of Madrid. This evening, you're invited to the Michelin-starred Álbora Bar and Restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass to new memories and friendships, as you dine on classic cuisine in a stylish, modern setting.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel THe Westin Palace Madrid.
  13. Day 13 Depart Madrid.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

    meals Breakfast
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Included Dining

12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine, 7 Dinners with Wine all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Barcelona:

  • Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Barcelona's Liceu Opera house and attend a reception at its private members' club, Circulo del Liceo.
  • Enjoy a walk with a Local Expert through the old lanes of the Gothic Quarter. Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to take in the some of the city’s daring Modernist architecture.
  • Once inside Gaudí's amazing Sagrada Família, look up at the detailed wonders of his famous architectural masterpiece.

Peñíscola:

  • See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid.'

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.

Granada:

  • Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the scented Generalife gardens.
  • Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.

Cordoba:

  • Your Local Expert will show you the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge and you'll have time to spend exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.
  • Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through it's forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within, led by your Local Expert.

Seville:

  • With your Local Expert you will visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville’s Maria Louisa Park. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its pretty squares and flower-decked balconies, to emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Explore Seville Your Way with a choice to either step inside the cathedral, from the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, with a Local Expert to see the main chapel and golden altarpiece, then head to the Tomb of Columbus. Alternatively you may choose to sit back and relax with a cocktail on a rooftop as you enjoy views of the city.
  • Perhaps the best way to appreciate this city is by a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets.
  • Take your seat for an intimate experience where flamenco guitar and voice is paired with the raw emotion, color and rhythmic expression of dance.

Lisbon:

  • With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.
  • Visit the Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its beautiful Manueline architecture.

Évora:

  • Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Expert.

Mérida:

  • Famous for its Roman ruins, Mérida is full of history and ancient architecture. Marvel at the well-preserved Roman Theatre.

Madrid:

  • With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and the Puerta del Sol.
  • An art historian will provide an in-depth look at Spain's finest collection of paintings at the Prado Museum.
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Travel date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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We have had nothing but good experiences with a Grand European Travel. They are accesible, reliable, knowledgeable and everything works like clockwork.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
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