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Standing in the citrus-scented squares, it's easy to be seduced by the splendours of Seville. There are few forms of expression as entrancing as Flamenco. The varied yet unmistakable flavours of the Iberian Peninsula provide an allure all their own. It's undeniable, Spain and Portugal offer countless ways to draw you in, and you can experience them all with Insight. From the unmatched creative flair on display at every turn in Barcelona to the architectural wonder of Evora, our Spain & Portugal in Style itinerary introduces you to the most enticing and beguiling aspects of the Iberian Peninsula, with an equally charming level of luxury.
Head up through the mountains to Granada, where a Local Expert will show you the exquisite Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens built by the Moors in the 13th century. Venture to the Albaicín quarter in the evening, with its maze of steep, cobbled streets. From a restaurant overlooking the Alhambra, enjoy an exquisitely mastered variety of local dishes and wines.
Journey through silent sierras to Cordoba, with views of the Roman bridge, to arrive at the magnificent Mezquita (mosque). A Local Expert will take you through the forest of delicate arches and pillars, to the opulent Christian cathedral nestled within. Stroll the tangled streets of the Jewish Quarter before continuing to the stunning Andalucian capital of Seville. For your Dine-Around evening, choose from a selection of handpicked restaurants.
With a Local Expert, visit the Belem Quarter, where sailing ships set forth to once discover unknown lands. See the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and visit Jerónimos Monastery. Head on to the famous pastelaria where the Portuguese 'Pasteis de Belem' was born. Savour this creamy egg-tart pastry, still made to its original secret recipe. This evening is at leisure.
Journey to Evora today - an architectural wonder dating back to Roman times. Join a Local Expert for a walk around this UNESCO listed city. Then head to L'AND Vineyards to explore the winery, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalizing wines. The evening is at leisure, perhaps enjoy dinner on the Praça do Giraldo.
Drive along tree-lined avenues past the Cibeles Fountain, Cervantes Monument and stately Royal Palace. Continue through the Puerta del Sol to the magnificent Prado museum. Walk with an art historian for an in-depth look at the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings. There will be a visit to Toledo in the afternoon, before joining together at the Michelin starred Álbora bar and restaurant where you'll find classic cuisine in a stylish, modern setting.
12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Restaurant Dinners (RD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL) and 1 Michelin Celebration Dinner (MCD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
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|3 May 18||16 May 18||$5,095$4,586pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|17 May 18||30 May 18||$5,095$4,586pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|31 May 18||13 Jun 18||$6,125$5,513pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|14 Jun 18||27 Jun 18||$5,095$4,586pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|28 Jun 18||11 Jul 18||$4,975$4,478pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Jul 18||8 Aug 18||$5,950$5,355pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|23 Aug 18||5 Sep 18||$4,975$4,478pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Sep 18||19 Sep 18||$5,095$4,586pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|20 Sep 18||3 Oct 18||$6,075$5,468pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|4 Oct 18||17 Oct 18||$5,095$4,586pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
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 $1,760 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $111 per person.
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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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