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Spain & Portugal in Style

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Flamenco in Seville
Tour Style: Luxury
14 Days from $4,478 per person

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.

 

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Barcelona Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury, boutique 5- star hotel. Ideally situated on Las Ramblas, the city's most famous boulevard. At 16:00 join your Travelling Concierge for an after-hours private tour of the Liceu Opera, see behind the scenes of this famous opera house. Visit its private members club Circulo del Liceu, which houses the most important private collection of modern art in Catalonia. Enjoy a glass of cava with your travelling companions and Travelling Concierge before dinner by the water in the refined setting of Restaurant Maritim. (Gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie).
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona (2 nights).
  3. Meet a Local Expert in the Gothic Quarter - a medieval maze of streets and squares behind the old cathedral. Drive past some of the most flamboyant buildings of the Catalan Art Nouveau movement. Visit Gaudi's jaw-dropping Sagrada Familia, where mosaic spires pierce the sky like a giant jewelled crown. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy as you please.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona.
  4. Follow the sunny Costa Dorada to sea-lapped Peñíscola. Explore the lanes and white-walled cottages clustered around the castle used in the film El Cid. Continue through the famous orange groves to Valencia, where ultra-modern buildings rub shoulders with medieval town gates. Valencia is home to paella, one of the world's greatest dishes. For dinner, savour the incredible seafood and saffron flavours in an authentic recipe, created by a local chef.
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Westin, Valencia.
  5. 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.  

    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Hotel Alhambra Palace, Granada.
  6. 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.

    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Gran Melia Colon, Seville (3 nights).
  7. Join a Local Expert in the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter. Emerge near the cathedral to visit the main chapel and tomb of Columbus. Enjoy free time before a romantic clip clop through the charismatic streets by horse and carriage. Visit the patio of an 18th century palace for drinks, as well well as an intimate and passionate performance of fiery flamenco, followed by a dinner in a private room of an elegance restaurant, accompanied by classical guitar.
    meal(s):BB, HD
    hotel:Gran Melia Colon, Seville.
  8. Become familiar with the flavours of Andalusia with a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy them for lunch, along with a glass or two of wine, beer or soda. The rest of the day is free for your own pursuits.
    meal(s):BB, HL
    hotel:Gran Melia Colon, Seville.
  9. Head for the green slopes of the Sierra de Aracena, where black Iberian pigs snuffle for acorns through peaceful glades of oak. Then continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Later, 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.
    meal(s):BB, HD
    hotel:Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon (2 nights).
  10. 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon.
  11. 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa, Evora.
  12. Drive across peaceful agricultural lands to the Spanish border and continue to Merida, famous for its extensive Roman ruins. Visit the well-preserved Roman Theatre where all types of plays were performed to delight the patrons of ancient Lusitania. Continue through the sun-baked landscapes of Extremadura to the Spanish capital of Madrid.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Westin Palace, Madrid (2 nights).
  13. 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.

    meal(s):BB, MCD
    hotel:Westin Palace, Madrid.
  14. After breakfast, a transfer is included to Madrid Barajas Airport.
    meal(s):BB
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DELICIOUS DINING EXPERIENCES

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.

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.
  • Once inside Gaudi's amazing Sagrada Familia look up - it's like nothing else in the world.

Granada:

  • Join a Local Expert at the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by the scented Generalife Gardens.

Cordoba:

  • Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through it's forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within.

Seville:

  • From the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, step inside the cathedral with a Local Expert to see the main chapel and the altarpiece - dripping with gold, and then head to the Tomb of Columbus.
  • Perhaps the best way to appreciate this city is by a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the streets.

Lisbon:

  • Visit to the Monastery of the Hieronymites with its beautiful Manueline architecture.

Merida:

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

Madrid:

  • An art historian will provide an in-depth look at Spain's finest collection of paintings at the Prado Museum.

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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 $1,760 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $111 per person.

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  • 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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