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Spain & Portugal in Style

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Flamenco in Seville
Tour Style: Luxury
14 Days from $5,486 per person

Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal, as you witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi's dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares. Along the way, appreciate the diversity of architectural styles - ranging from contemporary to Moorish - and taste some of the region's most iconic dishes, including paella. We'll introduce you to local historians, chefs and musicians, as you travel in luxurious comfort and stay in the heart of each destination.

 

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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. 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):DW
    hotel:Casa Fuster, Barcelona.
  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 Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, historic cathedrals, 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 Gaudi'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 Gaudi's masterpieces, Casa Batlló. 

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Casa Fuster, Barcelona.
  4. 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.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Westin, Valencia.
  5. 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. The rest of your day is at leisure. Enjoy a relaxed evening soaking up the views from your hotel or taking a stroll to Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.

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

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Gran Melia Colon, Seville.
  7. Join your 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 charming streets by horse-and-carriage. An 18th century palace 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.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Gran Melia Colon, Seville.
  8. 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?

    meal(s):BB, LW
    hotel:Gran Melia Colon, Seville.
  9. Travel to the green slopes of the Sierra de Aracena, where black Iberian pigs snuffle for acorns through glades of oak. Then 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 flavors of the sea, accompanied with the best local wines.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon.
  10. With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. See the Monument to the
    Discoveries, Belém Tower and visit Jerónimos Monastery. Savour a Pasteis de Belém, a custard, egg-tart pastry, still made from its original secret recipe from the famous pastelaria where they were invented. This evening you're invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants during an evening of authentic dining.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon.
  11. The lively university town of Évora is 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. Then head to L'AND Vineyards to explore the winery, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalizing wines. In the evening, enjoy dinner and wine at your hotel. (

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Convento do Espinheiro, Evora.
  12. 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 sunbaked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Westin Palace, Madrid.
  13. 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.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Westin Palace, Madrid.
  14. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey.

    meal(s):BB

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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 $2,330 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $146 per person.

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Included Dining

12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) 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.
  • Once inside Gaudi's amazing Sagrada Familia look up, look up at the detailed wonders of his famous architectural masterpiece.

Granada:

  • Join a Local Expert at the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through 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.
  • Take your seat for an intimate experience where flamenco guitar and voice is paired with the raw emotion, colour and rhythmic
    expression of dance.

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.
  • Boasting a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant, Michelin-starred Albora is known is known for its distinct flavours and high
    quality dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients. Wine lovers will delight in the impressive variety of regional cellar wines on offer.

Flavors of Andalusia

  • Discover the varied 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.

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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 24 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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