21 Day Portugal & Spain

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Sep 22 & Oct 6 departures will be accommodated at Hotel Estrela de Fatima in Fatima.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Portugal
Depart for Portugal

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Porto
Arrive in Porto and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Portugal’s second largest city. In the evening, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers and enjoy a Welcome Dinner and orientation meeting on the sensational journey that lies ahead
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Porto City Tour
Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Porto with a local guide. Take a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, and visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Stock Exchange, renowned for its exquisite neoclassical façade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall. Finish the tour with a visit to a Port Wine Cellar for a tasting. Spend the balance of the day at leisure or choose to participate in the optional Douro River Cruise with dinner. Cruise along the colorful river valley, viewing the city from a new perspective. Pass by the numerous port wine cellars and under the magnificent bridges crossing the valley. Afterwards, a meal of local specialties in a typical restaurant with drinks is included
Optional: Douro River Cruise with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Porto
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this UNESCO World Heritage city or choose to join the optional Medieval Portugal tour. Start with the town of Guimaraes for a walk through the medieval alleys. Then, head inland to the heart of Minho province to the former Roman ‘Bracara Augusta’. Here, drive to the top of the 1,300 foot high hill of Bom Jesus, from where you can overlook the city of Braga and admire the famous Holy Way staircase, the most popular place of pilgrimage in the north of Portugal. Savor a delicious lunch before returning to the hotel
Optional: Medieval Portugal (AM)
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Coimbra, Fatima, Drive to Tomar
This morning, drive south through the Buçaco National Park to Coimbra, the third-largest city in Portugal, to visit the University of Coimbra, among the oldest universities in Europe, with more than 700 years of history. In the afternoon, drive to Fatima, one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Fatima's fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Here, visit the great Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in neoclassical style, flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive convent. Continue your journey to Tomar, one of Portugal’s historical jewels for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tomar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Convent of Christ, Castelo de Vide, Drive to Evora
Start the day with a visit to the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline window. Later, drive south and cross the Tagus river. Stop in Castelo de Vide and enjoy a stroll through the old Jewish Quarter. Here you can find one of the oldest synagogues in the country, although all that remains is one modest little room. Stop at a cork factory to learn about how cork is harvested from the bark of a tree and processed into one of Portugal's major exports. Continue to Evora for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Evora
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Evora City Tour
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Evora. Discover the town's massive walls and Roman Temple, early Gothic Cathedral, and Sao Francisco Church that is famous for its Ossuary chapel, whose walls are decorated with thousands of human bones and skulls. Head on to see Evora’s main square, the Praça do Giraldo, and the cobbled streets of this former Royal town. Later, continue to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, over 2,000 years old, and capital of Portugal since 1147. Tonight attend the optional Fado Dinner. Travel to one of Lisbon’s oldest districts and join one of the popular performances of local songs and traditional dances accompanied by a gentle guitar playing Portuguese melodies. Enjoy dinner with wine before a brief drive through the illuminated city
Optional: Fado Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Lisbon City Tour
Today’s tour of Lisbon highlights the variety of heritage and styles that make it one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. You begin with a view of the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery. Continue to visit the Jeronimos Monastery, an impressive symbol of the country’s power and wealth and resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama. Take a walk along the winding cobblestone streets to Alfama, the old Fisherman’s Quarter, nestled between the Grand Castle and the River Tagus. The afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional tour to quaint Sintra, the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron, and ancient summer retreat of the royal court, highlighted by lavish romantic castles and stunning monuments. Visit the Sintra Royal Palace, a 15th-century royal residence, containing one of the largest tile collections in Portugal. Then enjoy some free time in the Village Historical Center before returning to Lisbon
Optional: Half Day Sintra Tour (PM)
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Full Day in Lisbon's Countryside
Enjoy a full day excursion to explore the countryside around Lisbon. The first stop on the northbound journey is medieval Obidos, with its historic center, and a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets, whitewashed houses, and beautiful vistas. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery. It was the first building in Portugal to adopt the Gothic style and is the largest church in the country. See the decorated tombs of King Pedro I and his lover Inês de Castro. Lastly, stop at the charming fishing harbor of Nazaré before heading back to Lisbon. Tonight, a delectable dinner of Portuguese specialties at a local restaurant
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Travel to Seville
This morning, meet your new Tour Manager for Spain and head south. Cross the region of Alentejo, with its rolling hills, vineyards and cork oak trees. Reach the Spanish border and enter the region of Andalucia. Continue your drive through picturesque Andalucia to Seville. After dinner, opportunity to attend an optional Flamenco Show in Seville, known as the birthplace of Flamenco
Optional: Evening Flamenco Show (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Seville City Tour
This morning, drive to the Plaza de España, passing Maria Luisa Park, and explore the narrow streets and many plazas of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and home to the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Built on the site of the former great Mosque, its original minaret, the Giralda Bell Tower, still stands. Afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional tour to Cordoba. Founded by the Romans, it is one of the most cultured and refined cities of medieval Europe. Visit the Mezquita, a former Moorish Mosque that today is Cordoba's main Cathedral. Continue with a walking tour of the city and visit to the Jewish Quarter and the medieval synagogue
Optional: Half Day Cordoba Tour (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Ronda Sightseeing En Route to Costa del Sol
This morning, head south to the dramatic cliffside city of Ronda, considered the birthplace of modern bullfighting. Start with a tour of Ronda, home to Spain’s oldest bullring, the Plaza de Toros. Here, you can see the historic stables and museum along with displays of famous Matadors. Stop at lively Puerto Banus, a luxurious and bustling marina, before proceeding to the Costa del Sol
Overnight: Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Full Day in Costa del Sol
Spend a full day at leisure in Costa del Sol to enjoy all of the delights of this resort area or, join the optional morning tour to Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Visit the Picasso Museum with over 285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family. View the Paseo de la Alameda, Paseo del Parque & the Barrio de la Malagueta. A walking tour through this historical town is accented by views of the Malaga Cathedral, the second highest in southern Spain. Head over to Cathedral Square before returning to your hotel
Optional: Half Day Malaga Tour (AM)
Overnight: Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Saturday - Excursion to Gibraltar
Journey to the impressive Rock of Gibraltar*, a British Colony for over 300 years standing guard over the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean and Europe meets Africa. Enjoy a tour of the area with minibusses climbing up to see St. Michael's Cave and the famous Barbary Apes with dramatic views of both the Spanish and Moroccan coastline. Spend some time in the main street of town with its colonial buildings and duty-free shops. Return to the Costa del Sol for overnight
*Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory independent from Spain and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for Gibraltar in addition to all other countries on their itinerary.
Overnight: Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Sunday - Moorish Influenced Alhambra
Depart the southern coast and journey to Moorish Granada. Your visit is highlighted by a tour of the 13th century Alhambra,* one of Spain’s most celebrated monuments, dramatically perched atop Assabica Hill overlooking the entire city. This imposing hilltop fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s finest examples of Moorish art and architecture. During the reign of the Moors, the Alhambra served as the residence of the royal family. Walk along the lanes of the serene Generalife Gardens with its beautifully designed courtyards, waterfalls and ponds, and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tonight, dinner together at a local restaurant
*Alhambra visiting times, which may include evening hours, and which areas of the complex are accessible on the day of your visit, are determined solely at the discretion of the Alhambra. Your itinerary will be arranged by your Tour Manager to accommodate the designated time of entry.
Overnight: Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Monday - Toledo Sightseeing En Route to Madrid
Travel via the region of La Mancha, legendary home of Don Quixote, featuring panoramic views of its famous windmills. Continue to Toledo, the former capital city of Spain that still retains its medieval atmosphere and charm. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, Toledo is known for its extensive monumental heritage and historical coexistence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. A walking tour will include a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé with its masterpiece painting by El Greco and the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. Continue to Madrid and enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Tuesday - Madrid City Tour
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid. Drive along the Gran Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon and view the Royal Palace. Pass through Puerta del Sol Plaza and Plaza de España with its monument to the author Cervantes. The tour will end at the world-renowned Prado Museum, where you will be able to view works of art by famous artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Ribera. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional tour to Escorial. Spend a visit to what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world". El Escorial is, perhaps, Philip II´s most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains
Optional: Half Day Escorial Tour (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18, Wednesday - AVE High Speed Train to Barcelona
A morning transfer to Madrid’s train station to board the exciting high speed train to sensational Barcelona, Spain's second most important city with its unending choice of museums, galleries, and cafes. Upon arrival, embark on an orientation tour of the city and Montjuic Hill, home to a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics with the Olympic Stadium at its center. Transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps stroll along Las Ramblas, Barcelona's famous pedestrian walkway with its life-size animators, stalls and people watchers
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19, Thursday - Barcelona City Tour
This morning's tour of Barcelona begins with a drive along the old Harbor to the Plaza de Catalunya, the city's bustling main square. Afterward, pass the famous works of Gaudi, the master architect, including Casa Batllo, seemingly constructed from skulls and bones. Then, view the iconic symbol of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20, Friday - Full Day in Barcelona
Full day at leisure to explore Barcelona independently or, join the optional morning tour to Montserrat. Enjoy a relaxing drive passing picturesque villages before reaching Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta." This evening, gather with your newfound friends and Tour Manager at a local restaurant for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Half Day Montserrat from Barcelona (AM)
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21, Saturday - Depart Spain
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Join a cruise along the colorful river valley, viewing the city from a new perspective. Pass by the numerous port wine cellars and under the magnificent bridges crossing the valley. Continue for a meal of local specialties in a typical restaurant with drinks included.

Note: During the months of November thru March, enjoy your meal before the cruise.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 01 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $75.00
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Head inland to the heart of Minho to enjoy this morning in the former Roman ‘Bracara Augusta’. Here, drive to the top of the 1,300 foot high hill of Bom Jesus, from where you can overlook the city of Braga and admire the famous Holy Way staircase, the most popular place of pilgrimage in the north of Portugal. Then, proceed to the town of Guimaraes for a walk through the medieval alleys and granite buildings. Enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to the hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $80.00
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Travel to the famous Barrio Alto district and join one of the popular performances of local songs accompanied by a gentle guitar playing Portuguese melodies. Enjoy dinner with wine before a brief drive through the illuminated city.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2019 - 11 Jun 2019 $95.00
13 Jun 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $95.00
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Enjoy an afternoon tour that includes a scenic drive along the Estoril coast with a short stop in Cascais. Then continue to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival, visit the Sintra Royal Palace, a 15th-century royal residence, containing one of the largest tile collections in Portugal. Then enjoy some free time in the Village Historical Center.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Please note, this tour will require a good amount of walking. The pace is moderate, however, you may encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and slopes.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Apr 2019 $55.00
11 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $60.00
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This evening, enjoy a drink and traditional Flamenco show. As performed by some of Seville's leading Flamenco artists, enjoy routines based on the cante jondo or "deep song," which describes the performer's profound emotions in ancient poetic phrases. Although the development of Flamenco has centered principally in the region of Andalucia, it has come to embrace many of the folk traditions of the northern provinces. As a result, it has become, along with the bullfight, a popular symbol of Spain.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Apr 2019 $60.00
11 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $65.00
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Enjoy a half day tour of Cordoba, founded by the Romans, and one of the most cultured and refined cities of medieval Europe. Visit the Mezquita, a former Moorish Mosque that today is Cordoba's main Cathedral. Continue with a walking tour of the city and visit the Jewish Quarter and the medieval synagogue*.

*The synagogue is closed on Sunday afternoons and all day on Mondays.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #11 01 Jan 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $50.00
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Today, enjoy a half day tour of Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Visit the Picasso Museum and view the Paseo de la Alameda, Paseo del Parque & the Barrio de la Malagueta. Take a walk through the historical town and continue to view the Malaga Cathedral, the second-highest Cathedral in southern Spain. Then take some time on your own to wander, or perhaps visit a local market. Head over to Cathedral Square before returning to Torremolinos.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #13 11 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $65.00
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Enjoy a visit to what has often been described as the "eighth wonder of the world." El Escorial is, perhaps, Philip II's most enduring legacy to Spain. This combination monastery-palace-mausoleum is situated approximately one hour outside of Madrid in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. This austere monastery, erected by King Philip II in 1584, was intended to be a memorial to his father, King Charles V, and to commemorate Spain´s victory at Saint Quentin in 1557. It has since become the burial place of subsequent Spanish kings and queens.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #17 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019 $90.00
02 May 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $90.00
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Enjoy a relaxing drive along the picturesque villages of the province to reach Montserrat Mountain. On arrival, visit the Royal Basilica, where you will see the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta."

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #20 11 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2020 $70.00
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