16 Day Kaleidoscope of Spain & Portugal

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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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DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Spain

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Madrid
Welcome to Madrid! Capital of Spain since 1562, this lively city is the birthplace of many of the world’s greatest writers, painters and artists. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 pm with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Madrid City Tour
This morning, take 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. Afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional half day tour to Toledo. Take a walking tour among the most famous monuments, visiting the St. Tome Church with its El Greco masterpiece and Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. Tonight, opt to explore Madrid’s fabulous restaurants and non-stop nightlife
Optional: Half Day Toledo (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Segovia Sightseeing en route to Salamanca
Travel across the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama to the historic city of Segovia. View the best preserved 1st century AD Roman Aqueduct, symbol of the city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other important monuments include the fairy-tale Alcazar with its soaring turrets, moats and magical towers and the powerful Gothic Cathedral that took almost 200 years to complete. Enjoy a walk through the Jewish Quarter, with its remains of a synagogue, palaces and museums. Then, to stunning Avila, surrounded by imposing city walls, one of Spain's best preserved bastions with its convent that pays homage to St. Theresa, founder of the Order of the Carmelites. Drive to the lively university town of Salamanca; view the 12th century Old Cathedral, the Salina and Monterrey Palaces and the historic center of the city. Arrive at the Plaza Mayor, considered Spain's most beautiful central plaza, exceptionally memorable when illuminated at dusk. Dinner together tonight in Salamanca
Overnight: Salamanca
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Shrine of Fatima en route to Lisbon
Depart for Portugal, via the Serra da Estrela mountain range. Drive towards Castelo Branco before arriving at Fatima, site of the famous religious visions that occurred in 1917, when an apparition of Mary appeared to three peasant children. Here, visit the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in neoclassical style, flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive convent. Continue your journey to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, over 2,000 years old, and capital of Portugal since 1147
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - 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 and the Jeronimos Monastery, the city's most prominent monument, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, visit the Cathedral of Lisbon and enjoy the elegant Liberdade Avenue. Take a walk along the winding cobblestone streets to Alfama, the old Fisherman’s Quarter, nestled between the grand Castle and the River Tagus. 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 7, Tuesday - Travel to Algarve
Depart Lisbon this morning heading south. Cross the region of Alentejo, with its rolling hills, vineyards and cork oak trees. Reach Lagos, known for its 16th century walled old town located along the Atlantic Ocean in Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region
Overnight: Algarve
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Lagos, St. Vincent, Sagres
This morning, explore the Old Town of Lagos. Visit the golden chapel of St. Anthony's Church, lined with some of the finest wood carvings in Portugal and also the first slave market in Europe. Continue to the spectacular rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. These golden sandstone cliffs, stand in stark contrast to the deep turquoise-green color of the water. The entire region is truly awe-inspiring. Head to Cape St. Vincent - the most southwesterly point of continental Europe, known as "the end of the world". Afterward, travel to beautiful Sagres with its dramatic natural scenery. Admire its stunning harbor and pass by the 15th century fortress. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the area on your own
Overnight: Algarve
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Travel to Seville
Depart Algarve this morning heading east. Reach the Spanish border and enter the region of Andalucia. Continue your drive through picturesque Andalucia to Seville with its astonishing layers of history. Leisure time upon arrival before dinner together. After, 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 10, Friday - Seville City Tour
Begin the day at the beautiful Plaza de España and the fragrant gardens of Maria Luisa Park before enjoying a walking tour in the quaint Barrio Santa Cruz, the former Jewish Quarter of the city with its winding cobblestone streets. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and legendary burial site of Christopher Columbus.The rest of the day is at leisure or, join the fascinating optional tour to Cordoba, one of the most cultured and refined cities of medieval Europe. Here, visit the Mezquita, a former Moorish mosque that today is Cordoba's main Cathedral. A walking tour of the city includes a stop at the medieval synagogue in the Jewish Quarter before returning to Seville. On your evening at leisure, be sure to try Seville’s trendy restaurant scene with extraordinary food created by great chefs
Optional: Half Day Cordoba Tour (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Moorish Influenced Alhambra
The drive today takes you from Seville to Granada. Here, the highlight of your sightseeing is a visit to the 13th century Alhambra,* one of Spain’s most celebrated monuments, dramatically perched atop Assabica Hill overlooking the entire city of Granada. This imposing hilltop fortress, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the finest examples in the world of Moorish art and architecture. During the reign of the Moors, the Alhambra served as the opulent residence of the royal family. Walk along the lanes of the fragrant Generalife Gardens with its beautifully designed courtyards, waterfalls, 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 12, Sunday - Drive to Alicante
Depart Granada, and journey towards the Mediterranean coast to the seaside city of Alicante. Experience dramatic scenery, as the landscape changes from rugged mountains to arid meadows to verdant woodlands. Upon arrival in Alicante, a historic and cultural city, embark on an orientation tour. Tonight, savor dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Alicante
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Valencia Sightseeing en route to Barcelona
Today, head north through fragrant groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges to the spectacular city of Valencia. Known as the “Garden City” of Spain, it is situated on the Orange Blossom Coast where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. There are few cities like Valencia that are able to combine remnants of its past, dating back to 138 BC, with innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium. Take a tour of the city. Listen to tales about "El Cid," Spain's national hero who fought here against the Moors. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture before continuing to the gates of the city, City Hall and the Gothic Cathedral. Arrive at the dramatic Arts and Science City, an outstanding scientific and cultural complex with extraordinary futuristic architecture, designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava. After, journey along the Mediterranean coast to sensational Barcelona. Tonight, enjoy Barcelona's rousing nightlife and fabulous tapas bars
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Tuesday - 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 the 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. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Summer Olympics with the Olympic Stadium at its center. Afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional half day 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."
Optional: Half Day Montserrat from Barcelona
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Full Day in Barcelona
Spend your day at leisure to further explore this artistic city on your own. Perhaps visit Park Guell, one of the city's largest urban parks, another colorful and playful Gaudi creation. Later, stroll through the Gothic Quarter’s narrow medieval lanes revealing interesting sights along with surviving stretches of Roman walls. Wander along the fabulous Las Ramblas, the city's most famous pedestrian walkway and visit La Boqueria, the famed public market. Tonight, share wonderful memories with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at a Farewell Dinner in this memorable city
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Thursday - Depart Spain
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Toledo is a "Museum City" of great artistic beauty. Former capital of Spain and one of the oldest cities in Europe, Toledo has magnificent examples of architecture from different periods, making it one of the leading artistic cities of the country. In Toledo visit the most famous monuments, such as St. Tome Church, which houses El Greco's 'The Burial of Count Orgaz" and the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue. Also admire its famous hand-crafted work, the "Damasquinado."

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #3 11 Apr 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $70.00
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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 #6 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 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 #9 11 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 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 #10 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $50.00
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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 #14 11 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $70.00
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