Destination Spotlight SPAIN

Spain · about Culture & History

Spain is one of Europe’s most diverse countries. Widely known for Flamenco music and dance, tapas and paella, fantastic beaches and amazing art history. Immerse yourself in Spain’s most contrasting and cultural cities and towns.

Itinerary

Day 1: AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL (Summer 2017)

  1. DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. DAY 2 WELCOME TO MADRID

    Your airport transfers depart from Madrid Airport to your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 & 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    Hotel: Miguel Angel, Madrid

    Welcome Reception and Dinner

  3. DAY 3 THE OLD CAPITAL OF TOLEDO AND ON TO GRANADA

    With a Local Expert, visit the city of Toledo and join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Walk through the cobbled streets to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Continue to Granada.

    Hotel: Vincci Albayzin, Granada

    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

  4. DAY 4 THE ALHAMBRA PALACE AND SEVILLE, CITY OF CARMEN

    'There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada', cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits: a fantasy of stone-cut lace, arabesque gardens and fountains, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. With a Local Expert, you will also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Relax here in the sunshine and enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills, before embarking upon a scenic drive to Seville. A Local Expert will guide you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar. You will see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, but now the cathedral bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and enriched with the spoils of the New World. At night, enjoy the flavours of Andalusia and share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a flamenco show and dinner.

    Hotel: Ayre Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms)

    Buffet Breakfast, Signature Evening

  5. DAY 5 FREE TIME IN SEVILLE

    (Relaxed Start) This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city's romantic aura. Or you might like to join an optional experience to Cordoba for a visit to the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it?

    Hotel: Ayre Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms)

    Buffet Breakfast

  6. DAY 6 THE PLAINS OF THE ALENTEJO TO LISBON

    (Relaxed Start) Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop in Jabugo for an insight into the history and curing process of jamón Ibérico. The subtle differences will be revealed with a delicious tasting. Then venture across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon.

    Hotel: Turim Saldanha, Lisbon

    Buffet Breakfast

  7. DAY 7 LISBON AND THE AGE OF THE DISCOVERIES

    (Relaxed Start) During your stay, a guided panoramic tour takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belem Quarter from where sailing ships set forth to discover unknown lands. Stop by a patisserie and enjoy a tasting of Portugal's finest pastry, 'Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high and dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Perhaps join an optional experience to the beautiful town of Sintra which was the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal?

    Hotel: Turim Saldanha, Lisbon

    Buffet Breakfast

  8. DAY 8 HOLY FATIMA AND GOLDEN SALAMANCA

    Drive into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fatima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Then cross the border back into Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings. See the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor and the Puente Romano across the River Tormes – 15 of its 26 arches date from the time of the ancient Romans.

    Hotel: Alameda Palace, Salamanca

    Buffet Breakfast

  9. DAY 9 OLD CASTILE, TO ST. TERESA OF ÁVILA AND ON TO MADRID

    Cross the rock-strewn hills of Castile, towards the city of Avila, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls and unique in Europe. Walk within the ancient city before returning to Madrid for sightseeing. Here, a Local Expert takes you along the Gran Via and through the Puerta del Sol. You'll see the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain. In the evening, bid farewell to your new-found friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

    Hotel: Hesperia Madrid, Madrid

    Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

  10. DAY 10 DEPART MADRID

    After breakfast, your airport shuttle service from the tour hotel arrives at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00 hours.  Buffet breakfast

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