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Iberian Holiday

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Visit: Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Viana do Castelo, Porto, Fatima, Aveiro, Lisbon, Mérida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Madrid

Day 1 (Monday): Madrid

Arrival at Madrid airport. After clearing immigration and customs formalities, you will be transferred to your First Class hotel. It is suggested you take advantage of the free time to get to know one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive Plaza Mayor. This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve the delicious “tapas”.

Optional Premium Package includes a Tapas Dinner tonight. Return to your hotel at your own convenience. 

Day 2 (Tuesday): Madrid

After breakfast this morning your escorted sightseeing tour will allow you to get a glimpse of some of Madrid’s most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate, the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente.  This afternoon is free to continue exploring Madrid’s famous Art Museums or perhaps take an optional tour to the Imperial former capital city of Toledo, where you will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere. Touring will include the interior of the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to St. Tome Church, where El Greco’s masterpiece painting is displayed.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Wednesday): Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca

After breakfast, depart for the old Castile and the magnificent medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year-old Roman aqueduct and impressive Alcazar Castle. We will also stop in Avila to admire the perfectly preserved 11th century city walls before continuing to the charming old university city of Salamanca. This afternoon enjoy a city tour.  This evening a walk through the beautiful main plaza, always lively with activity is suggested.

Optional Premium Package includes dinner tonight. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Thursday): Salamanca - Santiago De Compostela

After breakfast this morning, we continue towards the North of Spain, entering Galicia. On arrival in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela in the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the old city of Santiago de Compostela and its beautiful Cathedral. 

Optional Premium Package includes dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Friday): Santiago - Viana - Do Castelo - Porto

This morning enjoy a breakfast buffet before departing for Rias Baixas to continue our journey onto Portugal. Visit the town of Viana do Castelo, in the mouth of the Lima River with its historic centre and castle. Then continue to Porto, capital of Northern Portugal in the Douro region. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Saturday): Porto

After breakfast enjoy a local guided city tour visiting one local winery.  This afternoon is free for you to continue exploring Porto at your own leisure.

Premium Package includes a typical lunch. 

Day 7 (Sunday): Porto - Aveiro - Fatima - Lisbon

After your buffet breakfast, we will depart for Aveiro, the “city of canals” and known as the Venice of Portugal. Our journey then continues to Fatima one of the pilgrimage centres of Christianity. You'll have some free time to visit the basilica and some lunch (Lunch is included in the Premium Package). Continue to Lisbon. Tonight enjoy an optional opportunity to listen to the hauntingly beautiful Fado music while enjoying a delicious dinner.

Optional Premium Package includes Fado show and dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 (Monday): Lisbon

After breakfast enjoy a morning tour of this ancient and lovely city overlooking the Tagus River. Admire its splendid avenues and monuments like the Tower of Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery. This afternoon is free and we suggest you visit the charming villages of Sintra and Cascais (this tour is included in the Premium Package). 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 (Tuesday): Lisbon - Merida - Seville

After breakfast, we will drive towards the Spanish border, and stop in Merida to admire the impressive Roman Amphitheatre archeological site. You will have some time for lunch on your own (Lunch is included in the Optional Premium Package). We then continue to Seville.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 (Wednesday): Seville

After your buffet breakfast this morning, enjoy a marvellous tour exploring this gracious and charming city, Spain’s third largest. See the Tower of Gold, the tranquil and extensive Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally the huge cathedral (one of the world’s largest) with its Giralda Tower (a former minaret). There is some free time for lunch on your own (Lunch is included in the Premium Package). The afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring or do a bit of shopping. This evening an optional Flamenco Show is suggested, with local wine.

Optional Premium Package includes Flamenco Show and wine.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 (Thursday): Seville - Cordoba - Granada

After breakfast, depart for Cordoba. On arrival, visit one of the world’s marvels, the former Great Mosque (now a cathedral). Free time for lunch on your own before we continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. This evening, an excellent suggestion would be to visit (optional) the quaint and typical Albaicin quarter, where Andalusian customs, music and wine join to create an enchanting atmosphere. Th Premium Package includes this visit.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 (Friday): Granada - Madrid

After breakfast this morning, enjoy an escorted tour of the magnificent Alhambra and the verdant Gardens of the Generalife. We then depart for Madrid, crossing the Plains of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 (Saturday): Madrid

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Madrid airport at the proper time to check-in for your Trans-Atlantic flight to your home city.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Tour Includes:

  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport
  • Accommodations in Comfort or Superior Category Hotels
  • Bountiful buffet breakfast daily
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Professional tour escort throughout (bilingual English/Spanish)
  • Escorted sightseeing tours with bilingual guide in Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba and Granada and Entrance to Alhambra
  • Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
  • Travel bag

 

Not included:

  • Optional Premium Package

 

Hotel (or similar):

Comfort Category Hotels
  • Madrid: Praga /Holiday Inn Piramides Muralto / Chamartin
  • Salamanca: G. H. Corona Sol
  • Santiago: Los Abetos G.H. / Tryp Santiago
  • Porto: Park Hotel / Ibis Gaia
  • Lisbon: Exe Liberdade / Vip Zurique
  • Seville: M.A. Sevilla Congresos
  • Granada: Abades Nevada Palace
  • Madrid: Praga / Holiday Inn Piramides Muralto / Chamartin

 

Superior Category Hotels
  • Madrid: Mayorazgo / Cuzco / Agumar Rafael Atocha
  • Salamanca: G.H. Corona Sol
  • Santiago: Nh Collection / Hesperia Vigo
  • Porto: Novotel Porto Gaia
  • Lisbon: Marriot / Acores / Real Palacio
  • Seville: Melia Lebreros
  • Granada: Gran Hotel Luna / Catalonia
  • Madrid: Mayorazgo / Cuzco / Agumar Rafael Atocha

 

Optional Premium Package

13 DAYS: MADRID / MADRID: $575 per person

Includes (9 meals and 4 extras):
  • “Tapas” dinner in Madrid
  • Dinner in Salamanca
  • Dinner in Santiago
  • Lunch in Porto
  • Lunch in Fatima
  • Dinner and Fados Show in Lisbon
  • Tour of Sintra and Cascais
  • Lunch in Merida
  • Lunch in Seville
  • Flamenco Show in Seville
  • Dinner in Granada
  • Albaicin tour and Show in Granada

 

Please Note: This tour might be a combination of different programs. It applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.

Package Information

  • Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights
  • Departures: April 2019 - April 2020
  • Cities Visited: Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Viana do Castelo, Porto, Fatima, Aveiro, Lisbon, Mérida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Madrid
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