Day 3 (Thursday): Porto - Coimbra - Fatima
After breakfast, departure to Coimbra. City sightseeing of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. After some free time, we will move on to Fatima, the centre of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place, where the Virgin Mary appeared. Admire the Chapel of the Apparitions, the heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night you have the possibility to attend the procession of the candles.
Day 4 (Friday): Fatima - Batalha - Nazare - Alcobaca - Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. After some free time, continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage). Visit the XII C. church, admire the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro and then move on to Lisbon. Optional night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.
Day 5 (Saturday): Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. The Afternoon is at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 6 (Sunday): Lisbon - Caceres - Cordoba
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure at 07:30am to Caceres considered as a World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Afterwards, continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel
Day 7 (Monday): Cordoba - Seville
After breakfast at the hotel, have an impressive tour of Cordoba with its Mosque and other sites that will ease your mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hour ride, reach Seville. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 8 (Tuesday): Seville
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover exclusive views and specific flavours of this active city full of lights. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Flamenco tour.
Day 9 (Wednesday): Seville - Granada
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.
Day 10 (Thursday): Granada - Valencia
After breakfast at the hotel start driving looking for the Mediterranean coast. Via Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river, continue north via Alicante, the second largest city in the region of Valencia. Reach Valencia one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean coast with its modern Art and Science Architectural Complex integrated by six elements: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and delicious “Paella”, Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 11 (Friday): Valencia - Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of this bright city including a drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant garde complex “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Early afternoon departure northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Reach Barcelona principal Mediterranean city homeland of the famous architect Gaudí, the symbol of the Catalonian modernism. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 12 (Saturday): Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Barcelona well known worldwide for the Olympic Games during 1992, drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudí such as La Pedrera, Casa Milá, etc., declared World Heritage buildings. You will also see the Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city, Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. The afternoon is for you to keep on discovering this city full attractive offers as well as exquisite and varied gastronomy. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 13 (Sunday): Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid
After breakfast at the hotel departure southwest along an industrial and agricultural area with certain relevance within Europe. Arrive at Zaragoza, the capital city of Aragón, between the banks of Ebro river, the most copious within the Iberian Peninsula. Zaragoza, known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period had an important role in Spanish history. You have some free time to see the impressive Baroque architecture of the Basilic-Temple of Our Lady Pilar. Continue to Madrid. End of our services.
Escorted Package Includes:
- Guided visits in Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona and panoramic sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Tour Escort during the tour
- Transportation in air-conditioned deluxe motorcoach
- Accommodations in selected class
- Daily breakfast and 4 dinners
- Travel insurance
- Barcelona & Lisbon City Taxes are not included and must be paid directly to the hotels
First Class Hotel (or similar):
- Porto: Tryp Porto Expo / Black Tulip / Eurostars Heroismo
- Fatima: Aurea Fatima / Estrela de Fatima / Regina
- Lisbon: Lutecia / Tryp Lisboa Oriente
- Cordoba: NH Cordoba Guadalquivir
- Seville: Silken Al-Andalus Palace
- Granada: Melia Granada Hotel
- Valencia: NH Valencia Las Artes
- Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza / Tryp Condal Mar
(*) 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. (jt)