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Portugal, Andalusia and Major Mediterranean Capitals

ITINERARY

Visit: Madrid, Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Alcobaca, Lisbon, Caceres, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid

Day 1 (Tuesday): Madrid - Salamanca - Porto

Today we drive to Salamanca. On arrival you'll have some free time in this University City Heritage of Humanity of great architectural and artistic wealth. Afterwards, we depart for the Portuguese border to Porto.

Day 2 (Wednesday): Porto

After breakfast enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered to be a World Heritage city. Admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city along the river Douro aboard the BlueBoats Cruise and discover the historic heritage visiting one well-known Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting included. The rest of day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Thursday): Porto - Coimbra - Fatima

After breakfast, departure to Coimbra. On arrival enjoy a city sightseeing tour of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. After some free time, we will continue 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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Sunday): Lisbon - Caceres - Cordoba

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure at 7:30am 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 at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Monday): Cordoba - Seville

After breakfast at the hotel, we have an impressive tour of Cordoba's Mosque, as well as other sites that will ease your mind and spirit as you stroll through the narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hour drive, we will reach Seville. Dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Tuesday): Seville

After breakfast, enjoy a 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 at the hotel.  Optional Flamenco tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Thursday): Granada - Valencia

After breakfast we start our days journey towards the Mediterranean coast.  We travel 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”.

Meals: Breakfast

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. 

Meals: Breakfast

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. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 (Sunday): Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid

After breakfast at the hotel we depart 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.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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
  • Barcelona & Lisbon City Taxes are not included and must be paid directly to the hotels

 

Not Included:

  • International Flights
  • Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Optionals
  • Personal expenses and tips

 

Superior (T Class) Hotels (or similar):

  • Porto: Tryp Porto Expo
  • Fatima: Aurea Fatima / Estrela de Fatima / Regina
  • Lisbon: Roma
  • Cordoba: Tryp Cordoba
  • Seville: Catalonia Santa Justa / Catalonia Giralda
  • Granada: Los Angeles
  • Valencia: NH Valencia Las Artes
  • Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona 505

 

 

Superior Plus (A Class) Hotels (or similar):

  • Porto: Bessahotel Boavista
  • Fatima: Estrela de Fatima / Regina
  • Lisbon: Lutecia / Vila Gale Opera
  • Cordoba: Hesperia Córdoba
  • Seville: Hesperia Sevilla
  • Granada: Melia Granada Hotel
  • Valencia: NH Valencia Las Artes
  • Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza / Melia Barcelona Sarria

 

(*) 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)

Package Information

  • Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: July - December 2020, April - December 2021 & January - March 2022
  • Cities Visited: Madrid, Salamanca, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Alcobaca, Lisbon, Caceres, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid
  • Price From: $ 2,776