Madrid, Portugal, and Andalusia
Madrid, Portugal, and Andalusia
Madrid, Portugal, and Andalusia

Madrid, Portugal, and Andalusia

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Coach Tour (max 35 passengers)
14 days ex Madrid

2020 Departures:
April 26 May 24 June 21 July 26 August 23 September 27 October 25

Discover the wonders of Spain and Portugal on this English-language coach tour beginning in Madrid. With multiple rich cultural influences helping to shape these lands over millennia, Spain and Portugal are full of delights for all the senses.

Highlights

  • Experience the World Heritage City of Porto on a cruise along the River Douro
  • Explore the deeply cherished sites of Fatima, the heart of Christianity in the region
  • Discover the architectural delights of Caceres a melting point of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic, and Italian Renaissance influences
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation

Day 1: Madrid

Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and assisted to your transfer to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to unwind or begin exploring as you see fit.

Accommodation at the hotel in Madrid

Day 2: Madrid (B)

Following breakfast at the hotel, depart for a morning tour of Madrid beginning with the medieval heart of the city at the Barrio de la Morería. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs, characterised by its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de la Villa. Continue on to the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III; the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains, and the Puerta de Alcalá. Next, explore contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla, and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid including the Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. The afternoon free to continue exploring the many wonders that the city has to offer.

Accommodation at the hotel in Madrid.

Day 3: Madrid – Avila – Salamanca – Porto (B)

Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to bus terminal located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente for departure at 08:30 a.m. Drive to Avila, a city with a well-preserved medieval wall and have a quick tour of the old town. Continue on to Salamanca where free time is set aside in this University City full of great architectural and artistic wealth. Later cross the Portuguese border and head to Porto and your accommodation.

Overnight in Porto.

Day 4: Porto (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, take a panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto - a listed UNESCO World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara Church. Afterwards, experience a different perspective of the city along the river Douro aboard a cruise before a visit to a well known Port Wine Cellar - with wine tasting included. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore as you see fit.

Overnight at the hotel in Porto.

Day 5: Porto – Coimbra – Fatima (B)

Following breakfast, depart for Coimbra - city seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Take some free time to explore before continuing on to Fatima, the centre of the region's Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary. Explore some of the most renowned sites including the impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, the heart of the sanctuary, contains the tombs of the three shepherds Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, who witnessed the apparition. At night there is the possibility to attend the procession of the candles.

Accommodation in Fatima.

Day 6: Fatima – Batalha – Nazare – Alcobaça – Lisbon (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré for some free time before heading to Alcobaça, with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery whose origins date back to the 12th Century. Later depart for Lisbon and your accommodation.

Optional traditional and typical dinner including a show of Fado typical Portuguese song and music (supplement applies).

Day 7: Lisbon (B)

After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo. Drive through its main squares and avenues to see Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum (entrance included) Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, and Liberty Avenue. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the nostalgic corners of the Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle. The old buildings in the area are nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour, many housing typical “tabernas” where Fado is usually playing.

Accommodation at the hotel in Lisbon.

Day 8: Lisbon – Caceres – Cordoba (BD)

Take an early breakfast today to allow for a 7:30am departure to Caceres, listed as World Heritage site because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic, and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through the 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 in Cordoba.

Day 9: Cordoba – Seville (BD)

Breakfast at the hotel before taking a tour of Cordoba’s stunning Mosque (entrance included) and other sites in and around the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a two hour ride, reach Seville.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 10: Seville (BD)

Following breakfast at the hotel take a morning city tour visiting; The exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a location which was the setting for large parts of “Carmen”), Maria Luisa Park, and Plaza de España. The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover more of the sites and flavours of this active city.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Optional Flamenco tour (supplement applies)

Day 11: Seville – Ronda – Costa del Sol (BD)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive south through typically picturesque villages on your way to Ronda where free time is provided to admire this town of Celtic origin which also has a marvellous view of the valley and mountain range. In the afternoon continue on to the Costa del Sol, a busy tourist city on the edge of the Mediterranean.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 12: Costa del Sol – Granada (BD)

Following breakfast depart towards the city of Granada and its incredible monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up until 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter (supplement applies).

Day 13: Granada – Toledo – Madrid (B)

Breakfast at the hotel before driving northward to Toledo, a World Heritage City known as the “City of Three Cultures” due to the influence of Christian, Moorish, and Jewish people throughout the centuries. Bathed in Spanish art, history, and spirituality, the whole town is a National Monument. Take a short guided tour of the historical old town, exploring the narrow streets, then proceed to a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlayed in iron) factory.

Continue to Madrid for your accommodation at the hotel.

Day 14: Madrid (B)

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions:

  • Guided in Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra and Generalife Gardens), & Toledo
  • Tour escort during the tour
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
  • Accommodation at selected class of hotel
  • Daily breakfast and 5 dinners
  • Transfers to/from airport as per itinerary

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Accommodation based on the below or similar

Madrid

Tourist Class: Mayorazgo / Tryp Atocha

First Class: Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Riu Plaza España

Porto:

Tourist Class: Tryp Porto Expo

First Class: Bessahotel Boavista

Fatima:

Tourist Class: Aurea Fátima / Estrela de Fátima / Regina

First Class: Aurea Fátima / Estrela de Fátima / Regina

Lisbon:

Tourist Class: Roma Hotel

First Class: Lutécia

Cordoba:

Tourist Class: Tryp Cordoba

First Class: NH Cordoba Guadalquivir

Seville:

Tourist Class: Catalonia Santa Justa / Catalonia Giralda

First Class: Hesperia Sevilla

Costa del Sol:

Tourist Class: Sol Don Pablo/Don Marco / Sol Principe

First Class: Sol Don Pablo/Don Marco / Sol Principe

Granada:

Tourist Class: Alixares

First Class: Catalonia Granada

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