9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)

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From the cobbled streets of Toledo to the arabesque Alhambra and Manueline Lisbon, scratch beneath the surface of these two ‘amazing' countries. Sample their signature dishes, share in their culture, and stand in awe at the legacy of their rich sea-faring history.Tour Pace - Comfortable



9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)

9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)
  1. 9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)

  2. 9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)

  3. 9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)

  4. 9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)

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  7. 9 Days - Amazing Spain & Portugal (E300)

Itinerary :

Day 1 Welcome to Madrid

Your airport transfers depart from Madrid Airport to your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 & 16:00 hours. 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 and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Miguel Angel Hotel, Madrid

Welcome Reception and Dinner

 

Day 2 Head for the old Capital of Toledo and on to Granada

Set off southwards this morning to the city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus and famous for its burnished steel swords, which have been crafted here for centuries. Join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. 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 through the dry plains of Don Quixote's La Mancha before crossing the Sierra Nevada to reach Granada, capital of the Moorish Kingdom of Spain till the Moors' defeat in 1492.

Hotel: Vincci Albayzin, Granada

Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3 To 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. You 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 guides you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar. In front of you rises 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. Tonight, enjoy the flavours of Andalucía and share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a Flamenco show and dinner.

Hotel: Ayre, Seville

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 4 Free Time in Seville

A free day so there's no need to rush. Take your time to bask in the city's romantic aura. Or you might like to join an optional trip to Cordoba for a visit to the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian church built inside it?

Hotel: Ayre, Seville

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 5 Over the plains of the Alentejo to Lisbon

Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop for an insight into the history and curing process of jamón iberico. The subtle differences will be revealed with an expert tasting. Now across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon.

Hotel: Altis Grand, Lisbon

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 6 Lisbon & the Age of the Discoveries

During your stay, a panoramic guided tour takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, finest square in the city. Then enjoy a ride on one of Lisbon's vintage trams through the narrow maze of streets. Visit the Belem Quarter from where sailing ships set forth to discover unknown lands. Visit an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for over 100 years and enjoy a demonstration and tasting of the famous ‘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 Jeronimo's church with its beautiful Manueline Architecture. Enjoy free time this afternoon. Perhaps join a trip to the beautiful town of Sintra which was the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal?

Hotel: Altis Grand, Lisbon

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 7 Travel to 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 still date from the time of the ancient Romans!

Hotel: Alameda Palace, Salamanca

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 8 Through Old Castille, to St. Theresa’s Avila and on to Madrid

Cross the rock strewn hills of Castille, towards the city of Avila, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls and unique in Europe. Walk awhile 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, Cibeles Fountain and Parliament. This evening, bid farewell to your new found friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Melia Princesa, Madrid

Full Breakfast,Celebration Dinner

 

Day 9 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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• A deposit of RM 1,000 per person must be made upon booking.
• Prices are inclusive of Early Payment Discount.
• Offer cannot be combined with other limited time promotional deals.
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