The Beauty Of Spain And Portugal
DAY 1 - DEPART USA
Arrive in Barcelona the next day.
Day 2, 3 - BARCELONA
Arrive to Barcelona you will be met by Tamer and taken to your 4-star Barcelona Hotel for a "Welcome to Spain" fiesta, followed by a short orientation walk and then dinner together. Barcelona, is the capital and the most popular city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. The next day, you will begin your day with a walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter which is the center of the old city of Barcelona with many of the buildings date from Medieval times. Gothic Quarter has a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares. Afterwards you will visit Picasso Museum. Picasso Museum has one of the most important collections of artworks by the 20Fr century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. There are more than 3500 works making up the permanent collection of the museum. Then you will be free to experience more of this magnificent city on your own, from Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church, is a massive Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona. Originally designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852 – 1926), who worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to the endeavor, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2026 to the delightfully sprawling La Boquería public market.
Day 3, 4 – MADRID
Early in the morning, you will take
the train to Madrid, where a bus
then takes you on a panoramic
tour of Madrid's major monuments
and along its classy boulevards.
Madrid is the capital of Spain.We
visit quiet squares such as
Miranda, where the Carboneras
Convent was constructed at the beginning of the 18Fr
century, and La Villa, where the 17Fr century City Hall
building and others of the 15Fr & 16Fr centuries are to
be found. We will stop
at San Nicolas, the
oldest church in
Madrid, as well as the
two baroque churches,
Sacramento and San
M i g u e l , b e f o r e
discovering the Arabic
remains, part of the
walls that defended the
city from the attacks
the Christians. After
the tour you will check
into your hotel, you will
walk through the lively
s t r e e t s o f o u r
neighborhood and have
The next day, early in the morning you will take a walking tour and visit one of Europe's finest art museums, the Prado. Prado Museum features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12Fr century through the early 19Fr century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. The afternoon is free to visit the Royal Palace, which is the offical residence of the King of Spain, and explore more museums, or people watch in the vibrant Puerta del Sol. Puerta del Sol is one of the most well known and busiest places in Madrid.
Day 5- TOLEDO
Early in the morning, after a short bus ride to Toledo, you
willl have a walking tour that will include Toledo's
magnificent cathedral, an historic synagogue, and El Greco
paintings. Toledo is a city and municipality located in
central Spain, 44 miles
south of Madrid. It is
the capital of the
province of Toledo and
of the autonomous
community of Castile-
La Mancha. It was
declared a World
Heritage Site by
UNESCO in 1986 for its
extensive cultural and
monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the
Spanish Empire and place of coexistence of Christian,
Jewish and Moorish cultures.
This afternoon, you will have plenty of time to see on your own the winding streets and varied sights of Spain's former capital - as well as some of Spain's best shopping.
Day 6, 7 - GRANADA
Through the windswept La Mancha landscape you will drive to Granada, where you will visit the ornatetombs of worldchanging Ferdinand and Isabella. Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous region of Andalucia. Granada located on one of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, was a stronghold of the Nazeri Dynasty, the last great Moorish kingdom in Spain. The next day, you will spend the morning touring the sublime Alhambra Palace and gardens. The Alhambra which means “Red Palace” in Arabic, is a palace and fortress complex of the Moorish monarchs of Granada, in southern Spain, occupying a hilly terrace on the southeastern border of the city of Granada. It was the residence of the Muslim kings of Granada and their court, but is currently a museum exhibiting exquisite Islamic architecture. A Renaissance palace was also inserted by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The afternoon is free to explore Granada's other sights, including the very Moorish Albayzín hill and stroll its ancient alleys on your own.
Day 8- RONDA
Early in the morning, you will wind your way between olive and oak groves and stop at one of the many white-washed Pueblo Blancos to explore one of these charming villages. Later on, you will stop to explore the gorgestraddling town of Ronda, the birthplace of bull-fighting. Ronda is a city in the Spanish province of Malaga. Both Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles resided in Ronda for many years, and both wrote about its beauty, contributing to its popularity.
Day 9, 10 - SEVILLA
The morning is yours to melt into the whitewashed alleys
of Arcos, to find the best views or a perfect café and mix
it up with the locals. Then it's off to Sevilla, Spain's most
atmospheric city, where
you will begin with a tour
of the Santa Cruz
district. After seeing
third-largest), you will
relax over dinner
The next day you will have time in Sevilla to walk in the footsteps of Carmen and Don Juan. Tour the impressive Alcazar Palace, linger in Sevilla's charming squares, or stroll along the romantic Guadalquivir River. A sultry, swirling flamenco dance performance is a great evening option.
Day 11, 12 - ALGARVE
Over the next two days you will explore Portugal's famed
Algarve, once thought of as the end of the earth (before
Columbus). You will brake for crashing waves and dizzying
cliffs, view castle ruins that symbolize the struggles
between the Christians
and Moors. The seemingly
endless coastline includes
some of the world's most
beutiful beaches, but by
venturing just a few miles
inland, you can lose
yourself in the heritage
and history of the Algarve.
The next day, you will have free time to explore as the ancient sea farers once did in Sagres or Cabo Sao Vincente, or to relax with the locals in a simple fishing village.
Day 13, 14 - LISBON
You will make a direct run to Lisbon, Portugal's bustling capital. You will visit the Monument to the Discoveries and the beautiful Jerónimos Monastery, before checking into our centrally-located hotel. Tonight you will have your "last supper", a Fado extravaganza. In tne morning you will take a walking tour through Lisbon's three downtown neighborhoods. You will have the rest of the day free to browse more of the neighborhoods, visit the superb museums, or ride a vintage streetcar.
Day 15 – UNITED STATES
Early in the morning, you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the United States, arriving the same day.
Tour Route & Program
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THE BEAUTY OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
|Tour Code||TEO 11/ SP|
|Land Only||$ 4700|
|Single Supplement||$ 950|
|JFK(Fly) / Barcelona||October 16Mo|
|Barcelona ( Picasso M. & Sagrada Familia)||October 18We|
|Madrid(Prado M. & Royal Palace)||October 20Fr|
|Granada(Alhambra Palace)||October 23Mo|
|Sevilla(Alcazar Palace)||October 26Th|
|Lisbon(Jeronimos Monastery)||October 29Su|