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 dinner together.
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 Sevilla's massive cathedral (Europe's third-largest), you will relax over dinner together.
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.

 

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TOUR NAME

THE BEAUTY OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Tour Code TEO 11/ SP
Land Only    $ 4700
Single Supplement  $ 950
JFK(Fly) / Barcelona October 16Mo
Barcelona October 17Tu
Barcelona ( Picasso M. & Sagrada Familia) October 18We
Madrid October 19Th
Madrid(Prado M. & Royal Palace) October 20Fr
Toledo October 21Sa
Granada October 22Su
Granada(Alhambra Palace) October 23Mo
Ronda October 24Tu
Sevilla October 25We
Sevilla(Alcazar Palace) October 26Th
Algarve October 27Fr
Algarve October 28Sa
Lisbon(Jeronimos Monastery) October 29Su
Lisbon October 30Mo
JFK(Fly) October 31Tu