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Length:  9 days from Madrid to Madrid

2019 Season Departs From:  Madrid


Overview

Your exciting Iberian adventure introduces you to fascinating cities and cultural discoveries on your affordable tour of Spain and Portugal. You ll stay three nights in Madrid, two nights in both Seville and Lisbon, and one night in Coimbra.

Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide—an expert in the city’s history and sights—in Lisbon, Seville, and Madrid. The included city tour focuses on the must-see sights, including Sevilles 15th-century Cathedral of St. Mary, built on a former mosque and housing 80 chapels and the longest nave in Spain, and Lisbons Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama and to defend the port of Lisbon. Today, it is a reminder of Portugals Golden Age. In Madrid, you will see the Puerta del Sol – the “gate of the sun” – and admire the impressive architecture of the wide alleys crossing the city center.

Other visits of this affordable Spain and Portugal tour include the Marian Sanctuary at Fátima, a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three local children in 1917; Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills: Moorish Cordoba, and Salamanca, where you can wander around Salamancas Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain.

From the larger cities to the differing countryside and landscapes, this value-minded tour through Spain and Portugal is sure to delight.



Duration:  9 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
01 March, 2019 09 March, 2019
08 March, 2019 16 March, 2019
22 March, 2019 30 March, 2019
05 April, 2019 13 April, 2019
19 April, 2019 27 April, 2019
26 April, 2019 04 May, 2019
03 May, 2019 11 May, 2019
10 May, 2019 18 May, 2019
17 May, 2019 25 May, 2019
24 May, 2019 01 June, 2019
31 May, 2019 08 June, 2019
07 June, 2019 15 June, 2019
21 June, 2019 29 June, 2019
28 June, 2019 06 July, 2019
12 July, 2019 20 July, 2019
19 July, 2019 27 July, 2019
02 August, 2019 10 August, 2019
09 August, 2019 17 August, 2019
23 August, 2019 31 August, 2019
30 August, 2019 07 September, 2019
06 September, 2019 14 September, 2019
13 September, 2019 21 September, 2019
20 September, 2019 28 September, 2019
27 September, 2019 05 October, 2019
04 October, 2019 12 October, 2019
18 October, 2019 26 October, 2019
01 November, 2019 09 November, 2019
08 November, 2019 16 November, 2019
26 December, 2019 03 January, 2020


City Highlights

ÁVILA
Visit

SALAMANCA
Visit

COIMBRA
Orientation

FÁTIMA
Visit the Sanctuary

OBIDOS
Visit the fortified city

LISBON
Guided sightseeing

SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing

MADRID
Guided sightseeing





Day 1   ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2   MADRID–ÁVILA–SALAMANCA–COIMBRA, PORTUGAL. Visit fortified Ávila with its intact medieval city walls, then on to Salamanca. Be sure to spend some time wandering around Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. Journey into the valley of the Serra da Estrela on your way to Coimbra in Portugal. (B,D)

Day 3   COIMBRA–FÁTIMA–OBIDOS–LISBON. Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Continue to Fátima to see the SANCTUARY, a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children—Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia—on May 13, 1917. On to Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills. Overnight in Lisbon. (B)

Day 4   LISBON. Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on your guided city tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or discover the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra by joining our optional excursion. (B)

Day 5   LISBON–SEVILLE, SPAIN. Drive into the Alentejo through the countryside, famous for its production of cork. Cross the border at Vila Verde into Spain and journey into Andalusia, enjoying quite different scenery as you skirt the Sierra de Aracena before reaching delightful Seville. (B,D)

Day 6   SEVILLE. Seville is one of Spain’s most colorful and vibrant cities. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour with all the main highlights, including the iconic Plaza de España. (B)

Day 7   SEVILLE–CORDOBA–MADRID. Travel to Cordoba, Spain’s most Moorish city with its Great Mosque, which is rightly known as one of Islam’s greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. On through the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills, to Madrid. This evening, why not join the optional “Madrid by Night” excursion with dinner? (B)

Day 8   MADRID. Enjoy free time in Madrid, or join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting—even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. As the capital of Spain and situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards call Madrid the nearest thing to Heaven. (B)

Day 9   MADRID. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

Transportation

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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