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Iberian Inspirations – 12 Days

$ 1,955.00

Discover Iberian Peninsula’s marvellous monuments from Madrid, through Portuguese countryside and unforgettable Fatima Sanctuary, gardens and palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, the magic columns of the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Giralda Tower in Seville, they are moments that will stay fixed in your memory forever.

12 days showcases Madrid, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens) and Toledo.

Description

DAY 1 MADRID
Welcome to Madrid!
Meet and assistance at the airport, transfer to the hotel.

Balance of the day at leisure.

Moderate:   Mayorazgo / Florida Norte
Superior:   Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa or Catalonia Gran Via

Day 2 MADRID – AVILA – SALAMANCA – PORTO (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, we depart by road Avila, a city that preserves its medieval wall. Shortstop to know its walled and old town.

Continue to Salamanca. Free time in this University City World Heritage of great architectural and artistic wealth.

Departure to the Portuguese border until you reach Porto.

Moderate:   Tryp Porto Expo / Eurostars Heroismo
Superior:   Tryp Porto Expo / Eurostars Heroismo

Day 3 PORTO (B)
Breakfast.

Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church.

In the afternoon, possibility of an optional visit to a famous winery with tasting of its world-famous “port wine”.

Day 4 PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA (B)
Breakfast.

Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Enjoy some free time to explore this beautiful city.

Continue to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.

At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles.

Moderate:   Aurea Fátima / Estrela de Fátima / Regina
Superior:   Aurea Fátima / Estrela de Fátima / Regina

Day 5 FATIMA – BATALHA – NAZARE – ALCOBAÇA – LISBON (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO.

Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) visit the XII C. church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro and then to Lisbon.

Optional night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.

Moderate:   Lutécia
Superior:   Lutécia

Day 6 LISBON (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue.

Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of color housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past.

Day 7 LISBON – CACERES – CORDOBA (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, we depart for Caceres, considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its 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.

Moderate:   Tryp Cordoba
Superior:   NH Cordoba Guadalquivir

Day 8 CORDOBA – SEVILLE (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Impressive tour of its Mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter.

In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride reach Seville.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Moderate:   Catalonia Santa Justa / Catalonia Giralda
Superior:  Silken Al-Andalus Palace

Day 9 SEVILLE (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España.

Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavors of this active full of light city.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Flamenco show tonight.

Day 10 SEVILLE – RONDA – COSTA DEL SOL (B/D)
After breakfast at the hotel drive south passing typical villages.

Reach Ronda; free time to admire this town of Celtic origin and the marvelous view of the valley and mountain range.

In the afternoon continue on to the Costa del Sol, one of the most modern and important international tourist areas. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Moderate:   Sol Don Pablo/Don Marco / Sol Principe
Superior:   Sol Don Pablo/Don Marco / Sol Principe

Day 11 COSTA DEL SOL – GRANADA (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure towards the city of Granada. Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492.

Visit the world famous Alhambra complex (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens, that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.

Moderate:   Los Angeles
Superior:   Melia Granada

Day 12 GRANADA – TOLEDO – MADRID (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus River, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo – World Heritage City- where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument.

Short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory.

Continue to Madrid where on arrival, you are transferred to the airport or train station for onward journey.


Moderate
$1955
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • LOW: $1955
  • SHOULDER: $2025
  • HIGH: $2095

Superior
$2195
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • LOW: $2195
  • SHOULDER: $2265
  • HIGH: $2435

DEPARTURE DATES 2019 – 2020

2019: Apr 1, Apr 15, Apr 22, Jun 3, Jun 17, Jun 24, Nov 4, Dec 23 | 2020: Jan 20, Mar 23, Mar 30
2019: May 6, May 13, May 20, Jul 1, Jul 08, JUl 15, Jul 22, Jul 29, Aug 5, Aug 12, Aug 19, Aug 26, Sep 2, Sep, 16, Sep 23, Sep 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28
2019: Apr 8, Apr 29


GROUP DEPARTURE CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

January:
2020:
20
February:
2020:
March:
2020:
23, 30
April:
2019:
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May:
2019:
6, 13, 20
June:
2019:
3, 17, 24
July:
2019:
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August:
2019:
5, 12, 19, 26
September:
2019:
2, 16, 23, 30
October
2019:
7, 14, 21, 26
November:
2019:
4
December:
2019:
23

Additional information

OVERVIEW

Discover Iberian Peninsula's marvellous monuments from Madrid, through Portuguese countryside and unforgettable Fatima Sanctuary, gardens and palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, the magic columns of the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Giralda Tower in Seville, they are moments that will stay fixed in your memory forever.

DEPARTURE

Group departure guaranteed for minimum 2 travelers.

HOTELS

As indicated in the itinerary.

INCLUSIONS

Guided visits in Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens) and Toledo Tour escort during the tour
Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
Transfer Madrid station to hotel
Accommodation at selected class
Daily breakfast and 5 dinners

EXCLUSIONS

City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Personal expenses, extras in the hotels, tips to guides and drivers and beverages
OPTIONAL TOURS
• 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
• Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
• 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
• Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: EUR 40.00 pp
• 3-hour guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
• Visit to Old Russian Circus: EUR 70.00 pp
• 6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral: EUR 80.00 pp

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance.

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