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THE BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL - 2017

Tour Code - 6820 13 days - MADRID to MADRID $2175 AUD
Discover the best of two colorful countries on this exciting vacation to the regions of Castile, La Mancha, Andalusia, Costa del Sol, Lisbon and Oporto. Among the highlights: visit the walled city of Toledo with its St. Tome Church, made famous by El Greco’s paintings, and Granada’s royal Alhambra complex. Also experience sunny Malaga and its surrounding resort villages, the “White Villages” of Andalusia, historic Ronda, spectacular Seville, enchanting Evora, delightful Lisbon, and the famed Fátima sanctuary. Stop in Oporto, rich in culture and history and known for its Port wine production, as well as Salamanca, Avila, and Segovia, precious jewels in the heart of Spain. Spend your last two nights in Madrid, discovering this dynamic capital city.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Loja, Montilla wine tasting, Ecija, Evora, Fatima sanctuary, Coimbra, Salamanca Plaza Mayor, Avila St. Theresa's convent, Segovia.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Douro Valley.
  • GUIDES
    Local Guides for city sightseeing in Toledo, Granada-Alhambra complex, Seville, Lisbon, Oporto, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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4

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
4 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Oporto.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.
    Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)

  2. MADRID-TOLEDO-GRANADA.
    Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more visitors from around the world than any other Spanish town. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large-format painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. (B,D)

  3. GRANADA-LOJA-MONTILLA- CORDOBA.
    Granada was the Arabs' most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery this afternoon as you travel to Loja. Captured and held by the Moors, it was formerly known as Medina Lawsa until it was recaptured by the Christians in 1486 during the Reconquista. Explore this "flower among thorns" before reaching Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B)

  4. CORDOBA-ECIJA-SEVILLE.
    Visit Ecija, an ancient town in the Andalusian countryside. Then, drive through the stunningly scenic area of Pueblos Blancos- the "White-Washed Villages of Andalusia." This picturesque region is famous for the deep El Tajo Gorge that literally cuts it in two, and is the birthplace of modern bullfighting. On to vibrant, festive Seville. (B,D)

  5. SEVILLE.
    Get to know Seville on the included city tour. Capital of Andalusia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain, colourful Seville has much to offer: the Cathedral of Seville, the third largest church in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London; the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcazar palace with its extravagant architecture and opulent gardens; Plaza de Espana, used in the filming of Episodes I and II in the Star Wars trilogy; and so much more. (B)

  6. SEVILLE-EVORA, PORTUGAL- LISBON.
    Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon. (B)

  7. 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 the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama's tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra. (B)

  8. LISBON-FATIMA-COIMBRA- OPORTO.
    Stop in Fatima to visit its world-famous SHRINE, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Oporto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner? (B)

  9. OPORTO.
    Discover Oporto's highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, overlooking the Port wine cellars along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, maybe join an optional excursion to Guimar?es, considered the "cradle" of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy the included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  10. OPORTO-SALAMANCA, SPAIN.
    Enjoy the profusion of woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening and maybe take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor. (B)

  11. SALAMANCA-AVILA-SEGOVIA- MADRID.
    Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA'S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. (B)

  12. MADRID.
    Not only is it the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 665 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. The day is dedicated to discover Madrid's main highlights on the included guided city tour. (B)

  13. MADRID.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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15 Aug 2017 27 Aug 2017 $2338 AUD $3154 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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05 Sep 2017 17 Sep 2017 $2433 AUD $3249 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
12 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 $2433 AUD $3249 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
19 Sep 2017 01 Oct 2017 $2433 AUD $3249 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
26 Sep 2017 08 Oct 2017 $2433 AUD $3249 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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24 Oct 2017 05 Nov 2017 $2297 AUD $3113 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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14 Dec 2017 26 Dec 2017 $2175 AUD $2991 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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PRE MADRID 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $150 AUD $80 AUD $76 AUD
PRE MADRID 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $151 AUD $88 AUD $84 AUD
PRE MADRID 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $143 AUD $78 AUD $73 AUD
PRE MADRID 01 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 $151 AUD $88 AUD $84 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $150 AUD $80 AUD $76 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $151 AUD $88 AUD $84 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $143 AUD $78 AUD $73 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 $151 AUD $88 AUD $84 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $160 AUD

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